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Alcohol imports to South Korea double in 5 yrs

Imports of alcohol to South Korea nearly doubled during the last five years, government data showed. A total of 460,000 kiloliters of alcoholic beverages was imported last year, up 125 percent from 2014. It is forecast that wine imports will ...Read More

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China city starts new freight train service to Germany

A new freight train route was launched on Saturday to link Hamburg in Germany and Xuzhou, an industrial and transportation hub in east China, amid strengthened China-Europe rail links after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted sea and air traffic. Traveling more ...Read More

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China imposes punitive import tariffs on Australian wine

The largest wine company of Australia says its imports into China have been hit with a massive 169.3 per cent tariff, and it will implement emergency measures to minimise the damage. Trade relations between Australia and China deteriorated late last ...Read More

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Fruit and vegetable exports China to Mongolia

Fruit and vegetable exports to Mongolia from China, travelling through the border port of Erenhot showed double-digit growth in the first 10 months of this year. The total fruit and vegetable exports through the port reached 84,000 tonnes, up 11.5 ...Read More

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Greek farmers lose exports because of EU Russia sanctions

Some Greek farmers lost 85% of their export trade because of EU trade sanctions against Russia. The EU imposed export sanctions in Russia six years ago,and Moscow retaliated with a ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU. Members ...Read More

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Norway exports may suffer from strike escalation

A nationwide strike by security guards in Norway could affect exports. Strikes may shut the Nyhamna gas processing plant and two large gas fields from today, which would reduce exports from Norway to Europe by a quarter. Some 2,300 security ...Read More

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Shortage of shipping containers for Turkey exports

Turkish exporters are struggling to find shipping containers because of the fall in imports. The decline in demand for imports which was caused caused by a slump in the value of the lira means fewer containers are arriving in the ...Read More

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Chinese exports fall due to shipping costs

Shipping costs for all products have massively increased recently as the exchange rate of the Chinese yuan has increased. Overseas market demand for Chinese garlic and onion imports has shown a decline. Chinese exporters have had to reduce expectations. According ...Read More

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Scotland resuming salmon exports to Saudi

Salmon producers hope that the first export shipment of Scottish salmon to Saudi Arabia in 18 months will herald new market opportunities. A shipment of Scottish salmon arrived in Dammam on Saturday 21 November. This effectively re-opened the Saudi Arabian ...Read More

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Imports clog Felixstowe

Retailers, shipping and haulage companies are complaining of "chaos" at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk, with imports for the Christmas period being delayed. A ship due to be unloaded  last week was redirected to Rotterdam because of "unacceptable" delays. Owners blame ...Read More

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Logistics delays at ports

Logistics UK, the trade association which represents supply chain firms, said there had recently been a huge increase in the volume of cargo entering the UK. Part of this began in summer, when the UK's first lockdown eased so companies ...Read More

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China allowing huge agri imports

China has been importing farm products at high volume this year, apparently to take advantage of relatively stable global prices and replenish its depleting food stocks. China’s imports are expected to continue unabated in the coming months, but this massive ...Read More

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Turkey makes first electric bus exports to Sweden

An automotive manufacturing company in Turkey has exported its electric urban bus brand MD9 electriCITY to Sweden, making the very first exports of the vehicles, the firm said. The statement said that six buses manufactured in the southern Turkish province ...Read More

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Most US Mexican avocado imports via Texas

The top two ports of entry for Mexican avocado imports are the Texas cities of Pharr and Laredo, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. These are actually border crossings, not ports. Pharr was the number one crossing point ...Read More

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US pork producers benefit from record high exports

A new report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation says that 2020 will go down as a record year for pork exports because more pork than ever is being shipped overseas to markets like China and Japan. In September, pork ...Read More

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China-Europe rail freight service to be improved

China is increasing its efforts to improve the service capability of China-Europe rail freight, providing extra freight services to compensate for the disruption caused by COVID-19. Demand is rising for freight trains as the COVID-19 outbreak has hampered international air ...Read More

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China Wine Imports

From 2010 to 2017, the size of the wine imports market more than doubled. China's rapidly emerging middle class were attracted to 'Western' drinks categories. Recently, trade tensions and Covid-19 have thrown the market into turmoil. Most recently, China has ...Read More

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Meat exports from Scotland plunge due to Covid-19

Exports of Scottish red meat and offal have fallen by almost 8% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Total exports of Scottish red meat and offal fell from about £82m to £75.5m between August 2019 and July of this ...Read More

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New COVID-19 controls in China

China has detected the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on packaging for German pork knuckles and Ecuadorian shrimp. China imposed import bans as a result, which disrupted trade flows. China has tightened restrictions requiring "full coverage" testing and disinfection of ...Read More

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Irish exports rise

Irish goods exports has risen by 8 per cent in value to €122 billion so far this year. This was led by exports of medical and pharmaceutical products, which have risen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Exports for ...Read More

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Freight Ferry terminal moves to new Stockholm Norvik Port in Sweden

One of the major ferry companies in the Nordic area has moved its Nynäshamn ferry terminal to the newly constructed Stockholm Norvik Port. The terminal will help the shipping line's expansion plans in the Baltic Sea, which include two new ...Read More

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Queensland export concerns due to COVID-19

Queensland state's mango growers in Australia have complained they are at a disadvantage, because their counterparts in the Northern Territory have received more export assistance. The Australian Mango Growers Association chair says the disparity in assistance between the states could ...Read More

