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Nautical figures port of Rotterdam: a safe and busy year, slightly fewer vessels

2020 was quite a special year for the Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. COVID-19 was a dominant factor in the port as well. Additional corona…

Exporters’ Club Western Cape report

South Africa: Ageing equipment causes delays at Port of Cape Town

According to a recent report from the Exporters’ Club Western Cape, out-of-date equipment at the Port of Cape Town’s multi-purpose terminal (MPT) is causing unwarranted…

J.H. Leavy & Co

Brisbane wholesaler able to significantly boost operations since moving into new warehouse

A major Brisbane wholesaler says it has been able to provide a significant increase in capacity across a number of its current service offerings, since launching its new facility. J.H. Leavy & Co. invested in a new $19.5million dollar purpose designed warehouse, which was opened in August, 2020. CEO Ben…

Organic food shipping system very problematic post-Brexit

The Health Made Easy group, one of the UK's biggest health food businesses, has stated that the new, post-Brexit system for sending organic food from the Britain to Northern…

New partnership to improve India’s fresh produce exports

Otflow® was launched three years ago with one single objective: to improve the inefficient airflow of reefer containers during shipping. Together with the University of Wageningen they developed the 11-meter floor cover for containers, the shape of this floor cover is designed to distribute the air more…

Platano de Canarias unaffected by storm Filomena

Even though storm Filomena caused supply issues in Spain, it didn't affect the supply of Platano de Canarias. According to Pablo Tornero, from Solocanarias, one of the reasons…

Mikaël Vandewiele, Gamma-Wopla:

"It is impossible to produce the best food without ensuring optimal transport conditions"

The fruit and vegetable sector gives a lot of thought to the primary packaging of goods: What type of packaging and material best meet the needs of the product being packaged, are there sustainable alternatives, and are they economical? But there are also specific requirements for secondary packaging,…

Oman: Asyad-managed ports witness 17% increase in direct imports

The Asyad managed ports of Port Sultan Qaboos and Ports of Khasab, Suwaiq and Shinas, have seen a 17 per cent increase in direct imports compared to 2019. The ports handled…

Container shipping may encounter unprecedented "large-scale delays”

In 2021, although Covid-19 has been effectively controlled within China, the pandemic is still raging around the world. It has to be said that the deteriorating situation…

New refrigeration systems help meet greater demand for cargo shipping

Helping to support increased demand for refrigerated cargo shipping, South Korea’s Sinokor Merchant Marine Company Ltd. is acquiring 1,700 new containers refrigerated by Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® units. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of sustainable…

APEDA initiative connects agri-export via direct flights from Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport

A shipment of green peas and round green brinjal was sent off today to Sharjah, by AirIndia Express. This consignment was flagged off at Lal Bahadur Shastri International…

Cold-chain logistics

Chengdu-based Xianshenghuo raises US$92.5 million in Series A

Chengdu-based logistics solution provider Xianshenghuo has closed its Series A round, bagging US$ 92.5 million from Longfor Capital, CICC Capital, and Far East Horizon.…

Container cargo rollovers at top 20 ports up 75% in December 2020

Container cargo rollovers at the world’s top 20 ports increased by around 75 percent in December last year compared to the previous month. This is mainly due to the fact that…

Report by Dynamar states

Worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new high of 169.2 million tons in 2019

Following the release of its eleventh annual reefer analysis, Dynamar Shipping Information and Consultancy indicates that worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new…

Supply route Miami - Saba

Pilot shipment to Saba will assess new fresh produce supply line

Last summer, the Caribbean island of Saba -known to be the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands- approved a project to investigate possibilities to accomplish a…

Rwanda: High airfreight charges threaten horti export competitiveness

Rwandan horticulture exporters have appealed for lower airfreight charges after an increase in the transport fees has adversely affected their profits. The increase of the…

Kenya: Technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer

Sustainable and effective cold chains are crucial for the transportation of food and medicine, but in many parts of rural Africa they have been sorely lacking. Tackling this…

Meijnen transport at a new location since the beginning of this year

“We are the only ones between Venlo and Hoogeveen with storage and transhipment capacity for fruit and veg”

