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Pamyra signs up for logistics partnership with Fresh Logistics System

Pamyra.de, the German comparison platform for logistics, has entered into a partnership with logistics service provider Fresh Logistics System. The goal should be to avoid…

Australian fresh produce industry gearing up for export security changes

The Australian fresh produce sector is preparing for changes to air cargo export regulations, which will be introduced next week. From 1 March 2019 all international export air cargo from Australia must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), or originate from a Known Consignor, and use…

APM Terminals Barcelona increases reefer capacity and reduces CO2 emissions

In response to rapidly growing customer demand, APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been…

Sustainability requirements will accelerate switch to reefer containers

While the container market reported an average annual growth of two per cent in the past five years, the reefer market grew by five to six per cent. This year, expectations for reefers are also looking well. Benjamin Vicuna, CA operations manager of Maersk Container Industries (MCI), talks about the…

Peter Sand, Bimco

“Container lines need to pass on IMO 2020 costs”

Bimco analyst Peter Sand has warned that a failure by container lines to pass increased fuel costs from the IMO 2020 sulphur cap could result in bankruptcies. In his latest report for container shipping, Sand warned of a tough year for the mainline container trades, as there are number of pitfalls ahead…

Maersk enhances Asia-Europe Network to further improve schedule reliability

With the aim to continuously improve network stability and flexibility and enhance schedule reliability and overall customer experience, Maersk introduced changes to its…

APM Terminals helps streamline global fruit company’s logistics

APM Terminals Inland Services in Costa Rica has worked closely with one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of tropical fruit. Among other things, the solution has helped optimize the flow of containers to fruit plantations on the Caribbean coast, increase efficiency and lower reefer…

Girteka Logistics continues its expansion abroad with new transport base in Poland

Girteka Logistics, one of the leading transport and logistics companies in Europe, has opened a transport base in Poznan, Poland. This is another important step for the company towards achieving its goals – to expand its business and to have 10 000 trucks and 20 000 drivers by 2021. “We are planning to have more than 300…

Peru: More than 40,000 transporters begin a national strike

The Transport and Logistics Guild (GTL) confirmed to its members, about 40,000 heavy cargo transporters in Lima and the interior of the country, that they had started an…

According to Vision Produce Company

"Phoenix needs more storage and distribution facilities"

Vision Produce Company has announced it has expanded its storage facility. The company said the Arizona Distribution Center can facilitate storage, cross dock, repacking and distribution needs. The facility contains 35,000 square feet of warehouse space and is located in a busy transportation corridor. It is…

Kloosterboer makes huge investment in automated reefer depot

Photo report: First Chiquita container ship arrives at Vlissingen

A few days ago, the Chiquita Trader lay docked at the port of Vlissingen. Cranes hoisted the containers from the ship and placed them on a chassis. The reefers were then piloted to the storage area. This ship arrived at this harbor on Monday, 18 February. This made it the first fully containerized Chiquita ship to…

APM Terminals Ecuador improving efficiency & reducing complexity

Increasing global trade over the past few years has not been without its challenges for the logistics industry. Rapid increases in volumes in some markets - such us Ecuador - has led to inefficiencies and increased complexity. APM Terminals Inland Services Ecuador is one of several APM Terminals’ facilities that has…

Port of Hamburg sets record for seaport-hinterland rail traffic

Handling 135.1 million tons of seaborne cargoes (down one percent), Germany’s largest universal port can report a respectable result for 2018. Hamburg successfully asserted…

Franz Wirtz GmbH: From fruit and vegetable logistics to a modern transport service provider

"The market is focused, so we have to specialize further"

Since Wilfried Wirtz's entry, Franz Wirtz GmbH in Bornheim has slowly but surely been developing into a modern transport service provider. Today, the forwarding company offers tailor-made solutions for Europe-wide transport logistics: from sensitive foods to high-quality electronics and consumer goods to…

Exporters warn more capacity is needed in future

Australia's biggest cargo ship - Tasmanian Achiever II

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the north-west coast to witness the official naming of the new, 210-metre-long ship Tasmanian Achiever II , which is capable of carrying 40 percent more freight per voyage than any other of Toll's Bass Strait fleet. The Tasmanian Achiever II starts on the Bass Strait…

