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Germany: Lidl Demands the End of the Price War

25.1.2019
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Since October Lidl sells only fair trade bananas because other supermarket chains offer bananas significantly cheaper, the price pressure for Lidl is high. Lidl purchasing chief Jan Bock now calls the trade to follow suit. "For a long-term improvement in living and working conditions in the banana-growing countries, the entire trade must pull together, so we appeal to the industry, responsible for the assortment and pricing policy," Bock said to the German press. In the interests of banana producers, a rethinking of trade must now take place."

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CMA CGM and Arkas Launch intra-Mediterranean Reefer Service

25.1.2019
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CMA CGM and Arkas Container Transport will launch an intra Mediterranean service with four 1,700-TEU vessels equipped with 200 reefer plugs each from January 29. The sailing frequency is every 10 days for a 40-day rotation using three Arkas containerships and one from CMA CGM's Short Sea Line Med operation. The port rotation is: Salerno, La Spezia, Genoa, Algeciras, Casablanca, Leixoes, Setubal, Marseille, Piraeus, Mersin, Beirut and Alexandria.

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Banana Export Ecuador 2018 Exceeds Expectations

25.1.2019
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Ecuadorian banana exports exceeded expectations in 2018 and the association of exporters AEBE announced that 344.8 million boxes of 18.15 kg were exported, representing an increase of 21 million boxes and 6 percent compared to 2017. Banana exports generated a total of about 2.739 billion dollars according to the Central Bank of the Andean country. This result was mainly due to the sales to the EU. However, according to AEBE, the following markets experienced a decline in sales: Russia (-1.09%); South America, (-7.63%); EFTA (-15.68%) and Oceania (-6.73%).

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Argentina: Banana Producers with New Technologies

25.1.2019
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This year will be important for the banana producers of Colonia Alberdi as they will begin to use a conservation and ripening chamber, which will mean a leap in quality, allowing them to plan trading measures. Good yields of the crop have been obtained in previous years, but the industry lacked post-harvest technology, which brought serious difficulties in trading the fruit. In a joint effort between Biofábrica Misiones SA, the Under secretariat of Special Projects for International Financing, and the Government of Misiones, a group of 20 producers bought the conservation and ripening chambers that will be used for the 2019 harvest.

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'Plátano de Canarias' Working to Enter Moroccan Market

25.1.2019
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Representatives of the Association of Fruit Wholesalers of Tangier have visited the island of Tenerife to see plantations of 'Plátano de Canarias', in addition to ascertaining the necessary conditions to market the product in Morocco. This is the second contact made by Asprocan, with the objective of exporting collectively to the neighbouring country. Morocco imports around 20,000 tonnes of bananas from various origins each year. It also has its own production of the Agadir variety between the months of September and April.

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Costa Rica: Dole Closes Operations and Dismisses more than 200 People in Limón

25.1.2019
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Before the start of operations of the new Container Terminal in Moin (TCM), Dole Foods has reported the closure of operations in the province of Limón affecting 240 people. Through a document, the company reported the closure of operations of the Terminal and Workshop Department of Standard Fruit Company of Costa Rica SA, a subsidiary of the American multinational, since the container service functions will be carried out within the integral tariff charged by the concessionaire APM. Likewise, they pointed out that other operations "ceased to be profitable due to the severe decrease as a result of the public concession granted by the State."

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Costa Rica: Bananas and Pineapples Compete for the First Place in Exports

25.1.2019
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Costa Rican banana exports fell US$ 59 million, a 6% slowdown according to Procomer data. Pineapple ranks as the first export agricultural product, according to data released on January 22nd by the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer). However, the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) disagrees with the figures, as information is still lacking to conclude how the year ended. According to Procomer, pineapple exports increased US$49 million, which represents an increase of 5%, while those of bananas fell US$59 million, a decrease of 6%. Jorge Sauma, general manager of Corbana indicated that Procomer does not have the latest data.

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Ecuador: Meeting between Minister of Agriculture and Banana Growers of El Oro

25.1.2019
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The restitution of the Banana Unit for the province of El Oro was the main request of banana producers for Xavier Lazo, Minister of Agriculture who on January 18th was in Machala holding meetings with representatives of the agricultural sector. The minister announced the forthcoming creation of the Under Secretariat of Musaceae emphasizing that the Ministry seeks to increase the productivity of the banana sector. He also said that a specialized credit line will be inaugurated to renovate plantations and improve sanitary infrastructure to ensure that farmers have sufficient cash flow to do these works.

