Logistics

Karel Hermans is back on the road

Karel Hermans is reviving Dutch transport history. Almost 150 years after his great-grandfather, Karel Hermans, started the transport company of the same name, Karel Hermans (fourth generation) is rejuvenating the old times. "A familiar brand in a modern jacket. Karel Hermans Transport, a household name…

South Africa's rail and port workers to strike over wages

Workers at South Africa's state-owned logistics firm Transnet will go on strike starting today, over a wage dispute, two labor unions said. Transnet has been operating below…

Sea Intelligence

Congestion issues have been cut in half compared to January 2022

With the continued gradual improvement in schedule reliability in August 2022 and the resultant improvement in vessel delays, the global fleet that was unavailable due to these delays dropped to 7.9%. This was from a peak of 13.8% in January 2022. Keeping in mind the baseline unavailable capacity of 2%…

Focus on logistics:

The uncertainty in US freight is certain

Not to be a wet blanket, a solemn killjoy person, but we think the large will get larger. Large carriers will keep recruiting and take on more contract loads. This is not a…

APM Terminals CEO, Keith Svendsen:

'In the land of Kaizen– my reflections from Japan!’

I’ve recently had the pleasure of visiting APM Terminals Japan and our terminal in Yokohama. Yokohama continuously tops the charts when it comes to efficiency and is – year…

Descartes Datamyne

Top 30 ports: Volumes swell but challenges persist

U.S. seaports are facing the worst congestion they’ve seen since the age of containerization. The culprit: backlogs of imports coming into the United States, a shortage of equipment, and inland logjams. “U.S. seaports face the unprecedented situation where they’re now in their 17th straight month [as of…

Ministry of Transport of China

Larger Chinese ports report container volume growth from January to August

Chinese container ports have seen a 4.1% increase in the period January-August 2022, compared with the same months last year, with 194.4 million TEU. In the same period, China's ports have moved 10.24 billion tons, which represents a marginal 0.1% year-on-year decrease. The chart below shows the cargo…

Eurostat

Road freight transport in the EU: +7% in 2021 YoY

In 2021, total road freight transport in the EU increased by 7% in terms of tonne-kilometres (tkm) compared with 2020. This shows a recovery from the transport situation in 2020, which was affected by the lockdowns and other measures imposed by many Member States this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

DiMuto

“The impact of visibility on global trade flows is rising”

Visibility has a significant impact on trade flows. For all parties involved, it is important to get a harmonized, unified view of trade activity across all trade lanes so that more informed decisions can be made. As one of the leading market players, DiMuto simplifies every step of the global agrifood…

Freight failures tackled by new farm body

The state’s peak farming body has set up a new group to identify supply chain bottlenecks costing the state billions in lost revenue each year. NSW Farmers President Xavier…

Maersk offers rail solution for Spanish reefer exports to ease supply chain bottlenecks

Sealand - A Maersk Company, subsidiary of Maersk andspecialised on Intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK, especially designed for…

Post-harvest solutions in the spotlight at Fruit Attraction

Termotécnica is exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2022 in Madrid, Spain October 4-6 with DaColheita–FarmFresh packaging solutions. This is the fourth edition of the fair in which the company has participated in the Brazil Pavilion, coordinated by Abrafrutas (Brazilian Association of Exporters of Fruit and…

Easing supply chain bottlenecks

Maersk offers environmentally friendly rail solution for Spanish reefer exports

A Maersk Company, a subsidiary of Maersk and specialized in Intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK especially designed for…

Container News analysis:

India container freight rates continue to slide amid weakening demand

Container freight rates on trades out of India continue to taper off amid falling demand, according to a new market analysis by Container News. On the westbound India-Europe…

Senior operators voted to join walkouts Youtube.com

Liverpool port strikes are intensifying

According to British trade union Unite, some 600 Liverpool port workers will initiate seven days of fresh strike action beginning on 11 October and ending on 17 October. As…

Real-time in-transit visibility reduces losses in produce shipments

A multi-sensor tracker containing the technology to measure hyper-accurate location, temperature, humidity, shock, and light exposure of shipments - all packed into a small box, the size of a mobile phone. Or a cloud-enabled temperature logger in the form of a paper-thin, flexible label. Both of which…