At the beginning of this year, Meijnen transport moved from its old location in Doetinchem to the Edisonstraat in Zevenaar. In the new building, right along the A12, the company has 3800 m2 of refrigerated storage and 6 docks for loading and unloading. Richard Meijnen, owner of the transport company,…

Dutch haulier, Van Duijn Transport, turns 75

A third generation works at the Dutch family business, Van Duijn Transport. This company's trucks have been on the road since 1946. And during that time, transportation has become increasingly important. That's especially true in the sector where Van Duijn offers added value - fresh and frozen products.…

Businesses struggling due to freight cost increases in and out of New Zealand

New Zealand start-up Arepa had big visions for 2020, but the Covid-19 lockdowns and the rising costs of sending its health drinks all around the world has made it rejig its…

Port of Antwerp:

Record container throughput limits losses in 2020

The total throughput of Port of Antwerp in 2020 amounted to 231 million metric tonnes of cargo, a fall of 3.1% compared with the previous year. Thanks to the buoyant container throughput rates, which set a new record, the port was able to limit the overall decline in throughput. Compared with most other…

New managing director for APM Terminals Japan

To support the expansion of the company’s business in Japan, Sakura Kuma will join APM Terminals Japan as CEO effective 1 February 2021. “I am pleased to welcome Sakura Kuma…

DSV builds integrated logistics centre in Stockholm, Sweden

Located close to the airport, railway and motorway, DSV’s new site in Rosersberg north of Stockholm offers an entire range of transport and logistics services and will be ready for use by the end of 2021. The traffic around Stockholm is particularly dense during rush hours and in addition to its…

Striving to prevent food shortages because of Brexit

‘Emergency’ measure planned at UK ports

Empty trucks crossing the Channel to restock will be allowed to skip queues at key ports, as government concerns that the disruptions are set to worsen are mounting. Up to 300…

Germany's DB Schenker suspends deliveries from EU to UK

Fear of food shortages grows as EU truckers avoid UK ports due to Brexit

Fears over food shortages on supermarket shelves are growing as French and German delivery companies seem to be avoiding post-Brexit bureaucracy tape at UK ports in record…

India: Western Railway to transport fruits from South Gujarat

The Western Railway will start transporting fruits and vegetables from the region of South Gujarat to various parts of the country in special coaches, starting on January 15.…

Things starting to go back to normal at Mercamadrid, with reactivation of fruit and vegetable transport

"We knew it would snow, but we didn't expect anything close to this"

Mercamadrid, the second largest wholesale market in the world and the first in Europe, is recovering its activity after having been closed from Saturday to Monday as a result of the impact of storm Filomena, which has covered the central-northeast of the Iberian Peninsula with snow, including Madrid. The…

Russian retailer Magnit delivering imported fruits to Moscow by rail

Russian retail network "Magnit", working together with MAERSK, has launched a quicker system to transport and deliver imported fruits and vegetables from Novorossiysk to…

Maersk, freight forwarders and shippers adapt to Damco dissolution

For global shipping, the new year without one of the regular players. After Maersk announced in September it would dissolve the Damco freight forwarder brand by the end of 2020, it has disappeared from the field. Maersk absorbed Damco's air and ocean less-than-container-load shipping to combine it with…

Port Manatee welcomes energy-efficient Del Monte containerships

Florida’s Port Manatee is receiving imports of Central American fruit via the newest energy-efficient refrigerated containerships of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Fresh Del Monte Produce is transitioning to deployment of the eco-friendly containerships in place on non-containerized vessels. The Del Monte…

Sennder raises $160m to accelerate digitalization of European trucking and drive expansion

Sennder, a digital road freight forwarder, today announced that it has raised $160m in Series D financing, surpassing a $1bn valuation. New investors led the round, which involved all of sennder’s existing investors who reaffirmed their confidence in the company vision and direction. Round participants…

Hapag-Lloyd will implement the Asia Express service during the Chilean fruit season

Hapag-Lloyd announced that it will implement its Asia Express service (AN1 Service) in the first quarter of 2021 to reduce the transit time from Valparaiso to Hong Kong during…

Indian government considers enhancing cargo capacity of airports

Navin Choudhary, the Principal Secretary of the Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare Department has called for enhancing the air cargo capacity of Indian airports, so…

