Diesel costs deliver heavy blow to North American trucking industry

Experts say that with diesel prices remaining elevated, forcing significant costs onto shippers and trucking companies, the impact of fuel costs on inflation could put a dent…

'13 million TEU of excess containers in 2023'

Over the past two years, congestion in the supply chain has led to a significant extension of the transportation time, not only in relation to the ocean-side delays, but also in relation to inland congestion and delays. When the supply chain gets longer, there will naturally be a need for more…

Signing a major long-term strategic partnership in global air cargo

Air France-KLM and CMA CGM join forces

Air France-KLM Group and the CMA CGM Group have announced that they have signed a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market. This exclusive partnership will see…

In the first four months of this year, nearly 20,000 tons of fruit were imported

Ningbo port fruit imports hit a record high in April

With the improvement of living standards, imported fruits have become an important source and supplement of fruit diversification in China, and are increasingly favored by…

Zim quarterly profits nearly triple to $1.7 billion as freight rates double

Zim is the world’s tenth largest container shipping line. Yesterday, the company posted the best quarterly results in its history. It increased its full-year guidance and now…

Drewry Shipping Consultants:

‘Global container shipping the worst for 50 years’

Drewry Shipping Consultants have reported that a continuous deterioration in the accuracy of transit and arrival times in global container shipping means the sector is in the…

India set to link 27 additional ports through rail network

Indian officials have been planning to connect 27 more ports through rail connection for faster transportation of cargoes. In this regard, Indian Railways will lay around…

Kuehne+Nagel creates a ‘sustainable airport corridor‘ in Los Angeles

Kuehne+Nagel North America launches an electric truck service to shuttle air cargo between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Kuehne+Nagel’s airport warehouse Torrance facility. The new offering will also support customers with carbon neutral pick-up and last mile delivery of their goods. The ‘sustainable…

China’s lockdowns force fruit exporters to divert to Southeast Asia

China’s two largest cities, Shanghai and Beijing, have been impacted by lockdowns on and off for a while and the impact on the produce industry is being felt. “Shanghai handles more than one-third of the fruit that’s arriving in the Chinese market,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. The lockdown…

Thermo King supplies Hapag-Lloyd with high performance generator sets

Hapag-Lloyd is to increase operational efficiency and lower operational costs with 950 SG-5000 generator sets with full life CARB compliance and real time monitoring telematics. Thermo King®, a player in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, announced today it…

Carrier Transicold crosses milestone, with over 1.5 million refrigeration units sold

Carrier Transicold has achieved another industry milestone by surpassing 1.5 million container refrigeration units sold. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable, and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.…

China Harbour Engineering Company

Peru: Contractor chosen to build $3 billion Chancay port

The China COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken a step closer to beginning work on a $3 billion industrial zone and logistics hub in Peru by concluding a $600 million deal with a Chinese contractor to build the port element. The tender for the Chancay Port project was won by China Harbour Engineering…

Russian isolation deepens with shipping lines making their final port calls

Russia’s ocean container imports continue to collapse as shipping lines wind down the last remnants of their services to the country’s ports. Russia still has cargo import…

China opens new air route for durians from Thailand

The first Tianjin Air Cargo flight carrying Thai durians landed at Nanning Airport in Guangxi, China on Friday, opening a new shipment route for Thailand’s prime fruit export.…

CMA CGM launching early container return incentive program to increase supply chain fluidity

The CMA CGM Group, a global leader in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, announced today that it will implement the shipping industry’s first Early Container Return…

94.1% of the fruits and vegetables exported by Spain are transported by truck

Road transport is undoubtedly the primary means by which Spanish fruits and vegetables reach their export destinations. 94.1% of all exports in 2021 were transported by…

Regional Portuguese food products producer Manuel Patrício Produtos Alimentares invests in Körber’s technologies

Portuguese food company builds automated warehouse with Körber

Körber Supply Chain is proud to announce a new project with Manuel Patrício Produtos Alimentares. Körber will provide automated logistical technologies to increase storage capacity and the company productivity in Portugal. These solutions include Körber’s Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in…

Government orders ferries using UK ports to pay minimum wages

Ferries sailing regularly in and out of UK ports will be required to pay their employees the equivalent of the country’s minimum wage, the government announced on Tuesday. The…

