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CMA CGM Price Cut Shocks Rival Box Carriers Trying To Push Up Rates

14.9.2018
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CMA CGM has shocked the market by reducing Asia-North Europe FAK rates at a time when most carriers are trying to drive them up. The French carrier published new FAK rates today of $1,000 for a 20ft container and $1,800 for a 40ft. Valid from 24 September – “until further notice but not beyond 14 October”– they are down from $1,100 and $2,000, respectively. For a 40ft high-cube and 40ft reefer, rates are reduced from $2,050 to $1,850.

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Yilport Taps IDB for Ecuador's Puerto Bolívar Port

14.9.2018
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Yilport Terminal Operations has approached the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help finance the first stage of an investment plan for the Ecuadorian Puerto Bolívar Port Terminal in the province of El Oro. The concessionaire has requested financing of up to $250 million to fund the modernization, operation and maintenance of the port. Total cost of the project is expected to reach up to $350 million.

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Why European Container Lines Are Winning the Reefer Market Share Battle

14.9.2018
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Asian container lines will have to adjust their management structures if they want to keep up with their European peers in the field of box reefer shipping. According to new analysis from Drewry Maritime Research, Asian lines have fallen behind the three leading European operators, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, in one of the few areas of unitised shipping that has shown continuous growth in recent years. “Asian shipping lines will need to make something of a mentality shift if they want to take full advantage of a segment of the container shipping market that is far outpacing dry cargo,” it said.

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El Niño Phenomenon Might Affect Colombia in November

7.9.2018
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The drought-causing El Niño weather phenomenon will return to Colombia in November, the country's environment minister said recently, warning that agriculture, energy production and water provision could be affected by the predicted lack of rain. El Niño, a warming of ocean surface temperatures associated with crop damage, fires and flash floods, has damaged coffee and banana crops in Colombia in recent years and contributed to a spike in food prices that stoked inflation figures. The Andean country, which generates 75 percent of its electricity via hydroelectric dams, was nearly forced to ration energy during the most recent El Niño, which lasted from the second half of 2015 through April 2016.

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CMA CGM Launches CLIMACTIVE, the Most Advanced Technology in Active Controlled Atmosphere for Refrigerated Containers

7.9.2018
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On the occasion of the 2018 edition of the Asia Fruit Logistica fair, CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, has announced the launching of CLIMACTIVE, the most advanced technology for the transportation of highly sensitive fruits and vegetables by active controlled atmosphere. This technology allows businesses to optimize their competitive attractiveness by maintaining the products’ freshness up to final destination, preventing the maturation process, extend their shelf life and preserve the products’ quality attributes. It also allows businesses to expand by reaching further destinations and target news markets. CLIMACTIVE finally allows businesses to maintain their products’ organic label.

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Colombia: Banana Exports from Santa Marta Increase

7.9.2018
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José Francisco Zúñiga President of the Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira (Asbama) of Colombia based in Santa Marta says that there are four major challenges facing the association. "Firstly, there is the issue of water care, which is fundamental for our sector, secondly deepening and improving the safety of our producers and cargo, thirdly the tertiary roads, vital for the transport of bananas, and finally the agricultural insurance issue," Zúñiga explained. The union leader insisted that the security issue keeps dragging them away from the competition.

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Peru plans to bring Brazilian in vitro bananas to diversify the export offer

7.9.2018
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Peru expects its largest production of organic bananas during this year and is working on the establishment of phytosanitary protocols for the importation of in vitro banana and / or plantains from Brazil. This would be due, among other things, to the search to evaluate new varieties that are resistant to the FOC R4T (Race 4 Tropical Fusarium Oxysporum f.cubense), a disease that worries the industry due to its destructive potential. "To date, the FOC R4T has only been reported in Asia, Oceania and Africa," said Juan Carlos Rojas, researcher at INIA Peru.

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Ecuador: A 'Light' Reform to the Banana Law

7.9.2018
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The Association of Export and Marketing of Bananas (Acorbanec) of Ecuador has suggested the need to allow producers to plant new banana plants at the discretion of the Government. Since the existence of this prohibition banana producing countries like Philippines, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Nicaragua have continued planting, while Panama will soon be planting an additional thousand hectares in the new Del Monte project. In relation to the price, Richard Salazar, head of Acorbanec, states that there is a spot market that obeys the new world reality, with countries where different prices per box are paid, according to the specific time of the year.

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Ecuador: High Technology in Dredging to Improve Channel in Posorja

24.8.2018
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From the right side of the ship Pedro Álvarez Cabral slowly opens a huge arm that gradually enters the sea. It's like a vacuum that reaches the seabed to suck up material and dredge. The ship, 148 meters long and equipped with modern technological resources, has operated for the last 2 months in the entrance channel to Posorja, parish of Guayaquil. Its task is to dredge the channel to a depth of 16 meters, so that the post-Panamax type ships can pass through. Pedro Álvarez Cabral is the largest of the three dredges used by the Belgian company Jan De Nul, which has a contract with the firm DP World, the concessionaire of the new deepwater port that is being built in Posorja.

