Logistics

Sending more than 3500 tons of stone fruit around the globe

Air New Zealand awarded more international cargo flights

Air New Zealand has been awarded more international cargo flights under the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) Scheme. This comes after the Government announced Phase…

Kenya Airways Cargo starts direct flights to key locations across the globe

Kenya Airways (KQ) has started direct cargo flights from Mombasa to various destinations across the world. KQ Cargo will initially run one weekly flight from Mombasa to…

Dupré Logistics enters specialty produce transportation market

Dupré Logistics has completed its acquisition of Michigan-based TTS Logistics, marking the company’s entry into the specialty produce transportation market. TTS Logistics will…

European garlic reserves are running low, demand for onions is growing

Chinese exports slow down as shipping costs rise along with exchange rate

Shipping costs have massively increased in recent months as the exchange rate of the Chinese yuan has grown. Under these conditions, overseas market demand for Chinese garlic and onions has shown a decline. Chinese exporters have had to slow down business. Manager Wang Junjie, spokesperson for Jining…

Francisco Ulloa, Maersk Director for South America's West Coast

"We have all the reefer units in Chile to face this cherry campaign"

The positive weather conditions in Chile suggest that the 2020-2021 fruit season will be positive in terms of volume and quality, stated Francisco Ulloa, Maersk's director for…

Road freight association suspects military training behind arson attacks on trucks

South African President condemns "mindless & bloody" acts of terror against trucks

Truck drivers on South African roads are again being targeted by a shadowy group that professes xenophobic aims but in reality targets trucks indiscriminately.  In the recent spate of attacks concentrated in the east of the country, often close to the Mpumalanga coal fields and the N3 highway, one truck driver…

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African trucking firms are trying to improve logistics

Getting products from manufacturers to market can be a slow and expensive process in Africa. But a new generation of trucking companies believes internet technology can…

PML announces innovative solution to border control delays

PML, the global perishable cargo specialist is partnering with transport and logistics company FreshLinc to operate an HMRC / DEFRA approved Border Control Post (BCP) and ERT (bonded warehouse) facility at Fresh Linc’s Spalding HQ, enabling a speedier movement of product from the ports and extending…

The 1st Edition of the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal will be held in January 2021

Portugal is much more than sun, beaches and an idyllic enclave. Its strategic geographical location, with more than 1,000 km of coastline and a mild climate, as well as its…

First nine months of 2020 Iron Heart

Latin American reefer trade to China grows 6.9%

Brazilian exports in reefer containers grew 6.9% between January and September 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019. According to a report by Brazilian consulting firm…

Jeffrey Banke

Ports see container rates rocket by 300%

European ports are suffering a “perfect storm” from Covid and Brexit as the cost of shipping goods is increasing by up to 300%. According to Mike Bowden, group marketing…

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ONE introduces congestion surcharge in Tianjin’s Xingang port

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has applied a congestion surcharge  of US$1300/container at Tianjin’s Xingang port in northern China. This port faces a serious shortage of available…

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Reefer rates out of Europe are going up

European reefer rates are seeing upward pressure. Some major lines are announcing significant increases, for reefer cargo in particular, but for standard freight containers as…

Third Quarter 2020 financial report

CMA: Marked recovery in volumes transported in shipping and logistics activities.

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group met under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the…

MSC warns customers

Reefer containers unable to be offloaded in Xingang

MSC has published a letter to its customer, stating that test procedures related to import reefer cargo has slowed down the operations in the port of Xingang, China. Below is…

Port congestion in the UK leads to surcharges

The heavy congestion in London Gateway, and in most ports of the United Kingdom, has led to several shipping lines implementing congestion surcharges. In some cases, sailings were cancelled. Shipping lines have noted that the congestion has been ongoing for some months now, particularly at the Port of…

Amanda Lewis

Southampton and London Gateway back to business as usual this month

The UK’s second-busiest container port, Southampton, along with fellow DP World-operated UK box port London Gateway, hopes to return to ‘business as usual’ this month after…

Imports surge as port of Los Angeles October cargo exceeds 980,000 TEUs

The Port of Los Angeles processed 980,729 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in October, an increase of 27.3% compared to October 2019. Propelled by replenishment of…

