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  • A Fundamental Shift In Ocean Transport

    Over the past 15 years, specialized reefer carriers have lost their majority control of seaborne perishable trade to containerized carriers. In 2000, specialized carriers held 60 percent of the market. Today it’s closer to 26 percent or less.

  • DVZ: Perishables Logistics Under Pressure While Sea Trade Is Rising

    Consumers changing their eating habits and stores restructuring their supply chain are causing headaches to food logisticians, according to the German specialised newspaper DVZ, which published a thematic insert on perishables and cool chain logistics in its February 2nd edition. Changes in consuming habits and technical innovations will impact the industry this year, for good and for worse. Costs have risen strongly in the German logistics sector, especially for perishables transporters.

  • Sea freight takes a bite out of air freight’s perishable volumes

    Rising costs and shifting trade lane patterns towards sea freight and emerging markets are harming volumes in the air industry’s perishable goods sector. Frank van Gelder, consultant of cool chain air freight projects at Adelantex told delegates at the recent Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam that the variety of perishable products to be shipped by air would become more “limited” than previously expected. The industry faces increasing costs overall and declining volumes.

  • Transnet costs box lines $4m as fruit shippers charter conventional reefers

    South Africa’s embattled fruit exporters have made good on their promise to look at alternatives to container shipping services affected by wind problems at Cape Town Container Terminal, and will transfer some volumes to conventional reefer ships later this year. A group of 14 major exporters including Capespan, Dole, and Asda-owned International Procurement & Logistics, have contracted with shipowner NYKCool to charter four conventional reefer vessels to coincide with the beginning of the p...

  • Box lines missing out on a blossoming revenue stream, says FloraHolland

    The world’s major container shipping alliances are missing a “huge opportunity” by neglecting the flower trade between east Africa and Europe. A leading figure in the international flower supply chain said the savings for cargo owners would also be significant if container lines offered better refrigerated services on the route. Edwin Wenink, supply chain development manager at CCA Member FloraHolland,  explained that the Netherlands-based flower sales co-operative which turns over €4....

  • Reefer shippers fed up with volatile rates opt for longer-term deals with lines

    Reefer shippers are signing contracts with container shipping lines that last for as long as five years, Maersk Line’s head of global refrigerated business Thomas Eskesen claimed. He told delegates at the Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam this week that the general rate increase of $1,500 per 40ft reefer unit had acted as “a catalyst” for discussions between carriers and shippers to enter a new era. “A lot of people are simply worn out by the volatility – haggling for $50-100 per box...

  • Reefer containers set to pay their way under pool plan

    The possible formation of a grey pool for reefer containers moved a step closer this week with the publication of a new white paper on the concept and signs that resistance to its introduction is lessening. Steve Alaerts, general manager of perishable-specialist freight forwarder foodcareplus, told The Coolstar (sister publication to The Loadstar) that after an initial meeting in Antwerp earlier this year between representatives of the various stakeholders in the perishable mariti...

  • Stormy weather ahead for perishable shippers as capacity crunch looms

    Is there a new supply chain bottleneck looming in perishable maritime trades? As the longstanding lack of investment in conventional reefer capacity shows no sign of changing, and container carriers appear to have placed an unofficial moratorium on reefer box investment until their $1,000-plus per container general rate increase has become widely accepted throughout global markets, there is the growing possibility that shippers could find capacity increasingly scarce. In an irony that will not b...

  • Will the reefer trade go bananas over new design for larger-capacity vessels?

    A new conventional reefer ship design, potentially offering considerably higher loading capacity and far quicker port loading times, has been launched, targeting the banana trade between Latin America and Europe. The design – the result of the co-operation between veteran industry executive Birger Lindberg Skov, managing director of Reefer Intel, and one of the world’s largest ro-ro vessel operators, Stena – brings to the reefer trade the quarter stern ramp loading system often used in the ro-ro...

  • Cool Logistics for Pharma & Healthcare Survey

    300+ Pharma Cool Chain Related Executives answered the questions in this survey (September 2012): Q: Which of these best represents the products that you are principally moving through your supply chain ? Branded Pharmaceuticals 29% Biopharmaceutical's 23% Healthcare Distribution (on behalf of one of the above) 16% Clinical Supplies and IMP’s 11% Other 11% Generics and OTC products 3% Q: What are the top 3 priorities in your temperature assured distribution supply chain ? Reduce or pre...

  • Cargo airlines losing out to ocean container carriers

    Airlines have permanently lost out to ocean container lines as box carriers grab an increasing share of the freight that was previously moved by air, according to logistics and cargo executives, reports the South China Morning Post. Alfred Hofmann, senior vice-president for sea freight in the Asia-Pacific at logistics giant Kuehne+Nagel, said the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of temperature-controlled products were at the “forefront of change” from airfreight to sea freight. “It’s a ...

  • SA fruit growers oppose Maersk reefer box price rises

    South African citrous fruit shippers oppose the planned rate hike by AP Møller Maersk Group-controlled liner companies Maersk Line and Safmarine. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa said its carrying out an impact assessment on the planned increases. The association’s chief executive, Justin Chadwick said there was “no plausible explanation that warranted such an increase”, calling it “overzealous” and “somewhat flawed”.

  • Shippers question Maersk’s claim that they ‘accept’ reefer rate rises

    The importance of this year’s $1,500 per reefer container general rate increase to the finances of the world’s largest container line was underlined last week when Maersk announced its annual results. However, perishable shippers warned that in many cases the line would be unable to achieve its target. Reporting a full-year net profit of $461m on revenues, of $27.1bn for Maersk’s container shipping division, chief executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen told financial analysts that the increase in re...

  • Weaknesses in the Supply Chain - Who Packed the Box ?

    Imagine arriving at an airport to board a flight. You approach the check-in desk. You are asked the normal questions about your baggage.

  • Spotlight On: Into the Vineyards

    “From Field to Fork”  CCA workshop2010 at Hotel vineyards, Cape Town, South Africa By Kerstin Belgardt, Secretary The CCA is proud to report that the workshop2010 “from field to fork” was concluded after two days intensive working in groups and high quality discussions of the audience. The industry relevant companies of the South African cool supply chain gathered to listen to the decision maker of CCG Cool Chain Group, Capespan, Maersk, NYKCool and many others. “We had a lot of business kn...