Logistics

6 questions for Martin de Ruiter about 100% Digital

You are probably already aware of the ambition to conduct direct trade business in a 100% Digital way. This change that has raised questions and perhaps some concerns with growers and buyers alike. You may be contacted about 100% Digital by parties other than Royal FloraHolland. What is the true…

Royal FloraHolland:

Continuation of National Auctioning and 100% Digital programmes

Royal FloraHolland has decided to continue the strategic projects 'National Auction' and '100% Digital' for this year. National AuctioningNational auctioning is one of the key topics of Royal FloraHolland's strategy. They continue to work as much as possible. The aim is to roll out National Auctioning in…

Royal FloraHolland COVID-19 situation update

Royal FloraHolland released an extra news item in connection with the many questions regarding the tightened supply regulation: a short update on today's pricing, developments in Floriday and answers to the 5 most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the tightened supply regulation. Refer also to this…

Kenya: Ensure exports reach the market, MPs tell State

Two MPs have asked the Kenyan government to find ways of having tea, flowers, coffee and other exports reach the international market as the world fights to contain the…

Royal FloraHolland maintains emergency fund for the floriculture sector

Royal FloraHolland is positive about the package of support measures announced by the cabinet last Tuesday. This package is not sufficient to help growers and trading…

Veiling Rhein-Maas taking short term measures to secure business and marketing activities

There is a high probability of further curfews being imposed locally (e.g. as toady in Leverkusen), state or even nationwide with reference to the Infection Protection Act within the coming days in Germany. All employees of Veiling Rhein-Maas whose presence on site in Straelen-Herongen is absolutely…

Royal FloraHolland:

New supply regulation in force from Tuesday 24th March

From Tuesday 24th March a new supply regulation will be in force for the clock supply. Based on the volumes for 2019, this regulation provides clarity about the maximum daily volume that may be supplied to the clock. For the clock supply before Monday 23rd March, last week's supply regulation will still…

Africa & Middle East : urgent emergency support requested for airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to governments in Africa and the Middle East, as part of a worldwide campaign, to provide emergency support to…

Special storage boxes as a solution to reduce cut flowers waste

While cut flower growers are facing unprecedented market conditions in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, most professionals saw these heartbreaking images of large quantities of stems sent directly to waste. As some species are set to reach their peak season very soon (especially tulips), it appears that…

How COVID-19 restrictions are affecting air cargo flows

Brian Pearce, Chief Economist with IATA, has explained the current situation that the global air transport industry finds itself in. "First, let me reassure you that the global air transport industry is responsibly responding to this global pandemic. We are not public health experts, but airlines are…

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions and lower demand:

LATAM to reduce its operations by 70%

Following new border closures of various countries and the subsequent drop in demand, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries will reduce their capacity by 70%, equivalent to a 90% decrease in international operations and 40% in national flights. “We made this difficult decision following border…

MIA among approved airports for flights from Europe

Miami International Airport will be added to the established list of U.S. airports approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to receive flights from the Schengen area of 26 European countries, as classified by a presidential proclamation that suspends and limits entry to the U.S. effective at 11:59…

Cargo airlines respond to COVID-19 crisis

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the announcement by the European Commission (EC) granting the temporary suspension until June 2020 of the 80-20…

"Kenya’s flower industry wilts as coronavirus grounds planes"

Kenya’s fresh exports have taken a huge beating following last-minute flight cancellations, including one last Sunday, which left 10 tonnes of flowers to rot.  That single consignment alone was valued at about Sh12 million [117,000 USD], in the clearest illustration of how the economy is hurting from the coronavirus…

Gertjan Roelands joins AFKLMP Cargo as SVP Sales & Distribution

With immediate effect, Gertjan Roelands is appointed senior vice president of Sales & Distribution of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. As such, he will be in charge of all global commercial activities, including digital services. He succeeds Christophe Boucher, who has been appointed EVP of Air France…

U.S. Customs seizes $1.8 million worth of cocaine inside flower boxes from Colombia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 161 pounds (73 kilos) of cocaine Saturday inside several parcel boxes arriving to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on a cargo aircraft that departed from Bogota, Colombia. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $1.8 million. “Transnational…

Which plant tray is the most sustainable?

