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CNOOC uses cold energy for aquaculture

Being the first to start aquatic cultivation through LNG cold energy instead of discharging it into the ocean
China National Offshore Corp, the country’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, has spearheaded an innovative project — harnessing cold energy for the aquaculture industry — at its largest LNG receiving terminal.
 

Instead of discharging the huge amount of cold energy — which is produced during LNG vaporization and distribution — into the ocean, the company has decided to utilize it for aquaculture within the terminal, turning what was once considered waste into a valuable resource.

Similar to a marine aquarium, a total of 1,000 kilograms of red snappers and lobsters, among others, are raised in the cold water within the terminal, one of the largest LNG receiving stations in China.

Tests have shown that the fishes meet the requirements of various physiological indicators, said the company.

While cold energy has in the past been applied to low-temperature power generation and refrigerated storage, CNOOC has been the first to start aquatic cultivation through LNG cold energy, marking a new step in the construction of modern “ocean ranches” in the domestic LNG industry, said Li Ziyue, an analyst with BloombergNEF.

“During the re-gasification process of LNG, a substantial amount of cold energy is often wasted. If harnessed properly, it can greatly enhance energy efficiency and reduce emissions,” she said. “CNOOC’s innovative approach can both utilize LNG cold energy and revolutionize the aquaculture industry.”

According to CNOOC, the aquaculture experiment focuses on high-value fish species such as grouper and snapper, as well as seafood such as shrimp, crab, and sea cucumber. Its projected annual output is expected to reach 100,000 kilograms.

The use of cold energy in aquaculture is expected to reduce overall costs by 30 percent compared with traditional aquaculture.

With temperature control in aquaculture being a major cost factor, the project will help reduce expenses significantly along with considerable economic benefits, said Cao Yueming, secretary-general of the seed branch of the Shenzhen Fisheries Industry Association.

Lobster is considered a primary focus for cultivation due to its high value and strict environmental requirements.

Currently, lobsters are mainly imported, and the project will help replace high-end seafood imports through local breeding, he said.

Source: ChinaDaily

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Kingdom’s largest cold storage warehouse opens

Greatly boosting the ability to store and export temperature-sensitive agricultural products, thereby minimising food loss and waste

Cambodia’s first cross-docking warehouse – Kandal Cold Storage Project – has opened for operations along the banks of the Mekong River in Kandal province.

It was designed to prevent food waste and agricultural products that are sensitive to temperature.

Cross-docking is a logistics technique that aims to accelerate goods delivery and increase supply chain efficiency. It involves unloading goods from vehicles making incoming shipments at a logistics facility and transferring them to vehicles handling outgoing shipments, requiring little or no storage time in between. It has been hailed as a game changer for logistics in Cambodia.

The new cross-docking facility was officially opened on Wednesday morning at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port by Bridgette L. Walker, the US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Cambodian government, the governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, and Singapore, as well as InfraCo Asia and Khmer Cold Chain.

The Kandal Cold Storage Project is an initiative by InfraCo Asia through Khmer Cold Chain (KCC).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Walker said: “USAID’s co-investment with Khmer Cold Chain is an important step forward for Cambodia.”

“This facility will boost regional and international trade, prevent food spoilage, and provide economic benefits for businesses and customers alike.

“The facility is the first of its kind in Cambodia and will provide valuable services to dozens of import and export customers, directly and indirectly benefiting thousands of Cambodian farmers and consumers,” she added.

The 6,046-cubic-metre cross-docking facility in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district would greatly boost Cambodia’s ability to store and export temperature-sensitive agricultural products, thereby minimising food loss and waste.

USAID supports KCC through the “Feed the Future” Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity, which is one of several USAID initiatives in Cambodia that are increasing cold storage and logistical capability for agricultural uses.

This first-of-its-kind facility was made possible in part through a $2 million partnership between USAID and KCC, with $999,604 from USAID and $1,017,605 in co-investment from KCC.

It targets market system impediments to import-export prospects for major corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, and agricultural cooperatives, with an emphasis on enhancing access for smallholder farmers as well as women and youth-owned firms.

The facility will include a 50-foot cross-dock to serve Cambodian and regional farmers, agribusinesses, food processors, pharmaceutical enterprises, food merchants, and hotel and restaurant catering businesses.

