Logistics

Latest US slowdown signal

Truck drivers see orders, miles fall

Truck driver Paul Richards has a notebook in which he tracks miles driven and what he is hauling. His pay check is down about 25 percent from the same period a year ago, and his weekly miles have dropped as well. “This hasn’t been a very good week,” said Richards, who carries building materials and…

Jet Airways debacle

Indian fruit & veg exporters feel the pressure as rates rise

The grounding of Jet Airways flights has affected export of fresh fruits and vegetables as the carrier had the highest capacity for cargo and accounted for 50% of exports from Mumbai to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Singapore. Emirates, which has the second highest capacity, consequently raised its rates…

World Food Logistics Organization:

WFLO recognizes young leader in the cold chain industry

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award – Michael Fischer, General Manager, RLS Logistics. The award was presented by Paul Henningsen, President, Henningsen Cold…

Conhexa group

“A full logistics service from the ship to the final customer”

With the port of Sète, the Conhexa group has now added a new entry point, after Dunkirk, for the fruit and vegetable flow destined for southern Europe. Thanks to this new tool, the group is able to provide a full logistics service from the ship to the final customer, including the reception, quality…

Brexit is having an impact on logistics

Spain: Slowdown and low profitability of fruit and veg shipments

The fruit and vegetable logistics market saw its development slow down and its profitability reduce at the end of last year. It has gone from increasing its sales by 8% two…

Spain: Government to approve participation in Valencia port logistics project

Spain’s central government plans to approve its participation in the construction of the Intermodal and Logistics Platform of Font de Sant Lluís in Valencia. Under the…

Avocado panic purchases in the US

Mexico's border problems affect berries

Food exports have been affected by the problems there have been in the last two weeks at the border crossing with the United States. Berry producers (strawberry, raspberry,…

MSC improves its rail service in Andalusia

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a world leader in transport and logistics, is pleased to announce the improvement of its rail service between Seville and the Atlantic. The…

Delays at Mexico-US border cause millions in losses for Oaxaca's Mangoes

The intermittent closures of the Mexico-US border checkpoints have caused millions in losses for the producers of mango of Oaxaca, as their shipments are rejected due to the…

Farm Trans takes over all transport activities from Bart’s Logistics.

Potato trader and French fries producer ‘Bart’s Potato Company’ will transfer all road transport related activities over to Farm Trans this April. By outsourcing their transport, BPC can put their full focus on growth in the potato producing process. It is no coincidence that the two family businesses…

New cooperation between Panalpina and Kingship in Chile

On March 28, 2019, Panalpina Chile,Vice President Felipe Olavarria , Air Transport Leader Leonardo Reyes, and Director of the Greater China Property Industry Lin Jianyu, visited the Kingship Chile S.p.a. in Curicó, receiving a warm welcome from Jack Wei, who is Vice President of Kingship Chile and…

Lidl opens a new regional platform in Cestas (Aquitaine)

Lidl has recently opened a new regional logistics platform in Cestas, in the region of Bordeaux. With more than 5 hectares of facilities (559,723 square feet, including 21,526…

Indonesia proposes rail & road projects for Zimbabwe

Indonesia has proposed rail and road projects for Zimbabwe to aid the country's economic agenda. As Zimbabwe is moving from landlocked to land-linked, it is reshaping its…

Costa Rica: JAPDEVA will receive container ships until April 22

The executive president of JAPDEVA, Andrea Centeno, and the head of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation of Costa Rica, Olman Elizondo, stated that a specific group…

New joint venture in the field of cold logistics chain

Martico sl, the third reefer forwarder in Europe headquartered in Valencia, Spain, particularly specialized in handling reefer and frozen commodities (meat, fish, vegetables,…

Due to Jet Airways crisis

India: Fruit & vegetable exports from Maharashtra drop by 40%

Jet Airways cancelled all international flights until Monday. Flights from London, Paris and Amsterdam are among those grounded amid fears about the survival of India's largest private airline. Jet Airways is saddled with more than $1bn of debt. The ripple effect of this crisis has hit fruit and…