As fuel prices go up and demand slows down

Maersk vessels to return to normal cruise speeds to save fuel

Maersk will begin to slow down their container ships to lower fuel costs after sailing at full speed to keep up with demand during the pandemic. The Copenhagen-based firm…

Sea Intelligence

Imminent downwards pressure on TATL rates

While freight rates continue to tumble on Transpacific and Asia-Europe, they are holding firm on Transatlantic Westbound. The primary question is why the rates are holding up; is it supply or demand? Secondly, since this presents carriers with an opportunity to make money on the trade, by shifting…

Indian rail freight peak-season levy set to return next month

Exporters and importers from the Indian hinterland, have a new cost burden coming up: Indian Railways has announced the reintroduction of a 15% peak season surcharge it…

Jordan: Port of Aqaba signs $242 million investment deal with APM Terminals

Jordan is to receive a large investment in its Red Sea port from a Dutch port operator. Yesterday, the Aqaba Development Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with…

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Weaker demand for Chinese goods means an end to the shipping boom

The cost of shipping goods from China has dropped to its lowest level in more than two years. As the global economy stumbles, this means the prospects for container carriers -…

Drewry

A 21-month low

World Container Index sinks to January 2021 levels

Spot rates on Drewry's are no longer dreary. The World Container Index (WCI) took a near 10% tumble, the first in 29 months, as the index slid down to US$4,472 on 22 September. It must be noted that the WCI recorded its highest-ever quote on 23 September 2021 at US$10,377, exactly a year back. The WCI…

DP World London Gateway reaches 10 million containers

Just nine years after the logistics hub in the capital of the United Kingdom opened for business, DP World London Gateway has handled its 10 millionth container. Last year,…

Irish container port opens new 330,000 TEU terminal

The Port of Cork in Ireland has opened a new container terminal, called Cork Container Terminal, located in Ringaskiddy. The new US$86 million box terminal will have the…

World’s largest container line MSC enters air cargo market

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA aims to enter the air freight market, starting the development of a new MSC Air Cargo solution. MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months, and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four…

New Felixstowe strikes exacerbate problems in fragile UK supply chain

Staff at the Port of Felixstowe have staged their second walkout in a handful of weeks, exacerbating congestion problems in an already fragile UK supply chain. Over 1,900…

ZimTrade CEO Allan Majuru on trade with Turkey:

"Consider a direct route or have a synergy arrangement to ensure ease of movement for both goods and passengers"

Industry experts of both countries recently pleaded for increased air connectivity between Zimbabwe and Turkey for enhanced logistics and transportation, as this will increase…

UK port operating firms invest over US$18 million in Southampton container capabilities

UK's ports group Associated British Ports (ABP) and UK's terminal operator Solent Stevedores have announced a joint investment of £17.5 million (US$18.7 million) in a new…

First Brazilian melons of the season arrive at Rotterdam Port

On Friday, September 16, the first conventional reefer ship carrying melons from Brazil arrived at Rotterdam Fruit Wharf's (RFW) fruit terminal in the Port of Rotterdam,…

Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Complex logistics situation obstructs melon exports

Despite Rio Grande do Norte being Brazil’s largest melon-producing state, logistics obstruct the scope of shipments to the international market. Luiz Roberto Barcelos, institutional director of the Brazilian Association of Fruit Exporters (Abrafrutas) and founding partner of Agricola Famosa, the largest…

Intra-Asia rates out of India crash amid tightening market conditions

While container freight rates across trades out of India have cooled over the past few months, new data obtained by Container News from local forwarder sources now point to a…

A.P. Moller - Maersk expands its warehousing footprint in India

Strengthening its position as a global integrated logistics company, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) Friday inaugurated two new warehouses in India, that are strategically located near the National Capital Region (NCR) in the northern part of the country. Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Navneet…

Demis van Kouwen (Gelder Groente & Fruit):

“Blockchain technology makes wondering about missing crates a thing of the past"

