EU maintains its leading position in global agri-food trade

2020 showed a notable improvement in the EU's leading position among the world's largest exporters of agri-food goods and products. On the import side, the EU has become the…

China: Fresh-key guarantees effective detection of temperature and humidity of agricultural products

Temperature and humidity are the core factors that cannot be ignored for every link of agricultural products, from the field to the table. At the planting end, temperature and humidity have a great influence on the germination of seeds and the growth and development of plants; in the field of…

Cairns export hub project building momentum

The development of the new Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) in Cairns is starting to kick off, thanks to a continued strong health response to the COVID-19 pandemic…

Delays at ports continue as volumes increase

There have many reports on massive congestion problems at West Coast containership ports that's causing store shelves to go wanting to seasonal imported goods. Ron Fisher owns…

Trading update for Q3 2021 and 2021 full year guidance adjustment

A.P. Møller - Mærsk sees strong results, driven by continuation of exceptional market situation

A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S (APMM) has for the first two months of Q3 2021 recognised a financial performance significantly ahead of our previous expectations and now expects for…

DP World to invest £300m in fourth berth at London Gateway to strengthen UK’s supply chain

DP World today announces that it will begin work next month on a new fourth berth at its London Gateway logistics hub to increase supply chain resilience and create more capacity for the world’s largest vessels.The £300m sum - which builds on the £2bn investment DP World has made in Britain over the last…

"Response to the reality of the supply chain crisis"

Post by Mike Parr - Managing Director at PML "Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, and The Food & Drink Federation have all publicly commented on the serious supply chain crisis which is threatening the nation. As a leading industry player and provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions, PML…

Bangladesh

Traders look to Dhaka airport’s third terminal to boost business

Construction of the third terminal of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka is expected to boost trade through the expansion of cargo capacity. A new…

China: Typhoon Chanthu to cause more supply chain disruptions

As the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo having suspended operations again on 13 September due to Typhoon Chanthu - which hit east-central China on 13 September - further delays…

Port of Gulfport welcomes Dole's newest container vessels

The Port of Gulfport is pleased to welcome Dole’s newest container vessels, the “MV DOLE MAYA” and the “MV DOLE AZTEC” to Gulfport. The two vessels were named to recognize the indigenous people of the region that these vessels will serve, carrying Dole’s fresh exports to the Southern and Central United…

SA Harvest: "Solving hunger at South Africa's scale boils down to logistics"

Food insecurity in South Africa: closing the gap between farm and fork

Twenty million South Africans face food insecurity, which prompted an organization to gear up its logistics network to place food where it’s most desperately needed. Right: Leonard Nkwalese of Community KidsPot, a Gugulethu-based beneficiary In almost two years, SA Harvest has moved over 2.9 million…

Jammu and Kasjmir, India

Kulgam district reviews traffic plan for fruit transportation

Recently, District Development Commissioner (DDC) for Kulgam, Dr. Bilal Mohi ud-Din Bhat, has chaired a meeting to review the arrangements for the steady transportation of…

Almeria demands more railway infrastructures for fruit and vegetable exports

In recent weeks there has been much talk about the backset of the 1,700 million euro investment in the Barcelona airport. However, there are also other great works that never…

UK: Logistics and supply chain solutions provider intends to fund HGV driver training

Logistics and supply chain solutions provider PML is offering to pay for the training of eight dedicated drivers, to be based at both the company’s London Heathrow…

M&S chairman: ‘EU Brexit controls are pointless bureaucracy’

British supermarket chain Marks & Spencer has called the EU’s Brexit border controls “pointless bureaucracy” as the British government considers delaying checks on food…

Shippers hope more carriers will follow rate freeze by Hapag-Lloyd & CMA-CGM

The recent rate freeze announced by CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd has given shippers a hope that more carriers will follow their lead. Market sources expect some relief from the…

Los Angeles Port logjam now over 50 ships

The number of container ships waiting to enter the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has increased to another record, with the average wait time jumping to more than…

CMA CGM makes the decision to stop all spot rate increases

Since the beginning of 2021, container shipping spot freight rates have continued to rise due to port congestion and the major imbalance between demand and maritime container…

Wholesaler turns 15: from bike deliveries in the Netherlands to truck deliveries from Spain

