Cool Cargoes

Read in-depth news and data on refrigerated cargoes and agriculture exports and imports.

Commentary

The regulatory environment has created additional risks in the transportation of refrigerated food supplies and a need to invest in new technology.

News & Analysis

Union Pacific Railroad.
23 Feb 2018
An end-to-end protective service for perishable, refrigerated goods and seafood in natural-water-environment containers is the cold chain railroad model, and its deployers argue they can grab reefer market share from other transport modes.
SeaCube Container Leasing.
22 Feb 2018
The emeging digital supply chain is offering shippers improved reefer container tracking, as well as better control / management of the cargo's condition. But a decade of reefer underinvestment and accelerating global economy has led to a shortage of reefer containers.
11 Jan 2018
Maersk initially set up the program for its own needs and used it to, for example, monitor the temperature of each box and change it if it was too low or high, and also to track the maintenance needs.
12 Dec 2017
Wilmington is the first to be able to accept goods that are still midway through the refrigeration process.
17 Nov 2017
“We have seen freight rates remain fairly steady over the past year.”
12 Oct 2017
Virginia joins Miami, South Carolina, Port Everglades, Tampa, Jacksonville, Port Manatee, and Savannah in the program.
04 Oct 2017
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout in July dampened growth in the first half.
02 Oct 2017
Since mid-2016, when PortFresh Logistics opened a 100,000-square-foot cold-treatment facility, chilled imports through the port have surged nearly 300 percent.
01 Oct 2017
Wine shipping and proper handling with regard to cold chain integrity remains fragmented, presenting challenges and opportunities for the wine industry and consumers alike.
27 Sep 2017
A scarcity of refrigerated containers has helped push up average temperature-controlled freight rates, which are set to rise further once peak season begins in the final quarter of the year.
25 Sep 2017
New cold storage facilities and multimodal transportation options offer BCOs flexibility for efficient handling of perishable goods.
19 Sep 2017
“What we have seen this first half of this year is a massive reefer container shortage.”
31 Aug 2017
Maersk Line is ramping up its end-to-end cold chain service to and from India.
22 Aug 2017
“Trade volumes between Qatar and Turkey have significantly increased over the past few months.”
18 Jul 2017
The Swiss global logistics group said the acquisitions have added more than 150,000 tons to its global perishables network.
17 Jul 2017
The service will link Northern Europe, the US East Coast, Central America, the Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.
13 Jul 2017
Moving into the position of third-largest, by population, state in the US has propelled Florida's food and beverage business, said Paul Anderson, Florida Ports Council Chairman and Port Tampa Bay CEO.
13 Jul 2017
The first consignment of US beef to be imported by China in 14 years is just days away from arriving in the country.
13 Jul 2017
China’s cold chain is growing at a phenomenal rate.
09 Jul 2017
The maritime shipping sector is a perfect candidate to test an information portal.
08 Jul 2017
Access to real-time data is extremely useful to carriers, BCOs, and others, but a consensus has yet to emerge on who owns the data.
02 Jul 2017
Food and beverage shipments are two of the main targets of cargo theft in Latin America.
01 Jul 2017
Analysts say the introduction of larger ships could diminish service levels.
22 Jun 2017
Maersk Line India in a trade advisory said the one-stop freight link from cargo origins is more economical and reliable than air cargo transportation.
19 Jun 2017
The Port of Los Angeles is the US West Coast gateway for Chilean fruit.
15 Jun 2017
The acquisition of Partner Logistics in the Netherlands expands Lineage's reach and aids its pursuit of automated warehousing.
15 Jun 2017
Strong fruit exports, especially melons, are driving growth at the northeast Brazilian port of Pecem this year.
12 Jun 2017
SHIP-LOG’s management team will retain 25 percent of the company’s shares and will manage its operations.
02 Jun 2017
Shippers could face losses that run into tens of millions of dollars.
24 May 2017
Hapag-Lloyd joins group of carriers that charge for refrigerated container gensets.
30 Mar 2017
Hong Kong, China, Egypt, and Chile have modified their all-out ban of Brazilian beef exports to focus only on rejecting shipments from 21 packing plants.
20 Mar 2017
The two partners will coordinate their resources to provide cold chain logistics solutions.
13 Mar 2017
Adding density by merging separate refrigerated subsidiaries gave Roadrunner market leverage.
05 Mar 2017
Ports, carriers, and cold storage providers are committed to ongoing investments, including infrastructure, equipment, technology, and personnel.
04 Mar 2017
Container carriers have made steady gains in the global reefer market, but conventional reefer carriers find success through specialty services.