Nowadays, there are many plant trays to choose from: reusable, single-use plastic or cardboard. What is the environmental impact of these types of packaging? Royal FloraHolland carried out independent research. What were the results? Cardboard plant trays score better than single use plastic trays.…

Emirates Nairobi flower cargo falls

Emirates SkyCargo lifted over 24,000 tonnes of flowers in 2019 from Kenya, a 14.29 percent drop from 28,000 tonnes in 2018 indicating the continued competition in the freight business amid declining quantities of the export produce. The cargo transported by the Dubai-based airline represent 15 percent of…

Trains could replace blank sailings and cancelled flights from China

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting blank sailings and cancelled flights, Chinese ports and airports are congested. Rail transportation is a feasible alternative to sea or airfreight. The rail journey from terminal to terminal currently takes between 11 and 15 days from northern and central…

Air cargo demand down 3.3% in January 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (*CTKs), decreased by…

Turkish Cargo adds Quito to cargo flight network

Turkish Cargo has added Quito (UIO), the capital city of Ecuador, to the destinations with direct cargo flights. Being one of the most notable flower producers of the world, Quito also hosts developed textile, metal and agricultural industries, and its most significant exports include coffee, sugar,…

Royal FloraHolland launches twelve new product groups with Fc588

On 2 March 2020, Royal FloraHolland took a further step in the roll-out of the Fc588 flower bucket. The Fc588 is now also available to suppliers of Asclepias, Aster, Astilbe, China aster, Campanula, Lepidium, Ornithogalum, Peony, Ruscus, Sedum, Trachelium and Viburnum. The roll-out will continue at the…

Kenya remains key market for Emirates SkyCargo

Kenya remains an important freighter station for Emirates SkyCargo with 2,000 tonnes of flowers having been airlifted in January this year. Last year, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 46,000 tonnes of flowers across the world with over 24,000 tonnes, originating from Kenya. Emirates Cargo Manager East…

Cargolux celebrates 50th anniversary

Cargolux is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Exactly half a century ago, Luxembourg’s national carrier Luxair, Iceland's national carrier Loftleiðir, the Swedish shipping company Salén and some private investors, founded Cargolux. With a single aircraft and a handful of employees, these…

Emirates SkyCargo to create a hub in Dubai

Emirates SkyCargo, the air cargo division of Emirates Airlines, is creating a multi-modal hub in Dubai for efficient handling of cargo across its network and Indian exporters can benefit from this, according to a top executive. “India is probably the most important market for us since we started flying…

Quito operation goes with the flow for International Women’s Day

Although International Women’s Day was founded in the U.S., it has grown in significance in many other countries worldwide – and Prime Group’s operations in Quito continues to play a key role in keeping this annual tradition going strong. With Ecuador serving as the primary source of flowers for this March…

Valentine's: where love & logistics connect

In many parts of the world, Valentine’s Day is the celebration of romance and romantic love. The celebration is incomplete without the exchange of gifts usually, chocolates, wine and teddy bears... and red roses. The demand for red roses is at its peak at various points of sale across the globe during…

Holland Flower Alliance freshens up leadership team

The Holland Flower Alliance’s (HFA) leadership team has gained new blood after KLM Cargo’s alliance member Wico Santbulte, who has played a key role in its development retired. Wico has left his role as Director Cargo Development of KLM Cargo, and was part of the HFA since the launch in 2016, but has…

Flower transport by air still on the rise despite COVID-19

The first quarter of 2020 (and quite possibly the months beyond) will turn out to be an extraordinary period for the world and for world trade, and thus for air cargo. The coronavirus leaves traces in almost all aspects of life, not just in China but increasingly elsewhere as well. Supply chains have…

Ethiopian wins ‘International Air Cargo Marketer of the Year’ award

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has won the ‘International Air Cargo Marketer of the Year’ Award at the 2020 STAT International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo which…

Kenyan flowers transported to China aboard direct flights after suspension over coronavirus

Kenyan flowers are transported directly to China again as China Southern Airlines on Wednesday resumed flights to Nairobi after a two-week hiatus over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. More than 1 ton of flowers from 10 local farms were put on board the plane of the airline on Wednesday night, said…

Growing flowers in Kenya

Reducing carbon footprint and stimulating development of local communities

The world of Customs Compliance is a necessary but often overlooked component of importing and exporting goods, especially when it comes to perishables like flowers, due to the high economic value and the need to protect European flora and fauna. For every bunch of flowers bought at a supermarket, a…

Veiling Rhein-Maas opening times around Carnival

There will be an auction at Veiling Rhein-Maas on Carnival Monday (24 February 2020) as usual. Regular delivery and opening times will also apply during the other days of carnival. Please click here if you are looking for an overview of all special auction days in 2020.You can find the opening hours of the Import…