According to the feasibility assessment, Cambodia’s present cold storage capacity must be increased by 140,000 cubic metres by 2030 to suit its supply chain demands.

The space would include facilities such as pre-cooling, co-packing and labelling, sanitary and phytosanitary services (SPS), picking, and direct store delivery.

These services will help increase Cambodia-based small-and-medium enterprises (SME) ability to access higher-value domestic markets.

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How many more government U-turns on import checks?

Defra’s controversial decision to reintroduce physical checks on imports of fresh produce from the EU

Mike Parr, director of logistics firm PML Seafrigo, lays bare the potentially dire consequences of Defra’s controversial decision to reintroduce physical checks on imports of fresh produce from the EU

The logistics sector is once again reeling following the unexpected announcement on Wednesday that a broad range of European fruit and vegetables is to be recategorised from low risk to medium risk – thus necessitating physical inspections at UK border posts.

The news marks yet another U-turn by the UK government which will have a profound impact on those operating in the transfer of perishable fruit and vegetables from Europe into the UK – and ultimately, on the availability of fresh produce on supermarket shelves.

We’ve already endured so much chaos at the behest of officials who seem to be either oblivious or simply don’t care about the ramifications of their erratic decision-making.

In July 2022, I spoke out following the decision to defer the planned checks on European plant and animal produce, and sympathised with the news that British ports were contemplating taking legal action after investing heavily in post-Brexit border control facilities. Facilities that were then not required when the timelines were changed.

Since then, the proposed physical checks on fresh food and plants coming into the UK have been constantly delayed. The sector responsible for the transfer of perishable goods has been admirably represented by the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) which has worked tirelessly to put forward the industry’s concerns. At the back end of last year, we all thought that finally, we knew where we stood and could plan our business activities accordingly.

Now, once again, the goal posts have been changed and the industry is in turmoil.

We have not been privy to the risk assessments that have led those in power to decree that certain fruit and vegetables now represent a medium risk and must therefore be inspected. So we remain baffled as to why there has been a complete retraction of all that has been previously debated and agreed.

We are still waiting to understand whether commercial border control points, such as that operated by PML Seafrigo at its Kent logistics and transport hub, will be approved to conduct these inspections.

We do not know if the proposed Authorised Operator Status (AOS) programme – which was designed to enable those with a designated Border Control Post (BCP) to undertake the appropriate training to perform the planned physical and identity import checks – is going to be rolled out. Our staff were trained 10 months ago.

We remain in the dark about whether or not the new BCP Common User Charge is applicable to commercial BCPs.

What we do know is that this latest directive will signal major disruption in the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables to the UK. Prices will inevitably be driven up as more European producers take the decision to boycott the UK market due to the unacceptable costs, and frankly, pure hassle associated with exporting to Britain.

We also know that the facility at Sevington (near Ashford, Kent) is simply not equipped to cope. The resulting queues for drivers trying to access the government BCP will cripple the transport network and, of course, result in perishable goods sitting in transit for lengthy periods. This will have a detrimental impact on shelf life.

Furthermore, if the government goes ahead with this system, Sevington is unable to provide the necessary temperature-controlled warehousing facilities or sufficient staff to enable the removal of certain items from a groupage consignment. This means a whole consignment would be condemned rather than individual items.

The UK is becoming a laughingstock, and many producers are simply not interested in working within its ever-changing logistics landscape. At a time when the whole nation is being encouraged to engage in a healthier lifestyle, which includes eating more fresh fruit and vegetables (in part to ease the burden on the NHS), these very items are likely to become less available and more expensive.

PML Seafrigo is prepared and ready for the new inspection regime and we have the capability to offload problematic shipments at our Kent BCP. But we, like others, can only be effective if our questions are answered and if decisions taken are adhered to.

To say we are frustrated is an understatement.

Source: Fruitnet.com

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From Farm To Fridge: Romanian Blueberries Hit The Middle East With DP World’s Smart Shipping Solutions

Thanks to to a game-changing partnership between Agricrafters and DP World, fresh blueberries across the Middle East are no longer a fantasy

Blueberries all the way from Romania are now hitting supermarkets across the Middle East, thanks to an innovative new partnership between DP World and a young game-loving fruit producer, Agricrafters. 

Romanian fruit producers have traditionally been limited to selling domestically and to their neighbours, hampered by the lack of specialised equipment and infrastructure required to ship their delicate goods over long distances. But now, this collaboration has unlocked a trove of new possibilities. 

