Logistics

China could consider banning blank sailings to lower trans-Pacific freight rates

According to a report by The Loadstar, China's communications ministry discussed refusing to allow shipping companies to increase spot rates from China to the US and…

Dipankar Bhakta

SpiceJet starts cargo service in northeast of India

On Wednesday, budget carrier SpiceJet launched a dedicated cargo service connecting the North East of India with the rest of the country and international destinations with 14…

BIFA freight forwarders unsure about Brexit preparedness

UK forwarders concerned about the end of EU transition period

UK forwarders have significant reservations over whether they will have the capacity to handle major changes to the UK’s trading relationship with the European Union at the…

APL changes name to CMA CGM Asia Shipping from 1 December 2020

With effect from 1 December 2020, the name of APL Co. Pte Ltd shall be changed to CMA CGM Asia Shipping Pte. Ltd. The name change does not affect the company’s business,…

Real-time tracking of import movements with Cargo Tracker

Combining data from various sources allows shippers who import goods through the port of Rotterdam to visualise the supply chain more clearly. A pilot project of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is now a fully-fledged application called Cargo Tracker. Portbase will be developing the application in the…

On further extension of the payment term for concessions and harbour dues

Alfaport Voka, Antwerp Port Authority and the Scheldt Left Bank Corporation (MLSO) in agreement

In order to continue supporting the shipping lines, barge operators and concessionaires at the port of Antwerp in these difficult circumstances, a further postponement of…

P&O Ferrymasters to enable smarter flows of trade with first 'track and trace' system for containers in Europe

P&O Ferrymasters announced the launch of an advanced track and trace service for its container customers, making it the first major logistics business in Europe to introduce…

Yntze Buitenwerf, Seatrade

"45,000 more pallets of fresh produce shipped from South Africa to Europe"

It has been more than six months since the corona virus turned daily life in Europe upside down. It is now difficult to imagine that the first effects of this mutated disease, for Europe, consisted of container congestion in several Chinese ports. Although much of this congestion has now been caught up…

"It is essential that Senasa resumes certifications in the field and packing facilities"

Peru's asparagus export falls by 15%

Peru's asparagus production decreased by 10 to 15% between January and July of this year compared to the same period of 2019, stated the general manager of Complejo…

Port of Walvis Bay

Namibia: New box terminal becomes fully operational

The new container terminal at the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay, built between 2014 and 2019 and commissioned in August 2019, is now fully operational. The terminal was…

LatAm Cargo increases capacity in freighter fleet

The Latin American transportation company, LATAM Cargo Group, announced an increase in its frequencies from Colombia to the United States in order to satisfy its clients’ needs in that market. It also announced the reactivation of its domestic cargo operation in 8 routes, thanks to the air operation…

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Container shortages and increasing rates still prevalent

The already soaring Asia to US rates are expected to climb higher next week as vessel operators are to impose yet another general rate increase (GRI) on 15 September.…

"We have a customer-focused business here, so we are looking after the client as best we can"

How direct-to-customer deliveries are driving sales for one Queensland company

The direct interaction with customers has helped a Queensland fresh produce delivery service build-up a strong local customer base through focusing on "top-class" satisfaction, according to its owner. Efresh supplies fresh produce to restaurants, foodservice and community facilities, including aged care…

Lillia Pavlova

Vietnam: Road transport preferred over railways in cross border exports

Because it lacks a comprehensive logistics package, Vietnam’s railways sector has failed to attract cross-border business. Nguyen Dinh Tung is the CEO of HCMC-based fruit…

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Panama Canal Authority plans new project to cure water supply problems

Issues surrounding the right amount of water have plagued the Panama Canal for years. When rainfall is limited and nearby lakes begin to get low, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has to implement draft restrictions in order to keep the canal running. This, of course, limits the amount of cargo the ships…

Chief executive officer of Singapore-based Ocean Network Express - Jeremy Nixon: Chris Troch

‘Container shipping reaches near pre-Covid levels’

In recent months, container shipping has staged a sharp rebound, now nearing pre-pandemic levels. However, the outlook remains clouded in uncertainty. "Here we are in…

Maersk makes AE19 ocean-rail service from Asia to Europe permanent

In July 2019, first cargo left the Russian Far East on A.P. Moller - Maersk’s AE19 service, a unique combination of a short-sea and intercontinental rail product, which…

