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Crowley Adds 300 New Refrigerated Containers to its Fleet

15.11.2019
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Crowley Logistics has added 300 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its industry-leading equipment fleet just in time for the peak perishables shipping season. The additional units, which are all 40-foot-long, high cubes built to Crowleys exacting standards, further demonstrates the company’s focus on offering customers the most reliable and efficient equipment in the market. These units have wireless asset monitoring technology, which will provide continuous monitoring as the reefers transit from origin to destination, both at sea and over land, to ensure the cold chain is maintained the entire time goods are moving.

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Hapag-Lloyd Doubles Operational Result in the First Nine Months

15.11.2019
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In the first nine months of 2019, Hapag-Lloyd's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) significantly increased to EUR 643 million (9M 2018: EUR 299 million). The group net result rose substantially to EUR 297 million (9M 2018: EUR 13 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) surpassed EUR 1.5 billion (9M 2018: EUR 812 million). The EBITDA increase of EUR 699 million includes a positive effect of approximately EUR 341 million caused by the new reporting standards IFRS 16. After the first nine months of the year, revenues rose to approximately EUR 9.5 billion (9M 2018: EUR 8.5 billion). The transport volume rose by 1.2 percent to 9,011 TTEU (9M 2018: 8,900 TTEU), and the average freight rate climbed by 4.2 percent to 1,075 USD/TEU (9M 2018: 1,032 USD/TEU).

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Ecuador: DP World Posorja, Three Months of Operations

15.11.2019
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The new Deepwater Port in Posorja, the result of a strategic partnership between the public and private sector, has three months of successful operation. During this period, there have been constant increases in productivity levels in every area. As an example, the gate to gate traffic originally planned at thirty minutes, is currently at 19 minutes. That is, trucks with import and export cargo make the whole journey to leave or receive cargo in that period of time. Likewise, the procedure of loading and unloading the ships has been impressive, thanks to the fact that on average, gantry cranes (the largest in South America), have achieved a productivity of 32.7 movements per hour to date; At the beginning of operations, the number of movements were above 19 per hour, as shown in the graph #1.

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Colombia: Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean Gathered

15.11.2019
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The event was called a Research Agenda Workshop for the exclusion, prevention and management of outbreaks of the Fusarium tropical race 4 (R4T) in the cultivation of musaceae from Latin America and the Caribbean (ALC). It was held in Bogotá and convened all the research centres of Latin America and the Caribbean, international centres, phytosanitary protection offices and the private sector. The workshop was organized by Fontagro, IDB Invest, the National Institute of Agricultural Research - INIAP and AGROSAVIA. For two days, the capital of the Colombian Republic was the scene of the regional technical workshop to identify the priorities of an integrated research agenda for the

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Ecuador: Minimum Set the Price of the Banana Box at US$ 6.40 for 2020

15.11.2019
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) set the minimum support price for the banana box at US$ 6.40 for the 2020 season. That equates to 10 cents more than the official value that has been in force this year, which is of US$ 6.30. The MAG also suggested four reference prices according to the week, which can be applied depending on the time of the year or according to the seasons in the international market (high and low). Prices range from US$ 5.30 to US$ 7.50. But these can be applied as long as there is a private agreement signed between producers and exporters and that the minimum support price is respected as an annual average.

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Statement of the Ecuadorian Banana Industry Regarding Fair Prices

12.11.2019
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It’s that time of the year again. When banana contracts are being negotiated between producing countries and consuming countries. The sector faces a lot of new challenges, the supermarkets demand a lot more out of the plantations... and want it for free. According to ReeferTrends Nov 08 publication, German retailer Aldi will increase their banana buying price for 2020. The Ecuadorian Banana Sector sees this as a positive action, but it’s not really an increase that reflects the reality of the business. IMO 2020 is the international mandatory regulation that would seek to reduce Sulphur of MGO or other fuel with Sulphur content of max 0.5% oxides emission from ships, by reducing current levels of Sulphur in the bunker IFO380 actually used from 3,50% to 0,5%, as from January 1, incremental cost be approx. USD 400-700 per cntr depending on the trade.