Grower Stefan Detter establishes independent transport company

"We've been looking for a second business range that's not dependent on the weather"

As the operator of a family-run fruit farm, the name Detter is firmly anchored in the Austrian fresh fruit industry. Since last autumn, owner Stefan Detter has been running his own transport company in addition to his own farming business. Under the company name Detter Transporte, the Lower Austrian…

COVID-19 slows imported blueberry programs

Blueberry supplies are tight and the blame can be largely laid on COVID-19. “It’s affecting supply and operations in the U.S.—it’s just affecting the business at the moment,” says Luciano Fiszman of Redondo Beach, CA-based Gourmet Trading Co. Left to right: Gourmet Trading's Scott Hulsey, Luciano Fiszman…

Pharr International Bridge plans for major expansion in coming years

The Pharr International Bridge, which provides a direct connection between the US and Mexico and is located in Pharr, Texas, has been seeing major expansion in recent years with more plans for expansion and innovation currently being carried out. The bridge services three major sectors: produce, energy…

No French blindspot sticker, no fine for first 3 months

AFTRI is Transport and Logistics Netherlands's (TLN) French counterpart. It's confirmed that haulers won't be fined for missing blind spot stickers. But only for the first…

300 trucks blocked in Spain due to the snow

Filomena, the first snowstorm of the year in Spain, which has also brought cold and rain, and which arrived on Thursday in the Peninsula, forced 300 large trucks to remain in an area enabled for them in the industrial estate of Bulilla, in the outskirts of the municipality of Villena, where they were…

UAE among top export destinations of Cebu Pacific for Philippine produce and goods

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national carrier, continues to fly Philippine produce and goods via its direct flights to the UAE amidst the current pandemic. In…

Cross-border shipping of fruit is expected to grow by more than 6% in the next four years

Refrigerated shipping and the trade in dry goods have both grown by an average of 3.8% per year in the last 10 years. Trade in meat products and bananas accounts for 52% of…

CEVA Logistics accelerates its expansion in Africa with the acquisition of ASTI Group in Morocco

CEVA Logistics’ strategic expansion plan across the African continent is further gathering pace with the acquisition of ASTI Group in Morocco. CEVA Logistics and ASTI have been long-term partners for more than two decades and have delivered a range of multi-modal services to customers across the North…

Frankfurt-based temperature-controlled logistics company continues its business expansion

Right at the start of the new year, Thermologistic is getting its new warehouse in Kelsterbach at Frankfurt Airport up and running. With an area of 4,000 m2 and temperature zones ranging from 0 to 25°C, the new facility is primarily intended for the storage and transshipment of perishable goods, in…

UAntwerp and Port of Antwerp testing innovative technology for autonomous shipping

3D sonar sensors enable unmanned sailing

Automated navigation is the future of inland shipping. It may sound futuristic, but innovative research carried out by UAntwerp and the Port of Antwerp is bringing us one step closer to this dream. The key: 3D sonar sensors, inspired by the way bats see the world. 'In 2019, over 42% of all goods entered…

Yellow Pallet: Banana fibre pallets substantially reduce CO2 emissions

Approximately 21 million pallets are needed each year for the export of fruit from the tropics. These pallets need large amounts of wood and too much energy is consumed in their distribution. Start-up Yellow Pallet makes pallets from banana fiber; a more sustainable option that counters deforestation.…

Viktor Vijverberg, Freight Line Europe

“We can still deliver from A to B in the UK, thanks to digitized processes”

The first days of January were quiet on the ferries from Europe to the United Kingdom. Mainly fruit, vegetable, flowers, and plant carriers were using these connections. Viktor Vijverberg is from Freight Line Europe (FLE), a Dutch refrigerated transport company. He's confident the preparations they've…

Sunswap announce partnership with OX to bring sustainable transport refrigeration to Rwanda

British cleantech start-up Sunswap has announced a partnership with OX to develop solar powered mobile chilling capability for their zero-emission trucks in Rwanda. The collaboration comes as Sunswap launched their first public crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube on 5 January 2021.  Sunswap will develop a zero-emission…

