Logistics

Annual Report reveals a stable, profitable and well-prepared Girteka Logistics

At the start of 2020 Girteka Logistics was ready for another period of strong, sustained growth. COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis altered this agenda – people, companies and even countries are now facing an unprecedented situation and a drastically new set of challenges. “Considering the changing…

Local authorities lock down ship after member of crew catches Corona

Over 129 containers of limes stuck on container ship in Brazilian Santos

One of the crew members on the container ship Cap San Lorenzo of shipping company Hamburg Süd tested positive for the corona virus on 23 May. The ship is moored in the…

Port of Rotterdam - The Netherlands

PortXchange platform trial results in shorter idle times

A recent trial with the digital information platform PortXchange at APM Terminals Rotterdam yielded a significant reduction in the average idle time on departure of Maersk vessels. The platform was formerly known as Pronto. The reduction in the average idle time had benefits for everyone involved: the…

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UK: Stena Line faces severe challenges due to travel restrictions

Ferry company Stena Line has admitted it is facing severe challenges due to the travel restrictions and reduction in freight volumes caused by the current pandemic. Stena Line…

Gunay Aliyevs

145% air freight charges hike affects Ghanaian fruit and vegetable exports

In spite of government’s efforts to boost agricultural production and exports, Ghana’s farmers and exporters in the fruit and vegetable industry continue to grapple with…

Linda Carobbi from Savino Del Bene

International logistics - it is hard to get back to normal

Over the past few months, the entire logistic and haulage sector has been dealing with the serious and unexpected consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Linda Carobbi, Corporate director for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Vertical Market at global logistics and shipping…

India: Ship handling delays

Peter Deubet, Head of the Hamburg Representative Office Mumbai, and his colleague Lea Miram, Hamburg Business Manager in Mumbai, report on the current situation in the growth market India. As already…

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HHLA, Eurogate and BLG in open-ended talks about a strategic cooperation

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), Eurokai GmbH & Co. KGaA und BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG are currently conducting initial exploratory talks. The three companies are…

Ocean Network Express expands refrigerated fleet

Japanese shipping company Ocean Network Express recently added 3,000 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® units to its refrigerated container fleet, via Florens container leasing, to address growing perishable cargo demand. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating,…

Reliable transport solutions critical to meet growing European demand

Mexican mango exports still flowing to Europe with weekly air freight service

Dachser de México S.A. de C.V., a logistics provider and part of the global Dachser network, announced that its weekly air cargo schedule from Mexico to Europe continues to…

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Accumulation of goods in Kuwaiti ports may lead to crisis

Kuwait is facing a new crisis due to the accumulation of thousands of tons of food products, goods, vegetables and fruits in ports and customs. This is due to the difficulty…

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Shipping companies opt for Cape of Good Hope route more often

Shipping companies are re-discovering the old Cape of Good Hope route in an age of low oil prices and increasingly costly Suez Canal fees. This is according to a statement…

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Taiwan's first fruit exports to Japan this year shipped via China Airlines

According to a statement by the Council of Agriculture (COA), the first shipment of Taiwan mangoes and lychees to Japan this year under a new contract with China Airlines…

LatAm announces reorganization to ensure long-term sustainability

LatAm Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States today initiated a voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt…

Governments of Tanzania and Kenya

Dar es Salaam - Nairobi truce saved horticulture from ruin

The governments in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi have agreed that cargos and conveyors should be offloaded at destination unless there's a special agreement with cargo owners. In…

British Ports look to government Tjeerd Kruse

Specialized European Ports of Gothenburg and Rotterdam are going strong

While many of the ports across Europe, and indeed around the world, are reporting strong declines in cargo traffic due to the impact of COVID-19, some ports have been…

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Singapore Airlines strengthens commitment to New Zealand

Singapore Airlines has announced the introduction of cargo-only flights between Auckland and Singapore which will operate five times a week. The airline will operate an Airbus…

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South Africa

Port of Durban decongestion efforts are now bearing fruit

The various initiatives undertaken by the multidisciplinary Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team in recent months to relieve traffic pressure and congestion in the port’s Bayhead Precinct and surrounding road networks are finally showing result. The precinct leading to the port’s Durban Container…