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Fusarium disease: Researchers Race to Save Bananas from Extinction

28.10.2019
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A global threat is facing the production of bananas following the outbreak of Fusarium disease (also known as Panama disease) and scientists are working on finding a gene that is resistant to the strain. Fusarium is spread by a fungus in contaminated soil called Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc)¬ and infected plant materials. The disease is allegedly spread by farm machinery from abroad or transmitted by traveling farm workers or tourists.

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Will New ICT-Led Approach Eliminate Banana Wilt Disease

15.10.2019
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An ICT based solution is being billed as the solution to overcome Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, the banana disease locally known as "Kirabiranya" and thus double banana production, agricultural scientists have reassured. Banana Xanthomonas Wilt was reported in Rwanda in 2001 and it has since affected about 3,600 hectares. It destroys the harvest, damages extensively banana plantation and is very easily transmissible through insects, strays and contaminated farming tools. Scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Rwanda Agricultural Board assure that the ICT led approach will ensure food safety, and improve livelihoods in Rwanda and in Africa.

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Asprocan Asks the EU to Support Plátano de Canarias

10.10.2019
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The president of Asprocan, Domingo Martín, said that the support of Community Institutions is "vital" to maintain the production of bananas in Europe, and because of that he urged for specific mechanisms to be adapted to the Outermost Regions (RUP) in order to compete with bananas from third countries. In the meeting between the political representatives of Spain, France, and Portugal they unanimously showed their "concern" about the effects generated after banana imports from third countries reached preferential agreements, and coincided with the proposal to establish the same standards in Phytosanitary and environmental requirements for all productions, both community and non-EU.

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Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Limited Recall Of Baby Spinach

10.10.2019
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Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach. The products being recalled are 6 oz Dole Baby Spinach bag, Lot code W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2), and 10 oz Dole Baby Spinach clamshell, Lot code W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8), both with Use-by dates of 08-05-2019, due to a possible health risk from Salmonella. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the Recall.

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Happy Birthday Miss Chiquita!

10.10.2019
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Miss Chiquita is celebrating her 75th birthday at New York Advertising Week, the world’s largest annual gathering of advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology leaders! Since 1944, Miss Chiquita has been an iconic symbol of Chiquita’s bright yellow bananas, bringing smiles to fans’ faces across the globe. Now, the world’s foremost banana company is celebrating the “first lady of fruit’s” 75th anniversary by taking a look back at her many accomplishments throughout the years.

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Challenging Times for Refrigerated Cargo Exporters

10.10.2019
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A warning of a possible shortage of refrigerated containers was issue due to the imminent change in ship fuel that would lead to demolishing many old full reefer vessels, catalyzing the containerization process of many refrigerated cargo worldwide. It remains to see, however, the real size of ASF - African Swine Fever and its effects on demand for reefer containers which is growing by 7% in the accumulated 2019, more than double the growth rate of undermined international trade. According to Seabury Consulting, in Europe and Latin America alone, frozen meat shipments to China grew 26% and 27% respectively this year.

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The Ecuadorian Crisis

10.10.2019
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The government announced a package of economic measures, endorsed by the International Monetary Fund, to alleviate the economic difficulties that were already manifested in a fiscal deficit, a contraction of the economy and negative social indicators. On Tuesday 1, President Lenín Moreno announced, in national radio and television, the approval of Decree 883, which included the following economic measures:

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Israel: TR4 Affects Banana Farms

8.10.2019
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TR4, the fungus which led Colombia to declare a national emergency, presents a growing threat to Israel's banana crops. Israel's banana crop, which provides 4,000 people with a livelihood, is at risk due to Tropical Race 4 (TR4), a strain of the aggressive Fusarium oxysporum fungus which spreads Panama disease among the plants. Dr. Navot Galpaz, a subtropical crop researcher specializing in bananas, said: "It's very important to emphasize this. The fungus has killed 200 of Israel's 27,000 dunams of bananas, Galpaz added.