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No Deal Brexit presents risk to Ireland land bridge

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland says that the government must support the establishment of new ferry freight services to offset the risk which a No Deal Brexit may presents to the route between Ireland and mainland Europe across the ...Read More

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15% growth for India’s spices exports

Chilli continued to be the most exported spice from India ― 2,10,500 tonnes. Boosted by large export shipments of chilli, cumin and turmeric, India’s spices exports showed 15 per cent growth in quantitative terms during April to August this year. ...Read More

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Billion dollar export target for sweets, chocolates

The confectionery and chocolate industry One of the oldest food industries in Iran, the confectionery and chocolate industry is now the second-largest exporter in the country's food sector after the dairy industry. The confectionery and chocolate industry benefits from the ...Read More

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German Exports Rose in September

German exports continued to recover in September, but at a slower pace than in previous months, rising by 2.3% from August. Economists had forecast a 2.4% increase in exports in adjusted terms. In September, imports fell 0.1% on month Compared ...Read More

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Work from home in the West boosts coir exports

Coir and products exports from India to western countries including the US are flourishing, thanks to the new normal of ‘Work from Home’ triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Coir exporters said that many customers, having been forced to spend more ...Read More

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Bangladesh Exports hit problems

Exports earned $2.9 billion in October, a reduction of about 6.5% from a year earlier. This may be the harbinger of the cold, harsh winter awaiting Bangladesh’s exports during a second wave of Covid-19. Last month’s income also missed its ...Read More

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Thai Exports may drop only 7%

Thailand's exports may drop by 7% this year which is an improvement on the 8-10% drop projected earlier. The Thai shipping association said there has been a gradual recovery in global demand. "After a positive surprise in September's shipments, we ...Read More

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British bike companies fear cheap Chinese imports post Brexit

British bike companies are worried that they will be unable to compete with state-subsidised Chinese rivals if Brexit ends import tariffs on bikes from China. Increased competition in the UK market may be compounded by reduced access to the EU ...Read More

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Australian wine exports beat the pandemic

Wine exports from Australia have defied the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to grow in all top-five markets, and increasing in overall value by four per cent to $2.998bn. A report from Wine Australia shows that in the 12 months ended ...Read More

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Brexit and Latvian exports

Britain is the sixth-largest export market for Latvia; this year up to August goods and services exported to England were worth EUR 436 million, more than 5% of Latvia's total exports. Two-thirds of Latvia's exports to the United Kingdom are ...Read More

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Shipping Line increases Baltic freight capacity

In 2021, a shipping company will replace its ships on the Travemünde-Liepaja link with two larger vessels, which will add further 40% freight capacity to the route. This will also shorten the crossing time and offer a fixed timetable with ...Read More

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Pledge to improve Iran’s exports

Iran’s Industry, Mining, and Trade Minister said that improving the country’s non-oil exports has been a priority of his ministry since he took office. The first and vital mission defined in the ministry has been to remove the barriers obsutructing ...Read More

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Egypt’s glass exports to US increase

Exports from Egypt of “glass and its products” to the United States during the first 8 months of 2020 increased by 111.6 percent. This amounted to 17 percent of the sector's total exports, the Egyptian Export Council for Building Materials, ...Read More

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Edinburgh restaurant imports ski cable cars for socially distanced meals

According to a specialist periodical, the six gondolas were imported from Courchevel ski resort in France; they will be used as dining pods for up to four people. Other restaurants have created unusual methods of enforcing social distancing, including a ...Read More

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Azerbaijan increases tomato exports

Azerbaijan increased exports of tomatoes in January-September 2020. During the reporting period, the country exported 154,980 tons of tomatoes out of the total volume of 397,338 tons of fruit and vegetable exports. Azerbaijan exported 134,100 tons of tomatoes worth $142.3 ...Read More

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Drinking at home helps wine exports

Winemakers in New Zealand are benefitting as consumers in the northern hemisphere stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the latest quarterly wine report, global demand for New Zealand wine continues to increase despite the pandemic and geopolitical ...Read More

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Beer and wine exporters try to gain international clients

Wine and beer exports from Canada ran dry early in the year as the pandemic closed bars and restaurants around the world. Since COVID-19 first stultified global trade, Canada's wine makers and brewers have sought solutions to continue export trade. ...Read More

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Rotterdam Freight Volumes Improve

Freight volumes in the Port of Rotterdam increased in the third quarter of the year, following the slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of the year. Throughput of bulk freight showed a marked improvement at the ...Read More

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Australia calls for container detention exemption

Freight and trade groups in Australia are asking for container detention charges to be curtailed because of the Sydney container logistics chain’s continuing congestion spasm. It is accepted that the root cause is the back-up of empty freight containers due ...Read More

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Kenya plans to increase horticulture exports

Kenyan agricultural experts have developed a one-year marketing strategy for horticulture products, with an exports growth target of 10 percent in 2020/2021. Export markets include the European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Russia China and the US. The ...Read More

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UK Rail freight funding

The government of the UK has announced that it will provide £17m of funding for track and signalling works, in order to increase the maximum length of freight trains from the port of Southampton from 520 m to 775 m. ...Read More

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Japan exports and imports continue to recover

Japan's exports and imports continued to recover last month from a downturn caused mainly by Covid-19. Exports fell by 4.9 percent in September from a year ago, but even this negative figure still shows a path of recovery from May, ...Read More

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Australia Lamb exports continuing to increase

