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US demand still outpaces capacity

Shipping container rates to remain high into 2022

Shipping container rates have spiked by as much as three or four times since the onset of the pandemic. According to industry experts, as the global demand for goods continues to outpace available capacity, they are likely to remain elevated beyond the Lunar New Year in 2022. Even when the demand starts…

Port can make genuine contribution to Dutch prosperity and reducing carbon emissions

Port of Rotterdam rebounds after Corona dip

In the first six months of 2021, throughput in the port of Rotterdam was 231.6 million tonnes, a rise of 5.8% compared with the same period last year. Despite this increase,…

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Not the fruit industry's first brush with hackers

Reefer exports prioritised after cyber attack on South Africa's container terminals

To top an already taxing month, the operating system running all of South Africa’s container terminals were cyber-attacked early yesterday morning, again suspending operations with the exception of limited manual loading of reefers. Today state-owned Transnet issued a statement that it has identified and…

Argentine State takes control of Paraná-Paraguay waterway

The Argentine State has taken control of the Hidrovia Paraná-Paraguay waterway, through which 85% of Argentine agro-industrial foreign trade flows. It also carries 90% of…

Wouter de Koning, Fresh Connection, Belgium:

"Our clients get their container within a day of it arriving at port"

“It's currently peak mango season," says Wouter de Koning of Fresh Connection. This Belgian company is also processing 25 to 30% more mangoes than last year. Their growing customer base can partly explain that. The mangoes come mainly from Africa, and Senegal is particularly well represented. Increasing congestionFresh…

Morocco plans to create a logistics platform in Poland to have better access to European markets

According to Hortoinfo, Morocco Foodex - the Moroccan body for the control and promotion of food exports under the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development,…

New Massachusetts loading location for organic and conventional cranberries

Bridges Produce has built its business on long-term partnerships and its relationship with Fruit d’Or is no exception. The Bridges team has worked with Fruit d’Or for more than 24 years and has acted as its exclusive organic fresh cranberry sales representative in the United States for the last seven…

Eurotunnel parent company reports £105 mln loss for H1 2021

The cost of the pandemic on cross-Channel traffic has resulted in Eurotunnel's parent company, Getlink, posting a net loss of €123 million for the first six months of 2021.…

Congestion again on the increase at US West Coast ports

The number of ships anchored in San Pedro Bay, waiting to enter the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been on the increase again. According to mid-July data from the…

Hyperloop

Transporting goods at more than 600 km/h

At the beginning of July, the American company Hyperloop TT presented its freight transport concept capable of carrying merchandise “at the speed of a plane and the cost of a train,” which is more than 600 km/h. The “HyperPort” project would make it possible to transport up to 2,800 containers per day. A…

International supply chain and congestion at Port of Tauranga

A build-up of marine cargo traffic waiting to enter the Port of Tauranga is being caused by continuing issues in the international supply chain and reduced capacity in…

Britain announces plans to ease truck driver rules in hopes of addressing shortages

British officials have announced plans intended to attract more truck drivers whilst also simplifying training. This is an attempt to address a chronic shortage in the haulage…

Port pptimizer ‘Horizon’ feature boosts advanced planning capabilities

Port of Los Angeles' new data module forecasts cargo movement up to six months out

Adding to its growing digital technology platform, the Port of Los Angeles has launched “Horizon,” a long-term cargo volume predictive feature of its Port Optimizer™ Control…

Shipping container shortage is getting worse

The concerns that the international shipping crisis will get worse for US agricultural exports before it gets better are pertinent again, as shipping container costs continue…

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South Africa: Maersk offers free feedering for humanitarian relief

The situation in KwaZulu-Natal is normalising and the port terminals are back in operation. Maersk reached out to the South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA) to offer their support to the country and industry by offering free coastal feedering within South Africa (Cape Town and…

Linking Thailand’s rail network with the Laos-China railway.

