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Many Kerala exporters choose to avoid ‘expensive’ Kochi port

A number of Kerala-based exporters has decided to shift to major ports like Thoothukudi and Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai citing unaffordable ocean freight charges, long transit…

Puerto Ventanas implements a Chilean fruit export service together with Cool Carriers

Puerto Ventanas (PVSA) will begin loading and unloading reefers containers to support Chilean fruit exports through the company Cool Carriers, which specializes in the…

Container News

Increased container volume at Port of Melbourne in October

Port of Melbourne noted increased container volumes in October 2022 compared to the same month last year. The Australian port saw October's container throughput rise by 15.6% over October 2021 with a total of 295,149 TEU, while year-to-date box volumes are up 9.3%. Full overseas imports increased by…

Twiga Foods launches distribution centre in Tatu City

Kenyan president William Ruto has officially unveiled Twiga Foods distribution center, a 200,000 sq ft facility that will enable Twiga to service manufacturers, brand owners…

CNTC, Fedesur and FedeQuinta end strike after agreement with government

Agriculture fears losses due to Chilean truckers’ strike

For the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), the truckers' strike in Chile could lead to losses of nearly 500 million dollars. The indefinite strike called by the…

Imports of Thai fruits at Qingdao port increased by more than 40%

Recently, at the fully automated container terminal of Qingdao Port, Shandong, 5.5 tons of longan and young coconut produced in Thailand were unloaded and sent to the Huangdao…

Cimcorp achieves record order fulfillment lead time for two Mercadona logistics centers

Cimcorp, integrator of turnkey robotic handling solutions, and Mercadona, one of Spain’s leading grocery retailers, have celebrated the successful go-live of a third large logistics center featuring Cimcorp automation. Following the start of operations in both Zaragoza and San Isidro in 2021, the…

Fourth edition of the 'Perishables Logistics Africa'

Focus on reimagining Africa's perishables logistics

From airports playing a key role in building hubs for the future to exploring new markets and opportunities to investments into upgrading cold chain and transport…

First MSC Air Cargo aircraft delivered

MSC has received its first MSC-branded aircraft, built by Boeing and operated by Atlas Air. The 8777-200 Freighter will fly on routes between China, the US, Mexico and Europe.…

Import/export management

NTB supports foreign large-scale retailers in their purchases in Italy

"The various international retail chains send us their orders for fruit and vegetables from Sicily, Apulia, Calabria, Campania and Latium; we bundle all the goods, organize pickups, control the loading temperature, organize the whole process of documents from the simple DDT to CMR, and in the case of…

Box rates could deteriorate to pre-Covid levels in December

Further slides in the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) are continuing, and it is expected that in December, freight levels will be at pre-pandemic levels. On 18…

Container News analysis:

Freight rates on Indian trades hit new lows amid weakening demand

Container freight rates on major trades out of India have hit new lows in November amid falling cargo volumes, according to the latest market analysis by Container News. On…

"With innovation and sustainability as most important pillars

Dutch pallet company officially inaugurates new building

Mopal Palletindustrie moved into its new building, right behind its existing one, in early November. "We were outgrowing our premises, both location and production-wise," begins Anita Manniën. She supported this Dutch company's three partners, Arie and Jacqueline Monhemius, and Pierre van de Wijngaart,…

CMA CGM applies revised PSS from Turkey to US East Coast & Gulf

Marseille-headquartered container line CMA CGM has decided to revise its peak season surcharge (PSS) from Turkey to the United States East Coast & US Gulf. The new surcharge…

ASOEX alerts about the 'critical' situation for the shipment of fruit in the Port of Valparaiso

The transporter's strike puts in check the transport of 25,000 tons of cherries in Chile

“The situation has become critical for our fruit exports. There are significant obstructions on Ruta 5 Sur (Route 5 South). There are transit problems in Paine, also between the area of Rosario and Rengo. However, the Port of Valparaiso is experiencing the most complicated issues, as the carriers' strike…

