Logistics

U.S. mass-market floral industry explores sea transport, use of consolidation centers

The popularity of sea shipping is on the rise for several years now and the COVID-19 crisis seem to fuel this trend. During the May 27 virtual Floral Roundtable hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), floral retailers, growers, transportation and processing experts discussed logistics of sea…

Kenya Airports Authority

Boost for Kenyan exporters as airline freight charges drop by 50%

Freight charges at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have come down by almost half due to increased capacity of airlines amid declining demand for cargo, giving exporters a huge boost, Business Daily reports.   

Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation increases flights within Africa during COVID-19

Astral Aviation announced an increase in its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic. While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation…

Air Canada

Air Canada Cargo expands connectivity between Europe and Latin America

Starting June 1, five destinations will be added to Air Canada Cargo's network, with flights operating two to three frequencies a week from Montreal (YUL) on newly converted Airbus A333 aircraft with cargo cabin-loading capacity: Bogota (BOG) Lima (LIM) Amsterdam (AMS) Dublin (DUB) Madrid (MAD) The new flights will…

Kenya Airways

Legal framework for Kenya Airways takeover out by August

A legal framework for the nationalisation of Kenya Airways is set for discussion when Parliament resumes next week in what could change stakes for key shareholders that include a consortium of local banks and Royal Dutch Airlines. Parliamentary Transport Committee has come up with the National Aviation…

LATAM

LATAM announces Chapter 11 financial reorganization

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States initiated a voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States with the support of the Cueto and Amaro families and Qatar Airways, two of the largest…

DSV

Danish companies join forces on sustainable fuel project

Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller - Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have formed the first partnership of its kind to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area. This new partnership brings together the…

LATAM Cargo

LATAM Cargo offers direct connectivity between Europe and US

In order to face the negative effects that COVID-19 has brought upon the airline industry—including closed border policies and passenger flight restrictions—LATAM Cargo Group has made a series of modifications to its itinerary and operation to increase its transportation capacity and thus, mitigate the…

American Airlines continues expanding cargo operations

American Airlines has expanded its cargo schedule in May to provide 140 weekly flights to 15 cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean, up from 80 flights last week. New destinations include daily flights between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Hong Kong (HKG); and weekly flights from DFW and Beijing…

Royal FloraHolland

Demand for auction trolleys at Royal FloraHolland returned to normal level

The warm spring weather continues and luckily sellers of flowers and plants in Western Europe are starting to open their doors again. This leads to more supply and trade, as a…

Network Aviation Group

Network Aviation Group imported tonnes of flowers for Mother’s Day

Network Aviation Group has been supporting Kenya’s horticulture industry for more than 30 years and this continues in 2020, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Network Airline Management added extra B747F capacity to meet the demand for Mother’s Day flowers out of Nairobi. The aircraft was loaded to…

Avianca

Avianca files for bankruptcy in the U.S.

Avianca and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the…

CS James Macharia, EGH

Kenya in talks with 12 airlines to support horticulture exports

Kenya has approached 12 airlines to complement the efforts of its national carrier to keep its horticulture export business afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said it was necessary to maintain the business so as to receive income to fund the government’s…

Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates SkyCargo strengthens cargo connections to South America

Emirates SkyCargo has announced that with effect from 3 May 2020, it has introduced weekly scheduled cargo flights on its Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft to Sao Paulo.…

SpiceJet

Special cargo flight lifts flowers from India to Singapore

About 11 tonnes of assorted vegetables and flowers were flown from Tiruchi to Singapore by a special cargo flight operated by SpiceJet on Thursday night. The Boeing 737…

Airflo joins Dutch Flower Group

DSV Panalpina, currently owning the majority share of Panalpina Airflo logistics companies, intends to sell their activities on perishables in both Kenya and the Netherlands of Panalpina Airflo (Airflo) to the minority shareholder Dutch Flower Group (DFG). The transaction is subject to merger clearances by the competition…

