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Ensure fast customs clearance of imported fruit

Shanghai Customs operating 24*7 during Spring Festival

With the approaching of the Spring Festival, the imported fruit market in Shanghai is extremely busy. Fresh fruits from all over the world are arriving by air and by sea to…

World Direct Shipping: Start-up at Port Manatee becoming giant success

To say that the growth of World Direct Shipping has been unconventional is a real understatement. The owners of the company, the Blazer family of Atlanta, are better known as owners of the huge Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur, Georgia, and the public face of World Direct Shipping in Manatee County,…

Toll and dnata deliver air cargo expertise to Western Sydney International

Western Sydney Airport has partnered with an additional two freight industry leaders, dnata and Toll Group, to collaborate on the design of its freight precinct. This will happen in addition to the efforts of the 10 freight industry partners already signed up. Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive…

Henk van Berkel, Freight Line Europe

“We have established a stable base to France in recent months"

Nowadays, Freight Line Europe is a well-known name among French distribution centers and vendors at various wholesale markets. An increasing number of this temperature-controlled transportation specialist company's trucks drive to different drop-off points throughout France. They depart from Westland, in…

René Baan, IP-Handlers, APC-Handling

"The fruit is only truly fresh with air freight"

Where the boat from South America sometimes takes 6 weeks, the plane only takes a day. APC-Handling, a subsidiary of IP-Handlers, takes care of customs clearance and inspection of any from air freight mangoes to green asparagus for the European market. New warehouse of APC Handling in Aalsmeer Vacuum coolersAPC…

Driverless lorries could dominate UK ferry traffic within a generation

Were driverless HGVs to replace much of the UK’s conventional lorry and container transport within a generation, they would transform the way the RORO market works in Great…

EasyFresh Iberia now offers five departures a week

Easyfresh Iberia now offers five departures a week in an effort to add a strong service in the market which will meet the requirements for the fruit & vegetable market as well…

First time at Fruit Logistica for PML

“2020 is going to be an exciting year for our business"

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) will be exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Fruit Logistica. The global perishable cargo specialists will be using the show as a launch platform to showcase a number of exciting developments within the business. February will witness the roll-out of a fleet of six…

About 600 truckload of fruits enter Muse 105-mile trade zone before Chinese New Year

About 600 truckloads of fruits have entered Muse 105-mile trade zone, northern Shan State, daily before Chinese New Year, according to Muse fruit market. Demands from China are high in Chinese New Year period and traders have a good price for their fruits. “We have a good price on our fruits. The Chinese…

Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel sets path for further and accelerated growth in Asia Pacific. In order to target an even stronger role in logistics all over Asia, the…

Viscon automates packing centers in the Netherlands

Cooperative Door is building a new packing and distribution center in the Netherlands’ Westland region. The strategic move to have a centralized processing facility to service the needs of the DOOR co-operative (including brands Prominent, Green Diamonds, Purple Pride and Sweet Point) allows DC…

Lizette Helmer:

"Our Dutch cross-dock site is uniquely, centrally located"

Six months ago, Helmer B.V. celebrated its 50th anniversary. This company is based in Breda, the Netherlands. For more than 20 years, the daily management of this storage and transshipment company has been in capable hands - those of Lizette Helmer. Recently, Helmer B.V.'s refrigeration and office space…

Costa Rica: Port of Moín wants to change trade in Caribbean

During the first quarter of 2019, Dutch multinational APM Terminals, a subsidiary of Danish sea cargo transport giant Maersk, formally opened an ocean trade complex valued at…

Maersk unlocks agro export potential in India with cold chain solution

Maersk, the global integrated logistics company, recently successfully delivered its first end-to-end shipment of freshly produced ‘Green Chillies’ from Varanasi to Jebel Ali,…

Maersk boosts its land transport business focusing on cold chains

According to Reuters, Maersk, which is expanding in the land transport business, is planning to focus on premium services - such as cold storage and digital solutions - to avoid competing with its customers that transport goods. Since announcing a new strategy in 2016, which included the sale of its…

Council lobbies for Manukau Harbour, Firth of Thames

Port move Auckland, New Zealand

Plans to continue lobbying for the investigation of a new port in Auckland's south have drawn the ire of a Northland strategist. The Manukau Harbour, along with the Firth of Thames, are two locations…

Trans-Siberian Railway involved

Russia and Japan are testing rail transport potential

The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will cooperate with the Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation conducting another trial of freight transport from Japan to Europe via Russia by way of the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR). The MLIT…

Extended drought forces Canal to adopt new fees and reduce reservation slots

Panama Canal officials unveil new measures to sustain water levels

The Panama Canal has decided to implement a series of new measures beginning February 15 to sustain an operational level of water and provide reliability to users while it implements a long-term solution to water. As explained, the move has been prompted by changing rainfall patterns and historic low…

Cameroon: Conflict between ports of Douala-Bonabéri and Kribi imminent?