Morocco & Spain to build railway line

Morocco and Spain are studying the possibility of a connection between the two countries through a continental railway line. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Morocco’s Secretary of State for Transport Najib Boulif said that both countries have been working on the continental railway: “We are now in…

Nigeria: Perishable air cargo project scrapped

The perishable agro-cargo airport project launched in 2013 as part of efforts to diversify the Nigerian economy, grow national earnings and boost GDP contributions from the…

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

Gamma-Wopla was represented for the first time at Fruit Logistica this year. They had the latest collection of their folding and stacking boxes for the fruit and vegetable sector. For Mikaël Vandewiele, Plant Manager of Gamma-Wopla, sustainability is the top priority for his company and its products. Mikaël Vandewiele (r.)…

Netherlands: Container growth pushes throughput at port of Rotterdam to new highs

At 469.0 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam’s total throughput volume ended up slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017, which was itself a record year (467.4 million tonnes). Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the increase was 5.7% and the annual…

Guam: Shipping delays lead to empty shelves

On the island of Guam, Pay-Less Supermarket's Mike Benito said a week-long shipping delay led to a shortage of perishable goods and veggies: "We're just getting those containers this week so they did their best to try to air freight as much of that product as possible but its kind of difficult to make up…

Brexit No-deal plan for continued Channel Tunnel operations

Under a proposed European Commission law, trains will be permitted to use the Channel Tunnel for three months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  The planned legislation will…

India: All eyes on Srinagar-Jammu highway as empty markets await supplies

Now the Srinagar-Jammu highway has re-opened for traffic on Tuesday after almost eight days of continuous closure, markets in Kashmir are anxiously waiting for supplies to…

Brexit: French harbors are in turmoil

As the 29th of March approaches, the harbors of the Channel and the North Sea are preparing for the worst in terms of customs controls and traffic evolution. In this climate of uncertainty,…

Port of Melbourne to upgrade infrastructure

The Port of Melbourne has announced it is currently facilitating the arrival of vital equipment for important infrastructure projects. On Sunday 13 January, the first of the two massive tunnel boring machines that will build the West Gate Tunnel arrived safely at the Port of Melbourne. When constructed, this machine…

CMA CGM takeover offer for CEVA Logistics

The takeover of CEVA Logistics has by CMA CGM’s has moved a step closer today after the French line announced a public tender offer which is “fully aligned” with the board of CEVA. CMA CGM is offering CHF 30 per share, the same as its offer announced last November which the CEVA board recommended shareholders reject. However,…

Italy: Container load compliance update in combat against stink bugs

Following the discovery of stink bugs found in containers inspected in Australia last year, the Italian Fumigation Association has decided to impose more stringent loading requirements. VISA Global Logistics National Manager, Sam Curro, said all future consignments must be loaded with enough vacant space and separation…

Peru: Adex asks government to react to transport strike announcement

The president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velasquez, asked the government to promptly react to the indefinite national strike that will start on Monday 18 February that was announced by GTL PERU & AMERICA, a guild of freight carriers and port logistics of the country. "Every time we…

Down 8% versus 2017

Russian port of Tuapse handles 13 million tons of cargo in 2018

The Russian Black Sea port Tuapse Sea Commercial Port (TSCP Group - UCL Holding) handled 13.04 million tons of cargo in 2018, down 8% versus the result of 2017 mostly due to…

US: Indian River Transport starts new Cordele terminal

The Indian River Transport Company announced Monday that it plans to build a new trucking terminal in Cordele, off Interstate 75 at Exit 102. The Cordele terminal will be its sixth satellite…

Shenyang airport welcomes first shipment of imported fruit

China Southern Airlines flight CZ8358 landed on Shenyang Taoxian International Airport on February 3rd, 2019, with the first shipment of imported fruit to enter through the…

Cold Chain is India's ticket to abundance and economic growth

India is among the world’s largest producers of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, but the nation has access to only 60 percent of this produce. The nation been primarily an agrarian economy and is one of the world’s largest producers of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, but a sizeable portion of…

New integrated container service for Chiquita

Chiquita Brands International has implemented a new, dedicated and integrated container service with the aim to set an even higher standard to safeguard the quality of Chiquita bananas across the world. The new logistic service will now operate five full-container vessels to transport bananas from Central America to…