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Mexican Banana Growers Restart Dialogues to Export to China

18.1.2019
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The National Council of Producers of Plátano has informed that it will seek to finalize the signing of the sanitary protocol to export bananas to China through the federal government, after the last administration did not materialize. The president of the organization, Adrián Prats Leal, said that the banana workers from Tabasco, Chiapas and those concentrated in the North Pacific, such as Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco had worked on the technical requirements for two and a half years to achieve the protocol. In an interview with the media, he said that the National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality (Senasica) and its counterpart in China had everything ready for the signing last November "but two days before the deadline the Mexican representatives did not show up," he said.

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Peru: Agro-exports Increase 15%

18.1.2019
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Peruvian agro-exports (traditional and non-traditional) amounted to US$5,875,129,000 between January and November of last year, 15% more than the same period in 2017, informed the management of Agro exports of the Association of Exporters (Adex). Shipments of the agricultural-agro industrial subsector reached US$5,206,654,000 growing 18.6% and achieved an 88.6% share of the total. The main products exported were avocados, grapes, blueberries, asparagus, mango, banana, cocoa, mandarin and other products.

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APL has announced it is adding Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Ensenada, Mexico, as ports of call to its Condor Express (CDX) service

18.1.2019
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With the extension to the port cities of Ecuador and Mexico, exporters from the country will have access to two new load ports for their Asian-bound fruits and perishable goods, APL said. The enhanced CDX service will be characterised by its competitive transit time. It also promises added reefer plug capabilities to facilitate the thriving fresh fruit trade between Latin America and Asia, particularly China and Japan. The fresh fruit season began early this year.

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Evergreen Adds Mega-Ships to Its Fleet

18.1.2019
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Taiwanese container ship operator Evergreen has added its second and third ultra-large container ships to its fleet with the delivery of the Ever Gifted and Ever Grade from the Japanese shipyard at Imabari. The two sister ships will join the Ever Golden in the China-Europe-Mediterranean (CEM) trades operated by the Ocean Alliance. All three vessels have a nominal capacity of 20,150 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The 400-meter-long ships have power-points for 1,300 reefer containers and will offer significant economies of scale to the line.

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Fyffes Dodges Trade Body Expulsion with Union Deal

18.1.2019
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Fyffes has averted expulsion from an influential ethical trading body after reaching a last-minute deal with workers' groups in Honduras. The Irish fruit giant will recognise STAS, a union which represents workers employed at Suragroh, a melon plantation in the country. Fyffes had been locked in a dispute over alleged abuses at the farm and refused to recognise the union. The Dublin-based company has denied allegations of poor work conditions. The new deal says that Fyffes will recognise STAS as a "legitimate representative of the affiliated workers". It also says that company representative and STAS will meet at the start of February to begin negotiating on a collective bargaining agreement.

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Ecuador: 7,000 TEU Vessel Berthed at Puerto Bolívar

18.1.2019
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Thanks to the dredging to 14.5 metres at low tide (in the second phase it will have 16.5 metres), Puerto Bolivar was able to receive the "MSC Veronique", the largest vessel so far anchored in Ecuador. The vessel anchored in the presence of the main representatives of the Turkish company YilportEcu, Port Authority and Captaincy of Puerto Bolívar. "I want to thank you for being the first shipping company to open the doors to import cargo, which we will start receiving very soon, thanks to the inclusion of Puerto Bolívar in its global itineraries as a cargo destination in Ecuador," said Alfredo Jurado, manager of YilportEcu.

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Reactivation of Banana Production in Barú

18.1.2019
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30 days after the first harvest of export bananas from the banana plantations in Puerto Armuelles, district of Barú, province of Chiriquí, the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, inspected for the crops on the Jobito farm, accompanied by executives from the Banapiña company and state ministers. Varela said that Chiriqui will now add bananas to its wide offer of agricultural products, the activity had declined in this very productive area of the country over the last two decades. The sublease contract of more than 1,600 farms for banana reactivation in Barú exceeds US$13 million.

