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Ecuador: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Contecon Sign Cooperation Agreement

9.4.2021
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The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ecuador Gabriel Martínez, and the general manager of the Port of Contecon in Guayaquil, Juan Contreras, signed a cooperation agreement. This agreement will benefit the National Anti-Narcotics Directorate of the National Police, which operates in the facilities of the maritime terminal. The main objective of the agreement is that the Special Units of the National Anti-Drug Investigation Directorate have the facilities and support of the port entity.

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Cameroon Exported 20,184 Tons of Bananas in March 2021, up 31% Year on Year

9.4.2021
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According to data compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), Cameroon exported 20,184 tonnes of bananas during March 2021, increasing 31.17% over one year. In detail, the market leader Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of the Compagnie fruitière de Marseille, posted 16,868 tonnes for export in March 2021, an annual increase of 24.1%. The Cameroon Development Corporation, the industrial unit once shut down due to political and security violence in the South West region, has recovered. It posted 1,964 tonnes in terms of banana exports in March 2021.

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Restoring Soil Potassium in Banana Plantations

9.4.2021
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Potassium is a major plant nutrient, and recycling it between plants and soil serves the best interest of both. Banana plants give fruits only once, and the volume of pseudo-stem generated is five to ten times of fruits. Naturally, banana farming generates a considerable quantity of biomasses and leads to severe depletion of soil potassium. This book reports how part of the depleted potassium can be restored to soil. Banana is a significant crop in at least 135 countries globally, and more than 150 million MT banana fruits are produced every year.

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Ecuador: Construction of Pier 6 starts in Puerto Bolívar

9.4.2021
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With the setting of the cornerstone, construction work began on Pier 6 at the Puerto Bolívar maritime terminal, in the province of El Oro, on March 30. The work will cost 176 million dollars, with private investment, and ready in June 2023, according to the Minister of Public Works, Marcelo Loor. "The pier will be 450 meters long, with a container yard, refrigeration warehouses and new access roads," said the official during the ceremony. On March 30, two STS cranes and six RTG cranes arrived with private investment that exceeds 21 million dollars, corresponding to the first phase of the Yilport concessionaire.

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Ecuador: Agrocalidad Reinforces TR4 Prevention Actions

9.4.2021
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador, through the Agency for Regulation and Control of Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary (Agrocalidad), has received an alert for a possible presence in a South American country -although there is no official confirmation- and it is necessary to reinforce specific actions to prevent the entry of the pest in Ecuador. The Agency has developed 11 specific technical standards that focus on the exclusion, suppression, and eradication of the pest if it occurs in the country; one of these is the updated contingency plan in December 2020.

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Peru: Banana Exports Slightly Down

9.4.2021
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The Netherlands, the United States and Panama were the leading destinations for the fruit. During the first two months of this year, Peru exported 36,414 metric tons of bananas for a FOB value of US$ 25,684,995. These figures reveal a slight decrease from the 38,121 tons exported in the same period of 2020 for US$ 26,466,627. According to a report from the Agrodata Peru portal, the leading destination of these exports between January and February 2021 was the Netherlands, where US$ 8,230,000 worth of fruit was sent.

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Total Produce to Move Listing to US After Dole Merger

19.2.2021
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Shares of Total Produce were up over 25pc in Dublin on February 17 afternoon after it announced plans to combine with Dole Food Company under a newly created, US-listed firm Dole plc. The combined company aims to raise between $500m-$700m (€415m-€580m) in an initial public offering in the US, ending Total's presence on Euronext Dublin in the process. Total reached the agreement with Castle & Cooke (C&C), which owns a 55pc interest in Dole's parent company. The consideration for the 55pc stake in Dole equates to a minimum of $250m made up of $215m in equity and $35m in cash.

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Iran Resume the Import of Bananas

19.2.2021
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According to Iran Energy Economic Review, the Islamic Republic has allowed the release of some 60 trucks with bananas from its Bazargan customs in return for apples' export, said Deputy Head of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA). The information was later circulated by news agencies also. " Authorities approved the release of imported bananas from the customs following the agreement that the import would be substituted for export of apples," said Arvandaghi. "The Ministry of Industry Mine and Trade has approved this, considering the extended import orders and the confirmation of agent banks about the source of foreign currency used for the release of commodity," he said.