Using technology to bolster trust and security along fresh produce supply chains

The need for integrity systems it is becoming more and more common in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian traceability and information service company. Andrew Grant, Co-founder of Trust Provenance says a combination of different processes are used by a company to protect their…

Maersk extends cold chain solutions to Pakistan’s citrus exporters

Pakistan is a thriving agricultural state wherein agriculture sector contributes more than a quarter of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Amongst the large exports from agricultural produce, the exports of citrus fruits alone generate multi-million US Dollar revenues in a year for Pakistan.…

Andreas Zeitler

Bangladesh

Chattogram Port Authority handles 319,000 containers in 56 days

The Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) has handled over 319,000 containers in 56 days of general holiday across the country during the global epidemic. The Transport Department of CPA has given this information after calculating data from March 26 to May 20. At least 87,398 tonnes of onion, 8,275 tonnes of…

"Oxygen" needed to save road haulage sector

It has been a couple of complicated months, during which the logistic sector has worked tirelessly to guarantee the supplies of food and fresh produce to the entire country. "We just did our job, but conditions were not easy. Panic would have spread if supplies stopped and the population was already…

LATAM Cargo Group offers direct connection between Europe and US

In order to face the negative effects that COVID-19 has brought upon the airline industry—including closed border policies and passenger flight restrictions—LATAM Cargo Group has made a series of modifications to its itinerary and operation to increase its transportation capacity and thus, mitigate the…

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Cold-chain stability guaranteed by new cold-store chamber at APM Terminals Buenos Aires

To meet growing demand for reliable, stable cold-chain handling of goods, APM Terminals Buenos Aires has commissioned a new cold-store chamber. The chamber can maintain…

Due to COVID-19 Vitalij Sova

Nigerian food exporters hampered by clogged ports

The port backups that have paralyzed food shipments around the world for weeks aren’t getting much better. In fact, in some places, they’re getting worse. For Nigerian ports,…

Rahul Das

Bangladesh railways offer parcel services to transport mangoes at reduced rates

Apart from couriers and trucks on roads, mango producers of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj will be able to use parcel services of the railway at reduced rates for transporting…

Port of Rotterdam

Twice as many reefer ships at Rotterdam harbor

According to the Port of Rotterdam, nowadays, twice as many reefer vessels arrive at the Rotterdam Fruit Wharf in Merwehaven. These ships contain conventional loads. Shipping companies have been unable to position sufficient reefer ships in South Africa's loading harbors. That is due to all the…

Port of Antwerp status quo despite corona crisis

Total freight volume down in April but up 0.4% in 2020 overallThe total freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp fell in April due to the corona crisis, but rose by 0.4% overall during the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year. The container volume rose in 2020, although…

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Turkish Cargo initiates flights from İzmir

Turkish Cargo, the Turkish Airlines cargo brand, which has achieved the highest growth rate among the top 25 air cargo carriers, is planning an expedition to İzmir every day…

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation

Yang Ming builds new smart container vessels

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. has revealed that its ten 2,800TEU container vessels, currently being constructed by CSBC, will receive Smart Ship notations from…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

California berry grower announces blockchain compliancy

California Giant Berry Farms announced its blockchain compliance with IBM Food Trust. This game changing technology connects all participants of California Giant’s berry…

US-Bangla extends cargo flights to more international destinations

US-Bangla Airlines began operating cargo flights to a few more countries on Saturday. The airline has since May 9 been operating cargo flights to various international…

Alphonso growers Gujarat using Red Vans to access market

Mangoes now travel via India Post

After successfully ferrying medical consignments in its iconic red vans, India Post is now helping mango growers to access market amid transport disruptions due to lockdown.…

Mindauga Dulinska

Kenya: Logistics companies are still reeling from COVID-19

In Kenya, perishable exports have taken a huge loss following last-minute flight cancellations. OF course, the whole world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic that…