Thai durian producers demand rail link with China to profit from soaring demand

The Thai Durian Association has urged the government to ease the bottleneck that’s hampering durian exports by linking Thailand’s rail network with the Laos-China railway. Set…

Gautier Descamps - Conhexa

"We have just added a further 5000m2 of storage for dry and fresh products"

Logistics has always been a very important part of the fresh produce supply chain, in the last 18 months however it has become very challenging and a critical factor for importers and exporters. They have not only had to contend with new complicated regulations and paperwork since Brexit came into play,…

UK supermarkets warn of price rises due to haulier crisis

The UK food and drink industry is looking into “the scale, nature and urgency” of labor shortages in the haulage sector in the hope of persuading the government to intervene…

Kuehne+Nagel more than doubles earnings in the first half of 2021

The continued recovery of the global economy led to strong demand for logistics services in the first half of 2021. In this environment, the Kuehne+Nagel Group delivered an outstanding financial performance; all business units were able to significantly exceed prior year earnings. At CHF 13.3 billion, the…

Union Pacific confirms rail shipment suspension from US West Coast

US rail company Union Pacific has confirmed the suspension of rail shipments from the US West Coast, which started on 18 July. Union Pacific will halt all the eastbound…

Post-Brexit roadblocks in place in Kent

Emergency road measures to handle post-Brexit queues in Kent have been restarted by the government, in an attempt to cope with potential holiday traffic. They were set up despite Friday’s decision to further restrict cross-Channel travel to France. Barriers on the M20 were erected over the weekend for…

Ever Given forced to skip port of Hamburg

The Ever Given has returned to its sailing towards European destinations, but it is forced to drop the Hamburg port call "because of concerns surrounding navigation safety". Evergreen said in a statement: "The vessel needs to follow the guidance outlined in its seaworthiness certificate to sail at lower…

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Digital piece goods solution:

Nagel-Group offers online daily price queries

The Nagel-Group has introduced a digital general cargo solution. Via the corporate website of Germany's largest food logistics company, temperature-controlled food transports can now also be calculated and booked on a daily basis using an online rate calculator. For this, the Nagel-Group relies on the…

Port completes fiscal year at almost 10.9 million TEUs

June shipping - another record for Port of Los Angeles

In June, the Port of Los Angeles processed 876,430 TEUs, a 27% y-o-y increase. It was the Port’s busiest June ever and closed the fiscal year at 10,879,383 TEUs, which is a…

Recognition of the need for future-proof infrastructure

Extra container capacity Antwerp to receive European funding

The European funding programme Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which supports projects that have a significant positive impact on the European transport network, is to award funding of €10.91 million to the complex project Extra Container Capacity Antwerp (ECA). By awarding funding to this project,…

Freight rates continue to rise

Effects of shipping congestion on Latin American trade varied

At this point in time, the global supply chain is facing several challenges to be able to fulfil the service of transport of cargo and raw materials, in different maritime…

Global demurrage fees doubling but varying vastly

Container xChange, an online container leasing and trading platform, recently released the "2021 Demurrage and Port Detention Fees Benchmark Report”. The report shows that in the past year, the demurrage fees charged by global container shipping companies to carriers soared at an unprecedented rate.…

Normalized demand, not regulation, will solve supply chain delays

The Covid-19 cargo congestion brought on by extreme demand in combination with operational disruptions is very real and felt across supply chains globally. In the U.S. in particular, all parts of the supply chain are facing unprecedented pressures – there is a lack of rail and truck capacity, warehouses…

Maersk reports on British Columbia Wildfire impact on service

Today’s update on the Port of Vancouver operations and the wildfires in the Lytton, BC area of Western Canada, impacting the main rail access route into the port of Vancouver.…

Freighter still a mainstay of Victorian transport company

James Transport is a family-owned business that operates a 50-strong fleet made up of MaxiTRANS’ leading trailer brands Freighter and Maxi-Cube. The James family has kept the…

Nagel-Group collaborating with DB Schenker:

Weekly liner services for temperature-controlled transports between Finland and Germany

Nagel-Group and DB Schenker have launched a collaboration to offer a wider distribution network for food products in Finland and Germany. Thanks to the new partnership,…

Marcus Post, DLG Logistics, the Netherlands

"By year's end, QR code might replace phytosanitary certificate stamp"

The United Kingdom's empty fruit and vegetable shelves are dominating the news headlines. Tesco has reported that, weekly, they have to discard almost 50,000 tons of fresh food products. That's due to a driver shortage. Rod McKenzie is managing director of the British transport trade association RHA. He…