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Honduras: Banana Exports Start To Improve After Four Consecutive Drops

24.8.2018
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Good news in the context of the trade balance during the first half of the year, comes from banana exports worth 276 million dollars, 4.2 million higher than the 271.8 million dollars in 2017, thanks to a better price in the international market, according to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH). Between last January and June, Honduras exported 15,330 boxes of 18 kilos of bananas, which means a decrease of 10.2 percent, in relation to the 17,062 boxes sold in that period of 2017. However, the rise in income is due to the increase in the price of 13 percent, despite the volume drop.

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Costa Rica: Sales to the United Kingdom Lose Dynamism

24.8.2018
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During the first semester of the year, exports to the English market registered a fall of 9% with respect to the same period of 2017. As of June 2018, the transactions generated US$ 110 million in foreign currency, while in 2017 revenues were US$ 121 million, according to the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer). The contraction was due to a decrease in banana sales, the main export product, to other international markets as well as to the English. For the first six months of 2017, this business accounted for US$ 55 million and for the first semester of this year the figure decreased to US$ 41 million. A reduction of 25%.

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Ecuador: Ministry of Transport Suspends the Collection of Tariffs for Exporters

24.8.2018
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The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Boris Palacios, this Tuesday, August 21st 2018 suspended by resolution the collection of the fee charged by the owners of empty container yards to exporters, in Guayaquil. In addition, a technical table was established that will review the costs, projects and investment that these companies must make to improve the efficiency and times of reception and dispatch of empty containers. "We do not seek or want competitiveness to be affected," Palacios said. This after meeting with the mayor of the Municipality of Guayaquil, Jaime Nebot.

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Ecuador: Xavier Lazo Guerrero Appointed Minister of Agriculture

24.8.2018
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Xavier Lazo Guerrero is the fourth Minister of Agriculture and Livestock that the government of Lenin Moreno has appointed. Since the change of government on May 24th, 2017, Vanessa Cordero, Rubén Flores and the Minister in charge Mariuxi Gómez have passed through that portfolio. The appointment of Lazo, a banana entrepreneur, agronomist with a degree in Agricultural Sciences and Management of Natural Resources of the EARTH University of Costa Rica, was made official through decree 487.

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Maersk further Expands India Cold Chain Services

6.7.2018
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Maersk Line has made another statement regarding reefer cargo trade in India after delivering live apple saplings from Verona, Italy, to a client in Sonepat, a northern India hinterland point. The Europe-based ocean carrier has created another specialized, end-to-end cold chain logistics operation, as it works vigorously to establish a stronger foothold in the emerging market economy through synergistic supply chain solutions. Maersk, in a notice to the local trade, stated that the operation was its first-ever “store-door delivery” for such freight in the Indian reefer market, where all aspects of the supply chain — such as intermodal, customs clearance, and documentation at origin — were seamlessly processed.

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CGSA Gains Approval to Handle Mega Vessels at Port of Guayaquil

6.7.2018
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International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) subsidiary Contecon Guayaquil (CGSA) has received approval from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Transport and Public Works to handle mega vessels at the Port of Guayaquil. Following receipt of approval, CGSA will be able to accommodate two mega vessels up to 305m in length at the port's berths two and three simultaneously. Approval granted by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Transport and Public Works is expected to bolster the company's market position as the main trading gateway in the country and also improve efficiency and productivity.

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Positive Results for the Ports of Guayaquil

29.6.2018
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2017 was a good year for the three main private ports of Guayaquil overall, but spectacular for TPG (Inarpi, Saam group of Chile): it grew a little more than 179% (containers) and is now the second most important in the city. Meanwhile, the most important Port Authority concessionaire (APG), Contecon, suffered a slip and last year lost the French CMG-CGM based in Marseille. TPG-Guayaquil Port Terminal-went from 210,000 to more than 588,000 TEUS, or 20-foot containers, between 2016 and 2017, according to the latest Port Statistics Bulletin prepared by the Ports Sub-secretariat and accessed by Diario EXPRESO.

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Unibán Expects to Export 41 Million boxes of Bananas in 2018

29.6.2018
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Unibán S.A is the main Colombian banana trader. It has 40% of the export market and generates 3,600 jobs. In 2017, the company exported 40.4 million boxes of bananas, plantains and exotic fruits, which represented US $ 348 million, 2.8% more than the previous year. The goal for 2018 is to export 45 million boxes of all its products, especially bananas, which are expected to sell 41 million boxes abroad, five million more than last year (36 million). The company started in 1966, when a group of producers started up their own banana company to sell their own fruits directly to the market. Since then, it has had a sustained growth that has benefited the producers of Uraba Antioquia.

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PH to Supply Fruits, food to SK's Supermarket Chain

15.6.2018
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Even if the government failed to get a sound response on its request for South Korea to lower its tariff on Philippines' agriculture products, the country was still able to bag a deal to supply fruits and food to the East Asian nation's biggest supermarket chain for three years straight. President Rodrigo Duterte, along with his cabinet and other Filipino high-ranking government and corporate officials, was recently in South Korea for a three-day official visit. During a bilateral meeting, Duterte asked his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, to lower the tariff imposed on Philippines' agricultural products entering their country, including bananas.