Lineage Logistics officially opens fully automated Cool Port II

On Wednesday, November 23, Lineage Logistics officially took its Cool Port II in the Port of Rotterdam into use. With a ceremonial push of a button and in the presence of staff and business partners, Harld Peters, Mark Ketelaar (both Lineage), Rob Scholte (Lamb Weston Meijer), and Frederik Zevenbergen (Province of South…

Collect&Go (Colruyt) tests self-driving vehicle for grocery delivery

Collect&Go, Colruyt Group's online grocery delivery service, is currently testing the technology of a brand new innovation: an unmanned vehicle developed by Estonian company Clevon that combines remote control with an advanced autopilot. Remotely controlled, the self-driving vehicle took to public roads…

Cape Town terminal exceeds weekly volumes as deciduous fruit season starts

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says the Cape Town Container Terminal has been exceeding weekly volumes by 32% for two consecutive weeks as South Africa’s deciduous…

Transporting avocados, flowers and much more

Air Tanzania Company Limited ships 3,000 tons of cargo annually

According to ATCL’s Acting Manager (Cargo Department), Raymond Manyika, Air Tanzania Company Limited transports 3,000 tons of cargo annually, including exported and imported…

Cape Town terminal volumes up as deciduous fruit export season starts

South Africa’s deciduous fruit season has kicked off with the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) exceeding weekly volumes by 32% for two consecutive weeks. The first few vessels have been carrying exports destined for Europe and the United Kingdom. The season’s fruit include table grapes, pomegranate,…

Sea Intelligence

Port volumes continue to grow strongly on North America's East Coast

While North America West Coast port volumes have started to contract sharply in 2022-Q3 (both Y/Y and on an annualized basis compared to 2019), the same is not the case for the North America East Coast ports. As shown in the figure above, the Y/Y laden inbound growth in 2022-Q3 was between 4%-11%, and the…

4G and 5G network developments create new opportunities for real-time monitoring

"Industry has growing needs for temperature and humidity data loggers"

With fewer restrictions of pandemic measures in major markets and an increase in trade volume, market demand for temperature and humidity data loggers have increased. Frigga is a professional real-time temperature monitoring solution provider. At present, the company's real-time temperature data loggers…

Lineage opens new fully automated cool port II cold storage facility in Port of Rotterdam

Lineage has expanded its European network of strategically located cold storage facilities with the opening of the Cool Port II facility at City Terminal Rotterdam The fully…

Leaning heavily back to ocean shipping from airfreight

Perishable supply chain smoothing out somewhat

Currently, the once very confused global supply chain is smoothing out somewhat. According to Chris Connell, senior vice president of perishables-North America, for Kuehne +…

New EU emission rules will cause major shipping lines to pass on additional costs

According to the major shipping lines, they will pass on the extra costs of compliance with the forthcoming European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS). Alliance partners…

US transportation industry should focus on international shipping for fresh fruits and vegetables

The American transportation industry might want to study the odds-on international shipping for fresh fruits and vegetables. For a variety of good reasons, recent years’…

Major Chinese ports add over 100 new container shipping routes

This year, China's major sea ports are opening up more than 100 new container shipping routes. The country's imports and exports may grow 6 percent in 2022 and some sources…

What are the numbers for fresh produce?

Port of Oakland October container volume up 5.9 percent

The Port of Oakland’s full imports and full exports rose compared to last month (September 2022 volumes) and compared to October 2021 volumes. Total loaded container volume rose 5.9 percent compared to October 2021. The Port handled 145,868 loaded TEUs (twenty-foot containers) last month compared to…

Anton Potgieter – The Logistics Group, Paulo Franco – FPT, Sean Gent – Matola Cargo Terminal

Maputo cold store will open up new avenues for 2023 South African citrus exports

At the Matola Cargo Terminal in Mozambique, The Logistics Group and FPT have started construction of the Maputo Cold Store and a fruit consolidation hub. It is planned to be ready in time for next year’s citrus season. Currently fruit can only be loaded at ambient temperature from the port of Maputo.…

Maersk North America market update November 2022

"The rate of cargo volume decline has slowed"