Japan: All Nippon Airways to acquire 10% stake in Philippine Airlines

All Nippon Airways President and Chief Executive Officer Shinya Katanozaka and PAL director Michael Tan, who also serves as president of LT Group Inc., attended a business and capital partnership ceremony with other executives in Tokyo on Friday. ANA is seeking to expand its partnerships with Asian airlines, previously acquiring…

UK: Seaborne Freight no-deal Brexit ferry contract scrapped

After the Irish company backing the deal pulled out, the UK government has scuppered its no-deal Brexit contract with a ferry company that turned out to have no ships. Transport Secretary Chris…

Extension of tariff preferences of the Association Agreement to the Sahara

EU-Morocco agreement comes into force

The agreement between the EU and Morocco to extend the tariff preferences of the Association Agreement to the productions of the Sahara is now in force. This follows the…

California-based Purfresh acquired by Wheatsheaf

Wheatsheaf Group Limited (Wheatsheaf), through its wholly owned food safety solutions subsidiary TriStrata Group, has acquired 90 percent of Purfresh, a global provider of specialized controlled atmosphere systems which are designed to reduce the risk of high value cargo loss through spoilage in…

US Port Report:

Savannah looks to double space for largest boxships by 2024

In a bid to attract freight from the largest container ships on the water, the Port of Savannah is adding crane capacity and yard handling equipment. The plans effectively double the port’s capacity to handle mega-boxships. The plans for the extra capacity come after the fourth largest port in the US reported 18 percent…

Nautilus International

Trade Union fears Brexit will impact country’s maritime sector

Nautilus International, a maritime professionals’ trade union, has warned that Maersk’s decision to remove its remaining vessels from the UK Ship Register will seriously…

Hapag-Lloyd first in world to convert large container ship to LNG

Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship “Sajir” to operate using liquefied natural gas (LNG). In future, the engine system will be able to function using either of two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). The contract for the retrofitting was signed at the end of last week with Hudong…

Giovanni Rossi from Spediporto:

“Significant imbalance between inspections in Italian and foreign ports”

Italy is the leading country in terms of the number of exhibitors at Fruit Logistica in Berlin: Italy sent 519, compared to 386 from Spain, 349 from the Netherlands, 296 from Germany and 228 from France. It is an unmissable opportunity for the operators in the sector, including Genoese forwarders, as…

Brexit: Bumps in the road of fast transportation to the UK

As the reality of Brexit looms, the bumps in the road are becoming more and more evident. Recently, it became clear that there is no room for dedicated lanes for trucks…

The second in a series of four newbuildings

Seatrade takes delivery of freezer carrier mv “Orange Sea”

Following the delivery of mv Orange Spirit on 19 December 2018, specialized reefer owner and operator Seatrade last week took delivery of the 2nd freezer carrier: mv Orange Sea. The vessels are built at Guangxin Shipbuilding & Heavy Industry Co. in Zhong Shan, China and the design was done by Groot Ship Design…

Shaky service damages Mexico’s refrigerated rail potential

With less than 1 percent of refrigerated cargo moved in containers or trailers by rail -despite this costing up to one-fifth less than truck transport-, Mexican intermodal…

European shipowners claim the Brexit deal should remain a priority

European shipowners: priority is and remains a Brexit deal Following yesterday’s discussions in the UK parliament and the mandate given to the UK Prime Minister to re-discuss…

Rocketing fruit demand around Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of all traditional Chinese festivals, when millions of people travel home and enjoy fresh produce, both to eat and as gifts and…

Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport

Brazil: LATAM Cargo starts construction of new Perishable Hub

LATAM Cargo Brazil has started the construction of its perishable hub: a new cool facility at Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport or simply GRU, which is the primary international airport serving Sao Paulo. The new facility is meant to offer a more reliable connection service…

Moving bananas in a digital age

Rule number 1 when dealing with bananas: Do not store them in your fridge or the skin will turn black. Especially in Europe, we might want to take note of this advice, since bananas have already come a long way before they arrive at our doorstep. Although they are the most traded fruit worldwide, the transportation and storing…

Dynamar's 2018 'REEFER Analysis - Market Structure, Conventional, Containers'

Conventional reefer vessels are losing market share again

In 2017, total seaborne transport of fresh produce grew by five percent, to 116 million tons. Containerized reefer traffic grew by eight percent. In contrast, conventional reefer vessels which have a traditional cargo operation with top opening hatches, have lost ground. Down from some 55 percent in 2000, according to…