Trade experts are worried that Cameroon is heading towards a war between the Port of Douala, the main entrance for 95% of goods entering via sea route, and that of the newly…

The Chinese port of Nansha offers an express service for Chilean cherries

The port of Nansha carried out the first express operation for a shipment of Chilean cherries transported by the Evergreen company. The operation was carried out on December 25 and included the unloading, customs clearance, release, and transport of 23 containers of cherries to the Jiangnan Fruit…

Maersk intends to boost land transportation via cold storage policy

Shipping company Maersk intends to focus on premium services such as cold storage and digital solutions to avoid competing with its own freight-forwarding clients as it expands in the land transportation business. Since announcing a new strategy in 2016, which included selling its oil and gas business,…

Ports now expect smooth Brexit

UK sees volumes decline after stockpiling spike

The port of Dover says it is expecting a smooth Brexit, claiming no major headaches are expected at British ports when Brexit happens on January 31. However, industry leaders warn much still needs to be sorted out before the end of the year. Meanwhile, the trend line on the port throughput graph is…

Central China - Thailand

Cargo air route links Zhengzhou and Bangkok

This Wednesday, a new cargo air route opened that links the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou with Bangkok, Thailand's capital. The air service is operated by Tianjin Air Cargo, using a Boeing B737-800F aircraft. It mainly exports cross-border e-commerce goods and cold chain imports fresh products such…

UK port set to make an undisclosed number of redundancies

Port of Dover confirmed staff cutbacks are imminent

The Port of Dover, which last month opened its Cargo Terminal West, confirmed in a statement that employees and trade unions are in the process of being briefed as to the nature of cutbacks that may occur. A Port of Dover spokesperson said: “A process has been started to consider where we can secure…

UK: New daily rail connection Felixstowe - East Midlands Gateway

A new daily rail connection has been established between the Hutchison Ports’ facility at the Port of Felixstowe and Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway. This is the 36th daily rail service to be introduced at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, and it aims to cater for the…

Kalmar to handle maintenance and support services at Patrick Terminals’ Brisbane and Sydney terminals

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded a comprehensive software maintenance and support agreement with Australian terminal operator Patrick Terminals. The agreement, which covers the equipment automation systems at the company’s Brisbane and Sydney AutoStrad terminals, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4…

Peru promotes agricultural logistics with a new road corridor

In the framework of its Proregion program, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Peru (MTC) signed the contract for the execution and supervision of the 273 km long Cusco - Madre de Dios Road Corridor, which will require an investment of more than S / 220 million. This corridor will boost…

Industry hopes that moratorium on hi-cube ban could still be signed, allowing hi-cubes on the road for at least the next 18 months

New year brings unpleasant hi-cube container disappointment for South African fruit and freight industries

Hi-cube 40ft containers, making up around 75% of worldwide container cargo, are currently illegal on South African roads if its height, from the road surface to the top, exceeds 4.3 metres. It was an unpleasant disappointment to the fruit and freight industries when an extension to the moratorium, that…

California court says truckers exempt from 'gig worker' law

After a federal judge temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect on Jan. 1 by granting a temporary restraining order, now the courts say that truckers are exempt from the 'gig worker' law. This means California’s new “gig worker” law does not apply to independent truck drivers…

The ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg lead maritime logistics in Europe

According to Port Economics, the three main container ports in Europe maintained their leadership in 2019. Rotterdam is still the largest, followed by Antwerp, which has registered positive growth figures in the last five years, and Hamburg, which has again seen a growth in the movement of containers…

SeaCube's adds 5,000 new Carrier Transicold refrigeration systems to inventory

Helping to keep pace with shipping lines’ growing demand for leased refrigerated containers, SeaCube Containers LLC recently expanded its inventory with 5,000 new 40-foot high-cube containers refrigerated by Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider…