PML to start new air freight charter service from Kenya

PML, the global perishable cargo specialist, is investing in chartering its own air freight flights to maintain its pivotal role in maintaining the supply of fresh produce during the pandemic and post Brexit. The company is working with Kenya Airways and has chartered a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft…

Overseas market demand remains high, and garlic export volume is unaffected

Short-distance shipping cost in Asia increased five-fold, while shipping cost between Asia and Europe increased by 20%

The garlic market has been stable since the new harvest entered. The garlic price has not shown any major fluctuations yet. However, some exporters are in trouble because shipping costs are rising. Mr. Zhang Shuhan of Jining Greenstream Fruits and Vegetables Co., Ltd. recently talked about current…

MSC tipped to overtake Maersk at the top of the liner rankings

Maersk, the world’s largest container line for the past quarter century, could soon lose its top spot on the global liner rankings list to its alliance partner, MSC. MSC has…

Specialized reefer vessels crucial to the past South African citrus season, says shipping agent

“The Reefer Alliance serviced South African citrus with great success during this past season,” says Charles Gantz, MD of Anlin Shipping and South African representative of the Reefer Alliance and Seatrade. Their EU business grew by 40%, whilst exports to Russia increased by 25%. He notes that they would…

C.H. Robinson uncovers more than a billion dollars in tariff refunds going untapped

Global logistics company C.H. Robinson, revealed today that U.S. companies importing from China could be missing out on more than a billion dollars in refunds via Section 301…

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A.P. Moller - Maersk further improves profitability in Q3

During the third quarter A.P. Moller - Maersk improved profitability across the business and delivered strong free cash flow, despite the negative impact on global economies…

The Chilean company PacLife opens an after-sales support office in China

"China is the largest market to demand modified atmosphere packaging"

Due to the South American exporters' increase in demand for modified atmosphere packaging for their fruit shipments to the Chinese market, the Chilean manufacturer PacLife has…

Container shortage drives up leasing rates and the price of new equipment

The current global shortage of containers is strongly increasing the purchase price of new equipment and leasing rates. According to the latest container availability index…

DSV improves warehouse operations with drone system

In a collaboration with tech innovator Verity, DSV is implementing an autonomous drone system in several of its warehouses to help manage inventory. Inventory management…

Two additional MSC vessels to be deployed to give customers more flexibility

MSC introduces cherry express service linking Chile to Asia

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is pleased to introduce an express service for cherry and fresh fruit cargo from Chile to Asia, effective 18 November 2020. To reinforce the express service offering, MSC will also deploy two more vessels exclusively for weeks 49 and 51. The Cherry Express service will…

New two channel real-time logger simultaneously monitors air temperature front and back of containers

FlashLink RTL Prime 3G-2T In-Transit Logger, Model 22367, is the first of its kind. With its unique 15m/50ft external and internal sensor combination, one logger can monitor supply air temperature in real-time, while also recording temperature at the back of the container. Additionally, this unit tracks…

Plátano de Canarias signs an agreement with Iberia to distribute the Spanish banana on long-haul routes

Thousands of bananas fly each month to international destinations like New York. “In-flight bananas that are the result of a collaboration agreement between Plátano de Canarias and Iberia. The airline will distribute the popular Canarian fruit to its passengers traveling to the most populated city in the…

"Unacceptable" delays at Felixstowe Port

Retailers, shipping and haulage companies have complained of "chaos" at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk, affecting goods in the run-up to Christmas.One ship due to be unloaded at the port last week was redirected to Rotterdam because of "unacceptable" delays.The owner, Hutchison Ports, blames pre-Brexit…

P2P, immediate price quotations and fast turnaround

Shipping fruit and vegetables around the world

Even in times of Covid-19 the transport of fruit and vegetables has to continue, no matter how difficult this may sometimes be. "The strongest points of our company are our responsiveness, clarity and speed in dealing with the customer. We have always been involved with large companies, but a few years…

Experts say it won't last long

Trans-Pacific container freight rates up 184%

In the past three months, freight rates for container liners have continued to climb and warehouse shortages have become prevalent. Against the backdrop of a limited shipping…