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EC Maintains Preferential Tariff for Banana from Nicaragua

15.6.2018
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The European Commission (EC) has decided not to temporarily suspend the preferential customs tariff for banana imports from Nicaragua despite the fact that on April 10th it exceeded the threshold of 14,000 tons defined in the association agreement with Central America. According to the EC Decision published on June 15th by the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), "it is not appropriate to temporarily suspend the preferential customs tariff" since, despite exceeding the amount fixed, "nothing indicates that the stability of the Union market has been disturbed" by such imports.

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Dole PH wants to Erect Statue to Honor Mindanao People

15.6.2018
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Multi-national company Dole Philippines has sought the approval of the city government here to erect a 25-foot statue to honor the Mindanao tri-people and the pioneering banana industry in the island group. In a letter to the city council, Dole Philippines asked the city government for permission to erect a monument to be built by Mindanawon sculptor Kublai Millan. The title of the sculpture is "Golden Harvest," a banana tri-people monument to be located at the Davao International Airport. The 25-foot concrete sculpture in gold finish represents Mindanao's tri-people (Christian, Moro and Lumad) holding various harvest atop a giant banana finger.

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Banana Shelf Life Extended by 23 days Using Nanotechnology

15.6.2018
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A man on Friday works next to a pile of bananas that are to be sent to livestock or composting farms in accordance with Council of Agriculture regulations. Taiwanese researchers have developed a method using nanotechnology to extend the shelf life of bananas for 23 days. The team was led by National Chung Hsing University professor Lin Yao-tung. Exhibiting the team’s techniques at a Ministry of Science and Technology pavilion at Computex Taipei on Wednesday last week, Lin said the technique is commercially feasible and more than 80 businesses, including household electric appliance suppliers, have approached the team seeking collaboration. While plunging banana prices have grabbed media attention over the past few months, it is not a new problem, Lin said, adding that he has spent nine years researching techniques to extend the shelf life of various fruits.

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COSCO Shipping's Ultra-Large Container Ship “Universe” Delivered”

15.6.2018
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A new Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), COSCO Shipping Universe, which is among the world’s largest, was officially delivered by Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co Ltd to COSCO in Shanghai on June 12. The “Universe”, designed by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s 708 Research Institute, is the first ship to be delivered from a batch of six 21-thousand TEU-size container vessels. The “Universe” has broken China's record for the largest container ship, a record only set in May by another COSCO container ship, “Virgo”, which has a cargo capacity of 20,119 TEU and was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.

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Ecuador: Light Aircraft Crashed while Fumigating Banana Plantations

15.6.2018
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A fumigating plane owned by the Apacsa Company hit an electric lighting cable with its right wing destabilizing it and sending it crashing to the ground leaving it half destroyed among banana plants. The incident occurred on June 13th near 12:00hrs at a banana plantation in the Sabalucal sector in the province of El Oro in Ecuador an hour after the aircraft had taken off. The pilot was not seriously injured however he had to receive medical assistance.

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Honduras Exported 30,000 Containers of Bananas so far this Year

15.6.2018
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Honduras has exported some 30,000 containers of bananas that have generated more than US$ 523 million in foreign currency so far this year. Mauricio Guevara, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) said that the activity of the fruit sector is keeping steady. "The idea is to expand some areas and increase productivity, I feel that this is our commitment through technology and improving basic practices in export crops," he said. Investment in the sector cannot be ignored, for that reason an integrated model in which small producers receive technical assistance and technology so that they can sell their products will be implemented, the official said.

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Mexico Aiming at Exporting Bananas to China

15.6.2018
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Authorities from the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and the Chinese Ministry of General Administration of Customs and Health visited a banana plantation in Mexico, advancing the relationship for exporting this fruit to the Asian country. With these actions, established in a work agenda the authorities of Mexico and the People's Republic of China strengthened their ties of cooperation and commercial exchange of agri food products as part of the new relationship promoted by the presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto and Xi Jinping, from China.

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Strike suspended after agreement in banana plantations in Bocas del Toro

15.6.2018
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After an agreement was reached on Monday, June 11th, 2018 a four-day strike in 21 banana plantations in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro province came to an end. The Ministry of Labour and Labour Development (Mitradel) whose officials were the mediators in this case reported that this Monday at noon they were able to reactivate the work on these farms after having reached an agreement at 1:35 a.m. Representatives of banana company Chiquita Panamá LLC and the Trade Union of Workers of the Banana Industry, Agricultural and Allied Industries (Sitraibana) signed the document that ended the strike action. It was also reported that the company will rescind the dismissals that were registered during the strike.

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1,200 jobs lost as Maersk shuts down its reefer factory in Chile

15.6.2018
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Just three years after launching production lines to build reefer containers in the region that most needs them – Latin America – Maersk Container Industry (MCI) yesterday shut down its San Antonio factory. Maersk’s box production arm said the decision to shut the Chile facility was due to the twin challenges of overcapacity of global reefer production and the higher costs of sourcing raw materials and developing a local supply chain. MCI said all reefer production would be consolidated at its Qingdao, China, factory – its first dedicated reefer manufacturing plant which began operating in 1998 and “has during changing market conditions proved its capability to produce high quality products for the industry”.