EBITDA of CMA CGM increases by 25% in second quarter

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group met under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the…

UK hauliers demand meeting with government

'Significant gaps' in Brexit border plans

Eight British logistics organisations have written to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove warning that the UK-EU supply chain "will be severely disrupted" from January, if…

Nearly 7 thousand tons of Thai fruit 'board the train' to China

The Vietnamese Labor News reports that Vietnamese train services are severely disrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This also creates complications for Vietnamese…

Due to COVID impact on freight costs

Australian stone fruit growers fear glut in domestic market

Stone fruit growers across Australia are faced with tough decisions as the COVID pandemic has raised air freight costs, wreaking havoc on export markets. The latest USDA…

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Flights bring fruits from Mindanao to Luzon and Visayas

Filipino fruit producers in Mindanao will be allowed to ship their harvest directly to Luzon and the Visayas daily, following the signing of a marketing agreement between the…

Decaale

UK hauliers warn British cabinet over Brexit border plans

UK road haulier organisations have written to their cabinet ministers warning of "severe" disruptions to supply chains due to the current border plans for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said they were working to ensure the "best systems are in…

Week 1 of truckers' strike in Chile completed, port workers resumed duties

At the end of a week of stoppages, the Chilean truckers' strike is of even greater concern to the productive sector, especially food supply chains, due to the absolute lack of any prospect for an agreement or even a definition of the problem. Ronald Bown, president of the Chilean Fruit Exporters…

Second quarter 2020 financial results show overall revenue down by 4%

Net earnings nearly equal to second quarter of 2019 for Eimskip

Eimskip release the financial results for the second quarter of 2020. Revenues amounted to EUR 160.6 million, a decrease of EUR 6.9 million or 4.1% when compared with the same…

Seatrade adds call at port of Dover

Seatrade, based out of Antwerp, is now calling twice a week at Dover cargo terminal. The company has added the Zodiac service from the Caribbean in addition to the same…

Michael Turner

South Africa

Citrus exporters content as Cape Town port returns to normality

COVID-19 did quite a number on the handling speeds at the Port of Cape Town. Now, however, exports of most agricultural products have been proceeding apace, with a reported 1.94 million cartons of export approved citrus crops on their way to foreign markets. Amid the easing of restrictions under lockdown…

Fedefruta's statement about the truckers' strike in Chile

"We understand how drivers and carriers feel today"

The president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), Jorge Valenzuela Trebilcock, made the following statement regarding the truckers' strike: "The…

Cedric Timo (Grassfields Trading) on the import of African food stuff

"Difficult air freight situation has almost returned to normal"

The number of flights and with these the airfreight capacity was rapidly reduced in the course of the Corona crisis. This had a serious impact on the supply of African fruit and vegetables to Europe. "Even in our main country of origin, Cameroon, capacity was quite limited for a while. This led to…

Emirates SkyCargo flew over 10 million mangoes out of Pakistan this season

Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 10 million mangoes from Pakistan this season, flying the fruit to destinations all over the world. Mango, sometimes called the ‘king’ of…

Transitioning to 4G LTE and 5G

How to prevent disruptions in live tracking of fresh produce?

Growing season is fast approaching for many fruit producers in Asia and the Southern Hemisphere’s Australia and New Zealand. “Whether you are a farmer of cherries, avocados, citrus or durian, the ability to track the location and temperature of in-transit domestic and/or export shipments is critical to…

Dynamar report: Dumbra

‘Collaboration is key to solve West African port congestion’

Dutch company Dynamar BV has provides transport and shipping information and consultancy services for marine, energy and financial sectors. According to one of their reports…

Coop Denmark to transport fresh produce by train

Coop Denmark is going to change the way it transports fruit and vegetables from Spain. Subject to a trial run, this will change from road to rail. The company's climate department did new calculations. These show this change could reduce the supermarket's transport carbon emissions from Spain to Denmark…

12 day route from Mexico to the Netherlands

Direct route from Veracruz to Rotterdam to launch in September

The first specialized perishables vessel from Veracruz, Mexico, to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is set to sail the second week of September for the direct sea route from 12 days, reducing total transit time by 10 to 15 days. In an alliance with Greensea, part of the Seatrade Group, United Producers of…