Müller Transporte invests 10 million euros in new logistics location

New facility to be completed in summer 2021

Müller Transporte LLC is investing 10 million euros in a new logistics center at its existing company site in Wiener Neudorf. With a photovoltaic system, green roofs, company restaurant and rest rooms for drivers, the investments are particularly sustainable. The foundation stone was laid on November 5,…

Indian government subsidises fruit and veg air transportation from North East and Himalayan states

On Wednesday, the federal Indian government announced a scheme under which a 50 per cent subsidy will be provided for air transportation of 41 fruits and vegetables from North…

Financial report first nine months 2020

HHLA resists effects of the coronavirus pandemic

Despite the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a positive operating result in the first nine months of 2020. However,…

Shipping lines to set up new routes to Europe to meet post-Brexit demand

The State’s maritime development agency has stated that shipping companies will create more direct ferry services to mainland Europe if Brexit congests the key UK “land bridge” route. Hauliers have said the increased frequency of sailings between Ireland and Cherbourg in France to a daily service from…

Shanghai port to inspect all imported Australian fruit and seafood

A wholesale market in Shanghai has been notified by the local port authority that a comprehensive inspection will be conducted for all imported Australian fruits and seafood,…

Shipping cost to Southeast Asia increased by 1000 USD

Shipping costs remain high for Chinese export to Europe and America

Export trade experienced a series of fluctuations in the first half of 2020. The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 complicated distribution and reduced transport, which intensified…

Wijnand de Mooij: "Hospitality industry adjusting quicker now than in first lockdown"

"The Netherlands needs some night frost before importing of Italian vegetables begins"

The Italian vegetable season is off to a difficult start. "The Dutch weather is actually still too good. We need a few nights of frost, then we can start loading," says Wijnand de Mooij of a fresh produce wholesaler in Rotterdam with the same name. "The current supply of, particularly, baby leaf, is…

Rick van t’Hag, Cargorilla, the Netherlands

"Customized transport plan for your temperature-controlled goods within 30 mins"

An extra shipment of mangos needs to be sent quickly. A Scandinavian client suddenly wants another entire load of flowers and plants. Or a pallet of garlic has to be flown to the Netherlands. "No problem at all for us," says Rick van t'Hag of the Dutch company, Cargorilla Logistics. "As a forwarding…

Buss Capital Invest, Hamburg

German investors launch container leasing bond plan

Hamburg-based company Buss Capital Invest has announced the launch of its first registered bond in the container leasing field. Via this “Interest 2021” offer, private…

New agreement signed by Chinese cargo airline and local orange association

On November 1, HNA Cargo, a subsidiary of HNA Group, and Qiongzhong Orange Industry Association signed a cooperation agreement in Qiongzhong Li and Miao Autonomous County.…

Nicola Winter (Koerner Agro LLC) on marketing Thai airfreight goods

"We are still able to deliver, despite difficult freight situation"

The Corona crisis has hit the suppliers of air freighted goods from afar particularly hard. One such company is Koerner Agro, a major supplier of Thai agricultural products, that has been in business for almost 30 years. "Due to the problems of the passenger airline companies, there was also a lack of…

mySamskipLogistics launch brings digital transparency to specialised freight forwarding

Samskip Logistics has passed a key milestone in its strategy to bring the power of digitalisation to under-served segments of the freight market. Its new mySamskipLogistics global forwarding customer portal will have special significance for the reefer and other specialised cargo shippers contributing…

Phased roll-out for Certified Pick up in the port of Antwerp

The digital, secure and integrated solution called ‘Certified Pick up’ will soon replace the existing system of PIN codes for the release of containers in the port of Antwerp. A phased approach means that all logistics partners in the port supply chain will be able to implement this new process. In phase…

Shipping company adds 1,000 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigeration units

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is expanding its refrigerated shipping capabilities with 1,000 new containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s PrimeLINE® refrigeration unit. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and…

'The Slovenian port is more "reefer-friendly" in comparison with its Adriatic and South Europe port rivals'

"New York has the Empire State building and San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, recognized as one of the most graceful steel spans in the world. This comparison leads us…

