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Transitex continues to expand

Transitex continues to expand
Photo: Fernando Lima, CEO de Transitex

Transitex has a fleet of trucks in South America dedicated to perishables transport. At this moment they`re constructing a bonded warehouse with 3.000 m² specifically to receive imported fresh fruit from the southern hemisphere, with custom clearance services. This warehouse is at the border of Portugal and Spain, within their logistics platform, that already connects the region to all Iberian main ports. Transitex works with all the TOP 5 carriers for reefer transport. This TOP 5 concentrates 80% of the reefer globe cargo.

Fernando Lima, CEO says: “We work mainly with the triangle: Europe, Latin America and Southern Africa.  We noticed, due to COVID-19 pandemic and cambial variations, the imports of fruits from South Europe to South America decrease sharply. On the other way, the same motives led to an increase of tropical fruit exports from Latin America to Europe. Another impactful factor in 2020 was that in the beginning of the pandemic ports closed with reefer container fleet in China, this directly limited the exports of fresh products. Transitex started certifying its statue of AEO/OEA (Authorized Economic Operator) in Spain and is at this moment in the process of obtaining this statue to all its 35 offices. In 2018 Transitex decided that digitization was an unavoidable and indispensable step to assert their market position. After stabilizing their operative system, that now works in network in all the 23 countries they are in all the company’s procedures and operations are accessible to all offices in real time. Now they are in the phase of creating connections on our system to their clients, making information more credible, continuous and fast.

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DSV Panalpina completes acquisition of Prime Cargo

DSV Panalpina completes acquisition of Prime Cargo
Photo: DSV Panalpina

DSV Panalpina has taken over Prime Cargo’s activities in Denmark, Poland and China from Mitsui-Soko Group, an international forwarding company based in Japan. Prime Cargo is headquartered in Kolding, Denmark, but operates internationally and also has freight, warehousing and logistics activities in both Poland and China. “DSV Panalpina and Prime Cargo share the same values and way of doing business, providing high quality personal service at competitive prices, and together we will be able to achieve more,” said Henrik Nielsen, executive vice president at DSV Air & Sea, Northern Europe. The combination of Prime Cargo’s strong competencies in the field of e-commerce and fashion retail with DSV Panalpina’s global network and expertise offers new opportunities. “Prime Cargo’s customers will benefit from DSV’s global network and services, and existing DSV customers will get access to even stronger capabilities within e-commerce and fashion retail,” said Marcel Blomjous, managing director at DSV Solutions, Denmark. “We are proud to become part of DSV Panalpina and as we move forward with the integration, it is our firm intention to ensure that all customers will continue to experience an uninterrupted, high level of service,” said Morten Høilund, managing director of Prime Cargo. Daily operations will consist of business as usual, but, with the integration of Prime Cargo and DSV Panalpina, all customers will get access to DSV’s global transport and logistics network and the potential it brings. 

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Air freight demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

Air freight demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

Data published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for January 2021 data relating to global air cargo markets shows that demand returned to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the beginning of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels. 

Global demand, measured in cargo ton-kilometres (CTK), was up 1.1% compared to January 2019 and 3% in comparison to December 2020. All regions saw month-to-month improvement in air cargo demand, with North America (27.4% of world share) and Africa (2.1%) the strongest performers, increasing by 11.7% and 21.2%, respectively.

Due to new capacity cuts on the passenger side, measured in available cargo ton-kilometres (ACTK),global capacity was down 5% compared to December 2020, the first monthly decline since April 2020. Falls in ACTK were registered by North America (-6.8%), Europe (-19.9%) and Latin America (-30.7%).

However, the IATA release states that conditions in the manufacturing sector remain robust despite new Covid-19 outbreaks that dragged down passenger demand.


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Green Corridor in the Puerto of Algeciras

Green Corridor in the Puerto of Algeciras
© Puerto of Algeciras


The authorities of Algeciras Port (APBA) appointed PINUS,  an environmental engeneering company to carry out works of Green Corridor. The works will be executed in the dock Dársena del Saladillo in the communal area port- town. The investments of 448,000 euros will be allocated for the landscaping of various areas adjoining the town as well as the slopes of the Dársena del Saladillo.

Besides the Green Corridor, APBA consider to transfer the statuary of a boat in the cave of Laja Alta de Jimena to the access roundabout of the Dock of Saladillo. The sculpture by Rafael Gómez de Avellaneda reproduces the art dating as far back as 3000 years and is the symbol representing the Algeciras Bay as the cradle of culture and transnational trade.

The works will go on for 3 months and will become an addition to the new road junction of del Saladillo constructed by APBA some months ago. 