Monitor temperature and humidity for perishables with LogTag data recorders

QA Supplies recommends the UHADO-16 and HASO- 8 humidity and temperature loggers for monitoring current humidity and temperature readings simultaneously. These unique products are ideal for recording and monitoring the environment within a barn, warehouse, cooler, refrigerated transportation, and more. LogTag’s…

"We only ask that we are given the protection that every Chilean is entitled to"

Chilean truckers begin an indefinite strike

The Chilean truckers' strike, which was organized by Chile's National Confederation of Cargo Transport (CNTC) to protest the wave of violence that the sector has suffered in the south of the country, began at 00:00 hours this Thursday with the blocking of Route 68. “We only ask that we are given the…

State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development -Sri Lanka

Making Maattala Rajapaksa International Airport 'the most active airport in South Asia'

The new government of Sri Lanka intends to convert Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) from one of the world’s emptiest international airports to an most active airport in South Asia. This was said in a statement from State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development, D.V. Chanaka, after…

Michael Williams

New Zealand

Port of Tauranga is planning for the next stage of cargo growth

New Zealand’s port of Tauranga is reporting a group net profit of $90million and increased container volumes despite disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic. The profit from the nation’s largest port is on 24.8 million tonnes of trade and it had an annual revenue of $302m down $11.3m on 2019. Port of…

CMA CGA

Services Update

CMA CGM to launch TURKEY MED EXPRESS

CMA CGM is pleased to announce the implementation of a new Shortsea Med service, the faster ever maritime bridge between Western Turkey & West Med: TMX – TURKEY MED EXPRESS starting as from Friday, September 18th, 2020 ex Gebze port. This sustainable option aiming at optimizing your transportation…

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Announces 2020 Interim Results

Ports operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (“COSCO SHIPPING Ports” or “CSP” or the “Company”, today announced the interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries (the…

Colruyt Group makes fruit and vegetable deliveries greener

Since mid-August, green folding crates have replaced the blue crates in the freshmarts of Colruyt Group's food stores (Colruyt Lowest Prices, OKay, Bio-Planet and Spar Colruyt Group). Four folding crates take up as much room as one old crate saving the group transport and space. The transition from blue…

Barry Hugo – Dunlash South Africa

Reducing claims through improved cold air flow within a reefer container

In refrigerated containers the chilled air often short circuits, not keeping the fresh produce at the desired temperature. “Cold air is lazy, it takes the path of least resistance,” explains Barry Hugo, managing director at Dunlash South Africa and Refrigerated Air Flow Technologies (RAFT).  This challenge…

Roy van den Berg, Daily Logistics Group:

Brexit: cabotage regulations new sticking point, transporters with British location see added advantage

Negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union regarding the future trade relationship have once again run aground on a particular passage in the proposal. This time the stakes are the cabotage scheme for British hauliers in the European Union. According to Brussels, the proposal from…

Chilean truckers call for an indefinite national strike

The latest attacks on trucks in Chile, where 535 vehicles have been set on fire so far, have led the Federation of Truck Owners of the South (Fedesur) to approve an indefinite…

APM Terminals

Next phase of development commences for new Ivory Coast Container Terminal

Contracts were signed this month with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), for the construction of Abidjan’s second container terminal, known as Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT). CIT is scheduled to be operational at the end of 2021. The consortium, a joint venture between Bolloré and APM Terminals,…

"Some ships seek ports where inspections are not as strict"

Up to 65,000 tons of lemons bound to Spanish port of Cartagena redirected to other places

The lack of standard inspection criteria for the entry of citrus fruits into the European Union has caused the Port of Cartagena to lose up to 65,000 tons of lemon imports last season. As warned by the Port Authority in a statement, the high number of interceptions in the port in recent months,…

Maersk funds Australian logistics start-up

Logistics tech start-up Ofload has scored $2.8 million of seed funding in a round led by the venture capital division of Danish shipping giant Maersk. The company was…

New rail freight connection between Xi’an and Rotterdam

As of August 16, 2020, a new rail freight connection between West China’s Xi’an and Rotterdam was launched into operation. This new route, which is an extension of the current route between Xi’an and Mukran in Germany, only takes 16 days to arrive on its destiny. The rail route is jointly run by the…