The first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping

Kuehne + Nagel launches KN Pledge

With the newly launched full container shipment solution KN Pledge, Kuehne + Nagel is the first logistics service provider to offer an online solution for Full Container Load…

Qatar Airways partners with QADCO to support food security in Qatar

Qatar Airways is pleased to partner with Qatarat Agricultural Development Company (QADCO) to supply Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) with fresh produce to be served…

Del Monte fears their impact on fruit exports

Costa Rican exporters demand solution to container delays in new terminal

The producers and exporters of Limon are concerned about the entry into operation of APM Terminals and ask that Japdeva intervene as soon as possible. Jose Alberto Pelaez, the…

Argentina: Transport strike ends

Representatives of the provincial government met with transporters and lemon producers over the weekend in the wake of a dispute over payments. Finally, on Tuesday, April 9, the Minister of Production, Luis Fernandez, led a meeting in which representatives of the Citizens Association of the Northwest of Argentina (ACNOA) and…

JD.com forms joint venture with global logistics giant COSCO

JD.com announced a joint venture between its Jindong Logistics subsidiary and OOCL Logistics and COSCO Marine Logistics, which are subsidiaries of the China Ocean Shipping…

Sharp decline in container volumes

On their website, Container Trade Statistics has just published data for global container volumes in February. They show a sharp decline in volumes. Because of the strong effect of Chinese New Year, it doesn’t look at just February alone, but instead looks at January and February combined, comparing it…

Box shipping demand on Asia-Europe trade to remain 'muted' over summer

Shipping analyst Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has warned that demand will 'remain muted' on both the Asia-Europe and transpacific head-haul container shipping…

Waiting times have skyrocketed

Chaos on the border between Mexico and the US

Yesterday, FreshPlaza published an editorial on waiting times at the Mexico-US border. This article from El Financiero talks more about waiting times. The northern border is not closed, but it is already a mess for the trucks that transport goods from Mexico to the United States, clogging the traffic in…

CMA CGM

Container shipping line acquires freight forwarding and logistics group

The loss making CEVA is to pass into French ownership as scheduled for 16 April 2019, when CMA CGM will hold 97.89% of the assets. The firm will then be delisted from the Zurich Stock Exchange. There is no word of a rebranding exercise yet, but it would be no surprise if the CEVA name disappears as the…

Staying for another decade

Gulftainer says Chiquita will remain at Port of Wilmington

GT USA Wilmington, the US branch of Gulftainer, has announced that thanks to efficiency gains, Chiquita Fresh North America will remain at the Port of Wilmington for another…

There hasn't been a regular aerial flow of blueberries since 2016

Peru: Regular flights for agricultural exports to China

After the first shipment of Peruvian blueberries by air in 2016, the country failed to maintain a regular flow but now, at last they expect that continuous air shipments may…

Port of Coronel: ideal for the export of fruit products

Chile: Biobio has great potential thanks to its logistics

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, recently visited the Biobio region to participate in the official launch of interoperability between the Interconnected System of…

China Railway Express opens new freight route to Poland

Ever since the China Railway Express started its freight train service to Europe, an increasing number of international companies have cashed on in its relatively high speed to transport goods overseas. The costs of shipping via China Railway Express are almost the same as those of shipping goods by sea.…

Still plenty of problems for Indian potato farmers

Output surges and a lack of cold storage facilities

India’s potato farmers are facing a pricing crisis, and a number of factors are contributing to it. Potatoes see record production year after year but the export market is bleak, due to unsuitable domestic varieties and an underdeveloped food processing value chain. Farmers willing to store more of their…

Chill-Chain web application

More visibility in the logistics sector

UK-based digital supply chain management system Chill-Chain says it has been able to save both fresh produce companies and transport operators money, since it was launched in December 2018. Chill-Chain is a web application, which users can access from a workplace computer, or their web browser on a…

Chile: Shipping companies will pay compensation for loss of cherries shipped to Hong Kong

The Third Civil Court of Santiago ordered the Sud Americana de Vapores SA, Reederei Claus-Peter Offen GmbH & Co KG, and KG Santa Louisa' Offen Reederei GmbH & Co…

