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iFarm sees opportunity to introduce vertical farming into aviation

Converting plane passenger cabins into salad bars

When a European airline sought new ways to reuse decommissioned aircraft, iFarm engineers got to work designing a custom vertical farm that could flourish in the body of an airplane.  Experts from iFarm proposed converting the passenger airliner cabin into a salad bar and designed a vertical farm with a total…

Port Manatee container trade soars 74 percent in record first fiscal half

Port Manatee’s vibrant containerized cargo trade keeps soaring to record heights, with the number of container units crossing port docks in the six months ended March 31…

Gisborne: New reefer ship to load this season's first kiwifruit consignment

The reefer ship Kakariki has berthed at Eastland Port, to take in kiwifruit. The ship had to bypass Gisborne in mid-March and load Gisborne's first kiwifruit consignment of…

Spanish citrus fruits will reach Germany in just 48 hours

SanLucar starts exporting to Germany with refrigerated rail service from Transfesa Logistics

For the first time in history, SanLucar is shipping its products to Germany by train with Transfesa Logistics' express refrigerated rail service. In this initial phase, Transfesa Logistics is handling the shipment of one container of fresh produce per week from Valencia to Cologne within 48 hours. Following…

A misadventure with a record-breaking outcome

Kiwis still perfect after 107 days of transport

"After returning to its original base on 27 March 2021, the container destined to Taiwan, which left our warehouse in Baruchella Rovigo on 10 December 2020, had the incredible surprise of revealing to us that the quality of the kiwifruit shipped was 99% the same as at the time of departure," said Adelino…

Ports brace for post-Suez onslaught as ships begin arriving

With bottle-necked ships making their way to ports in the wake of the Suez Canal incident, cumulative delays for cargo ships are at 1,017 days, threatening to swamp ports with bottle-necked cargo for weeks to come. With more than 1.9 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) of capacity involved in the…

Suez Canal blockade effects:

Hamburg expects only a slight increase in traffic

Port of Hamburg thoroughly prepared for upcoming traffic after Suez Canal blockade. Here you can find some facts and figures. The Suez Canal blockade from 24.3 until 29.03 following the stranding of the ultra-large container carrier EVER GIVEN caused a bottleneck of altogether almost 400 vessels in the East-West…

CEO Hapag-Lloyd: "We have experienced a much stronger than anticipated rebound in demand"

The shortage of containers can be felt globally, and the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, Rolf Habben Jansen, stated on LinkedIn they've signed orders for another 150,000 TEU of reefer containers, on top of the 300,000 TEU that were already added since the start of the pandemic:  "During the last months we have experienced…

Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers Group Ltd announce joint venture acquisition of Geest Line

Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers Group Limited are pleased to announce the joint venture acquisition of Geest Line Limited. Geest Line has been the operator of one of the…

Egypt impounds Ever Given over compensation claim after blockage Suez Canal

The containership Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week, is being held until its owners pay for the damages. The large cargo ship has not been given…

A.P. Moller - Maersk to hasten the pace of its AE19 service from Asia to Europe

In response to the increasing customers' demand for Asia/Europe routing options, Maersk is picking up the pace of its AE19 service -a combination of a short-sea and intercontinental rail service between Northern European ports in Finland, Poland, Germany and Scandinavia and ports in Korea, China and…

Hongkong International Terminals starts remote reefer container monitoring system

Hongkong International Terminals has launched its remote reefer container monitoring system. This enables round the clock automated remote management of all refrigerated…

New logistics building inaugurated at Brussels Airport

After two years of planning and construction, a new logistics building for the handling of goods was officially opened in the Brussels Airport logistics area. This building…

MSC supports South Africa’s citrus industry ahead of export season

The Mediterranean Shipping Company has stepped in to support South Africa’s citrus industry ahead of the export season between May and October. Amid a global shortage of…

Mekong Delta: Logistics problems hamper agri exports

As the Vietnamese Mekong Delta does not have enough deep-water ports or warehousing, transport costs have been surging, which in turn caused agriculture product competitivity…

