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28 January 2015New Contour for Capespan

Aspen International Services, part of the global Capespan Group, has been officially rebranded as Contour Logistics.

28 January 2015Star sells oldest reefers

The London-based reefer owner/operator warned investors that the sale of the two units would likely result in a book loss of approximately US$2.2m.

28 January 2015Reefer leasing business consolidates

The acquisition of the Bermuda based container leasing group Cronos strengthens Bohai’s position in global transportation and equipment finance.

28 January 2015China builds more cool capacity

At the start of 2015 China has 61m cubic meters of refrigeration storage, compared to 105m cubic meters in India and 112m cubic meters in the United States.

28 January 2015Seatrade reefer refloated

The Santa Lucia had grounded in the Delaware Bay in heavy weather associated with Winter Storm Juno.

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28 January 2015Ports slowdown hurts US pear exports

The labour impasse at the ports along the US West Coast has severely affected shipments of pears to India.

27 January 2015Rebound for South African pipfruit exports

Although pear exports are forecast marginally lower than 2014, shipments of apples will be close to record levels, according to the country’s industry association.

27 January 2015TBX builds presence

Less than a year after its launch the Targban subsidiary is expanding its route coverage to meet growing demand in the German, Italian and Turkish markets.

27 January 2015Indonesia joins ban on US apple varieties

Indonesia is the latest country in Southeast Asia to announce the ban, following steps taken by Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

27 January 2015China broadens access to US apples

The United States has been cleared to add the full range of varieties to its Red and Golden Delicious, which have had access to China since 1994.

27 January 2015Turkish fruit shippers hit by Ukraine crisis

The transportation of citrus into Ukraine has come to a halt as violence around Ukrainian ports worsens and financial transactions are beset with problems.

27 January 2015Russia downgraded to junk status

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s says its downgrade is caused by a reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and the weakening of Russia’s financial system.

26 January 2015Aging trucks threaten Ecuador banana exports

The size of the fleet of trucks hauling reefer containers to and from Guayaquil and Puerto Bolivar is fast diminishing, putting banana exports at risk.

26 January 2015UASC builds reefer base

The United Arab Shipping Company says the order for 2,000 reefer containers marks the first milestone in the expansion of the company’s reefer services.

26 January 2015Dominica battles Black Sigatoka

The island will soon be importing ‘disease-resistant’ banana plants from the French Caribbean to help farmers in the ongoing fight against the spread of Black Sigatoka.