More air freight companies want Perishable Logistics certification

According to the International Air Transport Association, interest is growing in a new industry certification program for handling and transport by air of perishable goods.…

Adani Ports also buys majority stake in Krishnapatnam Port

India: Adani Group forays into cold chain logistics with ₹2.96 bln acquisition of Snowman Logistics

Billionaire Gautam Adani's port-to-power Adani Group has acquired majority stake in Snowman Logistics Ltd for ₹2.96 bln to foray into cold chain logistics. Adani Logistics Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, signed definitive agreements to acquire 40.25% stake in Snowman Logistics…

Port of Chancay could boost Peruvian fruit exports

Cosco Shipping is developing its $3 billion deep-water general cargo and $1 million TEU capacity container port at Chancay. Work on this new port is expected to start by April of next year, a senior executive in Lima confirmed, after Cosco Shipping Ports filed a revised environmental impact study in…

PML partners with GreenSky

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), handling agent of perishable goods, announces an official partnership with GreenSky, international experts in perishable air freight logistics. The move to work with GreenSky provides PML with the ability to expand its global partner network into Mexico and offer customers further trade lanes in…

P&O Ferrymasters to open five new offices across Turkey over next two years

P&O Ferrymasters announced plans to open five new offices across Turkey over the next two years as it continues the expansion of its pan-European logistics services into Asia.…

USDA transitions to new data source to improve market news reporting accuracy

On Jan. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) transitioned to a different system to more accurately capture specialty crops…

Returnable container receives pro-K award

In cooperation with Schoeller Allibert, Germany’s leading optician chain Apollo has developed a returnable container for delivery to its branches. The empty load carrier can be returned easily and cost-effectively. The highlight here is its new folding mechanism. Thus, the company will save up to 100…

Woolworths and Coles confirm they are looking at alternative routes

Western Australia's fires, floods and cyclones will affect availability of groceries

With fires raging in the Nullabor, flooding in the desert interior and a cyclone to the north, all of WA's major interstate supply routes have been closed in some way, effectively cutting the state off from the rest of the country by road. According to an article on watoday.com.au, the closures have…

Customs declaration process shortened to 5 minutes

First express service for Chilean cherries arrives at Shekou Port, China

On January 2nd, the Cornelius Maersk, carrying 14 containers of cherries arrived in China, marking the first time an express delivery of Chilean cherries had called at Shekou…

Ecuadorian ports determine banana export prices

According to banana exporters, Ecuador's main export product, the price of shipments depends on the terminal from which they are shipped. As reported by the Ecuadorian digital media Express, exporting from the Guayaquil port would cost $200 less per container than shipping through the port of Posorja. A…

Reefer shipping: Concerns mounting over 2020 fuel cost increases

The seaborne trade of perishable products has grown every year since 2009. Still, whilst the containerisation of major cargoes moves ahead, carriers’ problems continue to…

FnV Farms to revolutionize food chain delivery India

Mumbai-based Fnv Farms is all set to revolutionize the food supply chain with data science and vertical delivery. The start-up delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to the…

US judge temporarily exempts truckers from California gig worker law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers. This was done by granting a temporary restraining order. On Tuesday, US District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted a five-page order sought by trade…

Letter of intent for sale of APM Terminals Rotterdam to Hutchison Ports

APM Terminals has signed a letter of intent for the sale of APM Terminals Rotterdam to Hutchison Ports. Hutchison Ports, owns the adjacent ECT Delta terminal, located in the…

Etihad Cargo awarded 'Centre of Excellence for Perishable Logistics'

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has cemented its position as a leading international air cargo carrier after becoming only the second carrier to…

Wouter le Roux, It’sofresh

Airfreight company diversifying into sea freight of apples, citrus & avos

It’sofresh is a South African company that specialises in air freight of exotics to Europe and the Middle East, like papaya and pineapples to the latter or passionfruit and bird’s eye chillies to Europe. Their litchi season was over by the end of November, which was fortunate given the following French strike,…

"You may have losses in transport because of these errors"

Fresh produce is not an easy business. You are always reliant on the weather conditions and how well the crop performs that year. Then, if you transport it to other destinations, you need to make sure this happens under the right circumstances so no crops are wasted. How to make sure nothing happens…

