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28 November 2014Charter market momentum builds

The 30% fall in bunker prices year-on-year means the specialized reefer can compete more effectively on cost with the third party container line services.

28 November 2014Ruble falls to historic lows

The Russian currency fell to historic inter-day lows against both the dollar and euro in the wake of OPEC's decision not to cut production.

28 November 2014Colombian banana industry receives help

A public-private partnership is to contribute COP18bn (US$8.2m) to curb Black Sigatoka and foster productivity and competitiveness in the cash crop.

28 November 2014Class action Kiwifruit Claim filed in Wellington

Strathboss Kiwifruit has agreed to be the representative plaintiff for growers and Seeka Kiwifruit Industries to be the representative plaintiff for post-harvest operators.

28 November 2014Singapore welcomes Polish apples

Poland's turn to new markets comes after Russia, which bought 56% of its apple exports last year, banned imports of agricultural produce from the EU.

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27 November 2014India opens market to Argentinian topfruit

After a decade of negotiations the Indian Government has announced that Argentinian apples and pears may now be imported.

27 November 2014Israel cuts tariff on table grapes

The duty cut applies to all varieties of grapes from any country approved for agricultural imports all year, except for April and May.

27 November 2014State funding to assist NZ apples crack Asia

New research funding will support New Zealand’s pipfruit industry in opening the door for apple exports in new, high-value Asian markets.

27 November 2014DMS gives boost to handling capacity

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri estimates that industry-wide fruit production of SunGold will increase to more than 50m trays in the next three years.

27 November 2014Gaza halts Israeli fruit imports

The Gaza Agriculture Ministry has stopped all Israeli fruit exports in a bid to pressure the Israeli government to resume vegetable exports from Gaza to the West Bank.

27 November 2014Maersk Line delays USWC congestion surcharge

It is the second time Maersk has delayed the introduction of the congestion surcharge originally slated for 18 November.

26 November 2014Rosselkhoznadzor threatens ban on Swiss fruit

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance may ban imports of fresh produce from Switzerland over suspicions of apple smuggling.

26 November 2014CMA CGM acquires OPDR

The world’s third largest container line has bought the German shortsea shipping and logistics specialist.

26 November 2014Jordanian fresh exports climb

Jordan's exports of fruits and vegetables are rising despite instability in Iraq and Syria, which once were key importers of the Kingdom's agriculture produce.

26 November 2014France posts record potato crop

The harvest in Europe’s second largest potato producer after Germany reached 6m MT, up 16% over the 2013 figure.