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Carrier Transicold, Singamas Develop New Primeline ONE Reefer Container

23.3.2018
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PrimeLINE ONE, a new refrigerated shipping container developed through a joint initiative of Carrier Transicold and Singamas Container Holdings Ltd, a manufacturer of shipping containers, was announced recently. The PrimeLINE ONE container provides the benefits of the PrimeLINE container reefer system but assembled on-site in a streamlined process. This new container provides an alternative to the traditional approach of bolting a complete refrigeration system to the front end of an insulated shipping container. Instead, reefer system components are assembled into custom-configured Singamas containers in a new Carrier Transicold factory adjacent to Singamas’ new reefer container facility in Qingdao, China.

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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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TADECO opens lab to help fight banana disease

23.3.2018
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A modern laboratory, operated by Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), has been formally opened to help the banana industry improve the quality of its seedlings and resist Panama disease. TADECO President Alexander N. Valoria said the facility, which is part of the TADECO AgroTechnical Outreach Program, is intended to provide both corporate growers and smallholders with premium seedlings, particularly those that are tolerant of the Fusarium wilt, better known as Panama disease.

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Russia: Imports of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables up 17% in 2017

23.3.2018
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According to the FruitNews agency, 7.10mn tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were imported into the Russian Federation in 2017 (+17% year-on-year). In the supply structure, 22% was accounted for by bananas (1.50mn tons, +11% year-on-year, world's second), 20% by citrus fruits, 10% by apples, 7% by tomatoes. Imports of tangerines, watermelons, celery and avocado grew significantly as a result of lifted restrictions on the supply of food from Turkey, record high banana supplies from Ecuador (1.40mn tons), as well as the development of relations with China, Egypt, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

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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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Del Monte signs agreement with Reefer Terminal in Vado Ligure

23.3.2018
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Reefer Terminal S.p.A., the company controlled by APM Terminals which manages port facilities dedicated to fruit and vegetables and their handling, and Del Monte have signed a cooperation agreement. Under the agreement, bananas and pineapples, coming from Latin American countries, will be shipped in Vado aboard container ships. The Vado Ligure reefer terminal is the largest reefer port terminal in the Mediterranean, with 50,000 m3 of space dedicated to the landing and storage of fruit and vegetables.

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Product Extends Bananas Shelf Life

23.3.2018
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India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company under the aegis of Ashok Chaturvedi created Flexfresh as special packing that works on the principle of Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) Technology. Flexfresh is a special patented film made of proprietary polymeric composition that elongates the shelf life of highly perishable fresh produce like fruits, vegetables and flowers. Flexfresh works in conjunction with Fast Respiration Meter and Laser Perforation system supplied by Perfotec B.V. While the respiration meter ascertains the respiration rate of the fresh produce, the laser system uses this information to adapt the permeability of the film with the help of perforation matrix. In Flexfresh, equilibrium of oxygen and carbon dioxide is maintained at all times while restricting the humidity between 90-95% to avoid condensation.

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Vado Ligure Port receives 13th Largest Crane Globally

16.3.2018
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The 13th largest crane in the world arrived to the Ligurian port of Vado Ligure. The crane, owned by Vernazza Autogru srl, was delivered in almost 100 pieces from the Finnish port of Mantyluoto and arrived to the docks of Vado Ligure's Reefer Terminal, which carried out its handling. The Reefer Terminal is controlled by APM Terminals Vado Ligure, part of the Danish marine group AP Moller-Maersk, that is building a new container terminal that should be ready in 2019. The crane was built by the German manufacturer Demag and is able to lift 1,200 tonnes of stationary cargo, or 1,000 tonnes in movement: a record-breaking capacity achieved only by 12 other cranes operating in the world today.