During ocean transportation

Ozone brings MRLs of fungicides and pesticides down within limits

Restrictions on the use of pesticides and fungicides are becoming increasingly stringent. In some cases, changes to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) are made by governments overnight, putting a lot of pressure on growers and exporters. “Most of the pressure is coming from the European Union,” says Christian…

Irish Sea border means chaos looms, even with Brexit deal Donfiore

EU negotiator rejects new UK plan to keep shipping routes open after Brexit

Last week, UK officials tabled a new plan to keep “roll on, roll off” ports on both sides of English Channel flowing as part of any future free-trade agreement with the EU.…

Report by Drewry

Reefer shipping to outpace dry cargo trade despite container shortages

Growth in seaborne perishable cargo slowed in 2019 but is forecast to better weather the COVID-19 induced economic storm than the dry cargo trade given the broader resilience of the food supply chain. Meanwhile, availability of refrigerated container equipment is forecast to tighten as buoyant trade and…

First-half seaborne cargo handling was twelve percent lower at 61.2 million tons

Corona pandemic reduces seaborne cargo throughput in Port of Hamburg

Only too evident worldwide, the negative repercussions of the Corona pandemic are also affecting the throughput trend in Germany’s largest universal port. In the first six…

First fruit export by train from Ethiopia

During an inauguration ceremony at Modjo Dry Port on 22 August 2020, the first ever refrigerated container carrying fruit was loaded at the train from Ethiopia to Djibouti.…

PMA Fresh Connections 2020

South Africa: Despite huge logistical challenges still a fantastic fresh produce season

The impact of the unusual past few months on the fresh produce supply chain was discussed at last week’s PMA Fresh connections conference, in what has been a season that, amid the challenges, experienced increased overseas demand for many fresh commodities and export returns optimised by a weakening…

Brexit: Plan for three months’ lead time to transition to Customs processes

Beginning 1 January 2021, Brexit will make Great Britain a European third country and thus subject to the relevant import and export regulations. "Anyone who suddenly finds…

Mr.siwabud Veerapaisarn

Shipping lines are holding all the cards in the new Covid world

Maritime consultancy Drewry has warned that container costs could go through the roof, due to the current situation featuring blank sailings, arrival delays, capacity…

Sybo Prakken, Hartman Expeditie:

Further investment in sustainability with new LNG trucks

In May, Hartman Expeditie ran a one-week trial with two LNG demo trucks. This test went according to full satisfaction for the company, after which 7 trucks of the Scania, Volvo and Iveco brands were immediately purchased for the conditioned transport of fruit and vegetables to Scandinavia. Photo:…

Hong Kong port suffers outbreak of Covid-19 and may have to temporarily close down

Nearly 70 people in Hong Kong port have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 10 days. The port has already become the third largest epicenter of Covid-19 in Hong Kong.…

Kviktor

UK and EU trade talks deadlocked on access for trucks

Negotiations about a future trade treaty between the UK and the European Union appear to be stalled after the EU’s rejection of a British request to grant UK truckers…

In a partnership with Nunner Logistics Samskip

Samskip presents intra-Europe rail service

Together, the Samskip company and logistics provider Nunner Logistics have introduced new direct rail services between Amsterdam and Duisburg. Experts call it a new and…

Liverpool and Heysham routes

Stena Line to boost freight capacity ahead of increased trade activity

Stena Line will boost the freight capacity on its Liverpool and Heysham routes due to an expected increase in pre-Brexit trade activity. The ferry service will charter the…

Robin Desoete, DSR Logistics

“Eurosun's take-over means we can give clients a total offer”

The Belgian company, DSR Logistics, recently acquired the logistics service provider, Eurosun. "Francis Rodriquez wanted someone to take over the company. He wants to retire in a few years. That was a huge opportunity for us. It means we now have a branch in the fruit and vegetable sector," says DSR…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast LLC:

"Rigid transport boxes are still an integral part of the supply chain"

When it comes to secondary packaging and transport packaging, people nowadays often think of hinged crates as used in the common pool systems. Nevertheless even rigid fruit and vegetable crates still have a right to exist, says Gerold Wilms from bekuplast. "This type of crate has been around for 25…

TBV Kühlfahrzeuge sees growth potential for electric and gas driven refrigerated vehicles

"We will continue to focus on sustainable refrigerated logistics"