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Ecuador: Province of Santa Elena bets on Organic Bananas

19.2.2021
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The Ecuadorian Santa Elena peninsula is increasingly cultivating organic bananas. The plantations of this fruit have been growing, and most of it is focused on growing bananas free of chemicals during its planting and producing processes. Lands that were unused in the southern part of the province have welcomed new plantations in recent years. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, there are 1,940.79 hectares of bananas in that coastal province, of which 1,537.37 are organic fruit. Banana hectarage planted corresponds to about 20 properties, although there is an unregulated area.

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Philippines: Banana Exports Down 18.3% on Weak Production

19.2.2021
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Last year, Philippine banana exports declined by almost a fifth to a two-year low of 3,595 million metric tones (MMT) as shipments across all critical markets contracted due to weak domestic production. Preliminary Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) trade data analyzed by the BusinessMirror showed that the total banana exports last year was 808,000 MT lower (18.35 per cent) than the record-high 4,403 MMT in 2019. PSA data also showed that export receipts from banana shipments in 2020 declined by 20.6 per cent to $1.552 billion from $1.953 billion.

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Spain: Asprocan asks the Government of the Canary Islands not to Modify the Food Chain Law

19.2.2021
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The Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) asks the Government of the Canary Islands to act as an intermediary before the Ministry of Agriculture to prevent the modification of the food chain law from harming the banana sector of the archipelago. Asprocan considers that the modification of specific articles of the text, setting a minimum marketing price "will encourage the importation of fruits and vegetables", leaving around 30% of the local banana production outside the market and thus favouring the entry of imported bananas.

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FDP and Australia's QUT to Develop Disease-Resistant Bananas

19.2.2021
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Fresh Del Monte Produce has partnered with Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to develop disease-resistant bananas through its subsidiary Del Monte International. Under the new partnership, the two entities will focus on growing bananas less vulnerable to Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease and more sustainable to the food supply. Fresh Del Monte Research and Development, Agricultural Services senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer Hans Sauter said: "We are addressing critical issues facing our industry as we speak.

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Dole’s Renato Acuña Delcore Speaks Out On Impact Of Hurricanes In Latin America On Banana Industry

19.1.2021
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Q: I appreciate your taking on my extensive questions to help us cover this important story in more depth, and to alert retailers of the impacts and key information they need to know. A: Thank you for placing attention to this critical issue. Back-to-back hurricanes, Eta and Iota, have devastated banana production and entire communities in Honduras and parts of Guatemala across the industry, yet it’s largely not been reported because of other headlines owning recent news in both the trade and consumer media. In fact, even some retailers are not aware of the magnitude of what’s happening there. The extensive damage will dramatically limit supply volumes from both countries for the foreseeable future and will require major investment to return production to normal levels.

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Bolivia Increases Banana Exports to Argentina

18.12.2020
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Ecuadorian banana exporters have reduced the shipment of the fruit to Argentina. Bolivian producers took advantage of the situation, having increased sales to that country by 35 per cent; the price also rose from $ 2.80 to $ 3.40 per box. The representative of the banana producers, Agustín Conde, indicated that last month, two tropical storms damaged the banana crops of Honduras and Guatemala, which mainly exported the fruit to the United States.

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Vietnamese Strives to Export 30% of its Annual Banana Output in 2021-25

18.12.2020
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Vietnam strives to export 30% of its total annual output of bananas every year during 2021-25, according to the latest decision by the municipal People’s Committee. Under the Decision No. 5472 marking plans for the production and export of bananas in the next five years, released on December 7, Hanoi will keep its scale of 3,200 ha of banana unchanged, but focus on quality improvement. The plan is expected to contribute to the agricultural restructuring with a view to increasing added value and sustainable development.

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Compagnie Fruitiere Eyes UK Expansion as Sales Leap 28%

18.12.2020
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The supplier is in the process of constructing a new ripening and distribution facility in the London Gateway port area Major fruit importer Compagnie Fruitiere has set its sights on expansion in the UK after its sales leapt by more than a quarter in 2019. The French firm’s UK division, which principally supplies bananas to at least two major retailers, posted a 27.6% sales increase (£18m) for the year ending 31 December 2019, according to its latest accounts filed at Companies House.