Although Covid-19 put a strain on export markets earlier in the year, the lamb market is recovering with September lodging itself as the biggest lamb export month since April. Lamb prices are continuing to rise in October, and export demand ...Read More

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UK Government to spend £77.6m to increase post-Brexit freight capacity

The UK government has signed contracts with four freight ferry operators to provide short-sea shipping capacity for about 3,000 HGVs per week. The companies have collectively signed contracts worth £77.6 million to increase ro-ro capacity, using eight UK ports; Felixstowe; ...Read More

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India tea exporters fear falls in export volumes

Tea exporters in India fear that there will be a drop in export volume in the current year, because higher prices are available in the domestic market. Exporters also complained about the lack of availability of shipping containers because there ...Read More

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China cotton mills to avoid Australian exports

Cotton mills in China have been told to stop using Australia cotton; Australia fears that produce is being specifically targeted by the Chinese government. Processors in China are set import quotas each year by the Chinese Communist Party, but have ...Read More

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Norway fresh salmon exports to Asia rise

Fresh salmon exports from Norway fell by 3% week-on-week in week 41, even though exports to South Korea, China and Japan rose. Exports to the USA, the EU and the UK fell and frozen salmon exports also decreased.

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Russian potato exports increase

The Ministry of Agriculture in Russia said that in the first nine months of 2020, Russia exported 254,800 tons of potatoes (both table and seed), almost 36% more than in the same period last year. The main importers of Russia’s ...Read More

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Chinese companies allegedly export prisoners’ hair

U.S. Customs and Exports are taking measures against several Chinese companies which export human hair. There are fears that the hair was cut from ethnic minorities inside China’s internment camps. The $2.5 billion industry usually uses hair products from Asia, ...Read More

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Vietnam seeks ways to promote tuna exports to EU

The Government of Vietnam is holding workshops to promote the tuna supply chain, and tuna exports to the EU under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, two months after the EVFTA ...Read More

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Freight-rate increases prompt demand for shipping regulator

Trade bodies in India have urged the government to set up a regulator, to deal with rising sea freight charges, and the problem of container shortages which exporters have. The Engineering Export Promotion Council of India has claimed that shipping ...Read More

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China vital for Cuban lobster exportsr

China is a fundamental market for exports of frozen whole lobster and fishery products from Cuba. An industry spokesman said: "China is a growing market for our products, which have been very well received by the Chinese population so far," ...Read More

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Fishing vessel to register for EU exports

Owners of registered fishing vessels in the Outer Hebrides must register their vessels and make arrangements for it to be inspected. This is a legal requirement for vessels intending to export their catch, either directly or indirectly, to any EU ...Read More

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Carpet exporters ask for dedicated freight flights

Exporters of carpets in Pakistan have urged the government to provide them with dedicated freight flights, to overcome existing difficulties with shipments. The Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association said that the biggest problem the carpet industry is facing is ...Read More

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Cambodia’s banana exports increasing

Cambodia exports of bananas amounted to more than 235,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 225 percent year on year, according to a report by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The director-general ...Read More

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Cotton yarn exports to China surge

IN August Pakistan's cotton yarn exports to China surged. Beijing imported $41.836 million worth of cotton yarn from Pakistan in August, which is 4.36 times more than $9.592 million imported in August 2019, with a year-on-year increase of 336%. The ...Read More

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40% fall in Trade With China

Iran’s biggest trading partner is China; trade from January to August registered a 40.6% decline compared with the corresponding period of 2019. According to data from China, Iran’s exports to China stood at $3.85 billion during the period under review, ...Read More

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UK beef exports to US start again

British beef exports to the USA have begun again after a 20 year break. It was banned after the BSE outbreak in 1996, when cattle were infected by 'Mad Cow Disease'. Some beef from the UK was cleared for export ...Read More

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Improved standards give protection for British seed potato exports

The Safe Haven certification scheme has been reviewed and updated to cover areas such as closer monitoring of water use and crop storage. Safe Haven protects against any pest or disease that can be imported or introduced by seed. The ...Read More

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Air cargo facing huge post-Golden Week demand: forwarders

All air freight cargo capacity from Asia will probably be absorbed by the autumn release of new mobile phone and playstation models. More than half the available airfreight capacity was removed by the cancellation of passenger flights in the spring. ...Read More

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Port industrial action has consequences

Industrial action at four Australian ports is causing disruption to Australia’s international supply chains. Businesses in Australia rely on two modes of transport: Sea Freight and Air Freight. Air Freight has been reduced due to closing of borders, so there ...Read More

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EU fishermen query tuna imports from China

A trade body which represents 45,000 EU-based fisherman, has filed a request with the European Commission to investigate alleged 'dumping' of processed tuna loin imports - mainly skipjack - originating in China. They said that the information passed to the ...Read More

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Rail freight Finland – China

A logistics operator in Finland is now offering a weekly rail service to carry refrigerated containers from Narvik and Helsinki to Hefei and Chongqing in China. The journey time of 11 to 14 days. One train can carry 40 45’ ...Read More

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Irish brown crab exports to China affected by testing

Ireland’s crab export trade with China has reduced because of cadmium testing now demanded by Chinese authorities. The extra time involved in testing before export paperwork has made live shipments to China increasingly difficult for Irish exporters, according to Ireland’s ...Read More

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Exports from Greece sustained during Covid

Industry and exports from Greece have shown significant resilience during the Covid-19 crisis. Industrial production gradually recovered after a 10 pct drop recorded in April. Industrial performance was better compared with that of the Eurozone. Greek exports began improving from ...Read More

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Tea imports to Pakistan increase

Tea imports to Pakistan saw an increase of 34.77 per cent during the first two months of the current financial year compared to the same period of last year. In terms of quantity, the tea imports increased by 48.88 per ...Read More

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Shrimp imports to China fall 49% in August

Imports into China of frozen warm water shrimps fell by 49% in August compared with July. Traces of the coronavirus were found on imported shrimp packages. The total value of imports fell by over 50%.