For over 40 years ,TBV Kühlfahrzeuge LLC has been an established manufacturer and dealer of refrigerated transport units for the food industry. The main sales area has always been southern Germany, but thanks to an extensive network of national and international partners, the innovative solutions are now…

Maersk releases financial report for Q2, claims strong season despite pandemic

“As expected, the second quarter was materially impacted by COVID-19"

In Q2 2020, A.P. Moller - Maersk improved profitability across all businesses through agile capacity deployment, cost mitigation initiatives and adaption to changed customer…

South African logistics

Transnet sets a new fruit export record

The Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in Durban and Ngqura recently handled an record export of over 900 refrigerated containers packed with South Africa’s citrus fruits that were…

Reefer transports from Brazil straight into European melon nerve centre

“People around the world are increasingly seeking a healthy lifestyle and fresh fruit and vegetables are an important contributor,” says Elber Alves Justo, managing director of MSC Brazil. It is the reason that MSC continues to invest in refrigerated transport solutions for all kind of fruit and…

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Adriatic shore, Slovenia

Port of Koper starts box terminal expansion

The Adriatic Sea port of Luka Koper has started the main construction works for the extension of the southern part of Pier I. The first phase of the project consists of the quayside extension of 98.5m and 34.4m width. The quayside project should be completed in March 2021, bringing the total length of…

Intent on meeting growing demand Juan Moyano

Total Terminal International Algeciras S.A. expands reefer space

Total Terminal International Algeciras S.A. has substantially increased its cold chain facilities. It has also installed 120 new reefer plugs to help it better serve the…

Importing fruits and vegetables

ASYAD Cooperates with Indian Agricultural Authorities

ASYAD is a new integrated logistics provider in Oman. The company’s Business Development Team, in partnership with the departments concerned in the Sultanate, has collaborated…

EU pest interceptions in citrus imports up until July almost equal all of the interceptions of 2019

According to La Unió of Llauradors, up until July, the European Union intercepted 151 shipments of citrus fruit infested with pests in EU ports, a figure that almost equals…

HHLA significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The dramatic global decline in the level of economic activity and the resulting economic downturn in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic have had a…

California

Plane-delivered peaches to bridge gap from farm to grocery

The Giumarra Companies recently completed a test flight shipment to deliver peaches grown in the San Joaquin Valley to Southern California-based grocery retailer Gelson’s. The test included Cessna aircraft loaded with freshly harvested Henry III variety peaches at Reedley Municipal Airport on the morning…

Rick Marwitz (mirontell) & Daniel Heidenreich (DACHSER SE) on ultra-fresh logistics:

"Logistician at the center of supply assignments"

The past few months have posed a very special challenge for the fruit and vegetable trade. Reliable delivery during the crisis period caused many traders great concern. For convenience food producer mirontell, however, this concern was unfounded, according to Rick Marwitz from the sales department of mirontell…

Tru-Cape searches for solutions to Cape Town Port crisis

As far back as December 2019, inefficiency at Cape Town’s port was highlighted by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism who convened a meeting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre with key stakeholders representing the entire port logistics chain, from exporters and importers, to…

P&O Ferrymasters commences operations at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park LG231

P&O Ferrymasters, one of the leading European providers of tailor-made transportation and logistics services, took occupation of the 231,000 sq ft (21,460 m²) distribution…

Eco-friendly intermodal solution connects Spain, UK and Ireland

Together with Containerships (CMA-CGM group), APM Terminals Gijon has formed an eco-friendly logistic chain connecting major Spanish cities to the UK and Ireland. The solution…

"The price of airfreight has tripled since COVID-19 hit Australia in late March"

Business diversity the key to lessening the impact of coronavirus on the export front

Diversity has helped a major Australian fresh produce company avoid any serious problems throughout a very challenging autumn and winter seasons, with the widespread impact of COVID-19 across the global industry. Australia Fruits has suffered setbacks with the airfreight side of the business, with the…

Karayuschij

New Zealand: Central Otago cherry growers interested in airport plan

Central Otago cherry growers hope to benefit from a new international airport at Tarras. In a public meeting in Tarras on Wednesday night, there was a range of speakers…

Dani3315

Guyana: Temporary shutdown of airports hits non-traditional agri exports

Guyana’s decision to ban incoming international flights, combined with many reduced passenger flights, has dealt a blow to non-traditional agricultural exports. Guyana closed…

