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India: Two more flight services from Trichy Airport will increase cargo volume significantly

Exporters at Trichy airport have been confident e that the introduction of two more flight services to Abu Dhabi and Doha will help them handle more volume of cargo. The old…

Jérémy Hachemi, HMI Logistics:

“Our warehouse in Strasbourg allows us to deliver products directly from the south to the north of France”

Large volumes of fruits and vegetables are transported daily from the south to the north of France. In order to reduce the delivery time, the Perpignan transport company HMI Logistics opened a logistics platform on the Strasbourg market. “We have a warehouse located no further than 60 km away from all…

Weather conditions affect operations at terminal facilities in the port of Hamburg

The continuing stormy weather is currently causing considerable delays in ship clearance in most of the north-European ports. As a result, there are delays in the arrival of…

Due to COVID-19

Vietnam: Lang Son province promotes trading via rail

Up to 260 carriages with tens of thousands of tonnes of exports and imports have passed Dong Dang International Railway Station, the northern border province of Lang Son, to…

Maersk facing highest impact

Coronavirus creates credit negative for European shipping

As the impact of the COVID-19 situation on individual carriers is measured, Moody’s Investor Services concludes it will be highest for Maersk given its exposure to container…

Daily sales volume of 70 containers

Chilean fruit export to China is gradually returning to normal

Ronald Bown, the chairman of the Chilean Fruit Export Association, stated that Chilean shipping containers had previously experienced difficulties going through Chinese…

Ximo Puig -Valencian Government:

'Strong port cooperation will connect Africa and Europe'

The President of the Valencian Government in Spain, Ximo Puig, has stated that a strong cooperation between Morocco’s Tangier Med Port and the Port of Valencia will draw the…

10,000 tons of Peruvian mango can't be exported to China because of the coronavirus

Avocado producers from Casma in the Ancash region are very concerned about the stoppage of mango and avocado exports to China due to the health crisis that the coronavirus has…

Price increases due to higher transport costs

Rising prices for bananas

Banana prices are rising, due to the increase in the cost of transport. This is confirmed by Francesco Galimberti di Frutta 10, a Sardinian company. "We import products from South America, - he says - from countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The quality is excellent, there are no problems whatsoever. The only…

At Kent's cross-Channel ports

Logistic companies happy with new flexible solution to avoid congestion

The government has announced that a concrete barrier that can be set up within hours to keep Kent's roads moving at times of cross-channel disruption will be available and on…

The number of containers with Chilean fruit stranded in China rises to 2,300

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, confirmed that the number of containers stranded in China due to the outbreak of coronavirus had increased to 2,300. The Minister made this statement two weeks after the National Agriculture Society (SNA) reported that there were no less than 1,500 containers,…

Video of the benefits of a strategic location to distribute produce

North Bay Produce, Inc. has a strategically located warehouse to ensure all their fresh fruits and vegetables arrive to consumers as quickly as possible. This warehouse is MidAmerica, located in Mascoutah, Illinois. MidAmerica is centrally located and can reach 90 percent of the population in North…

Nick Finbow - Perishable Movement Ltd.

"Last year we handled 58 million kg of airfreight inbound and around 5000 outbound"

17 years ago, Mike Parr started Perishable Movement Ltd (PML), over the years the company has grown quickly and now has a 64,000 ft2 temperature-controlled warehouse and a 200 pallet freezer on site at Heathrow. This year has already seen a few changes at the company, with half million pounds investment…

Yntze Buitenwerf, Seatrade Reefer Chartering

"Congestion in reefer containers will remain on the world market for months to come"

The congestion of reefer containers in China continues to increase due to the impact of the Corona virus. The bottleneck is mainly in the Chinese ports of, among others, Shanghai, Xingang, Tianjin and Ningbo. The ports report a full capacity that no reefer container can access anymore and therefore…

Consequences of coronavirus

Sea and air freight delays affect Taiwanese fresh produce

Fruit and vegetable trade with Taiwan is affected by new quarantine measures, ports closures, ship delays and suspended flights, as US agri-trade exporters struggle to find…

Refrigerated storage capacity will double

The Agro Merchants Group is to expand one of its Dutch facilities

The Agro Merchants Group has announced plans to expand one of its facilities. This concerns their cooling warehouse on the Maasvlakte. This site is located in the Port of Rotterdam. This strategic investment will increase the facility's total capacity. It will bring it up to more than 35,000 pallet…