Key Notes on North American Supply ChainsAnother railroad union rejects contract deal raising possibility of a strike or congressional action: The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) is the third union to have rejected its tentative agreement with the US railroads. While there was a deal…

Suez canal to expand, adding 955m berth and container yard

As part of a $500 million investment deal, the Suez Canal Container Terminal will add an extra 955-metre berth and an additional  510,000 m2 container yard to the already existing…

Optimising transport and storage of fresh produce to help eliminate waste

Every year, more than one third of all food produced spoils before it can be sold, with fruits and vegetables making up the most of this spoilage. To fight this problem and to set a new standard in the cold chain, Lineage has invested in solutions that optimize the transportation and storage of fresh…

CMA CGM appoints Peter Levesque as new president of America and American President lines

The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, led by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, today officially announced that Ed…

There are days in which up to 40 containers from the UK arrive at the Border Inspection Point

British potato imports cause delays in the inspection of goods in the Port of Las Palmas

The increase in the arrival of containers with British potatoes to the Port of Las Palmas is having a direct impact on the inspection work carried out by the Border Inspection…

Carriers suspend indefinite strike on their second day of protests

The National Platform for the Defense of the Transport Sector has announced the suspension of the indefinite strike on the second day of protests. "Since the Platform made a…

Rail strike still possible after third union rejects WH deal

The threat of a nationwide rail strike is still possible, FOX Business reported on Nov. 14, after a third union rejected the September deal brokered by the Biden…

Rio Grande do Norte plans to boost fruit exports at the Port of Natal

In a virtual meeting held on 10th November plans were discussed to expand fruit exports from the Port of Natal in the Rio Grande do Norte state of Brazil. The discussions took…

Carrier Transicold supported Pacific International Lines to expand its reefer container inventory

Carrier Transicold, a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, recently manufactured 1,750…

SNA, Fedefruta and Asoex say "there is no basis" to justify these increases

Fruit unions say that shipping companies applied a powerful 25% increase in freight rates

This Monday, various leaders of fruit unions called to stop the 25% increase in refrigerated freight rates, which was announced by shipping companies and which is added to…

Fresh Del Monte chooses Daikin's ZeSTIA units

Fresh Del Monte, producers, distributors and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has ordered 2,200 Daikin ZeSTIA units, of which 10 are fitted with Daikin’s CA (controlled atmosphere) technology.  This is the first order from Fresh Del Monte, whose product range includes prepared fruit…

"There is no justification for this, as there is evidence of a contraction in demand for ships at the international level"

Chilean fresh fruit industry hit hard by new 25% increase in ocean freight rates

The presidents of the National Agricultural Society (SNA), Cristián Allendes; the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), Jorge Valenzuela, and the Association of…

Eimskip is adding a second weekly stop in Portland

Maine’s only freight seaport soon will be getting busier with the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip is adding a fourth vessel to its rotation of container ships that dock in…

Christophe Artero, FDA International:

“Freight rates could now destroy trade”

FDA International is an international trading company which started out by marketing and exporting French fruit and vegetables throughout the world, mainly in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company has expanded its sourcing to European products and has developed its exports to the…

Moroccan exporters can benefit from preferential tariffs on Royal Air Maroc’s air cargo services

In a bid to boost exports, Morocco’s national air carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), and the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX) signed an agreement on Monday, offering…

IRU report

Europe driver shortage to triple by 2026 if no action is taken

A new IRU report shows that truck, bus and coach driver shortages in Europe are spiralling out of control, fuelled by increased transport demand and an ageing driver…

The import volume of fruits at the Pingxiang railway port increased by 68.8% year-on-year in the first three quarters

As the only international railway port by the border in Guangxi, Pingxiang Railway Port has had the advantages of a large single volume of railway transportation and few…

Group revenue up 8.7 percent to € 1,172.7 million

HHLA achieves good result in a challenging environment

Despite ongoing disruptions to global supply chains, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a positive trend in revenue and earnings in the first nine months of the…