It was around 1980 when Thomas Bos first came into contact with the fruit and vegetable world. The local greengrocer was opposite his childhood home in the Dutch village of Zeddam. The many crates of fresh fruit and vegetables made an impression on Thomas as a small child. He helped out at the store…

UK government debates whether to delay Post-Brexit import checks again

The UK government is strongly considering delaying checks on imports from the European Union again amid warnings of severe disruption to supplies in the run-up to Christmas.…

HGV driving tests to be fast-tracked, attempting to tackle UK supply crisis

British ministers are looking to shorten the current process to bring in new hauliers. The government said it was continuing to meet with groups, affected by the logistics…

Pandemic has made shipping containers into hottest items globally

Some 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, global shipping is still in crisis, with backlogs looming over the Christmas shopping period. Also, it's clear that a return to normal for the market for steel shipping containers won't happen any time soon. Before Covid hit, companies could rent a humble…

BIMCO, Alphaliner

Onshore container disruption leading to record delays and profits

As ports and associated logistics systems struggle to keep up, delays at ports are soaking up capacity. This is causing frustration on the shippers’ side and leaving carriers struggling to keep up, all the while making record profits. Over the summer, freight rates and port congestion levels continue to…

COSCO might surpass CMA CGM as third largest global container line

The Chinese COSCO group might overtake French carrier CMA CGM as the third-biggest container line, if the latter does not acquire more ships. COSCO now has 2.97 million TEU of…

Lorry driver strike threat increases supply chain problems

There has been the threat of a strike by lorry drivers at two UK firms supplying the construction industry as well as convenience stores. This threat has raised the prospect…

Turkish Airlines air cargo services will add momentum to the nation’s exports

Yesterday, Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) signed a cooperation protocol to offer suitable cargo services to exporters. This agreement will add…

Chandigarh airport: New cargo facility to be operational by year-end

According to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader professor Prem Singh Chandumajra, a new cargo facility will become operational at the Chandigarh airport in Mohali by the…

Followed by Barcelona and Algeciras

Valenciaport handles 40% of Spanish container traffic

The Port of Valencia is number one regarding container traffic in Spain both in imports and exports, by exceeding 1.4 million TEU of the total 3,587,921 containers transported…

Rick van’t Hag, UDEX Logistics, the Netherlands:

“First urgent transport request; customized proposal within 10 minutes”

UDEX Logistics opened for business on Wednesday, September 1st, in the Netherlands. This is a brand new but experienced logistics service provider. It specializes in urgent transports and special deliveries within Europe. But it also provides regular transportation all over the world. "We got requests…

The logistics and transportation costs of banana exports soar by up to 300% in Colombia

Colombia is the world's fifth-largest exporter of bananas, a fruit that ranks as the third most important product in the Colombian agro-export basket and accounts for 5.3% of…

Renewing transport partnership with the EPA and industry

Allen Lund Company announced that it has submitted and received approval for its current data submission to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between U.S.…

North Asia to Latin America container rates set records

Global shipping lines pushed through new rates increases for September amid a severe shortage of equipment and carrying capacity at Asian export terminals during…

Shipments decreased by 21% in volume and 24% in value

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries fell in the first half of the year

Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries during the first half of the year decreased by 21% in volume and 24% in value over the same period in 2020,…

HMM wards off strike with salary deal

In a series of very constructive talks, HMM’s management and unions representing have hammered out a new salary deal yesterday. Salaries will be raised by 7.9% and bonuses of…

British heavy goods driver says 40% pay rise shows industry's desperation

A survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates there is a shortage of about 100,000 drivers. It is affecting all kinds of deliveries. An HGV driver says his 40% pay…

DAKOSY and dbh digitalize the release process for "German Ports"

A German joint solution for the digitalized release process of import containers is being developed by the service providers DAKOSY AG, Hamburg, and dbh Logistics IT AG,…

CMA CGM Group

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results:

CMA CGM Group: very strong operating and financial performance

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group, have met under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the second quarter of 2021.  Commenting on the results just released for second quarter 2021, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive…

As of today:

No entry of commercial vehicles in Delhi without RFID tag

Starting today, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has mandated commercial vehicles to carry Radio Frequency Identification tags to enter the national capital. RFID tags…

More than 2,000 fines issued to over Brexit trucker permits

Sources say that more than 2,000 fines have been issued to lorry drivers for not having the right paperwork to enter Kent at the end of the Brexit transition period. Kent…