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EU companies selling surveillance tools to China

A human rights organisation has found that three companies based in France, Sweden and the Netherlands exported digital surveillance systems, such as facial recognition technology and network cameras, to operators of mass surveillance apparatus in China. In some cases, the ...Read More

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Government to promote fruit drinks exports uplifting local farmer

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival in Sri Lanka is encouraging fruit drink manufacturers to increase production. He proposes to reduce products tax to encourage the export of their products. Fruit and vegetable juices are in ...Read More

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Asia shipping industry helped by on-line shopping

There has been an online home-shopping boom in the USA, which has caused transpacific sea freight rates to increase to the highest on record. This is helping the container shipping industry in Asia, which suffered a downturn when world trade ...Read More

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Rail Freight Link Sweden – Norway Opens

A new weekly shuttle service has been commenced by a Norwegian rail freight operator to link Oslo, the capital of Norway, to the Port of Gothenburg, claiming to offer a 'rapid, dependable, climate-smart link' to the largest port in Scandinavia. ...Read More

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As Global Trade Struggles, exports from China recover

China’s exports have experienced a resurgence, surpassing even pre-coronavirus levels, according to news reports; global demand for export goods from China like electronic products and medical equipment has seen a big increase. Reports say that China is supplying the kind ...Read More

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German pork exports to non-EU countries halted

German exports of pork to non-European countries have been stopped since last week, a spokeswoman for the agriculture ministry said, after Germany confirmed its first case of African swine fever. However, EU countries, are still accepting German pork imports from ...Read More

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China inspects Australian wheat exports

China is intending to apply "enhanced inspection" of imports of wheat arriving from Australia. Shippers in Australia have already sold more than dozen wheat export shipments worth almost $250 million. In May, China applied an 80 per cent tariff on ...Read More

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Pork Market Surges as Exports do the Same

U.S. pork exports are setting records in 2020. July exports were lower than one year ago, but an increase from June of this year. Exports have increased year-over-year to markets like China/Hong Kong, Canada, the Philippines, Vietnam and the Caribbean. ...Read More

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Unmanned air freight trials

An unmanned aircraft company will trial an enhanced freight delivery service based at Land’s End Airport, operating to and from the Isles of Scilly. The trial will examine the feasibility of a regular unmanned logistics service for the Isles of ...Read More

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Morocco exports most blueberries to Russia

Morocco has increased its exports of blueberries by 61% from January and June 2020. Morocco is the biggest exporter of blueberries to the Russian Federation. Russia spent $ 13,7 million on Moroccan blueberry imports. Chile, the second biggest exporter to ...Read More

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Cambodia restricts imports of wine, cigarettes

The General Department of Customs and Excise is planning to restrict wine and cigarette imports on a temporary basis at some border checkpoints, to prevent tax evasion and improve tax collection. The director-general fo Customs advised heads of branches and ...Read More

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Italy’s export firms outperform domestic firms

Italy's exports have shown signs of recovery since May. In March and April, exports fell sharply. In May, there was an overall improvement, and exports from Italy rose month-on-month by some 35 percent, according to the National Institute of Statistics ...Read More

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Number of China-Europe freight trains hits new high

China-Europe freight trains hit a record high of 1,247 in August, an increase of 62 percent year on year, data from the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. shows. The freight trains have played an important part in helping stabilise ...Read More

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Air Freight Cost for Australian Cherries Doubles

Most Australian cherry exports in the past five years have been shipped via air freight; only 1% re usually shipped by sea. Air freight has also been heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, cherries were often shipped ...Read More

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British International Freight Association comments on Shipping Line Surcharges

The British International Freight Association has said that the news that some container shipping lines say that they will discontinue low sulphur fuel surcharges is welcome. The trade association, which represents UK freight forwarding and logistics companies has challenged the ...Read More

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Turkey exports tomato paste to 99 countries

Turkey exported tomato paste to 99 countries up to August this year, according to an exporter association's data. The tomato paste exports increased by 4.37% in the eight-month period year-on-year, according to a report compiled from data by the Uludag ...Read More

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Exports from Pakistan improving

Pakistan has increased exports in dollar terms for July 2020 by 6% over the same month of previous year ($2,001 million versus $1,886 million). Considering that Pakistan’s exports had fallen to $21 billion during fiscal year 2019, it was good ...Read More

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South African blueberry exports move from air to sea freight

Harvesting has begun across South Africa of the largest blueberry crop yet, an estimated 24,000 tonnes of production. 17,000 tonnes will probably be exported. Exports came to 12,282 tonnes last year, which gives an idea of the tremendous growth within ...Read More

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Covid-19 Drop in August salmon exports from Norway

Salmon exports from Norway took a big Covid hit during August, the latest figures show. Export sales fell by seven per cent in volume terms to 95,100 tonnes and were down 13 per cent in value on the same month ...Read More