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Total Produce-Dole buy to be Assessed in July

15.6.2018
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The European Commission is due to decide by July 16 whether to wave through Total Produce's €260m purchase of a stake in US rival Dole, in a deal that could lead to the creation of an industry behemoth with combined sales of €8bn. The Irish-based fruit and vegetable distributor unveiled the acquisition of a 45pc slice of Dole, which is controlled by 95-year old billionaire, David H. Murdock, in February of this year. The transaction requires regulatory approval from both sides of the Atlantic but Total Produce's chief executive, Rory Byrne, had voiced fears the EU competition watchdog could delay the deal's consummation until the end of the year.

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Honduras: SAG Socializes the Family Farming Strategy

1.6.2018
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The authorities of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Safety (SENASA) attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), delivered 19 farm registries to the farmers affiliated to the Cooperativa Agropecuaria Las Guanchias and the Association of Independent Banana Producers (Aprobana) in Santa Rita, Yoro. The delivery was made by the Regional Coordinator of Senasa, San Pedro Sula, Gustavo Fuentes, representing the General Director of the Institution, Ricardo Paz, in coordination with the head of the Department of Diagnosis, Surveillance and Phytosanitary Campaigns, Diana Martínez and Erick Padilla, official in charge of registering the producers in the General Subdirectorate of Plant Health.

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Agreement to Develop Trade of Fruit and Vegetables Through the Port of Civitavecchia

1.6.2018
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Develop the traffic of fruit and produce through the port of Civitavecchia is the objective of the administration of the port of Civitavecchia. An agreement has been recently signed by the president of the Port System of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Center, Francesco Maria di Majo, and the President and Director general of the Agri-Food Center of Rome (CAR), Valter Giammaria and Fabio Massimo Pallottini. The aim is to increase the volumes of goods in transit and import / export of fruit and vegetables from Lazio from the port of Civitavecchia. The agreement specifically provides as assets the agreed draft of an annual calendar of joint ventures even in sectors trade fair, exhibition, congress and cultural. Five guidelines covered by the agreement: internationalization of Lazio companies in the Mediterranean

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Ecuador: Congress Member Proposes New Draft for Banana Law

1.6.2018
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To produce more boxes per hectare and not enlarging the surface of banana plantations are some of the proposals contained in the draft Law of Stimulation and Control of the Production and Marketing of Banana, Plantain (Barraganete) and other related Musaceae, intended for export. The project proposed by Congressman Carlos Falquez Batallas was presented by the legislator to representatives of the media. In a press conference, Falquez was accompanied by Assembly member Patricia Henríquez Orense as well as by the banana producers: Jorge Álex Serrano, Euclides Palacios, Danilo Palacios, Alfredo Castro, Francisco Minuche, and Raúl Lara, president of the Chamber of Banana, Orenses.

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Liners Announce Emergency Bunker Surcharges

1.6.2018
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In the wake of rising fuel costs, container carriers, including the three largest — Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM — have announced new bunker surcharges. Earlier this week MSC said in an announcement, “The continued surge in bunker prices has greatly impacted the operating environment for container shipping lines. Fuel prices are up more than 30 percent this year, and almost 70 percent since last June. Prices in Europe exceeded $442 per metric ton last week. With crude oil today hovering around $80 a barrel — the highest since 2014 — the situation is no longer sustainable without emergency action.”

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Dole’s Joint Venture Recycling Company Celebrates 25 Years

25.5.2018
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Dole Food Company announced that Recyplast S.A., an innovative plastic recycling company based in Costa Rica and with joint ownership including a subsidiary of Dole Fresh Fruit, recently surpassed 25 years in its mission to dramatically reduce and reuse agricultural waste. The plastic recycling facility pioneered the collection of field plastics after use in banana growing operations in Costa Rica. This reuse and recycling process includes reclamation of plastic bags that protect bananas from weather and insects, as well as the collection of plastic twine used to prop the banana plants and other plastics used to protect the fruit during cultivation. The field plastic is processed into plastic corner boards, which support and reinforce the structural integrity of shipping pallets

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Xinhua-China banana producing area price index released in Chengmai County, Hainan Province

25.5.2018
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"Xinhua-China banana producing area price index" compiled jointly by the People's Government of Chengmai County of Hainan Province and China Economic Information Service (CEIS) of Xinhua News Agency was officially released in south China's Hainan Province on May 15. The index aims to monitor the operation status and development trend of banana producing areas in China and create a barometer for the industry. It is reported that the base date for the index is set on July 3, 2017, with the base point standing at 100 points. As of May 11, 2018, the index was reported at 87.05 points, up 0.63 points or 0.73 percent from the previous release date and down 12.95 points or 12.95 percent from the base period.

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RD: Organic Exports Generate US$ 500 Million Annually

25.5.2018
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Exports of organic products from the country generate US $ 500 million annually, said the Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez yesterday at the launch of the "II Forum of Organic Agriculture in the Dominican Republic." He recalled that the country is a world leader in exports of organic cocoa and bananas to the European Union. In addition, it exports other organic products such as mango, avocado and vegetables. He said that cocoa and bananas alone generate US$ 300 million for the Dominican Republic. He indicated that organic production has great value for producers because it generates more economic benefits than conventional produce.

