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Contecon and Andipuerto contributed more than US $ 11 MM to Ecuador

21.6.2019
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According to the Port Authority of Guayaquil (APG), the concession terminals of the port delivered to Ecuador US$ 11 million in the first five months of 2019. Specifically, the concessionary company of the bulk and multipurpose terminal (Andipuerto) paid US$ 254,020.77 for the fixed rentals and US$ 400,525.66 for variable compensations. While Contecon disbursed US$10.5 million (US$ 5,648,468.35 for the fixed fee and US$ 4,851,057.87 for variable income).

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Peru: Reefer Warehouse To Boost Export of Organic Bananas

21.6.2019
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A new reefer warehouse will boost the export activity of organic bananas produced by the 202 members of the Association of Organic Banana Producers Valle del Chira (Aprobovchira) of the province of Sullana, Piura region. The warehouse was obtained thanks to a business plan that was co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), through the Compensation Program for Competitiveness (Agroideas).

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Costa Rica: MSC Katya is the Largest Ship Ever Berthed in Moin

21.6.2019
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On June 16th, the MSC Katya R. berthed at the Moin Container Terminal (TCM) and became the largest container ship that has ever docked in the ports of the Costa Rican Caribbean. The vessel measures 281 metres long and 32.2 metres wide and can transport up to 4,200 TEUs. Until now, the maximum capacity of the vessels that arrived at Moín was 3,800 TEUs. The MSC Katya R., coming from Ecuador and destined to Northern Europe, constitutes a new weekly direct service of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

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ZIM Commissioned Advanced New ZIMonitor Refrigerated Containers

14.6.2019
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ZIM is expanding its ZIMonitor containers fleet in 2019 and adding advanced “Star Cool” containers manufactured by MCI, the company said in its release. The new MCI “Star Cool” containers have the refrigeration unit integrated directly into the container box. This design has several advantages, including lower weight and increased capacity, reduced heat leakage and improved overall energy efficiency, resulting in a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

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Spain: Eurobanan Canarias Group Reaches a Turnover of 460 M Euros

14.6.2019
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The Regional Group of Cooperativas Plataneras de Canarias, Coplaca, was born in 1970 in Santa Cruz de la Palma, bringing together 12 cooperatives that produce bananas. Currently, Coplaca is made up of 16 cooperatives and agrarian transformation societies, located in each and every one of the banana producing islands, with 22 fruit processing or packing warehouses. With the entry into force of the CMO of Banana in July 1993, Coplaca adapted its statutes and its organizational structure as an Organization of OPP Banana Growers.

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CMA CGM Amps Up Its Cyber Space Security

14.6.2019
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To safeguard its shipping lines and port infrastructure against cyber-attacks, French shipping major CMA CGM is keeping its cybersecurity robust by ensuring that the company’s vendors have protected systems. S Rajagopalan, Commercial Director, CMA CGM Agencies India, told media persons on Wednesday that when the shipping company is connecting with its vendors in the cyberspace, the vendors also must comply with strict security requirements. Third-party service providers in operational and logistics space do not have easy access to the company’s systems.

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Alliance between the Ministry of Labor and DP World Posorja

7.6.2019
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DP World Posorja, a company owned by the Government of Dubai, which builds and will operate the first Deep Water Port in Ecuador, established an alliance with the Ministry of Labor, whose main purpose will be to promote employment through the Socio Employment Network. With this agreement DP World Posorja will have an additional channel for the search and recruitment of personnel that will operate the Port. The new port of DP WORLD Posorja will place the country on par with the most advanced port growth in the region and the world.

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Australia: Banana Industry Should Look to Exports for Future

7.6.2019
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Increasing banana exports could be the key to shoring up the Australian banana industry into the future. It was one of the reoccurring ideas discussed at last week's Australian Banana Industry Congress at the Gold Coast where some 350 members of the banana supply chain, including 100 growers, came together. Hosted by the Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC), the biennial event attracted people from Queensland, NSW, Western Australia, Adelaide and the Northern Territory. In his opening speech, Congress chair and Lakeland grower, Paul Inderbitzin, encouraged the industry to look to exports as the next step in furthering the industry.