The Dutch company Van Gelder Groente & Fruit no longer has to bother with crate return receipts. Since late last year, they have been testing an automated and digitized crate management system. RTI Blockchain is helping this fruit and vegetable supplier with a platform that provides real-time overviews…

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Vienna Wholesale Market celebrates 50th anniversary

"An important goods hub for Vienna for 50 years"

In October 1972, the "Vienna-Inzersdorf Wholesale Market" was opened at Laxenburger Strasse 365-367. This developed into Austria's most important wholesale location for food and flowers. To mark this occasion, a small ceremony was held on September 20, 2022 with company visits with Mayor Michael Ludwig…

COSCO delays investment in Hamburg terminal

COSCO Shipping Ports, the port division of China's COSCO group, is delaying the expected completion of its proposed acquisition of a 35% stake in Hamburger Hafen und Logistik…

Sea Intelligence

Ramp up in Golden Week capacity reductions

Blank sailings have for long been the carriers’ preferred way of matching supply with demand; this is what we would call tactical blank sailings. However, for much of 2020 and 2021, carriers have struggled to maintain capacity in line with the stresses of demand, which meant that vessels were chock full,…

Congestion is shifting from more visible to less visible regions of the world

Dry bulk and container shipping markets have seen sharp declines in earnings over the summer. Many have pointed to a drop in congestion as the reason. However, congestion…

Suez Canal price increases to affect trade in Sub-Saharan and East Africa

Last week, Egypt announced that it would increase the transit fee for all vessels passing through the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal Authority released a statement noting that…

PHOTO REPORT Cool Logistics Global 2022

This week the 14th edition of Cool Logistics Global Conference took place in Barcelona. It was back to a live event after two years online. The event was well attended with 135 delegates from 26 countries, feedback from the delegates was very positive. The numerous and varied presentations led to…

Russia's Black Sea container traffic is down, but not as much as predicted

Cargo analytical and consulting firm Informall BG has studied a key Russian container port on the Black Sea to identify the influence of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The…

MSC adds Port of Jeddah to Global Liner Service Network

In response to market demand, and reflecting MSC’s longstanding commitment to serving the Saudi market, we have decided to introduce a new call at the port of Jeddah on MSC’s…

Global Cool Logistics Conference day 2

Perishable hubs of the future and cold chain connectivity

Wednesday 21 September saw the second day of the Global Cool Logistics Conference in Barcelona. The first session of the day was on Cool Ports and Cold Stories:Perishables Hubs of the Future  The session was opened by Shane Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Cold Chain Federation who spoke about an Era of Resilience.…

After Covid-era rush

Number 2 US port sees consumer demand easing

The head of the second-biggest US port expects the pandemic-era surge in consumer demand will start to cool. A deceleration is already evident with regard to weaker inbound…

Importers discuss squeezed grower margins and record profits for shipping lines

South America is an important supplier of produce to the North American continent and there used to be plenty of shipping options by vessel available. However, more recently shipping lines have reduced the number of direct shipments. “We are seeing a big decline in service,” says Luis Acuña, President of…

Dropping container freight rates take a toll on newer & smaller players

Dropping container freight rates have taken their toll on newer and smaller players in the liner shipping industry. Charter rates for 1,500-1,900 TEU ships have taken a…

'RAILPORT container storage initiative'

Port of Gothenburg: New project for local intermediate container storage

The Gothenburg Port Authority and APM Terminals Gothenburg have introduced the ”Port of Gothenburg RAILPORT container storage initiative” earlier in September. The goal is to…

New European player in heavy haulage:

Gruber Logistics and Universal Transport step into the future together

A major European alliance in the logistics sector has been sealed: the traditional company Gruber Logistics from South Tyrol (Italy) and the long-standing successful Universal…

USDA selects Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Proposal with a funding ceiling of $30 million

Gevo, Inc. is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm to Flight proposal for funding with an award ceiling of up to…

Cool Logistics Global Conference day one

Business outlook: Global perishables trades, reefer & cold chain

Tuesday 20th of September saw the first day of the Cool Logistics Conference held in Barcelona. The First session was opened by MC Kim Winter from Logistics Executive. Kim Winter from Logistics Executive Damià Calvet, President, Port of Barcelona gave delegates an overview on the port and coming expansion…