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Dole Food Company Orders 500 Energy Efficient Star Cool Reefer Units from Maersk Container Industry

18.12.2020
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In cooperation with leasing company, Textainer, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has entered into an agreement to deliver five-hundred new Star Cool units to Dole Food Company in January 2021. Dole’s focus on delivering the highest quality fruit while reducing their carbon footprint globally factored into their choice of Star Cool. As an original engineering feature, Star Cool units can control the speed of the reefer compressor to match the specific cooling demands of the cargo and therefore perform at the highest level of both precision and energy efficiency.

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Philippines: Banana Exports Drop

18.12.2020
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Stephen A. Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc., said the Philippine market is now a battleground for South American growers, who are facing oversupply in their home markets. The Philippine market has grown in importance due to weak international demand, Mr. Antig said, noting that volume exported by association members fell 12.4% year on year in September. The drop in total production is largely due to TR4 disease as there is no concrete program implemented for its control and eradication, he said.

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Japan Main Importer of Bananas From the Philippines

27.11.2020
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Japan is ready to overtake China as the Philippines's top banana export market this year as total purchase by Japan ending September grew 8.8 percent on the back of firmer consumer demand during the Covid-19 pandemic. Preliminary Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) trade data showed that banana exports to Japan from January to September reached 1.138 million metric tons (MMT), which was 27 percent over the 893,628.177 MT shipped to China during the same period. Latest PSA data showed that the country's nine-month banana shipment to Japan was 8.8 percent higher than the 1.046 MMT it exported to the East Asian country in the same period of last year.

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The Banana Market Has Held Up Well to the Covid-19 FAO Says

27.11.2020
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Among all tropical fruits, the supply chains of bananas, but also avocado, have shown some resistance to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike other tropical fruits, such as pineapple, mango or papaya, bananas do not seem to have been disrupted both in supply and demand by the pandemic, says FAO in its latest edition of Food Outlook. Thus, in terms of supply, banana plantations, despite the distancing measures and the limitation of movements enacted to limit the spread of the virus, do not seem to have encountered a serious shortage of labor.

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Mexico: UPM's New Line Service Facilitates Agro-Commerce With Europe

27.11.2020
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On September 16, the first trial vessel for the "Express Sea Route" service sailed from the Mexican port of Veracruz, a maritime route promoted by the United Producers of Mexico (UPM) company that allows agro-exporters from the American country to reach the European market with a transit time of only 12 days to the port of Rotterdam, Holland. Lia Bijnsdorp, general director of UPM, commented that, unlike other Latin American countries, Mexico does not have a regular and direct maritime route that connects it with Europe, despite being one of the main agro-exporting nations worldwide in products such as avocado and lemon, among others.

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Guayaquil Port Handles Record Number of Containers

27.11.2020
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Port of Contecon Guayaquil reached on November 24, 2020, 12 million TEUS mobilized since the beginning of its operations in 2007, in the "Libertador Simón Bolívar" Port of Guayaquil. This record figure in cargo handling in Ecuador was achieved during the operation of the MV MAERSK SEMARANG ship, which will connect the Andean country with the Far East. The ship of up to 347 meters in length was able to sail directly to the "heart" of the city thanks to the dredging of the access channel and investments in infrastructure to receive larger vessels.

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Spain: Asprocan Worried for the Banana Industry of the Canary Islands

27.11.2020
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This November 27, the three main bodies of the European Union -Council, Parliament and Commission- will decide whether to reduce by 3.9% the Posei funds destined to the outermost regions (RUP), among which is the Canary Islands, after the decrease in the budget community derived from the United Kingdom exiting the group. The measure could leave the Spanish islands with around €10 million less per year in the aid funds they receive, which would mean, as explained by the Association of Organizations of Canary Island Banana Producers (Asprocan), the dismantling of the Canary Island Banana sector, " for not being able to compete with fruit and vegetable companies, among which there are multinationals that import bananas to the European market from other origins.