Watermelons see mediocre demand in offseason

With watermelons in offshore season, supplies right now are looking average. “We’re buying out of Mexico right now and it’s been okay. The quality is hit and miss,” says Sav Tsoukalas, president, Savco Worldwide, Inc. in Mississauga, Canada. “I think it’s just cool weather and not a systemic issue such…

UK-Ireland lorry traffic at Holyhead port slumps

DUP: Brexit deal for Northern Ireland is an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Britain left the European Union’s single market and customs union on New Year’s Eve, introducing a raft of paperwork and customs declarations for those businesses that import…

Richard Ballantyne - British Ports Association

"2021 could see a bounce back from the various impacts that affected the UK and global economy last year"

The British Ports Association’s Chief Executive outlines what the agenda for UK ports will look like during 2021 The British Ports Association (BPA), which represents 86% of…

Ireland ups direct freight shipments from mainland Europe

Ireland is increasing its direct freight shipments to and from mainland Europe. Irish companies are trying anything to bypass potential skirmishes at UK ports after Brexit.…

Alain Tulpin, Tulpin Group, in Belgium

“Cargo space shortage is Egyptian strawberry season's biggest issue”

The Egyptian strawberry season started more than a month ago. And there's still a lot of demand for the product. Even after a busy Christmas period. "The season began a little later than usual," says Alain Tulpin of the Tulpin Group in Belgium. "They planted early in Egypt. However, many of these plants…

Logistics costs up enormously due to lack of empty containers

Vietnam’s Import and Export Sub-Department has received complaints from businesses and business groups about a shortage of containers that has led to an unprecedented increase…

Chinese Fresh-key IoT monitoring equipment provides an excellent escort for cherry transport!

The outbreak of Covid-19 in the period leading up to Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] made it nearly impossible to go out and buy fresh fruit or to visit friends and bring fresh fruit as a present. The most festive time of the year lost its flavor. Now that Spring Festival [12 February, 2021]…

Schwab-Guillod invests in sustainable transport solutions

Swiss fruit trader goes for hydrogen trucks

Some 20 years ago, the fuel cell was touted as the undisputed technology of the future. At the time, it was inconceivable to many that trucks without diesel engines would be rolling along our roads in the near future. In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company founded Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility AG as a joint venture…

Hong Kong: Consortium of players and fresh fruits may lead to port regaining former glory

A consortium of players from the port of Hong Kong is looking at boosting refrigerated facilities, to gain an edge over the heavy competition from mainland China, while…

Kisan Rail: 50 per cent subsidy on transportation of fruits and vegetables

The Indian government has announced that as Kisan Rail has bolstered the quick transportation of agricultural produce across the country, a 50 per cent subsidy on…

Arrangements for moderate increase in port tariffs extended by one year

The three-year arrangement on port tariff increases that exists between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the relevant market parties, represented by Deltalinqs and VRC, is to be extended by one year. As has been the case from 2018 to 2020, port tariffs will be increased by 1% in 2021. This applies to…

Milestone Fresh wants to be the first Dutch climate-positive forwarder

Milestone Fresh wants to become the first freight forwarder in the Netherlands with a climate-positive policy. In the future, CO2 emissions from traveled distances won't only be compensated. They'll eventually even become ten percent climate-positive. Milestone Fresh is a market leader in…

BP FruitCraft and JNV Produce react to the fast-approaching Brexit

“How can you be thinking of Brexit in times like these?"

Travel restrictions were recently placed on movement between the UK and Europe. This was intended to contain the highly contagious COVID-19 variant. This caused chaos at ports and…

1,300 DAF XF 480 Super Space Cabs for Primafrio Group

Based on excellent in-service reliability and fuel efficiency, Spanish transport company Primafrio Group has once again placed a major order with DAF Trucks for 1,300 XF 480 Super Space Cab trucks. The fleet order will be handed over according to a delivery schedule that will run to the end of 2023. The…

Kolla UK donate fruit to stranded truckers

Lorry drivers are the lifeline of our business and keep our nation moving.