APM Terminals increases rail connectivity for terminals

The recent introduction of new rail connections between a number of deep-sea terminals and the hinterland is making the transfer of goods faster and more secure, while reducing environmental impact. APM Terminals Pipavav, one of India’s leading multipurpose ports, launched a rail connection to its Kanpur Inland Container…

Sam's Club and JD set up shared warehouses

JD Daojia and Sam's Club announced that they have set up shared warehouses that cover distribution in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. The warehouses are stocked from Sam's…

Te Puke – New Zealand

Stage 1 of Kerikeri packhouse upgrade nearly done

On the outskirts of Kerikeri, the first stage of one of the Bay of Islands' biggest ever business investments is nearing completion: kiwifruit firm Seeka is spending $18 million upgrading the former Turners and Growers packhouse on Waipapa Rd. Seeka investments manager Graham Cater said the Kerikeri packhouse was well…

US: Port of Oakland expands capacity

A $67 million waterfront expansion was concluded at the Port of Oakland this month, as the TraPac marine terminal opened its newest vessel berth to arriving container ships. The milestone signals completion of a 2-year project at Oakland’s second-largest terminal that has: Nearly doubled TraPac’s footprint from 66 to 123 acres;…

In-transit cold treatment of fruit

Fruit pulp temperature monitored and corrected to meet phytosanitary regulations

Fresh fruit travels all over the globe and one of the biggest challenges exporters and importers face is meeting the different cold treatment protocols that are set by the importing nations. Temperature and duration requirements There is no one single treatment that is suitable for all destinations and products and…

Blockade at French border announced

Spain: "New threat for fruit and veg exports by road"

A new threat looms over the export of fruit and vegetables by road, following the announcement made by the taxi drivers of Barcelona and the French "yellow vests" that the border will be blocked from both sides in La Junquera, as reported by the International Association of Road Transport (Astic) in a…

Delays affecting MSC ships on their return from Africa

Spain: Canary vegetables forced to reach Europe by truck

The delays of up to three days suffered by MSC ships on their return from Africa are forcing fruit and vegetable exporters from Las Palmas to hire trucks in order to ship tomatoes and cucumbers from the islands to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The previous campaign was the first one in which…

MSC launches new service connecting Chile and the east coast of the US

The shipping company MSC, the second largest in the world, has launched its new service to Wilmington, Delaware, which will improve Chile's connection with the east coast of…

APM Terminals increases rail connectivity for its terminals

APM Terminals Pipavav, one of India's leading multipurpose ports, launched a rail connection to its Kanpur Inland Container at the end of 2018, giving customers the opportunity to connect more efficiently to the gateway port. The new connection was aptly named the 'Polymer Express' as the first train on the route…

UK Freight Transport Association:

“Impending deadline means investment may not be enough”

With less than two months until the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU, FTA has questioned whether the government’s projected spend of £29 million to implement ‘Operation…

Economic impact on Mexico severe

In Guanajuato, 70% of gas stations have no fuel

According to authorities, almost three weeks after gasoline shortages began affecting Guanajuato, 70% of gas stations in the state have no fuel. Gas station closures have been reported in most parts of the state including the cities of Guanajuato, León and Irapuato as well as rural municipalities. Mauricio Usabiaga, Secretary…

Pick-up box at Tullnerfeld station

Interspar and ÖBB start cooperation

From now on, those who commute by train can look forward to a special service at the Tullnerfeld station: the INTERSPAR pick-up box. Using this service, groceries ordered…

Is air freight still a viable option for transporting fresh fruit and vegetables?

