Logistics

US: Truck rates stable in mid-August

Spot shortages of refrigerated produce trucks were noted in the Midwest states in mid-August, but most growing regions reported adequate supply. A shortage of trucks was reported for melons from southwest Indiana and southeast Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly truck rate…

Delta & Virgin Atlantic expand cargo network between UK and US

Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are both increasing flights between the two continents beginning in the summer of 2020, and Delta will have a presence at Gatwick Airport…

World's largest container ship completes first voyage from Asia to Europe

The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping…

Trucker shortage takes a toll on supply chain

In 2018, the trucking industry was short roughly 60,800 drivers – up nearly 20% from 2017’s figure of 50,700. If current trends hold, the American Trucking Association (ATA)…

Fresh produce would be shipped more cheaply to the region

Work to begin on long awaited road through the Arctic tundra

A direct, all-weather connection to southern Canada’s highways would allow everything from fresh vegetables and many other products to be shipped more cheaply and easily by…

Global box growth rate revised downwards to 2.5pc

Alphaliner has revised downwards its growth outlook for global container throughput to 2.5 per cent this year, down from its earlier forecast of 3.5 per cent growth. The revised forecast comes after the International Monetary Fund's July update of its World Economic Outlook downgraded global gross…

Port of Rotterdam:

Container 42 enhanced with security system

The Port of Rotterdam has developed a hyper-intelligent container: Container 42. The container is fitted with a range of sensors and measuring equipment. During the two-year round-the-world trip, Container 42 is collecting data in order to enable the port to undergo a digital transformation. Imbema…

Portugal rations gas as tanker drivers strike over pay

Portugal began rationing gas on Monday as a precaution after 2,000 truck drivers began an open-ended strike over pay, a move that comes at the height of the crucial summer tourist season and during the summer harvest. The government set a limit at gas stations of 25 liters (6.6 gallons) for light…

Puerto Morelos to get phytosanitary checkpoint at maritime terminal

With an investment of 19.7 million peso, la Administración Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) says they will install a phytosanitary checkpoint in the maritime terminal of Puerto Morelos. Alicia Ricalde Magaña, general director of Apiqroo, says the new checkpoint will be installed yet this year…

Growing demand for fresh produce via air cargo

There are many planes in the sky that aren’t filled with passengers. There are many airlines whose sole existence is to ship cargo from one place to another. Even passenger airlines operate cargo businesses on the side, some with a dedicated fleet of cargo aircraft like Emirates, and others that use…

LCL Logistics, Durban

“You need orange juice in your blood to make it in this business”

“We make it happen – but it’s easier said than done.” Freddie Beukmann and his LCL Logistics team handle the logistics and documentation for fruit exporters from the port of Durban, a short sentence which in practice means six months (and getting longer) of working until ten or eleven at night, no more…

Maersk launches first ocean-rail combined service from Asia to Europe

On 7th August 2019, Maersk’s new AE19 service arrived at the port of Gdansk, carrying cargo which had been loaded in Asia less than two weeks earlier. This new unique service is a combination of a short-sea product, connecting several Asian origins with the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Far East,…

Kenya: Ports authority launches Sh360bn expansion roadmap

The Kenya Ports Authority has launched its 30-year master plan, a plan that has a development strategy for the major ports, lake ports, small coastal ports and the inland container depots. A total of Sh360 billion (€3.11 bln) will be invested in the 2018-47 plan unveiled by Transport Cabinet Secretary…

Singapore-start-up makes durians traceable digital assets

DiMuto, a supply chain technology company, will work with Thailand's biggest fresh durian exporter, Queen Frozen Fruit, over the upcoming durian season by tagging, tracking and tracing around 4 million durians from Thailand to China, Japan and other parts of Asia. In fact, DiMuto will turn the durians…

‘Going even greener’

London fresh fruit distributor uses V2G

Fruit 4 London is a distributor of fresh fruit to offices and residents in London. The company is now trialling the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology to power its…

Port of Dover view on EU exit preparedness

On August 1st, Doug Bannister (Chief Executive of the Port of Dover) put out this statement: “Any investment to help keep vital cross-Channel traffic flowing and a third of the UK’s trade in goods moving across the short straits corridor via Dover and the Channel Tunnel is welcome. In the current…

Capacity expansion and relay delivery of refrigerated transport company Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co.

