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New Agadir- Port-Vendres sea freight connection enters into service

On March 21, A new Morocco-France maritime connection dedicated to refrigerated containers entered into service. The new line connects the Moroccan southern city of Agadir and Port-Vendres (France) once a week. This new shipping line seeks to replace TIR traffic using the Tangier MED port platform with…

South Africa’s ports remain open, but at reduced levels

What goes for all ports goes for the South African ports as well. Curbing logjams and ensuring the timely extraction of essential goods at the country’s ports is critical to…

Chile, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore commit to supply chains

Together with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore, Chile has affirmed its commitment to guarantee the connectivity of supply chains in the face of the COVID-19 situation. This was made clear in a joint statement by Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon…

Coronavirus transport measures

European Commission’s view on Mobility and Transport

The European Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic prioritises keeping its European citizens healthy. This includes keeping essential transport moving, for example to…

Seattle’s port operator grapples with some of steepest declines among West Coast ports

US port terminals slow down as imports drop

As volumes drop due to the pandemic, North American container terminals are slowing and in some cases shuttering. The coming months are likely to offer little, if any, reprieve from the downturn as the US enters a recession and container volumes likely remain weak. US-based ports operator SSA Marine is…

Road freight costs increase by 40%

EU to open corridors to facilitate food supply

In order to guarantee the supply of food across Europe, the European Commission intends to open green corridors for freight transport, which will ensure continuity in the supply and facilitate logistics. It has therefore required Member States to reduce the health inspections and reinforced controls…

Significant demand placed on Australian trucking services to keep supply chains flowing

The Australian Trucking Association says that the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for the national transport industry, including the shipment of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain. "Some fleets are experiencing demands higher than the Christmas period, although…

Maersk and MSC blank Asia to Europe/Med sailings due to low demand

Just as container lines schedules from China seemed to be getting back to normal, the 2M Alliance has struck two Asia – Europe/Med sailings next week as the impact of the…

From 20 to 22 October

First edition of Fresh Food Logistics takes place at Fruit Attraction 2020

To coincide with Fruit Attraction 2020, the first edition of Fresh Food Logistics, a new International Fair for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Management of the Fresh Food…

MarketBuy partners up with Chill-Chain to help solve logistical challenges

“This is the time to connect people”

As transport becomes more difficult every day, import and export is challenging. Produce gets stuck at ports, or growers are no longer able to find transport for a reasonable…

Ecuador

The Port of Bolivar maintains normality in banana shipments

The Port of Bolivar Maritime Terminal has stated that it continues to operate normally despite the health emergency facing Ecuador and the mobility restrictions in place due to the coronavirus exception decree. They also noted that shipments of bananas to the international market proceeding smoothly. In…

Christian DeBlasio with Purfresh

“Our ozone technology kills viruses including corona, and keeps fresh produce safe”

Many mitigation tools are being used to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including social distancing, and enhanced personal hygiene. In addition, health experts are promoting healthy eating as a way to boost immunity. “Here at Purfresh, we ensure that the fruits and vegetables transported around the…

"When non-essential freight can no longer be moved"

NZ ports warn of possible seize-up this week

In New Zealand's ports, a "pile-up" is looming that will restrict the movement of food and medical supplies if non-essential freight destined for closed businesses can't be…

CMA CGM launches SeaPriority Go

The CMA CGM Group is launching SeaPriority Go, a new high value-added service within the CMA CGM+ range of solutions designed to meet the needs of its customers. SeaPriority Go provides customers…

Global airfreight rates continue to rise

Airfreight rates continued their rapid ascent last week, breaching the $5 per kg mark on the transpacific trade lane for the first time in years. The latest figures from Tac Index show that last week airfreight rates between Shanghai and North America increased by 18% compared with a week ago to $5.70…

Fabio Vignali: road haulage workers need to be respected

This is an emergency situation and the Coronavirus is changing our existence radically. There are people who are still working and putting their lives at risk (doctors, nurses, health care staff, ect.), but let us not forget the transport and distribution sector.  FreshPlaza talked about it with Fabio Vignali,…

Andalusian fruit and vegetables are arriving in Europe without problems

According to Luis Miguel Fernández, manager of Coexphal, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería, the supply of Andalusian fruit and vegetables to Europe is proceeding normally. "There are some admissible delays in the arrival to the United Kingdom, but our products get there in good…