HB RTS announces the acquisition of CC European Retail

HB RTS (HB) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of CC European Retail (CCER), a rental and pooling provider of returnable transport items (“RTIs”) in…

US industry takes action to address detention and demurrage fees

In the US, efforts to address detention and demurrage fees are moving forward at both the state and federal level. A state assembly bill has been proposed to strengthen rules…

World Container Index,

Drewry’s composite World Container Index

Spot rates expected to remain stable in the near future

Drewry’s composite World Container Index decreased by 0.9% to US$7,657.20 per 40ft container the week of 12 May 2022, compared with the previous week's figure. Despite the fall though, it remains 33.7% higher than a year ago. Source: World Container Index, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors The average composite index…

Dawie Scholtz – Maputo Port Fruit Terminal

Long-awaited breakthrough as citrus is loaded from Maputo

A significant volume of South Africa’s citrus is produced in the north-eastern parts of the country, located much closer to Mozambique (Maputo) than to Durban where the congestion grows yearly. Indeed, Maputo had until six years ago been an established port for loading conventional and container vessels…

Sri Lanka: Colombo port workers return to work after 23 hours

Workers at Colombo port returned to work yesterday afternoon after enforcing strikes for 23 hours. The Sri Lankan police enforced a state of emergency as a violent clash…

An update on the impact on transportation

Gebrüder Weiss on the current situation in Shanghai

Although some sources report more positive news in recent days for plans of a lift of the lockdown, situation currently remains unchanged in terms of cargo operations. Some…

Costa Rican cyberattack another shipping challenge for pineapples

While supplies of pineapples from Costa Rica are available, the logistics are another story. Adriana Garcia from Chestnut Hill Farms says Costa Rica is supplying approximately 96 percent of the pineapples to both Europe and the U.S. right now. “The availability of containers is low and we don’t seem to have…

The impact of logistics on apple exports

Apple exports are very difficult.  So sums up Donna Feltrup of L&M Companies Inc. based in Union Gap, Washington on how the export apple season has gone to date this season. Starting with destinations. For L&M, it’s sending apples to the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana…

Damietta Alliance developing and operating a new container terminal in Damietta, Egypt

A new terminal will be built in the port of Damietta, Egypt. For this purpose, a Joint Venture was founded to develop and operate the new “Terminal 2” in the port. The Joint Venture “Damietta Alliance Container Terminal S.A.E.” consists of three core shareholders which are Hapag-Lloyd Damietta GmbH…

Biden adds $234.3 Million to bolster America’s port infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $684.3 million is now available for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)…

Sharp drop in transit times and U.S. spot freight rates as demand plummets

The U.S. GDP fell 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022, which has concerned economists and analysts alike. Ripples have been felt across the Trans-Pacific corridor as discussions of a freight recession and cooling ocean freight spot rates hit the headlines. The U.S. saw an extremely high volume of…

Maersk’s Soren Skou and Matson’s Matt Cox

China lockdowns are not causing shipping chaos

It was predicted that China's lockdowns would cause container shipping havoc. Six weeks into the Shanghai lockdowns, it still hasn’t happened. Two liner CEOs — Maersk’s Soren Skou and Matson’s Matt Cox — explained why. “The port [of Shanghai] is open and operating,” said Skou. Trucking and warehouse…

China has freed up the coastal piggyback system for shipping of foreign trade containers between ports within China

China has freed up the coastal piggyback system for shipping of foreign trade containers between ports within China, enabling foreign logistics giants such as A.P.…

The demand for both sea containers and air cargo has declined

In the first quarter of this year, container shipping companies continued the excellent performance of 2021, but the container equipment market showed signs of weakness. As we…

Gert Upton – Schoonbee Landgoed

“The way everything plays out this season will be very different from other seasons”

In the Loskop Valley of Limpopo, the citrus harvest was held back by rain and many recent public holidays. Last week, harvesting and packing of clementines and Novas resumed, along with the lemons already running and their early navel harvest starts next week.“We have to pack day and night because of the…

California: Central Valley growers having issues shipping products

In recent years, the Californian agricultural community has been dealing with challenges at a level no one saw coming. On top of three years of drought and new water…