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With pest at doorstep, banana grower Tadeco faces biosecurity risk

8.10.2019
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THE Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (Tadeco), one of the country's largest banana exporters, has warned against a move by local government officials to dismantle crucial quarantine measures in its joint-venture plantation. It said such could hasten the spread of the dreaded fusarium wilt and will endanger the banana production and exports of the company. Tadeco Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Zeaus Vadil told the BusinessMirror that there are Fusarium wilt-infected banana farms just across the street of the firm's plantation within the Bureau of Correction's property (BuCor).

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"Betting on Agroecology is the Best Strategy for African Bananas in the Face of Dollar Banana Competition" (CIRAD)

4.10.2019
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Having long enjoyed a relative calm in the European market, the African banana will end up in 2020 facing a major challenge. That of facing exports from countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Colombia will be more difficult. While this upcoming commercial change does not necessarily bode well for the African value chain, players can nevertheless play the sustainability card through agro-ecological practices to make their mark, said Denis Loeillet, Head of the Market Observatory at the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD). The latter comes back with the Ecofin Agency on the stakes of this strategy and on the commercial opportunities it offers to the African banana sector.

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Ecuadorian Government Promotes Works in Five Ports

27.9.2019
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The objective of the State is to convert the port terminals into a global development pole for which it allocates resources for $ 461 million. In the Ecuadorian ports of Esmeraldas, Manta, Guayaquil, Posorja and Puerto Bolívar, a series of works are carried out to increase competitiveness. The Ministry of Transportation and Public Works (MTOP) invests around $ 461 million in the terminals. The goal is to handle more than 2.2 million teus (standard 20-foot container) that the port system mobilized last year (2018). One of the most important projects is the deep dredging of the access channel to the Port of Guayaquil, in which $ 100 million is invested.

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Hurricane "Lorena" damaged 1,600 hectares in Colima and Jalisco

27.9.2019
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The passage of Hurricane "Lorena" damage 1,600 hectares, mainly banana, in Colima, the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) indicated that more than 600 thousand hectares are insured in that entity and Jalisco. La Sader detailed, that in a preliminary report, there have been affected by the weather phenomenon in the municipality of Manzanillo, Colima, and in the marabasco area, bordering the state of Jalisco, impacting banana and papaya plantations. He pointed out that in Jalisco there are reports of effects in basic crops (corn, wheat and beans) and fruit trees, in the municipalities of Cihuatlán, La Huerta (Chamela) and Tomatlán (Punta Perula), damages that are about to be quantified as soon as there are conditions of access in the area.

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Dole Celebrates World Maritime Day Highlighting the Importance of Gender Equality and Sustainability

27.9.2019
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Dole Food Company joins The International Maritime Organization in celebrating the World Maritime Day every year on the 26th of September. The theme this year is Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry, which aims to improve awareness on gender equality, coinciding with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal. Historically, seafaring and vessel management has not been a preferred occupation by women. However, at Dole fifty percent of the company's vessel management team are women as well as three female officers aboard its vessels.

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B2 – Bluetooth, temperature, humidity!

26.9.2019
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Cydiance just released the new temperature and humidity logger, with bluetooth and USB interface, named B2. B2 has been displayed firstly in Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 in Hongkong early this September in the Cydiance booth. Cydiance B2 inherets the family design of the USB series, but with built in humidity sensor. A special package allows moisture contact with the sensor, but still keeps rest of the component sealed in bag. B2 has a capacity of total 28,800 data readings, with 14,400 readings from each parameter, temperature and humidity.