Network Airline management renews long term freighter aircraft contract with Kuehne+Nagel

Network Airline Management and Kuehne+Nagel are pleased to announce the renewal of their long-term freighter aircraft contract by a further 12 months, sealing their ongoing…

Airlines say NZ government air freight funding needs to continue beyond border opening

New Zealand airlines have praised a government decision to extend a subsidy scheme designed to keep air cargo moving. However, they say ongoing financial support will be…

'Solutions for food retailers facing seismic shift in consumer habits and spend'

Global logistics company C.H. Robinson is bringing supply chain expertise and technology to the aid of grocery retailers facing unprecedented demand and consumer change during…

"Shekou port hopes to welcome first 'fast-ship' with cherries directly from Chile"

Shekou port in Shenzhen is one of the main fruit import cities in south China. The port mainly receives Asian goods such as dragon fruit, bananas, coconuts, longyans, pineapple, and mangosteen. The volume of Western products directly delivered to Shekou port is not that large yet. However the Chilean…

Zespri welcomes new Fresh Carriers vessel MV Kowhai into its shipping fleet

The New Zealand kiwifruit industry will be boosted by three specialised reefer vessels following significant investment by operator Fresh Carriers, underpinned by their confidence in the kiwifruit industry and their longstanding relationship with Zespri. The first of the three vessels, MV Kowhai, arrived…

Ocean carrier schedule reliability drops to 2020 low

Schedule reliability of ocean carriers fell to 56 per cent in September. The on-time performance of Asia shipments to the US west and east coasts plunging below 50 per cent.…

With Cool Port II, Kloosterboer wants to provide more efficient return shipments soon

Unload fruit, load frozen French fries

Reefer containers filled with fruit arrive by ship at Cool Port I in Waalhaven, Rotterdam. The pallets are removed, and in future, the reefers will be loaded with frozen French fries. The pallets will then immediately be sent back by barge to the Maasvlakte. By the beginning of 2020, these fries should…

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Glen Steyn – Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Collaboration boosts morale and productivity at Cape Town Harbour

Cape Town Harbour is operationally in a much better place than it was six months ago, to the relief of table grape exporters who must have been watching the citrus campaign with their hands over their mouths. It is expected that vessel calls to Cape Town will significantly increase again by mid-November…

Gulftainer and Goodwill partner on seasonal jobs at the Port of Wilmington

Port of Wilmington operator GT USA Wilmington is turning to Goodwill’s Staffing Service to supplement their seasonal port workers. From November 1, Goodwill will begin placing…

Hwy Haul combines ride-share technology and fresh produce transport

Hwy Haul co-founder and CEO Syed Aman wants to keep fresh produce flowing into US grocery stores. It’s one of the few categories that still drives shoppers to buy in-store.…

Container lines forecast slowing down of US import boom

At this point in time, surging shipments into the US States are fueling record freight costs and logjams at seaports. However, transportation executives say this process rally…

US container storage charges set to rise

Shipping company Maersk has announced that storage costs for both import and export containers will attract a flat rate of US$50 per container every day. The daily charge will…

TT Club focuses on temperature controlled cargo losses

The leading international freight transport and logistics insurer, TT Club has drawn attention to action required to reduce perishable cargo losses and refrigerated container failures and damage. Analysis of the specialist insurer’s claims records for transport operators over the past three years shows…

Cosco Shipping achieves higher revenue in Third Quarter 2020

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited have announced the results of the Company and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) for the three months and the nine months ended 30 September 2020.…

Australia: Empty container backlog intensifies due to congestion

According to Shipping Australia Limited (SAL), there is a massive backlog of empty containers in Sydney and to a lesser extent in other capital city ports in Australia. Ocean…

Danwille September - Yukon International Pty Ltd

Most difficult air freight season ever - but Yukon International didn't miss a week

Around two weeks ago there was a feeling of panic among their European clients as regional lockdowns started shutting up restaurants and hotels again, says Danwille September of Yukon International Pty Ltd, just when flower and baby veg sales had started picking up again since June. It harkens back to…

Tanzania plans acquisition of refrigerated trains for perishable transports

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has presented plans 800 new freight wagons, including refrigerated wagons, for transporting perishables such as vegetables and fruits, for…