Edmonton airport eyes growing future in perishables

As the region’s population continues to grow, one Canadian city’s airport is working towards its future in continuing to move more perishable exports in the coming years. In the province of Alberta, Canada, Edmonton International Airport (EIA)’s shipments involve a variety of fresh items. “We focus on…

Philip Elliott - Safmarine

“South African citrus growth has exceeded our expectations”

Safmarine, part of A.P. Moller - Maersk, has seen a 44% increase in the citrus cargo they have carried from South Africa this season. They had expected the increase of volumes, but their expectations have been exceeded, says Philip Elliott, reefer sales representative at Safmarine. Being able to respond…

Van Donge & De Roo

"Navigation offers insight into sustainable transport connections"

The Rotterdam freight forwarder Van Donge & de Roo (D&R) is investing heavily in a healthy and safe working environment for employees, optimal service for customers and…

Port of Savannah grows to keep ahead of South American import growth

While it’s long been a port that focuses on moving protein, one major U.S. port is continuing to develop its ability to move more produce as well. The Port of Savannah in Georgia has long relied on frozen protein as its bread and butter when it comes to shipments. “Georgia is the poultry producing…

Colombia

The Port of Santa Marta makes its first shipment of Hass avocado to the US

The Colombian port of Santa Marta has made its first shipment of Hass avocado to the US. The shipment was made up of a 1 FEU container loaded with 1,920 boxes of this fruit…

PML reports business in good health, despite pandemic

PML, the global perishable cargo specialist reports the business has successfully risen to the challenges associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak and to date, unlike…

Navistar invests in autonomous trucking company Navistar

Navistar and TuSimple partner to bring autonomous trucks to market

Navistar International Corporation, a producer of International® brand commercial trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, and…

Charles Gantz – Anlin Shipping

Conventional shipping & Covid-19: should South Africa’s grape & stonefruit sectors take note?

Citrus companies are setting an example with their increased return to conventional shipping this season, in large degree to compensate for the delays and inefficiencies at the Cape Town Container Terminal. "Year to date, we are already loading the sixteenth vessel destined for Europe and Russia, which…

P&O Ferrymasters

P&O Ferrymasters launches new consultancy service to help customers access data-driven logistics solutions

P&O Ferrymasters today announces a major expansion of its pan-European logistics solutions business with the launch of a specialist consultancy service which will help customers to manage complex supply chain challenges.The new consultancy service will make the company’s unrivalled in-house expertise…

First half of 2020: Kuehne+Nagel manages the crisis successfully

In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the global lockdown, the Kuehne+Nagel Group achieved a good result in the second quarter of 2020. Market share gains and the cost savings initiated throughout the Group had a positive impact. Net turnover for the first half-year was CHF 9.8…

Pornchai Soda

Thailand tries two new strategies to get perishables to China

Thailand is bypassing supply-chain roadblocks to deliver its perishables to China, its biggest market in Asia. Traditionally, perishable goods like fruit and vegetables have…

Kateryna Mashkevych

Rise in shipments by Turkish Airlines Cargo Operations

Since the slump in cargo capacity earlier this year, Turkish cargo - an integral part of Turkish Airlines operations - has risen to become a significant cargo mover worldwide.…

Rogermechan

Three quarters of hauliers in danger of losing permits in no-deal Brexit

Fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk reports that when Britain leaves the single market and customs union at the end of the year, lorry companies will lose the right to provide road transport services in the EU. Instead, they will automatically enter the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) scheme,…

Johan Bresseleers, North Sea Port

"Vlissingen harbor's fruit and vegetables transhipment peaked”

At the beginning of July, North Sea Port published its 2020 half-year results. The coronavirus outbreak caused a drop in the transshipment of many categories, expect containers. "In that category, we, in fact, saw an increase of about five percent," says the port's spokesman, Johan Bresseleers. "Many of…

How will the GB and EU border work from next year?