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McQuilling and IFCHOR form Latin American JV

26.9.2019
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New York/Lausanne – 26 September 2019 - Leading independent shipbrokers McQuilling Partners, Inc. and IFCHOR are pleased to announce the formation of McQ-IFCHOR SA, a joint venture focused on the Latin American dry bulk chartering and advisory services. McQ-IFCHOR SA will be led by Jean Magot from McQuilling's Lima, Peru office. While the venture is in the process of hiring experienced personnel, further experienced staff has been assigned to the venture from McQuilling and IFCHOR Seattle, New York and Lausanne offices.

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Valenciaport, the Best Option in the Mediterranean for Refrigerated Products

20.9.2019
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Aurelio Martínez: “Thanks to its high connectivity, Valenciaport is the best option in the Mediterranean for each refrigerated product delivery line». The MSC shipping company has announced the creation of a new railway line dedicated to “reefer” traffic (refrigerated containers) that will link Valencia with Zaragoza - September 18, 2019 The president of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV - Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia), Aurelio Martínez, has defended Valenciaport as the “best option in the Mediterranean for the transport of perishable products. All indicators - said Aurelio Martínez - show that Valenciaport has excellent connectivity with the five continents; therefore, it is the best option in the Mediterranean for each refrigerated product delivery line”.

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Trade Uncertainty Impacting US Reefer Shippers

20.9.2019
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Over the past year and a half, the United States and China have engaged in a trade war that has unleashed volley after volley of reciprocal import tariffs from the world’s two largest economies, driving up duties on a wide range of items, including agricultural goods. For established US importers and exporters of perishable foods and other refrigerated (reefer) cargoes, fluctuations in trade policy between the US and foreign buyers and sellers have long necessitated a diversified and nimble supply chain strategy. Nevertheless, the current trade war is creating unique challenges, according to a senior supply chain executive from a major US-based food company.

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Contract Awarded for Second Phase of Liverpool2 Expansion

20.9.2019
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McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded the contract to deliver the next phase of development at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. The STS cranes are scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project scheduled for completion in 2021. Design and preparatory civil works have already begun. There will be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.

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IMO 2020: Update on Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) and new Environmental Fuel Fee (EFF)

11.9.2019
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From 1st January 2020, a new regulation will come into force to reduce air pollution from ships globally. Whereas today ships can use fuel with up to 3.5% sulphur content (outside Emission Control Areas), the new global sulphur cap will be 0.5%. The cost of compliance with the new regulation will be significant, so the cost of shipping will increase.

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Hapag-Lloyd (ETR:HLAG) Reaches New 12-Month High at $58.40

30.8.2019
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Hapag-Lloyd AG (ETR:HLAG) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as €58.40 ($67.91) and last traded at €57.50 ($66.86), with a volume of 29528 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at €55.70 ($64.77). A number of research firms have recently issued reports on HLAG. Jefferies Financial Group set a €40.00 ($46.51) price objective on Hapag-Lloyd and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 9th. Deutsche Bank set a €28.00 ($32.56) price objective on Hapag-Lloyd

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Peru: VII International Organic Banana Congress in Piura

30.8.2019
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Next Thursday, November 21 and 22, the VII CIBAN (International Organic Banana Congress) will be held at the UNP. The event is held with the objective of providing solutions and strategies to the challenges of the banana production chain that brings together more than 9,500 small producers. The VII CIBAN (International Organic Banana Congress), organized by the Banana Regional Technical Board, will be held from 8 a.m. in the Manuel Moncloa and Ferreira auditorium of the National University of Piura; with the participation of international and national exhibitors from Brazil, Holland, France, Israel, Colombia and Ecuador.

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Colombia: Additional ICA Measures to Protect Plantain and Banana Plantations

30.8.2019
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In order to protect the plantain and banana plantations of the Urabá region of the Fusarium Raza 4 Tropical, R4T, the ICA, the authorities set up three phytosanitary checkpoints to monitor the entry and exit of agricultural products, as well as the transporters, and make sure they comply with the biosecurity measures established by the entity. The checkpoints were located in the urban area of the Antioqueños municipalities of Carepa and Mutatá, and in the municipality of Valencia, in the department of Córdoba. Likewise, work is being done on the location of 4 more posts in strategic sites that generate a positive impact on the protection of plantain and banana plantations.