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Japan 'Softens'Stance on PH Bananas Exports

7.6.2019
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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Japanese government "appeared" to have softened its stance on long standing issues on tariff and market access for Philippine bananas. Piñol flew to Japan and met with Japan's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Takamori Yoshikawa (MAFF). During the meeting, Piñol asked Japanese officials to settle long-standing issues on banana tariffs as well as widen market access for Philippine agricultural products.

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Maersk to Build Its First Cold Store in St. Petersburg

7.6.2019
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The ground-breaking ceremony for the new warehouse took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in the presence of Maersk CEO Søren Skou, Fyffes CEO David McCann and representatives of regional and federal Russian administration. Constructed by the Russian industrial developer PNK Group, the facility will be located within the PNK Park Sofiyskaya KAD in St. Petersburg and has 23 700 square metres, with 35 docks able to serve daily throughput of up to 200 trucks. The maximum storage capacity will be over 50 000 tons and the fully Maersk-operated warehouse will employ over 200 employees.

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Hamburg Süd Christens Polar Ecuador in Antwerp

23.5.2019
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Hamburg Süd christened the containership Polar Ecuador in Antwerp on May 20. “Antwerp is a highly important port for Hamburg Süd, and the Belgian New Fruit Wharf is a very suitable place for the christening of a Polar-class vessel,” said Frank Smet, the shipping line’s chief commercial officer. “After all, with more than 1,000 reefer plugs, the Polar Ecuador transports a disproportionately large volume of refrigerated cargo for a container vessel of this size from Mexico and the Caribbean to Antwerp. This includes, for example, bananas, pineapples and melons, which are handled particularly efficiently and professionally by the fruit and reefer specialists here.”

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Globe Tracker Gets IoT Devices for Dole Food Containers

23.5.2019
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Globe Tracker announced it has deployed IoT devices installed on reefer containers to one of the world’s largest fresh fruit growing and distribution companies, Dole Food Company. The solution and platform will assist Dole in exploring technological advantages across the Internet of Things related to their reefer containers allowing for more consistent product quality, increased efficiencies and greater visibility across the Dole global supply chain. “We were pleased to be chosen by Dole to supply the advanced IoT technology on their reefers. There is a very compelling use case for the technology in the perishables market” says Don Miller, Sales Head for Globe Tracker.

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Ecuador: Banana Sales to the European Union Fall

23.5.2019
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Banana exports could end 2019 with minimal growth, in the first quarter they only increased 2.49%, in relation to the same period of 2018. From January to March, a volume of 95.2 million boxes of banana was sold, compared to 93.3 million last year. But sales had performed better in the first quarter of the last two years, with increases of 5.73% and 4.87% in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Fabricio Espinosa, president of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), expects total sales this year to exceed at least 350 million boxes. He calculates a growth of 1.2%, if the trend continues. In 2018 the increase was 6%. "We have to wait until the end of the year, but we hope that the same fruit production as 2018 can be achieved," he says. That will also depend on the impact of the winter season on the coastal areas. But what most concerns exporters is the external scenario.

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Colombia: Research Center To Improve Banana Productivity

23.5.2019
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The Center for Banana Research, Cenibanano, affiliated to the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia, Augura has begun a process of reengineering with which it seeks to strengthen research and the transfer of knowledge to its members with the aim of improving the productivity of the sector by 20% over a period of 5 years. This centre provides technical and scientific advice to banana producers on 320 farms in Urabá and 480 producers in Magdalena, to help them to optimize their processes, improve agronomic practices and prevent pests and diseases. Emerson Aguirre, president (E) of Augura affirms that "the research projects developed by Cenibanano are oriented toward obtaining a cleaner fruit that improves the environmental and economic competitiveness of Colombian bananas in world markets.