"New platform to provide better cold chain logistics services"

On December 15th, 2019, the official launch ceremony of the Asia Global Fresh Food Import & Export Platform 2.0 was held in Shenzhen. The entire top management of Asia Global Logistics Group (hereafter referred to as AG), including the CEO, Mr. Qiu Qunsheng,  attended the event. During Mr.Qiu’s speech, he…

Trade remained flat compared to global growth

Maersk releases India trade report Q3 2019

India’s import and export container trade in Q3 2019 (July-September) remained flat as compared to global growth of 1.5%. The slowdown is aligned closely with the weaker…

Emirates SkyCargo brings Chilean cherries to East Asia

The Emirates SkyCargo airline is making special charter flights to transport Chilean cherries to destinations in East Asia, such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Between…

Kenya: Extended railway services to create economic vitality in hinterland

On Tuesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) freight service. A cargo train snaked along the platform at the Nairobi SGR terminus, in readiness for a 120 kilometers journey to the resort town of Naivasha. President Kenyatta saw the SGR phase 2A…

UK's busiest container port

Strike dates set for Felixstowe:

Workers at the UK's busiest container port will take strike action for two days after Christmas in a dispute over outsourcing. More than 110 engineers will hold stoppages from 07:00 to 19:00 GMT on 27 and 28 December. The union Unite claims the Port of Felixstowe is transferring engineering jobs to cut costs, and fears it is…

Emirates carries more than 2,000 tons of Zimbabwe exports

International airline Emirates announced it transported more than 2,000 tons of export cargo from Zimbabwe to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) between 2018 and this year. The…

Papua New Guinea

Agriculture and Livestock Secretary calls on government to supply air freight options

Agriculture and Livestock Secretary Daniel Kombuk has called on the government to provide decent air transport for farmers to market their produce at a good price overseas.…

Road and rail connections needed in Far North Australia

Australia’s Far North is on the cusp of a horticultural boom, with production set to almost double over the next few years. That is why FNQ Growers chairman Joe Moro is renewing the call for a reliable, safe and cost-effective inland road and rail route to be established to connect the region with…

New Conor logistic facility in Rome

The new Conor platform at Car, Centro agroalimentare di Roma, was officially inaugurated on Friday 13th December 2019. It covers 3,170 square meters on a 6,700 sq m lot, so there is room for the refrigerated warehouse to be expanded. Conor is part of Agribologna group and 80% of the fresh produce is…

New real-time monitoring system:

"Post-harvest logistics needs affordable prices"

"In today's market, post-harvest logistics require cutting-edge technology at affordable prices," stated Pablo Mugica, director of Ozeano. "One of the clearest examples is the real-time cold chain monitoring, which currently is only used to monitor certain products because of how expensive it is."…

Filippino vegetable traders want Baguio to lift truck ban

The League of Association of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Area at the trading post in Benguet has renewed its plea to the Baguio city government to suspend the truck ban…

New Globe Logistik and Easyfresh team up in India

Easyfresh has appointed New Globe Logistik as the new and exclusive representatives for Easyfresh in India. The company was initiated in 1950 under the leadership of Mr C.…

Costa Rica: Moín Container Terminal reaches 1 million TEUs

The Moín Container Terminal celebrated the movements of its 1 millionth TEU on 11 December 2019. This milestone, achieved in less than 10 months of operation, is particularly…

The European Green Deal: what it means for road transport

The European Commission has published its communication on the European Green Deal, setting out its future policy package to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by…

Opening of Vado Gateway set to transform logistics in northern Italy

The new Vado Gateway container terminal, launched today in Vado Ligure and operated by APM Terminals, sets a new standard for port infrastructure in Italy. The facility is unique in terms of services and technology, from its automated yard to its truck appointment system. Vado Gateway is the most…

Maersk expands in North Vietnam with opening of new logistics centre

On December 11th, 2019, the official opening ceremony for the new logistics centre took place in Bac Ninh, Vietnam in the presence of Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen, Vietbeko Head of Supply Chain Mr. Quang Le and Maersk senior executives. Constructed by Mapletree Logistics Park…

Network Shipping and Maersk acquire spaces in two USWC-Central America/Ecuador services

Network Shipping, the maritime transport division of the US fruit group Del Monte Fresh Produce, and Maersk have acquired spaces in the two USWC-Central America/Ecuador route…

Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA:

"From harvest to trade: Sophisticated, Sustainable Logistics."