Sparacino Farms - Reemoon Fruit Sorting Machine

"This system was as good or better than anyone else's and the price is much better"

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies in 2020, but one Australian avocado and citrus producer has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine over a video call. Sparacino Farms, on the New South Wales Central Coast, this year set up the Reemoon technology systems in the company's…

Russian Railways to reduce tariffs for fruit and vegetable transports in 2021

The Russian Railways management has adopted a number of decisions to reduce tariffs for freight transportation related to the shipment of ferrous metals, containers and fruits…

France re-open border but drivers must have negative test results

France has lifted the ban on people entering from the UK, at the moment it is only for French nationals or people with French residency and hauliers. The Netherlands and Belgium have also relaxed the bans. 50 other countries are still blocking entry to travellers from the UK. The army will help workers…

Air charter firms witness surge in demand due disruption around ports

About 1,500 lorries are stuck in Kent after France shut its UK border for 48 hours on Sunday amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. Charter company Air Charter Service has…

DSV Panalpina completes acquisition of Prime Cargo

DSV Panalpina is taking over Prime Cargo’s activities in Denmark, Poland and China from Mitsui-Soko Group, an international forwarding company based in Japan. Prime Cargo is…

The president of Proexport calls it a "dramatic" situation

"More than 1,500 carriers stranded by the closure of the border between France and the United Kingdom"

France has suspended the entry of people, including transport professionals, through land and sea border points with the United Kingdom, and imposed restrictions to air travel in order to prevent the spread of the new strain of COVID. Therefore, the export of fruit and vegetables to this country is…

Reliable sensors ensure food safety on growing food logistics market

Reliable sensors ensure food safety on a growing food logistics market. Despite major changes to global business and travel movements, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the global food logistics market is growing - and sensors play a vital role to ensure food safety for food on the move. Prior to a bundle of…

Possible re-opening of border on Wednesday

Some fresh produce arriving but not enough

Hundreds of lorry drivers have spent a second night sleeping in their cabs after French border closed yesterday amid fears of a new strain of COVID 19 spreading through the continent. The ban will initially last for 48 hours while politicians try come to some agreement to get things moving again. French…

32 ships with Chilean cherries will arrive at the main Chinese ports until February 16

According to the Chinese outlet Produce Report, a total of 32 Cherry Express service ships are expected to arrive in China from Chile until February 16, 2021. The ships will…

Direct flights from Hobart to South East Asia

Tasmanian cherries flown to Hong Kong, Japan and China

Tasmanian cherry exporters are truly happy to hear their produce arrived in perfect condition in Japan, following a new direct flight from Hobart to Hong Kong. The new…

COAG denounces irregularities in the payment of tariffs on Moroccan agricultural products

"Spanish and French ports are an uncontrolled gateway for fruit and vegetables from third countries"

The Coordinator of Agricultural Producer and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has submitted a formal complaint to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), claiming to have indications of the existence of an alleged fraudulent network set up to avoid the payment of customs duties on agricultural imports from…

Leen van der Zwan, R. Van der Zwan Transport

"Getting to the other side in an hour and 15 minutes no longer an option for now"

It is busy at the moment on the road to the United Kingdom. Many companies seem to want to quickly transfer their products to the other side before Brexit. “It is especially busy in the direction of the Eurotunnel,” comments Leen van der Zwan, of R. Van der Zwan transport from Westland. The company specializes…

Hubballi airport to house North Karnataka's first cargo terminal

Hubballi Domestic Airport is ready to house North Ka mate ka's first dedicated domestic air cargo terminal, that would be expected to start functioning from February 2021. The…

Tom Butter, Gist Nederland

“High demand for transport to England put the market under pressure"

There have been long queues of traffic at the Eurotunnel in recent days. There have also been reports that British supermarkets are stocking up on non-foods. The extra traffic has been caused by three things, in particular - the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, and it being December. The Dutch branch of the…

"Northern Australia has untapped potential for growth in existing and new industries"

The new facility that could open up Darwin's fresh produce export potential

A successful seafreight shipment of mangoes out of Darwin could be the start of an exciting new opportunity for Northern Australia, according to one of the country's leading handling companies. Pak Fresh Handling says they were successful in their first ocean shipment in getting NT R2E2 Mangoes on the…

Air New Zealand Cargo delivers 'a belly full' this summer

There was a hum in the air during the summer for Air New Zealand Cargo, busy getting assorted goods to the world for a taste of New Zealand’s best.  Some of the items on Air New…