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Ecuadorian Bananas Entered Brazil After 20 Years

25.5.2018
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After two decades of phytosanitary barriers imposed by Brazil on Ecuadorian bananas, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the first shipment of fruit was received on Brazilian soil. It arrived at a São Paulo port on May 18 and became a milestone for national exports. The Ecuadorian company Tropical Fruit Export SA sent a container with 1,144 boxes of 19.4 kilograms each. The banana brand that goes to Brazil is Selvatica, one of the 15 that manages the firm. The exporter is ranked ninth in the sales 'ranking', according to the Ecuadorian Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE). Between January and February of 2018, it sold 1.4 million boxes. The company's general manager, Oswaldo Menéndez, considers that the opening of this market represents an interesting opportunity to regulate the export market in times of low sales in the Northern Hemisphere.

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New Conference at Networking event in Colombia

25.5.2018
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Fruitnet Media International is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new event for the global fresh fruit and vegetable industry in recognition of Colombia’s growing presence on the international fresh produce market. Fruitnet Forum Colombia, which will be held on 26-27 June 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Bogotá’s exclusive financial district, will shine a spotlight on Colombia as an emerging supplier to global markets. Bringing together business leaders from every part of the fresh produce supply chain, Fruitnet Forum Colombia explores the main developments in the world’s biggest markets.

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Colombia: Container Trade Rose 3% between January and March

25.5.2018
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At the end of the first quarter of 2018, Colombian containerized trade grew by 3.2%, driven by the good performance of exports that increased by 10.2%, according to a report by A.P. Moller Maersk, who added that the upward trend of the last two years in Colombian agribusiness exports is still alive. This is how exports of bananas, avocados and pineapples increased by 14%, 80.3% and 67.8% respectively. The commercial relationship with Europe continues to gain strength and exports there grow by 15.7%. Specifically, shipments of refrigerated containers pushed the pace with an increase of 17.7% compared to the same period of the previous year, confirming that the Colombian

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Banana Producers ask the EU to Continue with the Agricultural Aid

25.5.2018
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Canarian banana Producers have asked the EU not take the agricultural aid out of European Union budgets. The representatives of the Banana and Plantain Producers Association (APEB) met on May 24th in Paris to "review and review" the latest actions developed at European level with the European Commission against the budgets that govern the Community Program of Support for Agricultural Productions (Posei). The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Primary Sector of the Canary Islands Government, Abel Morales, as well as a representation of the Regional Executive in Brussels, with the aim of showing the steps that the sector has taken in recent months,

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Ecuador: Asisbane put Together 100 Banana Plantations

18.5.2018
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The Association of the Banana Industry of Ecuador (Asisbane) created in 2006 which currently groups exporters, producers and input suppliers related to the banana industry in the country could be defined as a banana holding company that seeks to consolidate the sector. Asisbane thus outlined its initial strategy of optimizing the commercialization of bananas aiming to export them directly. Today, after achieving its primary objectives it has 40 producing partners distributed between Guayas and Los Ríos. The commercial manager of the company, Alberto Jalil says that the first export destinations were Russia, countries of the European Union (EU) as well as the USA.

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Colombia: Exports, challenge of FTA with USA

18.5.2018
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Six years ago, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Colombia and the US came into force. An analysis of the behaviour of exports since the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States in 2012, carried out by the Productive Transformation Program (PTP) of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, revealed that sales to the North American market of sectors prioritized by the entity increased by US$473.3 million between 2012 and 2017 representing a growth of 28.9%.

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Panama: Álvaro Alemán accused over Delays in Paying Land Yenants in Barú

18.5.2018
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A group of land tenants of the former banana plantations in the Barú district of Chiriqui province accuse the Minister of the Presidency, Álvaro Alemán of being responsible for the delay in the payment for the lease of their lands because he did not go to the Budget Committee of the National Assembly to request the extraordinary loan of US$ 9.3 million to make the payments, confirmed Eduardo Caballero, legal representative of those affected. "The only person responsible for the delay in paying for the land lease is the Minister of the Presidency, generating concern and annoyance among those affected since at this time there is no communication with the national authorities that are handling this issue," says Caballero.

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Dominican Republic: More Than 7,200 Banana Producers Trained In Four Years

18.5.2018
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The ISA University of Santiago, as part of the consortium that developed the Banana Accompaniment Measures Program, led by the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) and financed by a donation from the European Union, presented a final report revealing that more than 7,200 workers from the production sector were trained in the last 4 years, exceeding the goals established at the beginning of the project. In addition, in the same period specific training was carried out with 1,500 producers and technicians from the organizations affiliated with the Dominican Association of Banana Adobanano, the main national organization of producers in this sector.

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Ecuador Aims To Reach a Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Union

18.5.2018
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Ecuador is interested in reaching a trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (UEE), said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa speaking from Moscow, where she is making an official visit which concludes on May 17th. The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister referred to "Ecuador's interest in moving towards an agreement with the Eurasian Union", after establishing a fruitful economic, commercial, political and cultural relationship with Russia. In addition, she said that she hopes that the Government of her country will reach "in the coming months a trade agreement with the Eurasian Union," as she posted on her Twitter account.

