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New freight tax is ‘unacceptable’ and is hitting perishable shippers hard
The 14th Cool Logistics Global kicked off on 19 September with an exclusive tour of the Port de Barcelona, including the Hutchinson BEST container terminal. Delegates, speaker and sponsors then attended a stunning rooftop icebreaker reception, sponsored by Klinge Corporation.
Joost Heere – Commercial Director, Lineage Logistics
Matteo Iagatti, Director, IUNGO -Supply Chain Expertise
Allan Klinge – President, Klinge Corporation
Genevieve Leveille – CEO, AgriLedger
Estelle Linget – Founder, ESL Consulting
Michel Looten – Director Maritime, Seabury Consulting
Robert Mant – Vice President Global Reefer Sales and Business Development, Kuehne+Nagel
Theofrastos Mantadelis – Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning Consultant
Brice Marion – Sales Director, TIVE
Don Miller – Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Globetracker
Johannes Nanninga – CEO and Owner, Guangzhou Port
Viet Nguyen– Analyst F&A Logistics and Supply Chains, Rabobank Food & Agribusiness
Matthew Ott – President & CEO, GCCA Global Cold Chain Alliance
Alan Peart – Telematics Sales Manager, Carrier Transicold
Christian Quintela – Logistics Director, Sanlucar
Niels Prebensen – Director of Product Management, Emerson
Vakis Rigas – VP of Marketing, Shypple
Albert Roca – Commercial Director, Avgvstvs Forvm Winery
Cristina Rodríguez – Head of Commercial and Clients, Port Authority of Valencia
Eduard Rodés– Director, Escola Europea, Intermodal Transport
Rogier Rook – Logistics Manager, Nature’s Pride
Carles Rúa Costa – Head of Innovation, Port of Barcelona
Olga Salvador Mir – BCOs and Reefer Manager, Port of Barcelona
David Sussmann – President, Seafoodia and Founder, Pure Ocean Fund
Luc Terral – Co-Founder, Bluepulse
Gregory Tuthill – Chief Commercial Officer, SeaCube Containers
Hans-Willem van der Waal – CEO, AgroFair Europe
Carla Vercher – International Trade Manager, Bollo International Fruits S.L
Ingrid Vanstreels – Business Development Advisor, Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Pablo Vilanova Montagut – Director of Sustainability, Mercabarna
Andrew Watson-Steward – Senior Cargo Underwriter, TT Club
Kim Winter – Group Managing Director, Logistics Executive Group
Rachael White – CEO & Co-Founder, Cool Logistics Resources
We spoke to Rachael White, Cool Logistics’ Founder and CEO about Cool Logistics Global 2022, taking place 20-22 September, hosted by the Port of Barcelona.
“Our conference agenda for the 14th Cool Logistics Global is well and truly bursting at the seams with quality speakers who are ready to share their expertise. Together, we will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the global cold supply chain”.
As world trade in perishables faces some of the most challenging conditions ever, reefer shippers and cargo owners are coming to Cool Logistics Global to share their experiences and explore solutions from production to consumption.
Reefer shipping and other parts of the cold chain have been under pressure for some time now and supply chain disruption is predicted to remain a feature well into 2023.
In its latest assessment, industry analyst Drewry – speaking at the conference in September – warns that “the reefer supply chain is at a precarious moment with extremely high input costs for materials such as fertilizer, packaging and energy, to name just a few. Freight rates remain unsustainably high and many BCOs, particularly those moving low value products, are shipping less as they are priced out of the market.”
“Cool Logistics Global is the leading forum for all stakeholders across the cold supply chain to come together and learn, understand and share” says Rachael. “We have successfully built a conference programme that will speak to every section of our industry, from production to consumption”.
“There will also be a lot of time for fun! Our networking events -from a port tour to an icebreaker event, the official port reception with live music through to wine and cheese tasting will give our delegates time to unwind and relax in beautiful surroundings in Barcelona”.
On a final note Rachael adds “we are so looking forward to seeing our ‘cool’ community once more!”.
There is still time to book and join us for just EUR999 before
While spot rates for ‘dry standard’ FEUs are declining on the world’s key global trading corridors, the rates for equivalent reefers are bucking the trend on the North Europe to Far East route.
According to the latest market intelligence from Xeneta, which crowd sources real-time ocean freight rate data from leading shippers, the average 40’ HC reefer spot rate stood at a mighty USD 5 230 for the trade on 23 August, compared to dry standard FEUs at USD 980. At this point two years ago, September 2020, the reefer spot rate was USD 4 000.
One of the key measures in China’s zero-COVID strategy is the widespread application of disinfectants to surfaces that are suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, and as a preventative measure on packaging and objects being imported into the country. This includes reefer containers.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Technology is transforming cold chain logistics into an intelligent and efficient machine and the benefit of the cold chain does not stop at food alone. It is fundamental to delivering life-saving drugs that require refrigeration. The cold chain is under investment by governments, companies and technological innovators.
The donated refrigerated vans will help upgrade Ukraine’s cold chain and ensure vaccines can be delivered despite the current challenges brought on by the invasion by Russia. The first 10 vehicles were handed over by Unicef executive director Catherine M Russell during an official visit.
Refrigeration is crucial to protect the potency of many vaccines, including those against COVID-19. From global transport through local delivery, a comprehensive cold chain system is critical to maintaining the 2°C to 8°C temperature range these vaccines require.