P&O Ferrymasters and DP World begin rolling out integrated maritime and logistics services

P&O Ferrymasters and its parent company DP World announced the completion of their first common carrier agreement, to integrate their global maritime and logistics services into a unified customer proposition. The announcement follows DP World’s acquisition of P&O Ferrymasters in February 2019 and marks…

UK: Forth Ports welcomes government funding for key freight ports

Forth Ports has welcomed a UK government announcement of funding for the group's key import/export hub ports. It was announced that the Port Infrastructure Fund would provide…

Container refrigeration company donates food storage container to charity in need

To help meet increased demand for local food distribution in Singapore due to COVID-19, Carrier Transicold donated a 20-foot food storage container refrigerated by the company’s NaturaLINE® unit to Willing Hearts, a charity that prepares and distributes meals to those in need. The unit, a natural…

Global shipping companies post record revenue in 2020

According to a report from maritime industry analyst Joe Monroe, global shipping companies are posting record revenue in 2020. This increase has prompted the FMC to announce…

Graham Eardley - Eardley International

"I don’t think many people can comprehend the carnage which is about to ensue"

Trucks trying to leave the UK are experiencing a wait of between 6-10 hours at the shuttle which is the main exit route from the UK. “It is a complete and utter mess,” says Graham Eardley from transport company Eardley International. “In addition to an increased amount of traffic trying to get through,…

India: Kisan Rail transforms small stations into major produce loading hubs

Kisan Rail trains from Indian Railways are transporting fresh vegetables and fruits to different parts of the country. They are now also halting at smaller stations, helping…

Brexit border chaos prompts truckers to turn away UK bookings

Europe’s largest truck owner warned it could turn away deliveries to the UK if Brexit triggers chaos at the border. If this were to become a reality, it could threaten UK…

Perishable Movements Ltd

PML: Chartered air freight trends for 2021

As the world is in the grip of the Coronavirus, there is no sign of any slow-down in the world of e-commerce, in fact quite the opposite. With so many consumers forced to…

The world's first certified carbon neutral container is loaded in Ecuador

On December 12, Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA), the private administrator of the Liberator Simón Bolívar Maritime Port, loaded the world's first container with carbon-neutral…

Cool Carriers launches the Paita-Express service for refrigerated cargo in Peru

The Cool Carriers shipping company, which specializes in the global transport of perishable fruit and is represented in Peru by Green Andes, announced the arrival of new, more…

North America greenhouse grower expands Nogales distribution and packing center

Houweling’s Group is up and running in its new Nogales, Arizona distribution and packing services center. Having outgrown the 18,000 sq. ft. facility the company operated in over the last few years, the new 30,000 sq. ft. facility—located at 123 Old Tuscan Hwy--has 50 percent more receiving bays, six…

Dole Food Company orders 500 energy efficient Star Cool reefer units from Maersk Container Industry

In cooperation with leasing company, Textainer, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has entered into an agreement to deliver five-hundred new Star Cool units to Dole Food Company in January 2021. Dole’s focus on delivering the highest quality fruit while reducing their carbon footprint globally factored into…

There is a shortage of shipping containers that will continue into next year

2020 was a record year for rising price of global shipping

The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on the 3rd of December that global shipping prices had turned into a nightmare in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shipping…

Bhutan mandarin oranges cannot be packed - boxes are stuck at Indian border

One of the major mandarin orange exporting regions, Samtse is yet to really get started as exporters are unable to import the wooden boxes to pack their products from India.…

Possible change to customs policies in China brings challenges for import agencies

Over recent years, the number of import agencies in China has continued to increase. These agencies mainly handle logistics, enabling their clients to focus on their core…

Container shortage hamstrings US and European exporters

The current container shortage is not just affecting Asia ports, but inland exporters in the US and in a number of European countries as well. US Federal Maritime Commission…

New Zealand: Northland freight chaos often replicated overseas

New Zealand exporters have stated that the Northland freight chaos is often replicated overseas. Police teams are stopping trucks that are going south from Whangārei to make…