Green Pass substantially reduces transit time of fruit from China to Vietnam

For many years, World Fresh Exports has been specializing in exporting produce from different areas of the world to Southeast Asia. To meet Asia’s growing demand for high-quality fruit, the company started their own China operations in 2020 and is working directly with growers and packers in the country.…

Sea-Intelligence

Rapid ramp-up in Transpacific blank sailings

Sea-Intelligence have used their Blank Sailings Tracker to look at how the carriers were reacting (in terms of blanking sailings) to the collapse of demand, especially of the imports to North America and Europe. Figure 1 shows a snapshot of the additional blank sailings that were announced (or unannounced…

Railway to connect Vietnamese trade to China and Eurasia planned

Vietnam has seen the increase of trade with China balloon to $2.33 billion in bilateral trade, which is why a new railway is being planned to support the cargo movement. A…

Share of non-EU air freight imports stand at 2%

In 2021, the European Union countries imported a combined 14.6 million tons of fruit and vegetable from outside the Union. More than 10.2 million tons entered the region by sea and 4.2 million tons over land. Only 275.000 tons - a mere two percent - were flown in. The Netherlands is most of this…

Mega containerships pose challenge to ferry crossings at the Port of Santos

The ferry crossing system between Santos and Guarujá, on the south coast of São Paulo, is chaotic as it is. The mega containership APL Yangshan, 347 meters long and 45.2…

Yang Ming boosts profits by 50.9% to $5.66 billion in 2022

The Taiwanese shipping line Yang Ming boosted profits by 50.95% to $5.66 billion with revenues up $10.79  billion for the first 9 months of the year. The company reported $3.41…

China-Laos railway freight volume grows substantially

The new China-Laos railway has, within the first year, increased cargo transport to over 10 million metric tons, carrying mainly fruit and other goods.  The railway connects China…

Ethiopia: Etho-Djibouti railway to begin transport of fruits and vegetables

Ethio-Djibouti Railway stated that it was carrying out various activities to expand its services. It is currently preparing to start transporting perishable items including…

New global shipping problem - too many containers

The latest data shows a new problem facing global shipping, that of too many empty containers. This is a complete turnaround from the shortage earlier this year and during the…

CMA CGM ceases operations at Port of Natal

Following CMA CGM’s announcement that it would cease all operations at the Port of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, producers say that the tendency now is to…

Liverpool port strike ends

The Trade Union, Unite and Peel Ports, operator of the Port of Liverpool, have reached a wage agreement following protracted strikes. Severe operational challenges in the UK supply chain, caused by…

The Valencian Community's fruit and vegetable companies accelerate exports to Europe before the transport strike begins

After the national transport strike - which will begin at the stroke of midnight next Sunday - was announced, the Valencian Community's fruit and vegetable companies are…

"The food and fresh produce supply chain is a vital network"

Hwy Haul closes $10M funding round to accelerate company growth and expansion

Hwy Haul, a next-generation digital freight platform that connects fresh produce shippers with reliable truckers to eliminate intermediary friction and deliver sustainable,…

Fedefruta: "This season, logistic conditions have improved a lot after the pandemic"

Early Chilean cherries are expected to fare well thanks to greater coordination of air shipments

Fedefruta visited cargo terminals at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to review the coordination and investment that have been deployed to receive the load from producers, after the traffic jams that the entire logistics chain has experienced globally, and that have had an impact on the fruit sector. The…

FEPEX has asked the carriers that will strike in Spain to guarantee free transit and access to national and international markets

"After the transporter's sector announced yesterday that they would hold a new indefinite transport strike starting at the first minute of Monday 14, FEPEX has asked that they…

Liner service for orange juice from North Sea Port to UK launched

JuiSea Shipping will operate a regular shipping service from Ghent in North Sea Port for the export of orange juice to the United Kingdom. North Sea Port thus manages to…

Lineage Logistics extends U.S. EPA SmartWay® transport partnership

Lineage Logistics, LLC, a temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, announced it has renewed its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, a program that provides a framework to assess the environmental performance and…

Port workers strike at Port of Antwerp

The Port of Antwerp in Belgium was closed today (9 November 2022) as port workers went on strike to call attention to rising energy costs. The port suffered delays and…