There is an ever-growing demand for organic products. The reason - these are less damaging to the environment. Despite this, air freight transportation is gaining popularity in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. “You can often find pineapples, mangoes, and strawberries that are flown in, in the supermarkets. Many years…

Brexit:

Impending deadline means investment may not be enough says FTA

With less than two months until the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU, FTA has questioned whether the government’s projected spend of £29 million to implement Operation…

Belgium: schools are dropping the “Fruits and Vegetables” program

Implemented for 10 years and co-financed by the Wallonia region and the European Union, the “Fruits and Vegetables” program for schools is about to end. Schools are dropping the program,…

North Sea Port welcomes Balao

On 21 January 2019, the Balao docked at Verbrugge Terminals in Vlissingen, carrying a cargo of fruit. This was the first ship to arrive as part of this logistical service provider’s first permanent intercontinental shipping line. The ship was carrying bananas and pineapple, among other things. With this line, goods will be loaded in Cartagena…

Weekly service Hamburg - Zhengzhou is planned

Eurosib sends first transit container train through Grodekovo border crossing

CJSC Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems and the Zhengzhou International Hub (ZIH) brought their first transit container train through the Grodekovo border crossing (Far Eastern…

Gaoxiong fruit shipped directly to Pingtan in 9 hour journey

More than 700 tons of produce from Gaoxiong, Taiwan, was loaded onto the "Taibei Fast Line" and traveled directly to Pingtan, Fujian, where the shipment arrived in the morning…

US: Port of Wilmington sets new record for container handling

North Carolina Ports set an all-time high for container handling in 2018. The Port of Wilmington recorded a year-over-year container volume increase of 23 percent. “The increase in container moves at the Port of Wilmington is a testament to the commitment North Carolina Ports has made in improving its infrastructure to meet…

APL introduces new China Malaysia service

APL announced the launch of a new weekly China-Malaysia Service (CMS) which connects North, Central and South China to the niche ports of Port Klang, Penang and Pasir Gudang…

Cyprus plan to attract ‘Brexit-ed’ shipping companies bears fruit

P&O Ferries, one of the UK’s biggest shipping companies, has taken the decision to re-flag its entire fleet of ships connecting Dover to Calais under the Cyprus standard. The firm had initially announced that two of its English Channel ferries, ‘Spirit of Britain’ and ‘Spirit of France’ had been registered in Limassol,…

Dubai: DP World acquires 71.3% stake in Chile port operator

Dubai-based international port operator DP World has announced the purchase of 71.3% stake in Chile’s Puertos y Logistica (Pulogsa) (PUE.SN) from Minera Valparaiso and other shareholders associated with the Matte Group. DP World will pay 502 million dollars for 100 percent equity ownership of the South American port…

Japanese major Kawasaki Rikuso to set up 100 warehouses in Bengal

Japanese warehousing major, Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co., will set up 100 solar-powered, temperature-controlled warehouses across West Bengal, aided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as the chief funding agency and the state government’s agri marketing department’s retail…

Move to use Air Tanzania Company Ltd for horti exports

Exporters of horticultural products are reaching out to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) for direct freight services to Europe. Industry sources say the national carrier,…

Puerto Caldera Port

Chile exported 4,500 tons of grapes to the United States on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 16, the first ship of the year with 4,500 tons of fresh table grapes from the Atacama region departed from the Puerto Caldera port bound for Wilmington,…

Logistics chaos if customs controls are reinstated

Spain: Murcia fears compulsory inspections of 500,000 tons of products post Brexit

The outcome of Brexit is increasingly unpredictable, although every day that passes, companies foresee new complications in exports to the United Kingdom. The rejection by the British Parliament of the plan agreed with Brussels has raised the fears in the Region of Murcia for a hard Brexit, which would…

New, direct shipping route between Taiwan and Fujian province

Last Saturday, a direct sea freight route opened between Taiwan's Kaohsiung and Pingtan in China’s Fujian province, drastically shortening shipping times for fresh farm…

First cargo flight from north-east India to Hong Kong

This Saturday, SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of airline Spice Jet, became the first operator to connect the North-east to South-east Asia with a dedicated weekly freighter…

The world’s busiest ports visualised

An estimated 90% of world trade is facilitated by maritime shipping, and as trade volumes continue to increase, the world’s busiest ports continue to grow larger and more efficient to meet demand.