Data integration reduces overhead costs and task duplication

Producers, retailers, shippers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers frequently need to work with multiple software platforms. For example, for every shipment they send, a vendor might need to enter shipment and temperature information into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, a warehouse…

Cambodia Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Cambodia starts construction of US$1.5 billion seaport

Cambodia has started the construction of a seaport in its Kampot province with an investment of US$1.5 billion from the private sector. The multipurpose port will help complement the port of Sihanoukville, another major port in that region. With the completion of the first phase of the project by 2025,…

DP World bolsters Europe-Asia connection with new multimodal terminal

DP World has announced the construction of a new multimodal terminal connecting Romania’s industrial heartland to European and Asian trade hubs. According to a statement released by DP World, the Aiud intermodal terminal will boast a static storage capacity of 3,000 TEU and is expected to become…

Richard Salazar, executive director at Acorbanec:

"While freight rates remain high, banana prices not increasing in the spot market is a cause for concern"

Ecuadorian bananas are going through a critical situation, and the war in Europe and its impact on the delicate balance of the global market has only made matters worse. The core of the matter is that the sector is of fundamental economic and social importance for this country, which has been the leading…

Regional carrier Sinokor Merchant Marine shows no anti-Russia attitude

Contrary to the trend of liner operators suspending services to Russia in the wake of the latter's invasion of Ukraine, South Korean regional carrier Sinokor Merchant Marine…

Charles Gantz – Anlin Shipping (Reefer Alliance)

Specialised reefer vessels take the reins in Russian trade

Conventional shipping to the USA, taking a variety of citrus from the Western Cape, kicks off in two weeks, says Charles Gantz, managing director/CEO of Anlin Shipping, Reefer Alliance representative in South Africa. "There’s a definite space for South African citrus in the USA and the limited discharge options…

US port delays worsen as harvest of new crops approaches

As ongoing port congestion and persistent shipping obstacles continue to block movement of California agricultural goods, farmers and exporters are faced with overflowing…

Romanian Transport Minister Grindeanu:

‘Romania has an important role in cargo flow with Ukraine and Moldova’

Romanian Transport Minister Grindeanu has stated that the country now has an extremely important role for the cargo flow to and from Ukraine and/or the Republic of Moldova,…

Maersk ceases all operations in Russia and Belarus

Maersk has announced the closure of its operations in Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Danish company has already stopped all vessel operations in…

Durban Container Terminal’s Pier 1 handled highest annual volumes yet

The Durban Container Terminal’s Pier 1, handled its highest annual volumes yet, having moved a total of 689,246 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) at the end of the 2021/2022…

Sennder launches in Romania to strengthen its network density across Europe

Sennder, a digital freight forwarder in Europe, is launching a new office in Bucharest, Romania, entering the market as the first digital freight forward provider in the region. With 11 offices across Europe, sennder continues its strategic expansion to increase its carrier network density. The new…

Intermodal solutions - Gaborone, Botswana by rail through Durban

CMA CGM has been informed by the National rail service provider Transnet TRF that KwaZulu–Natal has been severely impacted with rail infrastructure damaged by washaways and…

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp:

Shipping firm sees easing of supply-chain bottlenecks

One of the world’s biggest shipping companies has stated that port bottlenecks, that increased supply-chain congestion because of the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China,…

HDG increases access with Agri Software

"Transparency within the chain becoming increasingly important"

The Dutch company HDG Survey Group started Agri Software to market its self-developed quality control tool QC4U better. "We thought it time to throw the gates open even wider and make our complete tool available to all interested parties," says Stefan Loos of Agri Software. "The market still has plenty…

"Communication is crucial in freight forwarding"

The cost precedes the benefit. This well-known Dutch adage is something with which the folks over at Share Logistics agree. As a forwarding agent, you are always a cost item for clients. But, partnering with those customers and using smart solutions, knowledge, and speed keeps the end costs within…

Indian shippers rejoice, but dip in freight rates will be temporary

April ended with a cheer for Indian shippers as prices of shipping containers across major ports of Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), Chennai and Mundra (Gujarat) went down. However,…