Uncertainties remain for the year

Hapag-Lloyd gets 2020 off to a decent start despite pandemic

For the first quarter of 2020, Hapag-Lloyd recorded earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of USD 176 million (EUR 160 million), which is below the corresponding prior-year…

North Carolina State Ports Authority:

‘Port of Wilmington handles record refrigerated container volume’

The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NC Ports) set a new record when the Port of Wilmington handled 1,459 refrigerated containers in April. In a statement, NC Ports said…

Ecuador

Banana exports through the Puerto Bolivar Maritime Terminal increase

The Puerto Bolivar Maritime Terminal has kept all its operations active since the start of the coronavirus outbreak and logistics has not been interrupted despite the…

Sri Lanka Anatoly Morozov

Emirates SkyCargo announces scheduled flights from Colombo

Emirates SkyCargo has announced the commencement of scheduled cargo flights from Colombo, following the successful operation of special flights in the second half of April to…

Maersk sees drop in global ship container demand this year

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk warned of a sharp drop in global container volumes due to the coronavirus pandemic, with weaker retail sales and depressed car production dampening demand. The crisis has thrown the container shipping trade off balance as supply chains have been upended and businesses…

Hapag-Lloyd introduces general rate increase

General Rate Increase – ISC & Middle East to USA and CanadaPlease be advised that in light of current market conditions, a new General Rate Increase will apply from Indian Subcontinent (ISC) and Middle East to USA and Canada as outlined below, with effective date June 15,2020. Rate Increase (GRI) will…

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CMA CGM receives billion-dollar loan

The CMA CGM Group has secured a €1.05 billion (US$1.14 billion) syndicated loan from a consortium of BNP Paribas, HSBC and Société Générale. This loan is part of France’s…

William Sonneveld, FV Seleqt:

"Shortage of air freight capacity biggest challenge on legume market"

Rainfall in Kenya, extreme demand for pods and sugar snaps during the first period after the Corona measures; there are plenty challenges for FV Seleqt. But they are currently nothing compared to the limited air freight capacity. "The price of air freight is very high. Every day it is a surprise - what…

Maersk takes measures to increase the availability of reefers in Ecuador

Maersk has begun to take measures to ensure the availability of reefers in Ecuador in order to guarantee their flow, support the agricultural export sector, and offset the…

Mr. Siwabud Veerapaisarn

Stable freight rates as trade lines regain their balance

With demand now broadly matching available capacity, six more blanked sailings over the past week mark the stabilising of the deep-sea trades. This means the rates are currently finding a similar stability. Freightos Baltic rate movements over the past week show a gentle US$35/FEU increase during the…

"Rail transport is experiencing a completely new relevance"

Freight transport by train between Europe and China increases

According to a report from The New York Times, European carriers have resorted to transporting goods from China by train because of the interruption of maritime and air transport between Asia and Europe caused by the blockages generated by the coronavirus. Travel time on rail routes from China through…

The Australian technology tracing fresh produce data from farm to retail shelf

Growing Australian supply chain tracking technology is constantly surprising fresh produce businesses with the level of transparency in the supply chain, according to its founding company Escavox. CEO Luke Wood says the innovative system gives food suppliers more information to better manage the food…

The volume transferred by Chilean ports increases in 2020

According to a report by the Chilean Maritime and Port Chamber (Camport), during the first quarter of 2020, the volume transferred by the ports of Chile reached 30.5 million…

Hines adds acquisition of HEMA Logistics Distribution Centre in Utrecht to ABC Westland and Fresh Park Venlow

Hines, the international real estate firm, has acquired the 62,000-square-metre Urban Logistics Distribution Centre in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on behalf of the Hines…

Gerold Grotelueschen

All India Motor Transport Congress experts:

From spoiled vegetables to high entry fees: Indian truckers are hassled unnecessarily

Despite Ministry of Home Affairs attempts to ensure the free movement of essentials and goods, in many Indian states the situation is worsening on the ground. Experts from the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) -representing about 9.5 million truckers and entities- say that if the government…

John Opstal, Gebr. Opstal Transporten

Rock-bottom prices for return freight for fruit and vegetables too?