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CMA CGM Launches the Reefer Pharma Division

23.5.2019
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The CMA CGM Group says it has launched its new Reefer Pharma division, dedicated to temperature-controlled shipping of pharmaceutical products and boasting advanced expertise. CMA CGM offers its customers an innovative temperature-controlled solution for shipping medicines that meets health and safety requirements: * Safety procedures: containers among the newest, guaranteeing the absence of external contamination; inspection of each container before it leaves the warehouse; sealed containers to deny access to those without authorisation; limited handling of containers during transportation

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ICTSI Ecuador Handles Mega Ship

17.5.2019
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International Container Terminal Services Inc.'s (ICTSI) Ecuadorian subsidiary Contecon Guayaquil has serviced Chinese flag mega vessel, CMA CGM Cochin that operates in the Ecuador-Asia route. José Antonio Contreras, Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) chief executive officer said the Port of Guayaquil was able to receive larger vessels serving the intra-Pacific trade because of the recent dredging of the 51 nautical miles main access channel leading to the country's primary seaport. CGSA set a new operational benchmark after servicing the neo-Panamax CMA CGM Cochin, which has 337 meters in length, 48.20 meters in beam, 119,000 deadweight tons (DWT) and has a capacity of 10,010 twenty-fact equivalent units (TEUs).

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China Imports More than US $900 Million in Bananas; US $150 Million Comes from Ecuador

17.5.2019
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At the Banana Forum, the ICA as phytosanitary authority was emphatic in highlighting that the Chinese market is very demanding in terms of the characteristics of its vendors, and requires that all goods are free of two very high-level specifications, the Fruit fly and the fusarium race 4 fungus. Given these characteristics, the directors of ICA and Augura stated that they have been working to prevent the fungus from reaching the country, "in Colombia with the ICA we are advancing the control and mitigation plan for the arrival of this fungus in the country. Currently, Uniban is exporting to China and thanks to the management of the Colombian ambassador in China that has increased the promotion and consumption of bananas in the Asian country.

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Colombia: Bananas from Magdalena Could be Exported to China

17.5.2019
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The IV Banana Forum, which is the most important event for this production sector in the region took place on Thursday, May 16th, it was organized by the Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira, Asbama. For two days, the most relevant challenges faced by the sector were addressed, with the attendance of around 550 participants. "This is a space for analyzing the banana production chain, created in order to promote and facilitate the academic, scientific, technical and business integration of the sector, around fundamental debates, reflections and contributions in the search for greater possibilities of success, sustainable economic and social development of the banana agroindustry of the Colombian Caribbean region," said José Francisco Zúñiga Cotes, president of Asbama.

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Banana Exports from Cameroon Decrease

17.5.2019
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With less than 14,000 tonnes in April, this is Cameroon's worst performance since January 2019. The decline in banana exports to Cameroon continued in April 2019. According to statistics published by the Cameroon Banana Association (Assobacam), the country exported 13,381 tonnes of bananas last April. This is the worst performance since the beginning of the current year. Indeed, between January and March 2019, Cameroon's banana exports fluctuated between 19,000 and 21,000 tons, a gap of 6 to 8,000 tons compared to 13,381 in April 2019. PHP company remains market leader, the local subsidiary of French Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille recorded exports of 12,427 tonnes in April 2019, an increase of 424 tonnes compared to the same period in 2018.

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Costa Rica: Japdeva Gets ¢ 2.650 Million in Fees from APM

17.5.2019
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Japdeva accounts show an accumulated value of ¢ 2,650 million as a result of the fee received from the Container Terminal of Moín, in accordance with the concession contract with Dutch company APM Terminals. The money began to be transferred in October, when the operation of a single berth in the new dock began. It has been estimated that Japdeva will receive ¢ 12,000 million in fees annually and after 33 years of port concession, it would be about USD 1,000 million. Japdeva faces a crisis in their finances due to the loss of income and a huge uncertainty for the future of its 1,200 workers.

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Brazil, Ecuador Battle at WTO Over Bananas

10.5.2019
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The conflict over Ecuadorian bananas, reignited by President Jair Bolsonaro, reached the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Tuesday by means of an accusation by the neighboring country that Brazil was violating international rules by blocking Ecuador's principal export. In March, during a live transmission on social media, Mr. Bolsonaro indicated his government would block the entry of Ecuadorian bananas. The president said he couldn't understand how a banana coming from Ecuador travels 10,000 kilometers and arrives at competitive prices at the Ceagesp food distribution center in São Paulo when, the president said, there are so many bananas 150 kilometers away in the Ribeira Valley.