The government has made some further announcements to the way in which it will operate its border with the EU at the end of the transition period from 1 January 2021. This…

HHLA and Port of Braunschweig enter strategic partnership

This week, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and Hafenbetriebsgesellschaft Braunschweig mbH (the Port of Braunschweig's operating company) signed an agreement in Braunschweig’s town hall to begin a strategic partnership. The goal is to promote environmentally friendly inland waterway shipping in hinterland…

China: Port of Nansha rises to meet cold chain demand with mega-warehouse

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic shocks, global demand for warehousing is soaring. This is particularly true for leading-edge facilities meeting vital needs close to major markets. South China’s Port of Nansha, among the world’s five busiest container ports, is rising to meet cold chain logistics…

Marc Vreugdenhil, C. Vreugdenhil International Transport

Ban on sleeping in cabins isn't an issue for Dutch carriers

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament approved some revised rules. These are meant to improve truck drivers' working conditions. This should also put an end to the disruption of road transportation competition. That means, among other things, that drivers may longer spend the compulsory week's rest in…

Row about hampered plum exports to European Union

Bosnian agro producers announced blockage of Croatian border

Suad Selimovic, president of the Association for Agriculture and Food Industry, which operates at the Tuzla Canton Chamber of Commerce, has stated:  “If Croatia does not simplify…

Vietnamese fruit exports via Lao Cai border gate on the up

Exports of fruits via the border gates with China in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai was up in the first half of 2020 despite COVID-19, according to the provincial…

Ross van der Merwe – Orbit Integral

“We’ll have to start getting creative with citrus logistics”

Orbit Integral’s general manager Ross van der Merwe believes that the truck attacks are, for the time being at least, under control. “In the Western Cape, particularly, it was cleared up very quickly. Our biggest frustration is that there haven’t been arrests. Most of the drivers I spoke to are opposed…

Calls for border inspection post in Cork

'This will be the biggest transformation in Irish ports for the next 15 years'

As cargo ships keep getting bigger, Port of Cork CEO Brendan Keating is positioning Cork to become their first Irish port of call. The operations of the Port of Cork Company…

René Baan, APC Handling

"Air freight is on the rise across Europe"

It is currently busier in air freight than it has been in the previous months. René Baan, commercial manager at APC Handling, indicates that they are busy again at the storage and transshipment company specialising in the handling of air freight for vegetables, fruit, flowers and fish. "Across the board,…

Fabio Vignali

Drop in fresh produce transport

FreshPlaza contacted Vignali Trasporti, a leading logistic provider, to talk about the situation after the pandemic. Fabio Vignali, CEO of all companies part of Gruppo Vignali, reports that "we are dealing with the consequences of the restrictions put in place during the quarantine. While transport and distribution trends were…

Reacting to six-month EASA ban on PIA’s flight operations to Europe Rexwholster

Turkey to help export fruits & vegetables to Europe

While Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight operations to Europe remain suspended, Turkish Airline has offered its services to transport Pakistani fruit and vegetable…

Study calls for extension of moratorium on transport height restrictions

Many South African industries, especially the fruit industry, could suffer major financial losses if they're not allowed to transport their goods in high cube containers if…

British Ports Association welcomes new Brexit borders funding commitments

The British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s announcements on new Brexit borders funding to cover infrastructure, systems and staffing. The £705m includes…

Cold weather seems to be have reduced the intensity of ongoing truck attacks

Thirty-foot swells and gale force winds close most South African harbours

Swells in excess of nine metres at Cape Town Harbour prevented berthing as the third cold front in a quick succession of low pressure systems from Antarctica hit the Cape coast. Currently Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura are windbound with Durban resuming operations. The frontal system has caused…

Turkish grape season to kick off in first week of August

‘Turkish airliner gives fruit exporters the advantage over other countries’

The Turkish grape season is about to get started, and the Turkish seem to have an advantage over their competitors. An airline that basically guarantees them the ability to get their produce shipped overseas. One Turkish exporter is looking forward to the season, as they expect an increase in sales this…

Chiquita's transfer to Guatemala affects more than 160 banana cooperatives in Honduras

Chiquita Brands, the transnational company transferred its logistics activity from Honduras to Guatemala because of the high port charges and fees, the high cost of electric…

RiverOak Strategic Partners

UK government clears Manston to re-open as air freight hub

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the necessary government approval for re-opening and developing Manston airport as an air freight facility. The airport is located some 100km east of London and the development consent order for the project was granted on 9 July. Under the proposal, put forward…

Port of Rotterdam to start trial with PIN-free container handling

This week, various parties in Rotterdam will be launching a new pilot project, in which containers are handled and released without a PIN code: a widely used verification method in this transport segment. The project revolves around a new application, Secure Container Release, which replaces the PIN code…