In recent weeks, the European transport sector has been offering return freight at rock-bottom prices. These are mostly prices that do not nearly cover transportation costs. In some cases, not even the price of diesel. Do these ridiculous prices also plague fruit and vegetable transporters?  "More trucks are…

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World's largest refrigerated truck launched in Spain

The world's largest LHV refrigerated truck has just been launched and is already in circulation in Spain, although still in the trial period. It is the result of a project of the University of Zaragoza, the manufacturer SOR Ibérica, MAN industrial vehicles and the Directorate-General for Traffic. The truck,…

United Airlines is launching new cargo flights for Switzerland:

Three times a week from Zurich to Chicago

Effective immediately, United Airlines is connecting Zurich International Airport with Chicago O'Hare International Airport three times a week with a cargo-only flight. The connection will be operated from Zurich every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a Boeing 787-10. Cargo flights are initially planned…

Thai fruit export encounters another obstacle on the way to China

The Kunming-Bangkok Expressway is again closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Laos unilaterally closed the expressway that runs from China to Thailand via Laos. Drivers…

Jozsef Soos

Relief for Kenyan food exporters as more airlines resume flights

Foreign-based airlines have resumed flying to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as European countries start easing Covid-19 lockdowns, pushing up demand for fresh…

ONE expands its reefer fleet with 5,000 new units

The Ocean Network Express (ONE) company has announced the expansion of its reefer container fleet capacity with the addition of 5,000 units (40 "HC), including 200 units equipped with advanced controlled atmosphere technology (AC), to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo worldwide. "With this…

Kloosterboer to receive first shipment of lemons from Argentina

The first vessel of lemons from Argentina, M.V. “Baltic Winter” is being discharged at Kloosterboer Vlissingen. The cargo is destined for the European market. MV Baltic Winter is the first vessel in a series of eight. According to schedule, a vessel is expected every 2 weeks until August/mid-September.…

South Africa: Perishables specialist strengthens DSV offering

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many mutually beneficial partnerships being formed – and none more so than within DSV, where most recently Air & Sea and DSV Skyservices worked together on an air charter to deliver solutions to both inbound and outbound customers. The projects have highlighted how both…

Rodrigo Aliaga Cydiance

"We know it's been a hard time recently, but we will continue"

The outbreak of COVID-19 has hit a lot of different industries and as it has been developing further worldwide, it now also hits America. New start ups are encountering difficult times, but people are staying positive and try to find ways to continue their operations. Cydiance, a professional datalogger…

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Kenya to link Chinese-built modern railway to central region line

Kenya is in the final stages of linking Chinese-built modern railway to an older line in the agriculture-rich central region to ensure commodities are easily transported to…

By CH Robinsons's Keith Nehring

'Air travel demand and the cargo impact'

'A weekly staple in our house is bananas and most weeks buying bananas is uneventful. As the primary grocery shopper in my family, I typically look for bananas transitioning…

A description of the situation from the company 2M Exotic Fruits

Pineapples shipped via air hit disastrous records

For those who used to imported, high-quality pineapples, the situation is dramatic. There are no more regular airliners and therefore shipments are blocked. Consequently, the costs for the very few active flights have skyrocketed. "In the pre-coronavirus era - said Luca Bernardini, owner of 2M Exotic…

UK hauliers seek terms over Post-Brexit entry declarations removal

The UK Freight Transport Association has called for the "safety and security" agreement removing the need for post-Brexit entry and exit declarations between Britain and…

Jordan Tan

Wan Hai, Sealand and Interasia re-launch CTV service

Taiwanese intra-Asia carrier Wan Hai Lines will launch a China-Thailand-Vietnam service with Maersk Sealand and Interasia Lines. The CTV service, to begin on 15 May, is part…

Agro Merchants opens Dutch QC Bureau inspection site for fruit and vegetables

Currently, Agro Merchants are offering the opportunity to facilitate Dutch Quality Control Bureau inspections in Maasvlakte, the Netherlands. Interested parties can have…

The world container fleet is expected to contract

The disruption of container supply chains globally by the coronavirus outbreak and the decrease in demand for ships and equipment will lead to a contraction of the container fleet and will keep leasing prices and rates under pressure in 2020, although they'll be better than in 2019. According to the…