Founded in 2022, Agricrafters – a company born from a love of agriculture and video games (think Minecraft and StarCraft) – was previously selling its produce to other European countries, reaching as far as the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Italy. But their ambitions stretched further east, to the sun-drenched markets of the Middle East.

The challenge is to maintain the freshness and nutritional value of the fruit on such a long journey. This is where DP World’s global infrastructure — with multimodal transport options, smart storage facilities, and cutting-edge terminals in Constanta, Romania, and Jebel Ali, Dubai, comes in.

Through its relationship with CMA CGM, DP World secured next-generation controlled-atmosphere reefer containers, which allow real-time monitoring of CO2, O2, temperature, and humidity levels, with the ability to remotely adjust them if needed, ensuring a smooth, comfortable journey for the berries all the way from Romanian fields to Middle Eastern fridges. Since the July-October harvest season last year, 100 tonnes of fresh blueberries have made the trip across the Black Sea to customers in the Middle East already.

Agricrafters aims to expand its Middle East exports tenfold this year, not just with Romanian blueberries, but also with fruits from other European countries like Portugal and Spain, offering a year-round bounty throughout the region.

George Miclos, CEO, Agricrafters, said: “When we initially partnered with DP World, we didn’t expect to penetrate a new market so quickly but working with them has unlocked vast new potential for us. We know this partnership can help us reach new regions and limits in the years ahead.”

To fuel their ambitious expansion, Agricrafters has established a centre in Romania where local blueberry farmers can sell their produce directly to Middle Eastern markets. They’re also renting a 2,000-square-meter warehouse in Jebel Ali to receive, pack and deliver fresh fruit across the region. And to ensure a steady supply of top-quality berries, they’ve already planted 62 hectares of blueberries in Bihor County, Romania, with plans to add another 160 hectares this year.

DP World is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. 

Rashid Abdulla, CEO & Managing Director, DP World Europe said,

“One of our fundamental goals at DP Word is to unlock access to markets and consumers all over the world for our customers, which also helps to strengthen regional economies throughout the world. Our work with Agricrafters is yet another tangible example of that work and yet more evidence of the success of our operation in Romania, which is currently undergoing a huge expansion plan to help us deliver even stronger logistics solutions in the future.”

Cosmin Carstea, CEO, DP World Romania added, “This is just one of many new success stories from DP World Romania. Since setting up in the country in 2004, DP World has been committed to boosting trade for the national and local economies by helping its customers tap into unexplored markets.”

With recent announcements of a €38 million expansion project at Constanta port and a €20 million logistics hub in Aiud, DP World is paving the way for even greater growth, not just for Romanian companies, but for businesses across Eastern Europe seeking to access previously untapped trade routes.

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Red Sea issues prove we must find future-proof solutions

Many food companies' cargo flows are still very much based on old concepts with limited scenarios in case of a problem.

Incidents around the Red Sea persist, and while multiple parties are currently seeking short-term alternatives, the problems seem to be dragging on longer than expected. “We’ll have to find future-proof solutions for the logistics chain,” begins Steve Alaerts of Foodcareplus in Belgium. He joined the board of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) last year. There, he will focus on building a fresh produce supply chain for the future. Steve sees synchromodality playing a significant role in this ‘Fresh Supply Chain of the Future’.

When the attacks began, the primary focus was on the immediate consequences and how to find solutions as quickly as possible. “Now, a few weeks later, people are beginning to realize this isn’t ending soon. They’re considering their business processes schedules. The urgent time has given way to reflection. During the pandemic, there was plenty of talk in the logistics chain about decreasing dependency.”

“That’s on certain regions, infrastructure, or business partners. But people are falling back into old habits. Many food companies’ cargo flows are still very much based on old concepts with limited scenarios in case of a problem. But what if something happens? Who has a plan for that? How will we solve that issue strategically? How will our stakeholders keep making money?” Steve wonders.

The logistics service provider’s director sees that the shelling by the Houthi rebels in the Red Sea is having several effects. “There’s the direct impact due to the current events. Consider, for instance, avocados or mangoes. These East African products must come to Europe within a few weeks. East Africa’s quality isn’t always on par with what other parts of the world bring to market.”