The Chamber of Costa Rica's goal is to prevent drug trafficking

CANAPEP demands all pineapple containers are scanned before they're exported

The National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP) has requested that the authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Public Security scan 100% of the…

Shipping lines accused of cartel behaviour as container freight rates from India soar

As shipping lines have increased freight rates by 50 – 60% since March for almost all trade lanes out of India, they are now being accused of forming a cartel by shippers. An…

PhilaPort container volumes grow despite pandemic recession

Container volumes through PhilaPort’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal are up 5%. The Port of Philadelphia continues to sustain its eight-month surge and remains the only U.S. East Coast port to grow cargo volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are extremely proud of our results,” said Jeff Theobald,…

The fresh produce rail route expands its network in Europe

Transfesa Logistics and EPS join forces to promote CoolRail routes

Transfesa Logistics and Euro Pool System (EPS) have signed an agreement to promote the CoolRail route. As a result of this alliance, the first direct rail connection for refrigerated products between Valencia and Rotterdam is expanding its coverage area to reach all of Europe. Both companies are joining…

Kisan Rail transports 42 tons of tomatoes to Nagpur

With the success of the previous two Kisan Rail projects from Anantapur to New Delhi and intensive marketing efforts of Guntakal division of South Central Railway (SCR),…

Container pickup charges going up in China

According to the latest Container xChange report, pickup charges for container users are rising across Chinese ports due to increasing container imbalances. European and the US importers currently struggle to return empty containers to Asia, according to Container Availability Index data. This means…

Ocean Network Express

ONE presents new Asia to Indian Subcontinent route

Ocean Network Express (ONE) will commence its new China-India-Pakistan service, which is aimed to enhance its service network connecting Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. The new service will be launched on 26 October and ONE believes it will be "an additional service option for customers" with the…

To help improve Guatemala’s rural competitiveness and prevent migration to the United States

Guatemalan exporters of agricultural products call on maritime shipping lines and airlines

Guatemala’s agriculture sector has been one of the most resilient sectors in the country, despite the strong negative economic impact and costly changes that the COVID-19 pandemic brought on to it. As agriculture products are vital to keep a healthy body with a strong immune system, the entire value…

TPS Valparaíso strengthens its leadership in the service of reefer ships in Chile

Last season, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso TPS shipped nearly 200,000 tons of fresh fruit on reefer ships, all belonging to the Cool Carriers and Global Reefers shipping lines, which choose to call in Valparaiso because of the specialization that this port has achieved in the handling of its clients'…

Juan Andres Ferrari -ACF Global Sourcing - Coll Logistics Conference 2020

There could be a gap in fruit supply out of Chile this coming season

One of the world's leading refrigerated container leasing companies says the COVID-19 pandemic actually led to more demand for its services. Greg Tuthill, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer at SeaCube, told the online Cold Logistics forum that while there was early concern across the shipping industry back…

Cool Logistics Conference 2020

How has the global pandemic affected the cold chain?

Last week the Cool Logistics 2020 conference was taking place online. Delegates from around the world were ‘tuning in’ to hear presentations and discussions from experts in the cold chain logistics industry. Session 2: “The fastest route to freshness” The future of agrofood supply chains was moderated by…

DGCA restricts foreign, non-scheduled freight services to six airports

Air cargo movement via Kochi affected by new curbs

Air cargo movement via the Cochin International Airport here has been curtailed, which affects the  exports of mostly perishable items such as vegetables and fruits. The Directorate…

Ten biggest shipping companies in 2020

The slowdown in manufacturing and export orders worldwide has resulted in a moderate container trade growth in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic further impacted global demand in…

Kuehne+Nagel sees higher profit in the third quarter of 2020

The Kuehne+Nagel Group demonstrated profitable growth in the third quarter of 2020, following a first half year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. On a currency-adjusted basis, the company significantly improved key operating figures in the third quarter. Net turnover for the first nine months amounted to…

Aiming at improving cold supply chain optimization for upcoming citrus campaign

CMA CGM to launch the East Med - Black Sea Express (EMBX)