Potatoes instead of asparagus characterize current food shipments

"Our advantage is that we can react flexibly to current developments"

PS Food Logistics LLC is an internationally operating forwarding agent. The company has two branches, one in Neckarsulm and one in Panevėžys, Lithuania. According to Managing Director Konstantin Popov, the crisis has not yet affected the daily business, as no goods are still transported between the two countries.…

No movement at the ports, no drivers for containers

India in lockdown, trade comes to a halt

India has taken its next step in fighting the coronavirus, as the Indian Prime Minister announced a 21-day lockdown, ending the 15th of April. The country was already on a curfew, but it seems all port activity has now been stopped and all international passenger airlines, which would also carry cargo,…

Sandeep Singh, Amar Import & Export:

"Now that cargo flights from Suriname and the Dominican Republic to the Netherlands are scrapped, exotic vegetable prices are rising"

Amar Import & Export is has been trading in exotic fruit, vegetables, and specialties for more than 30 years now. The company is based in the Netherlands. It specializes in African, Asian, Indian, and Caribbean products. Usually, every week, new loads arrive from all over the world. Products come from…

Ecuador

The Port of Guayaquil doubles the free storage period for exporters

Contecon, the concessionaire of Guayaquil's Maritime Port, has decided to double the free storage period at the terminal for Ecuadorian exporters from 5 to 10 days to face the…

Air and sea freighters struggling with new situation

New Zealand: Container ship with COVID-19 risk bypasses Port Nelson

After turning away a container ship due to coronavirus risk over the weekend, Port Nelson reacted to media questions. Port Nelson chief executive Hugh Morrison said activity at the port was strong. "The port is an essential service and primary industry is an essential service ... as a consequence the…

Urgent EU action needed on road borders, drivers and financial support

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, urgent measures are needed to address the impact on essential goods transport and passenger transport within and among EU Member States.…

Resumption of cargo truck traffic between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

The Minister of Transportation of Egypt, Lt. Gen. Engineer Kamel, has worked together with the president and leaders of the Red Sea Ports Authority to resume the movement of…

Chinese ports are open for business again

Maritime transport finally sees a light at the end of the tunnel

Something is shifting in the refrigerated container transport industry. In China, ports are gradually returning to work, allowing ships to load containers and reposition them where there is a demand, including from Europe. This is confirmed by Linda Carobbi, corporate director at Fresh Fruit and…

Shipments to halt next week due to ban on flights

Indian fruit and vegetable exports affected by aviation crisis

The disruption in the aviation sector following the outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a major blow to exports of perishables from India, mainly fresh fruits, vegetables…

"Logistics becoming more challenging with every day that passes"

The logistics of getting fresh produce from India to the European market has proven difficult since the spread of COVID-19 in Europe. Demand has stayed relatively the same, but the challenges of logistics will make traders spread their chances over more markets. In India, the situation is currently still…

Maxime de Doncker (Guidez) on the effects of the coronavirus on his company:

“We note a 70% increase in the transport of fruit and vegetables compared to last year”

“So far, the coronavirus has generated a real explosion of our volumes, a 70% increase compared to the same time last year,” reports Maxime de Doncker of Transports Guidez, a refrigerated transporter specialized in fruit and vegetables. The company mainly transports potatoes and endives (50% of the…

Chris-Hans van der Hout, Freight Line Europe:

"Unmanned ferry transport is the safest option"

This week, Freight Line Europe decided that, until further notice, to offer only unaccompanied transport for shipments to the United Kingdom. This was done due to the coronavirus protocol. "I am incredibly proud of all our employees and charters. They work hard, every day, to ensure that the transport…

Philippe Devigne, European Center for Fruit and Vegetables

“All our importers remain active to provide consumer with fresh fruit and vegetables”

Yesterday it was announced that Belgium will go into total lockdown until the 5th of April. This means that all Belgians can only go outside for groceries and for emergencies.…

Marcel van Bruggen, ABC Logistics

“We are keeping a close eye on the border situation”

Fresh fruit and vegetable transport companies still have work. "Retail orders are increasing at the moment. We have noticed that," says Marcel van Bruggen of the Dutch company, ABC Logistics. “These extra orders mean we are making more trips for this sector. On the other hand, the demand from other…

Interview with the Unatras national secretary

Everyone's life depends on food production and transport

Our everyday life depends on food production and transport. Operators working in these sectors are essential, especially in emergency situations such as this one. Fresh produce and logistics go hand in hand and cannot stop. Producers, companies, drivers and operators should be commended day after day.  "We…