Northeast Frontier Railway

More Kisan Rail trains to be deployed for potato shipments

The Northeast Frontier Railway has decided to deploy more Kisan Rail trains for the transportation of potatoes. Among these Kisan Rail trains, one train will run from Dhupguri…

Real-time digital overview accelerates handling of delayed Suez vessels in port of Rotterdam

Many sea-going vessels have been delayed as a consequence of the Suez Canal obstruction. As delayed vessels are arriving in quick succession in Rotterdam, there are many…

Platanos de Canarias exports to the peninsula reinforced by the Ciudad de Valencia ship

The incorporation of the Ciudad de Valencia ship to the Cadiz-Canarias line last August 2020 has allowed Naviera Armas Trasmediterranea to increase banana exports from the…

700 refrigerated containers arriving in South Africa

Maersk Vallvik arriving in Durban, South Africa with over 700 refrigerated containers to support the upcoming citrus season and customers needs. Providing fresh fruit to various markets around the world. "Phasing into our AMEX (America – South Africa) service, Maersk Vallvik repositioned empty reefers from…

Aftermath of Suez incident:

Port of Antwerp anticipates busy terminals where possible

The Suez Canal is open again, but the consequences for global shipping traffic will be felt for a long time to come. Ships will be delayed in their arrival and departure,…

Anlin Shipping's South African season starts early to alleviate pressure

In response to the unprecedented pressure on containers, Anlin Shipping has arranged one 'spot' specialised reefer vessel to visit Cape Town harbour, even before the planned start of their conventional service. At the end of last month the Sierra Lara (right) loaded 2,200 pallets, of which 75% was…

Peruvian banana shipments exceeded 25.6 million dollars in the first two months of 2021

According to the data provided by the Agrodata Peru website, Peru exported 36,414,873 kilos of bananas for a FOB value of 25,684,995 dollars between January and February 2021,…

Suez Canal blockade exacerbates container shortage in Asian ports

Most Asian ports are currently facing a container shortage that is expected to worsen as a result of the blockade of the Suez Canal by the grounding of the Ever Given…

Two belt trailers specifically for transporting potatoes

The West Flanders family business Jolie BVBA recently acquired two belt trailers from Van der Peet in Nieuwkoop. Jolie BVBA trades in potatoes; the company therefore uses the belt trailers to transport potatoes to potato-processing plants In consultation with Jolie BVBA, Van der Peet specifically adapted…

Kenyan aviation recovery impacted by UK flights ban

On Saturday, the Kenyan government issued a directive that will see all non-citizens coming in from the UK required to self-isolate for 14 days -starting Friday- before they…

Which fruits were most affected?

Outbreak of Covid-19 in Ruili temporarily closed the border between China and Myanmar at Jiegao port

Ruili in Yunnan has isolated the Guomen community in Jiegao port to stop the spread of Covid-19. The bridge at Jiegao is closed for trucks, personnel, and other kinds of…

Expansion in Charleston adds additional cold storage capacity

SC Ports celebrates Lineage Logistics facility expansion

South Carolina Ports celebrates Lineage Logistics‘ (“Lineage”) newly expanded facility in Charleston and the enhanced cold storage capabilities it brings to customers. As the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, Lineage provides…

Angvik Auto Holland strengthens export planning

Dutch carrier expands team

The Dutch trucking company, Angvik Auto Holland, has welcomed a new team member, Jan van Marion. "Jan's made quite a mark in the fruit and vegetable sector. He has years of trucking experience to Norway and the rest of Europe. So, we're delighted that he, with all his experience, is joining our team," says Remco van der Spruit.…

Saudi Ports Authority presents initiative to clear congestion caused by Suez blockage

Saudi Ports Authority Mawani has unveiled an initiative to support international shipping lines caught up in the congestion caused by the blockage of the Suez Canal by…

The Easter holidays are boosting negotiations

Pineapples are witnessing a rebound in sales

The Ho.re.ca. channel is missing, but the large-scale retail trade and greengrocers are reacting well and requests for pineapples are more than healthy. "Unlike a year ago, when sales were almost at a standstill, the situation today is quite lively," explained Alessandro Dal Bello of Dal Bello Sife, a…

