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Reefer Cargo the New Battleground with Rates Rising and Equipment Scarce

13.8.2021
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Container shipping bottlenecks are creating winners and losers in reefer cargo, with consumers footing the bill for the increased logistics costs. According to Drewry, average reefer freight rates jumped 32% in Q2, and are on track for a 50% increase by the end of Q3. Increases on the major east-west tradelines were particularly strong, Drewry noted, where available capacity has seen record demand in recent months, and reefer shippers must compete with dry freight BCOs for slots. Traditional north-south routes for perishables have been less affected by the pandemic-driven capacity crunch and therefore recorded less price inflation in Q2, Drewry said.

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Reybanpac Obtains Carbon Neutral Product Certification

13.8.2021
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Reybanpac, Ecuador's largest banana producer and second-largest exporter, recently reached a new milestone in its environmental commitment. After a measurement and audit process, it obtained the carbon-neutral product certification for its banana operation, from cradle to the shipping port, following the ISO 14067 standard. "This certification is the result of our commitment to contribute to the mitigation of climate change. The reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases should be a priority for everyone, including agribusiness.", says Vicente Wong, CEO of Reybanpac. The certification covers the firm's 45 farms and nearly 7,000 hectares of plantations.

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Costa Rica: Main Banana Exporter in Central America in 2020

13.8.2021
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In 2020 the leading exporter of fresh or dried bananas in Central America was Costa Rica, with $ 1,083 million, followed by Guatemala, with $ 930 million, Honduras, with $ 531 million, Panama with $ 152 million and Nicaragua with $ 23 million. During 2020, Panamanian exports increased 19% in quarter-on-quarter terms, Honduran exports by 11%, and Costa Ricans by 8%. Sales abroad of Guatemala and Nicaragua fell 2% and 8%, respectively. Between 2019 and 2020, the regional exported value of bananas increased 7%, going from $ 2,523 million to $ 2,725 million.

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Fyffes to Slash CO2 Emissions by 25%

13.8.2021
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Fyffes has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025 as part of a raft of commitments published in its first-ever sustainability report. The supplier said the reduction would align it to the Science-Based Target Initiative aims to limit emission increases to 1.5°C of pre-industrial levels by 2025. Fyffes said it would reduce emissions by increasing efficiency in inputs and outputs, including implementing sustainable alternatives.

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Industry Veteran Joins Dole as Senior Sales Manager

13.8.2021
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Dole plc announced the hiring of Scott Ross as senior manager of sales and new business development for Dole Diversified North America. The Diversified products division of Dole operates the business of Dole's year-round berries category — including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries — in addition to other fruit products outside of its core tropical fruits. This year Dole Diversified NA also expanded to offer a 52-week supply program for grapes grown in Chile, Peru, and California.

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Import Expo Helps Dole Reach a Wider Audience

11.6.2021
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It has been three years since the first edition of the China International Import Expo. This series of stories highlights the achievements and changes that participating enterprises have experienced because of the annual expo. Dole Food Co considers the China International Import Expo as a vital product promotion platform in China and Asia that helps spur the company's innovation, according to Wang Na, brand director of Dole China. Data from the company show that the sales of Dole's extra sweet bananas jumped 126 per cent from 2017 to 2020 following its participation in the last three editions of the expo.

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Fresh Del Monte Effort Reinforces Social Responsibility, Sustainability

11.6.2021
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Fresh Del Monte announced the launch of its “Bunch of Good” campaign emphasizing Fresh Del Monte’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts for making a better tomorrow while inviting consumers to learn more and participate in this initiative. The campaign first rolls out new “Bunch of Good” produce stickers and tags for its bananas and pineapples, which will display several unique facts highlighting Fresh Del Monte’s commitment to communities, education, ecosystems, healthcare, wildlife preservation and much more. Fresh Del Monte strives to showcase the organization’s commitment to doing “a bunch of good” worldwide while building a sustainable future through this new initiative. The brand’s six “bunch of good” efforts featured on the banana stickers are:

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ONE adds Yantian reefer surcharge, Maersk says delays of 16 days plus

11.6.2021
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Maersk reports the eastern terminal of Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), where mainline vessel berth operates at 30% of expected productivity. As with other lines, as a result of the low productivity, ONE said in a customer advisory dated 10 June that a number of its vessels were omitting calls at Yantian and that it may need to adjust the transportation plans for inbound reefers to the port. “This may result in an extended period of storage of inbound reefers at transhipment port or the discharge of reefer containers at an alternative port without prior notice,” ONE said. The shipping line said it would encourage customers to change the destination port, especially for time-sensitive cargoes such as fresh, chilled commodities.

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Dole Adds New Service at Port Tampa Bay

11.6.2021
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Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co., is adding a weekly direct call at Port Tampa Bay from Honduras and Guatemala in July. In addition to Dole Fresh Fruit discharging bananas and pineapples, Dole's commercial cargo division, Dole Ocean Cargo Express, will offer fixed weekly full container load containerized cargo services. The route, called the Gulf Express Service, also includes stops in Gulfport, Mississippi and Freeport, Texas. "This marks a major milestone in our strategic efforts to continue to diversify our cargo mix and expand our container volume. It is now our fastest growing line of business," said Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO, in a release.

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Freight Rates to Stay At 'Unprecedented' Levels Until Pandemic Brought Under Control

11.6.2021
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In more than ten years in the logistics business, David Sun says he has never seen shipping fees climb as high or quickly as they have this year. "It's unprecedented," Ocean freight fees are three to five times higher than the same period last year. The cost of moving a 40-foot sea container from China to Dubai usually is less than US$1,000, but it now costs about US$5,000. The volatile prices have caused a considerable financing problem for Sun, who must pay his shipping booking agent monthly, but receives payments from clients once every two or three months. Some customers may take up to six.

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Shipping Lines Can't Cope with Booming Perishables Trade and Lack of Reefers

14.5.2021
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Even as reefer container freight rates soar, shipping lines are “far from coping” with the seasonal demands of perishables. According to Drewry, a weighted average of rates across the top 15 “reefer-intensive” tradelanes jumped 26% in the first quarter, following a seasonal uptick in cargo demand, and rising bunker surcharges. This placed rates at their highest level since the reefer index was launched in 2017, and Drewry expects rates to rise further in Q2. “However, these increases are modest, compared to the inexorable rise in dry freight rates,” explained Philip Gray, head of reefer shipping research.

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Augura Reported that 33% of Banana Exports were Affected by Blockades in Urabá

14.5.2021
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Through the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia -Augura, the banana sector reported effects on 33% of its exports due to blockades of the previous days in Turbo since the fruit could not leave the farms towards the port. In four days, 773,200 boxes of the fruit stopped from being exported; that is, more than 15,000 tons of fruit were wasted. Augura celebrated that after almost five days of closures and demonstrations on the road to Urabá, the blockade that prevented transit in Turbo was lifted.

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Cameroon's Banana Exports Drop 22% in April 2021, due to PHP's Underperformance

14.5.2021
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In April 2021, operating banana producers in Cameroon exported a total of 13,186 tonnes. According to statistics compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon, the export volume was down by 2,916 tons compared to that of April of last year (Assobacam). This 22.11% drop comes as the public agribusiness CDC, with exports of 1,354 tonnes in April 2021, joined the group of exporters, on which it did not appear in April 2020.

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Colombia Supervises the Health of Plantain and Banana Crops in Bolívar

14.5.2021
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Inspection and phytosanitary control visits were made to plantain and banana crops to protect plant health and located in backyard lands in the department of Bolívar. The activities were carried out in the municipalities of Córdoba and Zambrano, where there is official control of diseases and monitoring activities of other quarantine pests of Musaceae. The resolution establishing phytosanitary measures to prevent the spread of the moko disease in bananas and plantains in the national territory was also socialized. The condition is caused by the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum Filetype II.

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