CMA CGM is pleased to announce the launch of a new Short Sea Weekly service between Southern Turkey and Black Sea. The East Med-Black Sea Express (EMBX), starting from Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 ex Mersin, is a sustainable option aiming at fostering your cold supply chain optimization during the upcoming…

Andre Simha - MSC - Cool Logistics Conference 2020

"Each of us can do it on our own, or do it together"

One of the world's leading container shipping companies is encouraging customers who rely on logistics to transport food to become more collaborative in developing a more digitally advanced industry to cope with future demand. MSC is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and its Global Chief Digital and…

System designed for post-Brexit period

New Smart Freight system only ready to be rolled out from mid-December

According to a statement from the UK Department for Transport, the new Smart Freight system, designed for the post- Brexit period, will only be ready to be rolled out from the…

Broom Frio cooling and distribution facility

Chilean company gets foothold in the Netherlands

Op 1 May, the Chilean Broom Group acquired the Dutch company, Saphir's, refrigeration and distribution facilities. These are in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. They planned to roll out Broom Frio Ridderkerk. And on 1 October, they launched this new company. Broom Frio Ridderkerk's blue colors have replaced…

Cool Logistics Conference

Remote monitoring and control for the data driven cold container chain

Data is becoming increasingly important in our industry and no more so than now, but how can we collect that data and what do we do with it when we have it? Hanane Becha, Project Lead IoT Program, DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association, said that standards for containers and reefers are no longer…

Emirates Skycargo

Emirates SkyCargo maintains perishables supply chains

Despite the disruption to passenger services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo said that during this time, it maintained the supply chain for perishables and…

And join as foundation carriers to improve data sharing across the industry

CMA CGM and MSC complete TradeLens integration

Major global container carriers CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced they are now integrated onto TradeLens, helping ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerized freight around the world. The digital platform is run on IBM…

CMA CGM Jacques Saade had the honors

New world record set for the number of full containers loaded on a single vessel

CMA CGM Jacques Saade , the world’s first LNG-powered containership with a capacity of 23,000 containers (twenty-foot equivalent units), has set a world record for the number…

Etihad Cargo launches direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam

Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, after Emirates. Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi's International Airport. The company commenced operations in November 2003. Etihad Cargo has launched its direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam…

Cool Logistics

Rethinking cold chain nodes & modes to market

On Thursday, the final day of Cool Logistics 2020, the first speaker on the topic 'Rethinking cold chain nodes & modes to market' was a well known face at the conference: Albert Cheung Founder, JC Food Republic, Hong Kong. He spoke about the Japan Reefer on Rail project and the future of rail technology.…

Port Manatee container trade surges 54.6 per cent in fiscal 2020

Port Manatee’s dynamic containerized cargo trade continues to swell at a record pace, surging nearly 55 percent in the just-ended fiscal year, according to figures reported on Tuesday.. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, an all-time-high 88,466 twenty-foot-equivalent container units crossed Port Manatee…

The YXE China Railway Express between Yiwu and Vietnam is officially in business

The first train of the YXE China Railway Express between Yiwu county in China and Hanoi in Vietnam officially left the station in the morning of October 10th, 2020. This is…

Open sky policy might compromise Kerala fruits and veg exports to Gulf markets

Fruit and vegetable exporters are worried as none of Kerala’s four airports have been included in the federal open sky policy for non-scheduled cargo flights. According to…

APM Terminals’ container tracking platform receives industry-leading upgrade

As part of APM Terminals’ global roll-out of a standardised container tracking system for customers, the company has now made a personalisation option available. Among other things, this enables customers to save containers to a Container Watchlist and set up email notifications, to save time and…

Call to smarten up Northern Australia’s agricultural supply chains

Northern Australia’s agricultural supply chains need an urgent shake up to fully capitalise on the region’s economic development opportunities – a new Cooperative Research…

Maersk to lay off 2,000 in industry shuffle

On Tuesday, container shipping line Maersk has issued a statement saying demand was recovering faster than expected and lifted its earnings outlook. However, it also announced…

Port of Antwerp: "Recovery continues"

Container volume surpassed 1 million TEU for the first time since AprilAfter nine months, the total throughput of the Port of Antwerp has decreased by 4.4% compared to last…