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Fourteenth Saint-Charles Export General Meeting

Fourteenth Saint-Charles Export General Meeting


The fourteenth Saint-Charles Export General Meeting, chaired by Mr Julien Batlle, was held in strict compliance of sanitary rules and allowed the members of the Group (Financial Institutions, Professional Associations and Trade Unions, Territorial Communities and Consular Chambers), to openly discuss the current issues of the platform and the fruit and vegetable, and transport and logistics sectors.

5 October 2020 – This meeting was an opportunity to go over the results of 2019, which was full of action for Saint-Charles Export, including participation in meetings concerning the railway line between Perpignan and Rungis, the defence of the Franco-Spanish Bilateral Agreement, not to mention the signature events that are the very essence of Saint-Charles Export: several international buyers’ receptions and very substantial involvement of the group at the MEDFEL trade shows in Perpignan and FRUIT ATTRACTION in Madrid.

As everyone knows, these meetings could not be held in 2020, and being able to gather together is greatly missed by the profession today! This demonstrates, if it was needed, the importance of these actions carried out by Saint-Charles Export for the benefit of businesses in the area, and professionals are eager to be able to return to trade shows.

Despite this profession’s key events being cancelled, Saint-Charles Export has been able to bounce back by taking action within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Actions for Perpignan’s teaching hospital”

Every Wednesday between April and June Saint Charles International organised 5 collections for healthcare personnel, with more than 5 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables being collected and distributed in over 1,600 baskets from 2.6 to 3.6 kg. Meanwhile, Saint-Charles Export donated more than 2,000 FFP2 masks to the teaching hospital in Perpignan.

“Establishment of a permanent working group for crisis management”

Even before the lockdown of 17 March, a “Coronavirus” working group was established within the Saint Charles International platform. This joined together business leaders and administrations.

The idea of this working group was particularly to benefit from knowledge, advice and recommendations from ARS and PST 66 in the face of COVID-19, as well as the expertise of the DIRECCTE (regional directorate for companies, consumption, work and employment), the CPAM (local sickness insurance fund) or the URSSAF (Organisations for the Collection of Social Security and Family Benefit Contributions) on the different measures implemented by the State to support businesses, in particular those to facilitate childcare or work disruption for vulnerable people, but also deferments and/or exemptions from charges etc.

All relevant information from these working groups was therefore distributed to all companies of the platform.

“Pooling of resources to buy surgical masks and hand sanitisers”

Saint-Charles Export and the National Syndicate of Fruit & Vegetable Importers & Exporters (SNIFL) of Saint Charles introduced a pooling of masks and hand gels, not only to benefit all member companies, but also any company or institution in the area that requested them. This service was opened to as many people as possible, which shows that despite the organisational difficulties encountered, the platform has lost nothing in terms of solidarity and humanity!

Some figures on resource pooling:

  • 812,000 masks
  • 2,321 litres of hand sanitiser (in the form of 100- and 500-ml bottles and 5 L drums)
  • 348 sachets of hydroalcoholic gel-soaked wipes
  • 282 disinfectant sprays

In terms of forecasting, different projects were discussed during this General Meeting, including:

“Saint-Charles 2020-2040”

On 21 March 2019, with institutional partners, communities and representatives of professionals from Saint-Charles, the first meeting on this topic made it possible to establish the roadmap of sites which are essential for the completion of this major project.

So, it was decided by Perpignan Mediterranean Metropolis (PMM) to deliver a “Global study on the long-term evolution of Saint-Charles” with the aim to sustainably rethink the overall development of the platform, its traffic plan, services to be provided to users, property, secure access and opening up of the site, parking and receiving heavy goods vehicles in the zone, signage, mobility, energy mix etc.

This project consists of “State / Region / PMM / Saint Charles International” joint funding.

The first actions carried out by PMM was to commission AURCA (Catalan Pyrenees-Mediterranean Urban Planning Agency) to carry out a first dynamic diagnosis on the state of play and the development prospects of the zone.

The first actions carried out by the DDTM (Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea) made it possible to recruit engineering and expertise from all players in the development of the territory (public/private) and to collect financial support from various public bodies (EPF Occitanie/DREAL Occitanie/Ministry of Ecology – Directorate of Infrastructures and Transport).

This General Assembly also made it possible to express particular thanks to Perpignan Mediterranean Metropolis, to the Occitanie Pyrenees-Mediterranean Region, to Crédit Agricole Sud Méditerranée and to the Banque Populaire du Sud, who once again confirmed their support in all steps and actions undertaken by the group.

Julien Batlle ended by announcing “our group has demonstrated flexibility and agility. It has dealt with various crises by pursuing and adapting its model and actions with the sole aim of meeting the needs of our SMEs and Micro SMEs, and as long as this philosophy is ours, as long as we progress in “project” mode, Saint-Charles Export will have a bright future ahead and its purpose cannot be contested.”