Indian government partners with transportation players to increase agri exports

Last month, when global logistics company Maersk delivered its first end-to-end shipment of freshly produced green chillies from Varanasi to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE) within nine days, it was among the initial efforts by the company to get agriculture exporters to use its services. Maersk, in…

Company sees stable business despite coronavirus outbreak

Preliminary figures for Hapag-Lloyd's 2019 financial year released

On the basis of preliminary figures, Hapag-Lloyd’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the 2019 financial year significantly increased to EUR 811 million (2018: EUR…

Coronavirus impacts transshipment

Reefer containers stranded in China, shortages in the Netherlands

The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting trade between Europe and China. Some locations in China have been hermetically sealed. That means reefer containers are stranded in…

Vado Gateway terminal in Italy commences operations

The new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, received its first commercial service on 11 February 2020. The ship, M/V Maersk Kota, was the first of seven…

Produce from Emilia-Romagna to reach Germany by train

The aggregation and logistic organization to bring northern Italy and Germany closer continues. Last week, at Fruit Logistica, a delegation of wholesale markets and from Regione Emilia Romagna met with Steffen Bilger, German undersecretary for Transport and Logistics.  The meeting with Steffen Bilger Representatives…

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region. Volume growth contributed 4% to Group growth and was driven by…

"We could have a shortage of containers if situation in China persists"

Concerns for the fruit export sector seem not to stop. Congestion in China's distribution chain, as a result of coronavirus, adds a possible global shortage of containers for…

MSC and Maersk partner with SM Line on Transpacific Route

Shipping giants Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which form the 2M Alliance, have found a new South Korean partner on the Transpacific trade as their…

Port of Rotterdam throughput amounted to 469.4 million tonnes in 2019

The Port of Rotterdam saw a freight throughput of 469.4 million tonnes in 2019, fractionally higher than in 2018 (469 million tonnes). Investments by the Port of Rotterdam…

Carpocapsa endangers exports from the Valley

“We know that there are pressures to close Brazil's border to Argentine fruit”

The authorities of the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI) are worried about the possible sanctions that the Brazilian Government may apply after the recent rejection of a shipment of fruit from the Valley on the border due to the presence of carpocapsa larvae. They assured us that they…

Traders lose their enthusiasm for Chinese bananas

Transport cost of Chinese bananas "unusually" high

Many banana production areas in China have recently reported a shortage of delivery trucks. The transportation costs increased as a result of this shortage. For example, the…

Service will commence on October 25

Virgin Atlantic Cargo to start daily flights from Heathrow to Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic Cargo's introduction of a new daily Heathrow, London to Cape Town route will offer new export and import opportunities for customers already supporting Virgin Atlantic’s existing double daily services from Heathrow to Johannesburg. The B787-9 service will commence on October 25. South…

UK retail and logistics trade bodies react to customs check plans

As the UK government has confirmed it will introduce import controls on EU goods coming over the border at the end of this year, it is generally seen as a confirmation of the plans to exit the EU’s customs union and single market and strike trade deals. Over the last few days, retail and logistics trade…

Hartman Expeditie and J.P. Vis form partnership

Dutch trucking companies merge

The Dutch trucking company, Hartman Expeditie, has entered into a partnership with another transportation company, J.P. Vis. This business is based in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. At the end of last…

US-China trade war cools, coronavirus could temper growth

Port of Oakland import volume rebounds, exports keep going up

The Port of Oakland containerized import volume jumped 7.3 percent last month over the January 2019 totals.  Exports were up as well, Port officials said, lifting hopes for recovery from the US-China trade war. Some people however are quite unsure of the fast-spreading coronavirus, and how it could dampen…

Coronavirus outbreak results in poor logistics in China

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China has undoubtedly caused severe damage to the produce industry. On the one hand, fresh fruits are flying off the shelf, on the other hand, due to insufficient logistics, fruit cannot be transported to the market, resulting in serious losses on the farmers’ side. Li…

GT USA Wilmington lifts Delaware port operations to next level

In its second year operating Delaware’s Port of Wilmington, GT USA Wilmington remains focused on maximizing capability of existing port facilities and advancing ambitious plans for development of an all-new, $500 million-plus upriver terminal. “This was a very good first year for us in terms of hitting…

LATAM Cargo adds two new origin destinations in US

LATAM Cargo, the air cargo transportation company working with destinations to, from, and within Latin America, announced it will begin service on two new routes dedicated exclusively to cargo originating in the United States, thus increasing capacity from North America to Central and South America. The new…