Sea-Intelligence sees no signs of Golden Week capacity reductions

With the Chinese Golden Week holiday four weeks away, normally carriers would have by now announced the full extent of their blank sailings program in anticipation of the slowdown in demand. Given the current market situation, it seems as if carriers will not follow historical patterns of Golden Week…

The Port of Philadelphia celebrates topping off ceremony of new distribution center

Just under six months after breaking ground, the new PhilaPort Distribution Center reached a new high point in its construction. On Friday, August 27, a Beam Signing and Topping Off Ceremony celebrated the placement of the top piece of steel in the new structure underway at the corner of 3rd and…

Hapag-Lloyd orders another 75,000 TEU standard containers

Hapag-Lloyd orders another 75,000 TEU standard containersTo further ease the scarcity of empty containers, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered another 75,000 TEU dry boxes. The containers will be manufactured in China and delivered to Hapag-Lloyd within the fourth quarter of 2021. Adding up all investments into…

International Freight Assistance Mechanism extended to June 2022

Last week, the Australian Government announced an additional $260.9 million in funding to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to June 2022. The…

Higher freight costs: Reunion considers creating a regional maritime company

Last Friday, the economic actors of Reunion Island gathered to discuss the rising freight costs, their consequences for the economy of the island and the solutions that can be…

'2021 is a peculiar year for container shipping'

This year is turning out to be a spectacular year in container shipping; freight rates are record high, more cargo than ever before is shipped on the transpacific trade lane…

US potato industry focuses on Farm Bill to enable faster truck unloading

After an exception to time limits for truck drivers failed to make it into an Infrastructure Bill, industry experts claim the US potato industry must turn to a 2023 Farm Bill…

Global Logistics Hub to increase long-term competitiveness Jamaica

The Jamaican government  has embarked on implementing a Global Logistics Hub Initiative and the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) is hoping to capture a greater market…

Bengal to develop better infrastructure for preserving onions

The Bengal state Agricultural Marketing department is busy developing infrastructure for the preservation of onions. Onion production has increased by leaps and bounds, thanks…

Port of Tauranga reports better profit than expected

New Zealand's biggest port increased its profit in the face of supply chain disruptions, with booming log and kiwifruit exports helping to lift cargo volumes. The company said…

Drewry

World Container Index - 26 August

Drewry’s composite World Container index increased 2.1% per 40ft container

Drewry’s composite index increased 2.1% or $204 this week, and also, remains 351% higher than a year ago. The average composite index of the WCI, assessed for year-to-date, is $6,498 per 40ft container, which is $4,238 higher than the five-year average of $2,260 per 40ft container. Drewry’s composite…

Longer lorries might be followed by heavier lorries in the UK

UK government spokespeople have stated that longer goods vehicles might be permanently allowed on Britain’s roads from as early as next year. The Department for Transport has…

British Ports Association

‘Government must act on supply chain pressures’

The British Ports Association has issued a statement saying the UK government must act on demands from the haulage industry to relieve pressure on supply chains. Commenting on…

Christmas at risk as well, says Iceland boss

Co-op chief says current food shortages are worst he’s ever seen

Staffing problems caused by Covid and Brexit are causing major problems in the UK food industry, as many retailers are having trouble getting products to stores. According to…

Papua New Guinea

Government freight subsidy is effective & helpful for growers during Covid peak

The Papua New Guinean government’s freight subsidy is very effective and helpful for fresh produce farmers during the Covid-19 peak period. Fresh Produce Agency chairman…

Western Cape Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer

Minister concerned about impact of shipping delays and container shortages

Western Cape Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer has welcomed the news that the 2021 harvest season is finished, with excellent yields being evident. He claims this…

DAT Truckload Volume Index fell 8% in July as congestion gripped supply chains

Truckload rates hit new highs and freight volumes remained elevated in July but retreated from June’s record levels, as shippers paid a premium for transportation amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. The DAT Truckload Volume Index was 222 in July, down 8% compared to June. The Index is an aggregated…

By Tim Clarke, President of Vanguard International USA

Where in the world is my container - part II

Yesterday, part I of this two-part series was published and explored the roots of where the global supply chain started to weaken,and the challenges began.Here, in part II Tim Clarke with Vanguard dives a bit deeper into the added challenges that are present with the global movement of perishable items…