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Maersk and MSC Start Charging 'Port Congestion Surcharges'

6.11.2020
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The world's two biggest container vessel companies, Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company, are to levy congestion charges of up to US$300 a container on Ports of Auckland's customers. This comes in the wake of delays of up to 12 days, which the port blames on Australian supply disruption and a lack of workforce. In a recently released advisory to customers, Maersk, which operates 786 vessels with a capacity of 4.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units, said. At the same time, it had "done its utmost to deliver cargo to and from Auckland while managing the current situation as best possible," it was experiencing significant vessel delays with waiting times currently 12 days.

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Argentina: Formosa's Banana Production Among the Worst in Decades

6.11.2020
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This year's banana production capacity was reduced by around 55% in the Argentine region of Formosa. 2020 has been one of the worst years for Formosa banana production in recent decades, and next year there will be a significant decline in fruit production. This was stated by the Laguna Naineck delegation of the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) in a statement. The entity's subsidiary explained that this situation is due to a prolonged drought, high temperatures and late frosts, added to fires in several parcels and prices that were well below what was necessary. In this sense, he said that this year's production capacity was reduced by around 55%. "This serious situation will have an immediate consequence, which will be a 60-day delay in production in 2021 and a significant reduction in yield."

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Zespri Welcomes New Fresh Carriers Vessel MV Kowhai Into Its Shipping Fleet

6.11.2020
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The New Zealand kiwifruit industry will be boosted by three specialised reefer vessels following significant investment by operator Fresh Carriers, underpinned by its confidence in the kiwifruit industry and its longstanding relationship with Zespri. The first of three vessels, MV Kowhai, arrived at the Port of Tauranga this morning to begin loading 4,219 tonnes of Zespri Kiwifruit ahead of its maiden kiwifruit voyage bound for Japan. Zespri’s Chief Global Supply Officer Alastair Hulbert joined the commemoration event with a number of industry colleagues at the Port of Tauranga, and is pleased to mark the start of the vessel’s working life.

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Ecuador: Banana Growers Disagree with Price Fixed by MAG

6.11.2020
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The Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador -MAG- through ministerial agreement 116 set a weekly price table, with which the banana export sector does not agree. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) recently set a table of weeks for the application of the minimum support price of the banana box for 2021. For this, the State portfolio issued ministerial agreement 116, which was approved on Tuesday, October 27. The table establishes prices by periods, that is, from week 1 to 16, the price of the box of 41.5 or 43 pounds will be 6.60 dollars. In the period from week 12 to 32, the price will be $ 6.20. While from week 33 to 42, the price will be $ 4.50; and in the last part of the year (from week 32 to 52) it will be $ 6.40.

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Thank You for Your Partnership in FY20

4.11.2020
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The world has come a long way since the letter I wrote in April. As we mark the end to the 2020 Fiscal Year (FY20) and begin anew this month, I would like to relay my appreciation for the partnership afforded over the past few months. While the Panama Canal has overcome over a century’s worth of changes and trends, our team faced an extraordinary set of circumstances in FY20, from low water levels to trade disruptions to a global pandemic. I am grateful to our workforce and customers, who came together quickly and with great patience to ensure essentials goods continued to travel safely to communities around the world.

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Ecuador: Banana Farms Improve Yield

9.10.2020
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Bananas once again became Ecuador's main non-oil export product, displacing shrimp to second place. Although this product has always reached the first places on the podium, this year one factor, in particular, had an influence: the investments made in 2019 boosted the volume of exports until August. Fruit exports until that month were 260.6 million boxes, 8.45% more than that exported in the same period of 2019 and even a figure higher than that reached in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The main strategy was to focus on making investments to improve technology in the field, says Fabricio Espinoza, manager of the Probana company and commercial director of the Asociación de Agricultores Bananeros del Litoral (Asoagribal). In this sense, the producers bet on replanting.