A.P. Moller - Maersk completes acquisition of Pilot Freight Services

A.P. Moller-Maersk has announced the completion of its acquisition of Pilot Freight Services, a leading U.S.-based international and domestic supply chain provider with cross-border solutions into Canada and Mexico. Pilot Freight Services will be rebranded to Pilot – A Maersk Company. The strategic and…

Jashwanth Gupta - Silafrica

"The crates allow better refrigeration to keep the products fresh and give longer shelf-life"

Silafrica manufactures and supplies high-quality plastic packaging from ISO 9000 and FSSC 22000 Certified factories across three countries: Tanzania since 1963, Kenya since 1976, Ethiopia since 2014, and has pioneered innovative plastic packaging for nearly seven decades. The company provides regional…

MSC and Maersk are the world’s largest container carriers

MSC and A.P. Moller – Maersk have consolidated their positions as the two largest container carriers in the world, according to recent data from Alphaliner. In the shipping…

Schedule reliability improves again in March 2022

Sea-Intelligence has published issue 128 of the Global Liner Performance (GLP) report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including March 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 prices fall in India amidst global supply chain disruptions, container trade optimism for shipping companies

Container xChange, a prominent global neutral marketplace for shipping containers and a technology logistics infrastructure company, released the findings of its container logistics analysis for the Indian container logistics market.   Key findings from the analysis show that there has been a general decline in…

HPC validates inland port for South Carolina Ports

South Carolina Ports has commissioned HHLA subsidiary Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) to assess the capacity expansion of the Inland Port Greer, one of its intermodal rail terminals located in the Northern part of the US state. The assessment was used to validate HPC’s original capacity and review options…

MSC adds another new service to Port of Philadelphia with the Indus 2

On Wednesday April 27, PhilaPort welcomed the maiden call of a new ocean liner service to The Port of Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The 6,730-TEU container vessel MSC Michaela is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) “Indus 2” service. On the Bridge of M/V MSC Michaela Voy#:…

Côte d'Ivoire Terminal receives six fleet gantries

Earlier this week, Côte d’Ivoire Terminal took delivery of six fleet gantries for the second container terminal currently under construction at the Port of Abidjan. The…

Port of Antwerp-Bruges:

Merger of the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge creates Europe's largest export port

The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge will from now on continue their growth trajectory under one name: Port of Antwerp-Bruges. At the extraordinary general meeting of 22 April 2022, the two cities signed the shareholders' agreement of the unified port company. Today, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is sharing the…

Minister for Ports and Shipping, Premitha Bandara Tennakoon:

Sri Lanka to collect shipping payments only in US dollars

Sri Lanka's newly appointed Cabinet Minister for Ports and Shipping, Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, has decided to encourage shipping lines to pay Sri Lanka Ports Authority…

Shanghai International Port Group offers container storage discounts

Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) is offering a 50% discount on container storage fees to help alleviate the impact of the month-long lockdown on shippers. The operator…

Signs of an economic recession?

The logistical nightmare in Shanghai is compounded by a disturbing drop in demand for land freight transport in the US

On April 20, there were 230 container ships in front of the port of Shanghai and in the maritime area it shares with the nearby port of Ningbo, all waiting for a berthing site…

The largest ship ever to dock in Puerto Bolívar will take 1,343 containers of Ecuadorian bananas

On April 25, the MSC Maxime entered the Puerto Bolívar Maritime Port in the province of El Oro. This is the largest ship that has docked at this terminal so far. The MSC…

China’s Zero-Covid policy to restart US West Coast port congestion

Lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere are resulting in another backlog of goods, waiting to be moved within China and around the world. Last year, a backlog of containers…

DP World to sell its stake in India East Coast terminal

Sources say DP World has reached a deal to sell its minority stake in the Visakha Container Terminal (VCT), in the eastern Indian port of Visakhapatnam, to the local joint…

India prepares procedure to clear re-imported Russia-bound stuck containers

Several thousands of Indian goods laden containers, which were bound to Russia but ended up stuck in various European and West Asian ports, are now returning back to India…

Maersk and COSCO turn to rivers to guarantee China deliveries

Maersk and China COSCO Shipping are turning to inland waterways and linking up sea and rail transport in China to combat the logistical challenges caused by the ongoing…