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MSC: Bananas from Ecuador Consolidate their Presence in Asian Markets

23.8.2019
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MSC is currently the largest carrier serving the banana industry in Ecuador, opening opportunities for small and medium-sized exporters, taking its production to new markets, particularly in Asia. "Thanks to containerization, the Ecuadorian product is reaching new destinations with MSC as a market leader. In a trade that is competing with a closer supplier of bananas such as the Philippines. Ecuadorian bananas are gaining more acceptance every year due to their high quality," said Manuel Negrón, commercial manager of MSC Ecuador.

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Costa Rica: APM Terminals Rates Experience the First Increase

23.8.2019
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As established in the concession contract, the fees charged by the APM Terminals Company for the operation of the Moín Container Terminal (TCM) increased from Saturday, August 17th. The Dutch company (which has been operating the terminal since the beginning of this year) explained by email that the rates are adjusted regularly once a year - each August 17th according to the provisions of one of the clauses of the contract. To determine the amount, inflation over the period is applied, which is measured by the so-called Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) of the United States. The increase that came into effect on Saturday, approved by the National Concessions Council (CNC) was 1.62%.

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Ecuador: REYBANPAC Awarded by Local Social Security Institute

23.8.2019
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Recently, Reybanpac, producer of the “Favorita” brand banana, received from the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) the "IESS Award for Good Business Practices 2019". During the event, Reybanpac's contribution was highlighted for the “Highest number of affiliates nationwide, during the 2018 - 2019 period”, being the only company in the agricultural sector to be awarded in this category. The initiative organized by the IESS seeks to encourage and recognize the contribution of public and private companies in the generation of formal employment and compliance with laws and regulations. Around 500 companies applied to participate in 3 categories.

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MSCs New Breed of Giant Container Ships Starts to Clean Up Ocean Shipping Sector

23.8.2019
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Earlier this month the MSC Gülsün transited the Suez Canal en route from Northern China to Europe before docking in Algeciras. At a hair's breadth under 400 metres the ship is claimed as the largest container vessel in the world and is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC, a world leader in transportation and logistics and the shipping industry's second largest box carrier. The voyage was a landmark for the new breed of ocean vessels which are all targeted at producing emissions below the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) incoming sulphur cap and the Gülsün is loaded up with innovative engineering, all aimed at producing the cleanest working vessels to date.

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Ecuador and the UK Agree a Mechanism to Protect Trade After Brexit

23.8.2019
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The eventual exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, currently scheduled for October 31st, 2019, in a potentially abrupt manner has put the country under pressure to avoid a possible collapse and shortage of products. While the United Kingdom signed a trade agreement in May this year with Ecuador, Peru and Colombia to anticipate Brexit, the agreement has still not come into effect. The agreement will allow the exchange of 95% of the products between both countries without tariffs in the same way as the commercial agreement that the countries signed with the European Union, which has been in force since 2017.

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Colombia: Controls Strengthened Against ‘Panama Evil’

23.8.2019
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After the declaration of a National Emergency because of the presence of Fusarium Race 4 Tropical in 6 farms in La Guajira, the ICA, the PMU, Unified Command Post and the banana and plantain production chain in Colombia have started actions aimed at containing the fungus, preventing its spread and maintaining the national production and export volumes. For this reason, with the leadership of Agrosavia and ICA, the protocol for the importation of promising materials was designed, with potential resistance to Tropical Fusarium Race 4

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Private Ports in Guayaquil Drive More Investments for Dredging

19.7.2019
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TPG, of the Chilean group SAAM, has become the second player in the port system of the city after Contecon. Last year, this terminal moved 6,853,577.63 tons of cargo, something that brought it closer to Contecon, which moved 8,517,310 tons, according to figures from the Under secretariat of Ports. In the area of the Santa Ana estuary, TPG has deployed cranes and docks that allow it to simultaneously receive vessels of up to 305.9 meters in length and a capacity of between 4,000 and 6,000 Teus (20-foot container unit). SAAM Puertos has other investments underway to adapt to the new scenario of having a deeper access channel following dredging, which will also benefit private terminals.