EUCOFEL demands more flexible conditions for road carriers in the EU

There are growing concerns in the Spanish sector about the short-term availability of means of road transport to deliver the fruit and vegetable shipments demanded by EU…

Spain

"Many trucks could be returning empty from April"

The director of the association of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters in Andalusia (Asociafruit), Luis Marín, said in statements to Efe that the transport of fruit and vegetables in Spain and abroad is proceeding normally despite the exceptional situation generated by the outbreak of COVID-19.…

Corona crisis also causes problems for transporters and forwarders

"Tense situation that changes every fifeen minutes."

The consequences of the corona crisis were not only noticeable in day-to-day trade, but also in the fresh produce transport sector. Exceptional border controls are already being carried out at many national borders, resulting in considerable delays and extra driving time. We spoke to two transport companies…

Border patrols and closures impact cargo flows

Interactive map of border crossing times for trucks in Europe

The coronavirus has reached Europe and is causing security measures all over the continent in order to contain the spread as much as possible. Many borders have been closed and while goods can still be transported, additional measures slow down the process and cause major delays. "Over the last few weeks,…

"The perishable freight industry is a fast evolving industry"

As fruits and vegetables are exported to more and more destinations all over the world, the cold supply chain is becoming increasingly important. Melvin Xavier, from Cold Chain Connect, is a specialist in the global perishable freight industry. In the last couple of years he has noticed several major…

René Baan, APC Handling

Air traffic slow, cargo flights get priority for free slots at Schiphol

KLM decided this week to keep a large part of its fleet on the ground.More and more countries are deciding to close their borders to passenger aircraft. Airfreight is still welcome but the number of air freighters and cargo lines is limited. After all, 80% of air freight goes via passenger aircraft, each…

Dolav Germany GmbH focuses on large producers and processors with Alto 1400

"New large box is especially suitable for use under difficult conditions"

The presence of new exhibitor DOLAV Germany LLC at Fruit Logistica was focused on the new harvest box: the Dolav Alto 1400. The large boxes made of HDPE and special additives have a total volume of 1,400 litres and can be used without problems, even under difficult conditions in the field or in the warehouse.…

Situation at Chinese ports normalising since late February

Container lines cancel China ports reefer surcharges

As the congestion caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact eases, container lines are cancelling the surcharges for reefer containers that are destined for Chinese ports  According…

Willem van Leuveren, Mandersloot:

"Efficient distribution thanks to extended fleet hub and network of logistics hubs throughout Central Europe"

With a fleet of 200 trucks and  three hubs in Poland, two hubs in the Czech Republic, one in Hungary and one in Romania, which also serve the Slovak and Bulgarian markets in addition to the main location in the Netherlands, Mandersloot is one of the market leaders in conditioned groupage transport to Central…

China is largest container ship-owning nation at this time

According to German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) President Alfred Hartmann, China has surpassed Germany as the largest container ship-owning country. Ship databases…

American and European ports suffer record low container availability

New data has shown that available containers at many major ports around the world outside of China stand at record lows. This enormous imbalance brought about by the trade war and then the coronavirus sees Chinese ports rammed full of boxes waiting to move, while carriers are urgently deploying extra…

Kuwait LuLu Hypermarket charters special flights to bring in Indian fruit and vegetables

'We will ensure there is no shortage of foodstuffs in the country'

LuLu Hypermarket has chartered special flights to bring in tons of Indian fruits and vegetables to Kuwait in order to meet the urgent needs of the market. The first chartered flight with 16.5 tons of fruits and vegetables touched down at Kuwait International Airport on 15 March. The 'SpiceXpress' jet…

Even as Chinese port jams are easing:

Refrigerated container rates soar

According to various officials and industry participants, the severe congestion at Chinese ports is easing. However, a logjam of refrigerated containers has disrupted supplies of fresh and frozen food and pushed up freight rates outside China. Thousands of refrigerated containers carrying meat, seafood…

Global airfreight demand declined by 2.7% during first two months of 2020

WorldACD highlights impact of COVID-19

WorldACD has released preliminary figures for the month, which it says give an outlook on the “corona effect” when combined with January’s figures. “Looking at February in isolation leads to an incomplete picture of the state of air cargo. To properly take into account the effects of Chinese New Year on…