The cost of maritime transport complicates selling food outside the EU

The rise in freight rates - the price to pay for occupying a space on a ship - and the difficulties in finding empty containers are already affecting Spanish exports of some…

Australia: Trucker strike could affect food supplies

Food and fuel supplies could be affected this coming weekend as thousands of truck drivers intend to strike over pay and conditions at a major employer, the transport union…

Maersk

August 2021

Maersk Asia Pacific market update

Container shipping demand remains strong heading into the fourth quarter. Ongoing COVID-19 flare-up however continues to present challenges across Asia Pacific, with Vietnam extending the lockdown in its manufacturing heartland around Ho Chi Minh City until mid-September, New Zealand imposing national…

Logistics UK and British Retail Consortium

UK business groups demand action on driver shortage crisis

Against the backdrop of the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers, two of the UK’s biggest business groups, Logistics UK and British Retail Consortium (BRC),  on 22 August 2021 wrote…

By Tim Clarke, President of Vanguard International USA

Where in the world is my container – part I

The global produce industry is a fascinating and entirely unique business model, with arguably one of the most delicate operational chains that spans global markets and meticulously juggles countless daily moving pieces. The industry is also no stranger to incident response, troubleshooting, and…

The closure of the Ningbo-Zhoushan port terminal produces criticism and is considered excessive

The partial closure of the Ningbo-Zhoushan port after a case of coronavirus was detected on August 11 among workers at the Meishan terminal, which handles about 20% of the…

Easy access to in-transit shipment data

Oversight platform adds single sign-on feature

Emerson has announced the release of a single sign-on feature for its cloud-based online Oversight software platform, which is used for tracking in-transit temperature shipment data from its GO Wireless Loggers, GO NFC (near-field) Loggers and GO Real-Time Trackers. This innovation makes it easier for…

Chinese study with cherry tomato boxes

Air circulation within a refrigerated container greatly affects vegetables

Proper cooling capacity division is essential for storing and transporting fruit and vegetables in refrigerated containers. A uniform interior temperature depends mainly on the outside…

2021 Post-Brexit Hauliers Survey

Increased border waiting times and admin have had biggest impact on haulage companies

The HGV driver shortage in the UK has reached a critical point. There are many reasons behind the shortage including: less driver availability due to both post-Brexit immigration regulations and a huge upsurge in demand for haulage and longer waiting times at border points. According to new report…

Tesco delivery drivers threaten strike action over pay dispute

Up to 1,500 convenience stores across London and the south east could face delivery shortages if strikes against Tesco over pay disparities between HGV driver bonuses go ahead. Unite the Union said bosses from the supermarket's wholesale division, Booker, were "missing in action" after failing to engage…

Trucks moving past Afghanistan border as trade resumes

Commercial traffic across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan at the Spin Boldak/Chaman crossing picked up on Thursday, traders said, as the shock of the Taliban's lightning seizure of power began to ease and confidence returned. Despite the Ashura religious holiday, truckloads of agricultural produce…

Port congestion on both coasts is likely to cap second-half US import capacity

It’s still the early days of peak shipping season but the record for container ships anchored off California is already on the verge of being broken. Port congestion is…

Exporters hopeful over Durban port expansion plan

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan announced this week that Transnet is looking to work with private companies for a port expansion to the value of R100 billion over…

ZIM generates quarterly net income of $888 million

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., a global container liner shipping company, announced today its consolidated results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, stated, "I'm very proud to say that our outstanding performance and all-time record results,…

Deutsche Post DHL Group to acquire ocean freight forwarding expert J.F. Hillebrand Group

Deutsche Post DHL Group ("DPDHL") has signed an agreement to acquire up to 100% of J.F. Hillebrand Group AG ("Hillebrand") and its subsidiaries at an equity value of around €1.5 billion. Hillebrand is a global service provider specialized in ocean freight forwarding, transport and logistics of beverages,…

Could reforms around truck drivers alleviate the shipping crisis?

Growers and shippers are more than open to new ways of getting trucks--and more particularly, truck drivers--on the road following months of skyrocketing transportation rates and limited access to both trucks and drivers. Earlier this month, the American Journal of Transportation reported that the…

How will Chinese Golden Week 2021 impact local forwarders?