Royal FloraHolland

"100% Digital is a big change for growers and buyers, but it does offer advantages"

From 1 January 2021, direct transactions on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will only be settled if they have been concluded digitally via Floriday. Jefry van den Hoeven and Martin de Ruiter are preparing this step to 100% Digital. They realise it requires a different approach from growers and buyers.…

LATAM Airlines Ecuador operates first flight with cargo in its passenger cabin

On Wednesday, April 29, and after several weeks of preparation, LATAM Airlines Ecuador carried out its first seat containers flight to Miami. The utilization of passenger aircraft for cargo transportation in its cabin allows the company to continue supporting its clients’ exports and imports and to…

Capacity opens for flowers with introduction of Emirates SkyCargo passenger freighters

It is relieving for many in the industry to see the enormous boost in capacity that Emirates SkyCargo is bringing to the air-cargo market, with a fleet of B777-300ER Passenger Freighters (PF). This move comes at an especially crucial time, due to the current burst in worldwide consumer demand for…

A look at air cargo market developments in March

In their trends message of two weeks ago, WorldACD provided the preliminary March data. Having meanwhile gone through the final figures, the main conclusions are the same as two weeks ago, albeit with some marginal changes in percentages growth or decline. Thus, year-over-year (YoY) March 2020 showed a…

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo

KLM introduces Cargo-in-Cabin: carrying cargo on passenger seats

KLM’s first passenger carrier departed, carrying cargo not only in its belly, but also on the passenger seats and in the baggage bins of the aircraft cabin. KLM operated a B777-300 flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam, for the first time introducing the new cargo-carrying concept. The load consisted mainly…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland Members' Council approves 2019 annual figures

The 2019 annual figures and annual report of Royal FloraHolland were approved by the Members' Council during the Members' Council meeting on Thursday 23 April 2020. The Supervisory Board (SB) and the external accountant PwC previously approved the annual report on 16 April. The preparation of the annual…

cold chain is being upgraded 'as we speak'

Kenya: DB Schenker looking to expand in perishable exports

DB Schenker has been in the Kenyan market since 1966, shipping perishable products for many years on a modest scale. Now, they are eager to increase the export of perishables. In order to handle these higher amounts, they recently upscaled their knowledge with perishable specialists, and their cold chain…

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is expanding its cargo services

"Towards the end of the winter season, our network had already been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This summer,  however, we will operate services to around…

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Coronavirus is creating a cargo flight boom at Miami International Airport

While passenger traffic at Miami International Airport may be down about 90 percent, according to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, air cargo traffic is booming. Crews who work in the airport’s cargo area have been busier than ever due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a little bit of everything,…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

Supply regulation to be phased out as from Wednesday 29 April 2020

Based on current insights, Royal FloraHolland will start phasing out the supply regulation as of next week. They introduced the supply regulation for the clock last month as an emergency measure, to be able to continue business operations and limit the flow on the clock. The number of unsold flowers and…

In conversation about the link between the software packages of growers and Floriday

All direct transactions on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will become entirely digital by the end of 2020. It will require growers and buyers on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace to do business in a different way. Things will also change for growers who use their own software package. In order to…

Administrative processes in the Veiling Rhein-Maas Import department

At Veiling Rhein-Maas, the Import department ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries such as Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other countries can be auctioned successfully. The Import department's work includes e.g. unpacking and preparing products, an initial check…

Kenya, Netherlands agree to two flights a week amid Covid-19

Kenya and the Netherlands have agreed to two flights a week to foster economic ties amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement released by the Dutch embassy in Nairobi, dated…

"Artificial intelligence optimizes the floriculture industry"

Digital applications and data exchange offer innumerable options for the floriculture industry. Royal FloraHolland wants to use data to optimize the logistical chain. They also would like to know more about how we can procure the best prices for our members. This is why they started the project iFlow…

IATA reminds governments in Latin America and Caribbean on urgency of relief to airline industry