Past and present on this special anniversary truck

The Dutch transport company, Transtolk isn't letting its 60th anniversary slip by unnoticed. They have a special, limited-edition anniversary truck on the roads. The Scania combination has a V8 engine and 770 HP. It's the most powerful truck currently available ex-factory. So, it can rightly be called a…

Trying to bypass border delays and driver shortages

‘56% of UK hauliers consider moving operations to EU’

As haulage demand has gone up to 120% in 2021, UK hauliers are pushed to breaking point by Brexit red tape and driver shortages. This means many are looking at moving to the…

Enhancing presence in Red Sea Region

Cosco Shipping Ports completes acquisition of 20% of the shares of RSGT

Port operator Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd. is pleased to announce that, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 20% of…

Border trade between China and Myanmar halted amid covid case spike

A businessman in Muse, a border town in northern Shan State of Myanmar, said that border trade between the country and China is gradually halting due to a spike of covid cases…

"Shipping lines appear to be ready to continue increasing their rates"

The profits of the shipping companies do not seem to be reaching a ceiling. OOCL announced that it had doubled its profits in the first half of the year, while Cosco plans to…

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Digital trucking platform expands its offering to include the North German seaports

The container congestion in the seaports is tempting customers to resort to alternative transport options in addition to the often favored combined transport. Waiting a week longer for the next possible transport by rail is out of the question for most customers. The driveMybox platform is anything but a…

IAG Cargo starts new route between Spain and Maldives

IAG Cargo has launched a new direct service from Madrid, Spain to Male, capital of the Maldives; it started in July. The service will run three times per week from…

Citrus exporter: "There's a strong possibility we could suspend packing"

Civil unrest brings Durban harbour and cold stores to a standstill

Operations at the port of Durban and its associated cold stores have been severely affected today as KwaZulu-Natal is plunged into anarchy since the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. Transnet Port Terminals has closed all Durban terminals until tomorrow. The army has just been deployed in…

May air cargo 9.4% above pre-COVID levels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend. As comparisons…

Export business is being lost due to extreme freight rates

In April, Drewry highlighted the issue of extreme freight rates -i.e. rates that are at least 50% higher than the historical average of the previous 5 years and that last at…

Port of Long Beach maintains steady cargo flow in June

Cargo moving through the Port of Long Beach remained strong in June as retail spending cooled down while consumers warmed up to summertime recreation and entertainment.…

With 25% subsidy & fixed fares, J&K administration eyes ‘air cargo’ boost for fruit trade

The Jammu & Kashmir administration has introduced a new scheme that seeks to help local farmers fly out their produce, within India or abroad, at a much lower cost. Under the…

Brexit: Urgent talks held to avoid lorry driver crisis

Government ministers are believed to have launched urgent talks on a short-term visa scheme for foreign lorry drivers in a bid to prevent a shortage of staff. There is an…

Maersk clarification about Iranian containers

Maersk would like to clarify any confusion connected to the below advisory. The below information was shared last year with all their customers, to safeguard the company's…

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier NileDutch

Today, Hapag-Lloyd successfully closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch). After signing a sales and purchase…

Jammu and Kashmir government publicized rates for airfreighting fruit to Dubai

The Jammu and Kashmir government has publicized rates for flying horticulture perishables (fruits) to Dubai and other destinations. The horticulture department has already…

MSC might overtake Maersk as biggest shipping group

Italian businessman and shipping magnate Gianluigi Aponte might be ready to stage a big coup. The Italian Mediterranean Shipping Company, which he founded half a century ago,…

New hygienic pallet washing facility opens in Birmingham, Alabama

RM2 announces the grand opening of its newest automated pallet wash and sort facility in Birmingham, AL. The two-acre facility is RM2’s fourth automated wash facility and 34th network location in the U.S. and is located to service the upstream supply chain pallet needs of the company’s food industry…

Box shipping lines to hit US$100 billion annual profits for the first time ever

The 2021 box shipping lines' yearly profits are expected to approach US$100 billion for the first time in the history of container shipping. Freight rates will be skyrocketed…

Takeover of Rotterdam Fruit Wharf B.V. by Kivits Logistics Group B.V.