UK Major Ports Group urges nation to use capacity all around the coast

New border processes and controls are approaching for the United Kingdom, regardless of any deal with the EU. That is why -according to the UK Major Ports Group- it is…

International Container Terminal Services Ecuador invests $30 mln in Guayaquil Port

Contecon Guayaquil S.A. (CGSA), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) subsidiary in Ecuador, has released a statement saying it signed an $18 million…

Cool Logistics Conference

Global cold supply chain - during & beyond the pandemic

The second day of Cool Logistics got underway with Rachael White, CEO saying they were happy to announce that participant numbers had increased from the first day to 350+ with new people still joining. Philip Gray, Head of Reefer Shipping Research, Drewry Shipping, Belgium was the first speaker and spoke…

Pat Compres, Co-owner of Advance Customs Brokers

“Knowing our customers makes the probability of problems much lower”

Fresh produce travels the globe, and many items are imported into the US from numerous sourcing countries. Being aware of the rules and regulations from both importers and exporters perspective can be quite challenging. “With over 30 years of experience in helping clear fresh produce, we’ve been able to…

Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation

JEDCO signs 13 linkage agreements between farmers, exporters and hypermarket owners

On Monday, the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO) signed 13 linkage agreements between farmers, exporters and hypermarket owners. It is part of one of the…

Indian govt grants 50% subsidy on transport cost of notified fruits & veg via Kisan Rail

The Indian government has agreed to provide a 50 per cent subsidy on transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail trains. This will take place under a scheme titled 'Operation Greens - TOP to Total', from production clusters to consumption centres. In May, the Ministry of Food…

Despair on the Panama-Costa Rica border

The blockade on the border between Panama and Costa Rica, which keeps more than 800 trucks stranded on both sides of Paso Canoas, has become unbearable for many truckers, as…

A.P. Moller - Maersk upgrades expectations for Q3 and 2020 full year guidance

"Volumes have rebounded faster than expected"

A.P. Moller - Maersk is changing its full-year guidance for 2020, based on preliminary Q3 figures and the current outlook for Q4. Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk says:…

Cool Logistic Conference 2020

Future proofing leadership, skills and training

Today was the first day of the Cool Logistics 2020 conference which was to take place on the SS Rotterdam but instead was an online presentation in which speakers and attendees from around the world attended. Rachael White, Managing Director, Cool Logistics opened the event saying that the theme -…

Belgian Tulpingroup gains 5 new Schmitz trailers

The Belgian company, Tulpingroup, is a family business. It's been active in the fruit and vegetable sector for a century. The company recently commissioned five new Schmitz refrigerated/freezer trailers. These are for its transport company, All-Trade. All-Trade's Ostendfresh division specializes in full and…

Daily train connection between Rotterdam, Antwerpen and Melzo-Milan

The collaboration between DistriRail and Hannibal, a subsidiary of Contship Italia Group, from February this year comes at a very good time to support the fresh fruit supply chain at a time of significant disruption. Since March, one-by-one, countries in EU locked down their borders and imposed…

Modal Shift: 2,000 containers from raids to inland navigation on a daily basis

The Modal Shift programme (organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Top Sector Logistics and the provinces of South Holland, North Brabant, Limburg and Gelderland) is dedicated to relocating container transport from the roads to inland navigation. The goal is to bring about a…

Maersk’s first block train from China arrives in Georgia

Maersk’s intercontinental rail product portfolio expands, with the recent introduction of a block train solution connecting China and Georgia, the first such product implemented specifically for Georgian import. On 4th October 2020, the first train from Xi’an (Shaanxi province), China arrived in Tbilisi,…

Valenciaport continues promotional activities

Valenciaport continues its promotional activity in the main world events of the logistics, port and tourism sector. It intends to present the new products and services of the Valencian ports to its clients. The Valencian Port Authority (PAV) has adapted its promotional and marketing tools to the virtual…

Sri Lanka: Agricultural goods to again be transported via rail after 50 years

After 50 years, the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture has decided to resume the use of railway services once again for the transportation of agricultural goods. According…

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A.M. King starts construction of cold distribution center for Combs Wholesale Produce Co.