Uzbekistan joins China to Iran transport corridor

Central Asia is considered an integral part of the global transport and communication system. Uzbekistan has made a great contribution to the modernization and opening of new international roads in this region. Now, Uzbekistan joined the China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway corridor.…

First Italian oranges shipped by air to reach Shanghai on April 19th

Entrepreneurs in Sicily are increasingly at the forefront of the European agricultural economy. After the first Sicilian blood oranges arrived in China by sea a few days ago, now it is time for the first shipment by air. Aurelio Pannitteri The first load will arrive in Shanghai on April 19th. "Rosaria…

The cargp contains lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, apples, and pears

Argentina sends first shipment of fruits from Campana to Russia

The National Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) at the port of Campana inspected the shipment of more than 5 million kilos of fresh fruits, of citrus, pears and apples, destined for Russia. At the beginning of the 2019 fresh citrus fruits export season from the ports of Buenos Aires, professionals…

Port of Maputo - Mozambique’s window on the world

Mozambique’s port of Maputo continues to grow rapidly. More northerly projects are designed to handle domestic exports but Maputo has managed to regain its historic role as an…

Drones & better planning to fix Joburg-Durban rail freight link

The Johannesburg-Durban rail freight link in the past handled 45% of Durban-Gauteng container traffic but this had shrunk to about 25%. South Africa’s prime general freight…

Togo: MSC to invest €500 million in Lomé’s Container Terminal

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), world’s second largest shipowner, plans to invest €500 million in the Lomé Container Terminal over the next decade. This was revealed to Jeune Afrique by MSC’s new managing director, Ammar Kanaan. “The port is running very well. Our productivity on the docks…

Air freight demand continues downward trajectory in February 2019

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 4.7% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and…

COSCO to develop supply chain project in Guangzhou, China

On April 3rd, COSCO SHIPPING Ports Ltd announced that it signed had an investment agreement on the COSCO SHIPPING Ports Supply Chain Project with the Guangzhou Nansha Economic…

Containerships and MacAndrews unite under the Containerships brand

Together, Containerships and MacAndrews operate a fleet of 32 vessels and 700 trucks, calling at 64 ports through 26 maritime services and 8 inland services. The single…

UK officials did not speak to French ports in No-deal Plan

"We have not engaged with French port operators or the ferry companies"

The government has not spoken to French ports and has used satellite imagery to make "untested" assumptions for its no-deal Brexit plans for Portsmouth. A Department for…

Guatemala: Logistic and commercial corridor to connect Mexico and Central America

According to an official source, the administration of President Jimmy Morales is working to conclude the logistic and commercial corridor that connects the borders of Mexico with El Salvador, which is important for the country and Central America, this year. The Executive aims to deliver all of route…

Ocean Network Express celebrates first anniversary in line shipping operations

Today marks the first-year anniversary of Ocean Network Express (ONE), following its commencement of operations as a liner conglomerate of “K” Line, MOL and NYK. As a member…

Transport of goods between Barcelona and Paris

Port of Barcelona will have a new rail terminal

The European Commission has decided to allocate 11.8 million Euro to the construction of the new multimodal rail terminal of the Port of Barcelona, ​​which will allow the…

Truck processing halted on Sunday - produce companies feeling the effects

Day after day, hundreds of trucks cross Arizona’s border with Mexico packed full of fresh produce. This could now be at risk. President Trump is giving Mexico one week to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the US, or else he’ll close off the border. The closing of the southern border with…

Maersk: Threats to shipping business not just from US-China trade war

Shipping company Maersk spokes persons have stated that the company is likely to face problems in future due to several looming issues in the world. Among these, the most…

Berlin’s fresh food logistics start-up raises €10 million

Berlin-based fliit is setting out to make food logistics simple with its digital platform, which connects and aggregates transportation partners to manage fresh food logistics throughout Germany, while providing seamless digital documentation to its clients. The start-up has just raised €10 million in a…

Growing rail services between Switzerland and Port of Antwerp

New solutions for increasing freight flows

Switzerland and the Belgian port of Antwerp are moving closer together. Since the beginning of this year alone, two scheduled services have been added linking Antwerp by rail with Basel and Frenkendorf. But also inland navigation plays an important role on this route, as the Antwerp Port Authority made…