MSC Reefers boost fruit supply chain

Ocean carrier MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has called attention to its latest technological breakthroughs for long distance shipping. As the world’s second largest…

CMA CGM unites Containerships and MacAndrews brands

The CMA CGM Group, a worldwide shipping group, announced the union, from April 1st, 2019, of its Containerships and MacAndrews brands under the single Containerships brand. By joining the…

Indian farmers demand open wagons to transport horticulture produce

In an attempt to bring down the transportation costs of horticulture products like tomatoes to the north of India, the state government has urged the railways to provide open…

'Ocean Alliance Day 3 Product'

CMA CGM unveils new service

Shipping company CMA CGM Group has announced that Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, with the executives of COSCO SHIPPING, Evergreen and OOCL has committed to the launch of the Ocean Alliance Day 3 Product. This product will probably further strengthen the CMA CGM Group’s service offer. It will…

Three De Graaffs at RTR Trailer Rental's helm

Many people would think twice about taking over a large business at the age of 62. Not Frans de Graaff. He has been working at the Dutch company, RTR Koeltrailer Rentals since 2000. He recently got the opportunity to take over the remainder of the majority shareholder's shares. With sons, Christian and Wilbert, the…

The Italian Sergio Panini is the man responsible for the European division

Kallos exports globally

It is not true that small fruits cannot be marketed. All that's needed is the right market. The Kallos horticultural intermediation company is able to reach every destination. Sergio Panini confirms that. He is the new general manager Europe for Kallos, a company based in South Africa with offices in France. Panini said, “This year was…

Spain: Port of Almeria preparing fruit and veg shipping line to France

Sète, a city on the French Riviera, could make it viable for Almeria to export fruits and vegetables regularly by sea. This port, together with the large French metropolises…

Danish company DSV floats $4 billion bid for Switzerland's Panalpina

Global supplier of transport and logistics solutions DSV - from Denmark - has launched a bid to buy Swiss logistics company Panalpina for around 4 billion Swiss francs ($4.05…

Especially in Chile

Graziani Packaging increasingly active in South America

2018 has been a rather complicated year because of the increasing prices of raw materials in terms of paper and plastic. Logistics is affected by this as well as those companies producing pallet supporters. Roberto Graziani of the Graziani Packaging company highlights that “despite these problems, our foreign income has…

Gerard Mostert, Betrex España:

"Flexibility becoming ever more important”

More than 27 years ago, Betrex España was founded in Valencia. The transport agency takes care of the transport of fruit and vegetables from Spain to the north of Europe and vice versa. Over the years, the company became specialised in grouped transport. Gerard Mostert was working in the fresh produce sector when he…

Emirates SkyCargo reached new heights in 2018

Between January and December 2018, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, flew close to 2.6 million tons of cargo across six continents. From fruits and vegetables to space satellites, from pharmaceuticals to domestic pets, the air cargo carrier transported goods that have had a direct…

Golden Triangle port reopened on January 10th, 2019

Than Myint, the Minister of Commerce for Myanmar, stated: "After mutual consultation between China and Myanmar the Golden Triangle port, which was previously closed for…

First vessel of new fleet dedicated to French West Indies

Delivery of CMA CGM Fort de France

Shipping company CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce it has taken delivery of the CMA CGM Fort de France, the first of an order for four container ships dedicated to the French West Indies. With a capacity of 3,500 TEUs and a length of 219 meters, the Fort de France stands out by its draft which is adapted to the…

LATAM Cargo’s Santiago-Chicago perishable service to begin February 19

LATAM Cargo will start twice-weekly flights between Santiago and Chicago, returning via Miami from February 19. The company took delivery of the converted B767-300ER in December, the first…

Asia to Mediterranean / Asia to US West Coast services

2M cooperating with ZIM

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and 2M partner Maersk Line are announcing a new strategic cooperation with ZIM on Asia-US West Coast (USWC) and Asia-Mediterranean trades. MSC, Maersk Line and ZIM will run the operation on the Maple service with seven vessels between Asia and the US West Coast. The 2M VSA will contribute three vessels and…

Seaborne's Brexit port cannot be ready for March

The mayor of Ostend has told the BBC  that the Belgian port will not be ready for a new ferry line in time for Brexit. Mayor Bart Tommelein was asked about the UK government's award…

Caribbean into Europe

Seatrade announces the deployment of its new Zodiac Reefer Service

In a press release, Seatrade announced the deployment of its new Zodiac Reefer Service, which is to be fully operated by this firm. As from the first week of January 2019, it will perform…

EU Commission adopts two decisions recommending taxation of ports in Italy and Spain

In two separate decisions, the European Commission has proposed that Italy and Spain align their taxation of ports with state aid rules. The Commission remains committed to ensure a level playing field across the EU in this key economic sector. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Ports…