Container terminal considered for South Africa's Richards Bay port

The South African state owned port company Transnet has issued a request for information for the design, building and financing of a container terminal for the Richards Bay…

Turkey plans ferry line to Romania's Constanta

As of January 2023, Turkey will introduce, in the testing phase, a (RoRo) cargo ferry line to Romania, the president of the Romanian Customs Authority, Bogdan Mihei said. The…

The Star

Kenya: State to provide freighters for fresh produce exports

The government is sourcing an alternative freight mode for fresh produce exports, agriculture CS Mithika Linturi has said. This is in the wake of the Kenya Airways pilots' strike that has paralyzed flights, hitting exporters hard.  According to the CS, the horticulture sector has so far incurred losses of…

Doing business on a platform for which you’ll be rewarded in 'green coins'

"We at LeafAI made it our mission to address and start solving the problems of farmers, resource scarcity, and access to economic identity. Giving everyone, from smaller-sized farmers, agri-device-producers, mission supporters, or end consumers, a place to let their voice be heard and a chance to develop…

Spanish carriers call for another indefinite strike

On Monday, the National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector presented the results of the votes of the provincial assemblies that, with 86% of the votes in favor, have…

ICTSI reports over US$1.6 billion revenue, surpasses US$500 million profit

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the nine months of 2022 posting revenue from port operations of US$1.64 billion, an increase of 20% compared to what was reported for the same period in 2021. Additionally, the company's earnings…

ZIM opens fully-owned agency in New Zealand

Israeli shipping company ZIM has announced the opening of a fully-owned agency in New Zealand, replacing the current third-party agent. The new ZIM New Zealand office…

Container traffic out of India shows 5.4% decrease compared to last year

Container traffic out of India's 12 largest government ports showed a 5.4% decline down to 893 000 TEU's from 944 000 last year.  According to data from Container News the slowing…

The newly upgraded 4G real-time smart sensor can monitor for 90 days

Fresh-key (Shanghai) Technology Co., Ltd. is committed to providing a complete cold chain IoT monitoring solution for the global food supply chain, especially fresh food. Its customers are located in dozens of countries in America, Oceania, Asia, and so on. Ms. Tina Sun recently  spoke to FreshPlaza about…

South African Government to create national shipping company

The South African Government, via the Department of Transport that published a draft bill, aims to create The South African Shipping Company (SASCO). The intention to create a…

Strong partnerships, deep customer understanding, and challenging the status quo builds great solutions

In their story “Bananas from Ecuador to the World” Maersk showcase their partnership in the cold chain logistics operations with their Ecuadorian customer, Donatella Fruit. Donatella, an Ecuadorian exporter to more than 7 countries worldwide, has worked with Maersk for over 18 years to bring fresh…

Chilean fruit exporters expect a drop in shipping rates that is commensurate with the international context

"Global macroeconomic situation is contracting the demand for maritime transport"

Specialized logistics media indicate that demand for container shipping is receding in Europe and the United States as a result of the inflationary spiral and uncertainty…

LatAm Cargo debuts in Santo Domingo with recurrent cargo flights

Aerodom and Vinci Airports welcomed LatAm Cargo's inaugural flight on its recently opened cargo route Miami – Santo Domingo – Colombia / Ecuador. The new service will operate twice a week at Las Americas José Francisco Peña Gómez (AILA-JFPG) International Airport, arriving in Santo Domingo from Miami and…

Cathay Pacific reaches 60% of pre-covid capacity

Cathay Pacific Cargo overcame stiff challenges in 2021 to help Hong Kong regain its global crown as the number one airport for international airfreight. Tom Owen, director of…

Moroccan tomato producers have the potential to double their export volumes

Although they seem to have reached a glass ceiling, Moroccan tomato producers say they have the potential to double their export. How to reach this level of efficiency while…

Chile looks to show the US a better grape season for 2023

“The Chilean grape crop depends more on the economics and on the ability of the growers to have the working capital to grow the fruit properly.” So says Nicolas Damm of Rio Blanco of the upcoming Chilean grape crop, a critical season for the country. “That’s the major issue today.” “It depends on how bad…