Australia: $730 million road upgrades for Queensland

The Federal Government has continued its slate of pre-election pledges with a series of investments worth $730 million for transport infrastructure in North Queensland. The…

Week ending Tuesday March 26 2019

Fruit & Veg Truck Rate Report

The USDA has provided the March 27, 2019 Truck Rate Report. Click here for the report. The ten cities of destination are Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago,…

The International Saint-Charles Market might lose its “fruit and vegetable train”

Every day for decades, a freight train specialized in fruits and vegetables has been leaving for Rungis with its precious shipment. But the contract for the operation of the…

MSC enhances its East Africa-Middle East network

The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is updating its network to better serve shippers moving cargo between East Africa and the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. As part of…

COSCO launches new service between UK, Europe and Russia

A new COSCO feeder service from St Petersburg, Russia, will begin calling at DP World Southampton. COSCO is set to introduce a new weekly call at DP World Southampton, as part of a rotation including St Petersburg, Russia; Kotka, Finland; Southampton, the UK and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The news comes…

Bulgarian truckers threaten to protest European Parliament in Strasbourg

Bulgarian haulage firms have threatened to demonstrate in Strasbourg if the European Parliament approves the controversial Mobility Directive, which they claim will undermine…

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG:

Port of Hamburg aims for further growth in 2019

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) can look back on a very successful financial year 2018, beating the previous year’s already strong result. Container through-put went up slightly, despite a more subdued market environment in the second half of the year. This increase was also due to the successful…

Maersk wants larger share of the value chain for specialty cargo

In recent years, container carrier Maersk has captured cargo from traditional project cargo carriers, and the business division is growing faster than the container division. Now, Maersk is going after an even larger part of the value chain, says the CEO of the division. Many years ago, project cargo was…

Xiamen harbor imported 47 thousand tons of Taiwanese fruit in 2018

China opened up for fruit imports from Taiwan in 2005. Since then the volume of Taiwanese fruit imported through the Xiamen harbor rapidly increased from 207 tons in 2005 to…

Hong Kong: Singamas to sell over half its container manufacturing capacity

Singamas Container Holdings has entered into a framework agreement to dispose of five of its owned subsidiaries for up to RMB4 billion ($596 million), a significant sale that is set to slice the group’s annual twenty-foot equivalent container production capacity by at least half. Hong Kong-listed…

International Road Transport Union study:

UK trucker shortage will worsen after Brexit

According to a study from the International Road Transport Union, Brexit is set to exacerbate a chronic shortage of drivers among UK haulage companies. Britain’s trucking sector is deeply reliant on drivers from the Continent, especially from Eastern Europe. This means the political split could have a…

Egyptian shipping company increases reefer fleet by 59%

The business for shipping fresh produce out of Egypt is absolutely booming. One shipping company has been doing it for 40 years, with their anniversary this year. One thing the company has learned; one can never have enough reefers, as there is always more produce to carry across the globe. The shipping…

Mediterranean Shipping Company & President Faure Gnassingbe

MSC highlights long-term commitment to Africa investment

MSC has been investing in Africa since the company’s first service improved connections between Europe and East Africa back in the early 1970s. Since that time, MSC has…

RCL revamps Thailand Indonesia Express - together with ONE

RCL, with its partner ONE, announces the revamp of both its existing Thailand to Indonesia services i.e. RIT1 and RTI2 via Port Klang and Singapore. The current situation and…

Emirates adds flights to Cairo

UAE airliner Emirates has announced that it will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Cairo, adding four additional flights a week to its existing thrice-daily service, starting October 28, 2019. The four new flights operating on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, will take the total number of weekly…

Uber Freight launches in Europe

Since launching in the US two years ago, Uber Freight has worked to revitalize the trucking industry and bring new opportunities to the entire logistics ecosystem. The Uber Freight app connects trucking companies of any size with loads to haul, giving drivers upfront pricing, fast payment and the ability to book a load with the…