The Spanish group Anecoop is concerned about the effects of the coronavirus

"In Asia, shipping companies do not guarantee if and when goods will arrive"

Joan Mir, the general director of the Anecoop group, acknowledged that the group was concerned about the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. For example, he said, "we are currently trying to find out how to manage the arrival of strawberries to certain strawberry-consuming areas, such as northern…

MSC adds new calls to improve USA-South America East Coast service

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is pleased to announce an enhancement to its USA-South America East Coast (USA-SAEC) service, starting in April with MSC CAROLINA voyage…

Update on impact of coronavirus on export markets

Royal FloraHolland  has released an update from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), who are involved in the crisis measures surrounding the Coronavirus and…

Puerto Caldera increases shipments of Chilean grapes by 21% this season

The volume of table grapes shipped during the 2019-2020 fruit season through the Puerto Caldera Maritime Terminal (TMPC), which is located in the Chilean region of Atacama,…

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Neptune Pacific Line acquires PDL from Pacific International Lines

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has sold its liner shipping business Pacific Direct Line (PDL) to Neptune Pacific Line (Neptune). PDL specializes in providing liner shipping…

COVID-19: Containerised trade could see large contraction in global container demand

Eleanor Hadland, senior analyst Ports and Terminals at Drewry, explained a worst-case scenario that sees a large contraction in global container demand in 2020 and uncertain prospect for 2021. “Outcomes could include prolonged freight rate down-turn; heavy carrier financial losses with a greater risk of…

Barry Zuiderwijk, HZ-Logistics

Traffic jams on Brenner Pass due to Corona measures in Austria

Due to the situation in Italy around the Coronavirus, there has been reports of long traffic jams at the border crossing from Italy into Austria. Drivers must be checked for the virus before they can cross the border. The idea of the European open borders has been suspended here indefinitely. However, many…

Meeting on starting fruit and veg cargo flights states north-east India

A team of officials from private airline SpiceJet will be coming to Nashik on March 16 to explore the possibilities of starting cargo flights to transport vegetables and…

California growers hit by Coronavirus crippling global shipping

The Coronavirus shut down much of China’s industry earlier this year, which means far fewer cargo containers have been sailing for American ports than usual. As a result,…

MSC sends world’s biggest containerships to US to collect empty containers

MSC is deploying the world’s biggest ships to evacuate empty containers from China to the US, as carriers on the transpacific try to overcome imbalances after weeks of coronavirus disruption to their box control systems. There have been reports of severe equipment shortages in the US and Europe as a…

COVID-19 epidemic highlights supply chain problems in China's agricultural industry

Many Chinese fruit and vegetable companies faced serious challenges during the period after Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] because of the COVID-19 epidemic. On the…

Port of Lisbon: Continuing strike challenges

According to a Hapag-Lloyd announcement, the Lisbon Stevedores Union has staged a strike that includes a full stoppage in Lisbon port, which it says will continue until 8.00am 30 March 2020. The strike began on 19 February with partial work from stevedores, one shift only, but since 29 February…

Transport is almost regular despite difficulties and cautions

"A whole nation cannot stop, otherwise we would have far worse problems than an epidemic. But attention and caution are needed in order not to spread the infection". So said a transport sector operator about the current situation on the logistics front. "There are still no objective data - he begins - on…

Yntze Buitenwerf, Seatrade Reefer Chartering

Reefer update: Chinese market recovers slightly, but reefer congestion remains

In mid-February, we published an article about over the Covid-19/Coronavirus' effect on the reefer market in Europe. At that time, eight percent of all available reefers worldwide were stuck in China. Now, an update - how do things look in the market now? The latest reports from East Asia show that some…

Checks slow down traffic at the Brenner

Francesco Cera, director of Maap Padua - a facility exporting 50% of goods - reports that traffic is slow at the Brenner, but not blocked. "We talked to the traffic department at the Klagenfurt Chamber of Commerce and they confirmed that trucks headed abroad can pass through Austria and will not be…

Emirates SkyCargo assists Pakistan’s exporters reach new markets

Operating in Pakistan since 1985, Emirates SkyCargo has been a facilitator of that country’s trade by connecting businesses and markets to 155-plus destinations across six continents. Emirates SkyCargo is the freight division of Emirates and it crossed an important milestone and set a new record by…

ONE unveils upgraded participation on the AUE service

Ocean Network Express (ONE) is pleased to announce its upgraded participation on the Australia East Asia Service (AUE), also known as North East Asia – Australia Express (NEAX) service. Starting from April 2020, ONE will be operating a vessel on the AUE service, which is currently co-shared with…