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HudsonAnalytix and Maritime Street team up to advise on secure maritime trade and logistics digitalisation

HudsonAnalytix, Inc., an international business risk solutions company, and Maritime Street, global strategic advisors on digital trade logistics, have formed a strategic partnership to help governments, port authorities, port communities, port community system operators, and other key parties accelerate digitalization of maritime trade processes with maximum safety, security, and reliability. The initiative will support public and private stakeholders to assess, define, implement, and maintain secure digital trade facilitation and port process frameworks that safeguard critical digital and physical infrastructure that is vital to national economies, international trade, and global maritime supply chains.

On June 5, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) supported the urgent call to action, led by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to address nine priorities that will help accelerate the digitalization of maritime trade, logistics, and ports as key actors in global supply chains. These priorities include the need to encourage collaboration between maritime supply chain industry stakeholders and IMO Member States; intergovernmental collaboration at the local, national, and regional levels; and – key to success – managing cyber security risks at the corporate, institutional and community level.

From a policy making and governance perspective, cybersecurity is becoming a top priority for port authorities, port communities, and governments around the world to avoid operational chaos, business disruption, reputational damage and financial loss due to malicious targeting of digitally-enabled systems, processes and equipment that increasingly underpin maritime trade. Cyber issues have become one of the top five risks cited by global business leaders, along with geo-political dynamics, regulatory compliance, and sustainability. According to the World Economic Forum, economic loss due to cybercrime is predicted to reach USD3 trillion in 2020, representing 3.4% of global GDP. The COVID-19 global pandemic has added even greater urgency to the cyber challenge as the maritime supply chain, like other industries, has turned increasingly to digital solutions with much more remote virtual work.

“In the era of digital acceleration, port ecosystems are becoming critical information as well as physical infrastructures. Teaming up with HudsonAnalytix will create a strong value proposition to foster maritime trade and supply chain security and resilience for governments, authorities and industry,” said Pascal Ollivier, president of Maritime Street. 

“While ports are critical physical infrastructure, the port community systems that make them more efficient are equally critical digital infrastructure,” said Cynthia Hudson, CEO of HudsonAnalytix. “We are very pleased to partner with Maritime Street to work with transportation ministries, port authorities, and port communities worldwide to ensure that their port community systems and other digital trade logistics systems protect the valuable data that underlie modern global logistics.”


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Port of Nansha to build new mega-warehouse complex

Port of Nansha to build new mega-warehouse complex


Not satisfied with just being one of the world’s five busiest container ports, the Port of Nansha in southern China is building a mega-warehouse complex that will include six eight-storey buildings, for a combined storage capacity of nearly 500,000 tons, according to a report by Ajot 100. Phase one of the new construction port will be completed by March 2021.

The Nansha International Logistics Centre site is next to the port’s expanding automated terminal facilities and the busy Jiangnan Fruit Market in Guangzhou, as well as major population centres throughout the Pearl River Delta, from Shenzhen to Hong Kong and Macao.

The three-building first phase of the 305,000m2 cold logistics complex costs US$260m and will provide warehousing capacity of 230,000 tons. The three-building second phase is similar in scope, bringing total investment to more than US$500m and overall capacity to 460,000 tons.

The new cold chain logistics hub is set to enhance productive service levels and dramatically expand opportunities through integrated one-stop offering of such functions as inspection, storage, processing, repackaging and distribution, all within specific temperature-maintained environments.

The fresh products already benefiting from expedited customs clearance and rapid transit to market via the Port of Nansha include citrus fruits from the US west coast and cherries from Chile.

Alongside the new mega-warehouse hub, a fourth fully automated marine terminal is being built to boost the port’s contingent of ship-to-shore cranes to 78 from the current 65, while soon-to-be-completed on-dock rail access will offer direct train links to inland cities such as Changsha, Wuhan, Chongqing and Kunming. For temperature-controlled loads moving inland by truck, the Port of Nansha provides cost savings of up to US$850 per container, compared with other Pearl River Delta ports, like Hong Kong.

Photo: Port of Nansha

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Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II

Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Press Release

New state-of-the-art fully automated high-rise cold-storage facility at City Terminal Rotterdam

Rotterdam, 6 July 2020 – In mid-July, Kloosterboer will begin the construction of a new state-of-the-art fully automated multi-customer high-rise cold-storage facility with a storage capacity of 60,000 pallets at City Terminal Rotterdam. The building is expected to be finished by January of 2022.