President Biden bans Russian vessels from US ports

US president Joe Biden has decided to ban all Russian-affiliated vessels from calling at the US ports, joining the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada, which have…

Determining detention charges to be ‘unreasonable’

Federal Maritime Commission fines Hapag-Lloyd

The Federal Maritime Commission has fined Hapag-Lloyd $822,220 in civil penalties for 14 violations of the US Shipping Act. Investigations found that the company had…

Fruit Growers welcome ALP commitment to Hobart Airport upgrade

Fruit Growers Tasmania has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Labor Party to commit to the investment of $60 million to upgrade Hobart Airport to allow for…

Trading update for Q1 2022 and 2022 full year guidance adjustment

Mærsk realizes financial performance for Q1 of 2022 with a revenue of USD 19.3 bln

A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S (APMM) has realized a financial performance for the first quarter of 2022 ahead of previous expectations with a revenue of USD 19.3bn, an underlying…

Patrick Sperl, Cobana Ltd & Co. on apples from overseas

"Logistical problems with ocean freight are pervasive at the moment"

In week 16, Cobana & Co. received the first batches of Royal Gala apples from New Zealand. For many years, the Hamburg-based fruit importer has been a specialist in apples from overseas, importing tons of pome fruit from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa every year between April and October…

Luz Santos Bollea: "Shipping lines now strategic partners"

Terri Citrus has high hopes for Argentina’s 2022 lemon harvest

The first containers of the Argentinian Terri Citrus lemons brand, called Carmencita, have just been loaded for Europe and the USA. Clients in Spain have already asked them to send lemons earlier, while they face uncertain global markets says Luz Santos Bollea, marketing director of Terri Citrus. The…

Sustainabilty Manager Niklas Witte from Hamburg Süd:

"To be able to ensure the entire end-to-end process for our customers, we are expanding our air freight business"

For around 150 years, the shipping company Hamburg Süd A/S has been an established player in international container shipping and, in addition to the classic shipping business, has recently also been able to offer end-to-end logistics solutions and even air freight. Niklas Witte, Sustainability Manager…

CMA CGM launches new sustainable solution for citrus fruit’s exports at the port of Maputo, Mozambique

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, launched in April a new service allowing the export of citrus fruits in reefer containers from Mozambique at the port of Maputo, to Asia at Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas through CMA CGM’s Asia Mozambique Express (MOZEX) service. This innovative…

Port of Rotterdam first in the Netherlands to allocate airspace for drone use

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will start a pilot on regulations and traffic control in the so-called ‘very low-level airspace’ to ensure that increased drone traffic over the Rotterdam port area is coordinated properly. It's the first time a pilot of this kind takes place in the Netherlands.  Long-range…

The new year's durian season officially begins

3,000 tons of fresh durian arrived in the Nansha port area by sea freight

On April 22, COSCO SHIPPING's "Xinyangpu" vessel loaded with 142 boxes of over 3,000 tons of imported fruits such as fresh durian and mangosteen berthed at Nansha Phase II Terminal. This is the first durian express line in the Nansha port area of ​​Guangzhou Port this year, heralding the official opening…

A new procurement joint venture:

Seaspan and Anglo-Eastern announce Sea Sourcing

Seaspan Corporation and Anglo-Eastern Univan Group are pleased to announce the formation of Sea Sourcing Pte Ltd, a new procurement joint venture between the two companies,…

APM Terminals Mumbai launches a rail service for empty container repositioning

APM Terminals Mumbai (Gateway Terminals India – GTI) is introducing a new value-added service for customers by providing a rail product to reposition empty containers. The new service is available for shipping lines, inland container depots (ICDs) and container freight stations (CFS). With the number of…

Where in the world is my container?

