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18 October 2017Green Costa Rica completes successful voyage

The first specialized reefer carrying pineapples from Costa Rica to China brings opportunities for shippers with which the container lines cannot currently compete.

18 October 2017Bolivar banana brinkmanship builds

Terminal concessionaire Yilport is reported to have refused to allow ships to berth and shippers entry to the Ecuadorian port over the ongoing handling fee dispute.

18 October 2017Spain to ship fewer avocadoes

Initial indications are for a Spanish avocado crop of 50K MT in 2017/18, with the fruit being of 'exceptional quality'.

18 October 2017PBGEA lobbies for militia protection

The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association says deployment of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit will protect its members from NPA attacks.

18 October 2017Jordan/Iraq fruit trade stabilising

Before the border closure in 2015, a total of 100 refrigerated trucks carrying 2,000 tonnes of Jordanian fruits and vegetables were travelling daily to its neighbour.

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18 October 2017Hapag-Lloyd raises 352m

The German carrier says it has successfully completed the capital increase with subscription rights, as agreed upon in September.

17 October 2017More woe for Argentinean topfruit shippers

Apple exports to Brazil have fallen 58% year-on-year, heaping further pressure on the beleaguered topfruit industry.

17 October 2017Mugabe halts fresh imports

Under presidential decree, Zimbabwe has banned imports of fruit and vegetables with immediate effect to preserve scarce foreign exchange.

17 October 2017Peru ships less grapefruit

To end September, shipments of Peruvian grapefruit were down 23% year-on-year according to Agrodata statistics.

17 October 2017South Africa builds blueberry business

Growth in the area planted to blueberries has averaged above 30% per annum over the last five years.

17 October 2017Iran explores citrus potential

The Iranian Parliament has requested 1 trillion rials (US$29m) to be handed out as an incentive or subsidy to develop commercial citrus exports.

16 October 2017New plantings lessen drought impact on SA stonefruit

Despite forecasting lower export volumes, South African stonefruit shippers say they will be able to fulfil market commitments for the 2017/2018 season.

16 October 2017T&G to sell ENZA Foods

The BayWa subsidiary said its apple processing business had been hurt by a decline in fruit volumes and a slide in world apple juice concentrate prices.

16 October 2017Coobana sees surge in banana production

Panama's Atlantic coast independent producer says over the past year volumes have risen 53% due to better climatic conditions and improved yields.

16 October 2017Madagacan litchi crop delayed

A shortage of rainfall in the main Atsinanana production region means the first EU-bound shipments will leave at the end of November.