Container transport has been linked to recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Shanghai and this has led to an intensification of checks on containers involved in international trade.
In attaining the Generalized System of Preference, Indonesia will allow the US to increase its export of fruit, particularly apples, into the country.
Despite the global pandemic, exports have held up well given New Zealand's close trade exposure to China and the strength of its primary sector.
While Pacific Island workers are to be flown into New South Wales to help pick fruit, New Zealand growers continue to grapple with a severe labour shortage.
Through a presidential decree, Russia has extended the trade embargo until December 31, 2021 in response to the sanctions adopted over its annexation of Crimea.
Representatives from the Dom Rep and dollar bloc have scheduled a round table discussion with EU retailers over how best to manage the cost of Rainforest Alliance certification.
The vessel is the fourth of six 1,276 TEU reefer container carriers that the US fruit company is to receive from China's Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard.
After a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9% between 2009 and 2018, production volume increased by just 2K MT in 2019/20.
The Western Australia pomefruit industry says black cockatoos are causing so much damage the State Government should fund netting to keep the birds out of orchards.
For the first time China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest importer of frozen and refrigerated foods.
European and Middle Eastern markets drive a 21.3m box year-on-year rise in exports to end October, according to figures released by Acorbanec.
Container lines are having to divert reefer cargoes bound for the largest port in Northern China due to congestion caused by inspections and tests for Covid-19.
The damage to banana plantations caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota may be lower than originally envisaged.
Melons, grapes, mangoes and Tahiti lemons are the main fruits exported to the Middle East, Asia and the UAE, according to industry body Abrafrutas.
Sales, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share for the Irish multinational in 2020 are now expected to be slightly ahead of full year 2019.
The carrier says that COVID-19 testing procedure delays may be replicated across China and reserves the right to invoke Clause 19 in the Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill Terms and Conditions.
The State Ports Authority says the South Carolina port is ideally positioned to attract the new business because of the direct service from South Africa via the Maersk Line.
The latest official crop estimate reveals the slowest start to the South African table grape season in 4 years.
The initiative was initially conceived to satisfy the cravings of the stranded Malaysian community unable to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A letter to European retailers calls for 'legally binding due diligence requirements to ensure purchasing practices are aligned with obligations to respect human rights and the environment'.
With effect from 1 December the carrier is to charge an additional US$1,000 per TEU on southbound containers from Asia to Australia and New Zealand.
Since the release of its 2020 Certification Program, the certifying body says it has identified 44 adjustments it can make in order to clarify and specify requirements.
According to the Attorney General's Office, the 1.6 tonnes of the Class A narcotic was destined for the port of Antwerp in Belgium.
The active controlled-atmosphere system for refrigerated containers now offers a new carbon dioxide injection option, which it says better preserves low-respiring cargo.
In addition to the issues faced by the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Southampton has had to find space to accommodate 6,000 TEU of laden and empty containers.
Filipino banana exports to Japan from January to September reached 1.138m MT, which was 27% above the 894K MT shipped to China during the same period.
The ongoing improvement is attributed to solid growth in its Import & Distribution Business Unit and to the positive contribution of its Shipping Business Unit.
Container rates have surged on a spike in restocking demand in the US and Europe, container scarcity at export hubs, and coronavirus-related changes in freight flows.
Mount Pack & Cool's Bay of Plenty facility will be the largest processing unit in New Zealand, with the capacity to handle 24m trays of kiwifruit by 2022.
Singapore based MNC Dole Packaged Foods has signed on the newly launched platform-first agency to help the brand launch in India.
The price of spot traded bananas in Ecuador has doubled in less than a week as shippers scramble to supplement losses caused by Hurricane Eta in Honduras and Guatemala.
The objective of the Peruvian agro-industrial is to be able grow avocadoes and blueberries to supply its customers 12 months a year.
China is putting pressure on the carrier to keep a lid on record container freight rates, which have been driven up by a recovery in demand following the coronavirus pandemic.
The MV Southampton Star is to carry the last of the 2020 New Zealand kiwifruit export crop to Tokyo and Kobe in Japan.
Despite a Covid-19-related fall in top line revenue, the Danish company reported a 39% quarterly increase in earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization to US$2.3bn.
Stone fruit growers may choose not to harvest some of their fruit this season as they scramble to secure enough workers to get their fresh produce picked in time.
With an improvement in top line revenue and EBITDA in H1, the multinational says it has returned to a positive net result and is on track to meet its adjusted EBITDA guidance.
A hot US summer market more than offset a puzzling decrease in South African citrus shipments to South Korea, Japan and China.
Businesses will not be allowed to import bananas during the domestic banana production peaks to prevent competition between local products and imported products.
Despite an early season, which would ordinarily generate higher returns, shippers are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on European shopping habits.