"After Fruit Logistica's successful appearance in 2019, we will once again be exhibiting our smart and sustainably efficient packaging solutions for harvesting, transport and trade at this year's trade fair," said the communication managers of Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA, the Belgian manufacturers…

Emirates adds cargo capacity to Mexico City

Emirates has added 98 tonnes of cargo capacity per week to the market of Mexico City, getting its new daily B777-200LR flights on line. Yesterday, the airline celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona. The airline said the new 777 flight will also offer…

South Africa: Harbour chaos

Strikes, equipment failure and maintenance backlogs, low productivity levels, low staffing levels, violence against truck drivers – everything that could go wrong logistically, seemingly did go wrong this year during South Africa’s citrus export season. Towards the end of the citrus season, the Citrus Growers’ Association…

Hartman Expeditie and Brinkman Trans Holland fusion

Hartman Expeditie and Brinkman Trans Holland will formally join forces with starting from 1 January 2020. Both companies are specialised in conditioned (bulk) transport to Scandinavia, where Hartman mainly serves the Danish market and Brinkman serves the Swedish market. Both companies also travel to…

Total investment amounts to around 800,000 euros

Frankfurt refrigerated logistics company wants to increase its turnover with more trailers

Thermologistic is expanding its trailer fleet. This is the Frankfurt refrigerated logistics company's response to the strong demand for temperature-controlled transport. The new investment comprises 13 trailers of the latest design. The new units are equipped with double-decker technology and roller beds…

Maintenance underay for Peruvian port

Port of Salaverry eyes future expansion

Peruvian maritime services provider Tramarsa will be providing the tools to its subsidiary company Salaverry Terminal Internacional (STI), which will be doing maintenance…

Luzon Strait with 9,000 pallets of Caribbean bananas

First Geest ship docks in Portsmouth since company returned operations

A Geest Line ship has docked in Portsmouth harbour for the first time since the company announced its return to the city. The Luzon Strait arrived last week carrying 9,000 pallets of bananas from the Caribbean, following a nine-day journey. Geest Line announced it was moving its operations back to…

Port of Dover opens new cargo terminal

Dover Cargo Terminal West is now completely operational after five years in the making. Nik Scott-Gray, General Manager of Port of Dover Cargo Ltd said: “Today heralds an exciting new chapter for Port of Dover Cargo – it’s amazing to see the new terminal fully functional and processing such a large variety…

We've worked hard in anticipation of the strike in France

"Distributors pass the buck to the carriers"

"The strike in France creates delays in supply and international distribution. International shipments of fresh fruit and vegetables from southeastern Spain are sent by road. When the roads are blocked, the product and the carriers are affected. Distributors will often pass the buck to carriers, who were…

Truck number 7000 for European transporter

Europe’s FTL trucking company Girteka Logistics announced their truck number 7000. While the European trucking industry remains highly fragmented, Girteka Logistics sees continuous growth on the backdrop of investments into employees, technology, environmentally friendly trucks and operations. “Brexit,…

SF Express

Customized perishable logistics service from North and South America to China

On November 26 and December 4, two SF Express cargo freighters, each carrying 103 tons of cherries, arrived in China from Santiago. After its timely arrival, each pallet of…

Dredging to make Virginia the East Coast’s deepest port is underway

The Port of Virginia’s® journey to becoming the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast is underway as dredges took to the water Sunday (Dec. 1) to begin digging, nearly…

Organized by COAG

Blockades at Spanish Port of Motril to protest against lack of control of fruit and vegetable imports

On December 4, following a report from the Coordinator of Organizations of Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers (COAG) denouncing lack of control at the border inspection post of the port of Motril, a hundred fruit and vegetable producers blocked one of the port's main routes of entry and exit of…

APM Terminals Gothenburg takes another step towards climate neutrality

During 2020, APM Terminals Gothenburg will switch entirely to renewable energy with their Green Gothenburg Gateway concept.A year ago, APM Terminals Gothenburg introduced the…

Biman Bangladesh wants to restart perishable exports flights to Europe

Carrier Biman Bangladesh could restart carrying fruit and vegetables to Europe after a three-year absence, under pressure from Bangladeshi exporters. From the first week of…

