The export volume in 2023 reversed a 4-year declining trend, while in terms of value, the country recorded a 3-year revenue high US$1.22bn.
The idle container ship fleet has contracted again as the crises in the Red Sea and Panama Canal suck capacity into service diversions, thereby distorting the market.
South Africa and Peru follow the North African country as the second and third largest suppliers of fresh produce to the EU market.
Some 5.7 tonnes of the Class A drug, with an estimated street value of US$570m, has been seized in a reefer container carrying bananas from Colombia.
In an update to growers, Zespri chairman-elect Nathan Flowerday said that the board of directors' preference is for the role to be based in New Zealand.
The 400kgs of cocaine were being readied for transportation in a consignment of bananas for export.
The owner of New Zealand's largest apple shipper saw revenue and profits fall in what Corporation chair Mike Petersen said was 'a disruptive year'.
'Weak supply dynamics' caused by adverse weather and the spread of Citrus Greening in the world's largest citrus producer Brazil are behind the shortage.
The US west coast container port has ranked first among all US ports in international reefer export TEUs for seven consecutive years.
Carriers have put a temporary moratorium on the sale of equipment, as well as pausing the return of equipment to lessors as a result of the Red Sea crisis.
The value of Vietnamese fruit exports in January reached US$510m, an increase of 24.9% compared to December, and up 112.1% from January 2023.
The plaintiffs, which did not participate in the action against MSC in Chile, allege a 'continuous and systematic succession of abuses' during the pandemic.
The direct and indirect effects of El Niño are to blame as for the fourth consecutive year, the volume and value of Peruvian banana exports declined in 2023.
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri said its per hectare Green and SunGold forecast orchard gate returns for 2023 are above final 2022 season returns, despite the season's markedly lower yields.
Halfway through the season, the value of Washington apple sales to India are up over tenfold compared to last year, due largely to the cancellation of the retaliatory tariff.
Critics are concerned that the Delaware River terminal handler could gain monopoly power if the Federal Maritime Commission fails to take action.
Under pressure following Russian trade sanctions targeting its banana exports, Ecuador's foreign minister said the country no longer plans to transfer Soviet-era equipment.
Brogdale Farm in the UK, the home to one of the world's largest collections of heritage fruit trees has been bought by a horticulture research trust.
With approximately US$87m-$93m invested in the 'Golden Triangle' facility, Ruakura Superhub is Maersk's largest infrastructure investment in New Zealand.
The acquisition of Ripe Now's commercial division gives the UK's largest banana ripener joint ownership of a mango farm in Peru.
The Dutch carrier has invested in reefer containers to support its new fresh produce import service from Agadir in Morocco to the UK Port of Liverpool.
The single container of 1,540 boxes is bound for Moscow via the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.
With volume throughput similar to last year, 'necessary and successful' price increases are behind the 12% rise in the multinational's sales revenue in Q3.
Port congestion and berthing clashes are becoming commonplace as a result of scheduling issues arising from the Red Sea crisis.
Posting a 74.2% drop in Q4 earnings, the New York-listed container lessor's full year profits fell 56.6% year-on-year.
In a world first, the genetically modified banana species QCAV-4 has been approved by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
The Indian Government has allowed the export of onions in limited quantities to countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bahrain, Bhutan, and Nepal.
Almost 20% of South African table grapes have been shipped either via Port Elizabeth or in specialised reefers season-to-date.
With all-but-one of the major carriers boycotting Russia, the specialised reefer mode is the only alternative into the Baltic for Argentinean topfruit shippers.
Banana and mango exports led the year-on-year increase, according to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority.
The additional volume from new producer CDBM and a significant increment in shipments from parastatal CDC were behind the year-on-year increase.
The Cape Town Container Terminal loaded a total of 1,726 refrigerated containers on the Maersk operated Santa Rita, breaking its previous record of 1,711 in 2021.
The high-level delegation will address phytosanitary concerns as well as issues over the re-delivery of Russian military equipment to the US.
Costa Rican pineapple shippers are continuing to struggle with the strong colon, making exports uncompetitive and, in some cases, unviable.
According to exporter association ADEX, the value of grape exports in the 3 months between October and December 2023 totalled US$1.1bn, up 40% year-on-year.
A stellar summer has led to a strong export season for stone fruit, with cherry export volumes up 7% year-on-year.
Avocado exports from Kenya are to resume at the start of March, ending a three-month suspension imposed by the Agricultural Food Authority.
The Windward Island has lost its Caribbean export markets just as domestic production recovers after Tropical Storm Bret.
Russia's food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted an import ban on bananas imposed last week for alleged phytosanitary reasons.
The provisional estimate of 193m trays for 2024 is equivalent to a massive 216K MT increase in the volume of kiwifruit New Zealand shipped last year.