SAM Algeciras authorized to perform cold treatments on vegetables for export

SAM Algeciras, Grupo Alonso's multimodal logistics platform located in the port of Algeciras is one step closer to becoming a strategic enclave for fruit and vegetable…

Their submission has been postponed until January 1, 2022

Exports to the United Kingdom continue their course without requiring phytosanitary certificates

The United Kingdom was expected to start requiring most EU fresh fruit and vegetable exports to present a phytosanitary certificate as of April 1 to enter that country after…

Importance and challenges of the Cold Chain for the last mile delivery

Delivering groceries to the consumer’s front door is an opportunity for retailers, despite the challenges.One of the transformative effects of the global pandemic is the change in retail buying behavior. People, young and old, have truly accepted online shopping, and groceries have been added to the list…

Zim, Maersk and MSC start US East Coast service

Capacity constraints on the Pacific trade routes as well as Southern California’s ports at Los Angeles and Long Beach have resulted in substantial cargo delays. The latest…

DP World gains 30-year concession for deep-water port in Congo

DP World is the world’s fourth largest port operator, and is based in Dubai. The company has won a 30-year concession for the development of the Port of Banana, located along…

"NFC single-use thermometers save on the cost of cloud storage"

It has been a year since the outbreak of Covid-19 and consumers now pay more and more attention to food safety. This also means that people in the fruit industry need to pay more attention to track-and-trace technology for fruit and vegetables. Thermometers play a vital role in the cold supply chain of…

IAG Cargo breaks Kenyan record for biggest air shipment

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) shipped 53.8 tons of cargo on a cargo-only flight from Nairobi, Kenya to London-Heathrow in March – a…

As Suez canal has reopened

Fears for congestion due to multitude of containers bound for European ports

One among many, the port of Gothenburg is warning of inevitable further congestion at Europe’s gateway ports in the wake of the freeing of container ship Ever Given yesterday,…

Álvaro Partida, of Partida Logistics: "The worst consequences of the blockade of the Suez Canal are coming now"

Spanish ports are going to have a hard time after Easter

On Monday afternoon, the Ever Given freighter was refloated after being stranded for 6 days in one of the narrowest stretches of the Suez Canal, thus blocking one of the world's busiest sea lanes. Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the Asian continent are not large at this time. Shipments mostly…

Alava plays key role in shipment of berries to northern Europe

The Spanish province of Alava and its airport currently play a key role in the shipment of Moroccan berries to northern Europe. Dozens of trucks loaded with berries enter…

Suez Canal reopening triggers rush on ports around the world

The resumed passage through the Suez Canal has the maritime cargo industry bracing for the next phase of the crisis – a race to ports around the world. Data from supply chain visibility company project44 indicates that consumer goods will be delayed as the canal incident creates worsening congestion at…

Three new giant cranes should further improve logistics

Port of Oakland sees improved import cargo volumes though export numbers remain depressed

After seeing a decline in cargo volumes in January, the Port of Oakland now reports seeing improved numbers throughout February and is feeling positive about the upcoming season, especially because they will be bringing three new giant cranes into operation this spring. Busiest February in historyIn January,…

Full year financial results

Cosco Shipping Ports see increase in net profit for Q4 2020

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited the world’s leading ports operator, today announced full-year results of the company and its subsidiaries for the year ended 31 December 2020.…

Vietnamese government tries to cool overheated freight market

The Vietnamese government, together with its counterparts in China, Taiwan, the US and South Korea, is trying to intervene to cool the overheated container shipping market.…

South Africa

Transnet Port Terminals preparing for successful citrus season

Transnet Port Terminals has issued a statement saying it is getting ready for another successful citrus season this year. This would follow a 16% year-on-year increase in the…

Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries announces new service on Dover – Calais route

Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG), is pleased to announce a new service on the Dover – Calais route. This service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of the Isle of Inishmore to the route. Additional capacity will be added in the coming months. Irish Ferries…

Burley Griffin Way railway bridge closure hampers flow of produce to market

Burley Griffin Way, between the Olympic Highway at Wallendbeen and Milvale Road at Temora, has been closed to all traffic. Trucks are now diverting to Wagga Wagga, which is…

CNN

Ever Given container ship shifted from shoreline of Suez Canal

The stern of a huge container ship that has been wedged across the Suez Canal for almost a week has been freed from the shoreline, officials say. According to the Suez Canal Authority, the course of the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given has been corrected by 80%. Further efforts to move the boat would…

40 containers of organic bananas from Piura were shipped after the end of the transporters strike

The transporter's strike in Peru affected more than 7,000 families engaged in the production of organic bananas in the Piura region. On Monday, producers will ship 40…

When can I collect my container?