Growers file $1.1 billion claim against America’s largest trucking brokerage

C.H. Robinson denies claims of ‘deceptive business practices’ in lawsuit

Farmers in North and South America have sued C.H. Robinson, the world’s third-largest logistics company, alleging illegal business practices they say defrauded them. C.H.…

Ukraine: Short 1.2 mln tons of potato storage capacity

Currently, Ukraine has potato storage capacities of just 300,000 tons, with the minimum necessary level to meet the domestic needs being 1.5 million tons, Director of the…

The Port of Dunkirk will increase Colombian fruit exports to France

The new maritime connection between the port of Cartagena and the French port of Dunkirk will allow increasing Colombian agricultural exports, especially of fruits, such as bananas, avocado, and pineapple, to the European country. Currently, 5% of Colombian exports reach the port of Dunkirk, a figure…

1,500 containers with Chilean fruit are retained in the Chinese ports because of the coronavirus

As a result of the preventative measures put in place by the Chinese Government to try to control the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, a total of 1,500 containers…

DP World Australia claims operations will function as normal

DP World Australia (DPWA) said its operations are expected to function as normal after an interim interlocutory injunction was granted stopping industrial action at its…

UK government to announce new ‘post-Brexit freeports’

The UK government will shortly announce a consultation on the creation of up to 10 freeports across the UK as the country prepares to leave the EU. Boris Johnson’s government said it aimed to announce the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021. Chief…

Deep-water port at Vadhavan to accommodate 25,000TEU vessels

Indian cabinet approves new mega container port project

India’s Cabinet has approved a proposal to build a deep-water port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra which will be able to accommodate 25,000TEU vessels. The new Vadhavan port, which will be 13th major port in the nation, will be developed using the public-private partnership (PPP) model at the cost of INR…

DP World Southampton welcomes ‘Banana Boat’

Shipping company Maersk has changed its UK call on the ECUBEX South America reefer service (known as the Banana Boat) to Southampton’s DP World terminal. The move to DP World…

New East Mediterranean – America Service launched

Ocean Network Express, COSCO Shipping Lines, OOCL and Yang Ming are to launch a new weekly Transatlantic service, East Mediterranean – America Service to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive service network. The first commencing voyage is on April 2020 (subject to FMC filing). The EMA service,…

Hapag-Lloyd LIVE

Hapag-Lloyd launches remote reefer supply chain monitoring tool

Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is adding near real-time monitoring of its reefer containers to their product portfolio. “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE” increases the transparency of the cold chain by offering customers a number of data sets about the condition and location of their reefer containers. The…

Carolyn van Vliet with Air Canada

“Leveraging off the passenger airline allows us to service all continents”

Air Canada is well known as a passenger airline, but also transports a very broad range of products all over the globe. One of the product categories serviced by Air Canada is fresh produce. “We are a belly carrier, which means our air freight is transported via our passenger aircrafts,” says Carolyn van…

Europe-origin airfreight took hardest hit

Worldwide cargo revenues dropped 11.7% in 2019

December 2019’s worldwide air cargo chargeable weight fell 1.7% year-on-year (YoY) while 2019 full year dollar revenues dropped 11.7% over boom year 2018. The December volume…

Record-high fruit exports at Cape Town container terminal

Transnet Port Terminals broke an all-time record through the loading of 1665 reefers of South African grapes, blueberries and plums destined for Europe, aboard the vessel…

MSC adds over 5,000 Star Cool CA units to expand reefer fleet

The total global fruit trade market has grown by an average of 40% over the last ten years to 63 million tons, underpinned by Asia’s rapidly expanding middle classes, according to data from Fruit & Vegetable Facts. MSC works to meet that demand through its reefer cargo services. With over 1.8 million TEU…

Genoa and Savona point to the heart of Europe with fruit and vegetables

"The port community of Genoa and Savona aims to reach Europe and a continental dimension also through fruit and vegetables", said Giampaolo Botta, general manager of Spediporto, an association of Genoese shipping companies. The port of Genoa-Savona and its operators have a double opportunity to present…

Frexit day for Freight Line Europe

Saturday February 1st, 2020 was the Frexit day for Freight Line Europe. With the move from Westerlee - De Lier to Maasdijk, The Netherlands, the next step has been taken in optimised logistics services. Coincidence or not; the relocation date of the specialist in conditioned transport , for example, the…