Cathay Pacific Cargo starts 'Mango Express' from Darwin to Asia

With the mango season peaking in the Northern Territory, Cathay Pacific Cargo has committed to running a weekly service out of Darwin for five weeks. According to Cathay…

MSC statement

Preparing for the EU Emissions Trading System

MSC is following the deliberations around the potential expansion of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). It has delivered the following press release to…

MSC connects Senegal with North Europe in a week

MSC has announced a new direct service, called NWC - WAF service, connecting Dakar and North Europe, and providing the best transit times on the market. The new NWC - WAF…

Event addressed supply chain issues

Port of Oakland hosts congressional meeting

The Port of Oakland hosted a congressional supply chain stakeholder meeting this week in Jack London Square. The event was designed to address constituent business and trade industry stakeholder concerns about congestion and supply chain issues at the Port. The meeting was led by Rep. Jim Costa…

Matson invests US$1 billion in three new container ships

Hawaii-headquartered shipping company Matson has ordered three new 3,600 TEU container vessels at Philly Shipyards, via its subsidiary carrier, Matson Navigation Company.…

Karur district, Tamil Nadu

Researchers develop cost-effective monorail to carry crops from fields to collection points

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and a farmers’ NGO have jointly developed a cost-effective agricultural transportation system that addresses the now all…

Brazil: Maersk and MSC accused of abusing their dominant logistics position

The Brazilian Association of Port Terminals is a group representing 73 port companies across 235 terminals in Brazil. This week, it filed a legal request at Brazil’s…

Innovation unit HHLA Next successfully launches first spin-off on the market

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) established HHLA Next a year ago as a central unit to more quickly and precisely identify and advance innovations in the transport and logistics sector. With heyport, HHLA Next has now developed its first product for improved communication and coordination of port…

Cooperation to benefit customers at both free zones and boost service offerings

DP World partners with Lin-Gang Special Area to develop Chinese trade zone

DP World is expanding its operations in China by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support logistics and trade development at the Lin-Gang Special Area, a free trade zone in Shanghai. The MOU was signed today with Shanghai Lin-Gang Economic Development Group (Lin-Gang Group) at a virtual…

Re-creating situations like the Ever Given grounding in Suez Canal

Report claims that hackers could block major global trade routes

Maritime research firm Thetius, maritime cyber risk management specialist CyberOwl and law firm Holman Fenwick Willan have released a report called ‘The Great Disconnect’. In…

Aimed at speeding up the transfer of perishable goods from Egypt to the UK

PML forges alliance with Tulpin Group

PML – a player in the segment of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions – is teaming up with European Forwarder Tulpin Group to forge a strategic alliance designed…

Transnet says Port of Cape Town is ready for deciduous fruit exports

Transnet has lifted the force majeure declared in the container sector at all ports, effective immediately. As far as Transnet goes, it's all systems go at the Port of Cape…

Ivo Koopmans and Mario Volkers, DHL Global Forwarding:

"People tend to think of DHL as a big company, but for us no shipment is too small"

When the first pile was struck on Thursday, October. 27, at DHL Global Forwarding's new location in the Netherlands, it was a true milestone for the logistics player. "We're looking forward to moving into our new premises at Schiphol," begins Ivo Koopmans. "Of the 23,000 m2, 1,300 m2 will be dedicated to…

Maersk:

"We're a partner to South African fruit exporters – and we can achieve more together"

The CEO of the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), Justin Chadwick’s  recently published his weekly update, and Mark Cairns, Head of Cold Chain for Maersk Africa, had something to…

A.P. Moller – Maersk continues the record streak with strong Q3 results

A.P. Moller - Maersk delivered strong results in Q3 2022 with higher earnings in its three main businesses; Ocean, Logistics & Services and Terminals, compared to the same quarter last year. Revenue increased by 37%, and both EBITDA and EBIT increased around 60% compared to Q3 2021. Continued momentum in…