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Ban on bean imports from Ethiopia lifted

A ban on beans imports from Ethiopia to Pakistan has been ceased, and flights between Karachi and Addis Ababa will start soon, the ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Ethiopia Shozab Abbas said. He said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Ethiopia is ...Read More

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Face mask exports from China allowed in US

Disposable face masks, respirators, Bluetooth tracking devices and musical instruments are included the Chinese exports which have been granted a new short-term exemption to trade war tariffs. The export products had been exempted on September 1, 2019, for one year, ...Read More

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Germany Imports Protective Clothing from Albania

Germany has received the first imports of protective clothing for medical staff from textile companies in Albania. Last week the German Embassy in Tirana announced the export of the first batch through a programme aiming at supporting the textile industry ...Read More

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Spanish Olive Oil Exports to US fall sharply

Olive oil exports to the United States from Spain have dropped by 39 percent in the first half of 2020. The news arrived as the United States Trade Representative has decided to keep its 25-percent tariff on some packaged Spanish ...Read More

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Diversifying exports to help economic growth

Kenya has recently been focusing mainly on agricultural exports, following up with the Integrated National Export Development and Promotion Strategy of July 2018. Kenya continues to work on reducing its trade deficits with China. The intention is to reduce the ...Read More

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Freight capacity increased on Belfast-Liverpool-Heysham routes

Short sea freight volumes dropped noticeably during the Covid-19 peak, so shipping lines were forced to remove freight ships from some services. During the summer months, shipping lines have seen an increase in freight demand and one company is chartering ...Read More

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Pakistan exports 125000 tons mangoes

Despite numerous issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan has achieved higher mango exports during the current season, exporting 125,000 tons of the fruit. The mango exports target was set at 80,000 tons; however, the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable ...Read More

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Trade Ministry, TFO Canada team up to promote food, IT exports

The Trade Ministry of Indonesia and Canada’s Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in export promotion. The director general of national export development in Indonesia said the partnership was aimed at promoting exports ...Read More

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Philippines halts poultry imports from Australia

Australia has confirmed an outbreak of avian flu at an egg farm in Victoria. Australia provides less than 1 percent of poultry imports to the Philippines. All imports from Australia with clearance issued on or before 6 August will be ...Read More

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Uruguay to promote beef exports to China

Uruguay is planning to open a trade office in China to promote its beef exports; the post-pandemic era is offering opportunities for Uruguayan meat which is produced organically. In 2019, China accounted for up to 60 percent of the country's ...Read More

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Chile exports promotional campaign

The main export unions of Chile have launched an international promotional campaign to reinforce their commitment to exports after the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The export promotion agency said "we want to tell the world that Chile has ...Read More

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China announces investigation into Australian wine imports

China has said that it has begun an anti-dumping probe into imports of Australian wine. This will probably worsen tensions between the two countries, and reduced the share price by one-fifth of Australia's biggest winemaker. The investigation by the Ministry ...Read More

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Shenzhen increases coronavirus testing for frozen food imports

The Chinese port city of Shenzhen requires extra tests on frozen meat and seafood after they detected traces of COVID-19 on food imports last week. The city government announced the move on its microblog on 17 August. It has set ...Read More

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Turkey’s hazelnut exports – best season ever

Turkey has had its best season ever as it managed to export 337,000 tons of hazelnuts between September 2019 and August, according to data from the Black Sea Hazelnut and Products Exporters’ Association (KIB). The exports in the 50-week period ...Read More

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US back-to-school imports

The summer import season usually improves as retailers import cargo for what has, in recent years, become another mini-peak season: back-to-school shopping. Some of the school staples fell in the July import statistics, suggesting that retailers are being cautious in ...Read More

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Customer Demand Sees Seatruck Add Sailings on Irish Sea Central Corridor Service

A Ro-ro freight operator has announced an increase in capacity with an extra two roundtrips on the Irish Sea central corridor Dublin Port-Liverpool route. The new sailings have been arranged because of an increased demand from customers. Seven ships altogether ...Read More

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Exports of medical herbs up 120% in 4 months yr/yr

Iranian exports of medical plants in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-July 21) increased by 120 percent in volume compared with last year. Exports of the mentioned products also increased by 46 percent in ...Read More

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Exports of goods reached last year’s level

In June 2020 exports of goods from Estonia remained at the same level as 2019 and imports decreased by 8%. In the second quarter of 2020, exports decreased by 15% and imports by 18%. According to Statistics Estonia, after the ...Read More

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Freight forwarders join request for Brexit clarity

BIFA, trade association for UK freight forwarders says that there is limited time to prepare for revised trading arrangements, after Brexit. The director general of the Freight Association, said: “The sooner the government puts some meat on the bones of ...Read More

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Brexit checklist help for exports and imports

A UK consultancy has prepared a checklist for businesses which summarises some of the information from the Government: - Goods will be subject to customs procedures - Exports will be subject to duty and taxes at destination - Import/export documentation ...Read More

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Slovenia Exports and imports reduced

Slovenia's exports and imports in June 2020 decreased compared with the previous year; exports were 4.2% lower, imports were 5.1% lower. There were significant annual decreases in the value of external trade in April and May, but the effect of ...Read More

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Indian sea & road freight recovering

India Ratings and Research's credit news digest on India’s logistics sector shows a moderate recovery for sea and road transport after the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Air transport remains severely stressed. Ports volumes recovered to 80-85 percent of ...Read More