The Kivits Logistics Group B.V.  has reached an agreement with Belgian New Fruit Wharf nv (BNFW) concerning the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rotterdam Fruit Wharf B.V. (RFW). The takeover has been completed with immediate effect. Both parties had been in talks for some time about possible cooperation…

HGV driver shortage

'Extended hours for exhausted hauliers won't fix delivery crisis'

A measure to help alleviate the HGV driver shortage crisis by extending their hours is facing fierce criticism from the haulage sector. Transport minister Baroness Vere…

San Joaquin farmers struggle with port delays, lack of containers, worker shortages

San Joaquin County growers are struggling with port delays, shortages of containers and shortages of truck drivers. Bruce Brodget, Executive Director of the San Joaquin…

Khalifa Port to implement region’s first autonomous Port Truck System

CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal, the first greenfield project of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP) operating within Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deep-water port Khalifa Port,…

Tech startup launches platform to digitize and connect produce supply chain

Starting this month, five produce exporters from Latin America, which together handle 9,000 containers a year, begin using the Export Management System created especially for produce. Cargo Produce is a technology startup based in Austin, TX seeking to digitize the first mile of produce--the one that…

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Daimler Truck, TRATON GROUP and Volvo Group plan to establish European high-performance charging network for heavy trucks

The three leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, Daimler Truck, the TRATON GROUP and the Volvo Group have signed a memorandum of understanding on the development and operation of a public high-performance charging network for battery-electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe. In doing…

"There is huge potential for Western goods in the second half of this year"

"A variety of Southeast Asian goods are doing well in the Chinese market"

The global fruit trade has suffered from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for nearly two years now. Tirection is a company specialized in fresh fruit and vegetable trade. Mr. Huang, spokesperson for the company, summarized their experience in the last two years. He shared with us his insight in the…

D. Zonneveld Transport, the Netherlands:

Protecting profits, despite rising prices

When discussing challenges in the transport world, Peter van Velden can list several. Peter owns D. Zonneveld Transport in the Netherlands. "You have to be on your toes nowadays. What with the current fuel prices and raw material shortages. Not to mention wage increases and inflation," he begins. "For example,…

SVB Transportgroep, the Netherlands:

"Tight planning is vital"

"The roads are getting very busy again," says Henri de Wit. He's a planner at SVB Transportgroep in the Netherlands. That's in response to the scaling back of COVID-19 rules in Europe. They've come through the pandemic well though, he adds. Traffic was much calmer at the beginning of the pandemic. But, drivers' waiting times…

Robert van der Pol

"Timber prices could still quadruple"

Palletbedrijf van der Pol produces about 3,000 pallets and more than 200 crates every day. This Dutch company has invested quite a lot in automation in recent years. That's to keep costs low and productivity high. "Automation increases our staff's productivity. We focus on quality because that sells…

Nature Fresh Farms and University of Windsor

New partnership aims to bring clean transportation

Nature Fresh Farms joins the University of Windsor in its long-haul vehicle transportation sustainability project to help achieve advancements in energy efficient shipping. The purpose of this $160,000 project is to determine the impact of long-haul electric vehicles (LHEV) on Ontario’s electric grid.…

Drewry

World Container Index - 01 July 2021

Container freight rates up more than three-fold in 12 months

Container freight rates are continuing to rise to record levels due to ongoing disruption to global supply chains.  The Drewry World Container Index (WCI) increased 4.2% over the last week to an average of $8,399.09 per feu. Meanwhile the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) rose 119.14 points over…

Gebr. Opstal Transporten, the Netherlands:

"Short transport lines for faster transit"

"Transportation will always remain, but it's going to change," says John Opstal. He's one of three brothers that founded Gebr. Opstal Transporten in the Netherlands in 2016. "You have to continuously ask yourself, even as a small company - what can we do?" These young entrepreneurs are continually…

Breadbox gets its own terminal

Refrigerated container shortage leads to scaling up of reefer service

The Dutch export onion season begins in August. That's when things get hectic at Breadbox Shipping Lines. This shipping company offers direct charter services from Vlissingen, in the Netherlands, to Dakar, in Senegal. This is promising to become an unusual season. Breadbox Shipping Lines specializes in sailings…