The world's second-largest container line is advising customers to prepare for a Red Sea crisis that could stretch well into the second half of this year.
The Deputy Administrator for the Panama Canal Authority says that the Panama Canal does not anticipate further vessel transit restrictions until at least April.
The DP World-owned carrier is set to expand in Latin America with the launch of a reefer-focused service connecting Colombia and Panama.
The discount retailer has unveiled plans to invest over GBP£550m to enhance its store and distribution network across the UK in 2024.
The head of the expertise centre at health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor predicts there will be a nationwide shortage of bananas in a month.
Low bud-break caused by insufficient cold hours over winter looks to have restricted volume growth for the current year.
A week after its sale to the Harim Group collapsed, the South Korean carrier posted a profit in Q4 despite a slowdown in demand and influx in new container tonnage.
After a 3-year hiatus, the Central American producer hopes to ship 10-15 containers per week to the English market.
The Nairobi-listed avocado shipper says the enhanced rollout of environmental and social sustainability practices will cost the company US$1.6m.
The New Zealand cherry producer expects to ship more than double the volume of its 'Beyond' branded cherries this year.
The quantity of Kenya's avocado exports to China increased tenfold in 2023, a year after exports to the populous Asian country commenced.
The Ecuadorian grouping claims that there is an overlap of almost 60% within the core set of requirements of the nine most prevalent private sustainability certification schemes.
The storm severely disrupted operations in the Mauritius port of Port Louis, which had been established as a transshipment hub to avoid congestion in Cape Town.
The expansion of the Barcelona Europe South Terminal involves increasing the plug points for reefer containers by almost 50%.
The 213K MT of cherries recorded by Chilean Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso in the 2023-2024 season broke the previous record of 185K MT set last year.
With the price of onions in export destinations more than ten times the value in the domestic market, shippers are incentivised to break the export ban.
The main reason for the doubling of its estimated losses is the complexity of insurance claims after Cyclone Gabrielle last February.
The South African Citrus Growers' Association says the carrier's entry is a direct result of an advisory project launched by a number of fresh produce associations.
The World Apple and Pear Association forecasts that apple exports will grow 8% year-on-year to 1.55m MT, while pear exports will be in line with 2023.
The Italian multinational says it foresees 2024 as a year of strengthening and consolidation and expects to achieve revenue of between €1.53-€1.59bn.
The total value of global trade in avocadoes, guavas, mangos, mangosteens, papayas and pineapples is estimated to have reached US$11.2bn last year.
The carrier is the first to have decarbonisation targets in line with the Paris Agreement's goal to hold the global average temperature increase at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Two seafarers were killed by huge waves on the Beluga Reefer last June after work and rest periods had been adjusted for 8 consecutive days.
Lawyers for the company's Kenyan subsidiary, Del Monte Kenya, have applied to have a case against the farm struck out altogether.
The 27kgs of cocaine were found by customs officers in the port of Livorno in a container carrying bananas from Ecuador.
The carriers are to call at the Chilean port following the recent expansion and modernization of the facilities.
The German carrier is to break into the South African citrus market with a seasonal service to global markets via its transshipment hub in Tangier.
The UK retailer has signed a long-term supply arrangement with partner Fairtrade and multinational Fyffes, offering growers increased stability and financial security.
The Dole subsidiary in Costa Rica has been forced to close farms and lay off employees due to a significant strengthening of the Colon against the US dollar.
Hong Kong's Modern Terminals set the record by discharging 1,941 reefer containers from Hapag-Lloyd's Itajai Express which arrived on 4 February.
The Cape Town Container Terminal completed three vessels in a single shift over the weekend, reducing vessels at anchor from four to one, despite lost time due to fog.
The world's largest banana producer will be able to supplement fruit lost in a dispute with Ecuador, according to Russian watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.
With Morocco heading towards a sixth consecutive year of drought, attention has turned to water-intensive agricultural projects that could be contributing to the nationwide crisis.
As it publishes a Q4 operating loss, the world’s second-largest carrier says the industry is confronting oversupply that will hit results 'for some time'.
The B.C. Fruit Growers Association said the weather-related damage is the worst the industry has seen since floods devastated parts of the state in 2021.
Chiquita Guatemala has received the first two of three Konecranes reachstackers for its Terminal Ferroviaria in Puerto Barrios.
The carrier is launching an additional direct export cargo service from the Port of Coega in the Eastern Cape to Northern Europe.
The Italian multinational has acquired Sicilian blood orange producer Castellana through its subsidiary Oranfrizer.
The multinational says its presence in Berlin marks a pivotal moment for the consumer brand, 'aligning with its dedication to excellence and social responsibility'.
The producer/exporter is to take the first steps this year to commercialise the variety for which it holds the exclusive production licence in Argentina.