The business world revolves around efficiency. Clients want to know exactly when their container will arrive at port. Or even better, at what time it will be ready for collection. After all, this…

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Ever Given still stuck in Suez Canal

Stranded Suez ship's owner, insurers face millions in claims

The Suez Canal has been closed for transit since 23 March due to a blockage by the container ship MV Ever Given. All major container carriers have been impacted by this incident, which has temporarily disabled one of the most important arteries in global trade. There are currently no clear indications as…

"Value of Argentine citrus cargoes shipped to The Port of Philadelphia was $55 million in 2020"

Growth in all categories is what produce exporters and importers like to see. And that is the current state of the produce trade between Argentina and Philadelphia. “We are…

Suez blockade raises concerns for delayed bananas and increased container shortages

On Tuesday March 23rd, a large gust of wind blew the containership Ever Given off course and the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal. The ship, which is still stuck, has blocked the canal and caused huge traffic jams of vessels at either end of the international trade route. Officials say that it could…

Australia: Roadtrains start massive watermelon shipments in Northern Territory

Between Easter and Christmas, more than 63,000 bins of watermelons are expected to be moved by Primary Connect from the Northern Territory. Primary Connect’s carrier partner for melon transportation, ABC Transport, will transport around 190 bins per trailer destined for South Australia. After arriving at…

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Visibility platform tracks Suez Canal congestion

A growing number of ships are currently trapped in the Suez Canal after the 20,000 TEU container vessel Ever Given ran aground Tuesday at 7:40 am local time. The incident is going to worsen major shipment delays as traffic on one of the world’s business waterways grinds to a halt.  As of March 24, 3:50 pm…

GT USA Wilmington welcomes M/V Dole Maya on maiden call

GT USA Wilmington, the US-based operator of the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, has welcomed the M/V DOLE MAYA on its first call at the Wilmington Marine Terminal. Built in…

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG

HHLA achieves positive 2020 result in a challenging year

In a financial year defined by the coronavirus pandemic and the associated social and economic upheavals, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) achieved a positive Group operating result (EBIT) of € 123.6 million in 2020 (previous year: € 221.2 million).In addition to decreases in volume as a result of…

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Logistics company invests 28 million euros in modern terminal

Gebrüder Weiss moves into new logistics center near Graz

International transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss has opened a new location in Kalsdorf near Graz / Austria. The state-of-the-art terminal with a total area of around 70,000 square meters replaces the previous logistics facility in the Styrian capital. The logistics company has invested around…

Julianne Cona

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World trade disrupted after blockade of Suez Canal

The refloating of one of the largest container ships in the world in the Suez Canal could take days or even weeks, said the Boskalis CEO on the Dutch news-show ‘Nieuwsuur’ yesterday evening. A team from the Dutch dredging company arrived in Egypt on Thursday morning to help. Attempts to move the huge…

Navel oranges from Hunan, China exported to Southeast Asia with zero tariff

On March 22, 25.8 tons of fresh navel oranges produced in Baojing County, Xiangxi, were inspected and released by Xiangxi Customs under Changsha Customs. The products were…

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Ever Given’s owner apologises to 150 vessels stuck

Dislodging container ship blocking Suez Canal could take 'days to weeks'

According to several shipping experts, it could take days or even weeks to free the 224,000-ton, 400m vessel, that is wedged across the Suez Canal, blocking one of the world's busiest waterways since Tuesday. The Ever Given ran aground on March 23 after being caught in 40-knot winds and a sandstorm that…

Combined technologies allow customers to make real-time decisions while produce is on land or water

Shipping patterns and schedules have become very erratic in the past year. “There are so many pieces to a logistics puzzle,” says Christian DeBlasio, CEO of Purfresh. “This past year has shown us how labor shortages at field and packing house level, as well as social distancing requirements have reduced…