Improvements should improve safety and efficiency

Construction begins on improvements to State Route 189, Arizona

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas along with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and organizations from across the state celebrated the groundbreaking of a massive overhaul to State Route 189 in Nogales, Arizona.  At an event on March 4, almost 200 people came together to celebrate this major victory for…

Cathay to only fly freight to Japan for the time being

For the time being, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways may fly only freight to Japan, no passengers. That would mean it retains some services whose cancellation it announced at the weekend over travel curbs prompted by the coronavirus. Last Saturday, the carrier cut most of its flights to Japan for…

P&O Ferries launches second rail line to double Europoort train capacity

P&O Ferries announces the doubling of its rail capacity at Europoort with the launch of a second line into its terminal at the continental hub. The 650-metre long track will…

Shipping Washington state produce

Walla Walla inland port and UP Cold Connect team up

Wallula county in Washington state produces delicious apples, pears, cherries and sweet onions. UP Cold Connect provides an intermodal transloading operation, using modern…

Girteka Logistics goes green by expanding its European intermodal network

Girteka Logistics, Europe’s largest full truckload (FTL) transport company, continues to reduce its carbon footprint by expanding its intermodal network. The company invests…

The shortage of reefers endangers the start of the avocado season

Peruvian agricultural exports increase by 2% in 2020

Peruvian traditional and non-traditional agricultural exports amounted to more than US $ 742,380,000 in January of this year, achieving growth of only 2%, compared to the same…

Full Year 2019 results

CMA CGM Group: Good performance of the shipping segment

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented on the release of the 2019 fourth quarter and full year results: "CMA CGM's shipping…

CMA CGM announces start of rebound in China container volumes

Shipping giant CMA CGM says there has been an upturn in volumes from the China market after the coronavirus sharply impacted shipments from the country during the month of February. As of last week, container lines had blanked 75 sailings on the Asia – Europe and transpacific trade due to lower volumes…

"The market has higher requirements for temperature and humidity logger products"

"We are about to launch the Fresh-eye Mobile Smart APP and promote it globally. The APP mainly manages the temperature control equipment by connecting to the Internet. Whether it is a disposable USB temperature logger, bluetooth temperature logger or real-time temperature and humidity data logger, it can…

Charles Gantz, Anlin Shipping

“We will be unaffected by a container shortage”

For the moment port activities in South Africa haven’t been particularly hampered by a shortage of containers, certainly not more than by Cape Town’s famous south easterly wind that caused a standstill of several days about three weeks ago or the municipal road closures around Durban’s container…

Official opening with UK Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris

Maritime’s strategic rail freight interchange opens

UK Rail Minister Heaton-Harris officially opened the new strategic rail freight interchange, observing it as “demonstrating that Britain is open for business and our commitment to boosting jobs and trade while cleaning up our air.” The freight interchange has been officially opened at the SEGRO Logistics…

Maersk doubles down on Panama Canal freshwater surcharge

Shipping company Maersk risks antagonising the rest of the shipping community by doubling down on Panama Canal tariffs. Last month, a measure came into effect stating that there would be a $10,000 per transit fresh water surcharge for all ships longer than 38.1 m. The canal authority made this decision…

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

Indian Railways aims to strengthen farmers’ position with launch of Kisan Rail

While addressing the 91st Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society, India’s Railway Minister had asked agricultural scientists to develop solutions that can reduce the cost…

Cyprus

Limassol port: strike over unpaid overtime

On Thursday, vehicle operators at Limassol port staged an impromptu strike. They were demanding full overtime pay for a bank holiday they had been asked to work in January.…

Turkish Cargo expands network with new route to Quito - Ecuador

Turkish Cargo has expanded its flight network with the addition of a new destination: Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Starting on March 7, Turkish Cargo will operate flights to…

Connecting Mediterranean with East Coast of South America

CMA CGM to reorganize its SIRIUS service

Worldwide shipping group CMA CGM announces the reorganization of its SIRIUS service connecting the Mediterranean with the East Coast of South America, effective March 2020. The new rotation will concentrate on our hub ports of Algeciras and Tangiers from where connections to and from Mediterranean ports…

Moin Container Terminal increases productivity and competitiveness in Costa Rica

The Moín Container Terminal (MCT), operated by APM Terminals, completed its first year of operations on February 28. During the year the terminal serviced more than 1,100…

Will expansion of its fumigation facility increase overall produce shipments?