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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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Ecuadorian Banana Exports to the United States Drop

16.3.2018
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Ecuadorian press said that according to information provided by the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE), the Andean country exported in 2016 almost 850,849 tonnes of bananas and in 2017 exported 584,201 tonnes to the United States, which meant a fall of 31.33% in just one year. Eduardo Ledesma, director of AEBE, considers that Ecuador has "the most expensive banana in the region". A box of Ecuadorian fruit placed in the USA costs between US$ 1.20, US$1.50 more than that of the competitors. This is a consequence of the low productivity at the local farms, the transit time of up to 18 days and the payment of fees at the Panama Canal. Meanwhile, Guatemala, the main US seller, offers cheaper fruit, has a productivity of 4,000 boxes per hectare per year, pays lower wages and takes three days to reach the US.

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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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Ecuador: Ports Restructuring Advances

16.3.2018
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According to the 2017 Accountability Report of the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar (APPB), the Turkish company Yilport invested USD 1.9 million. This was assigned to the design of the project's master plan, studies of the dredging of the wharf and the construction of dock 6. The YilportECU manager, Carlos Cruz, points out that, in addition, USD 4 million was invested in two cranes with German technology. "It is an advanced investment", before phase 1 begins, which contemplates USD 230 million investment in the first four years of concession. Cruz indicates that in December 2017 they received the environmental license for the dredging tasks of the port. And it is scheduled to start this month at a cost of USD 19.3 million. A draft of 14.5 meters will be made, which will be the greatest depth of the Ecuadorian ports.

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Australia: Banana Prices Expected to Rise Following Floods

16.3.2018
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Flood damage on banana farms in north Queensland — Australia's largest growing area — is expected to lead to reduced supply and a rise in prices. The full extent of crop losses will not be known until later week 11, but farmers who have been able to inspect their plantations estimate tens of thousands of trees will have to be cut down. More than a metre of rain has fallen in some areas of north Queensland over the past week 10, leading to major rivers between Cardwell and Cairns bursting their banks and the worst flooding of surrounding farmland in 20 years.

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Panama: Banana reactivation in Barú starts in May

12.3.2018
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Banapiña de Panamá SA, a subsidiary of the Del Monte company announced that they have begun surveying and cleaning the farms in the province of Chiriquí and expect to start planting the fruit in May, with the ultimate goal of producing bananas with quality standards required by the international markets for export. Humberto Serrano, of the Special Commission for the reactivation of the banana sector in Barú by the government, confirmed that at the moment there are 10 surveyors working on the farms in Jobito and Mango, where they have already begun the clearing the lands removing rubble, trees and making it ready for cultivation.

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Maersk Line wins Best Shipping Company of the Year 2017 at the Global Logistics Excellence Awards

12.3.2018
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Maersk Line took one of the top honors at the recently concluded Global Logistics Excellence Awards 2018 by winning the Best Shipping Company of the year. The award ceremony took place at a suburban hotel in Mumbai on the 23rd of February 2018. Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Steve Felder, MD, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives) said ”It is always an honor when the industry acknowledges your work. We at Maersk Line are proud of the recognition bestowed upon us. Moreover, this reinforces the success of our operating strategy which is focused around customer centricity. We would like to thank the jury and the organizers of Global Logistics Excellence Awards 2018. ”

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Spain's Boluda Lines Resumes Calls at Santa Cruz de La Palma Port

12.3.2018
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Boluda Lines, the shipping company of Boluda Corporación Marítima, has resumed the calls at the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma in the rotation of the North Line in order to transport bananas from the Canary Islands to Portugal and northern Spain once a week. Boarding at the Canarian port will take place on Sundays in reefer containers, a market in which Boluda Lines is a specialist. With the incorporation of this call on the island of La Palma, the North Line will carry the route with all types of cargo, dry and refrigerated

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Tadeco to Sue those Responsible for Destruction of Biosecurity Barrier

12.3.2018
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Banana firm Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco) said it was preparing to file charges against those responsible for the destruction of the company’s biosecurity barrier in the village of Tanglaw in Braulio Dujali town, Davao del Norte, last March 5. Alex Valoria, Tadeco president, described the destruction of the barrier as an act of abuse by personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). A DPWH team, said Valoria, destroyed the barrier with the help of policemen and Edwin Jubahib, chief of staff of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. The DPWH was supposed to conduct an inventory of public roads surrounding the Tadeco plantation, he said.