“If shipping companies don’t find a solution quickly, there may be no alternative service to get the fruit to Europe in good time. The same goes for the grape flows from India. These have to be shipped to Europe now, and they’re at their wits’ end there. Those delays can have catastrophic outcomes for the fruit,” Steve admits.

Extra costs, mainly within the chain
“That means we’re seeing the first price shocks due to the sensitive increases in transport and additional costs shipping companies want to make back. Also, if products no longer arrive from a particular region or the fruit suffers long delays, other supply regions will come under more pressure. Though, if there are losers, there are always winners. Countries that can supply the fruit can ask for more. That will ultimately also increase price pressure.

Steve explains that there is an additional cost factor in this case. “Don’t forget that during the pandemic, delays meant insurers had to pay absurd amounts to insured companies. That resulted in all those contracts being rejected after that and many delay clauses being scrapped. Importers and exporters can, thus, no longer claim compensation. That’s a crucial difference from the pandemic,” he says.

Alaerts adds that consumers will not notice these costs right away. “Short-term price shocks are generally not immediately passed on to them. Prices are agreed in the long term, so such volatility is managed within the chain. Eventually, if it remains an issue, it trickles down to retail prices and, thus, the general public. But, for now, those costs weigh somewhat extra on companies in the chain. They’ve realized that alternative solutions have become a must. Not just in the short term, but for a long-lasting, sustainable logistics chain.”

Synchromodality
Steve’s goal is synchromodality, for which he sees a crucial role. “People often see a modality that’s best for them, cost and speed-wise, thus pushing aside every other option. Air freight has been pushed into a corner lately, but even there, people are constantly working on sustainable solutions,” he explains.

“Think of sustainable aviation fuel. I don’t think we should write off such transport possibilities too quickly. It can offer a solution for disruptions in the logistics chain. Not switching entirely, but you could transport certain flows over two or three sectors: via sea, air, and rail. Then you can switch quickly if one falls away.”

“Rail is still difficult for the fresh sector because, unlike maritime transport, that’s not set up for major changes. Also, you travel through regions, both on the northern and southern routes, which isn’t entirely risk-free,” Steve points out. “Yet, now’s the chance to think carefully about how to deal with that by combining the different modalities.”

“You can already smartly combine sea and air transport to the benefit of the fruit and vegetable sector. That may cost something initially, but over time, increasingly competitive prices will emerge, and you’ll be able to switch quickly where there are problems. This is the moment for a broad call to participate in the conversation”, Steve concludes.

For more information:
Steve Alaerts
Foodcareplus Logistics
25 Oudeleeuwenrui
2000, Antwerp, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 324 29 150
sales@foodcareplus.com
www.foodcareplus.com

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European Ports Alliance Public Private Partnership formed by the EU Commission

The partnership aims to protect ports from drug trafficking and criminal infiltration

The Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with Member States, ports authorities, European associations, EU Agencies (Europol, EMCDDA) and representatives from customs and law enforcement authorities are launching the European Ports Alliance Public Private Partnership. The partnership aims to bring all relevant stakeholders together, to form solutions to protect ports from drug trafficking and criminal infiltration.

This follows up on the EU Roadmap to fight Drug Trafficking and Organised Crime and is in line with President von der Leyen’s commitment to take action in 2024 to fight drugs smuggling and criminal infiltration into European ports.

The launch of the European Ports Alliance Public Private Partnership comes against a backdrop of criminal networks using extreme violence, corruption and intimidation in their search for profits. Seizures of cocaine in the EU are at record levels, with more than 300 tonnes seized on an annual basis in recent years. In Belgium alone, authorities seized a record 121 metric tonnes of cocaine at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in 2023, a 10% increase from the previous year.

Ports contribute to 75% of EU external trade volumes and 31% of EU internal trade volumes. As such, ports are particularly vulnerable to drug smuggling and exploitation by high-risk criminal networks. Criminals use ports to organise the passage of containers containing illicit goods into the EU. This includes drugs trafficking, one of the most lucrative criminal activities, which poses significant security threats to the EU. This is why public and private port operators, from port authorities to terminal operators and shipping and logistics companies, play a crucial role in protecting ports and EU’s security.

