The agency invokes Section 32 to spend US$100m on the purchase of fresh and processed apples from the nation's 2023 harvest to help reduce excess inventories.
Container line CMA CGM has increased its share of Ecuadorian banana exports by 46% year-on-year, according to the monthly Acorbanec report.
Building on the success of its relationship with reefer operator GreenSea, Brazil's largest fruit exporter Agrícola Famosa plans to lease a berth in the Port of Natal and construct a reefer terminal.
In a filing posted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the carrier said that as part of a US$222m investment in new equipment, it is to purchase 7,000 reefer containers.
In order to recover additional expenses and guarantee the quality of its services, the carrier says it will implement a Panama Canal Low Water Surcharge, starting 1 January.
Portugal's judicial police say that 4 tonnes of cocaine have been found concealed in boxes of bananas shipped from Ecuador.
Figures from state statistical service Rosstat reveal a huge year-on-year spike in the retail price of cabbage, oranges and cucumbers.
Independent consultants suggest that the cost of the recent unseasonal Spring storms will cost producers in the region of US$240m.
According to the Polish Investment & Trade Agency, Polish apples will likely be available on Indonesian retail shelves during Ramadan, which next year falls in March.
Chilean shipper Cabilfrut and Colombia's Green SuperFood have joined forces to enhance their offer of commercial programmes in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The decline in exports has been attributed to more expensive production costs and adverse weather conditions that have affected fruit harvests and export logistics.
Indian onion exports have declined 85% after the imposition of the government's Minimum Export Price cap.
The carrier becomes the second container line after CMA CGM to levy a surcharge on shipments transiting the waterway in response to increasing capacity reductions.
Farming bodies have hit back against the suggestion made by Member of Parliament Jacob Rees Mogg, who has called for cheap food imports to replace seasonal workers.
Japan has removed its restrictions to accept all Australian mango varieties, saying that vapor heat treatment makes it possible to significantly reduce pest risks.
The extra slot will be contingent on the water level of Lake Gatun and rainfall projections for the upcoming weeks.
Unseasonal heavy rainfall and hailstorms have hit table grape and onion production in India's main production region of Nashik.
Tipped off by the Hellenic Coast Guard, inspectors with the assistance of a specially trained dog discovered 91.5 kilos of cocaine, worth €4.1m.
The auction fees already generated this year are enough to cover a projected revenue shortfall of US$200m that the Panama Canal Authority will lose from reduced transits.
In a letter addressed to major German retailers, Costa Rica's National Banana Corporation accuses the NGO of making uncorroborated allegations, which it says are untrue and inaccurate.
With eco-friendly and organic fruit fetching premium prices in Japan, Pacific Coast Produce hopes to establish an airfreight programme for high-end retail customers.
Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it will skip its import call of the Istanbul Express at the Chilean port due to the strike by temporary port workers.
Although there has been no increase in the volume forecast, significant rainfall and high temperatures have promoted fruit growth and accelerated ripening.
Monday's collapse of the computer system that processes documentation for the export of products has forced shippers to revert to a paper-based system.
In the first 9 months of the year, the cross-border exports of Argentinean apples and pears were up 36% and 53%, respectively, on the 5-year average.
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Climate impacts on key fruit crops, weak Chinese demand and geopolitical tensions have dampened the short-term outlook, according to maritime consultancy Drewry.
The biggest demand driver is the rise in online grocery shopping, which is expected to raise its share of US grocery sales overall from 13% in 2021 to 21.5% in 2025.
The Danish carrier says it is halting all shipments to and from Syria due to growing challenges in complying with sanctions.
The South African Citrus Growers Association blamed power cuts, port congestion and a 'dysfunctional' freight rail network for a disappointing season in volume terms.
The updated second official estimate confirms anecdotal industry reports and reflects the impact of recent adverse climate conditions.
CMA CGM is the first carrier to impose a surcharge, stating that the increase in the toll rate coupled with transit and draft restrictions will seriously affect its operations.
The 'extremely hazardous' chemical could be approved for use on oranges and grapefruits grown in the United States, in spite of evidence that shows it affects brain development in children.
The Federal Administration for Inspection Affairs has banned the import of mandarins from Croatia due to the presence of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
At 365K MT, the Tunisian citrus harvest for the 2023/2024 season is up 26% year-on-year, according to inter-professional fruit group GiFruits.
The United States Department of Agriculture has included US$3m for research into storage methods for apple growers as part of its funding for the specialty crop industry.
The 50% and 24% respective year-on-year increases in Orchard Gate Returns of Green and SunGold kiwifruit compensate for the 20% reduction in the export crop.
Ahead of the official ASOEX revised forecast, the Chilean cherry industry is anticipating a volume potentially lower than last season's 83m boxes.
A California produce company has voluntarily recalled its whole peaches, plums and nectarines in connection with an outbreak of listeria that has led to one death and 10 hospitalizations since 2018.
The charter arrangement with GreenSea has paid dividends for Brazil's largest fruit exporter Agricola Famosa, which expects sales revenue to rise 20% to R$1.5bn this year.