"The transport of organic products is an interesting development area for us"

Refrigerated transport Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co. has always been a recognized service provider in the fresh transport sector in the north of Germany. The company, founded in 1992, moved to a new site on the Kaltenkirchen industrial site last year and is now ready for the future with an expanded…

Hapag-Lloyd delivers strong results H1 2019

Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the first half of the year 2019 with a significantly higher operating result than in the same period of the previous year. Earnings before interest…

Maap ready to welcome new clients

Maap, Mercato agroalimentare di Padova, is making available to its buyers and new clients controlled temperature platforms, packaging areas, a fleet for the transport of produce and the latest management software to reduce idle times. "A new platform will be ready by April 2020. It will cover 3000 sq m…

India exports mangoes to Italy via sea route to cut transport cost

A trial shipment of 10 tonnes of mangoes was sent by sea from the state of Uttar Pradesh to Italy, in order to promote exports from north India and cut transportation cost. Exporting mangoes from India to Europe by sea costs Rs.28 (€0.36) per kilogram, while airfreight costs Rs.120 (€1.55) per kilogram.…

Arson on truck in Bayhead Road, Durban Container Terminal

Late last night a truck was burned in Bayhead Road, the single entry road to Durban Container Terminal, a road infamous for its congestion and hours of waiting. At this stage it is not known who the perpetrator was nor what the motive was, but it is widely assumed to be related to months of labour unrest…

Quick temperature checks en route

The new Bluetooth loggers, model “B1” from Cydiance, can be quite useful when intermediate checks are needed in the fruit logistic routes. Cydiance B1 – Bluetooth temperature logger with USB PDF report "You may now use mobile phone to access to the temperature history, without stopping or even touching…

Air freight shipping agents report increase in transport of fruit and vegetables

“We’ve grown too large regarding our fruit and vegetable department,” says René Baan, Commercial Manager Fresh Produce of air freight agents IPHandlers. Since the company was founded in 2013, the freight operator has grown by an annual volume of about 100 million kilos, about a quarter of which consists…

Construction of new logistics platform Frutorbel started

The construction of the new logistics platform of Frutorbel - Frutas, Lda has begun. With an area of 3.000m2 of which almost 1000m2 are specific for cooling rooms and close to 200m2 intended for the ripening room. Located in the main distribution platform for fruit and vegetables in Portugal (MARL), this…

First shipment of tropical fruits arrives in Valparaiso, Chile

After several years of not having received a shipment of tropical fruits in the Valparaiso Port, the Celina Star ship, of the Med-Americas service of CMA-CGM, had to dock at Terminal 1 of the Port of Valparaiso. As a result, the concessionary entities, Terminal Pacífico Sur (TPS) and Zeal Sociedad…

Austria limits TIR traffic through the Brenner

Confartigianato Trasporti manager Eugenio Battistini reports that the new Austrian bans for the transport of goods will come into effect in just two weeks' time and will put 20% of the goods travelling from Italy at risk, fresh produce included. Both the Italian and German governments have contacted the…

Train connection between Spain and China through Russia will boost agro-exports by 10%

On July 1, a decree came into force that will allow the export of Spanish fruit to China through the train that connects Madrid with the Chinese city of Yiwu, and which will give a new opportunity to agro-food products affected by the commercial veto imposed by Russia since 2014. In the framework of a…

New partnership will track temperature-sensitive shipments

Blockchain-based logistics ShipChain and GTX Corp announced a new partnership for a new global NFC blockchain shipment tracking solution. Under the agreement, ShipChain will…