Port of Liverpool:

Global dockers unions support port workers on strike

The workers' strike action at the Port of Liverpool began on 19 September; it is expected to last until 3 October. Yesterday, global transport unions such as the International…

Shipping baby corn, mango and other seasonal fruit and vegetables to Europe

Exporters take advantage of Air India’s thrice-a-week Amritsar to London flight

Punjab and Haryana are exporting fresh farm produce like baby corn, mango and other seasonal fruit and vegetables to Europe. Azad Singh, in-charge of the center at the…

San Pedro Bay ports: Container volumes went down in August

The major Californian ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach saw a slowdown in their container volumes this August. Port of Los Angeles (POLA) reported a 15% decrease in its…

Barcelona port tour and Ice Breaker reception kicks off Cool Logistics Global 2022

After two years of online conferences Cool Logistics Global is back with an in-person event in Barcelona. The day prior to Cool Logistics Global Conference 2022, delegates had the opportunity for a tour of the Port of Barcelona followed by an Icebreaker Reception. The Port of Barcelona has seen recent expansion…

Suez Canal Authority decides on new and increased transit tolls for 2023

The Suez Canal Authority has issued today new resolutions on the canal’s transit tolls that are to be applied in 2023. Ossama Rabiee, SCA's Chairman and Managing Director, has…

Maersk to enhance Samba service in November

Danish box carrier Maersk will add a ninth vessel to the fleet of its weekly North Europe - East Coast of South America "Samba" service in November. The service's port rotation will also be increased by Tanger Med as a southbound call. As a result, nine vessels of 10,500 TEU capacity will be deployed on…

Italian kiwifruit approved for export to China via reefer ship

Recently, the General Administration of Customs issued an announcement that Italian kiwifruit will be allowed to be transported to China by refrigerated ship from September 7.…

Drewry

Drewry’s World Container Index drops below US$5,000

The Drewry's World Container Index dropped for the 200th day, to end below US$5,000 at US$4.942, one percent away from 4,900 which is a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level. The index has been falling ever since 24 February 2022. Drewry Supply Chain AdvisorsThe index hit its peak around the same time, last year. The…

UK ports brace for upcoming strikes

Workers' strikes at the ports in Felixstowe and Liverpool are expected to cause operational delays in the UK supply chain network. Potential ripple effects might impact other…

US: Railroads and labor unions reach provisional deal to avert strike

Yesterday, railroads and workers' unions have reached a tentative labor agreement, intent on averting a national rail strike that threatened to shut a major segment of the US…

Shipping lines & container owners have trouble returning boxes to China

Shipping lines and container owners in North America (majorly in the US) are finding it difficult to return containers to China. The US is also facing major trucking issues…

US government drafts contingency plans for rail shutdown

Yesterday, President Biden's administration made contingency plans aiming to ensure deliveries of critical goods in the event of a shutdown of the US rail system. It is still…

Rapid decline in spot rates

Excessive ocean carrier profits expected to come down

SHIFEX, a forwarder-driven container spot freight rate index, recorded the lowest freight rate in 24 months between Shanghai and Los Angeles. The index shows a rate of $3,500/40’--a drop of 80 percent Y-O-Y. While the decline in rates has been slower between China and New York/New Jersey, the rates still…

Sea Intelligence

Carrier EBIT in Q2 2022 at USD 41.6 billion

In terms of EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Tax), the major shipping lines recorded a combined EBIT of USD 41.6bn, and this is discounting CMA CGM who have only issued a press release so far, which does not list their EBIT. This not only higher than the combined Q2 EBIT of the past 11 years but is…

Yang Ming Marine Transport chairman Cheng Cheng-mount:

"Market will not return to its pre-pandemic troubles"

At an investment seminar organized by the Taiwan Stock Exchange on 12 September, Yang Ming Marine Transport chairman Cheng Cheng-mount claimed that the ongoing correction in…