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Company in Costa Rica Seeks to Transform Plantain Trunks into Pallets

10.5.2019
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A group of Costa Rican banana growers met with Dutchmen Hein Van Opstal and Gert Kema to tell them about the shortage of timber in the tropics and the difficulty of getting good quality pallets. This meeting was the starting point for the creation of Yellow Pallet, a company that has been established in Costa Rica with the objective of producing pallets for export from components made with the fibre of banana trunks. The company was born in 2012, but it was not until 2018 when its first factory started operations in Siquirres, Limón, after an initial investment of US$ 3 million and the hiring of 15 people.

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FAO Forecasts Rise in World Production and Trade in Tropical Truits

10.5.2019
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As the world's largest exporter of bananas and tropical fruits and the second largest producer in the world, Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly well positioned to benefit from the expected growth in international demand for these products, the FAO said on Thursday. According to the latest FAO Food Outlook report (English only), the large portion of land in the region's tropical belt and its proximity to the United States - the largest market for major tropical fruits - should translate into strong prospects for the growth of production, driven by exports. World production and trade of major tropical fruits (mangoes, pineapples, avocados and papayas) is expected to increase due to higher incomes and change in consumer preferences in many domestic and import markets, as well as improvements in the links of international transport and in charging technology.

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Del Monte Reports Value-Added Sales Up, Banana Prices Down

3.5.2019
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Fueled by strong sales from the company’s Mann Packing business, Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. said net sales increased in the first quarter of 2019. The company reported net sales for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.15 billion, compared with $1.11 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Sales were up in the company’s fresh and value-added business segment, but that was countered in part by lower net sales of bananas and unfavorable exchange rates in Europe and Asia, according to a news release. The company said gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 was $93.3 million, compared with $106.5 million in the first quarter a year ago.

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Drought Causes Revenue Decrease in the Panama Canal

3.5.2019
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The low water level in the Panama Canal has forced Canal Authorities to implement a possible new adjustment in the draft of the ships that transit through the Neopanamax locks. According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the measure is in response to the lack of rainfall which is affecting the flow of the Chagres River, the main source of the lakes that feeds this fluvial route. The adjustment to 44 feet means that the vessels must move with less cargo, which could mean about US$15 million less in revenues for the fiscal year 2019, the source said. The ACP assured that all these notifications to the customers have been made in advance so that they can make the pertinent arrangements.

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Guayaquil's Private Terminals Gain Market Share in the Port Industry

3.5.2019
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Guayaquil’s private port terminals move 86% of the total non-oil cargo of the entire national port system. According to a report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the port area of Guayaquil grew 10.29% in 2018, in relation to the previous year. In that category, the containerized cargo was included by the Simón Bolívar Multipurpose Port, operated by Contecon which was appointed by the State and by the Qualified Private Terminals (TPH). The total volume that all terminals moved in 2018 was 2.064 million TEU (20 feet containers). When breaking down these figures, analysts find that the market share has been changing over the last three years.

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Ecuador: Objections to the Banana Law Project

18.4.2019
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The Association of Marketing and Export of Bananas (Acorbanec) participated a meeting of the Food Sovereignty Commission of the National Assembly. The director of the association, Richard Salazar, was received on Wednesday, April 10th in the legislature. Other representatives of the sector were also there, among them, Eduardo Ledesma, executive director of the Association of Exporters (AEBE). The idea was to present the arguments of the representatives of the agricultural sector regarding the Bill that regulates the production of bananas, plantains, orito and other musaceas. There were four observations.

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Canary Islands: New Use for Banana Residues

18.4.2019
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Money paper, tea bags, thread and even interior parts of vehicles are some of the products that the "Life Baqua" project has developed by recycling banana fibres in the Integrated Manufacturing Center of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC ). This European project seeks to take advantage of all the vegetable waste generated by the banana crop and at present is studying the possibilities of real implementation within the islands at an industrial level. The "Life Baqua" project has manufactured biodegradable products from banana fibre such as bags for tea or infusions, continuous yarn and consequently fabric as well as money paper.

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Asprocan Re-Elects Domingo Martín as President

18.4.2019
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Domingo Martín Ortega has been re-elected as president of the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers in the Canary Islands (Asprocan), according to the agreement adopted by the ordinary general assembly of that entity held on April 16th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. After his confirmation in the position, Domingo Martín Ortega, who expressed his gratitude for the renewal of the confidence of Assembly representatives wanted to emphasize the importance of continuing to advance in the lines of action set in motion by Asprocan especially at this time, which has been defined as key at political and social levels both in Spain and in Europe as a result of the renewal of all public administrations.