2M Alliance and ZIM extend strategic cooperation

The 2M Alliance partners Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and ZIM today announced the agreement to extend their strategic cooperation to cover select 2M services…

Industrial estates continue as ‘Dutch Fresh Port’

Three industrial estates in Ridderkerk and Barendrecht, the Netherlands, will be called Dutch Fresh Port from now on. It concerns industrial estates Nieuw Reijerwaard and Verenambacht in Ridderkerk and Bedrijventerrein Oost in Barendrecht. By combining their strengths, the three industrial estates can…

New joint venture in the field of cold logistics chain

Martico sl, the third reefer forwarder in Europe, headquartered in Valencia, Spain, particularly specialized in handling reefer and frozen commodities (meat, fish, vegetables,…

Theresa May tests flow of goods

No-deal Brexit ‘truck exercise’ mocked

This Monday, a convoy of nearly 90 trucks rolled through the English countryside to Britain’s main port to continental Europe. It was a government test-run for a potentially chaotic Brexit; it was also to be openly mocked by opponents of the split. Prime Minister May is trying to force her Brexit deal through parliament but…

Chile to export winter fruits from the port of Coquimbo

Executives from Coquimbo's Port Terminal (TCP) met with representatives of Chile's Fruit Exporters Association AG (ASOEX) in order to publicize the investments and improvements that the TPC is making to move the region's fresh winter fruit production. "The purpose of our visit was to first get to know each other, and…

Good prospects this year for box and pallet pooling

After growth was achieved in 2018, the RSA (Returnable Shipping Assets) sector foresees a great 2019, with a multitude of projects, as described in Alimarket's latest Report…

Chile: More protests in the port of Valparaiso

Two weeks after port workers and the Government reached an agreement, there are riots and barricades once again in the Chilean port of Valparaiso. According to Portal Portuario, the Chilean port industry's main specialized media platform: "The protests are linked to the discomfort of a fraction of…

Co van Es (Milestone Fresh): "Schiphol air cargo location meets one need"

"Lack of air and seafreight capacity quickly becoming dire"

This past summer, Milestone Fresh's air cargo division moved to a new location at Schiphol in the Netherlands. According to Director, Co van Es, the new building has proved to be an immediate success. "It is a nice-looking location, you can see from the A4 and N201. You can also see it if you are sitting…

Johan van den Berg, E. van den Berg:

“We can serve our Swiss customers even better thanks to new building and transport department”

E. van den Berg has supplied fruit and vegetables to the Swiss market since 1972. This year, a new milestone will be reached when a new building at the Prisma Industrial Estate in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, is taken into use. In cooperation with sister companies Hoogsteder, Blue Sky Cargo, Greenery…

Port marks a decade of success for the Richmond barge service

A decade ago, ideas, opportunity and timing converged to make a weekly container-onbarge service that connects The Port of Virginia’s® cargo terminals in the Norfolk Harbor to…

Maersk pilot in North America: Physical Container Inspection

Maersk and other carriers in the industry are working to improve safety and reliability in the Containerized Maritime Supply Chain. The only way to do this is by verifying that cargo descriptions match actual contents of the container, and that the contents of the container are correctly stuffed, lashed…

Huelva port to invest €113 million in 2019

Huelva port plans to invest in 2019 a total of €113 million as part of its business plan to provide a set of works aimed at improving its infrastructure. In this way, due to the significant…

New Hybrid plastic bins to ease shipping and handling

Macro Plastics, a California-based manufacturer of returnable and reusable plastic containers, recently announced the launch of their new hybrid bins - Hybrid 1012 and 1212. The company said manufacturing of the new bins began in September 2018. The bins that are a new addition to the company's 'Hybrid'…

Chengdu will have the first intelligent and automated railway port in China

The first fully intelligent and automated international railway port in China will be built in Chengdu city, Sichuan province. The new infrastructure will be able to move 1.5 million containers…

Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

Assam chief Minister lays foundation of perishable cargo centre

Last Thursday, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of the Centre for Perishable Cargo at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport here for transporting perishable agricultural produce of the state to different domestic and international locations. Constructed at a…

“Opportunities and challenges for Chinese freight forwarding companies”

“In recent years, with the increasing number of imported fruit varieties approved for entry into China, China’s fruit import volume has grown rapidly, which has created many opportunities for the development of Chinese freight forwarding companies, while also bringing many challenges. Freight logistics and related…