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Canary Islands: Strong Winds Affect Banana Plantations

11.1.2019
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Some 3,890 tons of bananas were lost in the Canary Islands due to the wind that blew between the 22nd and 24th of December when a yellow alert was activated in the archipelago due to meteorological phenomena according to Asprocan, the producers’ association. In a statement, the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands indicated that the winds on those days dam-aged 1,752 hectares of crops, in most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown. Asprocan added that, despite this, everything indicates that "in general, it is a question of low intensity losses, except in the areas most exposed to the winds".

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65% Chances for El Niño to Form

11.1.2019
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According to the last NOAA bulletin of January 10th 2019, ENSO-neutral continued during December 2018, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In the last couple of weeks, all four Niño indices decreased, with the latest weekly values at +0.2°C in the Niño-1+2 region and near +0.7°C in the other regions. Positive subsurface temperature anomalies (averaged across 180°-100°W) also weakened, but above-average temperatures continued at depth across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The atmospheric anomalies largely reflected intra-seasonal variability related to the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and have not yet shown a clear coupling to the above-average ocean temperatures.

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Containers caught fire on board Hapag Lloyd's Yantian Express

11.1.2019
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Hapag Lloyd reported that on 3 January, a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and spread to additional containers and that the crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers is unharmed. Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were launched immediately but have had to be suspended for the time being due to a significant deterioration of weather conditions. The 7,510 TEU vessel, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal. At present, the ship is approximately 650 nautical miles off the coast of Canada.

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Peru: El Niño Development Announced

11.1.2019
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The director of the zonal Senamhi Piura, Jorge Luis Carranza, said that we are already facing an El Niño (FEN) phenomenon of slight intensity and the rains may start to appear more steadily this summer. "We have already switched from surveillance to the presence of El Niño. They were three consecutive months in which surface temperatures of the sea (SST) were higher than normal. The variation goes from 0.7 degrees to 0.9 degrees above normal," he said. Carranza said that in January, February and March there will be rain from normal to higher, although in the month of March there could be focal events of extreme rains that could cause havoc because the basins will be full by then.

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AUGURA Gives Recommendations to Banana Growers due to El Niño Phenomenon

11.1.2019
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The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) has recommended to all its members a series of technical actions so that their banana crops are affected as little as possible during the first quarter of the New Year, a period characterized by light rainfall. According to official information from the National Agency for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and IDEAM, the phenomenon of El Niño will be fully developed from January to March 2019, in the north and east of Colombia, said the agency.

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Ecuador: Yellow Alert for Possible Development of El Niño Phenomenon

11.1.2019
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Landslides have occurred on some roads in the agricultural area of Naranjal in the province of El Guayas due to the overflow of rivers. The alerts were recorded in the early hours of Thursday, January 10th, 2019. As a preventive measure for the start of the rainy season in the Litoral, the National Risk and Emergency Management Service (SNGRE) declared a yellow level alert for the possible occurrence of an El Niño event. The resolution was signed by the general director of the service, Alexandra Ocles, on December 21st, 2018.

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Maximilian Rothkopf appointed to Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd

11.1.2019
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The Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has appointed Maximilian Rothkopf (38) to its Executive Board effective 1 May 2019. On 1 July, he will become the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), replacing Anthony J. Firmin (65), who will retire on 30 June. Maximilian Rothkopf, who holds a master's degree as well as a doctorate in business administration, has been a Partner since 2014 at McKinsey & Company, where he has been a member of the global Travel, Transport and Logistics (TTL) leadership team.

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Colombia: Truck Drivers from Magdalena Threaten to Go on a Strike

11.1.2019
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On January 8th The Association of Truckers of the Banana Zone, Aczoban, reported in a statement that the banana trading companies in that area would be hiring Urabá transporters, thus leaving 80 affiliates of the association unemployed. "The association of truckers of the Banana Zone seriously rejects the policies that have been implemented by banana trading companies in the Banana Zone, violating the right to work of small transporters in the area, displacing those who have historically been doing this. I worked for a long time, growing together with the banana industry.