Ramaphosa displeased with port export situation

President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid a visit to two manufacturing facilities: the Sappi Saiccor facility in Umkomaas, south of Durban and Hesto Harnesses, a subsidiary of…

South African fruit industry investigates taking control of its own shipping

Citrus exporter: Appeal to shipping lines met with “an arrogance that astonishes me”

The Eastern Cape is ending its citrus export season on a frustrating note as they’ve had to pack two weeks' volumes on the MSC Carole (next week the MSC Domitille will omit Port Elizabeth). Planning EU orange shipments are complicated this season: because of new cold requirements, some exporters last…

New actions could start on September 27

Port of Felixstowe dock workers are planning new strikes

Dock workers at Felixstowe have rejected a pay deal imposed by management. This seems to clear the way for a new round of industrial actions and disruptions. Some 82% of votes…

Informall BG

Romania

Ukraine war drives container growth of Port of Constanta

The Port of Constanta in Romania, located at the crossroads of the trade routes linking markets of the landlocked countries of Eastern Europe with the Caucasus, Middle East and Central Asia, has become a true cargo-transit hub for all kinds of transport. Informall BG, a cargo analytical bureau in the…

Lidl Sweden announces they'll no longer transport fresh produce by air

Lidl Sweden announced that they’ll stop transporting fruit and vegetables by air. An image is circulating that shows all the birds that stopped flying, with the kiwi now being the final one, as a nod to the fruit that shares its name with a bird that doesn't fly. With this direction, the aim for Lidl…

Anantapur-SathyaSai districts

India: Growers and traders demand proper infrastructure facilities

The Anantapur-SathyaSai districts, which emerged as a 'Fruit Bowl' of Andhra Pradesh, have no proper infrastructure facilities like cold storage facilities, warehouses and…

Los Angeles port receives US$20 million grant to upgrade cargo flow

The Port of Los Angeles has received a US$20 million federal RAISE infrastructure grant for a critical road-railway grade separation project to facilitate faster cargo…

Concerns that economic impact from freight rail strike could add up to $2 bln per day

US rail stakeholders are concerned that a possible strike by some union members due to stalled contract negotiations could result in multibillion dollar economic impacts. The…

Optical citrus line, EFF Logistics' showpiece

"We're the logistics link between overseas products and European retailers"

Five years ago, Efrain Saucedo Nuñez started Fruta del Huerto in the Netherlands. Soon, the company wanted to store and pack its own products at its own location. A year ago, with EFF Logistics, the company began offering its services to overseas producers and retailers too from its newly built…

India to build 300 rail-linked freight terminals in next five years

The Indian government has announced a liberalized public land leasing policy for investors seeking to bid on rail-linked freight terminal projects. The policy update is part…

MSC aims to minimise container losses through DNV Anti-Roll Assist system

At the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, DNV and MSC signed a contract to apply the new DNV Anti-Roll Assist and ARCS (Anti-Roll for Containerships) system to 100 vessels of the…

A.P. Moller – Maersk signs agreement with Dubai South to more than double its warehousing & distribution footprint in UAE

With its second warehousing & distribution (W&D) facility spread over 15,000 sq. m. at Dubai South, Maersk is strengthening its W&D offerings, for retail & lifestyle, food & beauty, and eCommerce segments in UAE. Maersk Kanoo UAE, the global integrated logistics company, today signed an agreement with…

Maersk Air Cargo set to start operations

As Maersk conducted a ‘demonstrator flight’ between Asia and the US last week, the company is moving closer to the official start of its air cargo operations. The test flight…

Nigeria: Air cargo traffic low amidst large global demands

Despite the massive demand for Nigeria’s goods globally, the country’s cargo traffic remains low among the top African airports ranking by freight traffic. Nigeria has one of…

Sea Intelligence

Empty container problem intensifies

In this week’s issue 580 of the Sunday Spotlight, we revisited our analysis of the eventual normalisation of supply chains, and the potential ramifications on the flows of empty containers. The underlying data for this model comes from the Flexport Ocean Timeliness Indicator (OTI) data, which measures…

In collaboration with Grydd Technology

Fresh Del Monte’s Network Shipping Ltd. continues to enhance agile & automated processes