Chinese Golden Week is well-known in logistics and supply chain for happening every year - precisely during the first week of October – and for affecting inevitably all local forwarders and their end customers’ shipments. With its National Day being celebrated on October 1st and a week of festivities and…

Ningbo Meishan terminal may re-open on 1 September

The Staff at Ningbo Meishan Island International Container Terminal (MSICT), which has been closed for the seventh straight day as of 17 August, told Container News that they hope the terminal will be able to continue normal operations on September 1st.  The terminal has ceased operations from 3:30 am local…

Port of Los Angeles

Consumer demand fuels strong July at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles processed 890,800 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in July, a 4% increase compared to last year. Last summer is when U.S. consumer purchasing began to build momentum and was the start of 12 consecutive months of year-over-year growth at the Port of Los Angeles. “This…

Source: Marine Exchange of Southern California

Anchorages full as LA/Long Beach boxship queues approach record levels

More than 100 containerships are either in port or at anchor outside Los Angeles or Long Beach, waiting for a berth to come free, as congestion levels at the southern Californian gateway worsen. A growing number of bulk carriers are also caught up in the backlog, together with some tankers. One…

Ricky Chong with Sutherland, S.A.

“By having our own operations in China, we avoid shipping interruptions”

For 25 years, Sutherland, S.A. has been shipping produce to Southeast Asia from many different origins around the globe. However, in today’s environment shipping times and shipping cost have become unpredictable. “The shipping challenges really got us thinking,” says Ricky Chong, CEO of Sutherland, S.A.…

Torkham border reopened for commercial activities

The Torkham border, which was closed for several hours by the Pakistani authorities after the Taliban took control of Nangarhar province on Sunday, was reopened for trade…

DSV Panalpina A/S completes DKK 30.2 billion acquisition of Global Integrated Logistics from Agility

All conditions and requirements for the acquisition of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business (GIL) have been met, and DSV Panalpina A/S (DSV) is now formally taking…

Terminal operations suspended at world’s 3rd largest port, Ningbo

Operations at Ningbo Meishan port terminal were suspended on August 11th, 2021, after a single case of COVID-19 was reported among the Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal staff. The Ningbo-Zhoushan port began to turn ships away on the morning of August 11th. The worker who tested positive resided in the…

169,000 tons of fruits and vegetables transported via 500 trips of Kisan Rail: Central Railway

Almost a year since the first Kisan Rail that ran from Maharashtra’s Devlali to Danapur, the Kisan Rail has completed its 500 trips. Central Railway’s General Manager, Mr.…

Iran: Food and agricultural export brings risks

Food and agricultural export risks are significant in the world. There is much competition between exporters and importers in this field. Keeping food fresh and healthy during…

New GO USB data loggers are programmable and reusable

Emerson announces the launch of its new GO USB Logger suite of products. These programmable and reusable data loggers collect time, temperature and humidity data from perishable products in transit. Cold chain information can be downloaded and viewed when a product reaches its destination, helping ensure…

Container rates soaring

Covid infection closes shipping terminal at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port

On Wednesday, an employee at the Meishan Terminal of China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan Port tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully inoculated; it was an asymptomatic…

Irish Maritime Development Office:

‘Brexit has significantly altered Irish-British freight traffic’

An Irish government agency reported on Thursday that the post-Brexit trade frictions "significantly changed" the volume of freight between Ireland and the UK and triggered a…

Ports facing biggest crisis in 65 years due to Covid

All over the world, ports have taken center stage during the pandemic. While many airports, roads, and trains ground to a halt during the peak of the pandemic last year,…

Orange prices already dropping

South Africa: Trouble ahead for citrus market due to Durban port jam

Prices for oranges have dropped a little already because of the export constraints caused by a bottleneck at Durban port. Volumes going to fresh produce markets increased…

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Difficult run-up to Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival for South African citrus suppliers

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 21 September this year, two weeks earlier than last year’s festival, which further narrows the window for South African exporters.“We’re sending about 50% of our planned volumes as a result of the problems at the harbour. These are precisely our peak weeks, from…

HHLA benefits from strong increase in container transport by rail

Despite the continued influence of the coronavirus pandemic and a resulting imbalance in global transport flows, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded positive business development in the first half-year of 2021. The Group operating result (EBIT) increased by 63.2 percent year-on-year to € 90.5…

Company also launches seventh Quality Promise “Efficient Cargo Claims Handling”