Threat of rail strike prompts US businesses to petition government intervention

US businesses are increasingly worried about the renewed threat of a railroad strike after two unions, looking to the Biden administration and Congress to intervene. A…

BRL 5 million loss per year expected

CMA CGM to stop calling at Port of Natal, Brazil

CMA CGM ships will stop calling at the Port of Natal in about one year. The company has already confirmed its detachment from the Rio Grande do Norte state port authority…

"Co-opetition" might be the way to get Transnet to the top

According to Transnet National Ports Authority captain Thokozani Mthethwa, collaboration, or perhaps “co-opetition” is one of the ways the continent will achieve the goals set…

ONE reports quarterly revenue and profit growth, forecasts lower full-year earnings

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced improved financial results during the third quarter of the year (second quarter of the company's financial year) amid a container…

Fruit exporters are still turning to air freight instead

Transnet claims that backlog at Cape Town Terminals has been cleared

Transnet says operations at its Cape Town terminals are back in force, as backlogs caused by the recent industrial action have been cleared. The ports and rail company said as…

Scrapping of older ships unlikely to solve overcapacity

'Overcapacity is expected to increase due to further declines in shipping volumes'

As global demand recedes after a two-year surge, the imbalance in the container shipping sector is increasing. Overcapacity is only expected to increase due to further…

South Africa

Transnet Port Terminals: Citrus export volumes 3.7% higher than in 2021

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it has moved 128,374 forty-foot equivalent units through its container terminals in Durban, Ngqura, Gqeberha and Cape Town,…

Sea Intelligence

Schedule reliability declined slightly in September 2022

Sea-Intelligence has published issue 134 of the Global Liner Performance (GLP) report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including September 2022. As the report itself is quite comprehensive and covers schedule reliability across 34 different trade lanes and 60+ carriers, this press release…

Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center officially launched the cold chain import business

On October 25th, a cold chain container truck loaded with Thai coconut, longan, and other commodities entered Guangzhou Nansha International Logistics Center, marking the…

Peru: Senasa workers are lifting the strike

Workers of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) of Peru resumed their work today after lifting the indefinite strike that they had been complying with since Monday,…

Drewry

Drewry’s WCI registers 35th consecutive fall, loses 80% of the pandemic gains

The Drewry’s World Container Index took a 7% tumble to quote at US$3,145. The Index which has lost 67% annually and 70% since its peak, has now retraced over 81% of its gains ever since the pandemic hit the globe. After a series of double-digit percentage weekly losses, the magnitude of fall was reduced since the…

Road upgrades planned for vital South African citrus export route

A R275 million road upgrade on the R336 between Addo and Kirkwood will be the first of a series of repairs between Sundays River Valley and Gqeberha to fix the busy citrus…

New opportunities for Italy as a strategic hub

A three-year agreement between Macfrut and Expolink, the association of fresh produce exporters of Egypt, was signed in Cairo. The agreement concerns the insertion of Macfrut among the fairs of reference for the association and the participation of 15 Egyptian exporters in the next edition of Macfrut, to…

Sea Intelligence

Key freight rate inflation drivers

Two-thirds of the inflationary pressure is related to fuel, handling and haulage

It is clear that the underlying costs for operating liner services has increased significantly over the past couple of years. The important question is how much these costs have actually increased. This provides one of the anchor points in assessing what the baseline rate level might settle at once we…

Ripening capacity of 40,000 tons

France: Omer-Decugis & Cie acquires a logistics platform in Avignon

Omer-Decugis & Cie has taken another step forward in its strategic development plan with the acquisition of a logistics platform in Avignon, which will have a ripening…

German government approves investment by CSPL in operating company HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort

By the cabinet resolution of October 26, 2022, the German government approved the acquisition of a minority stake in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) by the Chinese company COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL), subject to conditions. The conditions include, in particular, a limitation of the share…

Southern California’s ill-famed container ship queues are gone

The backup of container ships off Southern California’s coast that has been at the heart of US supply chain congestion during the pandemic has finally disappeared. The Marine…

Chilean port workers to strike for 48 hours due to stalled negotiations with the government