Network Shipping Ltd., the ocean logistics arm of Fresh Del Monte, in partnership with Grydd Inc., is streamlining and ensuring nearly 100% compliance in its shipping…

"We want to provide customized preservation solutions for fruit container carriers"

The strain on the global transportation capacity has brought great challenges to the fruit industry. In an environment where sea transportation takes a long time and is often uncertain, the quality of fruit in logistics directly affects the profitability of merchants. Against this background, the demand…

Maersk: Congestion surcharge port of Dunkirk

Lately, as the congestion in Northern European Ports is ongoing, the Port of Dunkirk is also suffering from significant waiting times for gate–in/out of packed containers. As…

Mission Produce and NatureSweet enter long-term 3PL partnership in Laredo, Texas

Mission Produce™ and NatureSweet® Tomatoes have announced a long-term third-party logistics (“3PL”) partnership leveraging Mission’s state-of-the-art forward distribution center (“FDC”) in Laredo, Texas. The move is anticipated to support the expansion of NatureSweet’s greenhouse portfolio, which…

José María Quijano, of CETM: "It is important to dignify the profession of carriers and make it more attractive"

The ban on drivers participating in the loading or unloading of goods is now in force in Spain

On September 2, the thirteenth additional provision of Law 16/1987, of July 30, on Land Transport Regulation, came into force in Spain, prohibiting drivers of transport vehicles with a maximum authorized mass of more than 7.5 tons from participating in the loading or unloading of goods and their…

New empty container transportation center starts operations at Shanghai port

The Shanghai Port Northeast Asia Empty Container Transportation Center has officially started operations at the port of Shanghai. The new container facility covers an area of…

Unite confirms two-week strike action at Port of Liverpool container division

British trade union Unite has confirmed that more than 560 port operatives and maintenance engineers will take strike action from Monday 19 September to Monday 3 October at…

USDOT announces US$1.4 billion funding, aimed at improving US rail network

The US Department of Transportation has announced the availability of more than US$1.4 billion in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grant…

New container service sees New Zealand shipping going from strength to strength

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says New Zealand coastal shipping is on an unprecedented growth curve as another New Zealand crewed ship comes onto the New Zealand coast.…

Q2 2022; Global liner results highest ever recorded

According to a new report from John McCown, Blue Alpha Capital, Q2 results for global liner shipping are the highest ever recorded in history of transportation. Seven…

Hapag-Lloyd expects to increase Cherry Express service shipments by 20% this season

Chile is one of the world's biggest cherry producers and Hapag-Lloyd is the market leader when it comes to shipping Chilean cherries. “There are many cherry-producing…

Container shipping profits to drop by 80% in 2023/24

According to a report by HSBC Global Research forecasts, a downcycle is unavoidable for container shipping in 2023-24, and profits will fall by 80%. After two years of…

"It takes great skill to organize daily transport"

Every day, Freight Line Europe sends Dutch flowers, potatoes, fruit, and vegetables to Great Britain in refrigerated trucks. That had been going without a hitch for many years; then Brexit happened. That has saddled the transporter with an enormous administrative burden. Freight Line Europe has had to…

More UK strikes a possibility

Port of Felixstowe workers’ walkout comes to an end

The eight-day strike at the Port of Felixstowe officially ended on 29 August. Over 1,900 members of the British trade union Unite went on strike after a dispute about a pay…

Chinese ports ready for closures amid new Covid outbreaks

Major container ports in China are ready to impose closed-loop operations as the country refuses to back down on its zero-Covid-19 policy. The southern Chinese city of…

New flights for produce shipped from Ecuador and Colombia to the US

Late July, US airfreight wholesaler Solent Freight Services launched a new flight service from Quito (Ecuador) and Bogota (Colombia) to Miami in response to increasing demand for perishables. This includes fruits, vegetables as well as flowers. “It is the first new service between these cities in many…

Second-quarter 2022 financial results:

Accelerated strategic development, driven by the Group’s strong financial performance

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, met today under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief…

Containership backlog outside LA ports almost over

The number of containerships headed for the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has dropped to the lowest level since the bottleneck started to build two years ago.…