Increasing importance of railway transport

When it comes to short distances, lorries still win from trains, but for longer routes, railway transportation could definitely become more important in the coming years, as it doesn’t just relieve our current problems in road transport, it also contributes to a more sustainable type of transport. The…

New Middle East-India-Africa express services

Hapag-Lloyd’s has welcomed its newest addition to the Africa product portfolio. At the beginning of October 2019, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce the MIAX Service (Middle…

Refrigerated produce trial - Port of Townsville to Asia

A refrigerated export trial is under way at the Port of Townsville in a bid to deliver fresh produce directly from North Queensland to the world. Specialty melons grown in the Burdekin are being loaded on to refrigerated shipping containers during the three week trial, to measure optimal harvest time and…

South African citrus industry wants minister to deal with port crisis

"Minister Patel can save citrus from Transnet Go-Slow"

The South African citrus industry has called on Minister Patel to intercede on behalf of the industry, and the jobs it represents, and prevent the industrial action at Transnet’s Port of Ngqura from developing into a deeper economic crisis. "Minister Patel is a friend and ardent supporter of South…

EPS collection point should also be preserved in the future:

"We want to send a strong signal for the location of the Munich Wholesale Market"

The Munich Wholesale Market is facing a change: After much back and forth, they have decided to renovate the old location in the city. There will be new buildings and new infrastructure. Many larger companies have already withdrawn from the wholesale market or want to do so in the future. Sales manager…

Challenges in seaborne freight

Retailers in Europe increasingly prefer seaborne freight, according to Carel van Oosterzee, Programme Manager of PUM. PUM combines the forces of 2,000 senior experts – financed by employee’s association VNO-NCW and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – who share their experience with entrepreneurs in developing countries and…

'Innovate UK' seeks digital solution for rail freight transformation

British Innovation Agency ‘Innovate UK’ and the Department for Transport’s SBRI have awarded funding to HiveLOGIC Limited to provide a digital solution to help transform rail…

Maritime industry leaders commit to transforming shipping industry

Global shipment management software solutions provider, CargoSmart, announced the execution of the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) Services Agreements with maritime industry operators CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, COSCO Shipping Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA…

CMA CGM migrates all its ships to the Malta flag

Shipping company CMA CGM has move 49 ships under the Maltese flag, meaning its gross tonnage registered locally represents 11 per cent of the fleet registered in Malta. The company already had 38 ships registered under the Malta flag. Transport Minister Ian Borg also announced on Tuesday that a quarter…

Chronic congestion in Durban - carriers forced to deploy extra loaders

In a recent customer advisory, MSC said that cargo from Durban and from Ngqura to Europe would be loaded as usual on ships of its South Africa-Europe service, but that the vessels would skip their normal Cape Town call to make up for lost time. Connections from Cape Town to Europe will be maintained by…

Potato handling fully automated thanks to Europe’s largest plastic pallet box

Goplasticpallets.com has seen an increased adoption of automation in the UK potato industry. Much of this is based around systems developed and implemented by Deprez Handling…

Russia lifts ban on rail transit of sanctioned EU products

Russia has lifted the ban on transit traffic for a range of products that were previously sanctioned, including agricultural products and foodstuffs. The measure is effective per 1 July, subjective to certain conditions, reported by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The decision is…

California company announces new consolidation services

The Fresh Avenue team has announced the launch of their fresh consolidation services. Fresh Avenue operates source-based facilities located in both Salinas and Yuma in season.…

New-build shipping orders in Q2 2019 hit record low

New-building orders dropped to record lows in Q2 2019. So far this year, Panamaxes have been the most popular size to order. Despite low earnings earlier this year 13 orders were placed by COSCO bulk for 208,000 DWT vessels at COSCO Shipping HI for USD 54 million each. In comparison to the 45 orders of…

Vado Gateway terminal launched to customers at key events

At a round of recent events and exhibitions, APM Terminals has confirmed to customers that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 12 December this year. With the placement of the terminal’s last caisson this week - an important…