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Fyffes-owned Mushroom Business Highline buys Canadian peer Prairie

12.3.2018
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Fyffes-owned Highline Mushrooms has solidified its position in the Canadian market with the acquisition of local peer Prairie Mushrooms. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. Highline, owned by Irish produce company Fyffes since April 2016, said its acquisition of one of western Canada's largest integrated mushroom growers and marketers further strengthens its operations in the region and enhances its position as the largest organic mushroom grower and the only coast-to-coast mushroom grower in Canada.

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Antwerp, a Major Hub of the Worldwide Perishables Flow

12.3.2018
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The Antwerp port community had a prominent presence at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, where the more than 3,000 exhibitors at this leading fruit industry event drew 76,000 visitors. Together with nine specialist cold chain service providers, Antwerp Port Authority was able to convince these visitors of the innovative, sustainable and smart solutions that the port has to offer for the transport and handling of perishable foodstuffs. During the past year the port of Antwerp handled a volume of 9,969,036 tonnes of temperature-controlled goods, an increase of 7.5% on the 2016 figure. The volume of reefer containers was up by as much as 8.5%, to 765,105 TEU.

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Colombia: Government and Banana Association aim at Increase Production

21.3.2018
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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga and the president of the Banana Association of Colombia, Augura, Juan Camilo Restrepo, have drawn a project map to increase banana production in 2018. According to projections from the union the goal is to exceed the average of 1950 boxes per hectare in 2017, reaching 2200 boxes per hectare in 2018. "With the banana industry, we draw up this project map to modernize the sector with the acquisition of irrigation systems, the development of associative schemes and technical assistance, aiming that with the modernization of the sector, 2200 boxes per hectare could be produced," said the Minister of Agriculture.

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Colombia: Students Grow and Export Bananas

12.3.2018
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Thanks to the management, leadership and commitment of companies such as Drummond Ltd, the Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira (Asbama), the Banasan Foundation, the Forjando Futuro Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Marta and the Official Professionals of the Army Reserve, the agricultural project "Sembrando Futuro" advances to its second phase, which currently benefits 270 students from this banana area municipality. To date, one hectare of crop has been established in the facilities of the I.E.D. Humberto Velásquez García, which has the necessary infrastructure for the consolidation of the banana production and export plan, thanks to a donation from Drummond Ltd, and the contribution of the other allied companies and to the technical, administrative and financial management of Asbama.

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Insurers could be on hook for Dole case settlement

12.3.2018
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When billionaire David Murdock took Dole Food Co. private for $1.6 billion in 2013, he and a company executive defrauded the company's board of directors, falsifying financial information that persuaded the board to accept a lowball price. That's what a Delaware judge said in 2015, finding Murdock and former executive C. Michael Carter should personally pay $148 million to former Dole shareholders they snookered. Shareholders got their money, but now Murdock is trying to pass the cost on to insurance companies -- and a court ruled last week he might be able to do so. Several companies, including Liberty Mutual and Arch Insurance, that had insured Dole and its executives sued Murdock, Carter and Dole in 2016, saying they should not have to cover the $148-million payout and the costs of another shareholder lawsuit related to the transaction.

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Banana Cultivation Growing in Mahottari North

12.3.2018
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Farmers in the northern belt of Mahottari district in India have been drawn towards commercial banana cultivation. A growing number of farmers in Bardibas, Bhangaha, Gaushala and Aaurahi municipalities in the district are taking to commercial banana farming as it is lucrative and low-cost. They have started planting the improved varieties of banana, especially of the robestra and malbhog varieties instead of the local variety bananas. Robestra variety banana has become the first choice of the farmers for its high yield and comparatively small size plant.

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FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018: Powerful presence of fresh produce sector in Berlin

12.3.2018
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Berlin, 13 February 2018 – Berlin was transformed into the capital of the global fresh produce sector for three days during FRUIT LOGISTICA 2018. More than 3,100 exhibitors from over 80 countries presented a comprehensive market overview from 7 to 9 February. FRUIT LOGISTICA Global Brand Manager Will Wollbold: "FRUIT LOGISTICA underlines its status as the leading trade fair for the global fresh produce trade. We had the privilege of welcoming over 77,000 trade visitors – more than ever before. We were particularly delighted to see the large number of trade visitors at the management level. Business results ranged from good to excellent."