India: SpiceJet launches new perishables service from Guwahati International

This week, SpiceFresh, a subsidiary of SpiceJet that partners directly with farmers, launched a dedicated freight service to transport fresh produce. To mark the occasion, two flights flew 1 ton each of mandarin oranges from Guwahati International Airport (GAU), to Hong Kong (HKG) and Dubai (DBX),…

Portuguese dockworkers about to launch new six-month strike

Portugal’s dockworkers’ trade union Sindicato dos Estivadores e da Atividade Logística (SEAL) has presented notice of strikes at national ports for six months, between January 16 and July 1. The stevedores demand the resolution of ‘anti-union practices in the various Portuguese ports’. According to the notice sent…

Logistics company opens Nashville office

Kool Logistics, LLC, a third-party logistical service and solutions company, specializing in refrigerated produce, food, beverage and dry goods transportation, is opening a…

Maersk Container Industry to focus on reefer technology

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has decided to fully focus on growing its highly successful cold chain business. Currently, one out of three refrigerated containers used in…

Italy: Livorno port receives largest self-propelled crane in Europe

The Tuscan port of Livorno has received the largest self-propelled crane in Europe, which will start operating in the coming weeks to service the Lorenzini terminal. The size…

Maersk announces price increase from US and CAN

Maersk announced an increase in all contract rates expiring January 31st as set out below. The rate increase for the relevant trade for various commodities and container types…

Spain: Port of Valencia, the first to use hydrogen energy

The port of Valencia will be the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy in its container terminals to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. A reach stacker for the…

Saudi Customs integrates with IBM/Maersk’s TradeLens blockchain platform

Saudi Customs have announced it integrated its electronic data interchange (EDI) system FASAH with IBM and Maersk’s TradeLens blockchain platform. FASAH aims to enable data…

Shipping line Maersk withdraws Port Nelson direct service to New Zealand

Maersk's Northern Star service between Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia and Auckland previously called directly to Nelson for freight services. It was one of four shipping lines calling in to the city. Now, Maersk announced an end to the stopover in late July. Container traffic shipped through Nelson now went via a…

Freight shipping operator Ro-Ro to launch operations from Antalya

A ro-ro company operating in the intermodal transportation sector, Ro-Ro, will be initiating operations from the southern province of Antalya as of the new year. The new operations from Antalya Port, which serves container, general and bulk cargo, project cargo and cruise ships, are expected to contribute to Antalya's…

India: New air cargo facility in Assam to boost farm exports

The first consignment of fresh vegetables that were sent off via air from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam, to Dubai last month were…

Winter fruit from Chile

US: Largest shipment in December arrived at Port of Wilmington

The season’s shipment of Chilean winter fruit arrived at the Port of Wilmington on December 27th. The shipment, brought by a refrigerated vessel known as the Star Best,…

Joint venture between DP World and SMS group to revolutionize global port logistics

World's first High Bay container storing system to be ready for 2020 World Expo in Dubai

An international joint-venture formed by global trade enabler DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports. A new and intelligent storing system will be applied for the first time ever at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the…

APM Terminals Mumbai exceeds record 2m TEUs in 2018

APM Terminals Mumbai has become the first Indian container terminal to handle more than 2 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) in a calendar year. This is also a first…

Large shipping companies have already made announcements

All Chinese ports will charge low sulfur surcharge (LSS) from January 1st, 2019

Shanghai and Ningbo ports began to charge a low sulfur surcharge in November of this year, and from January 1st, the other ports in China will follow suit. Major shipping…

Fruit exports to resume

Chile: Port workers reach deal to end strike

Last Friday, workers at Chile’s largest port of Valparaiso reached a deal to put an end to a strike that had complicated fruit exports at the start of the Chilean summer. Chilean dockworkers react after finishing a strike of 35 days against the port operator Terminal Pacifico Sur (South Pacific Terminal), obtaining a…

Maersk moves North-East England coverage from Immingham to Hull

Starting January 12th, 2019, the short sea service, operated by BG Freight and currently calling Immingham, will be moved to Hull Container Terminal in East Yorkshire, also operated by Associated British Ports. “We are very pleased with the feedback received from our customers, who appreciate this short-sea connection with…


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