The four 5,470 TEU containerships, with best-in-class reefer capability are to be employed on three-year charters with a leading liner operator.
The ban on the import of Lebanese apples was imposed in 2017, for not conforming to international standards.
The South Africa Citrus Growers Association says that volume growth, port inefficiencies and a lack of competition to the carriers will leave citrus shippers heavily exposed in the coming years.
Although the shipping season is not yet finished for oranges, the export estimate is revised down, reflecting strong local demand and competition from Egypt, Turkey and Spain.
Shippers say that improved shipping conditions and a re-opened Mexican market will help reverse the chaos left by the trade wars and Covid-19 pandemic.
The group of banana cooperatives that sells approximately half of the Canary Island banana crop has declared a dividend of €3.39m for fiscal year 2020.
The service, which is due to start in the autumn will connect the Spanish port of Almeria with the UK port of Portsmouth and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
The retailer has bought up 400 tonnes of strawberries after the arrival of warmer weather in the UK triggers a peak in supply.
The agribusiness claims that the Philippines is the only country currently capable of commercially producing Hass avocadoes in Asia.
Fresh produce exporters are reportedly eyeing markets away from the EU ahead of the implementation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Policy in 2022.
The German discount retailer has issued a statement saying living wages and incomes are an integral part of human rights and essential to address inequality and eradicate poverty.
The world's largest banana producer has shipped a similar quantity in the first five months of this year as it did in the whole of 2020, according to the Trade Ministry.
Despite shipping 10% more fresh grapes year-on-year, the total value of exports fell marginally, according to the Namibia Statistics Agency.
Fruit farmers across the UK are reported to be in 'panic mode' as they are faced with a shortage of hundreds of thousands of European workers.
The 298kgs of the Class A narcotic was hidden in a reefer container carrying bananas from the Port of Santa Marta to Antwerp in Belgium.
The sale tightens the supply of specialised reefer capacity, adding further support to what is already an unprecedentedly strong market for the time of year.
The Dutch terminal handler is to offer a fully integrated service to the French tropical fruit producer, taking care of container transport, customs formalities and cold storage.
According to a provisional estimate, the volume of avocadoes traded across all world markets should approach 2.5m MT during 2020-21.
The carrier has joined Ocean Network Express in implementing a surcharge as it says due to congestion, most reefer plugs are already occupied at the Chinese port.
The five carriers at the Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal will provide a complementary service to the Container Terminal when the port is wind bound during the fruit season.
While the export value of fresh vegetables was down overall in 2020, carrot exports increased in both volume and value.
The Belgian multinational has reported solid sales growth, a stronger balance sheet and increased ambition and guidance for 2021/22.
Although broccoli remains America's favourite, the popularity of carrots and corn means that its position is under threat.
The Belgian multinationals says it has reached an agreement with Cornerstone Investment Management for the divestment of its Greenyard Prepared Netherlands.
China's largest fresh fruit retailer said that its gross merchandise volume in May exceeded 300m Chinese yuan (US$46.9m), representing a historic high.
Despite a long list of headwinds in 2020/21, the global trade in table grapes is projected to reach a record of more than 3.4m MT.
The combined financing arrangements will be used to re-finance Dole Food's existing debt and finance new company Dole PLC's activities at a lower cost.
Inventory from last year's Pacific North West crop is 90% sold and the volume and quality of California pears is expected to be good, with timing earlier than in recent seasons.
Via shipbroker Containerland, the container line has made tentative enquiries about chartering in specialised reefer tonnage to cover commitments in the US Gulf and Chile.
The self-styled world leader in sourcing, producing and distributing fresh avocadoes saw a year-on-year rise in sales revenue and a US$22.2m surge into the black.
Shippers can once again access the market following assistance from the Italian Health Ministry and embassy in Jakarta and intervention by the European Commission.
The availability of empty containers at southern Chinese ports continues to deteriorate as carriers omit calls due to a wave of Covid outbreaks in Guangzhou province.
Despite unusual stormy weather and cool Spring temperatures, the crop for 2021 is expected to be one of the largest crops in the past decade.
The drugs with a street value of €100m were hidden in a reefer container carrying bananas en route from Ecuador to Slovenia, according to Customs Malta.
As congestion grows and lines reroute services, Ocean Network Express has implemented a US$1,000 per reefer container surcharge for shipments into the Chinese port.
Parent company Maersk is reportedly planning to collect binding bids by late July for the US$1bn valued reefer container manufacturer.
After a record 2020, Mexican avocado exports rocketed 26% in the first four months of this year totalling 565,000 tonnes and bringing in an estimated US$1.25bn.
The 2020 New Zealand avocado season produced a record total crop and export volume, according to industry body NZ Avocado.
Fresh produce destined for UK supermarkets is being dumped due to a shortage of heavy goods vehicle certified drivers, a major distributor has warned.
In less than a decade the number of table grape varieties cultivated in the southern hemisphere's second largest grape shipper has risen from fewer than 10 to 50.