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CP introduces TempPro, one-stop-service for perishable products

22.2.2018
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Canadian Pacific Railway has launched CP TempPro, for perishable products, expanding the company`s business with perishable protective service (PPS) customers. Focused on products that require strict temperature settings, CP says its PPS fleet is one of the largest and most advanced in the industry, and ensures that customers products are transported in a reliable, fuel-efficient, temperature-controlled environment. Canadian Pacific in 2017 announced the purchase of 41 gensets to better serve its international customers. These gensets also support the new reefer domestic repositioning program (reefer DRP), which creates new shipping options for domestic customers and provides improved round trip economics for international shippers.

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Hapag-Lloyd ads THC surcharge at Cosco's Greek Port of Piraeus

22.2.2018
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German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd [https://www.hapag-lloyd.com/en/home.html] has increased to terminal handling charges (THC) in Cosco's Greek port of Piraeus. Effective March 15, the THCs at Piraeus will be EUR106 per standard dry TEU and FEU. EUR211 (US$131) will be charged per TEU and FEU containing hazardous materials. For out of gauge cargo, containers, the charge will be EUR138 per TEU and FEU. THCs at destination will be charged EUR137 per standard dry and reefer TEU and FEU, and EUR273 per TEU and FEU containing hazardous material. For out of gauge containers, the charge will be EUR178 per TEU and FEU.

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USA Approves SGP Renewal for Ecuador

16.2.2018
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On February 13th the House of Representatives of the United States approved the bill that renews the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for three years for Ecuador, until the end of 2020. The matter will now be analyzed and, where appropriate, endorsed by the US Senate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility informed that once the corresponding processes have been concluded in the two parliamentary chambers, President Donald Trump will have to sanction the law that the GSP will enforce. The GSP, which benefits more than 120 developing countries, including Ecuador, expired on December 31st, 2017.

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Paraguay Seeks To Strengthen National Banana Production

16.2.2018
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Banana producers in the district of Guayyaibí, department of San Pedro, were the recipients of agricultural inputs, with an investment of over G. 83,000,000. In order to support and strengthen national banana production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through the Agrarian Extension Directorate (DEAg), delivered fertilizers and fungicides to 45 farmer families within the framework of the national contingency plan for producers in the Multisectoral Table of Banana Competitiveness of Guayaibí. The MAG reported that the delivery consisted of 270 bags of fertilizer 12-12-17-2, of which 6 bags were distributed to each farmer family. Thus, 113 kilograms of Mancozeb fungicide were also distributed in lots of 2.5 kilograms for each producer and 135 bottles of 250 ml of fungicidal propiconazole.

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Chiquita Leaves Bremerhaven to Discharge in Vlissingen

16.2.2018
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The discharge of bananas in Bremerhaven has a long tradition and Chiquita undoubtedly belongs to the pioneers of this business. In recent years, the logistics chain has changed several times over the company Heuer Port Logistics GmbH at the Columbuskaje. Since the beginning of 2016, no vessels of Chiquita's Great White Fleet from Central America have come to Weser. Last conventional banana vessel from Chiquita was the "Chiquita Belgie", which was finally taken off from the service at the beginning of 2016 in Bremerhaven. Thereafter, until the end of 2017 Chiquita had shipped bananas on reefer containers to Bremerhaven -about 80,000 tonnes per year. The containers were transported on the vessels of MSC. Bananas were distributed from the ripening center at the international port to the German-speaking market, to Scandinavia and to Eastern Europe.

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Port of Algeciras Reaches Agreement With The Stowage Sector

16.2.2018
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The Union of the Stowing and Unloading Society of the Port of Algeciras Bay (Sagep) reported that it reached an agreement with the companies APM Terminals Algeciras and Total Terminal International Algeciras that has materialized in a set "of measures to improve competitiveness in this port" as explained in a statement by this committee. The agreement would bring the immediate transformation of the Sagep into the Port Employment Center (CPE), while the companies guarantee "sufficient volumes for Algeciras to remain a reference port worldwide".