Farm exports delayed by bottlenecks at California ports

California agricultural exporters say they have yet to see any relief, despite mounting calls for federal maritime regulators to address congestion at US ports. Since last…

Australian postal ban could prohibit online farm sales

Growers want Australia Post to drop plans outlawing the sending of some foods through the post. They claim that for some farm businesses, the move to online trade during…

Sierra Leone

FAPESL designs construction of export facility at Lungi Airport

Last week, the Federation for Agricultural Produce Exporters of Sierra Leone (FAPESL) held a workshop, organized with the support from the World Bank and COLEACP. The…

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Suez Canal blocked by huge container ship

A large container ship has run aground in the Suez canal after being blown off course by a 'gust of wind'. This is causing a huge traffic jam of vessels at either end of the vital international trade route. The Ever Given, registered in Panama, was bound for the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands…

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Maersk points to year-on-year increase in reefer supply to their SA customers

Little sign of let-up in reefer equipment shortfall as citrus season starts

South African fruit exporters feel particularly vulnerable to the vagaries of global trade at the moment as they see ships, not prepared to wait outside a congested South African port, sail off with empty containers meant for their trade. There’s a sentiment of abandonment caused by international…

Israel reveals mega railway project to UAE

Avi Simhon, the Head of the Israeli National Economic Council, has revealed that Israel and the UAE are planning to establish a railway project linking Abu Dhabi with Haifa.…

"Cherry Express" connects Chile and Hong Kong in 23 days

It is reported that since the start of the cherry export season, TPS (Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso) has transported 170,000 tons between November 2020 and January this…

ADEX: "We need the Government to take action"

Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports worth $20 million a day at risk because of the transporters' roadblocks

The Association of Exporters (ADEX) warned that the transporters' indefinite national strike, which is blocking different roads throughout the country, was hindering the…

First of two green, energy-efficient vessels arrive at Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme welcomed the first of two, energy-efficient Del Monte vessels to the Port of Hueneme recently. The ships’ arrival marks a new chapter in environmental partnership, continuing the Port’s mission to be the cleanest, greenest, most efficient port possible. Del Monte Valiant was the first…

Brittany Ferries plots recovery course, after worst year in decades

Brittany Ferries has published some of the most disappointing figures in its history, following its AGM in St Pol de Leon, France today. In a year dominated by the Covid…

Global freight disruptions affect NZ exporters and cool store operators

Global freight disruptions are hitting South Canterbury; cool store space is at a premium and an there remains an urgent need for containers to take primary produce to markets…

Three Kishan trains bring potato shipments from North Bengal to Tripura Agartala

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has announced to run three Kisan Rail trains up to Agartala in the next two days. The goal is to show its support for transportation of North…

Shipping congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland shows signs of relief

According to information from Bloomberg, shipping congestion at the ports of Los Angeles, the United States' largest gateway for imports from Asia, finally started to show…

Regaining no. 1 position in the northeast fruit export market

Brazil: APM Terminals Pecém registers a growth of 10% in 2020

APM Terminals Pecém (Brazil) marked several achievements in the past year. The Terminal grew volumes by double digits in 2020, reaching 387 717 TEUs handled. The figures represent an increase of about 10% compared to 2019, with main drivers being exports of reefer units and imports. Cabotage grew 5% in…

Jorge Argüello, the Ambassador of Argentina to the US:

“Port of Philadelphia is Argentina’s main port-of-entry for fruit exports”

On March 16th the Port of Philadelphia and the Embassy of Argentina hosted a webinar to highlight the relationship between the port and Argentina’s produce industry. A panel that included speakers representing every part of the supply chain from producers to customs discussed the trade relationship…

Almeria bets on Short Distance Maritime Transport to reach European markets

Jesus Caicedo, the president of Almeria's Port Authority (APA), attended a conference in Cartagena on Short Distance Maritime Transport (TMCD), a logistics modality that can…

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd publishes annual report and confirms significant earnings growth for 2020