MSC improves connections between Baltic and other European ports

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is updating its network to better serve shippers moving cargo between the Baltic region and key North European hubs, connecting with…

Hartman Expeditie expands fleet

"We are 100% ready for the Dutch season again"

The Dutch company, Hartman Expeditie, has once again renewed and expanded its fleet. They added 16 new Scanias and trailers. Two of these will start as LHVs. "This expansion came at exactly the right time. The Dutch season is soon going to start in earnest. We are at full strength again," says Hartman…

Saudi Arabia: Ports to slash container handling time

Mawani, the Saudi Ports Authority, is dedicated to reducing container time at its ports to three days by 2020, even as it plans to more than double handling by 2030. This is part of the kingdom’s broader drive to generate efficiencies in the economy. “What’s more, the share of Saudi ports handling…

The Port of Buenaventura, Colombia, has a new Hass Avocado storage area

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has set up a storage area for Hass avocados in the port of Buenaventura, with the aim of ensuring the export of the item to the…

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation:

Australia’s inland rail freight savings of additional $70 million a year in NSW alone

According to a study by Australia's peak science agency, shifting agricultural freight from road to the proposed inland railway could save an additional tens of millions of…

PSA, PFR and IFM investors partner to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk

PSA, PFR and IFM investors have partnered to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk from Macquarie infrastructure and real assets, MTAA SUPER, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super PSA International Ptd Ltd (PSA), the Polish Development Fund (PFR) and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund…

Technological revolution at Polymer Logistics

The new corporate image of Polymer Logistics aims to reflect its technological nature. The firm, in fact, is investing in the development of new applications for the market. According to Beatriz Cosín, Business Development Manager of the company, "we have made an important commitment to functionality and…

Second half of 2019

LATAM Cargo to complete cooled terminal at Guarulhos Airport

On the 20th of March, LATAM Cargo announced it is in the final stages of construction of a new cooled cargo terminal at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, which will be used to address international export demand. The 5370m 2 facility will offer 33% more storage space for items such as salmon,…

AU: Cairns progresses to business case stage for agricultural export centre

A regional Export Distribution Centre in Cairns, which would help boost rapid airfreight access for Queensland agricultural producers, is a step closer. The Queensland…

MSC & Contship Italia in talks for largest Italian container terminal

MSC is currently in talks with Contship Italia in order to acquire 50% shares in CSM Italia Gate, the company that controls MCT – Medcenter Container Terminal. In addition to this, MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and…

New TNE service to connect Turkey with the US East Coast

Hapag-Lloyd is launching a new liner service offering a direct connection between Turkey and the US East Coast. The Turkey North America East Coast (TNE) service will operate every nine days between the Turkish seaport of Marmara (Izmit, Istanbul and Gemlik) and the US ports of New York, Norfolk and…

Service starts March 2019

MSC offers new service between Turkey & Canada

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is enhancing trade links between Europe and Canada with a service between Turkey, the western Mediterranean, the U.K. and Canada. The revised rotation of the new "Turkey-Canada" service is: Izmir – Gemlik – Gebze – Tekirdag – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Barcelona – Valencia –…

Using Daikin Active CA

Ocean Network Express supports shippers on long-distance avocado and mango shipments

Global container carrier Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd (ONE) has successfully supported growers in New Zealand and Peru to export sensitive fresh produce to Asia using its COOLXtend CA+ controlled atmosphere solution for refrigerated containers. This, in turn, is powered by Daikin Active CA technology.…

New industry certification

IATA Launches CEIV Fresh

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new industry certification - the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) - to improve the handling and the…

Chile: Fruit freight has potential for development in Puerto Coronel

At the end of 2018, Puerto Coronel reached a load mobilization of 7,786,000 tons, i.e. 11%more than the 6.97 million tons that were mobilized in 2017. "The projection for this…

Barcelona Port: Strike blocks container trucks

Today, the autonomous container transporters of the port of Barcelona have started their first day of work stoppages, with slow marches of trucks in the morning and in the afternoon. The drivers’ strike, grouped in Sintraport and scheduled until Friday, paralysed the entry and exit of container trucks…