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China Exports increase in July

Exports from China rose in July, as economic activity in the rest of the world recovered. Export shipments to the U.S. jumped, but imports unexpectedly contracted because of falling commodity prices and the ongoing fragility of China’s own recovery. Exports ...Read More

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Logistics hub boosts commodity imports

12,000 units of beef imports from South Africa sold out within a month from the trading hub in Shanghai. This is a new import product for China, which was imported to test interest before being displayed at the third China ...Read More

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Bike imports to USA can’t match demand

Bike imports increased significantly in recent months, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures, but importers are still struggling to make up for reduced shipments earlier in the year plus unprecedented demand from retailers and consumers. The import figures released ...Read More

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Record low for UK manufacturing exports

Between April and June, the Trade Index was at a new low of 34.6 for new manufacturing exports, a decline from 46.8 in the first quarter of 2020. The fall in exports is the lowest since the financial crisis in ...Read More

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Face masks provide opportunities for NZ wool exports

The face mask industry could be "game-changing" for New Zealand's wool exports, as a NZ company is already using specialist-breed New Zealand Astino wool as the main ingredient in a vast range of air filtration applications. The air filtration products ...Read More

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Fresh fruit imports to Japan grow

Japan's fruit imports reached a total 897,458 tonnes of fresh fruit during the first six months of 2020, an increase of 3 per cent from the same period in 2019. AS the largest volume of fresh fruit imported into the ...Read More

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Maintain tariffs on lower-standard food imports

Import tariffs should only be reduced on imported food products which meet the UK's 'core standards', according to an independent report on UK food policy. The National Food Strategy says that leaving the EU gives the UK a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' ...Read More

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UK pork exports drop 2% in May

May trading figures show the disruption caused by Covid-19, with UK pork exports recording a 2% decline on the year. Meanwhile, UK imports continued to be below last year’s volumes. Fresh and frozen pork volumes showed 2% decline in May, ...Read More

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Colombian organic fruit exports to EU climb

Exports of organic fresh and dried tropical fruits from Colombia to the E U grew by 31 per cent in 2019, according to a report from European Commission. This means that Colombia ranked as the eighth supplier of organic agri-food ...Read More

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Latvian Railways plans changes as freight revenue falls

The national rail company Latvijas Dzelzcels (Latvian Railways) has presented a three-year business plan, to keep the company operational despite rapidly dropping rail freight volumes. The company plans to join logistics segments like freight forwarding by sea and road to ...Read More

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Flower exports from Kenya

Kenyan flower exports have returned to 85 per cent of pre Covid-29 levels, following the easing of lockdown in European export markets. Kenyan farmers had to throw away millions of roses in March when airfreight services were significantly reduced. Kenya ...Read More

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Bangladesh imports more fruits

The harvest season in Bangladesh is underway for local fruits such as mango, jackfruit and lychee, but there is also growing demand for fruits which have to be imported. Sales of fruits in retail markets across the country have increased ...Read More

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Cuba facilitates exports & imports for non-state businesses

The Cuban Government is facilitating exports and imports to non-state businesses to improve the country's trade and economy. The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) said that 382 Cuban non-state businesses, including 290 linked to agriculture, are interested ...Read More

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South Korea in recession – exports at 57-year low

South Korea has fallen into recession from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. GDP fall by a worse-than-expected 2.9% in year-on-year terms, the steepest decline since 1998. Exports, which account for nearly 40% of the economy, fell by the highest ...Read More

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China bionic hand exports

A homemade bionic hand ready for mass production in China will be exported this year for the benefit of people who have lost their hands, a senior company executive said. The product can enable its user to move the 10 ...Read More

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New Zealand cheesemakers want tariffs on EU imports

Cheese producers of New Zealand say they can't compete with cheap European product flooding the market so are calling for tariffs to on speciality cheese imports. Imported cheeses often sell for around half the price of local ones, the managing ...Read More

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Shortage of hot water plants jeopardises mango exports to Iran

A delay in the approval of six additional hot water treatment plants (HWTPs) has affected the enormous export potential of Pakistani mangoes to Iran, a Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association said. They say that deliberate delays and ...Read More

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Non-textile exports from Pakistan dip

Exports of non-textile products fell by almost eight per cent year-on-year during July-June in FY20 because of the cancellation of orders following the coronavirus outbreak. Pre Covid-19, a consistent increase was noted in the exports of non-textile products in the ...Read More

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Value of Red Meat Exports in USA

Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans has been the fastest-growing category of corn and soybean soybean farmers. These exports are indirect because they go through the medium of meat exports of animals which have been fed on corn ...Read More

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‘Rotten Apples’ may jeopardise Brazilian Soybean Exports

According to a new study titled "The rotten apples of Brazil's agribusiness,” more than a fifth of Brazil's annual soybean exports to the European Union are potentially contaminated with crops grown on land from illegal deforestation. Only 2% of the ...Read More

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US bans surgical glove imports

The U.S.A has banned imports of surgical gloves from two subsidiaries of the world's largest glove manufacturer, citing forced labour concerns. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed the ban on the Malaysian manufacturer Top Glove "based on reasonable evidence ...Read More

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Chinese dragon’s grip on imports

Recent border skirmishes and the Indian government’s call for industry to become or self-reliant, have done nothing to reduce imports from China. It’s business as usual. For India, imports from China were valued at $61.5 billion in 2019-20, according to ...Read More

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Focusing on exports to China is ‘worth the risk’

Australian agricultural exporters are focusing on China as demand continues, although there are tensions linked to tariffs on barley and restrictions on meat exports.