Maersk joins other shippers in raising prices for Gulf-bound containers

A.P. Moller-Maersk have joined other maj or container shipping companies in increasing prices for sending containers into the Persian Gulf It is a response to the heightened…

Record-breaking reefer order: 13,420 new reefers

Hapag-Lloyd has placed a record order for the refrigerated containers known as “reefers”. Production of 970 20-foot containers and 12,450 40-foot containers is already…

Produce moving once again as Costa Rican truck strike ends

Roadblocks in Costa Rica have been taken down and produce is once again moving across the country. Truckers from the Unión de Transportistas de Carga de Costa Rica (Cargo Shippers Union of Costa Rica) had initiated the strike last week Thursday because of a new Value-Added Tax that came into effect on…

ImpacTrack monitoring and logging system

Innovative UK product to cut food waste

As supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers in the UK pledge to halve food waste by 2030, a British crop quality monitoring specialist has launched an innovative damage prevention device designed to help solve the problem worldwide. To combat the 10.2 million tons of food waste in the UK and the 1.3…

Less citrus loading from Port Elizabeth, resultant congestion at Ngqura (Coega) and Durban, some volumes diverted to Cape Town

Crisis at South Africa’s harbours affecting citrus exports

Usually the situation at Durban Harbour is the citrus industry’s greatest cause for concern but this season the situation at the Port Elizabeth container terminal (PECT) and the new Ngqura (Coega) container terminal (NCT) is “absolute chaos” and “a major crisis”, according to various citrus exporters,…

Using special roll-on-roll-off technology to increase turnover time

New Dutch terminal will take cucumbers from truck to train in 15 minutes

A new dedicated fresh produce line between the Netherlands and Germany is in the making. In three years it should be up and running between the Dutch city of Bleiswijk and Berlin. Rail transport will be key, as this service offers a terminal turnaround of an hour at most. Mark Remie, initiator of the…

Port of Rotterdam

Blockchain-based container successfully completes maiden voyage

The Port of Rotterdam has announced that the first paperless and fully door-to-door tracked container, based on blockchain technology, has arrived at the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg. Travelling via Europe’s largest container port on the Blockchain-based platform DELIVER, the delivery was part of…

Trucks and other tools for agriculture

The Spanish company Amate, which is mostly devoted to the research, manufacture and marketing of trucks and other tools for agriculture, has recently developed a multifunctional agricultural machine that allows the movement between crop lines by coupling different implements through its hooking system.…

First blockchain container shipped to Rotterdam

The first paperless, instantly financed, door to door traceable container from Korea was delivered to the Samsung SDS warehouse in Tilburg via the port of Rotterdam, using…

Ocean Spray uses Uber Freight for the right balance of service and cost

Ocean Spray is a cooperative of more than 700 family-owned cranberry farms that harvest more than 220 billion cranberries a year for more than 1,000 different products. Last week, the cooperative announced that Uber Freight is now one of its top five carriers, having moved more than 1,500 loads in 2018.…

Agroindustrial Beta enters this new market in Asia

Peru sends its first air freight shipment of Hass avocados to Thailand

The Peruvian company Agroindustrial Beta has made its first aerial shipment of Hass avocados to Thailand, which will be marketed in the Asian supermarket chain Makro. This is…

Performance Food Group acquires Reinhart Foodservice

On Monday, Performance Food Group (PFG) said it acquired fellow distributor Reinhart Foodservice in a $2 billion deal that promises to make PFG one of the largest national…

Farm Trans starts Bordeaux route and brings potatoes to Benelux in chilled trailer

As of Thursday June 27 Farm Trans started their Bordeaux route. During this project potatoes will be loaded in the southern region of Bordeaux and transported to the Farm Trans location in Moerdijk for a number of weeks. The climate in Bordeaux is warmer which means that the potatoes can be harvested…

Costa Rica has a new direct maritime line between TCM and Dunkirk

Costa Rica inaugurated a new maritime line between the Container Terminal of Moín (TCM) and the Port of Dunkirk, which will allow Costa Rican coffee, banana, and pineapple exporters to make direct transports to France with transit times of 12 to 15 days and no need for transfers. The main French shipping…