Tim Clarke, president of Vanguard International USA, takes a look at where the industry is with ongoing supply chain challenges. “We deal with logistics issues every hour of every day in every single trade lane,” says Clarke. “The view from my home office gives me a front row seat of the problems…

Christian Seydewitz of Hapag-Lloyd spoke about cherry exports at the Global Cherry Summit:

"Chile doesn't have the capacity to move 6,000 containers in four weeks"

Hapag-Lloyd's Senior Vice President for Chile, Christian Seydewitz, participated in a panel at the 3rd edition of the Global Cherry Summit, held on April 19 in Chile, where he…

It will be loaded with Thai fruits on the return trip

Shenzhen "Bay Area" special train with China-Laos-Thailand cold chain set off for the first time

According to the Transportation Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality, the first Shenzhen "Bay Area" special train with a China Shenzhen-Laos-Thailand cold chain, departed from…

Acquisition of VersaCold Logistics Services from TorQuest Partners

Lineage Logistics broadens North American network

Lineage Logistics, LLC, a prominent industrial REITs and logistics solutions providers, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VersaCold Logistics…

USDA to help with user costs for Oakland’s pop-up container yard

Port of Oakland exporters eligible for new federal incentives

Port of Oakland’s new, temporary container yard is getting federal help in the form of financial relief for its customers. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)…

Container volume up in last 30 days, no vessel logjam at berths

Port of Oakland cargo volume dropped, but outlook better

Port of Oakland cargo volume declined last month amidst hints of better times to come. The Port said today that its total March volume dropped 11 percent year-over-year.…

Fifth of world’s containerships bogged down in port congestion

With lockdowns impacting the movement of vessels at the major Chinese ports, the congestion appears to be spreading to other ports around the globe. New data from maritime AI…

SeaPort Manatee seems to be on track to set a record in total cargo

SeaPort Manatee appears to be on track to set a record in total cargo, surpassing its high mark of nearly 10.5 million tons set in fiscal 2021. It saw a 32% surge in…

Have the southern ports of the UK become an alternative route to smuggle cocaine into Europe hidden in containers?

The increase in drug seizures from Latin America over the past year suggests so. The National Crime Agency recently released statistics highlighting a 161% increase in cocaine…

Marc Harskamp of Orim Energy warns of diesel shortage:

"Limited diesel availability causing issues"

“Diesel is being rationed," declares Marc Harskamp, Trader Fuel Oil/Risk Management at Orim Energy. This Dutch company focuses on trading, blending, and bunkering low-sulfur fuel. One of the reasons for the limited diesel availability, he says, is the maintenance being carried out on several refineries…

MSC Spain celebrates 40TH anniversary

This year, MSC will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in Spain. This history began on 2 May 1982 when the first offices were opened in Valencia and Barcelona, and today MSC Spain has over 600 staff dedicated to servicing the needs of its customers in the country.   To mark this historic moment, MSC Spain will host…

Justin Chadwick:

KwaZulu-Natal floods: Major progress to return Durban port to full functionality ahead of the 2022 citrus export season

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has been engaging closely with government and stakeholders across the citrus value chain on efforts to return the…

"We've never dealt with this issue at this level"

Chile's fruit season is marked by the logistics crisis

The Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies –Odepa– reported in its April Fruit Bulletin that fresh fruit sales in the first quarter of this year had amounted to 933,000…

Showing levels of congestion in key ports of Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach and Rotterdam

QuantCube launches Port Congestion Indicators

Real-time economic intelligence provider QuantCube Technology has announced that it has added three new real-time economic indicators to the QuantCube Macroeconomic…

Maesk warehouses at Shanghai ports partially resuming operation

Danish shipper Maersk has issued a statement saying that its warehouses business at ports in Shanghai has partially resumed under the closed-loop pandemic management. Although…

Slightly less, but better moving, pomegranates from Chile

Logistics look to be improving on pomegranate imports. Right now, pomegranates have been coming in from Chile for the past three weeks and arrivals will continue from there until the beginning of July. “The boats with the fresh produce have been getting priority. There’s a little bit of delay but not…

Slight drop of 1.5% compared to 2021

Port of Antwerp's quarterly figures confirm importance of merger and extra container capacity

The total throughput of Port of Antwerp amounted to 58.3 million metric tonnes in the first quarter, a drop of 1.5% compared with the same period last year. On the eve of the merger with Port of Zeebrugge, these quarterly figures confirm the importance of responding to the current challenges collectively…

China is combating a logistical chaos

Chinese imports have dropped 0,1% compared to the previous year in dollar terms, constituting the first drop since August 2020 , with a figure well below the median forecast…

North America logistics show improvement but long-term structural changes expected