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Asprocan Complains that Guatemala has Exported More Bananas to the EU

19.7.2019
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In May, banana exports from Guatemala to the European Union exceeded the volume of the stabilization mechanism, according to a press release from the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan). However, according to the Association, the European Commission has decided not to apply the penalty provided by this mechanism in the midst of a price crisis for Community banana production. In its decision of July 12th, the European Commission recognizes that imports from Guatemala this year stood 3.4% below the average price of the EU, which, in turn, has already been 7.4 % lower than 2018, the year in which a new negative price record was broken, says Asprocan.

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How the Banana Disease Could Affect Guatemala’s Export Activity

19.7.2019
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The importance of the protection measures is due to the fact that banana exports up to last May ranked second among the products with the highest volume of export sales, with more than US $ 360 million of the 25 main exportable goods and in 2018 it represented 7% of the total exports. The actions consist of redoubling the alerts for products coming in from Colombia, as well as additional checks for passengers whose origin is Panama and a temporary suspension of the importation of all kind of plants. These are some of the most drastic measures that have been adopted, after a suspicious case was detected in plantations in the Guajira, Colombia last weekend which has activated the alerts.

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Colombia: Six Banana Farms in Quarantine Under Suspicious of TR4

19.7.2019
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President Iván Duque met on July 19 with Minister of Agriculture and representatives of the Colombian banana sector to assess the situation of a fungus affecting 150 hectares of this crop in the Guajira, in the northeast of the country. The Colombian health authorities have several hypotheses about the appearance of this fungus in crops. This does not affect the fruit or human consumption, but harms the earth because it prevents the process of photosynthesis and the damage can last up to 30 years.

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Colombia will Confirm the Presence of TR4 in August

19.7.2019
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In the opening days of August 2019, Colombia will have the results of the samples sent to the Netherlands to confirm if the outbreak in two banana farms in La Guajira came from the Tropical Race Fusarium 4 (Foc TR4). Due to the suspicion in the department of La Guajira, the Association of banana workers of Magdalena and La Guajira (Asbama) began a series of contingency plans with the help of national authorities, to contain an eventual outbreak of the fungus in more than 16,000 hectares of fruit grown in the area. The intention is to safeguard the health of the plantations in the north and the rest of the country.

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Hamburg Süd, Maersk Strengthen Portfolio

5.7.2019
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Hamburg Süd has strengthened its product portfolio on the Europe with new stand-alone service offered in collaboration with Maersk. The trade between Europe and Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast has always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will be expanding and enhancing the services it offers on this core trade beginning in June 2019. According to a press release, the service will have maximum flexibility for tailor-made solutions, better port coverage and competitive transit times and high schedule reliability.

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Chiquita Launches Fitness Stickers to Boost Health and Wellness

5.7.2019
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Chiquita is 'bananas' about fitness this summer. Beginning today, more than 200 million Chiquita bananas will be sporting a collection of 10 fitness stickers with simple and quick exercise challenges to help promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. This new sticker series is a reminder that fitness can be fun and easy, and a Chiquita banana can serve as a complement to a healthy routine. For the whole month of July, the iconic Blue Stickers will contain various fitness graphics that encourage fans to complete a variety of fitness challenges, including completing 15 push-ups, a 1-minute plank, 10 minutes of mindfulness and more.