First call for MSC Katya R. at APM Terminals Moin sets record

MSC Katya R. became the largest ever container ship to berth at APM Terminals Moin this month. Its first call at the terminal was part of a new weekly transatlantic reefer…

The Nogar Group expands its international projection

Peru has a new maritime line to the US from the Paracas Port Terminal

The Maersk shipping company, through its subsidiary Sealand, will start operating in the facilities of the Paracas Port Terminal, of which Grupo Nogar is one of its partners,…

Morocco to inaugurate ‘Tanger Med 2’ Port - Tangier

Moroccan officials are expected to inaugurate the Tanger Med 2 port near Tangier shortly. Tanger Med 2 is a $1.3 billion extension to Africa's already biggest port in terms of container capacity. Tanger Med 2 is the third phase of the development of the port complex Tanger Med, which benefits from a…

MSC talks smart containers and blockchain at Shanghai Digitalization Summit

André Simha, Chief Digital & Information Officer at MSC, gave a keynote talk on digitalization in shipping and logistics, and took part in a panel at the IBC Marine Digitalisation Summit in Shanghai, China. The event is part of China Shipping Week, gathering together industry experts from Asia and…

New stand-alone service offered in collaboration with Maersk

Hamburg Süd strengthens portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade

The trade between Europe and Central America, the Caribbean and the South American West Coast has always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will be expanding and enhancing the services it offers on this core trade beginning in…

Port of Dover Chief Executive responds to ministerial statement

“In the current circumstances, it is natural and appropriate that the UK Government should consider how to protect the supply of certain critical goods such as medicines.…

Maersk CEO wants to emphasize inland logistics

The world’s biggest commercial shipping operator plans to add extensive new capacity, but this time not on the water. Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk AS instead wants…

Argentina: Unification of tariff payments to move citrus fruits

The unification of the payment of tariffs for the movement of fresh citrus fruit outside the region of the Argentine Northwest will benefit Argentine citrus farmers. The…

"IoT technology is becoming more important in the fruit and veg sector"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, control of temperature is an important factor. Elitech is an American company focused on the real-time temperature monitoring in the food, medicine and fresh products industry. They see that: "The Internet of Things" (IoT) technology has become a recognized future…

The shipping of horticultural products by boat would reduce CO2 emissions from road traffic

Maritime line may be created to connect Almería and Marseille

To reduce the environmental impact of the high number of trucks shipping fruit and vegetables from Almeria, greenhouse producers in the province are considering the…

SeaIntelligence CEO Lars Jensen:

"By 2025, 600,000 containers will have trackers."

In the last decade, a technology revolution has begun to hit ocean freight, marked by trends in tracking technologies and blockchain platforms like TradeLens. SeaIntelligence…

Inspections to export oranges from Spain to Japan cost more than the oranges

Spain's citrus fruits sector sends two-thirds of its production to the European markets. However, they are often congested, according to many in the sector. To decongest sales…

The volume exported by air amounts to 33,757 tons

Peru: Asparagus makes up 45% of exports by air from Callao

Peru's Foreign Trade Company, Comex Peru, reported that a total of 33,757 tons of products had been exported by air from Callao in the first quarter of the year, i.e. 11.3% less than the volume dispatched in the same period of 2018. Between January and April, the asparagus (fresh or frozen) was the main…

Backlogs due to wind, shortage of plug-in points and containers

Anlin Shipping: Breakbulk works better at Coega Harbour for Eastern Cape citrus

Backlogs at the new Coega harbour, 25km north along the coast from Port Elizabeth, are the result of a number of factors: strong winds over the past three weeks (although currently better) prevent stocks from being cleared and insufficient plug-in points, preventing loading. There is a chronic shortage…

Port of Taranto - new import/export opportunities for produce from Puglia and Basilicata