The cherries were monitored during the trip

Argentina: 15 tons of Santa Cruz cherries arrive in China

The first cargo of cherries from Santa Cruz has entered Chinese territory, concluding a long journey that began more than a month ago. The shipment of 15 tons of cherry, which…

Maersk report

Western India’s containerised trade outgrew the other regions in Q4 trade

In a report, released by container shipping company Maersk, it is shown that India’s containerised trade grew 6 per cent during the last quarter of 2018, with the western region outperforming the other three regions in Q4 trade. Maersk has attributed the growth in trade to increased demand for…

Maersk launches new service to St. Petersburg

SeaLand Europe & Med (Maersk Line) is launchi ng a new service to St. Petersburg. Maersk Russia has stated that the rotation will be as follows: Wilhelmshaven –…

St. Eustatius and Saba

Commerce Chamber aims for direct Colombia airlift

The Chamber of Commerce of St. Eustatius and Saba wants to actively assist in setting up a direct airline service between Colombia and St. Eustatius, with onward service to…

Daling Family signs strategic agreement with Blamar and Hainan Airlines for refrigerated supply

The Daling Family signed a strategic three-way cooperation agreement with Blamar and Hainan Airlines Refrigerated Supply Chain Holding in Beijing on March 8th, 2019. The three…

Mexico: Chiapas banana exports are in danger due to lack of dredging

Chiapas might not be able to export its banana production to the United States and Europe because no dredging work has been carried out in the Port of Chiapas for the past…

MSC enhances Australia Express service

MSC is upgrading its Australia Express service between Europe / Indian Ocean and Australia. Starting in September 2019, a new partnership will be implemented between MSC and CMA CGM to operate a joint service linking the North West Continent and the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and Australia on the…

CMA CGM updates its Europe / Indian Ocean and Australia offering by upgrading NEMO service

The CMA CGM Group, a shipping group, reinforces its Europe / Indian Ocean & Australia offering by upgrading its NEMO service, which liaises North Europe and the…

Dunkirk and Calais strike continues

Hauliers now refusing to send trucks to UK

French customs officials in Calais and Dunkirk are continuing their protests in order to demonstrate what will happen after Brexit, when greater controls will have to be put into place for those crossing the channel. They say France isn’t ready for Brexit. The protests started earlier this week, and have…

Colombia to export avocados to the US and Argentina through Port of Buenaventura

The rehabilitation of the Port of Buenaventura carried out by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) will allow exporters to ship Hass avocado to the United States and…

$150 million green light for NT Airport expansion project

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved finance, subject to conditions, for a $300 million expansion of airport facilities in Darwin, Tennant Creek…

Anchorage, AK

New logistics center to benefit Alaska air cargo transfer program

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is located roughly halfway between Tokyo and New York City. These coordinates translate into a booming cargo business. Anchorage is the fifth-largest in volume cargo airport in the world, after Dubai. About 80 percent of all air cargo traffic between Asia…

Chiquita Brands closes operations in Limon, Costa Rica

On Thursday, the government officially opened the new container terminal of Moin, which was given in concession to the APM Terminals company. On Sunday, it became public that…

First arrival of Southeast Asian fruit in Fangcheng Port in 2019

A ship from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, loaded with 30 refrigerated containers of dragon fruit, arrived on March 3rd, 2019, at the Fanchenggang Port. After a brief period for…

Lidl Switzerland responds to customer demand

"We abstain from air shipped imports all year round"

Through large advertisements, Lidl has guaranteed not to import fruits and vegetables by plane. The online platform Infosperber asked Migros and Coop if they will now also…

Delays at French ports due to "Brexit strike"

Yesterday saw long delays at Calais and Dunkirk ports as French customs workers went on strike to demonstrate what it would be like after March 29th when the UK leaves Europe. The strike was called for by the CGT and Unsa. According to reports trucks were backed up for several kilometers at the ports.…

Spain: Davila Reefer Terminal plans Marin port expansion

The Port Authority of Marin (Autoridad Portuaria de Marín y Ría de Pontevedra) has approved a proposal by Davila Reefer Terminal. Davila Reefer Terminal is a limited company of the Davila Group: a refrigeration company dedicated to the logistics and storage of fruit, located on the Atlantic sea routes to…