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Colombia: Banana Workers Handed Their Petitions to Augura

5.7.2019
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Through the National Union of Workers of the Agricultural Industry (Sintrainagro), banana workers presented the Banana Association of Colombia (Augura) the list of petitions addressed to employers in the region of Urabá, for the new Collective Bargaining Convention. "From Augura we are respectful and guarantee the right of association for banana workers. For more than 30 years we have backed the model of dialogue and agreement as a fundamental tool of labour peace that facilitates the normal development of our agro-industry, "said the President (E) of Augura, Emerson Aguirre Medina.

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Hapag-Lloyd Orders 13,000 Reefer Containers

5.7.2019
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German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG has placed a record order for 13,420 reefer containers, which are set for delivery in November 2019. A statement from the fifth biggest container shipping line in the world by market share said that production of 970 20-foot containers and 12,450 40-foot containers is already scheduled to commence as early as July. Delivery of the refrigerated containers, which have traditionally been white as opposed to Hapag-Lloyd’s orange standard containers, is set for November 2019 – or right in time for reefer season, as that is when harvest season begins in countries in the southern hemisphere.

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Ecuador: Ministry of Agriculture Activates Plan to Prevent TR4

5.7.2019
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After news that the Panama Disease fungus was detected in an organic banana farm in the region of La Guajira in Colombia was released during the week, Ecuador launched the contingency plan to prevent the entry of the fungus Fusarium Race 4 (TR4), which can affect plantain and banana plantations, to the Andean nation. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the Agency for Regulation and Control of Phyto and Zoosanitary (Agrocalidad) activated protocols and preventive biosecurity measures in order to protect the phytosanitary status of the country.

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RD Bananas with Further Growth Potential

28.6.2019
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Banana has a potential for growth in the Dominican Republic according to the Study and Diagnosis of Agricultural Chains, presented by the National Competitiveness Council and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). However, although it competes in the organic market and is in high growth, it is not clear how it can compete and continue to grow against other producing countries such as Ecuador, Mexico or Peru. With a production of US $ 142 million, the banana is the fourth in value, sixth in growth and second in general exports (US$ 85 million). The fruit is in fifth place on the list, with 1950 producers nationwide and 51,000 jobs.

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China Still Top Buyer of PHL Bananas

28.6.2019
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China's fondness for Philippine bananas intensified as it doubled its orders for the tropical fruit and drove total shipments up by 80 percent to 1.445 million metric tons (MMT) as of end-April. The country's total exports in the January-to-April period expanded by 645,333.179 metric tons from last year's 800,598.136 MT, preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. BusinessMirror's analysis of PSA data showed that the total value of exports rose by almost 80 percent to $655.019 million, from $364.933 million recorded in the same period last year.

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Chiapas Generates 30% of Mexico’s Banana Production

28.6.2019
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Chiapas generates 30% of the total national banana production and is followed by Tabasco, with 26.9% and Veracruz, with 9.3%. Mexico produces banana in 16 states from an area of more than 80,000 hectares according to figures from the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP). It is estimated that each year at least 2, 229,519 tons are harvested, with a commercial value of more than 3,000 pesos per ton, which represents nearly 7,000 million pesos, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader). These figures put Mexico in 12th place in the world for banana production, contributing 2.0% of the world supply in 2017, according to Sader.

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Chinese Banana Imports Surge to a Record High in May

28.6.2019
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Chinese consumers are buying more bananas from abroad than ever before as an increasingly health consciousness middle class helps propel the fruits popularity. Imports of bananas surged to a record 227,199 tonnes in May, according to China’s general administration of customs. That helped lift total shipments of fruits and nuts to 720,000 tonnes, an almost 8-fold increase from the same period last year. Restrained by limited farmland and a destructive banana fungus known as the Panama disease, China has been increasing its reliance on supplies from Southeast Asia and South America. Demand for bananas is being encouraged by rising incomes and the increasing popularity of diets in China, including for use in smoothies and as banana chips.

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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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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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