Fresh produce from the Metaponto area, Taranto province, Salento region and other areas between Basilicata and Puglia will soon be handled via a new intermodal logistics network. FreshPlaza discussed it with Sergio Prete, president of the Taranto Port Authority. "The intermodal logistics network…

Exporters complain about the service at the port of Moin

Costa Rican exporters denounce inefficiencies at APM Terminals

The Chambers of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco), the National Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), the National Agriculture and Agroindustry (CNAA), Independent Banana Producers (Anaproban), and the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) have signed a document addressed to the National Port…

duisport, Port of Zeebrugge and CSP will work together increasingly in the future

New hinterland connection to the port of Zeebrugge

Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), the Belgian port of Zeebrugge (Port of Zeebrugge) and the Cosco-Shipping Zeebrugge Terminal (CSP) will work together more and more in the future. A tripartite agreement on the new hinterland connection in combined rail transport has been contracted. Cosco Shipping Lines…

Freshuelva asks for an airport for the export of berries

Speaking on behalf of Huelva's berry sector, the president of Freshuelva, Alberto Garrocho, has pointed to the need to improve the province's logistics infrastructure in order…

Haikou Meilan airport transported 2,135 tons of lychees

Haikou’s lychee season officially came to an end on June 18th. During the season, the Haikou Meilan International Airport cargo services shipped a total of 2,135 tons of…

Refrigerated train for fruit and veg

CoolRail rail connection officially presented in Valencia

CoolRail, the first direct connection by train for the shipment of fresh products from Valencia to Rotterdam, was launched on May 6 and has been officially presented last Tuesday in Valencia. It is a refrigerated train that carries fresh fruits and vegetables three times a week from Valencia to…

Manila-based shipping firm trials expanded route to Sulawesi

Manila-based Reefer Express Lines has commenced the trial sail of the “expanded” Mindanao-North Sulawesi shipping route on June 16. This was said in a statement by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro on Wednesday. The Davao City-General Santos City-Bitung,…

Easyfresh partners with CoolRail in the Valencia-Rotterdam reefer train link

A refrigerated rail service between Valencia in Spain and Rotterdam in the Netherlands is operational since May 2019. Fred Lessing, manager of the collective shippers group…

Samskip fine tunes multimodal network for post-Brexit hard choices

Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip says experience gained up to March 31, 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes…

Henk van Berkel, Freight Line Europe:

Netherlands: Transport service to France launched

As of Monday 17 June, Freight Line Europe will offer conditioned transport to and from France, in addition to their existing activities in the UK. Henk van Berkel and Philippe Berchoux will be organising both grouped and complete freights as part of the transporter from De Lier, the Netherlands, as of…

Boosting Costa Rica’s export

MSC intent on improving trade links between Costa Rica and northern Europe

Swiss-based shipping line MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is intent on improving trade links between Costa Rica and northern Europe. This will be done by adding a new…

New refrigeration units for Puerto Rican shipping company

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) is expanding its fleet with 220 containers chilled by the NaturaLINE® unit from Carrier Transicold. TMPR says it is the first shipping line to place a sizable quantity of NaturaLINE units into service on U.S. domestic trade routes. NaturaLINE units use carbon dioxide…

PS Food Logistics GmbH celebrates its 10th anniversary

"Over the last three years, we have grown by 30-40%"

PS Food Logistics GmbH based in Neckarsulm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The express company has grown a lot since its founding in 2009. "Especially in the last 2-3 years, our company has a significant expansion and our customer base has grown by 30-40%," says CEO Konstantin Popov. In…

595% growth in container traffic

Maritime traffic recorded by the Port Authority of Almeria up by 10.5%

From January to April 2019, the Port Authority of Almeria, which manages the ports of the capital and Carboneras, has increased its activity by 10.5% over the same period of 2018, with more than 2.2 million tons of goods handled, according to data from Puertos del Estado. The growth of container traffic…

Port of Los Angeles & Port of Long Beach

Busiest US ports hit by 7th straight month of declining exports

The nation’s two busiest container ports, the Los Angeles and Long Beach, have reported declines in export volumes in May, amid the ongoing trade war with China. The two port complexes together handle about 40% of the nation’s containerized import trade with China, and the trade war boosted demand for…