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Romania: CITRONEX Opened New Banana Ripening Centre

4.1.2019
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One of Europe’s largest banana importers and “YELLOW” brand distributor opened a new distribution center in Romania. The company has built banana ripening chambers in Timosoara, city located in west Romania. "This location is not accidental. From Timisoara we have easy access also to Hungary and Serbia. From now on we are closer to our customers - explains Marek Szulc, Managing Director of the company. The new distribution center is equipped with high-tech 26 double ripening rooms “Penthouse System” (44 pallets each) and 216 pallets storage rooms for green banana and pineapples.

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Port of Algeciras handled 4.4 million TEUs up to November

4.1.2019
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The Port of Algeciras (Spain) handled a total of 4.4 million TEUs up to the end of November, representing an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period of the previous year. In fact, the Algeciras enclave has handled more than 527,000 import and export containers at the Juan Carlos I Pier and the Exterior Green Island up to November. The positive data shows that the total merchandise traffic has increased to 98.5 million tons, which is a growth of 5.4% com-pared to previous years. The general cargo sector has improved by 6%, handling a total of 63.6 million tons.

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Peru: More than 21,000 Hectares Planted with Export Products

4.1.2019
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The general manager of the Olmos Tinajones Special Project (PEOT), Juan Saavedra Jiménez, informed that four years after the start of the irrigation works, more than 21,000 hectares of various agroexport products have been planted. According to figures from the Pro-Olmos Association, the project has generated an investment of over US$ 750 million for Lambayeque due to the creation of 38,000 hectares of new land, where 20 national and foreign companies plant their crops using a pressurized irrigation system.

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Colombian Banana Growers Alerted over El Niño Phenomenon

4.1.2019
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The main banana workers' association in Colombia has alerted the growers of this fruit to the arrival of the "El Niño" phenome-non and recommended that they take preventive measures for the next six months. The Banana Association of Colombia (Augura) made a series of "nutrition" recommendations for the climatic conditions of the El Niño phenomenon for banana cultivation following a number of predictions of this climatic event for the first semester of 2019. Among the recommendations are the applications of "anti-stress nutrients" to reduce the negative impacts of low rainfall caused by the meteorological phenomenon in the Caribbean producing countries, which should be applied as an additional measure to the conventional fertilization plan established for the farms.

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Maersk Quits Dry Containers Production to Focus on Reefer Market

4.1.2019
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AP Møller-Maersk’s box building arm, Maersk Container Industry (MCI), has quit the dry container manufacturing sector to focus on the reefer market. The Copenhagen-headquartered firm today explained that while the dry container manufacturing business had “been under considerable pressure for some time, reefer volumes continue to grow, due to global demand for fresh produce and other commodities”. It will formally close its dry box manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China, which has lain idle since the start of December. MCI chief executive Sean Fitzgerald said: “Regrettably, our decision to focus on the cold chain business will impact our factory in Dongguan which has been idle due to the tough market conditions.

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Costa Rica: Drop in Banana Exports

4.1.2019
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Low in the value of exports of bananas and juices and fruit concentrates impact-ed on the general behavior of agricultural and food sales abroad, during 2018. According to figures from the export portal of the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), the value of banana sales abroad, accumulated between January and October last year (latest available data), fell by 4.4% compared with the same period of 2017, since they went from $ 880 million to $ 841 million. In the case of juices and fruit concentrates (including, especially, orange and pineapple) sales in that period fell 18% in value, since they went from $ 201 million be-tween January and October 2017, to $ 165 million in same period last year, ac-cording to Procomer statistics.

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Producers of Barú Denounce Judge for 'Overreaching'

4.1.2019
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A group of producers from the district of Barú, in Chiriqui, is denouncing the overreaching of functions by a judge who imposed a measure that threatens the trade of their products. Santander Tristán Donoso, a lawyer representing 400 affected producers, explained that Judge Ulzana Valdés established a guide for the transport of farm products. But this guide was not granted to the agricultural producers who are claiming six thousand hectares of land ceded to the com-pany Banapiña, subsidiary of Del Monte, through the contract No. 36 of 2017, to supposedly reactivate the banana area with an investment of $ 100 million.