Ports gridlocked and retailers struggling as Brexit deadline looms

The government is facing growing pressure to take action at the UK’s gridlocked container ports, as the looming Brexit deadline is also resulting in thousands of extra…

Congestion in Chinese ports causes cargo ships to divert to Hong Kong

The Chinese port authorities have once again implemented strict measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. Many Chinese ports are congested as a result of this decision. Cargo…

1,816 containers lost in largest shipping accident of its kind

Recently, ONE Apus, a container ship with the capacity of 14,052 TEUs, build by Japanese shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) in 2019, encountered severe weather…

FMC Chairman addresses export container availability

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Michael A. Khouri told an international audience that he takes seriously reports that ocean carriers are not supplying containers to U.S.…

Air New Zealand set to expand international cargo operations

Air New Zealand will expand its international air cargo operations following the launch of the second phase of a government supply chain support scheme. The airline will…

Latam Cargo launches flights to Qatar

Catering to demand from Chile’s fruit harvest season, Latam Group has started operating flights to Qatar for the first time. The service was launched on November 30 and the first flight on the route was operated by Latam Airlines Brazil. Cargo on the flight to Doha included perishables from customers in…

Hapag-Lloyd raises earnings forecast

On the basis of a better-than-expected business performance in the current fourth quarter, it was decided today to raise the earnings forecast for the Group updated in October. For the 2020 financial year, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of EUR 2.6 to 2.7 billion…

MSC offers more opportunities to trans-ship cargo to countries in Asia

MSC has been offering a dedicated service for a few years now, periodically helping Chilean shippers reach China in time for the Chinese New Year, when red cherries are especially popular with consumers. The company launched the service again in 2020 on 18th November. With Chilean cherry exports for the…

Long queues for checkpoints complicate Myanmar fruit export to China

Myanmar has implemented isolation measures in every province to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Truck drivers spend much of their time in queues at checkpoints waiting to be…

Rwanda: Minister Nshuti explains $35 fee on Tanzanian cargo trucks

The $35 fee paid by each truck entering Rwanda, from Tanzania, is for drivers accommodation in Covid-19 pandemic isolation centres so as to prevent the spread of the pandemic…

Kenya Airways launches Johannesburg cargo base

Kenya Airways has moved into a market gap left by stricken South African Airways by operating direct freighter services out of SAA’s hub in Johannesburg O.R. Tambo to Southern…

Air cargo recovery continues at a slower pace in October

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released October data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand continued to improve but at a slower pace than the previous month and remains below previous year levels.                Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 6.2% below previous-year levels in October (-7.5% for international operations). That is an…

Antwerp is the exception

Volumes through European ports decline by a third post Covid

As shipping lines have seen their fortunes made after a period of severe decline in volumes during the pandemic, ports and terminals have not fared so well in Europe’s key…

To minimise port congestion disruption from January 2021

Freshfel Europe urges EU & UK to conclude trade negotiations and speedup dialogue

Freshfel Europe is calling for the EU and the UK to make a last joint effort to conclude negotiations on a comprehensive trade agreement before the end of the year. In…

Gothenburg Port Authority

Port of Gothenburg launches “Empty Container Initiative” campaign

The coronavirus pandemic keeps affecting the world and global trade. Right now, Port of Gothenburg customers are experiencing a sudden deficit of empty containers for export cargo, while at the same time Purchasing Managers Index (PMI*) account that Swedish export is booming. To mitigate the deficit, the…

Ontario greenhouse grower opens U.S. southwestern distribution center

Mastronardi Produce, the greenhouse fresh fruit and vegetable company sells and markets produce under the SUNSET® brand, today announced the opening of a new 185,000-square-foot facility in Laredo, Texas near its current distribution center. Customized to the company's needs, the warehouse was designed…

Exotic fruits will be the next growth engine of refrigerated shipping

The maritime reefer vessel transport's growth has generally coincided with the growth of dry cargo in the last 10 years. Proteins and bananas dominate this segment and…

Grower-shipper creates in-house logistics department

Generation Farms, a grower-shipper of premium-quality conventional and organic fruits and vegetables, has created an in-house logistics department to better serve their customers."Logistics is an after-thought to many growing operations, but we see it as a way to improve service to our customers and give…