Hapag-Lloyd published its annual report with audited business results for the 2020 financial year today. In the reporting year, Hapag-Lloyd’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased to more than USD 3 billion (approx. EUR 2.7 billion). Earnings before interest…

Onion exports hampered

New Zealand horticulture exports struggle with shipping issues

New Zealand exporters are starting feel the impact of shipping problems, as vessels skip ports or will remain at berth for shorter periods and empty containers remain unevenly…

The Port of Algeciras consolidates agri-food exports to North America

The Port of Algeciras has become a key venue within the supply chain of agri-food products to North America, thanks to the 12 regular and direct services that connect the…

Container shortage India still drags export growth

FIEO President Sharad Kumar Saraf recently responded to the February 2021 export figures. He said that monthly exports rose marginally -by 0.67 per cent- to 27.93 billion…

Del Monte Fresh bringing two new ships to US West Coast

Del Monte Fresh Produce, a North America marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, has announced that two of its energy efficient…

Jacques du Preez - Hortgro

Container shortage looms over perfect fruit harvests

After a tough few years due to drought, this season it was all meant to go well: record harvests on every fruit category managed by Hortgro after near-perfect growing conditions. The latest plum estimate is over 14 million plum cartons. “It’s going to be the most plums ever, the most peaches ever, the…

HHLA

Port of Hamburg

HHLA's Frucht- und Kühlzentrum has suitable handling tech for both reefer vessels and container ships

At this point in time, reefer ships –also called banana ships- are rarely arriving in Hamburg. The goods are now mainly delivered by container. At the Port of Hamburg, HHLA's Frucht- und Kühlzentrum(FKZ) has suitable technical handling technology and ground-handling vehicles for both reefer vessels and…

Pandemic creates obstacles for Chinese imports of Southeast Asian tropical fruit

As international trade expands, an increasing number of countries have obtained permission to enter the Chinese market. However, the challenges increase as well. There are certain food safety issues such as pesticide residue that require countries to meet safety standards, but there are other challenges…

Cambodia and China open fruit highway in Gulf of Tonkin

The allied shipping companies in the Gulf of Tonkin had previously established a fruit highway between Thailand and Vietnam, and more recently Cambodia joined. Fruit will…

Australia’s export legislation is changing

Australia is getting a new legislative framework for agricultural exports on 28 March 2021. Together, the Export Control Act 2020 and Export Control Rules 2021 streamline…

Still assisting farmers with speedy, safe and cost-effective transportation

South Central Railway runs 100th Kisan Rail

On Monday, the South Central Railway (SCR) has achieved a major milestone by loading the 100th Kisan Rail. This achievement comes in a short span of some six months, from the…

Shippers fleeing port congestion on the West Coast of the US arrive in Houston

The congestion and pressure in the ports on the US west coast, such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland, have forced shippers to search for other entry points into the…

Solid performance in 2020 - positive outlook for the year 2021

CMA CGM Financial results for the year 2020

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, met today under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive…

UK: Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040

As unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, drones could account for one-third of same-day package deliveries by 2040. While security and privacy…

Shipping industry changes tack after container crisis

Following the effects of the Covid pandemic, giant container ships that take goods from China and the Far East to western consumers faced delays at ports. Also, although the…

Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp and PSA Antwerp upgrade Europa Terminal as part of sustainable growth

To enable Europa Terminal to handle the largest container vessels, Port of Antwerp is planning to deepen the quay wall of this terminal in dialogue with PSA Antwerp, the operator of the terminal. To this end, the current quay wall will be completely demolished and replaced by a new one. In order to limit…

Aurelio Manuzzi: "The large-scale retail trade is doing well, the HORECA sector is a disaster"

A two-speed trend for the dried fruit market

The dried fruit sector is struggling with stratospheric costs for renting shipping containers from abroad. The trend in the sector has been upwards for many years, but Covid has messed up well established plans. "The dried fruit market is still growing and offers great opportunities. Only around 30% of…

New California facility for third-generation grower

Five Crowns, a family-owned third-generation grower, packer, shipper and processor of fresh produce, is opening a new facility in Tracy, CA with partner GloriAnn Farms. The facility will expand the value-added corn program and offer regional distribution of other core products. Scheduled to open in April…