The Japanese multinational says its fruit harvesting drones are currently being tested on farms in Italy and are expected to be launched commercially in North America in 2025.
'Zag' is a US$2m worldwide initiative aimed at supporting innovative projects addressing the environmental challenges in the delivery of kiwifruit.
The MV Cautin is the first in a total of 18 direct sailings on the 22-day service between Chile and China this season.
The banana union says that measures will be re-instituted if the Panamanian Supreme Court fails to declare Law 406 unconstitutional.
Kathleen Nave, President of the California Table Grape Commission, says the industry is encouraging USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to permanently abandon the 'risky proposal'.
More than 70,000 containers are reported to be stuck on ships outside South Africa's largest port, which is battling equipment breakdown.
The re-opening of the Chinese market and relaxed protocols are behind the 80% rise in the year-to-date value of fruit and vegetable exports.
The Taiwanese carrier has chosen to bolster its cold chain capabilities with Lynx Fleet-enabled Carrier Transicold refrigeration units.
The new alternative assurance model, trialled successfully for the past 2 years, will result in a reduction of audit time and charges related to on-farm activities.
The Chilean fruit producer association estimates that recent heavy rainfall has damaged at least 30% of the early cherry varieties.
Led by a steep rise in volumes from Turkey and Egypt, total northern hemisphere production in 2023/24 is up 12% year-on-year and 1% up on the 4-year average, according to the World Citrus Organisation.
A memorandum of understanding with an association of Chinese traders prompts optimism that a trade agreement to ship New Zealand onions into China is close.
From 2022 to 2023, approximately half of the 3.5m square feet of cold chain storage under construction in the U.S. occurred in Texas.
The carrier inaugurated its new weekly direct service from the Peruvian port to the US and Europe with 3,000 tonnes of grapes, blueberries and onions.
Ravaged by violent land seizures 20 years ago, Zimbabwe's horticultural sector is recovering due to technical support and funding from the European Investment Bank.
The Kenyan importer distributor, part owned by South Africa's largest pipfruit exporter Tru-Cape, recently opened a state-of-the-art cold storage facility near capital Nairobi.
The world's largest produce company says the growth in revenue in the first half of the year has been maintained and it has upgraded its full year guidance.
Although seasonal export volumes are not likely to be affected, the volatile weather conditions pre-harvest have had an impact on fruit quality.
The Argentine Government has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization for an unjustified delay in the opening of the US market to its oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.
The USDA crop estimate and export forecast are more optimistic than the projections published by the ASOEX avocado committee.
The Israeli carrier slumped to a massive $2.27bn loss as it took a $2.06bn non-cash impairment due to the negative outlook for the container sector.
The United States Department of Agriculture has expanded its list of areas quarantined to align with protocols the California Department of Food and Agriculture has had in place since 2018.
The Italian multinational said its net sales revenue for the first 9 months was up 30.0% against the corresponding period in 2022 with like-for-like growth up 7.6%.
The measure is valid for one year and aims to facilitate surveillance and containment of the threat of the carambola fruit fly, preventing its spread.
As well as delays and congestion surcharges, shipments to the Far East face longer transit times and higher costs as carriers de-link Cape Town in favour of feeder services via Mauritius.
The banana union has called on Chiquita to put pressure on the Panamanian government to repeal Law 406, which permits open pit mining.
The late arrival of spring led to a decrease in both the production and export of apples, pears, and table grapes this season.
High labour costs, difficulties with irrigation, a shortage of effective plant protection agents and unpredictable market demand are the primary challenges facing the industry.
Despite a strong start to the season, the southern hemisphere's leading grape exporter will ship significantly fewer grapes in 2023/24 than last year.
A grower survey has revealed a growing level of concern among Hayward orchardists about their crop's place in Zespri's export portfolio.
Recent weather-related events around the world have affected grape production in various regions, leading to increased market opportunities for Namibian exports.
The Port of Cape Town was recently ranked 344 out of 348 ports in the Container Port Performance Index, published by the World Bank in collaboration with S&P Global.
Despite a significant increase in like-for-like net sales, the net result for the first six months remained stable, affected by higher interest costs and depreciation.
There will be no material difference to the year-on-year production of and trade in Mexican apples, pears and table grapes in 2023/24.
This seizure comes two weeks after 140 kgs of cocaine was seized from a reefer container also transporting bananas at the Port of Auckland.
Historically, the citrus variety has been highly regarded as a luxury product by royal families and nobles throughout the history of the Asian nation.
The trial container was shipped last week by InI Farms, which has partnered with Del Monte for marketing and distribution, and Maersk for logistics.
A newly formed team will focus on facilitating the transportation of goods between Greater China, Europe and Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Chile.
The US multinational is to take a stake in the joint venture with Saudi Arabia's National Agricultural Development Co that will establish manufacturing facilities and supply fresh products.
The shipping and logistics company reported a 43% and 94% drop in revenue and net profit, respectively as container shipping returns to pre-pandemic conditions.