C.H. Robinson acquires The Space Cargo Group

C.H. Robinson continues to expand its global network with its announcement of the acquisition of The Space Cargo Group (“Space Cargo”) on February 28, 2019. Space Cargo is a provider of international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and other logistics services in Spain and Colombia. C.H. Robinson…

Sweden: Striking dock workers could cause problems for banana imports

Swedish dockworkers are set to walk out on Wednesday in a dispute that could impact both exports and imports of goods. The Swedish Dockworkers' Union ( Hamnarbetarförbundet )…

Minister Hesham Tawfik

Egypt considers launching shipping lines to increase trade exchange

Egyptian Minister of Business Sector, Hesham Tawfik, has stated that his ministry is considering launching navigation lines within the framework of its strategy to increase…

Record high marketed volume in 2018

Expansion of fruit facilities at Spanish port of Marín

Davila Reefer Terminal (DART) will expand its refrigerated facilities for fruit and vegetables in the port of Marín, after the project was approved last Thursday by the Port Authority. The plan is for two new loading docks for trucks to be added to the existing warehouse. This will make it possible "to…

'MMD Shipping Services' rebrands as 'Portico'

The new brand for Portsmouth-based shipping and cargo handling company MMD Shipping Services has been revealed: Portico. As a deep-sea port with excellent transport links by road, rail and sea, Portico has secured £15m worth of investment for the next 10 years, which will drive forward plans to modernise…

Ethiopian Cargo takes delivery of first B737 freighter

Africa’s Ethiopian Cargo has taken delivery of its first B737-800 freighter, it having a payload capacity of more than 23 tons. Group chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam: “The…

Banana plantations could be affected by rising of the Chira River

Peru: Rainfall to determine the harvest

Given the forecasts of heavy rains for March, the banana producers, mainly based in the Chira valley, fear for their production, so they are asking the authorities to protect the sustainability of the economic activities. The vice president of the Banana Technical Board, Marcia Herrera, pointed out that…

New Moín reefer hub connects Costa Rica with Europe and Asia

Costa Rica has made its way onto the world port map. The inauguration of APM Terminals Moín today will enable products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and…

Davao International Container Terminal invests in port expansion

The Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) has infused P2.5 billion (€42.4 mln) for port expansion to develop a world-class port infrastructure that serves as Mindanao’s agro-industrial gateway to global development. Bonifacio Licayan, DICT vice president, said the Davao port was the most modern…

Peru: Carriers reach an agreement with the Government

The cargo transporters guilds that held a strike and blocked roads in some regions of the interior of Peru decided to put an end to their protest after reaching an agreement with the Government, reported the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) on Sunday. Through a press release, the president of…

Clearing the way for more refrigerated fruit imports

Port of Virginia completes USDA’s Cold-Treatment Pilot program

Following the successful completion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program, importers of perishables from South American countries can now move their cargo across The Port of Virginia. John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port…

Container shipping companies cleared in US investigation

On Tuesday, the world’s two biggest container shipping companies have announced they were cleared in an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Denmark’s Maersk and Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) were among several companies ordered to testify in an antitrust…

Attempting to prevent loss and cut costs

Pallet supplier introduces digital tracking technology

Anyone who knows anything about moving freight is aware of CHEP and the unmistakable blue pallets which can be seen dotted around just about every depot and yard. The necessity to store these separately is ingrained within almost all fork lift truck drivers as the wooden platters remain the possessions…

The organic bananas sector requests support from the regional government

Peru: Massive losses for bananas due to transport strike

The president of the National Banana Board, Valentin Ruiz, said that the region had losses of 3 million dollars due to the transporters' strike. The secretary of the National Banana Board, Raymundo Villareal Purizaca, said they were worried because they were losing more than half a million dollars each…

Rotterdam and Maersk working together for Port Call Optimization

In a statement, the Port of Rotterdam has revealed that a pilot scheme of its online communication platform Pronto has significantly reduced the number vessels experiencing delays during bunkering activities. Pronto helps to prevent bottlenecks and enables the optimization of port calls at the Port of…