Port of Antwerp sees strong growth in reefer segment in 2020

The reefer market saw worldwide growth in 2020. The port of Antwerp outperformed the global trend in this market segment with its growth figures. The increased volume of…

Distance from farm to fork can be shorter; the retail and catering industries are willing

These are findings from the study Korteketen Producten (‘short-chain products’) in the Netherlands, carried out by Wageningen University & Research on behalf of the Ministry…

Pakistan International Airline cuts tariff to facilitate fruit & vegetable exports to Middle East

Yesterday, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) cut its freight charges for the export of fruits and vegetables to the Middle East, aiming to facilitate horticulture exports.…

National Farmers’ Federation:

'Australian government’s extension of international freight assistance is a lifeline to farmers'

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has applauded the Federal Government’s announcement on the extension of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to 30…

Climate science can aid planning for Cape Town’s windbound periods

When not wind-bound, the port of Cape Town can move 16,000 containers per week, but unfortunately the southeaster wind has been “exceptionally bad” at times this season, notes Terry Gale, chairperson of the Western Cape Exporters’ Club, which represents many in the fruit export industry (fresh produce is…

Terminal building gets a facelift Portoflosangeles.org

Port of Los Angeles completes nearly $1 million in enhancements to fruit terminal

The breakbulk terminal building at Berths 54-55 at the Port of Los Angeles has a new fabric membrane roof among other improvements, thanks to nearly $1 million in upgrades…

From March 21 onwards

EU-bound lorries no longer directed to Manston for customs checks or Covid tests

Lorries bound for the Channel ports will no longer be directed to Manston for customs checks or Covid tests from March 21. Emergency planners say they are suspending services for EU-bound HGVs at the former Manston Airport site. Starting Sunday March 21, freight heading for the Port of Dover will no…

Covid affects apple shipments

Washington exports hampered by cargo-container shortage

In Wenatchee, Washington, tens of thousands of boxes of apples that should be on their way to the Middle East and Asia are instead filling the warehouses. The problem isn't a…

Air freight costs higher than the price of the fruit

Taiwan plans to export pineapples to Australia

On March 5, Lin Jiansong, former president of the World Federation of the Taiwan Chambers of Commerce (WTCC), confirmed that Taiwan is currently preparing to ship two tons of pineapples to Australia, one ton to Brisbane, and one ton to Melbourne. It seems that Taiwan is beginning to realize that…

MSC

MSC reports another successful year for its reefer cargo services

Shipping over 1.9 million refrigerated containers (also known as ‘reefer’) in 2020 alone, topping its previous record of 1.8 million in 2019, MSC continues to successfully sail the seas bringing fresh produce to consumers around the world. 2020 was another successful year for MSC’s reefer services as we…

Portmanatee.com

Port Manatee is crucial hub for Southwest Florida and beyond

For consumers in Southwestern and Central Florida and other regions, Manatee Port is a vibrant channel for a variety of commodities, providing access to all important supply chains from tropical fruits and juices to household appliances, lumber and fuel. Besides handling more than 1 billion bananas a…

Open letter to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London - From Mike Parr, Managing Director, PML

Extension of Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) emissions standards from 1st March 2021

Dear Sadiq Khan As the Mayor of London and head of the executive of the Greater London Authority, you’ve taken the decision to extend the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) emissions…

Russian Association of Food Sector Organizations - ASORPS

Logistical challenges for Uzbekistan to increase fruit and vegetable exports to Russia

According to the Russian Association of Food Sector Organizations (ASORPS), Russia and Uzbekistan could increase trade in agricultural products by creating mutual deliveries…

Andriy Yarmak - economist of the FAO investment department:

'Ukrainian logistic's chain of berries and apples to Asia and Africa should be improved'

Ukrainian apple and blueberry producers do not really have palpable technical problems with the logistics of supplying products to Asian and African markets. However,…

CMA CGM

Southern California port congestions affect Port of Oakland

Southern California ports have been seeing congestion in the past months, and this is now also affecting other ports. Specifically, the Port of Oakland, located in the San Francisco Bay, has been seeing a decline in their cargo volume in January, as a result of the spreading supply chain congestion.…