Indian Railways: Special train for farmers for faster transport perishable items

A new Indian Railways initiative is intended to assist farmers producing produce perishable items, by transporting their produce through Refrigerated Parcel Vans. Subhanan…

Thessaloniki Port gets new fruit and vegetable inspection site

Last Friday, a new facility for the inspection of fruit and vegetables was inaugurated at the port of Thessaloniki by Agricultural Development and Foods minister Makis…

London Gateway secures new service to open up more trading opportunities with India

A new service for DP World operating from London Gateway will open up more trading opportunities with India.DP World London Gateway welcomed the new IEX service, Al Rawdah, on Monday 27th January. The IEX service is the only shipping service linking the East Coast of India to the UK and opens up new…

India: ‘Kisan Rail’ will help boost vegetable markets West Bengal

Undoubtedly, the West Bengal vegetable and horticultural market will get a major boost after the Federal Finance minister announced that Indian Railways will set up the 'Kisan Rail' project, with refrigerated coaches for perishable goods. According to senior officials of the state agricultural marketing…

“The two-piece ‘deck and lid’ design differentiates these boxes from standard refrigerated containers by offering far better access"

CakeBoxx Technologies recently announced the introduction of their new two-piece ‘ThermoBoxx™’ refrigerated containers. CakeBoxx Technologies designed these new models as a time saving, cost-effective solution for the movement of temperature-sensitive cargoes that would normally be difficult to load and…

The epidemic is growing worse, and many roads are closed

Chinese banana production areas have difficulty delivering supply

As the corona virus epidemic is growing worse, many villages in banana production areas close down the roads and trucks from outside have difficulty getting in. Some of the…

First intermodal operation in Colombia's Hass avocado export

For the first time, a shipment of Colombian Hass avocado has arrived in Rotterdam through a multimodal logistics integration carried out by Maersk, Broom Group, and OPL. The alliance of these three companies allowed the export of a container of Hass avocados from Armero (Tolima) to the Netherlands,…

India: Andhra Pradesh sends off country’s first ‘fruit train’

A ‘fruit train’, that is said to be the first of its kind in the country, was flagged off from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district on Thursday afternoon. It was carrying a load of 980 tonnes of locally grown bananas to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, from where the consignment will be…

The US is evaluating importing products from the Colombian port of Santa Marta

A delegation of officials from the United States Department of Agriculture visited the infrastructure of the Colombian maritime terminal of Santa Marta to evaluate the…

Kloosterboer builds reefer container terminal in Vlissingen

Logistics service provider Kloosterboer is investing in an automated and highly sustainable reefer container terminal named Kloosterboer Containerterminal Vlissingen in its location in the Vlissingen harbour (The Netherlands). It will initially have 1,020 reefer plugs. The container terminal will be…

UK: Portsmouth council-owned Portico lost £3.3m last year

The Portsmouth council intends to spend £3 mln on expanding its shipping company this year, despite making a loss of £3.3 mln in 2019. Portico, which operates at Portsmouth International Port, lost £1.8 mln more than had originally been expected last year. The reasons given were ‘loss of business and…

Jaguar Fruits and The Greenery use OTFLOW®

New innovation helps increase airflow in containers to keep fruit at optimal quality

Many fresh produce items are grown in regions near the equator and then shipped to other countries for consumption. This means that the ships carrying these products pass through areas where temperatures can be quite high, which can potentially be harmful to the products that are being shipped. While…

Beekenkamp Verpakkingen

Introduction of four new varieties of transport tray, low and half height

There is an increasing interest among companies that work with automated logistics systems for transport containers with a smooth surface at the bottom. These transport containers with a smooth bottom are able to move much more smoothly over an automated conveyor belt, roller conveyors or chain conveyor.…

Michele Bruni - InspiraFarms

“We see this as a good opportunity to invest in our own packhouses with a pay-as-you-chill model"

InspiraFarms provides first mile distribution technology in countries around the world: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico and India. With services and products exclusively aimed at emerging markets. There are three core components to the company’s products: “We construct…

AP Moller Capital will invest in West Africa

AP Moller Capital will invest in infrastructure in West Africa to create growth and development. It will be doing so in partnership with Olam International (Olam) and Africa…

Carmen Nicolás, CEO of Just Quality:

Citrus to China: Offering solutions in long distance perishables exports

 In long-distance perishables exports it is always better to prevent problems than struggling desperately for solutions that sometimes impossible to find. "Once again the citrus export season begins to Southeast Asia and again, it will be necessary to suffer with the delays of the vessels, the breakdowns of…