Flower box Fc527 removed from Royal FloraHolland assortment

Royal FloraHolland has a wide assortment of single-use and reusable flower packaging. The Fc527 reusable flower box is no longer part of the assortment as of 10 February 2020. This flower box is mainly used with the Lily product group, but in recent years usage has fallen sharply to a few users. The…

LATAM Cargo and American Airlines Cargo provide updates

Tons of flowers fly for Valentine's Day

More than 210 LATAM Cargo Boeing 767-300 freighters took off from Colombia and Ecuador, carrying 12,600 tons of flowers for the 2020 Valentine’s Day season. Together with Mother’s Day, this represents the peak of the fresh flower export activity. This year’s figure represents a growth of 45% compared to…

Southwest Airlines thinks outside the cargo bay

Southwest Airlines Cargo continues to win the hearts of freight forwarders for outstanding customer service, but the airline isn't resting on its laurels. Members of the Airforwarders Association voted Southwest Airlines the best domestic airline for the 11th year running. Southwest may cement that…

DSV Panalpina releases Responsibility Report for 2019

When DSV joined forces with Panalpina, the tagline was “achieving more together”. That is why the best of both DSV and Panalpina’s corporate responsibility efforts was combined to create a stronger setup and to continue the most impactful initiatives. When the integration of the two companies is…

Helping to make life’s little moments the biggest

It goes without saying that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year – a time to show that special someone just how much they mean to you. Most often, it comes…

Boxes full of flowers from Ecuador

Mayesh, and a handful of other US companies, as well as the European buyers, are the last to ship flowers out of Ecuador. The Beast that I outlined in my previous post is largely the step-child of bouquet makers and mass markets as they ship out several weeks ahead of the holiday; but The Beast does…

Valentine's Day not looking rosy for freighters from Kenya

There is little to smile about for freighters during this year’s Valentine’s Day following low volumes of flowers to be shipped due to damage caused by prolonged rains. Last year and as has been the case with other Valentine’s Day seasons, freight firms have been increasing the number of flights to…

2019 Worst Year for Air Freight Demand Since 2009

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers…

En route to CC pool quality improvement

The spring peak is approaching and a properly functioning CC pool contributes to the logistical efficiency of the entire floriculture chain. Royal FloraHolland issued an ultimatum to Container Centralen last autumn with regard to the quality of the CC pool. What is the current status of the pool? With…

American Airlines appoints Rick Elieson to lead Cargo and International Operations

Rick Elieson, President of Cargo, has been named as President Cargo and Vice President International Operations at American Airlines. In this expanded role, Elieson will…

Kenya upbeat on direct cargo flights deal with US

Kenya is optimistic of improved trade connectivity with the US after the two countries struck a new deal for direct cargo flights between the two nations. The amendment deal, which adds all-cargo rights to the existing air transport agreement, is expected to offer air carriers greater flexibility to meet…

Panalpina acquisition leads to strong results for DSV

“Q4 2019 was in line with our expectations and we can report EBIT of DKK 6,654 million for 2019, an 8.4% organic growth on 2018. 2019 was a strong year for our company – not least thanks to the acquisition of Panalpina in August 2019. A large part of our organisation is now working hard on the…

US (FL): Thousands of pounds of flowers arrive at MIA ahead of Valentine’s Day

Thousands of pounds of flowers are arriving at Miami International Airport every day ahead of Valentine’s Day. 7News cameras captured airport workers unloading several boxes of flowers from an American Airlines jet. “We ship about 120,000 pounds of flowers every day for the next 10 days,” Eric Mathieu,…

As airlines cut China flights, there’s less room for cargo

U.S. and international airlines are suspending flights to mainland China to try to contain the coronavirus. Delta, American and United airlines are suspending many flights until at least the end of March. Fewer flights make personal and business travel nearly impossible — but there’s another big impact:…

Valentine's Day in South Africa

The Valentine’s Day logistics behind roses

From decadent chocolates to smart tech products, or gifts of experience ranging from a romantic night out to weekend getaways, people across the globe will be buying gifts of love or friendship for their loved ones, family and friends this Valentine’s Day. As the first major consumer celebration of 2020,…

Coronavirus continues to disrupt flower business

As the coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down, the flower industry also feels the impact of supply chain disruptions. The Kunming Dounan Flower Market, the largest fresh cut flower trading market in Asia, suspended service from Thursday amid the epidemic outbreak, according to local epidemic control…

Frequently asked questions about 100% Digital and Floriday

  By the end of 2020, all transactions on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will only take place digitally. With 100% Digital, by the end of this year all direct trade supply will go…