Inchcape Shipping Services

New Port Cost Estimator from Inchcape is missing link in cost puzzle

Inchcape Shipping Services is adding a new Port Cost Estimator (PCE) to its World of Ports 2.0 platform that will make both voyage cost calculations and TCE estimates much easier and more accurate. The new module is for anyone who is involved in voyage planning. It has been created by the Head of Systems…

British ports claim they are not ready for Brexit customs checks

A group of British ports are urging the government to delay the next wave of Brexit bureaucracy, claiming that border check-posts will not be ready for the July deadline,…

Jonny Cook - Port Nelson

Having a good relationship with shipping companies helps to keep things running smoothly at the port

As the New Zealand apple export season hots up Port Nelson (PNL) is running at full capacity reshuffling the port and carefully managing space. The full capacity of the port is 2700 full containers and 5000 empties. Port Nelson handles approximately 10,200 TEU of apples each calendar year. Cold store…

Ministers are considering 'a lighter touch’ to avoid disruptions

UK: Food scarcity fears prompt government plan to ease post-Brexit checks on imports from EU

UK ministers are preparing to relax post-Brexit plans for border checks on food and other imports from the EU, out of the fear that these will further damage trade and could…

Logistics UK responds to Northern Ireland grace periods extension

In response to the news from March 3, 2021 that the UK government will extend the grace periods relating to border checks on some agri-food goods – also known as sanitary and…

United Seaways launches a Brexit busting route from Morocco to the UK

United Seaways has been planning the new direct line from Morocco to the UK for over 2 years and it will be now launched in 2021. The new service will be based out of the Port of Poole, Dorset, to and from the Port of Tangiers in Morocco, and is being established to help bypass post-Brexit traffic…

Shipping route launched to export Egyptian crops to Russia

Egyptian shipping company Kadmar Shipping Co. has announced the launch of the Russian Leader Line for transporting Egyptian agricultural crops between Alexandria and Russia.…

Lot of food exports are getting stuck:

Pandemic ‘doom shopping’ clogs up US ports

Shipping companies are making it more difficult and costly to ship American food exports. Now, industry groups want federal regulators to clamp down on ‘unreasonable, unjust…

Air-cargo service in Nagaland, India

The launch of the air-cargo service at Dimapur airport is a landmark event for Nagaland. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio saw off the first consignment of 1.3 tonnes of air cargo of…

Refrigeration units provide sustainable cooling for grocery kiosks

Robotic kiosks that provide automated and contactless dispensing of groceries for consumers are being sustainably refrigerated by Carrier Transicold NaturaLINE® units, container refrigeration systems that use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (R-744).  Typically used on marine shipping containers to protect…

IATA

International Air Transport Association releases January 2021 data for global air cargo markets

January air cargo demand recovers to pre-COVID levels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020…

Global shipping upheaval reaches New Zealand shores

New Zealand, has been one of the fortunate nations to boast legitimate early wins against Covid-19 after tough border controls. Now Auckland, a city that’s home to about a…

US import logistics chain collapses

The US import logistics chain is experiencing an unprecedented bottleneck. As noted by maritime industry analyst Jon Monroe, 30 to 40 vessels are waiting for a berth in the…

Morocco and the United Kingdom will be connected by a new sea route

As announced by the English media, Morocco and the United Kingdom are working to open a new sea route that will directly connect Tangier with Poole, in the south of England.…

DSV

DSV expands air freight capacity with new intercontinental air charter routes

DSV introduces three new intercontinental routes connecting five continents in order to accommodate customer demands in a global air freight market affected by lack of capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 continues to impact global trade and movement of goods for companies all over the world.…

Shipping lines are once again skipping Port of Cape Town

Shipping lines are once again choosing to bypass the Port of Cape Town because of the impact of wind-related disruption to schedule integrity. Terry Gale, chairperson of the Exporters’ Club Western Cape, says Maersk is one of the ocean carriers that is bypassing the port and heading straight for the Port…

NSW Farmers President James Jackson:

'Vital links for ag should be a priority'

NSW Farmers is disappointed by Infrastructure Australia’s update to the national Infrastructure Priority List, which downplays the major role regional areas can make in a…


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