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Maersk Returns to Profit as Container Shipping Improved in 2017

16.2.2018
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Danish shipping company, A.P. Moller – Maersk witnessed a 13 percent jump in revenues during 2017, which was primarily driven by the rise in earnings on its container shipping business. The company’s underlying profit stood at $356 million, compared to a loss of $496 million during 2016. Its transport and logistics business clocked profit of $1 billion. "Last year was quite unusual for us as we suffered a massive jolt from a cyber-attack in Q3, and faced operational challenges in few hubs. However, we succeeded in growing our revenues by 13 percent, improved cash flows and increased our underlying profits, compared to the slump in 2016.

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Costa Rica Breaks Banana Export Record in 2017

16.2.2018
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Costa Rica exported 127 million boxes of bananas in 2017, which marked a new record that generated revenues of US$1,037,000,000 according to data from the National Banana Corporation (Corbana), released on February 10th. "Half of the production comes from independent producers and the other half from the marketing industry," said Jorge Sauma, manager of Corbana who, on the other hand, pointed out that agro-industry brings environmental costs, especially the carbon footprint and water footprint because it causes great impact in the ecosystems and banana production is no exception. The media recalls that the World Banana Forum (WBF) developed a practical guide to measure and reduce the carbon and water footprint of banana production, which allows producers to standardize the management of their inventories and create information systems, among others.

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Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

16.2.2018
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For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”. The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court t and the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for a hefty fine (2.35 mill EUR) and confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the illegal sale of four ships, as well as a six-month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives. Seatrade is the largest reefer operator in the world. In 2013, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform had revealed Seatrade’s sale of the SPRING BEAR and SPRING BOB to respectively Indian and Bangladeshi breakers.

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New service to directly connect Brazil, Colombia to Asia

9.2.2018
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Although Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd last month heralded the start of a new Asia to west coast of South America (WCSA) service with calls that include — via the Panama Canal — Cartagena (Colombia) and Pecém , they did not promote the fact that it is a very rare, RTW offering. "The new service has been designed with a focus on our customers to enable them to continue growing in their businesses. From now on, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Brazil, especially Pecém, will benefit from direct connections with Asia, improved transit times with the Far East, and greater port coverage," said Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, president of Maersk Line in Latin America.

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Biocontrol Africa 2018

9.2.2018
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Features of the Conference Programme: The conference programme of international speakers will cover the following: • Biocontrol as a business – trends and factors influencing adoption by growers and distributors • Biocontrol product performance and benefits against major pests in key crops • Biocontrol Regulatory developments and policy in Africa • Biological product production and formulation technology and development • Emerging technologies in microbials, natural extracts and semiochemicals

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Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK Lead the Ranking of EU Importing Countries of Fruits and Vegetables

9.2.2018
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Germany, with 23.5% of the total, France with 11.3%, the Netherlands with 10% and the United Kingdom with 8.4% lead the ranking of countries importing fruit and vegetables from January to October of 2017, a period in which intra-community trade amounted to 32.8 million tons, according to Eurostat data. The percentage of participation of these four countries in the intra-community importation of fruit and vegetables has hardly changed in the period from January to October of the last two years. Germany's imports stood at 7.7 million tons, 23.5% of the total from January to October 2017, while in the same period of 2016 it was 23.4%. Imports from France stood at 3.7 million tonnes, 11.3% and in 2016 it was 11%.

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CMA CGM Introduces Unique System for The Transportation of Liquids by Container

9.2.2018
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An ideal alternative to break bulk for the transportation of liquids which optimally preserves the products properties. CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce, on the occasion of the 2018 edition of FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin (Germany), the launch of the most advanced solution for the transportation of liquids by controlled temperature: REEFLEX. REEFLEX, a world innovation for the transportation of liquid products. Developed in partnership with Teconja, a German expert in juices, and Liqua, an expert in packaging solutions for the transportation of liquids, REEFLEX greatly enhances the transportation of liquids thanks to its design and unique technology, which guarantees a healthy and safe way of transportation.