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Hapag-Lloyd 'MV Spero' Makes Maiden Call at Port Of Mombasa

27.4.2018
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The Port of Mombasa got a major boost after one of the leading global shipping lines started operations at the Port. Hapag-Lloyd which is a German based shipping company and the fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity commenced its services in the East African region with its vessel MV Spero making her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Thursday at 0400 hours. The vessel with a carrying capacity of 1770 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) offloaded a total of 154 TEUs at the Port before proceeding to the neighboring Port of Dar- es-Salaam in Tanzania. With a scheduled weekly service of four vessels in total, with direct connections between Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, the shipping line has now joined the other five of the world’s top 10 container shipping companies that dock at the Port of Mombasa.

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Transicold Gives Out its Dealer of the Year Awards

27.4.2018
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Carrier Transicold has given out its Dealer of the Year awards. Reefer Sales & Service of Brampton, Ontario, was named Dealer of the Year for North America, and Marítima Dominicana (MarDom) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was named Dealer of the Year for Latin America. Reefer Sales & Service of Brampton, Ontario, was named Dealer of the Year for North America (seen above), and Marítima Dominicana (MarDom) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (seen below), was named Dealer of the Year for Latin America. This was the first Dealer of the Year for North America award for Reefer Sales & Service, a 130-employee enterprise that supports Ontario’s refrigerated transport industry.

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Ecuador: 99% of Exports to EFTA Would not be Subject to Duties

27.4.2018
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Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pablo Campana announced that negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) concluded on 25 April 2018. The next step involves signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), planned for June 2018. Under this FTA, a total of 99% of Ecuadorian products entering EFTA countries would not be subject to import duties. A total of 93% of Ecuadorian exports to EFTA members are non-oil ones, including flowers, bananas, tuna, amongst others, whilst Ecuador mainly imports medicines, vaccines, plasmas, immunology products, machinery/parts, raw materials for drinks manufacturing and industry supplies from the EFTA.

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Honduras Prevented From Exporting 1 Million Boxes of Bananas

27.4.2018
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The president of the Association of Bananas Producers of Honduras, Héctor Castró, revealed that at least one million boxes of fruit could not be exported due to the strike of employees that lasted for 77 days. The non-exported figure is equivalent to US$ 10 million that the country did not receive. "Chiquita Brands kept buying the fruit from us at all times and right now, however we are now experiencing some illiquidity because we are not being paid for the banana sales in time, we believe it is a consequence of the same situation" he explained. Castró pointed out that he hopes that this situation will not happen again, given that US$ 10 million were lost, in addition to the collateral damage in the jobs that were affected.

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Costa Rica Faces Massive Strike Prior to Alvarado Taking Office

27.4.2018
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Alvarado, who will assume the presidency on May 8th, met with union leaders on April 17th and asked them for restraint but failed to stop calls for a strike. The main unions in Costa Rica called for a strike in rejection of a fiscal adjustment plan that is currently being discussed in the Legislative Assembly. The general secretary of the Association of Public Employees (ANEP), Albino Vargas, confirmed that the main trade union centres are keeping the strike call firm. "We keep going, we will not take any step back," Vargas said before a DPA consultation.

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Ecuador: Yilport to Maintain Same Port Fees in Puerto Bolívar for Banana Exporters

27.4.2018
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The request made by the Government of Ecuador to Yilport to keep the same service fees and taxes for the duration of the process of containerization in the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar (APPB) would have allowed a rapprochement between the banana sector and the Government. According to the Ecuadorian press, the representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP), Yilport, APPB and the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), met recently to define the issue, making it possible to maintain the tariff at 15 cents per box of bananas in Ecuadorian ports, this will cover the transfer from the truck to the ship's hold; the rate will be maintained until 2021.

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Organic Bananas Present at Expo Perú Norte 2018

27.4.2018
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Organic banana producers from Lambayeque and La Libertad in Peru will participate in the Expo Peru Norte 2018 Fair that began on April 26th in the city of Chiclayo, aiming to conquer new markets abroad. Expo Peru North Fair 2018 will be the commercial showcase that four beneficiary associations of the Compensations for Competitiveness (Agroideas) program will have to break through in the national and international markets, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).

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Sumitomo Chemical: Enhances Agricultural Solutions for Banana Plantations

27.4.2018
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Sumitomo Chemical is newly launching two of its products for banana plantations with Powmyl 25 SC fungicide in five Latin American countries such as Ecuador and RyzUp 40 SG plant growth regulator in the Philippines. Powmyl 25 SCshows excellent control efficacy against Black Sigatoka, a significant disease onbanana crops which reduces crop yield by up to 50%. The fungicide's active ingredient, diethofencarb, is expected to act as an effective means in managing risks associated with the development of fungicide resistance because it has a unique mode of action different from those of other fungicides used against the disease currently or in the past. RyzUp 40 SG, which is a gibberellic acid (GA3) plant growth regulator

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SH Pratt Group Joins Forces with activeIT For Banana Ripening

13.4.2018
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S.H. Pratt Group, operator of the largest single ripening centre in Europe, based in Luton (United Kingdom), has confirmed plans to partner with Austrian Software company activeIT utilising their unique and innovative Banana planning and ripening Software ‘FIPS’. The ‘FIPS’ system was specifically designed with Bananas in mind, tackling the complexity of processes carried out such as, procuring, planning (long term and short term) and ripening.