Maersk Asia Pacific market update (August 2022)

'Supply chains will come under further strain in the next few weeks'

A.P. Moller Maersk published a press release stating: We expect that supply chains will come under further strain in the next few weeks especially in Europe where labor unrest…

Weekly freigth rate update

Reefer rates defy global spot trends on North Europe to Far East trades

While spot rates for ‘dry standard’ FEUs are declining on the world’s key global trading corridors, the rates for equivalent reefers are bucking the trend on the North Europe…

Shenzhen Yantian Port: imported fruit business increased by over 500%

In the past few days, imported fruits such as durian, kiwi, and citrus from Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and South America arrived at Yantian Port in Shenzhen, and they were…

Citrus growers look at US truck driver shortage

Alix Miller, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association, told attendees of the recent Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo that there is a shortage of about 80,000 truck…

Walnut exporters searching for alternatives due to Port of Oakland delays

American nut exporters, who are fed up with delays at the Port of Oakland, are in talks with ship and rail carriers for a new trade route to get their products overseas.…

Lineage Logistics completes the acquisition of Spanish transport and cold-store operator Grupo Fuentes

Lineage Logistics, LLC, one of the world’s leading temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions providers, today completed the acquisition of Grupo Fuentes,…

Sea-Intelligence

Schedule reliability continues on an upwards trend

Sea-Intelligence has published issue 132 of the Global Liner Performance (GLP) report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including July 2022. As the report itself is quite comprehensive and covers schedule reliability across 34 different trade lanes and 60+ carriers, this press release will…

Container News

Container News analysis:

Slowing exports send freight rates on major trades out of India further downwards

With export volumes moderating, average container freight rates across major trade lanes out of India have seen measurable downward revisions this month, from the levels held by major carriers in July, the latest market analysis by Container News suggests. On the westbound India-Europe trade, rates from…

China: Covid lockdowns return to key port cities

Covid lockdowns are being imposed in China again. Residential areas in key port cities such as Shenzhen and Dalian were closed off again this week, and mass testing is…

Bolloré expands footprint in Australia

Bolloré Logistics completes acquisition of Lynair Logistics

Bolloré Logistics announced that it has completed its acquisition of Lynair Logistics (“Lynair”) thereby expanding its footprint in Australia. Pictured (L-R): David Guarnera (State Manager of Victoria and South Australia, Bolloré Logistics Australia), Thibault Janssens (CEO of Bolloré Logistics, Pacific…

A.P. Moller-Maersk divests its share in Global Ports

A.P. Moller-Maersk’s terminals business, APM Terminals (APMT) has entered into an agreement to divest its 30.75% shareholding in Global Ports Investments PLC (GPI) to long-standing partner Delo Group. Following the announcement of Maersk’s commitment to discontinue activities in Russia earlier this year,…

Father and son Richard and Mark van den Dolder active at Inverness Transport

"From day one we have specialised in the transport of agricultural products"

They are on the road every day for their customers, and that goes beyond just transporting goods from A to B. For over 17 years Richard has been at the helm of Inverness Transport and has built it up from scratch. Since 2020, his son Mark has also been working for the company. Mark completes the planning…

Demanding urgent government support

Irish hauliers claim fuel costs are too much

Irish hauliers are demanding government compensation for the rising cost of fuel, climate upgrades, and Brexit. They also want new workers’ rights to be deferred to save them…

Sea Intelligence

Excess global demand on carriers is almost at an end

In the first article of the recent issue of the Sunday Spotlight, Sea Intelligence analysed what the effects of the removal of capacity from the market (by virtue of vessel delays) are for the effective growth in the global fleet, and its impact on the global supply/demand balance. As a starting point, a…

Diverting fruit exports to the Port of Maputo in Mozambique

South African producers look at alternatives to Port of Durban

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa and multinational logistics company DP World, which holds the concession to operate the export terminal at the Port of…

Felixstowe strike could be extended until end of year

Workers at the Port of Felixstowe have launched an ongoing strike over wages starting August 21. As of now, they have not yet come to an agreement with CK Hutchison, the Hong…