Eimskip takes delivery of new Dettifoss

Dettifoss, one of two new 2,150 teus vessels that has been built in China was delivered to Eimskip today. The delivery of the vessel is an important milestone on the Company’s journey to commence the vessel sharing agreement with Greenlandic carrier Royal Arctic Line that is scheduled to start in June.…

South Africa to Europe Papa1266

SA Europe Container Service changes service to address port delays

As part of a constant reassessment of capacity needs in these uncertain times, the SA Europe Container Service (Saecs) will make some temporary deployment changes to its…

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Shipping by sea continues

Brazilian fruit not being airfreighted out

According to Brazilian Fruit and Fruit Product Exporters Association (Abrafrutas) technical and projects manager Jorge de Souza, at this point in time, virtually no fruit is being flown out of Brazil. Since volumes are not enough to fill up a cargo plane, most of the product used to ship in the cargo…

Expected to arrive in Durban early May Yujie Chen

Maersk sends refrigerated containers to South Africa

Integrated container logistics company, Maersk, has brought 1,800 empty refrigerated 40-foot containers from the Middle East to South Africa as additional stock. The…

565 tonnes of Vietnamese pitayas arrived at the Dalian Port on Monday Shijianying

New fruit shipping route links Chinese port to Vietnam

A new fruit shipping route linking the Dalian Port in northeast China's Liaoning Province and Vietnam opened on Monday. The shipping route, mainly used for refrigerated…

T&G Global supports NZ small businesses with apple ship charter to Europe

T&G Global has chartered a ship to take about 31 million apples to Antwerp, as a way around potential container shortages and port closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baltic Spring is currently (Tuesday and Wednesday) loading the last apples from Hawke’s Bay at Napier Port, after a last-ditch…

Enabling fresh produce exporters access international markets

To help ensure that the fresh produce can be exported, IDH, together with export companies and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), has facilitated the…

IFAM seeking to schedule regular charter flights with Qantas and Singapore Airlines

Ausveg participated in an industry briefing this morning on behalf of the freight community, regarding the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), which highlighted important information to assist vegetable exporters with the international airfreight supply chain. The briefing was recorded and…

Charles Gantz – Anlin Shipping

First apples sent by breakbulk to UK in many years indicative of shift in shipping

Whereas usually Anlin Shipping doesn’t budget for vessels during April, this year three of their vessels have taken already 15,000 pallets over two and a half weeks to Rotterdam and St Petersburg of South African grapefruit, lemons, soft citrus, a bit of navels. Highly unusual, too, was the freight on…

Consumers buy more produce in one trip

Increased interest for shelf-life extending produce bags

Shopping patterns have changed tremendously in recent weeks. First, there was the panic buying in mid-March where consumers bought about everything they could get their hands on. The sale of shelf-stable produce went through the roof and staple items like potatoes were hard to come by. The panic buying…

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Bangladesh: Chartered cargo flights necessary for Dhaka-London route

Officials from several British-Bangladeshi chambers and trade associations have urged the Bangladesh government to initiate Biman or chartered cargo flights to facilitate…

Günther Maters: "I'm a big proponent of more collaboration between transporters"

Koeltrans Angeren after 10 years and 100 trucks

Ten years ago Günther Maters  started with Koeltrans Angeren. Over the last decade, branches in Germany and Romania have been added, their 100th  truck has entered the fleet and in Bemmel they are busy opening the new building for September. "It has gone incredibly fast", the owner of the transport company looks…

Trucks available for loads back to UK

Imbalance of trucks and incredibly challenging circumstances for drivers

Logistics are challenging at the moment to say the least. As imports and exports are changing, demand for trucks is also changing. Eardley International have been in the logistics game for a long time and are having to adapt to the new situation They also have a truckstop in the Scottish borders and are…

International Chamber of Shipping chairman Esben Poulsson: José Lledó

"Global container shipments set to fall 30% in next few months due to pandemic"

Due to the current global situation, warehouses everywhere are getting so full of goods like fridges and washing machines that retailers are asking shipping companies to push…