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Maersk India's Cold Chain Logistics Expands Shippers’ Reach

13.4.2018
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India’s reefer cargo trade appears to be the new mantra for Maersk Line and its peers looking to capture a larger share of the emerging economy market. Maersk Line India has substantially expanded its end-to-end cold chain service to and from India, which has enabled domestic reefer shippers to venture into new geographies. “India is on an exciting growth path and with our focus on adding value to the customer’s end-to-end cold chain, the commitment to support the growth of the trade is very strong and visible,” said Steve Felder, Maersk’s newly appointed managing director for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan.

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Koper Port Delivers First Reefer Containers by Rail

13.4.2018
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Koper port container terminal has started delivering Israeli goods in reefer containers by rail to northern Europe. The project, which aims to find innovative solutions for the transport of can-perishable goods, also included the mentioned train. For the transport of freight containers, we first used new equipment and technology, which was only tested for passenger coaches at the moment. Instead of conventional diesel engines that are fitted to frigo containers and supply them with power, we loaded the containers onto brand new wagons that were interconnected and received electricity directly from the locomotive, network. In this way,

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Honduras: Banana Exports down US$ 6.3 Million in January

13.4.2018
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The export of bananas amounted to US$40.2 million last January, US$ 6.3 million less than in January 2017 as a result of a fall in volume due to the work stoppage in one of the companies, according to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH). Nearly 2,000 workers from 8 banana farms in Chiquita Brands, in the sector of Lima, Cortés, staged a work stoppage in disagreement with the change in local medical care. The protests interrupted the processes of fertilization, pest control and irrigation. In January most of the bananas were exported to the United States.

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New Contract for Ecuadorian Banana Growers

13.4.2018
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The Labour Minister of Ecuador, Raúl Ledesma signed new contracts that adjust the total number of hours for the working day for four economic industries, including banana. In the new contracts payment can be daily or even weekly, as agreed by the parties. The worker, in addition, will have the possibility of working for another employer. The contracts will have an increase of 15% compared to the value currently paid. These instruments will enter into force after their publication in the Official Registry, which should be before next month, informed Ledesma.

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Dominican Republic: Banana Producers Ask For Better Services in Manzanillo

13.4.2018
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The lack of a port with capacity to receive post Panamax vessels and the deterioration of the port structures of Manzanillo and Puerto Plata make the industrial and banana sectors from Bonao to the Dominican-Haitian border transport their products for export through the ports of Caucedo and Haina. In a letter sent to the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, the directors of industrial and banana associations of the Cibao and the Northwest Line, explained that they are forced to cross the entire island from the northwest, in the Atlantic Ocean, to the south, in the Caribbean Sea with around 200 banana trucks every week.

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Paraguay Seeks To Increase Market for Its Banana

13.4.2018
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The National Plant and Seed Health and Quality Service (Senave) of Paraguay, informed that they will redouble their efforts to improve the health and safety conditions in banana production, in order to strengthen the sector and increase the markets for the fruit. Oscar Cabrera, president of Senave, stressed that the idea is to strengthen the work of producers in aspects like safety of the product, particularly with regards to the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) allowed in bananas. Senave will work with the producers, in order to comply with the technical recommendations that will strengthen the national banana production, which is currently a very important product thanks to great acceptance in the internal and external markets.

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Costa Rica Modifies Tax on Banana Boxes

13.4.2018
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The deputies of Costa Rica approved in the first debate a project promoted by legislator Luis Vásquez and the Caribbean Commission of Congress, which seeks to redistribute in a more accurate way the tax that banana producers already pay for each box that is exported. According to Vasquez’s explanation to the local press, the initiative aims to reform Article 36 of the Law of the National Banana Corporation (Corbana). "What we are looking to achieve is to correct a bias in the distribution of resources. When this law was passed, most of the banana production was in the Brunca region, despite the fact that 98% of the national banana area is grown today in the Atlantic region," said the deputy.

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Chiquita Orders Maersk Reefer Containers

6.4.2018
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Dedicated to creating more sustainable shipping practices, the world renowned banana producer is further bolstering its fleet or Star Cool Integrated containers and adding more controlled atmosphere systems to deliver premium banana quality. The new batch of 2500 Star Cool Integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) will be deployed in Chiquita Brands International’s (Chiquita) shipping services. Of the batch, 1000 integrated containers are equipped with MCI’s market-leading Star Cool CA (Controlled Atmosphere) system, which effectively preserves the freshness of bananas during transit. By controlling the ripening, Star Cool CA ensures an extended transportation window of up to 45 days and the arrival of the produce in perfect condition for a prolonged shelf life in the supermarkets.