Indian flower growers hail Kisan Rail Scheme

The announcement of a Kisan Rail Scheme of trains with refrigerated coaches for farm produce has cheered flower growers of Hosur. At present, farmers incur about ₹50 [0.70 USD] per kg on both cargo charges and transportation from farms to Bengaluru airport adding up to ₹2.5 [0.04 USD] per stem to the…

Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch trans-Atlantic Joint Venture

Air France-KLM Cargo, Delta Air Lines Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo are promising cargo customers more connections, greater shipment routing flexibility, improved trucking options, aligned services and innovative digital solutions with the launch of their expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture (JV). The…

PDF In-Transit loggers with BLE capabilities showcased at Fruit Logistica

DeltaTrak presents two new FlashLink In-Transit BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) loggers at Fruit Logistica 2020, Hall 23, Stand A-12, from February 5 - 7, 2020, at the Berlin ExpoCenter City, Berlin, Germany. DeltaTrak announces the release of the FlashLink In-Transit BLE Logger and the FlashLink In-Transit BLE…

Turkish Cargo appoints Cor de Man as Senior Vice President

Dr. Cor P. de Man MBA MA HRM RM, a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the fields of Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Marketing and Sales,…

Challenges and opportunities for African logistics providers

Siginon has provided the following logistics outlook for 2020, in which they highlight the various challenges and opportunities they expect the first year of the new decade will bring. The year 2020 marks the beginning of new decade. The logistics industry across the globe has experienced great…

Vestas and DSV Panalpina form strategic partnership on project transport and general freight

Vestas and DSV Panalpina have formed a strategic partnership on transport and logistics. With the partnership, DSV Panalpina will execute and manage Vestas’ general freight and special project transportation, inbound as well as outbound. “We are very excited to partner with DSV Panalpina to meet the…

Air cargo service provider opens new facility at Schiphol Airport

DSV Air & Sea has taken into use a new facility at Schiphol Rozenburg. Geerlofs Refrigeration designed and built the refrigeration system of the new facility at Incheon Road near Schiphol. Also Geerlofs supplied the insulated panels and doors. The facility is split into two parts to separate the…

Dubai unveils loyalty scheme to lure premium transhipment cargo from Europe

Dubai has launched a loyalty scheme for shippers and freight forwarders in a bid to capture premium “south-south” transhipment cargo from hubs in Europe. The World Logistics Passport (WLP) is an initiative from Dubai’s Customs World, with the support of DP World, Emirates and Dnata. Sultan Ahmed Bin…

Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

Following the combination of the former three European regions into one Europe, the significant growth and integration of three major acquisitions in the North America region, the focus at Kuehne + Nagel for the years to come is on Asia Pacific. In order to target an even stronger role in logistics all…

Ethiopian Airlines to start building new $5 billion airport this year

Ethiopian Airlines will start constructing a new $5 billion (Sh500 billion) airport later this year, as the rapidly-expanding carrier outgrows capacity at its current base in Addis Ababa. The airport, which will cover an area of 35 square km, will be built in Bishoftu, a town 39km south east of the…

DSV opens new office in Oman

DSV's expansion in the Middle East continues and, effective 13 January, their new office in Muscat, Oman is fully operational. “Oman has distinct advantages as a trans-shipment hub for Qatar,”…

Trolleys successfully tested from production to retail

The desire to produce and transport flowers and plants in a more sustainable way is the motivation behind one of the leading market participants to test the new Uni-Troll trolleys. With around 3,000 member companies, German producer cooperative Landgard delivers top quality flowers, plants, fruit and…

NL: Flora IOT introduces container scanner for scanning, counting and identifying counterfeit CCT5-RFID labels

Flora IOT introduces the container scanner for scanning, counting and identifying counterfeit CCT5-RFID labels. The container scanner is easy to use and safeguards the authenticity of CC containers in the CC pool system. The sturdy container scanner is a multifunctional and affordable solution, which…

Germany: Major fire at Jan Reijnders Blumengroßhandel

The German flower wholesaler Jan Reijnders Blumengroßhandel in Gildehaus was hit by a fire last Monday (January 6, 2020). Several neighboring companies have been evacuated, as a precaution. The reason for the fire is still unknown. No one got injured due to the fire, but the company manager was brought…

Miami Airport expands cargo area

With an authorised reliever airport specifically for cargo just up the highway, Miami Airport is fighting back by expanding its own cargo area. Miami is the leading U.S. gateway to and from Latin America for both passengers and freight and intends to stay that way. Miami now has a rival cargo airport: for several years it has…


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