Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 13,420 new reefer containers for delivery in time for the harvest season in the southern hemisphere.

The Colombian government has signed a 30-year-concession-contract for the construction of the long-awaited new port on the Caribbean Sea, in Turbo, in the department of Antioquia.

UAE-based Gulftainer has finalized a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington, significantly expanding the company’s global footprint and reach.

Caribbean specialist Geest line is quitting Portsmouth for Dover in the UK as it expands its fleet.

Hamburg Sud is launching a seasonal service for the fresh fruit season between Peru and Philadelphia in the US.

The reefer trade in general and more specifically into China has been impacted by the economic conditions and the recent devaluation of the yuan. However, the effect has not been totally negative and there have been some bright spots.

While the El Nino effect this year has had an impact on global reefer trade flows, it has not been completely negative. Shortage of supply of bananas from the Philippines for example has led to Asian importers sourcing from Latin America instead, according to APL head of special cargo Ng Kar Loke.

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.

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