Latin American ports continue to operate normally

According to a report issued by the Association of Exporters (Adex) of Peru about the current states of operations of Latin American ports, in general, the ports are working normally but under certain restrictions. North and Central AmericaAccording to the report, the ports in Mexico continue their…

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Qatar Airways Cargo and Etihad Cargo to help Australian exporters

Qatar Airways Cargo is partnering with the Australian government to restore critical global supply chains through the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). The…

Peruvian flower growers block the transit of trucks loaded with fruit

Strawberry producers from Huashao in the province of Yungay, Ancash, have requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation to send the Peruvian National Police to lift the…

Neil Barker - BGP

"China is back at work, things are moving but it’s not full of confidence and bustling along like it usually is”

In the last few weeks there have been major changes in how we do business, how the markets are responding and how we get that product to market. Neil Barker has been in the business for many years and sold his company BGP last year but stayed on in an advisory role, a valuable resource in times like…

Gerben Paauwe, Klooserboer; Johan Claes, Belgian New Fruit Wharf

'Business as usual' in Dutch and Belgian fruit ports

Last week, the port of Rotterdam released the figures for the first quarter of 2020. The port expects a throughput drop of 9.3% compared to the first quarter of 2019. Allard Castelein, CEO of the port company, considers a loss of 10-20% annually most likely due to the impact of the Corona virus. A note…

Flight from Kochi to Abu Dhabi

Indian airline IndiGo straps produce into passenger seats

Indian airline IndiGo has successfully operated the country’s first cargo-on-seats flight, sending fresh food from India to fill some supermarket shelves in the UAE. The flight flew from Kochi to Abu Dhabi over the weekend, transporting fruit, vegetables and other supplies to supermarkets in the UAE,…

Kenya & the Netherlands agree to two flights weekly

In a statement released by the Dutch embassy in Nairobi, dated April 20, 2020, the European nation expressed its desire to maintain strong trade links with Kenya.…

Air India Express comes to the rescue of Tamil Nadu farmers

Air India Express (AIE) has come to the rescue of farmers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and exporters by lifting fruits and vegetables to West Asian countries using B-737-800…

Sfax-Tripoli direct shipping line for Tunisian fruit exports

In cooperation with the TunShip Maritime Company, Fruit Inter-professional Grouping (GIF) has launched a direct shipping line between the ports of Sfax and Tripoli (Libya)…

Situation on 9 April 2020

How Covid-19 is affecting Indian harbors

Mumbai: The harbor still had an enormous backlog. This was due to a lack of administrative staff, truck drivers, and crane operators. To reduce congestion, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was moving containers from its terminals to nearby container freight stations. These were, however, reaching capacity.…

Australia: Air freight to open up new markets

Australia's industry representative for vegetable and potato growers, Michael Coote, believes the sector can continue to grow its produce with confidence. He postulated this…

Port Bronka supports Russian exporters and importers

Port Bronka undertakes new extraordinary actions in supporting Russian participants in external economic activity suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic consequence. Additional yard area will be provided for storage of export and import goods. This allows to extend free time for export cargoes up to 60…

North Carolina

Port of Wilmington opens new refrigerated container yard

The Port of Wilmington is equipped to handle more refrigerated containers than ever with the completion of a new refrigerated container yard. According to officials with the N.C. State Ports Authority, the $14 million project boosts the port’s on-terminal refrigerated container (reefer) plugs from 235 to…

Kenyan Airways confused as Transport Ministry permits diversification of Ethiopian Airlines

Kenya has been forced to lock down its borders and airports from both local and international travels. The Kenya government has also employed the use of passenger airbuses as…

Kenya Airways exports 40 tons of fresh produce to UK

On Thursday, Kenya Airways exported 40 tons of fresh produce to London amid efforts to keep the economy alive. The 40 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, were imported as…

Shipping containers available in record time for New Zealand exporters

The ContainerCo's company is sourcing and making shipping containers available in record time for Hawke's Bay exporters to move goods across the world. ContainerCo's Napier…

