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XXIII Acorbat International Congress to take place in Miami

XXIII Acorbat International Congress to take place in Miami

 

On April 29 and 30 and May 1, 2020, in Miami, Florida, the XXIII Acorbat International Congress will be held. This is one of the most important banana events for the sector at the international level. The scientific congress will discuss current issues for the global banana sector. The meeting will bring together representatives from across the world, including widely recognised experts, who will share the most recent research findings and present the latest trends in the international banana world.

This time, the event organiser is the country of Colombia through the Association of Agricultural Engineers of Urabá – INAGRU. The congress will focus on the following topics:

FITOPROTECTION: Management of pests, diseases and weeds.

GENETIC RESOURCES, SEED QUALITY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: Genetic improvement, seed propagation and biotechnological applications.

PHYSIOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT: Physiological variables and productivity, management of soil and water resources, adaptation to climate variability and ecosystems.

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Innovative technologies, crop agronomy, predictive models and information analysis.

AGROINDUSTRIA AND MARKETS: Postharvest, transformation of and potential markets.

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Produce speeds to Europe via sea-air transshipment in Miami

Crowley vice president Nelly Yunta is reported as saying the new service will be able to move perishable shipments to Europe in 4-5 days, allowing consumers to enjoy the fruit and vegetables at optimal freshness. There are hopes to later expand to more commodities and countries.

Fresh fruit and vegetables from Central America will reach Europe and Asia faster under a pioneer programme using Florida as an ocean-to-air transhipment hub.

The new alternative to sea-air transshipment through Dubai is being launched by Crowley Maritime Corp.and its customs brokerage subsidiary Customized Brokers.

According to American Shipper, the intermodal program – said to be the first known sea-air transshipment service in the US – aims to save shippers time and money and got a US government green light last month.

The pilot programme will see Customized Brokers coordinate the ocean shipment of fruit and vegetables from Guatemala and Honduras on Crowley vessels to Port Everglades, from where it will be trucked to Miami International Airport (MIA) for loading on KLM or Centurion Cargo freighters to Europe.

Crowley vice president Nelly Yunta is reported as saying the new service will be able to move perishable shipments to Europe in 4-5 days, allowing consumers to enjoy the fruit and vegetables at optimal freshness. There are hopes to later expand to more commodities and countries.

American Shipper reports Yunta said it took Florida-based Customized Brokers, in partnership with MIA officials, two years to get US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approval because of concerns about potential pest infestation during the highway leg.

Measures introduced to address those concerns include packing pallets with insect-proof mesh and monitoring shipments from the farm until take-off in Miami, it said.

The process is said to be similar to one Customized Brokers uses for its air-land intermodal service for shipping asparagus from Peru through Miami and onto Canada by truck.


Peruvian asparagus service image above: www.crowley.com
Image of ship at top: facebook.com/Crowley/photos