Quick working capital a gap in the market

A few years ago, Maersk, the largest shipper of containers globally, decided to start focusing on their core activities: shipping and transporting goods, according to Edwin Visser, Trade & Commodity Finance Executive, and Wouter van den Bosch, Trade Finance Sales Executive for Maersk. The transport…

Smart Packaging Solutions:

“Use of slip sheets results in logistic advantages”

The fresh produce sector is faced with major logistical challenges. After the harvest, the fruit and vegetable products are supposed to be packed right away. To steer the incoming and outgoing logistics of all these packages in the right direction, slip sheets are increasingly used. These are special,…

Peter van de Laar, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf

First chilled ship with citrus from South Africa has docked in Rotterdam port

Last week the first ship with new season citrus from South Africa arrived in the port of Rotterdam. The 'Crown Garnet' docked at the port of the Rotterdam Merwehaven, which was full of cooling houses for the storage and overhaul of fruit prior to 2009. This part of the port was known as the fruit haven.…

Is the Perpignan-Rungis fruit and vegetable freight line in its final hours?

This Monday morning, the morale of the CGT militants, who have been fighting for months to maintain the Perpignan-Rungis fruit and vegetable freight line, was not in a good shape. "In the aftermath of the ministerial meeting on May 24, some cried victory, and ensured that the freight line between the…

High speed rail and SF Express arrange special transport for Chinese cherries

A train reserved specifically for cherry transport left Yantai in Shandong. The cherry harvest in Shandong was abundant. This special train helps farmers to distribute their…

Fyffes announces support for new sulfur regulations

Fyffes has announced its support for new global regulations that will limit the sulfur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent beginning January 1, 2020. Since the company’s inception in 1888, Fyffes said it has been committed to bringing the world high quality products, while striving to maintain the…

Turkish Cargo starts freight flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo

Turkish Cargo has added Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to its direct cargo network, with weekly freighter flights from Istanbul starting on 12 June. Sheremetyevo is considered one of Russia’s most important airports in terms of cargo activities. Located just 30 kilometres from the Russian capital, the…

Natasha Solano, Kuehne + Nagel:

“Cooperation crucial to keep cold supply chain closed”

Kuehne + Nagel originally started with seaborne cargo in 1890 from the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg, and after 1950 they quickly internationalised in all forms of modality. They also offer their services in air freight, for example. The company is one of the larger players in the transport of fresh…

Australia: Freight costs are crippling competitiveness

Freight and logistics have been identified as the largest single cost item in the production of many agricultural products. This fact has led to concerns about Australia's…

Continuing growth in container throughput and digitisation strengthen Port of Rotterdam position

Container throughput continues to grow in Rotterdam. Following a record year in 2018 and a record quarter in 2019, April of this year was the best month ever for the Port of Rotterdam. 13.6 million tonnes of container freight was handled in April 2019. The previous record month was August 2018 (13.2…

‘Tilbury2 in 2020’

CGI imagery of new London port released

Construction of the new £200 million port for London, Tilbury2, is underway and the Port of Tilbury has issued a CGI video which shows for the first time the facilities which will be ready in 2020. Click here to go to the video. Tilbury2 received development consent from the Secretary of State for…

New Zealand: Maersk evaluates Timaru port for future giant ship berths

The world's largest shipping and logistics company looks set to drop its anchors in Timaru following a visit from the largest ship ever to berth at the port. The town's port would definitely see more ships like the massive Rio de Janeiro, which berthed here on May 26, if that trial run proves successful.…

Maersk Ukraine predicts slowdown growth of container traffic market in Ukraine

According to Director General of Maersk Ukraine, Roman Koloianov, Maersk Ukraine expects a slowdown in the growth rate of the container traffic market in Ukraine next year: "This year will be the last year of active growth [in the container transportation market], since now we are still recovering after…


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