CMA CGM Group acquires Spanish rail operator Continental Rail

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is stepping up its strategic development in inland logistics by integrating one of the leading private rail operators in Spain: Continental Rail, via CCIS, its global inland logistics arm. The Share Purchase Agreement was signed on the 30th of…

Price of shipping remains high, so exporters often opt for overland transport

Cost of overland transport between China and Eastern Europe continues to rise

The price of shipping has been exceptionally high since October last year and shows no sign of coming down. In addition, the problem of delayed containers is extremely severe. Many harbors experience a shortage of workers and the processing of containers takes longer than usual. Container ships can…

UK food group wants Army assistance to relieve lorry driver crisis

Premier Foods is one of Britain's biggest food companies. It has been calling on the UK government to consider using the army to distribute goods to help relieve a severe shortage of truck drivers. Last week, industry leaders already warned that Britain could face gaps on supermarket shelves this summer…

Spotting the signs of recovery in the logistics industry

There is little doubt that the focus of the world in the past year and a half was the pandemic and managing the situation, including business operations, in the context of COVID-19. While the road transportation industry experienced an initial shock, especially in March 2020, it quickly hopped back on…

Maersk officials claim Yantian port situation is ‘looking up’

According to Maersk officials, the situation at the Chinese Port of Yantian is looking up as congestion eases. Unfortunately, delays remain at Yantian and neighboring ports.…

At Forbes THRIVE Future of Food Summit

Autonomous Pivot & Bloomfield Robotics win Innovation Icon Award

SVG Ventures and Forbes have announced that Israeli-based Autonomous Pivot and US-based Bloomfield Robotics’ are the two winners of the Innovation Icon Award at the seventh…

Major Culina Group acquisition creates a £2.2 bln FMCG logistics business

Culina Group, the market-leading provider of shared-user FMCG logistics services, has announced an agreement to take over GreenWhiteStar Acquisitions as from Thursday 1st July…

Farm Trans, the Netherlands

"Being progressive is leading to growth"

"We're growing tremendously," says Tom Steenmeijer, Farm Trans' sales manager. This Dutch company focuses on transporting both bulk and conditioned foodstuffs. They do so by road, water, and rail. "We do the whole supply chain, from field to store. We're one of the few transporters that have knowledge of…

Mandersloot forwarders, the Netherlands:

Rapid delivery hubs

“The chain's becoming shorter,” Willem van Leuveren of Mandersloot realizes. “Supermarkets are increasingly moving towards local produce." But he’s noticed this shortening even in imported goods. For example, soft fruit goes directly from suppliers in Spain or Greece to buyers in countries like Poland or Romania. Mandersloot…

Unless government addresses shortage of HGV drivers

UK faces summer of food supply disruption

The UK government has been told the nation faces a possible summer of serious disruption to food supplies unless it acts immediately to address an acute shortage of HGV…

UK: King's Lynn Port is set for a bumper year

The Port of King's Lynn is booming in the wake of Brexit. Millions have been invested on the quayside to help handle the half million tons of cargo flowing in and out of the…

syncreon

DP World acquires leading US-based supply chain solutions provider

DP World announces the acquisition of 100 per cent of syncreon for an enterprise value of US$1.2 billion. This transaction is subject to customary completion conditions and is expected to close in 2H2021. syncreon is a US based global logistics provider that specializes in the design and operation of…

Nigel Jenney - Fresh Produce Consortium

Labour shortage: "This is not going to go away it will be a problem for a considerable time"

Fruit and vegetable growers have worried about labour supply ever since Brexit first surfaced and this season according to the National Farmers Union despite 30,000 non-UK…

New project gives Dutch coop optimum traceability

Traceability plays a major role in efficiently designed business processes. That's why the Dutch company, JEM-id, developed a scanning project for Growers United and its members. This solution ensures that the organization has direct insight into traceability and production progress. To show how this…

Angvik Auto:

"More trips to Norway"

"The global pandemic did us no harm. We grew 20% last year," says Remco van der Spruit. He, and the Angvik family, set up the Dutch branch of the Norwegian transport company Angvik Auto. That was in 2012. "That growth seems to be only continuing." The company's customer base has expanded considerably. Angvik Auto Holland…