Despite lower avocado prices and tomato revenues, California-based Calavo Growers posted net income of $8.8m compared with a net loss of $3.3m in Q2 last year.
The Kenyan company's British parent, Camellia, agreed a US$6.5m group lawsuit settlement in February without accepting liability for any of the allegations.
A reefer vessel loaded with South African citrus has been waiting to discharge its cargo in the Port of Shanghai for the past 10 days.
The Kloosterboer family will continue to be involved in the future of the Company, rolling a part of their sale proceeds into Lineage equity.
A new shipping service is to deliver Dole branded pineapples and bananas to the United States via Port Tampa Bay.
Indian banana exports have grown from 35,000 tonnes four years ago to 191,000 tonnes in 2020-21.
The European Commission has granted clearance for the binding transaction that will see the companies combine under a newly created, Irish incorporated, U.S. listed company.
The per pallet unit cost of trucking fruit from California to the US east coast is currently more than double the rate of shipping citrus from South Africa to Philadelphia.
In value terms, Mexico broke its own growth record for tomato exports in 2020, and the positive trend continued into the first quarter this year.
The club variety currently represents 11% of apple production in Uruguay, but this will rise to 20% as new plantings come on stream.
Though not a new problem for apple growers, the bacterial menace has been looming larger as longer, warmer and rainier springs expand the window for it to infect trees.
With coldstores full and fewer shipping options available, seafood companies may be forced to stop fishing, and onions may have to be left in the ground.
A year after acquiring Pacific Fruits, the Israeli agribusiness investor is planning to spend US$60m to buy 3,700 hectares of land to plant avocadoes.
The reopening of the restaurant and hotel industry in the US, the certainty provided by the renegotiated Tomato Suspension Agreement and good export prices have encouraged more planting.
One of Western Australia's largest citrus producers says it has been unable to send its fruit to China due to hold-ups at Chinese ports.
The project co-funded by the French Development Agency and retail chain Carrefour supports environmentally friendly practices and promotes gender equality.
The first block train carrying reefer containers laden with perishable products from Qingdao arrives in the Moscow region of Selyatino later this week.
The resumption of shipments from the parastatal Cameroon Development Corporation helped the country increase exports year-on-year in May.
The 1.126 tonnes of the Class A narcotic seized in the container Port of Gioia Tauro has an estimated street value of €225m.
Australia's National Lost Crop Register topped A$45m earlier this year as a result of labour shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.
The approval of the single facility comes days after Australia approved two mango processing facilities for exports.
The Hamas-run Ministry of Agriculture says that it has stopped importing Israeli fruits after Israel banned the export of vegetables from Gaza to the West Bank and abroad.
The source of the outbreak that has affected 200 people in more than 10 countries is thought to be honeydew, cantaloupe and galia melons from Costa Rica, Honduras or Brazil.
In these first five months of the year, exports of apples and pears through the Argentinean port reached 146,300 tonnes.
Vietnam exported US$1.77bn worth of fruit and vegetables in the first five months of 2021, a year-on-year increase of 18%, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The multinational says the partnership will enable it to transform into a 'digital-forward' company with capabilities to enhance products and customer satisfaction.
Chief executive of the world's leading carrier Soren Skou has proposed a carbon tax on ship fuel of at least US$450 per tonne fuel at the present oil price.
The temporary Covid-related partial shutdown of one of China's busiest ports is one of the reasons behind the cost of shipping goods from Asia to Europe rising to historic highs.
The first consignment of Gala apples has already arrived in Colombia and weekly shipments are expected to continue.
With the rate for dry vans approaching US$6,000 per TEU on the Asia-Europe route, forty foot reefer containers will likely continue to be cannibalised for dry cargo.
The Kingdom exported 205,024 tonnes of Cavendish bananas in the first five months of 2021, according to the agriculture ministry.
The Russian Agriculture Ministry has increased Turkey's import quota for tomatoes from 250,000 to 300,000 tonnes, according to a ministerial order published on Monday.
US avocado consumption hit record highs at the beginning of 2021, fuelled by a recovering economy and continued positive perception of the superfood, says the agri-business bank.
The world's leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food says its Banana Lift Lock crates are designed for a secure transportation throughout the entire supply chain.
Banana volumes recover in March after a dip in exports in February to reach 486K MT in the first three months of the year.
The project was scrapped a decade ago for fear that the guns were not environmentally friendly and disturbed the weather.
The container of 'Sultana' branded bananas was intercepted in the Port of Balboa on a vessel sailing from Ecuador to Turkey.
Following a significant increase in net profitability in the first quarter, the Italian multinational has upgraded its full-year forecast.
In the first five months of the year, shipments of Egyptian fruit and vegetables increased by 250,000 tonnes year-on-year, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
Exporters claim that the ongoing outbreak in south-east Asian markets has led to a 60% fall in shipments this year to date.