PML invests in refrigerated vehicles

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system. The trailers commissioned by PML are being built and designed by Gray & Adams, a family run business that…

Adrie Visbeen explains the importance of the Holland Rail Terminal

Adrie Visbeen is CEO of the Dutch transport company, Visbeen Holding BV. He has been very involved from the start, in the development of the Holland Terminal in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. The Lansingerland City Council asked Visbeen about the importance of the Holland Rail Terminal:  Source: Greenport

'New pallet is hard to break, easy to repair'

Schoeller Allibert’s new pallet, BaYoPal® is designed for use in harsh industrial and logistics environments, and working seamlessly on most automated handling systems, BaYoPal® offers maximised rigidity and safety. Part of a new generation of pallets, BaYoPal® is returnable, recyclable and repairable –…

Video update - December 2019

Dover Cargo Terminal West is operational

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of passengers and trade. It is also an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in England and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Port management has posted this video on Youtube:  

Frigga provides worldwide temperature tracking solutions in 12 languages

Real-time thermometer app "Frigga Track" is about to come online

Frigga presented 2G and 3G wireless, real-time thermometers during the Fruit Attraction exposition in Spain in October. The real-time thermometers sold well in the international market. Now Frigga officially have announced their new 4G wireless, real-time thermometer in response to the demand of clients…

Company Hai Thanh from Vietnam relies on KRONEN technology in mango processing

Increased capacity and efficiency of convenience production

For two months now, a KRONEN GS 10-2 belt cutting machine has been in operation in mango processing at HAI THANH, a company based in Vietnam. The company, which originally specialised in the processing of seafood and the production of surimi, recently expanded its business activities to include fruit…

Qatar Airways Cargo announces expansion of freighter services to Latin America

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it is expanding its services in South America. From January 16, freighter services, utilising B777F aircraft, will operate to Campinas,…

The Spanish port of Vigo seeks to consolidate as port of entry for South African oranges

The Port of Vigo has planned a visit to South Africa next February in order to try consolidating as a destination for the South African oranges shipped by sea. The Spanish…

Egypt’s Port Said tunnel

Faster access to Suez Canal Container Terminal via new tunnel lowers logistics costs

The opening of the tunnel under the Suez Canal just south of Port Said last week is an important piece of the jigsaw required to position the Suez Canal Container Terminal…

Container Terminal 3 of Tangier Med 2 port

Hapag-Lloyd acquires stake in Moroccan terminal

For some time now, Hapag-Lloyd has been intensifying its activities in Africa. The purchase of a 10 percent stake in Container Terminal 3 (TC3) of the Tangier Med 2 port in Morocco marks yet another important step towards assuming an even more prominent role in the development of this attractive growth…

Wiskerke Onions has been one of the key customers

New cargo visibility tool watched temperature, humidity and CO2 levels

Maersk has released its revamped Remote Container Management (RCM) platform featuring the virtual assistant Captain Peter. Since its launch to customers in September 2017, over 3,600 companies have signed up for RCM and the transparency on information from the over 380,000 refrigerated containers of the…

Remote Container Management technology now available for Hamburg Süd customers

With immediate effect, all Hamburg Süd customers can use the new Remote Container Management (RCM) technology for their reefer container shipments. RCM monitors parameters…

Johan Claes, Belgian New Fruit Wharf

"Ship with Madagascar lychees expected late next week"

A ship from Madagascar will arrive at the end of next week with lychees at the Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) in Zeebrugge. "Last year, two vessels with lychees from Madagascar had to unload with us due to the protests by the yellow jackets in France. This year it's back to the normal volume and one…

United Producers of Mexico meet in Rotterdam

Direct Mexico-Netherlands fruit line slowly becoming a reality

Short transit times between the Netherlands and Mexico have always been United Producers of Mexico's (UPM) priority. UPM is an organization that wants to improve trade relations between Europe and Mexico. They want to do so by bringing interested parties together. Click here for the photo report Ana…

The Port of Algeciras hosts a delegation of Peruvian agricultural exporters

A delegation of Peruvian agricultural exporters from different regions of the country traveled to Europe to participate in the Innovation Mission in Andalusia, together with…

US truck stats – November 2019

Slight truck shortages Arizona and California

The four major elements affecting the trucking market show inbound container shipments are down. Load volume is down. Truck capacity is up, and fuel prices are up. Click here for the full report.