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Port of Guayaquil Totals 78.1% of Bananas Exported from Ecuador

12.4.2019
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Some 78.13% of the total Ecuadorian bananas exported were shipped through the Port of Guayaquil during the first quarter of this year, according to data from the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE). The remaining percentage (21.87%) went through Puerto Bolívar. Regarding total figures, banana exports to the European Union during the year amounted to 21,653,668 boxes, 13.53% less than what was achieved in the first three months of 2018.

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Juan Camilo Restrepo G. Leaves Augura

12.4.2019
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After 4 years and 7 months of work, Juan Camilo Restrepo is leaving the presidency of the Banana Association of Colombia (Augura). His tenure ends with a balance sheet that, at the end of 2018, shows the best figures of the sector in 10 years. It should be noted that Augura’s producers and affiliated trading entities represented 78% of the total volume and value exported from the country last year, closing with a production of US$101.4 million boxes of bananas, which means an increase of 3.52 % in volume, equivalent to US$868.7 million; this means a 2.63% increase in value compared to what was exported in 2017.

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Canarias: Asprocan Sceptical of Forthcoming Trade Agreements from the European Union

12.4.2019
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Asprocan, an entity that brings together the main banana producers' organizations in the Canary Islands has expressed its doubts on the possible liberalization of banana imports from third countries into the EU market. The company refers to the commercial agreement between the European Union and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, since it would directly affect them as competitor producers of the product. For this reason, it has asked the European Commission for a study of the impact it would have on the Outermost Regions and has also announced that it will address the problem at the meeting of the European Banana Joint Committee, scheduled for the coming weeks in Portugal.

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Costa Rica: Banana & Pineapple Growers Predict Reduction of US$ 254 Million In Exports in 2019

12.4.2019
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Costa Rican banana exports could fall by around US$ 154 million and pineapple exports by at least US$ 100 million in 2019 as a consequence of the impact on production of the drought generated by the El Niño Phenomenon and adverse market conditions. The combined reduction of US$ 254 million has so far had no effect on employment in these two sectors although the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep) predicts that by the end of this year the planted area may be reduced by about 5,000 hectares. Costa Rica currently has 43,000 hectares cultivated with bananas, with an estimated 40,000 direct jobs while for the pineapple sector it has estimated 32,000 direct jobs and 44,000 hectares planted.

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World Banana Summit Brings Together 60 Exhibitors in Guayaquil

12.4.2019
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Between April 9th and 11th Guayaquil hosted the ninth edition of the World Banana Summit that brought together experts, companies and representatives from the banana sector to share advances in scientific solutions and innovations in equipment. Ricardo Baquerizo, president of Expoplaza organizer of the Summit together with the Association of Graduates of Earth (Agearth) and Zamoranos del Litoral (Ageaple), explained that the summit was divided into the trade fair and scientific talks that started on April 9th with the participation of the American Patrick Huber, from the University of California, on sustainability and social responsibility. There were 21 scientific conferences, with topics such as advances to control black sigatoka and prevent the arrival of fusarium race 4, known as Panama disease. There were around 60 business stands offering their products. "There are new fumigation techniques, drones that are used for certain areas near rivers where they must be more efficient," said Baquerizo.

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Unibán Increases Sales to the EU Market

5.4.2019
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Unibán, the main Colombian agricultural products marketer, has advanced in the implementation of its new strategy to serve customers and markets in Europe, the United States and Asia from four main businesses: Agricultural Production, Field Services, Marketing and Logistics, and Market Development. Unibán grew participation in the North American market with sales that increased 38% in banana and 20% in total during 2018; and through TMA (Tropical Marketing Associated), commercialized 8.82 million boxes of bananas directly to Europe. Their presence in the In the snacks market was expanded with new clients in Portugal, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic interested in developing their own brands. Agricultural Production, a business formed by the agricultural companies Sara Palma S.A. and Bananera Genesis S.A. which farms focus on the production of bananas; Agricultural Uberaba S.A. in the production of pineapple.