BosDaalen, the Netherlands:

"Innovating to improve quality"

"The demand for fruit and vegetables is doing nothing but increasing," says Gerard van den Bos. He's co-owner and director of the Dutch transport company, BosDaalen. It's less than six months since Cargoboss and Van Daalen Transport merged. Gerard and his partner Aris van Daalen, however, strongly believe BosDaalen can maintain…

Sea-Intelligence ApS

Schedule reliability continued to be low in May 2021

Staggering number of late vessel arrivals

Globally, schedule reliability has been pretty poor in all of 2021 as several ports and regions have been severely impacted by port congestion. In issue 520 of the Sunday Spotlight, we looked at the number of vessel arrivals subject to extreme delays i.e. delays of over 7 calendar days. As can be seen in…

Kashmir growers to get 25% air freight subsidy on perishable fruits & vegetables

The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved a 25 percent airfreight transport subsidy on perishable fruits and vegetables. A senior official stated that the proposal from…

Tamil Nadu, India

Cargo exports 'brisk' at Tiruchi Airport

Tiruchi Airport has been the scene of brisk freight exports to select overseas destinations, in a way despite the pandemic. The export cargo was shipped through non-scheduled…

US fresh produce industry still hampered by transportation issues

The fresh produce industry is continuing to struggle with several challenges related to transporting goods. Trade markets for all products have been tumultuous over the past…

USDA report

Hong Kong ports respond to shipping challenges

Though recent COVID-related challenges are causing port slowdowns elsewhere in the region, local sources report that port operations in Hong Kong remain largely smooth though…

An “unimaginable” collapse of supply chains

UK faces critical shortage of truck drivers

Britain could face gaps on supermarket shelves this summer and an “unimaginable” collapse of supply chains after the pandemic and Brexit led to a shortage of more than 100,000 truck drivers, industry leaders have warned. In a letter to Boris Johnson coordinated by the Road Haulage Association, the…

The global shortage of containers has also affected Ecuadorian bananas

"Shipping companies are servicing the bananas exported by contract, but even some of these loads are being left behind"

The high demand for maritime freight to transport cargo, especially from regions such as Asia (up until May, China alone had increased its exports by up to 45%), is causing…

The importance of traceability tech for African agriculture

Many economic, social, and environmental problems in Africa come from a lack of transparency within supply chains. Contaminated food, counterfeit medications and product…

Ongoing backlogs clogging West Coast ports, delaying crop shipments

California agricultural exporters claim that ongoing delays at West Coast seaports could cause more products to spoil before reaching their destination. Pandemic-fueled…

Australian Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism update:

New flights to Japan and the US

The Australian Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is supporting more flights to Narita and Los Angeles, commencing next month. The International Freight Assistance…

Australia: Union comes to agreement with ports operator Hutchison

After three years of talks, the Maritime Union of Australia has reached a ground-breaking agreement with the world’s largest stevedoring company. It will be setting a new…

Connecting North Europe with West Coast South America & the Caribbean

CMA CGM temporarily reshuffles EUROSAL service

CMA CGM has informed its customers that heavy congestion and lack of productivity have been experienced for months in North Europe, affecting schedule reliability of its EUROSAL service connecting North Europe with West Coast South America & the Caribbean. Alas, this situation is not expected to improve…

Australian Logistics Council

ALC calls for common-sense approach in response to latest COVID outbreaks

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has commended Australian governments for acting quickly and taking appropriate measures to protect Australian communities following the…

Chilean exports so far not affected by problems in Chinese ports

So far, Chilean exporters have mostly avoided the current problems in Chinese ports, caused by the interruption of activity in the port of Yantian due to an outbreak of…

Pat Compres, Advance Customs Brokers

“We support customers with timely arrivals and quick handling of imported produce”

Globally, demand for trade is up significantly, affecting all industries including fresh produce. Since the onset of Covid, it has been difficult to get space with airlines, container carriers are focused on being productive and profitable, and trucking power is short. “With our experience and knowledge,…

Port of Antwerp major entry point to a strong European Internal Market

Today, Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren met up with European Internal Market and Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton at the Port of Antwerp to discuss the Port’s role as a strategic transport, energy, and industrial hub in Europe. After a guided tour around the Port, Commissioner Thierry Breton…