Alain Tulpin, Tulpin Group

"Airfreight fruit and vegetables quadruples"

“Because the passenger flights have been canceled due to the corona virus, everything shifts to cargo flights. Normally, a Boeing 777 passenger plane flies daily from Cairo to London which in addition to passengers, in the belly it also carries 25 tons of cargo. This has now been reduced to one Boeing…

Latin American ports strengthen their prevention protocols

The expansion of the coronavirus continues to affect Latin America's port system, which has implemented new actions against the pandemic to its protocols to maintain its…

COSCO Shipping Lines announce new EAST Mediterranean - US East-coast service

COSCO has announced a new, dedicated  EAST Mediterranean - US Eastcoast service in April this year, with weekly departures from all main export markets in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Israel as well as Egypt and Greece. This way, the EMA will offer dedicated service to/from the key US Eastcoast ports. In the WEST Mediterranean Region, the…

South Africa

Cape Town Container Terminal invests in four new straddle carriers

The Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) – one of 19 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) – has acquired four new-generation straddle carriers. The investment is aimed at mitigating against the impact of windy weather on its operations. “Complete stoppage of straddle carriers occurs when wind speeds reach 90…

Refrigerated cargo capabilities expanding with new USDA inspection dock in Florida

Crowley Logistics recently expanded its on-terminal, perishables handling capabilities by constructing a new USDA inspection dock in Port Everglades, Fla. The new $1.6 million…

Latam Cargo announces daily flights between South America and Europe to provide greater capacity

In order to face the effects that COVID-19 has generated in the airline industry, which have caused the cancellation of passenger flights internationally and, thus, the restriction of the belly supply, the LATAM Cargo Group has implemented adjustments in its operation at a global level. With this, the…

Port Elizabeth gets new mobile harbour crane technology

Port Elizabeth Container Terminals (PECT) is ready for the citrus fruit season with new Liebherr mobile harbour crane technology. The two LHM 600 were transported from Rostock, Germany to South Africa. After a 20-day journey, they were unloaded from the transport vessel “Happy Dragon”. Transnet Port…

Egypt: Port Said East to get $50 million investment

According to a statement by Egypt's Suez Canal Economic Zone and Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) spokespersons, fees at the Suez Canal's East Port Said will be cut substantially to boost its competitiveness, while $50 million will be invested in the shipping hub. The port is located at the northern…

Swedish wholesaler and Volvo partner to secure food supply

The Swedish wholesaler, ICA, is going to use Volvo's goods train. They will transport produce on it. The Volvo train is mostly used to bring goods, southward, from Sweden to the Volvo…

Shipping asparagus from Los Angeles to Sydney by charter plane

“We need to find different ways to make things happen”

Until a few weeks ago, it was common to use passenger airlines to transport higher value produce all over the globe. “In this new world, we need to be creative and have to find different ways to make things happen,” says Thierry Delapre with A.M.S. Export out of Southern California. Since passenger…

Adjustments to help relieve pandemic impact on air freight

LATAM Cargo Group adds two new destinations: Los Angeles and Mexico City

The LATAM Cargo Group announced new adjustments to its itinerary to benefit its customers and mitigate the impact that the COVID-19 has generated in the passenger operation. On this occasion, the company announced the incorporation of two destinations to its network of cargo flights to meet the needs of…

Auckland Airport

Air cargo connections continue during New Zealand lock-down

International flights are still going in and out of Auckland Airport, but it’s cargo space in the belly of planes rather than passengers that’s providing a vital economic…

European ports call on EU for a recovery strategy

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called on the European Union to decide on a recovery strategy from the economic crisis Europe is facing as a result of the…

Smooth export flows at risk as lockdown is extended

It was no real surprise when President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announced an extension to the Covid-19 lockdown by another two weeks. South Africa's mortality rate due to the virus has remained low: 27 deaths, but it is inevitable that an infection spike is to follow, experts say. The big concern for…

Seaboard Marine: Keeping American stores stocked is a team effort

For nearly forty years, Seaboard Marine has played a pivotal role in facilitating trade between Latin America and the United States. As the year-round demand for fresh produce…