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CMA CGM Group Enhances EPIC1 & EPIC2 Services

6.4.2018
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The CMA CGM Group is reinforcing its offer from Indian Sub-Continent, in a partnership with HLC, MSC, COSCO and ONE. EPIC 1 service Rotation: Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Hazira, Mundra, King Abdullah, Gioia Tauro, Tangier Med, Southampton, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Dunkirk, Felixstowe, Le Havre, King Abdullah, Djibouti, Port Qasim. 2 vessels operated by the CMA CGM Group to service UK and Benelux markets. Weekly direct call in Hazira, offering a complementary offer to Nhava Sheva or Mundra and Port Qasim.

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Piura Consolidates its Export of Organic Bananas to Europe and Asia

6.4.2018
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Between 2013 and 2017, the Association of Producers of Organic Banana Valle del Chira de Sullana, went from exporting 4 to 17 containers of organic bananas per week, consolidating its export presence in five countries in Europe and Asia, the association reported. The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) highlighted that the 202 leading producers are direct beneficiaries of the Compensations for Competitiveness Program (Agroideas), which in 2013 co-financed a business plan valued at 586,655.12 soles, based on the adoption of technology.

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Fyffes Honduras Granted Fair Trade Certification

6.4.2018
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Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh), a Honduran division of Irish produce company Fyffes, has received Fair Trade certification from Fair Trade USA, a non-profit organization that sets standards, certifies and labels products that promote sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, and protect the environment. Criteria for gaining certification include safe, healthy working conditions, transparency, sustainable production and respect for biodiversity. Additionally, Fair Trade enables farm workers to directly earn an additional financial premium, which is used democratically to address pressing community needs. "We are proud to partner with Fyffes as they work to earn Fair Trade certification for their Honduran melons," Nathalie Marin Gest, Director of Produce & Floral at Fair Trade USA, said in the release.

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Mexico: Chiapas Leader in Banana Exports

23.3.2018
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Chiapas occupies the first place in the export of bananas in Mexico, followed by Tabasco and in third place the state of Colima. The president of the Soconusco Plantain Association, Eduardo Altúzar López, informed that they are exporting to the West Coast of the United States, Russia and the Netherlands through banana Mexico, as well as other producers that send to Japan. Regarding the shipment of bananas, he said that 220 weekly containers are sent, equivalent to 12 million boxes per year. "We have not had growth for three years, the development in production has not been able to grow, we hope that by 2019 we can achieve an increase of 5% in exports, so we trust that the following year China-Mexico protocol will be finalized to have an alternative in the Asian markets."

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Hapag-Lloyd Launches Digital Rate Distribution on CargoSphere

23.3.2018
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CargoSphere, the cloud-based rate management platform, recently announced a direct data feed of ocean rates and tariffs for the global trade lanes from Hapag-Lloyd, the 5th largest container shipping line in the world, to its customers. The ocean carrier is the first to offer its customers automatic access to all their contract rates using CargoSphere’s electronic Smart Upload and Diagnostics Solution (eSUDS). This integration is a dramatic improvement over current labor-intensive industry practices of frequent email distribution of carrier-proprietary file attachments. The CargoSphere platform offers a 100% digital infrastructure, in which eSUDS establishes an automated data transfer of contract and public tariff rates between an ocean carrier, CargoSphere and the ocean carrier’s customers.

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New Zealand: Banana Partnership to grow Fairtrade produce

16.3.2018
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T&G Global has strengthened its relationship with All Good Bananas beyond ripening and distributing its fruit to managing the supply and sales for growing demand for the leading Fairtrade banana brand. The two companies have been working together for three years with a real focus on delivering quality Fairtrade fruit to New Zealand produced on the simple principles of being All Good. Good for banana-lovers; good for growers and good for the environment.

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Seatrade Convicted for Scrapping Ships

16.3.2018
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Rotterdam District Court recently sentenced Groningen-based owner Seatrade for illegal exports of vessels sent for scrapping on beaches of South Asia as the company’s move breached the EU Waste Shipment Regulation. Seatrade has been imposed with fines ranging between EUR 50,000 (USD 61,700) to EUR 750,000 (USD 924,000). Furthermore, two of its executives have been banned from exercising the profession as director, commissioner, advisor or employee of a shipping company for one year. A third director has been acquitted.

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Chlordecone: Caribbean Workers Want Support

16.3.2018
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Farm workers in the FWI want to take into account the diseases linked to their exposure to chlordecone. This is what they said on March 10, 2018 during a press conference at the Union House in Fort-de-France. CGTM of Martinique and CGTG of Guadeloupe were gathered to expose the same claims in the presence of a doctor who began to prescribe Chlordecone exams to people with cancer. From 1972 to 1993 - four years after Chlordecone was banned in mainland France - the banana workers of Guadeloupe and Martinique were still using the chemical, under the orders of their bosses.

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Green slow-steaming Proposal might Affect Reefer Transportation

16.3.2018
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The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is working on a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, which includes a list of short- and long-term measures. A proposal requiring ships to limit their speeds is “one of the few measures that will deliver emission reductions in the short-term” according to the Clean Shipping Coalition, an environmental group with “observer” status at the IMO. MEPC is scheduled to include the proposal at its next meeting in April. But while there is no question that reducing vessel speeds cuts emissions from individual ships, “even at a 10 percent speed reduction, you can’t do that across the world’s fleet and compensate by putting into service idle capacity, operators would still have to build new ships,” Wood-Thomas said.

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