MSC added services & equipment to ease supply chain crunch

MSC has been continuously investing to cope with the unprecedented impact of Covid on supply chains and port congestion problems, CEO Soren Toft told the IAPH World Ports…

Regional roads still lack infrastructure

Australia: Eastern seaboard is ready for driverless vehicles

US autonomous truck company TuSimple recently completed a logistics first, transporting watermelons more than 1,500 km without any human control over the truck. According to…

Best practices for fortifying food quality and safety in grocery supply chains

Ensuring food quality and safety have always been top priorities for food retailers, but these concerns are becoming increasingly important for consumers as well. In a recent Emerson study of 1,000 U.S. consumers, 50 percent said they worry about the safety of fresh and frozen foods during transportation…

Australia: Victorian potato farmer deplores state of council road

Sunraysia farmer Peter Corcoran annually grows 15,000 tons of potatoes on his Bannerton property. However, truck companies are refusing to service his property because of the…

Soren Toft, chief executive of the Mediterranean Shipping Company:

‘EU carbon plans could raise emissions from shipping industry’

The EU plans to cut carbon emissions threaten to drive up CO2 produced by the shipping industry, says Soren Toft, chief executive of the Mediterranean Shipping Company. Toft…

Karnataka producers happy as Kisan Rail moves 740 tons of mangoes

Since June 19, the South Western Railway has run three Kisan Rail services to transport mangoes from Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts to Delhi. This was a welcome relief to…

Hamburg TruckPilot research project

Successful test drives with automated trucks in the Port of Hamburg

“This is how the future feels,” says Detlev Gosler, a driver with Emden-based freight forwarder Spedition Weets. He regularly drives his truck to HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder in the Port of Hamburg and is very familiar with the procedures. But this time, everything was different: this time, he…

Due to interpretation of a change in European sanitary regulations

Some 200 containers of fruit from Latin America held up at the Port of Algeciras

Between 180 and 200 containers of pineapples, cassava and chayote from Costa Rica and Colombia are being held at the Port of Algeciras, in southern Spain, due to changes in the way EU sanitary regulations, such as the European Parliament's regulation 1333-2008 on food additives, are being applied.  The European Commission…

Maersk venture capital co-leads funding round in Egyptian start-up Trella

Egyptian startup Trella is a digital platform that connects truck drivers with cargo. Its CEO said that the company has raised $42 million in equity and debt, including the…

Covid outbreak at Chinese ports further hit global shipping operations

Global shipping has been interrupted for several months due to the epidemic, and demand for Asian goods from western countries has exceeded exporters’ ability to ship containers overseas. But at Yantian Port in Shenzhen, one of the world's major container ports, the recent Covid outbreak has made the…

South Africa

COSATU rejects unbundling of Transnet and agencification and corporatisation of the state

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted with deep concern the announcement by president Ramaphosa that his administration has decided to dismantle Transnet by…

Slovenia

Port of Koper: Extended quayside allows more containers to be handled

The container quayside at the southern end of Pier I in the Port of Koper has been extended by 100 metres. Today, in the presence of Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec, the new quayside was ceremonially handed over. The extended quayside with a new berth, which we have named Link 7D, is just one…

Egypt set to establish €100 mln trade hub in Alexandria

The Egyptian Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade - in cooperation with French produce logistics company Rungis International - is intent on establishing a specialized zone…

North Carolina Ports open to tropical fruit from Latin America

North Carolina Ports will receive its first shipment of bananas and pineapple on Sealand’s NAE (North Atlantic Express) inaugural call to the Port of Wilmington. Dole Fresh…

North American exporters having a difficult time scheduling ocean freight to Far East

North American exporters are having a hard time scheduling ocean transportation to the Far East. Industry experts indicate that shipping lines are thriving with huge Asian…

Hamburg Süd ship with a lot of containers of limes onboard hits passenger dock at ferry terminal in Santos, Brazil

A Hamburg Süd containership took out a passenger dock at a ferry terminal in Santos, Brazil on Sunday, and it was all caught on video. According to an industry source the ship has a lot of containers of limes onboard and possibly other fruit, but this has not been confirmed. Fortunately no injuries were…