San Antonio Port

Chile's port stoppages hurt cherry shipments to China

At the beginning of Chile's fruit export season, 4,000 trucks that had to enter to load and unload products at the port of San Antonio were unable do so since November 25, due…

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia to launch express trains for agricultural shipments

Together with the Russian Export Center (REC), Russian Railways and the railways of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are exploring the possibility of launching trains across three…

Maersk and Syngenta sign long-term cooperation agreement

"The foundation of this collaboration is the focus on sustainable logistics"

As a player in the agrochemical industry, Syngenta continuously looks for ways to optimize its supply chains to deliver on its ambition of producing food efficiently and…

South Africa's Citrus Growers Association fines companies that export through Spanish ports

The Citrus Growers Association (CGA), South Africa's citrus lobby, which has great commercial interests in the European Union and brings together large fruit and vegetable multinationals, has fined companies in South Africa that exported oranges and mandarins to the old continent through Spanish ports.…

Algeciras and Antwerp, the ports of entry of 60% of the cocaine that reaches the EU

The director of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), together with the director of Europol, Catherine De Bolle, and the European commissioner…

Indian Civil Aviation Department directed to resolve issue of low air cargo capacity

The advisor to Lieutenant Governor Ladakh, Umang Narula, today instructed Civil Aviation Department (CAD) to resolve the issue of low cargo carrying capacity of airlines. The Commissioner Secretary Civil Aviation, Rigzin Samphael, briefed the advisor about the present issue of low tonnages of cargo being…

FreshDirect will deliver fruit within hours

New York grocery deliveries go high-tech

In the bustling city of New York, grocery shopping can be time consuming. But now, grocery company FreshDirect promises to deliver within mere hours fruit, fish and bottles of…

Australia: Rural trucking costs are major economic factor

Deloitte were commissioned by AgriFutures Australia to put together a report entitled ‘The Impact of Freight Costs on Australian Farms’. This report confirms agriculture is vitally important to the strength of the economy with over 66 per cent of annual agricultural production exported overseas. When…

Port of Antwerp signs collaboration agreement with six Nigerian ports

The Antwerp port community and its various partners are currently on a trade mission to West-Africa, including Benin and Nigeria. A collaboration agreement was signed between Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Port of Antwerp, and APEC, its maritime training…

Atlantic Container Line signs new 15-year contract with Port of Liverpool

Atlantic Container Line (ACL), a Grimaldi Group Company, has agreed a new 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on/roll-off operations at the Port of Liverpool until 2035. ACL is already the largest ocean carrier operating at Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (RSCT) and the port’s…

Logistic problems after viaduct collapse on the Turin - Savona motorway

Fresh produce operators in the north-west of the country are worried after the collapse of the "Del Bosco" viaduct on highway A6 near Millesimo (SV). "The situation has been critical in the entire Piedmont area for days. Minor roads have also been closed and reopened due to floods causing inconveniences…

Ecubex

Maersk incorporates a new service that will reduce transit times between Europe and South America

The Maersk shipping company has announced new improvements that will further optimize their service from the west coast of Latin/Central America to Europe, by rebalancing their network to provide better solutions to seasonal variations and ensure a competitive cost for its customers. The company will…

Road Haulage Association of Ireland:

“Hauliers in danger of being injured or killed by migrants”

Eugene Drennan, a member of the council of the Road Haulage Association of Ireland, said drivers were not getting enough protection or support from a number of governments. Drennan: “We don’t feel we’re getting enough protection from the north coast countries — France, Belgium and Holland. The rate of…

Fruit from Xinjiang makes use of the "One Belt One Road" initiative to conquer high-end foreign markets

Fruit from Xinjiang makes use of the popularity of the "One Belt One Road" initiative, a large-scale infrastructure project that connects China to the rest of the world.…

UK needs vital trade routes across the Channel, post-Brexit

Are there alternatives to Dover?