The workers linked to the Port Union of Chile They are ready to start a strike that would last for 48 hours. The measure is an answer to the lack of progress in the…

Taipei eases concerns over COSCO’s influence in Kaohsiung port

Recently, an article in French publication Le Point alleged that the Chinese government, through the Chinese state-owned shipping group COSCO, has a 30% stake in Kao Ming…

COSCO Shipping Holdings Supply Chain Logistics Division officially launched

On October 20, COSCO Shipping Holdings released an announcement on the official operation of the company's supply chain logistics division. The company announced the official…

24 tons of Kenyan fresh avocados entered Guangzhou

Recently, 24 tons of fresh avocados from Kenya, Africa, arrived at Guangzhou Nansha New Port on the "SPIL CAYA" ocean-going freighter. After passing the inspection and quarantine of Nansha Customs, subordinate to Guangzhou Customs, it was released smoothly. This is the first batch of Kenyan fresh…

Henry County, Georgia

NewCold to make Henry County’s single-largest investment with state-of-the-art distribution facility

Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that NewCold, a global player in automated storage and cold chain logistics, will build and operate an advanced, large-scale distribution facility in Georgia. This project will create 170 new jobs and deliver more than $333 million in investment – the single-largest…

Humber Port Logistics empowered for growth by new investment

Samskip has increased its commitment to UK container transport by acquiring a significant shareholding in Humber Port Logistics (HPL) and agreeing a strategy for the haulier’s…

Australian trucking companies unsettled by talks of RUC increase

According to Kennedy MP Bob Katter, the approval of further increases to the road user charge (RUC) by the Australian government might be a disaster for truck companies, fruit…

Another strike action begins in Liverpool

Peel Ports and Unite unable to find common ground

Negotiation discussions between Peel Ports, owner and operator of the Port of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and the British trade union Unite have ended in chaos once more, and another two-week strike began yesterday (24 October). On the one hand, the port owner claims that Unite has rejected an…

Maersk carries out a test call at the new Cote d’Ivoire container terminal (CIT)

On 22/23 October 2022, A.P. Moller – Maersk’s vessel Safmarine Cameroun made her first call at the Cote d’Ivoire container terminal (CIT), a new joint venture facility between APM Terminals and Bolloré Ports in the Port of Abidjan, which is scheduled to become operational at the beginning of November.…

What's Happening in the Container Market?

Following a period of historically high freight rates, the Container sector is now experiencing a correction. The Container freight market is said to have peaked, as demand concerns linked to the health of the global economy have dulled sentiment somewhat. This has led to reduced demand across the…

Cyclone leads to suspension of container operations at Bangladeshi ports

With cyclone “Sitrang” approaching Bangladeshi coasts, handling of containers and bulk cargoes at both the Chittagong and the Mongla seaports remained suspended from Monday…

Kingsly Kwalar – OPTIMIZ

Exporters need not lose hope to claim for losses caused by delays

“Losses resulting from delays in transit are on the rise across the world. But," Kingsly Kwalar, founder of OPTIMIZ, points out (right), "it is a mistake to think that there is always no responsibility on the part of the shipping lines." Kingsly has just been meeting with South African exporters were  telling…

Samskip confirms 90% cut in ship CO2 emissions

Samskip has extended its commitment to sustainable biofuels in shortsea shipping operations, calculating that it will make 45,000 tonnes in additional CO2 emissions savings…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Looming strike could disrupt the U.S. supply chain and drive transportation costs even higher

Major U.S. freight railroad operators have warned that they are preparing for a possible strike and halting some services, creating network slowdowns. In the meantime, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is continuing to lead discussions between railroads and union representatives. This looming strike could…

Andy Connell – consultant in cold chain management

Cold chain “sins” mostly occur during the last mile, expert maintains

After twenty years of fine-tooth combing the cold chain for weak links and fixing them, working with fruit exporters from Ecuador, Chile, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa, Andy Connell, logistics and cold chain consultant, maintains that it’s time for receivers and retailers to do their bit.“I’ve been…


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