Are things improving on shipping and logistics in North America? It does look as though truck rates have stabilized following the recently seen escalating rates and even come back down to pre-pandemic levels. “For example, pre-pandemic, the cost of a load of produce from Nogales to Philadelphia was…

South Texans worry about future blockades at Mexican ports

Commercial truck traffic resumed at Pharr-Reynosa late last week

Commercial truck traffic resumed Thursday at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, the nation’s No. 1 port of entry for fruits and vegetables from Mexico. The bridge had…

MSC increases orderbook with fourteen 7,000 TEU ship commissions

Swiss-Italian liner company MSC continues to build its fleet going to New Times Shipbuilding of China for fourteen 7,000 TEU new-buildings. MSC has a policy of not commenting…

Edwin Stuik, APC Handling:

"Our motto: handling imports, hassle-free, for our clients"

In the summer of 2021, Edwin Stuik joined Amsterdam Perishable Center (APC) Handling as general manager. That was after a long career in perishable air cargo handling. APC is an IPHandlers' subsidiary specifically focused on handling fruit and vegetable imports at Schiphol and surrounding airports.…

Container backlog in port precinct to be cleared within days

Good progress at Durban port, but major damage to reefer containers at some depots

South Africa’s minister for public enterprises yesterday confirmed that vessels were taking fruit from South Africa, that Durban harbour was currently “fully functional” and that the accumulated container backlog would be cleared within the next five to six days. The damage to large quantities of reefer…

"Our time-saving service keeps the fruit as fresh as possible"

The Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) now has four weekly direct container services. They are from the Maersk, CMA CGM, and Hamburg Süd shipping companies, and the ships dock directly on the quay. Steven Van Der Taelen of Sea-Invest explained this during a press breakfast at the Port of Antwerp stand at…

Vietnam Logistics Business Association

Vietnam presents plans to acquire US$1.5 billion-worth container shipping fleet

Having learnt from the disruptions caused due to invasion of Ukraine, the Vietnam Logistics Business Association has moved to acquire its own fleet to run businesses on Asian…

MSC Chile sets record for reefer shipment

The MSC Carole vessel, which set sail on 2 April from Valparaíso to the port of Rodman, in Panama, registered the highest shipping record of reefer containers ever carried by MSC from Chile, with 2,082 boxes, equivalent to 4,164 TEUs. The shipment included mostly grapes, apples, pears, quinces, and…

Shippers watchful of Texas-Mexico border blockades and inspections

“It doesn’t help the commodity situation. There’s no net positive and it’s a mess.” So says Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in Edinburg, TX of the recent events at key Mexico-Texas border crossings which are delaying shipping produce over the border. Earlier in the week, Mexican truckers formed a…

A number of off-site depots and warehouses remain non-operational

Durban port operations resume with no damage to containers or vessels in port

The death toll from the KwaZulu-Natal floods has risen to over 340 and President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the area and surveyed the devastation from the air: bridges, roads and houses washed away along the KwaZulu-Natal coast – and the South African Weather Service has sent out another rain warning for…

The fruit shipments that Argentina sent to Russia before the war are finally arriving at their destination

"Three of the four ships that were on their way arrived at their destination and the fourth one is going to arrive in good condition."The start of the war in Ukraine and the…

JNV Produce turns 25

This year, JNV Produce celebrates its 25th anniversary. "That's something to be proud of," says Frits de Mooij, who took over as director/owner from Johan Vrijland in December. "Twenty-five years ago, Johan started JNV produce from the shed behind his house. It kept quickly outgrowing its premises and, so, moved a few times in…

Mexican truckers end initial blockade to shift to other US crossings

Mexican truckers protesting Texas Governor Abbott’s controversial border crackdown ended their blockade of a key international bridge and are switching to other crossing…

MSC Bengal Service

New direct shipping service with China to start this month

A new weekly China-Bangladesh container vessel service will make its debut in the last week of April, creating an opportunity to quicken the country's import and export trade.…

Port of Los Angeles had record March - completing best first quarter ever

The Port of Los Angeles processed 958,674 TEUs in March, its third consecutive monthly cargo record. The Port completed its best first quarter ever, tracking 3.5% above last…