Flemish government wants "Extra Container Capacity in Antwerp"

As the container volumes, handled by the Port of Antwerp, are growing year after year they now represent a large share of the total freight volume. In 2019 the number of…

DeltaTrak features at the International Production and Processing Expo

Two new all-in-one real-time loggers released

DeltaTrak® will be introducing its new FlashLink RTL Prime 2G and 3G In-Transit loggers at the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), Booth C9467, from January 28 – 30, 2020, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. DeltaTrak President and CEO, Frederick Wu, is expecting…

The Spanish agricultural sector continues protesting

Trucks called to gather in protest at Port of Almeria this Wednesday

The Agricultural Organizations ASAJA, COAG and UPA and the marketing ones COEXPHAL and ECOHAL are organizing a protest of trucks and agricultural vehicles on Wednesday, January 29, at the Port of Almeria. It is happening in the framework of the agricultural demonstrations being held throughout this week…

DL Fresh Logistics and Trade Packing join forces

DL Fresh Logistics and Trade Packing Bleiswijk will merge from 1 March 2020. The new combination can therefore offer a broader package of services. DL Fresh Logistics, part of DL Logistics Group, mainly focuses on the handling and storage of imported fruit, while Trade Packing specialises in the…

The current scenario and a look to the future

Vignali Trasporti, a group in constant expansion

It is well known that the logistics sector grows unabated, especially when it comes to refrigerated transport, where activities - now more than ever - are scheduled 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Fabio Vignali, legal representative of one of the major national providers in the refrigerated sector,…

Ensure fast customs clearance of imported fruit

Shanghai Customs operating 24*7 during Spring Festival

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

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

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

Toll and dnata deliver air cargo expertise to Western Sydney International

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

Henk van Berkel, Freight Line Europe

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

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

René Baan, IP-Handlers, APC-Handling

"The fruit is only truly fresh with air freight"

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

EasyFresh Iberia now offers five departures a week

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

First time at Fruit Logistica for PML

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

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

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

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

Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

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

Automating packing centers in the Netherlands popular topic

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

Lizette Helmer:

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

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

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

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

Maersk unlocks agro export potential in India with cold chain solution

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

Maersk boosts its land transport business focusing on cold chains

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

Council lobbies for Manukau Harbour, Firth of Thames

Port move Auckland, New Zealand

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

Trans-Siberian Railway involved

Russia and Japan are testing rail transport potential

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

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

Panama Canal officials unveil new measures to sustain water levels

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

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

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

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

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

Maersk intends to boost land transportation via cold storage policy

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

Ports now expect smooth Brexit

UK sees volumes decline after stockpiling spike

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

Central China - Thailand

Cargo air route links Zhengzhou and Bangkok

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

UK port set to make an undisclosed number of redundancies

Port of Dover confirmed staff cutbacks are imminent

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

UK: New daily rail connection Felixstowe - East Midlands Gateway

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

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

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

Peru promotes agricultural logistics with a new road corridor

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

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

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

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

California court says truckers exempt from 'gig worker' law

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

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

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

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

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

More air freight companies want Perishable Logistics certification

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

Adani Ports also buys majority stake in Krishnapatnam Port

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

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

Port of Chancay could boost Peruvian fruit exports

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

PML partners with GreenSky

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

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

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

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

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

Returnable container receives pro-K award

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

Woolworths and Coles confirm they are looking at alternative routes

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

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

Customs declaration process shortened to 5 minutes

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

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

Ecuadorian ports determine banana export prices

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

Reefer shipping: Concerns mounting over 2020 fuel cost increases

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

FnV Farms to revolutionize food chain delivery India

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

US judge temporarily exempts truckers from California gig worker law

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

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

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

Etihad Cargo awarded 'Centre of Excellence for Perishable Logistics'

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

Wouter le Roux, It’sofresh

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

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

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

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

"New platform to provide better cold chain logistics services"

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

Trade remained flat compared to global growth

Maersk releases India trade report Q3 2019

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

Emirates SkyCargo brings Chilean cherries to East Asia

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

Kenya: Extended railway services to create economic vitality in hinterland

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

UK's busiest container port

Strike dates set for Felixstowe:

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

Emirates carries more than 2,000 tons of Zimbabwe exports

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

Papua New Guinea

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

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

Road and rail connections needed in Far North Australia

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

New Conor logistic facility in Rome

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

New real-time monitoring system:

"Post-harvest logistics needs affordable prices"

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


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