Reefer container freight rates will go up by as soon as the second half of 2019, ONE ceo Jeremy Nixon said at the 4th Cool Logistics Asia in Hong Kong.

Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 reefer containers with a total capacity of 12,000 teu as it eyes opportunities in the South American trades.

Although representatives of the Chilean government and fruit industry met with union leaders trying to solve the crisis created by an 18-day strike at the port of San Antonio, there is no accord in sight. Export losses are mounting at a time when the fruit export season should be in full bloom.