While imports of pears and table grapes are expected to rise marginally, the increase in the domestic apple crop is likely to cause a slight reduction in apple imports.
'Catastrophic' winds and deadly flooding are likely in the area ravaged by Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.
The pandemic and Brexit stockpiling are responsible for the chronic congestion in the UK's largest container port, according to port owner Hutchison Ports.
The surge in Viet Nam's mango exports to the United States is a rare bright spot in the nation's plunging fruits exports scenario, primarily as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officially launched with great fanfare in October 2014, there is now no trace of commercial banana production in Haiti.
The Ecuadorian Minister of Agriculture estimates that avocado exports will be able to generate more than US$360m annually.
A westbound tropical wave currently located over the central Caribbean Sea is continuing to produce a large area of showers and thunderstorms.
California Citrus Mutual says that southern hemisphere volumes have cleared through and that increased demand bodes well for a slightly smaller navel orange crop.
NGO Banana Link says that the British government's decision not to allow duty free access to the UK is causing retailers to refrain from entering into buying commitments.
The Trump administration has added strawberries, blueberries and peppers to a list of imported items it is requesting be investigated for possibly harming US produce growers.
Current COO Sean Hallahan will take on the CEO and managing director roles at the Australian agribusiness firm when current CEO Harry Debney steps down.
The government has taken action following a spike in the price of certain fruits and vegetables ahead of the post-elections lockdown, said the Minister of Trade, Industry and Supply Maha Ali.
Mexican apple, pear and table grape producers face difficulties in 2020/21 with adverse weather conditions impacting crop volumes.
The carrier is set to rival Hapag Lloyd with a service from Valparaiso to Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland ports of Nansha and Shanghai.
Avocadoes are a key foreign exchange earner, accounting for approximately 20% of Kenya's total horticultural exports.
The increase has been driven by heavier volumes of the Maltaise variety, which accounts for approximately 25% of the national citrus crop.
The Argentinean container port has increased its reefer intake capacity by 70%, from 244 to 412 plugs available.
The ban comes after Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance detected the presence of the Pepino Mosaic virus.
The Egyptian Embassy in Tokyo says it is keen to expedite the approval of exports before the start of the citrus season in Egypt in December.
Container lines have nominated surcharges and rate increases in the final weeks of the year as a shortage of boxes in Asia outpaces the slowdown in export shipments.
The US department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved the use of additional ports for South African citrus.
Vertically integrated Australia-based United Exports has announced a 5-year investment plan worth R1.3bn (A$84m) in South Africa's agriculture sector.
Export volumes are forecast to reach 310.4K MT, an increase of 35.8% over last year’s record, according to exporter association ASOEX.
Turkey's total apple crop is expected to increase to 4.3m MT and the pear crop to 550,000 MT, according to the Turkish Statistics Institute.
China will take measures to realize full-chain, closed-loop, traceable management of imported cold-chain foods to minimize importation risks of COVID-19.
Shipments reached 368K MT in 2020, with the US market absorbing 85% of the total, according to the Citrus Committee.
The project is made possible thanks to a four-year, US$4.8m grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The banana industry estimates that it has lost 8,000 hectares of banana production as a result of the flooding caused by Hurricane Eta.
The real estate investment trust owns thousands of hectares of citrus orchards and berry farms that are leased to the A$1.5bn agribusiness Costa Group under long term deals.
Despite a lower national pipfruit crop, the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic has led to reduced fruit purchases by consumers.
The 2019/20 season saw Chilean fruit exports dip 7%, with the fall in apple, table grape and kiwifruit volumes offsetting the record set by cherry shipments.
The trial export of 10 tonnes of the red banana variety will be in accordance with the sea-shipment protocol of India's Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council.
Equipment is in increasing demand on the headhaul Asia-Europe route as a substitute for standard containers to accommodate bookings of high-paying electronic goods.
Preliminary indications are that Honduras has been badly hit, especially the banana zones in the Sula valley but also further east where flooding is widespread.
With domestic production forecast to decline in 2020, the world's largest apple importer imports is likely to see a recovery in import volumes that dipped in 2018 and 2019.
Samskip Logistics has launched a new global forwarding customer portal to help reefer and other specialised cargo shippers to make freight bookings online.
The slight year-on-year increase is attributed to the gradual return of Cameroon Development Corporation volumes.
The principal banana industry associations from Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Honduras accuse the German discount retailer of blatant hypocrisy.
The kiwifruit marketer's chief grower and alliances officer Dave Courtney said it had been advised to trial working with growers in China, in the hope this would prevent more illegal plantings.
The year-on-year increase in EU, Moroccan and Tunisian volumes for the 2020/21 season is offset by lower crop estimates for the US, Egypt, Israel and Turkey.