$200-plus million of direct additional value provided to Delaware taxpayers in first 3 years of operations

GT USA enabling a turnaround at the Port of Wilmington

October 3rd, 2022, will mark GT USA Wilmington’s (GTW) fourth year into a 50-year concession agreement managing and operating the Port of Wilmington in Delaware. To say there…

World’s largest melon exporter picks port of Fortaleza, Mucuripe

Export operations of Ceará-grown melons, produced by Agrícola Famosa, the world’s largest producer and exporter of fruit, will begin on the 30th. The first shipment – which…

DLG expects to keep delays under control

"Strikes mean we've had to cut two sailings and partly reschedule using Felixstowe"

On Monday, an eight-day strike began at Felixstowe, the United Kingdom's largest container port. "This strike has massive implications. For the time being, we have the delays under control, so there are currently no losses. However, we cannot rule out that these may still arise," says Nicole Visbeen of…

Dutch company tests Volvo FH I-Save

"These trucks paint the right TCO picture"

Willem Dijk AGF recently tested the Volvo FH I-Save. Partly thanks to this successful demo, this Dutch company now has, among others, two Volvo FH tractors with cost-efficient Turbo Compound engines. "These trucks paint the right TCO picture," begins Willem Dijk jr. in a Nijwa Group article.Willem Dijk…

Stronger market for pineapples predicted to continue for near future

Supplies of pineapples are steady though not as plentiful as they have been in the past few months. Jesse Garcia of LA Produce Distributors notes that some of the larger tropical fruit shipping companies aren’t sending over as many supplies. “They have huge boats and if they were shipping bananas for…

Chinese official claims:

'China won't seize Mombasa Port over SGR loan'

A Chinese government official has said that China, even if Kenya defaults on repayment of the SGR loan, will not seize Mombasa Port. Wu Peng, the director-general of the…

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King Abdullah Port supports Saudi Arabian exports with new liner service

King Abdullah Port recently received a maiden call from leading global container shipping company MSC’s Indus 2 service. Developments like these will help to further develop…

Xinjiang opens the first cold chain special train for Jiashi plums this year

On August 21, a train with 32 cold chain containers and a full load of 640 tons of Jiashi plums departed from Kashgar Station in Xinjiang, and will transfer to Weicheng…

Wim Meiling starts Dutch rates specialist firm

"Analyze logistics rates, and you soon find cost reductions or new networks"

Recently sky-rocketing tariffs are not news for most in the fruit and vegetable sector. However, many fresh produce companies are focused on getting their goods out every day. According…

The journey of the melons: An end-to-end story

Transporting melons from Guatemala to the US is not a trivial task. Here is how Sealand America makes life easier for Exportadora Atlantico S.A with an end-to-end solution. It…

A new low in U.S. container freight rates set to ease inflation

SHIFEX, Shifl’s container spot freight rate index, points to an ongoing decline in spot rates that is set to shift the power marginally away fromthe carriers. Shifl’s data shows the shipping rate for a 40’ container from China to the U.S. West Coast is set to fall below $5,000 for the first time since…

Key players come together to face logistics crisis affecting Chile

The main players in the export and import sectors are working to identify solutions to the logistic issues that have driven up food prices worldwide and severely impacted Chile and its global trade partners. Important progress has already been made as meetings have been held with the Ministries of…

July 2022: Container traffic up at Port of Melbourne

This July, strong container volumes were seen at the Port of Melbourne, ahead of the traditional peak season. The Port of Melbourne reported that its total container…

Concerns in the fresh produce sector on Felixstowe strike, possible disruption in coming days.

An 8 day strike at the port of Felixstowe which started 21st August by over 1,900 port workers is expected to affect supply chains throughout Europe. The port handles 48% of the UK's container trade. The port has a deep sea service for vessels from around the world which bring a wide variety of products…

MSC AINO loads record number of live reefers during one of South Africa’s busiest citrus export seasons ever

The MSC AINO loaded a record number of live reefers during one of South Africa’s busiest citrus export seasons ever. According to MSC operations director captain Ian Rosario,…


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