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is reminding governments across Latin America and the Caribbean to consider urgent relief measures for airlines, as they continue to confront the COVID-19 crisis. “The necessary response to contain this public health emergency has in turn created an…

US (FL): MIA receives $207 million CARES Act grant for COVID-19 relief

On April 14, Miami International Airport was awarded $207 million in funding from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program – making MIA the largest grant recipient among all airports in Florida. MIA officials will use the grant to support…

"More coordinated approach required to keep air cargo moving"

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed its calls for a coordinated approach among governments to keep air cargo flowing. Delays in permit approvals, quarantine measures for air cargo crew and not enough support on the ground continue to hamper the movement of cargo flights…

A world increasingly in lockdown, yet air cargo keeps moving

No one could have foreseen what the world is going through as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Trying to compare our days with any earlier period in history seems senseless, as so many parameters have changed drastically, whether you take the Spanish flu, the great depression, the globalization of the…

Container Systems B.V. is becoming a partner of Circular Plastics

Van Vliet Bedrijven, as part of Container Systems B.V. and Circular Plastics, are joining forces and engaging in intensive cooperation. The aim is the addition of knowledge…

US: Segment leaders discuss holiday supply chain

The first few days of April brought signs that demand is beginning to pick up along the floral industry supply chain — a potentially encouraging indicator ahead of a major holiday that will be anything but business as usual, even for florists who can offer select services. “Two weeks ago, we ran trucks…

Kenyan aviation workers fault cargo deal

Aviation workers have faulted the deal that allows Ethiopian Airlines to operate passenger planes grounded by the coronavirus for shipment of cargo from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to Europe and Asia. Through their lobby — Kenya Aviation Workers Union (Kawu) — the workers…

KQ cargo blow after 283 crew stay in quarantine

Kenya Airways has been forced to ground some of its cargo planes due to a shortage of flight staff as the national carrier’s 283 cabin crew remain in mandatory quarantine, costing the firm Sh80 million [755,000 USD] in occupancy bills. The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed carrier has failed to match…

"SeaExplorer keeps supply chains running"

Kuehne + Nagel has launched an enhanced version of its SeaExplorer online platform. Especially in the current volatile market environment, transparency is crucial for companies requiring sea freight services. Industry sources predict a high rate of cancelled sailings in various trades in the coming…

KQ protests as Kenya hands cargo deal to Ethiopian Airlines

Kenya Airways is contesting a government deal allowing Ethiopian Airlines to operate passenger planes grounded by the coronavirus for shipment of cargo from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA) in Nairobi to Europe and Asia. The loss-making KQ has said the new deal will give the rival carrier…

India: Transport hit, flower growers count losses

Not long ago, the flowers and exotic vegetables from their farms made it to marriages and events as far as Delhi and Chandigarh, but post the national lockdown in India, there…

UK: Taxi drivers plant a seed of hope in troubled times

Garden centres and taxi drivers are teaming up to save millions of plants from being dumped on compost heaps - thanks to the Daily Express. The newspaper reported last week…

Mauricio Gleiser, Vacuum Cooling, on the cold chain from South America to the US

"Investing in standardized logistic procedures would provide beneficial effects for all"

"The floral industry is facing a true turning point - and particularly regarding its logistic practices", explains Mauricio Gleiser of Vacuum Cooling Colombia, a vacuum cooling system and logistics services supplier who invested almost 25 years in researching the cold chain logistics. "Common logistic…

Air cargo demand slumps in February as COVID-19 takes hold

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released February 2020 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs),…

Kenya Airways applies for State bailout to avoid collapse

Kenya Airways has sought a multi-billion shilling government bailout after the grounding of its aircraft due to the ban on international flights sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. The airline stopped international flights after a State order on March 22 to cancel all cross-border passenger flights. The…

Trade in the time of corona

The world is grappling with the Corona Virus (COVID-19) that has continued to snuff out the life of thousands across the globe. This newly discovered infectious disease has threatened human existence as its infection rates soar from different corners of the globe. Having initially began in Wuhan, a Port City in China the…


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