With less than three months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, attention is focused on how to keep vital trade routes across the English Channel flowing as smoothly as possible. “I am…

Lineage Logistics acquires Emergent Cold

"This acquisition signifies entry into AUS, NZ and Sri-Lankan markets"

Lineage Logistics Holdings announced it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Emergent Cold. This acquisition strengthens the company’s leading port presence in the…

Peru sees the Port of Algeciras as a solution to grow in Europe

The first day of the Port of Algeciras' commercial mission in Peru focused on the logistical challenges posed by the growing export of Peruvian fruit and vegetable products.…

Chilean fruit exporters analyze the sector's logistics challenges

The Chilean fruit export sector got together for a breakfast organized by the PMA on November 20 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Santiago, where they analyzed the Future…

Liverpool - UK

Peel Ports hits record container handling

Peel Ports is celebrating a record-breaking month for its container operations at the Port of Liverpool. Quayside and landside throughput in October at its Liverpool container terminals exceeded all previous figures on record, with year-on-year growth of 12%. The cargoes were connected with a total of 16…

How to ship Italian fresh produce all over the world

"Our mission is to transport all kinds of goods by air, fresh produce in particular. To do so, we employ the most innovative logistic systems in the sector," explains Andrea Cossutta, Italian manager of AirNautic, a French-Swiss company with twelve branches in four nations.  Andrea Cosutta "AirNautic boasts…

Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö sign five-year deal

The Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö Port AB have entered into a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on sustainability and environmental issues. Officials from both ports signed the MOU at a ceremony held at the Port of Los Angeles on November 15. The MOU focuses on…

Overall, minimal impact on fresh produce exports from South Africa

South African Airways strike impacts Cape stonefruit exports

Many airfreight service providers for the South African fresh produce industry make very limited use of state-owned South African Airways, preferring direct flights with European, Middle Eastern and other carriers, but for some stonefruit exports from the Cape the current strike is proving an…

Pravin Gordhan to meet the unions on Tuesday

Public Enterprises minister to discuss strikes at South Africa Airways

South Africa’s Public Enterprises minister will meet with the unions striking at its state-owned airline on Tuesday. The meeting is an effort to resolve a strike over wages at…

The situation at the Spanish border seems to be improving

After 48 hours of blockage, traffic at the Spanish border seems to be more fluid again. “For now, trucks are moving, but we don’t know much more than that at the moment,”…

South African Airways affected by strike

Last Friday, South African Airways workers embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier's overhaul plan, forcing the cash-strapped…

MSC takes on Maersk's former head of operations as new CEO

According to Danish media ShippingWatch, shipping firm MSC has poached rival A.P. Moller-Mærsk’s former head of operations Soren Toft to become its new chief executive…

The blockade of the A7 in La Junquera: "The impact has been similar to that of a road accident"

"There has been a total delay of 24 hours"

A production and marketing company from Almeria has had its fresh fruit and vegetable products blocked in La Junquera. "Our trucks had to reach Perpignan and Paris, and have suffered delays of up to 24 hours. Our customers have been understanding, given the situation, and the quality of the products…

Fruit Logistica Day in the Port of Algeciras

The Spanish port of Algeciras controls 75% of import reefers

Representatives of the Bay of Algeciras Port, production companies, the logistics sector, and health authorities analyzed the current challenges presented by the maritime transport sector for perishables and attempted to respond the optimization margin that exists in this field, in the session organized…

NZ: Change in cargo loaders helped speed up container transfer time

T&G Pipfruit exported 750, 40-foot reefers from its Otago coldstore in 2019 and expects the coldstore to process between 900 and 1,000 containers next year. Each reefer weighs between 26 and 32 tonnes but with no docks at the coldstore must be positioned on the ground for loading. During peak season, the…

Maersk sees slight pickup in container traffic next year

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk has made the statement that expected 2020 growth in global seaborne container traffic to be slightly higher than this year, although an…

Don Marshall - Exporta

"Fruit and vegetable growers moving away from wooden crates to clean, lightweight and durable plastic crates"

Plastic is not exactly in vogue at the moment but it does have its advantages in transportation and storage environments. Don Marshall Head of Ecommerce & Fulfilment at Scottish based company Exporta believes it a much better material for pallets and crates than wood."Fruit and vegetable growers are…

Route between US and Europe

Hapag-Lloyd expands fleet on Atlantic Loop 3 Service

Hapag-Lloyd announces the addition of the 4,248 TEU vessel “Rio Grande Express” to its Atlantic Loop 3 Service (AL3) sailing between the United States and Europe. Upgrading to a 6 vessel rotation will improve the reliability of the AL3 service for its customers and support its strategy of being number one…


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