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DP World Invests $3 Billion in 2018

4.1.2019
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DP World, Dubai-based global operator of shipping terminals, diversified its global business portfolio through investments and acquisitions worth $3 billion in 2018, the company said. It also deepened its engagement with revolutionary new technologies and extended meaningful support to environmental initiatives around the world during the year, achieving strategic growth in diverse fields, it said. The headline projects were the launch of DP World Cargospeed with Virgin Hyperloop One and taking over leadership of the technology company; digital transformation of business operations across the global portfolio;

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Puerto Contecon Guayaquil Receives Neutral Carbon Certification

4.1.2019
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The Contecon Guayaquil port has obtained neutral carbon certification issued by the consultancy and environmental rating agency Sambito, it is the first in Ecuador to receive this distinction. The certification relates to the policies of the entity, channelled into actions by the environment and translated into sustainable initiatives such as recycling as well as the incorporation of technologies that reduce the impact of the operations of the country's main port.

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Ecuadorian Banana Growers Could Ask for an Increase in the Price of Fruit

4.1.2019
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That the exporters comply with the official price of the banana box for 2019, which is US$ 6.30, is what banana producers request, assured Segundo Solano, president of the Banana Association of El Oro (ABO). The price was set by the Minister of Agriculture, Xavier Lazo, after there was no agreement on the Banana Trading Table between producers and exporters, last October 12th. The export sector requested to maintain the US$ 6.20 so that the Ecuadorian banana does not lose competitiveness abroad. Mean-while, the producers proposed US$ 7.05 due to the high production costs.

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The “Specialised Reefer and Freezer Fleet Listing – 2019” is now available!

31.12.2018
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With changes during the last year affecting 180 vessels, the publication contains details of the 575 specialised reefer and freezer vessels greater than 100,000 cubic feet as of January 2019. The Fleet List includes colour graphs and charts of the world fleet by size and by age - as well as a summary of the 2018 sale & purchase activity, the recycling that took-place during 2018 and the current new building order book. The publication provides an alphabetical listing of all vessels (also noting those that are “360-Quality approved”) along with fleet summaries by major operator as well as individual vessel data, by cubic capacity - detailing:

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Ecuador: President of Acorbanec Gives His Opinion on The Banana Industry

28.12.2018
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From the export sector there is talk of several situations that lead the banana towards a stagnation in a country where there are no signs of significant diversification of the export offer, since all the plans so far have failed. The starting point for the low growth rates of bananas is the law. It is the only controlled product. Because they are an export product, bananas should not be regulated by a special law or have an official set price, which in many cases has been fixed in a political and non-technical manner.

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Cheap bananas: Farmers Fight Back

28.12.2018
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Aldi Süd wants to lower the purchase prices, the price pressure on bananas is already high, and now the situation is getting worse. Farmers from South America and the organization TransFair report that Aldi Süd wants to pay less for the fruits. Producers from Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala defend themselves with an open letter to industry leader Aldi Süd. It is unacceptable and feasible, they wrote. Aldi Süd also sees great challenges with bananas, but refers to the suppliers when it comes to pricing: "These submit an offer via fixed tendering processes, which not only includes the producer price, but also transport, ripening and packaging."

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Algeria: Banana Production to be promoted

28.12.2018
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The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Abdelkader Bouazghi assured, on 22 December in Tipasa, that the production of bananas is possible in Algeria, underlining the availability of its services to accompany the farmers wishing to invest this field. Visiting a banana production farm in Sidi Rached, considered 2nd of the kind, after that of Sidi Fredj (Algiers), the Minister supported the importance of this project, praising the efforts made by this operator, to master the techniques of growing bananas in greenhouses.

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European Commission Approved Proposals For Amendments To POSEI

28.12.2018
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The Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry announced on December 20 that all proposals for amendments to the POSEI for 2019 presented by the Azores were approved by the European Commission The regional secretary for Agriculture and Forestry said this is a very positive decision that will allow to continue adjusting the aids to the growth dynamics and greater sustainability of the agricultural sector in the region.

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Ecuador: Price of Banana Box For 2019 Set At $6.30

31.10.2018
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through the Ministerial Agreement 135 of October 26, set the precio referencial or minimum price to be paid to growers for a box of bananas -only the fruit- of a 41.5 to 43-pound box of bananas at $6.30 for 2019. This year the box stood at $ 6.20. The agreement, signed by Minister Xavier Lazo, also establishes the minimum support prices for the other types of banana, as well as export values in port (FOB).

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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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