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Back-to-the Future Deal Makes Mccanns Top Bananas Again

9.2.2018
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For the McCann fruit 'n' veg dynasty, it's a case of back to the future. Having sold Fyffes - which traces its roots back to 1902 when Charles McCann established a greengrocers on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk - to Japan's Sumitomo Corporation last year for €751 million, the founder's descendents are getting back into the banana business. Total Produce, the fresh produce group spun out of Fyffes in 2006 as a separately-listed company, announced on February 1st. it is set to take a 45 per cent of Dole Foods, the world's largest fresh fruit group - which generates 43 per cent of its sales from bananas. The McCanns own 11.3 per cent of Total Produce, which has an option to acquire all of Dole two years after the initial deal goes through.

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Countries Attending the World’s Premier Horticultural Fair, Propose Different Initiatives

9.2.2018
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The Fruit Logistica 2018 fair, the largest international fruit and vegetable products platform in Europe, which will take place in Berlin from the 7th to the 9th of February, will receive more than 56,000 visitors and 2,500 exhibitors from 83 different. This event is a unique opportunity for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector to consolidate their clients and open new markets. For this reason, the various governments of agricultural producing countries decided to participate by bringing different strategies and proposals with the idea of attracting potential customers. Colombia arrived with its campaign "Colombian Foods, Origin that Excites". ProColombia launched its international food promotion campaign at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The objective is to support the growth of exports from high potential sectors.

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Ecuador: Foreign Trade Ministry Presents Catalogue of Organic Products for Export

2.2.2018
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On February 1st the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Trade presented the catalogue of the main certified organic products of the national export offer. In this first edition, the catalogue includes 83 companies that include producers of bananas, handicrafts, cocoa, coffee, cosmetics, flowers, fruits, liquors, textiles, clothing, products from the forestry sector, aquaculture, fishing, agro-industry and processed foods. The head of the ministry, Pablo Campana, expects that the number of companies that produce and export organic products will rise to 200 for the next edition of the catalogue. There are currently around 36,000 hectares of organic products grown in the country. Campana pointed out that it is necessary to reinforce exports and for this the joint work of the public and private sectors is fundamental.

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Brazil: Banana Growers Require Banning Bananas from Ecuador

2.2.2018
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Banana producers in the North of the state of Minas Gerais mobilized to request the prohibition of entrance for fruit produced in Ecuador. The import was authorized by the federal government in December. Farmers fear that the Ecuadorian bananas will enter the Brazilian market with a lower price and will hurt local sector revenues. Brazilian growers claim that the imported bananas would increase the risk of contamination by pests. They asked for help from the Association of Municipalities of Sudene to try to stop the process. The North of Minas Gerais is responsible for much of the banana production in the country, mainly the cities of Jaíba, Janaúba and Porteirinha, which have the largest crops in the region. There are more than 100 thousand direct jobs and another 200 thousand indirect ones because of this crop, according to the Association of Fruit Growers of the North of Minas (Abanorte).

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Puerto Bolívar Received Record Number of Containers from Sweden

2.2.2018
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The ship Melchior Schulte, coming from Sweden, arrived in Puerto Bolivar in recent days with 894 containers. According to a Yilport statement, the figure is the highest recorded since the Turkish company and the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar began activities. The port operation included the simultaneous loading of 500 containers of bananas to be exported to Russia. On the other hand, Maersk Shipping Line arrived for the first time at the port with the vessel Maersk Niagara from Colombia. The discharge of empty containers was carried out and later the loading of containers with banana.

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Two Agreements Signed to Develop the Port of Guayaquil

2.2.2018
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The port development plan for Guayaquil is taking shape. On January 26th, 2018, two inter-institutional agreements were signed at the Main Port. These are the first of the six axes of the plan, which also includes the construction of the south bridge over the Guayas River. The conference was chaired by President Lenin Moreno; Mayor Jaime Nebot; the Minister of Transport Paúl Granda; and representatives of the Port Authority of Guayaquil (APG) and of Contecon. The inauguration of the port zone for special services was also held on that day. This zone includes warehouses for container storage.