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Honduras: Puerto Cortés Exports Grew 3.3% in First Quarter

5.4.2019
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Exports through Puerto Cortés in Honduras grew 3.3% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to that period 2018, an expected trend for the rest of 2019, especially in manufacturing and melon exports, the management of the Central American Port Operator (OPC), concessionaire of that terminal, announced. Melon shipments started last December and will end in May, and they had a good performance, therefore, it is expected to end with an increase of 10% in relation to the 2018 season. The behaviour is also positive in banana volumes, among other products.

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Citronex of Poland Expands Thanks to its Banana Business

5.4.2019
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As company boss Artur Toronowski told a Polish business magazine, the banana importer supplied about 70 percent of the Polish market with the tropical fruit in 2018. In total, 13 million boxes of the company's "Yellow" brand from plantations in Ecuador and Colombia and shipped by ship to Hamburg and Gdansk. Sales in 2017 were US$ 7 887 million, and sales in the last year have exceeded the billion mark, as media reported. In addition to stores in Poland, chains Kaufland and Profi in Romania and Aldi in Germany are also supplied by the company. The Zgorzelec importer also covers half of the banana supply in Lithuania.

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Costa Rica: Moin New Terminal Faces its First Crisis

5.4.2019
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Five weeks after its official entry into operation, the company APM Terminals faced the first crisis at the Container Terminal of Moín (TCM), in Limón. The clearest evidence was the long dams of vans at the entrance to the port, which in turn caused the road collapse in the area, on April 1st. Representatives of the port terminal and the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) agreed that a clear cause of this chaos was the announcement of the closure of route 32, which links San José with Limón, for demarcation work. The warning caused dozens of carriers who had an appointment in the port to travel to Limón since April 2 night, despite having an appointment until the morning, afternoon or evening of April 3.

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CMA-CGM Orders Ten New Container Ships in China

29.3.2019
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Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, signed on March 24 two strategic agreements with Lei Fanpei, Chairman of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the French capital. On the occasion of these signatures, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, declared: “Through this strategic partnership with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again opt for LNG propulsion and we reinforce our efforts to develop ever more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels. We thereby reassert our leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industry.”

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Chiquita Invests in Water Conservation

29.3.2019
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Chiquita Brands International is using water recycling programs to reduce its water use 1.7 billion liters per year. In a nod to World Water Day on March 22, the company noted said it has committed to only use irrigation where it is strictly necessary and has eliminated use of wasteful overhead irrigation, according to a news release. Additionally, as an element of its farm rejuvenation program, Chiquita said it is investing in mini and micro irrigation. That technology currently covers 6.5% of its irrigated land and uses live ground cover and mulches that reduce evaporation to ensure that the greatest efficiency possible for water abstraction, according to the release.

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Chiquita Appearing on Season 2 of Emmy-Nominated Tomorrow’s World Today

22.4.2019
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Fort Lauderdale, FL – Season Two of Tomorrow’s World Today will surely a-peel to viewers with a visit to Chiquita headquarters in Guatemala and Panama. The first episode of season two, which airs on Saturday, May 4, introduces sustainability across the banana harvesting process. Tamara Krinsky, the field reporter for Tomorrow’s World Today, learns about the logistics of getting bananas from the field to the store when she visits Chiquita facilities in Guatemala. “Chiquita is delighted to be featured on Tomorrow’s World Today, a cutting-edge program which examines how pioneers use natural and technological resources to create a more sustainable society,” said Carlos Lopez Flores, President of Chiquita.

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All Chiquita Bananas Now Shipped by Container

22.2.2019
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Banana trader Chiquita has changed its import logistics for Europe. Instead of using Specialized Reefer vessels the bananas will in future only be transported in containers. On the occasion of the first launch of its new transatlantic service, on 18 February the group invited business partners and customers to a ceremony in the Dutch port of Vlissingen. Around 500 to 600 (40-foot) refrigerated containers full of Chiquita bananas now arrive once a week at the Kloosterboer terminal in the harbor at the Schelde estuary. "We'll be able to do the same with two ships less," said Stefani Di Paolo, president of Chiquita shipping company Great White Fleet, which is responsible for the group's ocean freight logistics.