A.P. Moller - Maersk

Driving social change with EU trucking industry

A.P. Moller - Maersk joins forces with 11 other leading European companies to improve the social conditions of truck drivers in the road transport and logistics sector across Europe.Given the company's ambition of becoming a global integrator of logistics services it is crucial that Maersk addresses…

South Africa: Ports Authority announced as independent subsidiary of Transnet

South Africa’s president Ramaphosa has announced the establishment of the Transnet National Ports Authority as an independent subsidiary of Transnet. The president briefed…

CSP Iberian Rail Services

CSP Spain terminal now operates trains linking Port of València with Zaragoza

The Port Authority of Valencia invests more than €100 mln in the improvement of the Valencia-Teruel-Zaragoza line, or the railway access to the port of Sagunto. The…

Interview with Riccardo Martini from Tramaco

Logistics costs have skyrocketed

The international situation is complicated to say the least, and fresh produce trade is paying the consequences of it as well. FreshPlaza talked about it with Riccardo Martini, CEO at DCS Tramaco in Ravenna. FreshPlaza (FP): Is the refrigerated container situation worsening compared to the last few months?Riccardo Martini (RM):…

New levels of disruption affecting global trade

A few weeks into a very substantial port congestion in Yantian caused by a Covid-19 outbreak, supply chain disruptions continue to be very present in global trade.After a…

What is holding up South African citrus outside China?

A reefer vessel called the Baltic Spring left Durban on 26 April with 1,800 pallets of South African grapefruit. The vessel discharged some of that in Japan, leaving Sakai on 26 May and proceeding towards Shanghai, there scheduled to offload on 31 May. More than three weeks on, and the Baltic Spring is…

Icelandic Eimskip settles charges of price fixing

The Reykjavík-based shipping line Eimskip has reached a settlement with the Icelandic authorities to conclude a long-running price-fixing and collusion investigation into its…

A.P. Moller - Maersk

Decarbonizing supply chains with emission-free block train services

Discover how businesses are reducing their CO2 emissions by using Maersk’s zero-carbon rail services provided across Germany.A.P. Moller - Maersk, the global integrator of container logistics, has partnered with ERS/BoxXpress.de – a Hamburg-based railway company that exclusively operates emission-free…

CMA CGM adds reefer surcharge for Yantian as freight rates still high

French shipping company CMA CGM is putting a hefty surcharge on reefers for shipments to Yantian as congestion continues and container freight rates soar. The company has…

Lineage Logistics announces acquisition of the Cold Storage Division of Claus Sørensen Group

Lineage Logistics, LLC, a leading global temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, today announced its intention to acquire the cold storage…

Panama Canal Authority

PCA increases allowed size limit for transiting vessels

The Panama Canal Authority has increased the waterway’s maximum allowable length for commercial and non-commercial vessels transiting the Neopanamax Locks. The PCA will now allow a maximum length overall (LOA) for regular transits of the Neopanamax Locks of 370.33 metres, an increase from 367.28 metres.…

Tesla

Northern Fruit turns to Tesla ‘cybertrucks’ to curb transportation costs

East Wenatchee fruit grower Northern Fruit is going high-tech in its quest to stay competitive in the global fruit market. The grower, packer and exporter of apples and cherries is turning to electric vehicles, some of which will drive themselves, company President Doug Pauly told members of the state…

ZIM and Alibaba.com announce extension of Commercial Cooperation Agreement until 2023

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., a global container liner shipping company, and Alibaba.com, the world's leading B2B eCommerce platform and a business unit of Alibaba…

PML Ltd

PML proceeds with satellite operation in Kent

Global perishable cargo specialist Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has taken the decision to move some of its operations out to Kent. Recently, it had sent a letter to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, expressing its concerns about the crippling effect that extending the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) will have…

Created in order to counter the 40% of claims that exporters receive

Dutch technology for reefer transport reduces fruit waste on a global scale

Otto de Groot, an expert Dutch fruit consultant, and the University of Wageningen developed Otflow . This technology is a patented floor cover that provides the optimal internal airflow during reefer transport. This solution was created in order to counter the 40% of claims that exporters receive on…


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