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Australia: Nervous Wait for Tests on Queensland Bananas

2.2.2018
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Banana growers should know within weeks whether Panama disease tropical race 4 has infected a farm in far north Queensland. Australian Banana Growers Council chairman Stephen Lowe said there was a high chance it would be positive, but verification would take time. Mr. Lowe said while the disease was found in parts of Asia, including the Philippines, and while it had been in the Northern Territory for the past 20 years, it was detected in Queensland for the first time in 2015. The second detection was six months ago and there was a third last week, in the Tully Valley, close to previous ¬detections.

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BNP PARIBAS ASSISTS WITH CMA CGM HAT-TRICK Team of the month

30.1.2018
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When French freight shipping giant CMA CGM wanted to visit the capital markets, it knew the cyclical nature of its business could prove tricky. But, along with lead manager BNP Paribas, the company worked hard to convince investors of its creditworthiness, not once but three times. Edward Russell-Walling reports. Container shipping is notoriously CyCli-Cal, which is why debt capital market investors have regarded the sector with extreme caution. Yet French shipping giant CMA CGM has been able to make serial visits to the high-yield market over the past half-year, culminating in its lowest ever coupon. BNP Paribas has been a lead manager throughout.

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Marrone Bio Innovations Announces Distribution Partnership in the Philippines

25.1.2018
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DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBII) (MBI), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Great Harvest Agri Chemicals Corporation (GHAC), a leading supplier of agricultural inputs in the Philippines.

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Genetic modification laws set for shake-up, with health and agriculture research industries to benefit

19.1.2018
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Australia is set to reform how it regulates genetically modified research, with health and agriculture scientists set to benefit. Australia is set to reform how it regulates new genetic engineering techniques, which experts say will help to dramatically speed up health and agriculture research. The changes will enable agricultural scientists to breed higher yielding crops faster and cheaper, or ones resistant to drought and disease. Australia's gene technology regulator Raj Bhula has proposed reducing regulations around gene editing techniques such as , following a 12 month into the current regulations.

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Celebrating 20 Years – AsiaFruit Congress 4 September 2018 – Get the Best Access to Market Insights and opportunities in Asia

23.1.2018
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The best discussion and exchange platform China is still a huge market opportunity, but it's shifting to upper middle class spenders, and a savvy and sophisticated younger generation of consumers, heard delegates at the latest edition of Asiafruit Congress. Asiafruit Congress 2017 attracted more than 400 high-level industry professionals and decision-makers from 40 different countries, providing the perfect start to Asia Fruit Logistica's business week in Hong Kong.

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A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S: Maersk and IBM to Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains

16.1.2018
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK and ARMONK, NY - 16 January 2018: A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology. The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem. It will address the need to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones.

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Germany: Eco-Test Warns of Pesticides in Bananas

5.1.2018
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Pesticides in bananas? The German magazine "Öko-Test" claims to have detected pesticide residues in numerous banana varieties. In addition to bananas from the supermarket, specimens from health food stores and discounters were also sent to the laboratory. 22 different brands were examined. In addition to the criterion of toxic substances, for example, the production conditions of the fruit and the transparency of production were included in the evaluation of the magazine.

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APAC Tops the Global Reefer Container Leasing Market

5.1.2018
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The latest market research report by Technavio on the global reefer container leasing market predicts a CAGR of close to 16% during the period 2017-2021. Technavio has published a new market research report on the global reefer container leasing market from 2017-2021. The report segments the global reefer container leasing market by end-user (food and beverage and pharmaceutical) and by geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC). It provides a detailed illustration of the major factors influencing the market, including drivers, opportunities, trends, and industry-specific challenges.

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Greenyard Drops Plans to Buy Dole

5.1.2018
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Belgian fresh, frozen and canned fruit and vegetable group Greenyard said talks to buy Dole Food Company had ended without a definitive agreement. Greenyard had announced on December 19 that it was in advanced talks to acquire Dole, a transaction that reportedly would have been worth some 2 billion euros including debt had it gone through. Greenyard did not specify the reason talks had fallen through. "While the acquisition of Dole by Greenyard would have marked a significant milestone for both companies, we are confident that Greenyard has the right strategy and priorities in place to continue generating profitable growth and strengthening our global leadership position in fruit and vegetables," said Greenyard executive chairman Hein Deprez.