A.M. King has begun construction of a USDA-certified, greenfield distribution facility for Combs Wholesale Produce Co. The 40,000-sf structure, when complete, will allow the…

MSC outlines 7 reasons to choose the sea for intra-Europe cargo

MSC has responded to growing interest in its extensive short-sea networks with a new campaign focusing on shippers of cargo between European destinations. "MSC offers the broadest coverage of ports, inland connections and offices in Europe. Our extensive network stretches from North to South, and from…

Container shippers face delays at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports

In the weeks ahead, container ships could face further delays at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; according to market sources, the ports struggle to handle record…

Construction begins for the new Ivory Coast Container Terminal

Following the signing of the contract with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in August, construction works have now officially begun for the Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), Abidjan’s second container terminal, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2021. Located adjacent to the…

Produce continues to move across the Mexican border

Mexican rail blockade continues to affect freight flows to the US

Maersk officials said blockades have interrupted connectivity to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico. A railway blockade continues to strain commercial movements from the…

Container backlog costing thousands of pounds

CMA CGM shipping line brings in $150 import charge at Felixstowe

French transporter CMA CGM, which has been dealing with a cyber-attack since the end of September, introduced a $150 per container surcharge on cargo passing through the Port…

Costa Rica loses more than $37 million in just 2 days because of the roadblocks

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Costa Rican agricultural sector has lost more than $ 37 million because of the roadblocks carried out by different…

CargoBoss and Van Daalen Transport joining forces as BosDaalen

Transport companies CargoBoss and Van Daalen Transport are going to become one company. The two organisations have a long-standing history in the Westland and will now form an exciting partnership- BosDaalen. They will continue as BosDaalen early next year. Aris van Daalen, director and co-owner,…

Vietnam logistics

New container port planned near Ho Chi Minh City

As container volumes between East Asia and Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, have increased due to trade tensions between the US and China, some manufacturers are shifting…

Haith and Grimme keep Stewarts of Tayside moving during factory upgrade

Haith’s new working relationship with Grimme has helped Stewarts of Tayside maintain its output during a factory redevelopment project. Grimme and Haith entered into an alliance in April cross-selling machines and working together to deliver integrated handling and service solutions. Earlier this month…

Kisan Rail also getting on track

India plans train service to transport oranges nationwide

Indian Railways is considering a train service from Nagpur to transport oranges to different parts of the country. Nagpur, is known as the winter capital of the western state…

Tom Butter, Gist Nederland

"Personnel recruitment and Eurotunnel will face hardships if there's a hard Brexit"

Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, used to be home to the FloraHolland flower auction. Those old buildings have been demolished. New ones from other companies have taken their place - like the British transport giant, Gist's, Dutch division. With Gist Nederland, Dutch floriculture in the area is still somewhat…

Air freight challenges will impact early South African stonefruit exports

At the start of the stonefruit season South African exporters fly out fruit to cover supply gaps in between shipments. Around 13% of South African stonefruit is transported by air, but this year the cost of air freight and the availability of flights cause uncertainty. Ninety-nine percent of South…

MSC speeds up shipments to Middle East markets for Spanish fruit & vegetable growers

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in shipping and logistics, is developing export services for Spanish fruit and vegetables growers by adding Valencia as new port of call on its Indus Express service, enabling fast and direct connections to Middle East markets. The fastest transit times…

Record-breaking rates for Asia-ECSA container shipping

As the Asia-ECSA trade is set to establish itself as the world’s hottest trade route in October, unprecedented spot rates - approaching US$4,000 per FEU - moving from Shanghai…

CMA CGM group cyberattack updates

On the 29th of September, the CMA CGM group, interrupted all internal access to its network and computer application in order to isolate the malware and take protective…

Peter Andries joins the ICTS Group as Country Manager for Belgium

After obtaining his degree in Applied Sciences in Leuven, Mr. Peter Andries, 42 years old, gained extensive leasing experience at De Lage Landen (Rabo Bank) and financial knowledge at GE Capital (General Electric). Peter is well-equipped to lead ICTS through the current challenges in leasing, rental and…


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