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Russia Consolidates as the Second Market for Ecuadorian Bananas

9.10.2020
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Russia was consolidated, between January and August 2020, as the second destination for Ecuadorian bananas, with the purchase of around 53 million boxes, reported the executive director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), José Antonio Hidalgo. At the moment the main markets for Ecuadorian bananas by country are the United States, Russia, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, and by regions Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

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Effects of the Coronavirus Are the Center of the Virtual Banana Convention 2020 in Ecuador

9.10.2020
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The effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the efforts to overcome them are the central axis of the XVII International Banana Convention 2020, which was virtually inaugurated on October 5 and had its operations centre in Ecuador. The forum, which brought together actors from the banana industry of Ecuador and the world until October 8, has virtually recreated the usual spaces of a conference considered one of the most important in the sector. The opening ceremony took place in a hotel in Guayaquil. "The banana sector has established itself as a fundamental pillar for the economy.

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Ivory Coast starts the Construction of Second Container Terminal

9.10.2020
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Ivory Coast started on October 3rd the construction of a new container terminal at the port of Abidjan, one of Africa's main and economic centers providing 90% of the country's foreign trade. The new infrastructure, will be able to accommodate, at the end of the works in 18 months, ships measuring 300 meters and carrying up to 15,000 containers, the largest which frequent the African coasts", announced the director from the port, Hien Sié. For Mr. Sié, "the port will be equipped with infrastructure that will allow it to compete with other African ports already accommodating these ships which until then could not reach Abidjan". Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, campaigning for his re-election to a controversial third term in the October 31 presidential election, laid the foundation stone for Côte d'Ivoire-Terminal.

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PHL Banana Exports Down 10% in 7 Months

2.10.2020
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The country's banana exports from January to July fell by 10 per cent to $1 billion from $1.1 billion as Covid-19 lockdowns impacted economies and international trade, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data showed. Total banana shipments during the 7-month period fell 4 per cent to 2.439 million metric tons (MMT) from 2.541 MMT recorded in the same period of last year, PSA data showed. Japan was the country's top banana export market during the reference period, accounting for almost half of the total value of shipments, according to data. Banana exports to Japan rose by 12 per cent to $455.061 million from last year's $406.753 million as the volume of shipments expanded by 15.17 per cent to 915,565.821 MT.

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Colombia: ICA Delivered 85 GAP Certificates to Properties in Magdalena

2.10.2020
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The Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA granted a total of 85 certificates of Good Agricultural Practices. The properties certified with GAP by the ICA are located mainly in the municipality of Zona Bananera. In contrast, 38 more properties were verified in compliance with the biosecurity standards for the prevention of Fusarium R4T, within the framework of Resolution ICA17334 of 2019. The farms are banana producers who are registered with the ICA as export farms and are monitored by the Institute to ensure safety in primary food production and contribute to sustainability in regional and national productivity.

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Ecuador: Additional Pier for Puerto Bolívar Harbour

11.9.2020
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On September 4, the agreement for the construction of the sixth pier was signed by the Yilport company in Puerto Bolivar. The cost of the construction will be $ 176 million, and the works would begin at the end of 2020, said Gabriel Martínez, Minister of Transport and Public Works (MTOP). The President of the Republic, Lenín Moreno, said that "the new dock will benefit carriers and that this will generate more work." He added that the donation of 15 hectares made by the Navy, "will be used to build a Harbor Master's Office." The President witnessed the signing of the agreement that was made in Puerto Bolívar, in the Ecuadorian province of El Oro.

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Italy: New Connection APM Terminals Vado Ligure-Piraeus

11.9.2020
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From mid-October 2020, a new line will enter service between the new deep-sea terminal of Vado Ligure, one of the most technologically advanced in the Mediterranean and the port of Piraeus. The new VAX service, managed by Diamond Line, a COSCO group the company, represents an important step in the growth path of the new Container Terminal in Vado Ligure after the start of operations last February and takes on particular importance also in light of the economic situation caused by the Covid-19 health emergency.

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Ecuador: Ensuring Sustainability, will be the Central Theme of the International Banana Convention

11.9.2020
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The challenges and difficulties of the banana sector will be addressed from October 5 to 8 during the XVII International Banana Convention organized by the Ecuadorian Banana Exporters Association (AEBE). The event will address a strategic agenda that aims to strengthen productive capacities for improving the competitiveness of this industry. Participants will have unlimited access to conferences, exchanges of experiences, commercial exhibitions and business roundtables on topics such as: financing for sustainable development, Blockchain strategies, actions in the face of the health emergency, plans and prospects for commercial investment, among others.

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