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British International Freight Association

The trade association for UK freight forwarders says it is hoping that its members, the companies that manage cross-border trade between the UK and EU, will have sufficient time to make the preparations to facilitate the revised arrangements. The Director ...Read More

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USA Importers short of capacity

USA importers are having to book earlier with shipping lines and are finding it difficult to get space on ships. US imports via seafreight from Asia in June were 9.5% higher than in May, led by traffic from China, which ...Read More

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European shoppers visit high street but exports are slow

Export-dependent nations need to re-assess their business models because of the lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global trade. Exports from Europe rebounded month on month in May, but remain well below pre-virus levels. In Germany and France, the ...Read More

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China land-sea freight service grows

There were a total of 1,691 trips in the first half of the year in west China via its land-sea freight route, the China Railway Nanning Group Co said. 674 more trains ran in the January-June period compared with the ...Read More

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India exports tea to China

Indian tea exports to China and Iran have increased in spite of economic uncertainty due to Covid-19 and the stalemate between India and China on border issues. Chinese importers are paying good prices for Indian black tea and exportsto the ...Read More

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Essex farm bacon and sausage exports

A family farm in Essex, with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT),has targeted their exports to supermarkets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The business began to export in 2010 when it gained a contract with a supermarket ...Read More

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World Bank allocates $350M loan for Turkey’s rail connectivity, logistics

The World Bank is loaning 314.5 million euro ($350 million)to Turkey to improve its rail connectivity and logistics, the bank said in a statement last week. The Turkey Rail Logistics Improvement Project aims to save costs in selected rail freight ...Read More

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Australia June beef exports fall

June beef exports have continued to fall, with some key export markets well down on trade in earlier months, and this time last year. However, other export destinations were sharply higher. Total beef and veal exports in JUne reached 96,495 ...Read More

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Government of India to ease blockage of China imports

The central government of India is attempting to ease blockage of imports from China which are critical for domestic sectors as well as for India-based conglomerates from countries like South Korea, Japan and Germany. As Indian ports have been doing ...Read More

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Coffee exports from Honduras fall

Honduran coffee exports fell by 29.6% in June compared with a year earlier; farmers reduced production because of drought and low global prices, the national coffee institute IHCAFE said. The top coffee producer and exporter of Central America reported exports ...Read More

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India to sign pacts to push leather exports

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) of India recently said it will sign an agreement with Washington-based Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America and the United States Fashion Industry Association to take advantage of emerging opportunities for Indian exporters there. ...Read More

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Turkey Exports surge

Exports from Turkey this June increased by 15.8% from the same month last year, recovering from a decline due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Turkey’s trade minister said. Exports recorded a month-on-month rise of 35% thanks to the normalization process. Imports ...Read More

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Covid-19 Lockdown Causes Export and Import fall

The Covid-19 lockdown caused double-digit declines in Hungary’s exports and imports in April, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows. Exports fell by 37.2 percent to 5.620 billion euros, while imports dropped 29.1 percent to 6.181 billion euros. ...Read More

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Waste Import Restrictions

The government of S Korea released an official announcement on waste import restrictions on June 29. The purpose of the restrictions is to limit the imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS) so that recycling ...Read More

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Pharma body in India seeks faster import clearances

The Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India said it has been flooded with distress calls from member companies over acute disruption in manufacturing due to non-clearance of imported raw materials at various ports. A senior official of the ministry of ...Read More

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Time to stop sand exports from Malaysia

Recent media reports say that the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry issued 11 approved permits (APs) for river sand exports. Permit holders are allowed to export river sand and other minerals to Brunei, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, ...Read More

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Launch of freight traffic across Crimean bridge

Freight traffic across the Kerch Strait Bridge has commenced between Russia and Crimea. A train from Crimea carried goods, and the one from Russia with fuel, grain, fertilizers, and building materials. On May 15, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened ...Read More

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Spanish Olive Oil Exports Peak in March

Exports of Spanish olive oil in March exceeded 159,000 tons, setting a new record. The best previous performance was in October of 2019, when the export volume amounted to 155,600 tons. Spain has around 2.5 million hectares allocated to olive ...Read More

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Māori exports to China reduce

Māori businesses in New Zealand have gone from their best year of export sales on record to their worst year. Statistics NZ show that Māori authorities exported $741 million worth of products last year,a new record high. Covid-19 put unprecedented ...Read More

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Accountancy firm advising clients to reject Chinese imports

A major Australian accounting firm is urging clients to seek alternatives to Chinese goods imports, in order to reduce supply chain risk. The firm is questioning why the human rights abuses of the communist regime do not attract more protest ...Read More

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China Suspends Chicken Exports

China has suspended poultry exports from an Arkansas processing plant, where workers had tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for the processing plant said that the company is investigating the matter. They said that “It is important to note that ...Read More

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Increase in Greek fruit and veg exports

According the Association of Greek Exporters and Distributors of Fruits, Vegetables and Juices INCOFRUIT-HELLAS, exports from Greece during the first four months of the year increased by 26.7% in value. Vegetable exports in the first four months increased by 10% ...Read More

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Kenya flower exports rises to 80 per cent

Kenya’s flower exports have risen to 80 per cent from 30 per cent compared with the previous year in the last month. The Covid-19 pandemic had caused a crisis in the industry. The sector was one of the hardest hit ...Read More