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Colombia: Asbama and Police Meet to Strengthen Security in the Banana Sector

22.2.2019
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During the work session, the different modalities that criminals have been using to commit crimes of theft, drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping, as well as irregular migration during 2018, were announced. With the aim of articulating the work to strengthen the security strategy in the department of Magdalena, the National Police of Colombia, in alliance with the Association of Bananeros del Magdalena and La Guajira, Asbama, and the Banana Association of Colombia, Augura, developed the planning and coordination meeting of the 'Civic Participation Network'.

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Guatemala: Increased Banana Exports

22.2.2019
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The export of bananas from Guatemala experienced exponential growth last year. For this year the producing and marketing companies bet on new markets, as well as more investments, for the high profitability, after the experience of last year, according to representatives of the sector. Julio Mérida, executive director of the Association of Independent Banana Producers (Apib), affirmed that the sector registered high productivity. "The international demand and the situation of the behaviour of other raw materials were a success of the sector," he said. 90% of what Guatemala produces goes to the United States, but new niches are being explored such as Russia, South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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Ecuador: Specialized Credits of up to US$500,000 for Agricultural Sectors

22.2.2019
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The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Xavier Lazo, together with the Chairman of the Board of BanEcuador, Jorge Wated has announced new credit lines for the agricultural sector. These products are destined in particular for the banana, palm and to the cattle activity. In the first item, financing applies for training, maintenance and purchase of lands with established crops. Minister Lazo said that the country lacked credit lines "tailored and specialized", so he considered that this opening of financing will be essential to activate the commercialization of these products, both for the local and international markets.

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A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S Accelerates Transformation and Grows Revenue in 2018

22.2.2019
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Progress on the transformation of A. P. Moller - Maersk continued in 2018. Customers benefitted from integrated offerings, digital solutions and robust network improvements. Since 2016, the topline has grown by 43%, to USD 39bn in 2018, an additional USD 12bn in turnover. "In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete. We have successfully integrated Hamburg Süd, accelerated our digital transformation and come together across sales, customer service, delivery and products as one company with customers at the centre of our attention. We are starting to see growth both in Ocean and non-Ocean segments," said Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

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Demand for Ecuadorian Organic Bananas Increases

22.2.2019
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The demand for organic bananas in the world is increasing steadily, and this is reflected in Ecuador’s export figures. The orito or baby banana also registers a positive trend. Around 310,000 boxes of organic bananas are shipped weekly. Between January and October of last year, organic bananas accounted for 7.2% of total exports of the fruit, achieving revenues of US$ 241 million according to figures from Pro Ecuador. The United States, the European Union and Japan are the main markets that demand this product, and banana farmers work every day so that their farms maintain production standards that allow them to maintain organic certification.

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Ecuador Participates Successfully in Fruit Logistica

22.3.2019
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Ecuador strengthened commercial ties with Germany during its participation in the Fruit Logistics Fair 2019, held in Berlin and which was evaluated as successful by the Ecuadorian authorities. As in every edition, the event was an opportunity for exchange among producers, exporters, importers, distributors, representatives of supermarkets and service providers. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, the event was also a space to disseminate other services related to logistics, transport, packaging, designs, technologies and information systems and agricultural, environmental and marketing innovation. At the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Xavier Lazo met with representatives of the German Government to strengthen links, as well as with different actors in the private sector, especially importers interested in Ecuadorian fruits.

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Rotterdam Port’s City Terminal to Have a New Distribution Centre

15.2.2019
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Port of Rotterdam Authority and Neele-Vat Logistics signed a contract for the development of a distribution centre on the last vacant lot at the City Terminal site near Eemhaven (Heijplaat-Rotterdam). The construction will start next year, and Neele-Vat Logistics will initiate the distribution activities in the course of 2021. Neele-Vat Logistics intends to build a hall with around 10,000 m² of storage capacity, 60 dock doors and an annual throughput of some 50,000 containers.

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Algeria Lifts Import Ban on Several Products

1.2.2019
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The Temporary Additional Safeguarding Arrangement (DAPS) entered into force and the ban on several imported products was lifted, informed the Ministry of Commerce on January 28. "The goods and products that have been subject to the provisional import suspension during the year 2018, are now free to be imported upon payment of an interim additional safeguard duty (DAPS)", according to the communique published via the official agency. The Ministry of Commerce recalls that the introduction of the DAPS as a tariff instrument, intervenes for reasons related to the safeguarding of the balance of payments, the encouragement of national production and the development of infant industries.

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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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