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27 May 2016AQSIQ clears Chile China reefer route

Chilean exporters will be able to ship on specialized reefers into China, giving them a 7-12 day transit time advantage over competitive containership services.

27 May 2016Star extends Banex contract

The specialized reefer owner/operator has extended the banana service from Ecuador to St Petersburg for the fifth successive year.

27 May 2016Bing losses blamed for second drop in cherry forecast

The US Pacific Northwest's most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in 2016 after a tough growing season that has left trees laden with questionable fruit.

27 May 2016Pakistan to establish dry port to facilitate fruit exports

Sargodha is approximately 1,200 kms inland from the Port of Karachi, where all fruit consignments are currently cleared for export.

27 May 2016Maersk blamed for rates collapse

Maersk Line’s aggressive growth strategy in the first quarter of this year was a contributing factor in the 23% drop in average freight rates, claims Alphaliner.

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27 May 2016Tunisian fruit exports slump

The 38% decrease in volume is due to the decline in quantities shipped to the Libyan and Algerian markets.

27 May 2016Chiquita confirms New Orleans doubt

Two years after moving from Gulfport, the US multinational has confirmed for the first time that it is in fact considering whether it will remain at the Port of New Orleans.

26 May 2016EU softens legislation on CBS

The European Union has announced its intention to soften phytosanitary legislation applied to citrus imports from South Africa.

26 May 2016NZ Avocado hails exceptional season

Despite a 40% reduction in New Zealand's avocado harvest year-on-year, the value of sales was only marginally down on the record NZ$135m achieved in 2014/15.

26 May 2016FoS praises GreenSea and Seatrade

Friend of the Sea, an NGO that looks to preserve the marine habitat, has selected the specialised reefer operators for its first sustainable shipping standard certifications.

26 May 2016Seeka trumpets avocado success

The post harvest kiwifruit and avocado handler has reported average export returns of $26.86 per export tray for the 2015-16 season, compared to last season’s $16.64.

26 May 2016Maersk suspends Montevideo port calls

According to port sources, the access channel to the Uruguayan port is neither wide nor deep enough for Maersk Line vessels.

25 May 2016NZ kiwifruit industry celebrates record returns

The 2015/16 kiwifruit season saw the biggest-ever total return to growers, highest-ever Green return per hectare and record sales volumes for both Green and Gold.

25 May 2016Total Produce raises expectations

The Irish multinational says that trading for the first four months of 2016 has been satisfactory and that full year earnings will be in the upper half of previous guidance.

25 May 2016UAE tightens controls on Indian imports

The United Arab Emirates has made it mandatory for Indian fresh produce exporters to provide a pesticide residue analysis for each consignment of certain products.