Port of Miami specializes in tropical and exotic produce

South Florida is an important gateway for produce from South America arriving into the United States. Both the Port of Miami and Port Everglades have been specializing in handling produce, especially tropical and exotic items. Not only do these ports serve the Southeastern United States, produce gets…

Port of Tyne will become first UK port to join Connected Ports Partnership

Connected Global Ports to alter the way Logistics operate

The Port of Tyne will become the first UK port to join the Connected Ports Partnership. This is a global data and resource sharing initiative between several global operators, including the ports of Rotterdam, Gdansk, Helsinki, Hamburg and Los Angeles. In order to take major steps forward in the…

"The Valencia-Rotterdam railway route cannot compete with road transport yet"

Increasingly tight margins, also for transport

Although the volume of exports has increased significantly in recent years, the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector is going through times of austerity, with increasingly tight profit margins for almost all links in the value chain, from agricultural producer to the shipper and trader. “It is becoming…

Chinese ports start to clear the backlog of shipping containers

Chinese ports have begun to clear the backlog of shipping containers now that workers are returning to their jobs. The outbreak of the corona virus initially resulted in…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex:

"Farmer holds onions and reefer containers not available to ship them"

The prices of onions went up by 2 cents again last week. "For us it is somewhat inexplicable and nobody knows what exactly is going on, but the farmer is currently in charge of the market", says Maarten van Damme of Dacomex. "Some of the growers and traders think that there are not a lot of onions…

Maersk temporarily leaves port of Malaga for Morocco's Tanger-Med 2

Danish business conglomerate Maersk has decided to temporarily leave the port of Malaga for the Tanger-Med 2 port in Morocco. According to Malaga Hoy, Maersk’s decision comes after the company noticed that ship activities have decreased in Malaga in February. The Danish firm therefore decided to bring…

CMA CGM adds $300 per container peak season surcharge

Container lines add more backhaul and reefer surcharges

Container lines are continuing to add surcharges for the backhaul into Asia and Chinese reefer imports as the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact schedules and reefer slot availability. As lines continue to blank more sailings from Asia due to lower volumes from China caused by the shutdown of factories due…

US container ports feel impact of China's Covid-19 slowdown

America's seaports are now beginning to feel the effects of the shipping cancellations that ocean carriers implemented at Chinese ports over the span of the past month. The Port of Long Beach, the second-largest in the United States, is now seeing lower cargo numbers port-wide, and its longshore hiring…

More Vietnam-China border crossings reopen, easing congestion

Vietnam and China has agreed to reopen more border crossings, in order to reduce the large number of container trucks queuing for customs clearance. A border crossing between Mong Cai city in the northern province of Quang Ninh and Dongxing, China’s Guangxi province has restored operation with time for…

Due to improvements in other logistical sectors, particularly marine transport

Tanzania's airports cargo volume drops by 4.5pc year-on-year

Cargo tonnage handled through airports managed by the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) decreased by 4.5 per cent in 2018 compared to the year before. A new report shows that the airports handled 19,467 tonnes of cargo in 2018 from 20,389 tonnes in 2017, TAA has reported, attributing the fall to…

Protestors rejoice

United Kingdom: Latest decision on Heathrow disappoints freight sector

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been ruled illegal by the Court of Appeal, over environmental concerns. While concerns about the environmental impact are more than legitimate, particularly given the country’s own official position on reducing environmental pollution, the question…

Maersk will be the only company that will transport bananas from Ecuador to China

Sergio Murillo, the president of the Association of Private Port Terminals (Asotep), announced that two of the three shipping services that go to China directly would no…

As Covid-19 restrictions are being eased

China's top container ports see backlog unclogging

According to a reuters.com article,China’s top container ports are loosening the backlog of cargoes on their docks as workers return to their posts after coronavirus travel curbs that kept them away and jammed up global supply chains have been eased. The flu-like epidemic has killed more that 2,700 and…

"All pilotage services have now returned to normal"

Storms cause delays at Rotterdam harbor

The Netherlands and Belgium were lashed in recent weeks by Storms Ellen, Dennis, and Ciara. The Ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp did not go unscathed. The storms caused waiting…