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CMA CGM Institutes ‘Emergency’ Greek Port Congestion Surcharge

5.1.2018
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Port of Virginia uses grant money for terminal handling and reefer investments. Increased operational costs and service disruptions generated by ongoing traffic congestion at one of Greece’s largest seaports, the Port of Thessaloniki, are forcing CMA CGM to implement an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) for Thessaloniki imports and exports, the French ocean carrier said Dec. 29. Until further notice, the charge is effective with the bill of lading date of Jan. 8 for all trades except the United States, and with the bill of lading date of Feb. 1 for U.S. trades subject to filing, CMA CGM said.

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Harmony Returns to Canary Islands’ Banana Sector

5.1.2018
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The Canary Islands’ Government announced on January 3rd that the peace, at least formally, has returned to the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan), the entity representing local producers of the fruit that for several weeks had lost two of its members: the Europlátano OPP and Llanos de Sardina. These two had left that organization following a disagreement mainly about the decisions on the pica (withdrawal of banana volumes from the market), activated since last November, in the months that in theory had fewer problems to place the fruit in almost the only destination of the fruit: the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

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Peru: El Niño of 2017 Caused Losses in 34,000 Hectares Of Crops

5.1.2018
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The coastal Niño of 2017 caused the loss of 30,154 hectares of crops and affected another 88,676 in the 11 regions declared in emergency due to the climatic phenomenon. Although at the end of the year a GDP growth of 3% and 11% in agro exports is expected, the El Niño left chain effects, tasks in the 2018 agenda and, above all, lessons learned for the next phenomenon, which as it is cyclical will return sooner or later. El Niño particularly affected the banana industry. It caused the loss of 5,774 hectares of banana and 356 hectares of lemon. There were a total of 6,492 hectares of banana and 10,856 hectares of lemon.

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Colombia: The Budget for Agricultural Insurance Decrease More Than 90 Percent

5.1.2018
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Almost simultaneously, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), of the United States, announced the imminent arrival of the La Niña climate phenomenon, the National Agricultural Credit Commission (CNCA) decided to reduce the budget assigned to agricultural insurance to 4,000 million pesos. According to the insurance industry, Fasecolda, and the Colombian Farmers' Association (SAC), with this budget, the insurance sector could only issue policies to cover 16,000 hectares. Under the Government’s proposal in the CNCA, the amount allocated for the year 2018 will be 91.6% less than that assigned this year.

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Ecuador Prepares Ambitious National Plan for Logistics Optimization

5.1.2018
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Making changes and improvements in the logistics network of a country is to bet on a future of greater competitiveness and increasing the possibilities of exporting more. That idea motivates the Ecuadorian government, which will launch a plan for almost 10,000 kilometres of roads, ports and airports as part of the national optimization plan. The Ministry of Transport and Public Works, confirmed that the so-called State Road Network will be expanded and will seek to make APP expand the possibilities of existing road connections.

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Main Producing Region of Colombia Paralized

5.1.2018
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The Superintendence of Ports and Transport opened a preliminary investigation to determine the cessation of activities by six intermunicipal public transport companies of road passengers operating in the Apartadó Transport Terminal, which would have contributed to affect the public service provision of transportation in the Urabá Antioquia, in the middle of the civic strike that affected the region until January 4. The companies investigated are Coointur, Sotraurabá, Sotragolfo, Sotracor, Transportes Gómez Hernández and Cootransuroccidente.

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Digitalization & Disruption theme to take centre-stage at TOC Asia on 24 & 25 April during Singapore Maritime Week

12.1.2018
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London, 10 January 2018: TOC Asia returns to Singapore - one of the world’s most important transhipment hubs - in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week. The two-track conference and exhibition has at its heart the core theme of Digitalization & Disruption. Attendees will converge at the event to discuss new trade dynamics and to be updated on the latest technology.

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