The European Ports Alliance aims at:

  1. Mobilising the customs community against drugs trafficking to strengthen risk management and more targeted and effective controls in ports, to account for the fact that 70% of drugs seizures made by customs take place in ports;
  2. Strengthening law enforcement operations in ports and against the criminal organisations orchestrating drugs trafficking with support from Europol, Eurojust, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and through dedicated actions within the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats; and
  3. Setting up a Public Private Partnership helping against drugs smuggling to raise awareness among the different actors but also to support port authorities and private shipping companies in their role in the fight against drug trafficking and criminal infiltration.

This public private partnership will strengthen the resilience of ports and step up the fight against drug trafficking and criminal infiltration. It will focus on identifying vulnerabilities, sharing best practices and finding practical solutions to strengthen port security. It will address intimidation, corruption and criminal infiltration in ports, through the implementation of international and EU security standards and cooperation between law enforcement and customs with public and private operators working in the ports.

The launch will be followed by a joint declaration, stating the commitment of law enforcement, customs and public and private operators working in ports, to address together the threats posed by organised crime.

The work of the European Ports Alliance will be further supported by the results of the Schengen evaluation on drugs trafficking, which was concluded in November 2023. This thematic evaluation constituted the first such type of exercise under the new Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism Regulation. As a follow up to the evaluation, the Commission is adopting today a proposal for the Council to consider the best practices identified during the 2023 thematic Schengen evaluation. The 2023 evaluation assessed Member States’ capabilities in the area of police cooperation, protection of external borders, and management of IT systems to fight against drug trafficking in the EU.

Next steps

Following the launch event, the Public Private Partnership will meet annually at ministerial level, to identify remaining challenges, set strategic priorities and exchange on progress made. Senior official meetings will take place to prepare and follow up on the priorities set by the annual ministerial meeting.

Background

Fighting organised crime and drug trafficking is a priority for the Commission as outlined in the EU Security Union Strategy, the EU Strategy to Tackle Organised crime and the EU Strategy on Drugs.

On 18 October 2023 the Commission adopted the EU Roadmap to fight Drug Trafficking and Organised Crime which included the European Ports Alliance as a flagship initiative, bringing together all relevant public and private actors in the fight against drugs smuggling and criminal infiltration of logistic hubs.

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Our experience in other segments should allow for swift expansion into the fresh produce sector

A 'vertical' Sealogis are eager to expand.

Jakob Van Poucke recently joined Sealogis Freight Forwarding Belgium. After several years at Luik Natie, the experienced logistics specialist has taken on a new challenge at this logistics service provider, focusing on expanding the perishable/agro division. “I had some great years at Luik Natie, but Sealogis gave me a wonderful opportunity to put its perishable segment on the map,” Jakob begins.

“Sealogis is originally a French freight forwarder, mainly active in market segments like chemicals, art, and project and general cargo. Perishable goods don’t yet have the same share as those, but it’s a ‘vertical’ they’re eager to expand. To achieve that, they wanted someone with operational and commercial knowledge and experience, and, thus, approached me last summer.”

Presence at key gateways
Sealogis is not yet well-known within the world of perishables. “My job is to increase brand recognition. The first step is to actively contact and visit customers. The Sealogis group’s database has plenty of clients who deal in perishables. For instance, we handled many containers of Israeli potatoes last year,” says Jakob.

“We must now engage those people and see if we can do more for them. Can we handle both exports and imports? Are there more product groups? Our many in-house specialists can provide tailor-made logistics services for import as well as export cargo, offering numerous possibilities.”

“We, obviously, also want to build new relationships. By investing in marketing towards the fresh produce sector and by being at, say, the upcoming Fruit Logistica, we want to show what we can offer. We have offices in all major European food gateways. That lets us act quickly, which is especially valuable in the perishable segment. We already have the know-how in many other services, and now for perishables, too,” Jakob explains.

Seasonal flows
Jakob looks at what fits within Sealogis’ portfolio. “You don’t want to overshoot yourself, so you always have to consider what your added value can be. What is the volume, and what do you get out of it? You can offer all services, but if you’re not profitable, it’s over. We must, thus, see to which flows we can add value. Seasonal traffic is something that’s a very interesting option for us.”

“We’ve worked a lot with potato importers from Israel, but next season, that seems more problematic due to the well-known geopolitical situation. Northern Europe will then turn more to Egypt. For goods going to and from Egypt, we can add value for many importers and exporters,” says Van Poucke.