Port Manatee

Florida port opens transfer facility, maximizing vital throughput

A new throughput-maximizing facility opened in early April at Port Manatee is helping speed shipments of fresh produce to consumers of Florida and beyond. Port Manatee’s newly…

ABP increases capacity to store refrigerated containers at the port of hull

ABP has grown its capacity to store refrigerated containers at the Port of Hull. The installation of two new Reefer Gantries at the Humber Container Terminal on the port has…

Global sea trade: Blanked sailings rise more than 400% in a week

Over the course of the next few weeks, carriers will know what kind of losses they will make over the course of the year. Further wide ranging capacity cuts meaning that rates…

Shipping companies could have losses of up to $ 23 billion in 2020

The Wall Street Journal has reported that shipping lines have canceled more than 160 itineraries in the past week, trying to sustain freight rates against potential losses of billions of dollars caused by falling commercial demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service cancellations have increased from 45…

Western Australia has just one international air freight flight left

It’s been a rough couple of years for the WA strawberry industry, as in 2017 farmers selling to the eastern states were lumped with beefed up biosecurity protocols after an…

Spanish fresh product supplies

New refrigerated express train service launched to UK

A new refrigerated express train service has been launched, intended to export fresh products from Spain’s Costa Blanca and Murcia regions to the UK. Transfesa Logistics have…

Ocean freight imports remain steady

Air freight from Latin America into the US experiences challenges

The coronavirus crisis has brought forth many different restrictions throughout the world. In Latin America, the precautionary measures range from mild to severe – some countries being in full lockdown, while others have instated curfews. The United States imports many different produce items from Latin…

MSC extends its Suspension of Transit programme globally

As recently announced, MSC launched a “Suspension of Transit” (SOT) programme which uses some of the world’s leading transshipment hubs as advance storage posts to help…

Qatar Airways Cargo brings additional air freight to India

Air cargo carrier Qatar Airways Cargo has added additional air freight capacity to and from India, utilising passenger aircraft carrying freight-only from April 1. These…

South Africa: Pace of loading at ports expected to pick up

At the ports of Durban and Cape Town, Transnet has announced it would relax staffing constraints, so it is expected that the pace of loading will pick up within the coming weeks. An additional vessel has been added to the berthing line-up at those two harbours. Cape Town Harbour (Source: Wikipedia…

Start of Calandkanaal trial

Recently the Port of Rotterdam Authority started a new trial in the Europoort’s Calandkanaal fairway. This project will focus on vessels – in many cases oil tankers – that transship cargo at dolphins 82, 83 and 84 along the Rozenburg Peninsula. The trial needs to clarify whether it makes sense to increase the maximum permitted…

Inland terminals hit by the corona crisis differently

In the market region of the Representative Office Dortmund of Port of Hamburg Marketing, the effects of the corona crisis are being experienced differently in the individual…

New regulations for Hong Kong truck drivers

"Sea cargo is recovering in China, but air cargo still limited"

It has been quite busy at Chinese ports in the last few months. With the outbreak of COVID-19, a lot of transport slowed down. Richard Chan from China Merchants Port (South China) Management Center, is located at Shekou port and witnessed quite some changes in the last few weeks. “The situation right…

Gerard Mostert, from Betrex Spain, on the effect of the rains and the COVID-19

"Import trips have fallen by 50% and export trips by 30%"

Spain has been in confinement for more than 3 weeks since the state of alarm was decreed. In this time, the curve of infections and deaths caused by COVID-19 has increased and, as a result, so have the measures taken by the government. “A little over a month ago we barely paid attention to what was…

Wuhan container ports return to regular operations

Container ports in the Chinese city of Wuhan have fully resumed operations, as movement restrictions are gradually lifted in the original Covid-19 epicentre. Occupying 180,000…

Iran & Oman launch new container shipping line

A new container shipping line, which officially started operations on Saturday, is going to be used to transit container cargoes, mainly fruits, and vegetables, between the…

Order placed with Maersk Container Industry

Evergreen orders 1,800 Star Cool reefers

Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp. has ordered 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) for its growing reefer operations. Scheduled for…


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