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Smaller vessels coming onstream on Transpacific

In the past year or so, a regular influx of smaller vessels on the Transpacific has been seen. In issue 559 of the Sunday Spotlight, we wanted to see if this was indicative of a systemic change or whether it was simply a case of “get in while its good”. To do this, we looked at the 25% quartile vessel…

Porttechnology.org

Maersk, CMA CGM in driving seat for highest earning carriers in 2021

Resulting from record demand and supply chain capacity challenges, container lines saw record earnings in 2021. A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and CMA CGM are amongst the top performers. Maersk saw the largest yearly intake, as its ocean revenue increased substantially last year, surging to $48.2 billion,…

Italy's Gali Group aims at improving its services to stay competitive

Customers and suppliers need to start working together in the logistics sector

"We knew that the exhibition event in Berlin could have been a huge enigma this year, and indeed, our doubts were confirmed at the opening of Fruit Logistica 2022, when we all noticed a reduced number of exhibitors and also visitors," said Angelo Galifi, logistics director of Gali Group, an Italian…

Russia faced with drop in cargo traffic and container deficit

Russia is bracing for a sharp decline in cargo flows and a deficit of containers after major international container shipping lines halted operations in the country due to…

Cargo diverted from Shanghai due to worsening port congestion

Covid-19 containment measures in Shanghai are causing increasing disruption to supply chains. Shipping and logistics firms are warning of diverted cargoes, container…

Supply chain stretched

Chinese truckers caught in a web of quarantine controls

In China, Covid-19 restrictions leave hundreds of thousands of truck drivers caught in a web of quarantine controls. The country relies on its 17.3 million truckers to keep…

Logistics still affecting movement of South American grapes

Supplies of grapes from South America are still flowing into the coast during what is typically a transition time between South American and Mexican grape supplies. Generally Mexican grape supplies aren’t in the market until the first full week in May. “There’s some early green seedless production from…

Governor Abbott’s call for more vehicle inspections causes delays at the border

At the southern US border, trucks delivering products from Mexico are often waiting for hours at ports of entry. Commercial vehicles trying to enter the United States to…

The carrier's strike affected Peru's agro-exports

The carrier's strike in Peru has had negative consequences for the country's agro-export sector. In week 13, the sector exported almost 2,700 containers, i.e. 10% less than…

The impact of the lockdown is getting worse

Shipping companies cancel calls at Shanghai Port, and some cargoes were transferred to other ports for unloading

Due to the continuing severe pandemic, some voyages of Maersk, ONE and ZIM have begun to cancel the call at Shanghai Port, and provide multimodal transportation services such…

Ghana Export Promotion Authority engages airlines on cargo services

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has started engaging some airlines to find affordable and reliable air cargo services for Ghanaian horticultural produce exports to…

First Europe-bound Zespri kiwifruit charter set to arrive at the end of April

The first of this season’s Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit have left Port of Tauranga, bound for the Port of Zeebrugge where they will arrive at the end of April. The first shipment of Zespri Green Kiwifruit is expected to arrive in Europe in May. This season, Zespri expects to undertake four charter sailings…

Containers pile up at ports of Shanghai due to lockdowns

Containers full of frozen food and chemicals are piling up at China’s biggest port in Shanghai as a Covid lockdown in the city and compulsory virus testing means truckers…

Dole announces $1.5 million electrification project at the Port of San Diego

Dole Food Company announced a $1.5 million dollar electrification project at its West Coast port operation. This project has funded five new electric utility tractor rigs (UTRS) to add to Dole’s growing electric fleet of container transfer trucks.  These new terminal UTRs—adding to two existing electric vehicles…

The war in Ukraine frustrates hopes for an improvement in the supply chain for this year

In 2021 there was a strong recovery in container shipping, with a 9.3% annual growth and volumes that reached 171.1 million TEUs, according to data from the GTAS…

Europe's first end-to-end cargo LoRaWAN based cargo temperature monitoring service launched

The Port of Antwerp in Belgium, Europe's second-largest container hub, has announced a service offering cargo temperature condition monitoring for logistics assets and cargo, providing exception alerting solutions for cargoes for both shippers and 3PLs. This service is provided in collaboration with Foodcareplus,…


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