Jakob wants to gradually expand the division within the Sealogis Group. “It’s currently ‘low-season’, but early potatoes will soon be on the radar. Then the West African mango season starts, where we’ll again look at partnering with new clients.”

“And from August/September to December, potato, carrot, and onion exports from Belgium and the Netherlands will become interesting again. We’re taking our next steps in perishables and want to show, along with our other commodities, that we can be a valuable logistics partner for many companies for these, too,” Jakob concludes.

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Hitachi Digital Services and OneThird Fight Supermarket Food Waste With First-of-its-Kind Digital Solution

Sustainability-focused digital solution designed to reduce food waste by at least 25% and improve retailer fresh food supply chain management

On a data-driven mission to reduce global food waste, OneThird has partnered with Hitachi Digital Services to create a real-time connected platform for smarter and more flexible food supply chains. The new platform combines Hitachi’s cloud and application expertise with OneThird’s knowledge in sensing and AI technology. The two companies say the solution will enable fresh produce supply chains to reduce waste by at least 25% and save on the associated cost of losses.

OneThird has developed a portable device that can scan produce on a molecular level – analyzing water, sugar, and starch content – using a non-destructive, near-infrared sensing technology and AI algorithms to predict fresh produce shelf-life. Combining this technology with Hitachi’s cloud capabilities will make estimated shelf-life data available in real-time, so supply chain stakeholders can decide on the final retail destinations of the fresh produce or redirect to alternative purposes like dry freezing or processing into soups and sauces.

Marco Snikkers, CEO & founder of OneThird said, “The astronomical volume of food that goes to waste each year is heartbreaking, particularly since so much is wasted in affluent countries. We are proud to have built the first cloud-based and connected product that accurately and objectively predicts the shelf life of fresh produce. The interest has been overwhelming, and we aim to accelerate the deployment of our technology globally.”

“Currently able to predict the shelf life of tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries and avocados, the technology will extend to a range of further produce including grapes, bananas, mangoes, and raspberries by 2024” said Roger Lvin, CEO of Hitachi Digital Services.

The technology is already available for use by those working across the food supply chain, from growers to distributors. Multiple European retailers are said to be in talks to install the technology in-store, while all are already using the scanning devices within their supply chains.

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UNCTAD’s Supply Chain Innovation Challenge open for proposals

To inspire innovative solutions to make global production and distribution networks greener and more efficient and resilient

An innovation challenge will be a key feature of the inaugural Global Supply Chain Forum,  jointly staged by UNCTAD and Barbados in the nation’s capital Bridgetown from 21 to 24 May.

The Supply Chain Innovation Challenge aims to inspire innovative solutions to make global production and distribution networks greener and more efficient and resilient, turning trade opportunities into shared development gains.

The winning proposal will be presented at the upcoming forum.

Those interested in participating should submit their proposals in English via an online form between 17 January and 17 March. Requests for more information may be sent to the forum’s secretariat at gscf@unctad.org.

Global supply chains: What’s at stake?

“Supply chains drive trade and the world economy,” says Jan Hoffmann, head of trade logistics at UNCTAD.

International shipping for instance connects countries and ports, carrying over 80% of global merchandise trade.

But in recent years, they’ve come increasingly under threat from global crises such as climate change, geopolitical tensions and energy shortages.

“With that, the forum will focus on the policy actions required to better prepare countries, especially developing economies, to cope with future shocks to global supply chains,” Mr Hoffmann says.

Government officials, business leaders and experts will convene in Bridgetown to explore how best to promote development through sustainable and resilient transport and logistics, improved connectivity and trade facilitation.

Key issues for discussion at the forum will include digitalization, food security, transport costs, climate change, developing countries’ financing needs and how to better manage the energy transition in international transport.

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Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd are entering into an operational cooperation

Signing an agreement for a new long-term operational collaboration called ”Gemini Cooperation”, which will start in February 2025.

As predicted A.P. Moller – Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd AG have announced an operational collaboration. With the global scale and scope of both companies’ involvement in reefer shipping, cold chain logistics and infrastructure, there’s many potential implications in store for perishables shippers and cold supply chain stakeholders…

NEWS: 🤝We are happy to announce that we are entering into an operational cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd AG 🛳🛳. The new collaboration will be called Gemini Cooperation and will start in February 2025. Our ambition is to deliver a flexible and interconnected ocean network with industry-leading reliability.

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