Hapag-Lloyd reports increase in turnover thanks to takeover UASC

Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has had a good year, according to the provisional annual figures. They shipped 11.8 TTEU (2017: 9.8 TTEU). The financial figures also reported an…

Refrigerated container supply in operation between China and Vietnam

One train loaded with refrigerated containers full of Southeast Asian exotics, such as dragon fruit and longans, left the distribution center of Pingxiang Port in Guangxi on…

Peru: Transport strike puts thousands of tons of mango and banana at risk

The indefinite work stoppage of heavy cargo carriers puts at risk the export of thousands of tons of mango and organic bananas that must leave through the port of Paita. Without transport service or access to the port, mango exporters who were going to make shipments on Monday and Tuesday have had to…

Cherries, blueberries and asparagus

LATAM Cargo begins Chicago freight service for Asia

LATAM Cargo has begun a weekly B767-300 freighter service between Santiago, Chile and Chicago O’Hare, focusing on fresh seafood, perishables and pharma traffic. The airline says the new service will capitalize on the demand in Asia for Chile’s export cherries, blueberries and asparagus (and salmon). Over…

When there is a positive response, extension of the route network is intended

Pamyra signs up for logistics partnership with Fresh Logistics System

Pamyra.de, the German comparison platform for logistics, has entered into a partnership with logistics service provider Fresh Logistics System. The goal should be to avoid…

Australian fresh produce industry gearing up for export security changes

The Australian fresh produce sector is preparing for changes to air cargo export regulations, which will be introduced next week. From 1 March 2019 all international export air cargo from Australia must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), or originate from a Known Consignor,…

APM Terminals Barcelona increases reefer capacity and reduces CO2 emissions

In response to rapidly growing customer demand, APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been…

Sustainability requirements will accelerate switch to reefer containers

While the container market reported an average annual growth of two per cent in the past five years, the reefer market grew by five to six per cent. This year, expectations for reefers are also looking well. Benjamin Vicuna, CA operations manager of Maersk Container Industries (MCI), talks about the…

Peter Sand, Bimco

“Container lines need to pass on IMO 2020 costs”

Bimco analyst Peter Sand has warned that a failure by container lines to pass increased fuel costs from the IMO 2020 sulphur cap could result in bankruptcies. In his latest report for container shipping, Sand warned of a tough year for the mainline container trades, as there are number of pitfalls ahead…

Maersk enhances Asia-Europe Network to further improve schedule reliability

With the aim to continuously improve network stability and flexibility and enhance schedule reliability and overall customer experience, Maersk introduced changes to its…

APM Terminals helps streamline global fruit company’s logistics

APM Terminals Inland Services in Costa Rica has worked closely with one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of tropical fruit. Among other things, the solution has helped optimize the flow of containers to fruit plantations on the Caribbean coast, increase efficiency and lower reefer…

Girteka Logistics continues its expansion abroad with new transport base in Poland

Girteka Logistics, one of the leading transport and logistics companies in Europe, has opened a transport base in Poznan, Poland. This is another important step for the company towards achieving its goals – to expand its business and to have 10 000 trucks and 20 000 drivers by 2021. “We are planning to…

Peru: More than 40,000 transporters begin a national strike

The Transport and Logistics Guild (GTL) confirmed to its members, about 40,000 heavy cargo transporters in Lima and the interior of the country, that they had started an…

According to Vision Produce Company

"Phoenix needs more storage and distribution facilities"

Vision Produce Company has announced it has expanded its storage facility. The company said the Arizona Distribution Center can facilitate storage, cross dock, repacking and distribution needs. The facility contains 35,000 square feet of warehouse space and is located in a busy transportation corridor.…

Kloosterboer makes huge investment in automated reefer depot

Photo report: First Chiquita container ship arrives at Vlissingen

A few days ago, the Chiquita Trader lay docked at the port of Vlissingen. Cranes hoisted the containers from the ship and placed them on a chassis. The reefers were then piloted to the storage area. This ship arrived at this harbor on Monday, 18 February. This made it the first fully containerized…


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