Two years after the realisation of Kloosterboer Cool Port I, an ultra-modern fruit terminal that offers a combination of cool and cold storage capacity, Kloosterboer is now developing a state-of-the-art fully automated high-rise cold-storage warehouse at City Terminal Rotterdam. Pallets will be brought in on self-unloading or conventional trucks and are then automatically taken from the shipping hall via conveyer belts, turntables and sluices to the cold-storage facility, where cranes will automatically place the pallets in their designed position.

Sustainability is a key concern for Kloosterboer. The high-rise cold-storage warehouse is 35-45% more energy efficient than a conventional cold-storage facility. The forty-metre-tall building will be constructed in accordance with the high BREEAM requirements. Kloosterboer intends to install approximately 2,700 solar panels on the building’s roof. Together with the existing solar panel installation at Cool Port I, which consists of 11,000 solar panels, this makes Kloosterboer one of the leading companies in the port of Rotterdam when it comes to generating solar power for in-house use.

Launching customer is Lamb Weston / Meijer, one of the biggest producers of frozen potato products. The company has selected Kloosterboer as its logistics service provider to handle export products via the port of Rotterdam. In the future, the products made by Lamb Weston / Meijer will be delivered to Cool Port II, among other places, from the company’s various production facilities throughout the Netherlands. From there, they will be loaded into containers, which are then transported by barge to the container terminals on the Maasvlakte-Rotterdam for further export.

Kloosterboer is an entrepreneurial, innovative and sustainable logistics service provider. The construction of Cool Port II still leaves Kloosterboer with ample space for the next phase; Cool Port III.

About Kloosterboer

The Kloosterboer Group is a family-owned company with 95 years of experience in the handling of temperature controlled food products, such as fish, meat, fruit, fruit juices /-concentrates, dairy and potato products. Kloosterboer develops and provides innovative and sustainable solutions in the supply chain for conditioned food products. Kloosterboer is committed to long-term relationships and wants to make cost savings for its customers and increase the level of service. The company is specialised in warehousing, stevedoring, forwarding, shipping, customs and logistics IT. With over 4,8 million m3 storage capacity spread across 15 locations worldwide and more than 900 employees, Kloosterboer is one of the leading companies in this sector.

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Largest container ship in the world calls on Port of Antwerp

Largest container ship in the world calls on Port of Antwerp, © Port of Antwerp
© Port of Antwerp


The container ship HMM Algeciras arrived at the Port of Antwerp last Thursday night to load and unload containers at the North Sea Terminal of container handler PSA. It is the newest and largest container ship in the world.

The ship can carry 23,964 TEU (20-foot containers). The Korean ship was delivered on 24 April by the shipyard Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering’s Okpo. It is 400 metres long, 61 metres wide and has 23 crew members. The ship is from Yantian (China) and departs for London on Saturday 13 June at 5:30am.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “At the Port of Antwerp, we are resilient. We remained 100% operational during the pandemic, and while we will also see the effects of the coronavirus crisis on our figures, we continue to look ahead with faith in the future. We are delighted to welcome the HMM Algeciras. In doing so, we are showing that our port can receive the largest container ships. This puts Antwerp in a good position for further up-scaling. It is our ambition to continue to grow as a port in a sustainable way, with a finger firmly on the pulse of the global economic situation.”

Jae-hoon Bae, President and CEO of HMM: “Last April was very important for HMM because of two historic events. One of these was the completion of our rebranding process, with the adoption of our official company name ‘HMM’. The other was the delivery of HMM Algeciras, the world’s largest 24K-class container ship. The debut of HMM Algeciras in Europe and the first call at the Port of Antwerp has enormous symbolic significance. I believe that 24K-class ships will serve to ensure a mutual partnership between the Port of Antwerp and HMM.”

Annick De Ridder, port alderman: “Our port continues to dedicate itself successfully to sustainable growth and the arrival of the largest container ship in the world, the HMM Algeciras, is a great recognition of this. It is an incentive that continues to encourage us to carry on building tomorrow’s port today. This is the only way that world players will continue to choose our city as their gateway to Europe.”

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Coronavirus reduces global demand for containers

Coronavirus reduces global demand for containers


Danish shipping giant Maersk has predicted that shipping volumes will drop by as much as 25% in the second quarter of 2020 as a direct result of the impact of the current pandemic on global trade. Nevertheless, in a statement, CEO Søren Skou said Maersk is “strongly positioned to weather the storm”. Indeed, the firm posted a profit of US$197 million for the first quarter of 2020. 

Maersk announced that in the first quarter of 2020, it had cancelled more than 90 sailings, equivalent to 3.5% of total shipping capacity, to deal with the slowdown in trade and keep freight rates from falling. Moreover, the company expects to cancel around 140 sailings in the second quarter of the year.