Spain

Vigo negotiates in South Africa to import 25,000 tons of oranges

A mixed delegation made up of the Vigo Port Authority and different companies, among which Vigo Fresh Port stands out, is already in South Africa on a commercial mission with the intention of closing an agreement for the importation of South African oranges through this port terminal. The citrus season…

Delhi and Manchester united by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Virgin Atlantic will launch a cargo service to Delhi from Manchester in October this year, flying three times a week. The new North of England route, using Airbus A330-200…

Canadian Federation of Agriculture calls on federal government

Total costs of rail blockade are reaching "tipping point" for agriculture

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to resolve the issues with railway blockades, as it claims agriculture sits on a “tipping point” of lost revenue, lost trade, and, potentially, animal welfare issues. This is the second major interruption to rail service in one…

Impacts of Coronavirus cause missed sailings in US Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington will experience some cancellations in its port schedule over the next two months. These will be mostly due to impacts from the coronavirus outbreak and the extended Lunar New Year in China, port officials have stated. North Carolina Ports will experience three "blank sailings"…

Citrus Growers Association of South Africa wants problems to be addressed

South African govt to reverse decline in ports’ efficiency

In Wednesday’s Budget Review, tabled by the National Treasury -alongside the 2020 Budget- that was delivered by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, the risk posed by failures and inefficiencies at South Africa’s main ports to the country’s economy was acknowledged in Parliament. The overall growth outlook…

Linda Carobbi from Savino Del Bene

Operators are alarmed and constantly monitoring the container situation

"There is a lack of availability of refrigerated containers on an international level as they are blocked in China. Italian apple exports have not suffered any problems yet, but operators are alarmed and constantly monitoring the situation," reports Linda Carobbi (in the photo below), Corporate director…

Chilean exports to China have decreased by more than 50%

According to the government agency dedicated to the promotion of Chilean exports, ProChile, since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China was declared, exports of fresh…

The coronavirus crisis acquires international proportions

After China, Turkey, Iraq, and Italy also restrict the entry of ships into their ports

There are currently thousands of ships loaded with perishable goods waiting to dock in some Chinese port, possibly including one that has sailed from Ecuador with banana. China, however, is no longer the only isolated country in the world; Turkey, Iraq, and Italy have also restricted the entry of ships…

Maersk adds Ningbo reefer to congestion charge list

Maersk says that the plug shortage in Shanghai and Xingang has been worsening in recent weeks with similar reports coming from ports in the surrounding area. This is why Maersk will be expanding the scope of the congestion surcharge, adding also Ningbo port to the list of congested ports for reefer…

Chiquita completes Trans-Atlantic shipments using new technology

Carrier Transicold, with Chiquita, successfully completed live cargo shipments for the new EverFRESH® active controlled atmosphere system, transporting fully loaded containers…

Disruption in freight from Italy could impact European supply chains

“News of the Covid-19 virus striking in Italy brings more problems for Supply Chain Directors. Northern Italy is an industrial heartland, a key manufacturing hub for Europe…

Tiruchirappalli - Tamil Nadu

India: Two more flight services from Trichy Airport will increase cargo volume significantly

Exporters at Trichy airport have been confident e that the introduction of two more flight services to Abu Dhabi and Doha will help them handle more volume of cargo. The old…

Jérémy Hachemi, HMI Logistics:

“Our warehouse in Strasbourg allows us to deliver products directly from the south to the north of France”

Large volumes of fruits and vegetables are transported daily from the south to the north of France. In order to reduce the delivery time, the Perpignan transport company HMI Logistics opened a logistics platform on the Strasbourg market. “We have a warehouse located no further than 60 km away from all…

Weather conditions affect operations at terminal facilities in the port of Hamburg

The continuing stormy weather is currently causing considerable delays in ship clearance in most of the north-European ports. As a result, there are delays in the arrival of…

Due to COVID-19

Vietnam: Lang Son province promotes trading via rail

Up to 260 carriages with tens of thousands of tonnes of exports and imports have passed Dong Dang International Railway Station, the northern border province of Lang Son, to…

Maersk facing highest impact

Coronavirus creates credit negative for European shipping

As the impact of the COVID-19 situation on individual carriers is measured, Moody’s Investor Services concludes it will be highest for Maersk given its exposure to container…

Daily sales volume of 70 containers

Chilean fruit export to China is gradually returning to normal

Ronald Bown, the chairman of the Chilean Fruit Export Association, stated that Chilean shipping containers had previously experienced difficulties going through Chinese…

Ximo Puig -Valencian Government:

'Strong port cooperation will connect Africa and Europe'

The President of the Valencian Government in Spain, Ximo Puig, has stated that a strong cooperation between Morocco’s Tangier Med Port and the Port of Valencia will draw the…

10,000 tons of Peruvian mango can't be exported to China because of the coronavirus

Avocado producers from Casma in the Ancash region are very concerned about the stoppage of mango and avocado exports to China due to the health crisis that the coronavirus has…

Price increases due to higher transport costs

Rising prices for bananas

Banana prices are rising, due to the increase in the cost of transport. This is confirmed by Francesco Galimberti di Frutta 10, a Sardinian company. "We import products from South America, - he says - from countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The quality is excellent, there are no problems whatsoever. The only…

At Kent's cross-Channel ports

Logistic companies happy with new flexible solution to avoid congestion

The government has announced that a concrete barrier that can be set up within hours to keep Kent's roads moving at times of cross-channel disruption will be available and on…

The number of containers with Chilean fruit stranded in China rises to 2,300

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, confirmed that the number of containers stranded in China due to the outbreak of coronavirus had increased to 2,300. The Minister made this statement two weeks after the National Agriculture Society (SNA) reported that there were no less than 1,500 containers,…

Video of the benefits of a strategic location to distribute produce

North Bay Produce, Inc. has a strategically located warehouse to ensure all their fresh fruits and vegetables arrive to consumers as quickly as possible. This warehouse is MidAmerica, located in Mascoutah, Illinois. MidAmerica is centrally located and can reach 90 percent of the population in North…

Nick Finbow - Perishable Movement Ltd.

"Last year we handled 58 million kg of airfreight inbound and around 5000 outbound"

17 years ago, Mike Parr started Perishable Movement Ltd (PML), over the years the company has grown quickly and now has a 64,000 ft2 temperature-controlled warehouse and a 200 pallet freezer on site at Heathrow. This year has already seen a few changes at the company, with half million pounds investment…

Yntze Buitenwerf, Seatrade Reefer Chartering

"Congestion in reefer containers will remain on the world market for months to come"

The congestion of reefer containers in China continues to increase due to the impact of the Corona virus. The bottleneck is mainly in the Chinese ports of, among others, Shanghai, Xingang, Tianjin and Ningbo. The ports report a full capacity that no reefer container can access anymore and therefore…

Consequences of coronavirus

Sea and air freight delays affect Taiwanese fresh produce

Fruit and vegetable trade with Taiwan is affected by new quarantine measures, ports closures, ship delays and suspended flights, as US agri-trade exporters struggle to find…

Refrigerated storage capacity will double

The Agro Merchants Group is to expand one of its Dutch facilities

The Agro Merchants Group has announced plans to expand one of its facilities. This concerns their cooling warehouse on the Maasvlakte. This site is located in the Port of Rotterdam. This strategic investment will increase the facility's total capacity. It will bring it up to more than 35,000 pallet…

Indian government partners with transportation players to increase agri exports

Last month, when global logistics company Maersk delivered its first end-to-end shipment of freshly produced green chillies from Varanasi to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE) within nine days, it was among the initial efforts by the company to get agriculture exporters to use its services. Maersk, in…

Company sees stable business despite coronavirus outbreak

Preliminary figures for Hapag-Lloyd's 2019 financial year released

On the basis of preliminary figures, Hapag-Lloyd’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the 2019 financial year significantly increased to EUR 811 million (2018: EUR…

Coronavirus impacts transshipment

Reefer containers stranded in China, shortages in the Netherlands

The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting trade between Europe and China. Some locations in China have been hermetically sealed. That means reefer containers are stranded in…

Vado Gateway terminal in Italy commences operations

The new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, received its first commercial service on 11 February 2020. The ship, M/V Maersk Kota, was the first of seven…

Produce from Emilia-Romagna to reach Germany by train

The aggregation and logistic organization to bring northern Italy and Germany closer continues. Last week, at Fruit Logistica, a delegation of wholesale markets and from Regione Emilia Romagna met with Steffen Bilger, German undersecretary for Transport and Logistics.  The meeting with Steffen Bilger Representatives…

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region. Volume growth contributed 4% to Group growth and was driven by…

"We could have a shortage of containers if situation in China persists"

Concerns for the fruit export sector seem not to stop. Congestion in China's distribution chain, as a result of coronavirus, adds a possible global shortage of containers for…


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