Seafrigo Group consolidates presence in Le Havre, France

The Seafrigo group is strengthening its presence in the Port of Le Havre area; the food logistics specialist will be setting up a facility located at the Seafrigo Logistics…

Wan Hai adjusts South American service as exotic fruits grow reefer demand

Wan Hai Lines has adjusted its Asia-South America (ASA) service to include a call at Paitas port, Peru. The Taiwanese liner operator is allocating more reefers to the ASA…

FreshFinder - Proof of Delivery System

Australian app set to provide increased confidence in fresh produce deliveries worldwide

A leading West Australian fresh produce company has created a proof of delivery system that it expects will be a "game-changer" by building confidence and greater transparency in the fruit and vegetable supply chain. The newly developed Australian app, ‘FreshFinder’ is set to benefit businesses worldwide…

Gerard Mostert, Betrex, Spain

"This year's lack of tourists affected our imports"

Gerard Mostert is a logistics provider and owns Betrex in Spain. The seasons, therefore, play a part in his business. Fruit and vegetable exports make up more than 80% of this. "Summers are usually quiet for us. In August and September, we often limit ourselves to Dutch imports. And a few fruits and…

Massimo Savini from RLA

Consumption drops and so does transport

Consumption is decreasing and, as a consequence, so is transport. According to Massimo Savini from RLA, the drop is between 10 and 20% compared to last year, depending on the sector. "Those who worked mostly with the H&R channel are experiencing serious drops, while those who work mainly with big retail…

DSV Panalpina acquires Globeflight

DSV Panalpina will acquire Globeflight Worldwide Express, a South African based courier company. The acquisition includes all Globeflight’s operations in South Africa and Swaziland and boosts DSV Panalpina’s presence in the small express parcel courier sector. The transaction is consistent with DSV…

All India Motor Transport Congress

Indian transporters threaten to strike in solidarity with farmers

Indian truckers have threatened to strike indefinitely -from December 8 onwards- in solidarity with farmers protesting against pro-market agricultural laws. The All India…

Tom Samworth

New freight flights from Hobart, Tasmania, to Hong Kong

From December to February, Tasmania’s fresh produce will be flown from Hobart to Hong Kong, via Melbourne, thanks to a seasonal freight service by Cathay Pacific. According to…

Anna Artamonova

Talks for Cairo-São Paulo nonstop flight nearing final stage

The ambassador of Egypt to Brasília, Wael Ahmed Kamal Aboulmagd has alleged that the talks involving Brazilian and Egyptian aviation authorities for an airline route…

China International Marine Containers

CMIC - Container shortages results in slew of orders

According to a spokesperson from China International Marine Containers, the world’s largest container manufacturer, the shortage of containers has resulted in a slew of…

Lineage Logistics enters Polish Cold Storage Market with acquisition of Pago Sp. z o.o.

Lineage further expands its growing presence in Europe with the acquisition of Pago, Poland’s largest cold storage and logistics provider Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC, the…

The Port of Antwerp becomes the gateway to Europe for Ecuadorian bananas

The Port of Antwerp, in Belgium, has become the gateway to Europe for Ecuadorian bananas. In fact, in order to strengthen and promote commercial relations between Ecuador and…

UK: HMRC to take 'sympathetic' customs approach from 1 January

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a statement to UK businesses trading across the Irish Sea that it will take a "sympathetic" approach to new customs rules in January.…

Mandersloot is the first logistics service provider to supply the Czech Republic with LHV

After months of intensive preparation, the time has finally come. From Wednesday 2th of December, Mandersloot will be the first logistics service provider in Europe with 3 LHVs (Longer Heavier Vehicles) on an international route to supply the Czech Republic. Mandersloot, specialized in conditioned…

Hortgro

Cape Town port beacon of hope in uncertain times

During the past season, logistics, and in particular the functioning of the main ports from where we ship our fruit, have been a huge headache during the initial and further lockdown levels in South Africa and abroad. There has, however, been great improvement in the SA ports since the excessive delays…

Primary Connect adds carrier services for Australian mangoes

In order to support mango growers in the Northern Territory and Queensland, Primary Connect has announced additional carrier services. The transport and logistics specialist…


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