Spain

Extremadura to strengthen controls over the transport of tomatoes by road this campaign

Extremadura's tomato harvesting campaign will start in the last week of July and should last until late September. During that period, about 2 million tons of tomatoes are…

Kingmaphotos

Oman Air announces increase in cargo charters

Oman Air operated 69 chartered cargo-only flights from April to June, including the highest-ever cargo load the airline has carried. The airline said that 27 of the flights…

'MSC cannot secure the discharge of reefers containers at the designated port'

Coronavirus affecting reefer container operations in Yantian port

Due to the effect of the Covid-19, many ports are congested. In particular, there are no more reefer plugs available in Yantian port. As a matter of fact, MSC cannot secure…

Illegal strike causes bottleneck at Durban cold stores and reduces truck availability

Some Limpopo citrus packhouses suspend work until next week due to truck shutdown

A number of citrus packhouses in Limpopo have taken the drastic decision to suspend packing while on some farms harvesting has been stopped until coming Monday. A citrus trader describes the situation at their Limpopo packhouse as "a great game of Tetris" as they try to find space for all the pallets.…

Troy Muyshondt, Dockflow

“Digitization will optimize the logistics sector”

While studying law, Troy Muyshondt became obsessed with the logistics sector, especially sea freight. After completing his studies, he started working as a lawyer in maritime law, but the innovations drew his attention. A new study direction and a thesis on Blockchain in the logistics sector brought him…

Concern at growing Covid impact on Port Elizabeth & Durban

Productivity at all South Africa's port terminals currently well below norm

A number of logistics companies in South Africa have been keeping their trucks off the roads since yesterday to ensure the safety of their drivers during an unofficial strike protesting the employment of foreign nationals while at Port Elizabeth and Durban harbours the number of Covid-19 cases rises. The…

Increase in Argentine pear and apple exports through the port of San Antonio Este

According to a recent report prepared by the North Patagonia Port Terminal (TPPN), regional fruit exports during the first half of the year through the port of San Antonio…

Mangology AG: High demand but limited supply

"Significant increase in Pakistani mango prices due to lack of air freight capacity"

Normally, the supply of Pakistani mangoes in Switzerland is going at full speed from the middle and the end of June. At present, however, considerable trade bottlenecks are being felt due to the lack of air freight capacity. Accordingly, the prices for the Asian delicacies are also being driven up, says…

This online platform ensures improved transparency at the container terminal

Year after year, container ships are breaking records with the number of containers they can carry onboard. But bigger doesn’t always mean faster. The Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) online platform aims to change that. ECT Delta terminal Depending on the container ship’s call size, the number of…

Spain: Port of Valencia to build a new container terminal within next 10 years

The Valencia Port Authority has announced the construction of a new container terminal in the northern expansion by 2030. This is expected to increase the container volume capacity and double the economic activity of the port, said Aurelio Martinez, PAV president. According to Martinez, the North…

Dipankar Bhakta

SpiceJet intends to expand cargo operations

With the increased need for cargo handling infrastructure and cargo delivery caused by COVID-19, SpiceJet has created warehouses and deployed several aircraft. The company is…

Colombia to start exporting mandarins to the US again

Colombia will start to export mandarins to the United States again with the first shipment of this product to Puerto Rico, which will be shipped by the Frutales Las Lajas…

Maersk to acquire KGH Customs Services

A.P. Moller - Maersk announces that it has reached an agreement with Bridgepoint Development Capital to acquire KGH Customs Services (KGH), a Sweden-based specialist in trade…

Gerhard Nel – FarSoft Solutions

Digital systems provide a meaningful way of looking at fruit

The fruit industry has become very complex with the amount of data available from packing and cooling facilities plus increasingly strict export regulations. “You have to be able to give simple answers to complex questions,” says Gerhard Nel, director at FarSoft Solutions. Packhouse data are crucial to…

MSC will stop at the Brazilian port of Pecem to cover the melon export season

According to Alphaliner, MSC will add northbound layovers at the Brazilian port of Pecem to the String 1 services on the USEC-Caribbean-ECSA route and to the String 1 service…

ZIM acquires 500 new Star Cool refrigerated containers with controlled atmosphere

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Israel's largest cargo shipping company and one of the 20 largest shipping companies in the world, has expanded its fleet of refrigerated…


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