Hapag-Lloyd achieves very good result in first half year of 2021

Hapag-Lloyd published its figures for the first half year of 2021 today. It concluded with an EBITDA of USD 4.2 billion (EUR 3.5 billion). The EBIT rose to USD 3.5 billion…

Southern Africa

Unifreight on the lookout for fresh markets

Logistics company Unifreight Africa Limited says it has embarked on a drive to establish fresh markets to ride out the effects of the pandemic, as Covid-19 created problems…

Victoria, Austalia

Shipping container shortages, port delays persist

Boxes of citrus are piling up in the cool rooms at Seaway Intermodal in Victoria’s north-west. The goods should be bound for export markets, but shipping delays and the…

Emergency Brexit powers for lorry traffic to be made permanent

Emergency powers to handle post-Brexit queues of lorries heading for France are being made permanent. This clearly indicates that the UK government expects further…

New data management tools helping Australian fruit exporters maintain the best quality through the supply chain

Without access to quick and detailed data, exporters have a poor understanding of the conditions that their fruit and vegetables are being exposed to, and the resulting impacts on quality and profits, according to an Australian researcher who is using AgTech to monitor fresh produce consignments. Senior…

Shanghai port inaugurates Northeast Asia empty container transportation center

As nations all over the world continue to gripe about containers shortage amid the global pandemic, the world's largest Shanghai port has announced the launch of a new empty…

Retailers try to address UK lorry driver shortage

The UK lorry driver shortage crisis became pressing in early June when major distributor Nationwide Produce warned that fresh produce destined for UK supermarkets was being…

India, Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Growers can apply for 50% subsidy on transportation of certain fruits and vegetables

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has extended 50 % subsidy on the transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail Trains under Operation Greens —…

PML sets up new operation in Kent

Over 30 office and warehouse jobs are to be created following a decision by global perishable cargo company Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) to set up a new satellite operation at Lympne Distribution Park. This facility will sit alongside PML’s main operations at Heathrow and its additional site at…

Kenya: Isiolo International Airport set to improve produce sales

Isiolo, Meru and Laikipia county growers are set to benefit from the intervention of the national government agencies in efforts to fast track the completion of cargo shades…

Port Authority of Valencia experts::

'Global freight rates continue global upward trend'

Experts from the Port Authority of Valencia predict freight rates will continue to rise globally due to several factors, such as the container shortage and the economic pull…

Shipping container shortages and port delays still problematic for Australian growers

A shortage of shipping containers, combined with delays at ports and a reduced number of ships stopping in Australia are causing problems for exporters. Importers are feeling…

Lineage Logistics announces acquisition of Hanson Logistics

Lineage Logistics, LLC, a large, innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, today announced it has acquired Hanson Logistics, a large…

Company to become large perishable logistics provider in Colombia

CEVA Logistics to expand presence in Latin America through Cargex acquisition

As part of its development strategy, CEVA Logistics announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Cargex S.A., an international…

British Ambassador to Morocco, Simon Martin:

‘New Morocco-UK shipping line operational in September’

British Ambassador to Morocco, Simon Martin, has issued a statement saying that the new shipping line to connect directly Tangier Med and Poole in southern England would be…

Starting October, Alicante will have a rail connection with London to send fruits and vegetables

The company Terminales Marítima del Sureste will launch a new freight railway line that will connect Alicante with the London terminal of Barking starting next October. This…

Co van Es, Milestone Fresh, the Netherlands:

"Need for digitization in fresh produce logistics"

COVID-19 upending supply routes. Sudden port changes at Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Hamburg. The impact of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal. "If the past year has shown one thing, it's…

Close to 70% of Valencia harvest is still to come

Durban port congestion obliges northern citrus growers to suspend packing for a week

South Africa’s citrus growers in Limpopo and Mpumalanga have received an advisory to stop packing fruit destined for Durban port by early evening on Friday 6 August, and only resume packing a week later. The Citrus Growers’ Association’s directors for the Northern Regions and the board of the Fresh…

San Miguel faces new supply chain challenges

The advance of the pandemic has exacerbated the saturation problems that logistics industry has been facing for years. At San Miguel, efforts to transport its products more…

MSC Industries shipper complaint

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is shocked to learn of the accusations made by MCS Industries and the complaint filed by MCS Industries with the FMC, a notice of which was published by the FMC on…

Freightos – fbx.freightos.com

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…


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