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New Irish Sea shipping route

A shipping company has announced a new freight service out of the Port of Liverpool to meet growing demand. the new tri-weekly Liverpool to Dublin service is being launched due to an increase of container traffic across the Irish Sea. ...Read More

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Egypt opens 7 new export markets

Egypt has opened seven new markets for fruit and vegetable exports within 6 months, despite the difficulties created by the Covid-19 crisis. Agricultural exports have reached almost all international markets. This has allowed the export of dates to Australia, oranges ...Read More

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Winemakers inr Portugal resume exports to China

Winemakers in the Dão wine region of Portugal have exported their first shipment of wine to China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is hoped that the region can soon export more wine to China, so the volume ...Read More

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Xinjiang, China exports greater variety

Agricultural produce from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has increased its variety of produce exports, with efforts being made to improve the product quality In the first five months of this year 31,900 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, of ...Read More

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Scottish exports fall by 15%

Scottish goods exports in the first three months of this year were worth £7.17 billion, from £8.49bn a year ago; this reflects Covid-19’s impact on global sales since the start of 2020. UK goods exports in the first quarter of ...Read More

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Short sea shipping

AS the Covid-19 pandemic encourages businesses to innovate, one idea being promoted is short-sea shipping, which could contribute to solving the prevailing issues of European road transport. Short sea shipping is not a matter of dismantling road freight, it is ...Read More

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Farmed salmon exports from Norway fell 18% in past week

Salmon exports are becoming increasingly difficult because of border closures and travel bans. "The only thing that is certain is that there is a lot of uncertainty," Ingrid Kassen, general manager of medium-sized Norwegian salmon exporter Norwell, told IntraFish. Currently ...Read More

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Brexit: UK to reduce EU border checks

The government of the UK has indicated that HMRC will apply much less rigorous EU border checks on imports than initially planned, once the Brexit transition period finishes at the end of 2020. The Financial Times is reporting that Ministers ...Read More

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Singapore and France agree freight policy

Singapore and France have announced in a joint statement that they will co-operate to ensure the supply chains for essential food and agricultural freight remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of Agriculture and Food of France and the ...Read More

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Exports from Germany fall drastically

German exports fell at a record rate in April because economies around the world shut down to contain Covid-19. Export volumes fell 31.1% from a year earlier, an unprecedented slump in the record that reaches back to 1950. Imports fell ...Read More

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COVID-19 harms Kenyan Horticulture Exports

COVID-19 is damaging most sectors of the world’s economy. But Kenya has enjoyed a booming trade relationship with Europe recently, and the global lockdown has hit small and large commercial farmers especially hard. Roses and passion fruits exports are hard ...Read More

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US Fruit and vegetable imports

U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables rose 6 percent from May 2019 through April of this year, totaling more than $24 billion dollars. Berries, excluding strawberries, led the charge, with imports up 8 percent and valued at $2.92 billion dollars. ...Read More

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China-Europe freight trains help fight pandemic

The China-Europe freight rail transport service is considered a significant part of China's Belt and Road Initiative which is aimed to increase trade between China and countries participating in the program. During the coronavirus pandemic, the freight service remained a ...Read More

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Taiwan approves apple exports from Italy

Italy has been signing protocols of understanding for the export of rice and meat to China and the freeing of the Brazilian market for plums from Italy. Italian apple exports to Taiwan have received permission from authorities on Taiwan based ...Read More

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Villiers: insists on standards for imports of US chicken

A former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, has urged the government to take a firm position regarding chicken imports when negotiating a future trade deal with the US. The European Union bans chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef from ...Read More

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China Suspends US Pork and Soybean Imports

Responding to the threat from the USA to remove special treatment for Hong Kong, including export controls and extradition treatment, China has suspended imports of US pork and soybeans, apart from cotton and corn. China may introduce more stringent import ...Read More

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Thailand food exports soar

Thailand is making the most of its history of food production, as the Covid-19 pandemic affects production and shipments of manufactured goods. The proportion of food- and agricultural-related exports to total shipments increased to 19.7% in April, their highest level ...Read More

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Mango exports from Pakistan hit by Covid-19

Traditional mango exports have been badly affected by the economic havoc wreaked by Covid-19 and exporters fear a huge decline in export of the fruit in 2020. Many international flights have been suspended, borders closed and rising freight costs are ...Read More

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China-Europe freight train 72% increase

From May 31, China-Europe freight trains running from Yiwu, in the Zhejiang province of China carried out 200 trips this year. The service transported 16,672 freight containers, a growth rate of 72 percent, according to China Railway Shanghai Group Co ...Read More

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Covid-19 supplies by rail freight

China-Europe freight trains which depart from Yiwu connect five cities in eastern China and 36 countries in Europe. These include Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and France, and deliver cross-border mail of over 2,000 tons. The majority of cargo transported is Corvid-19 ...Read More

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TT Club welcomes electronic bills of lading development

The international freight transport insurer, TT Club has welcomed the commitment by the group of container shipping lines to develop electronic bills of lading. The Digital Container Shipping Association represents container shipping lines, which together operate nearly 70% of the ...Read More

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Stockholm Ro-Ro port to open

Ninety percent of imports arrive in Sweden by sea, and the Stockholm region takes half of Sweden’s entire consumption. The opening of the new container freight port at Norvik increases opportunities to transport freight by sea as close to the ...Read More

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First Containership Arrives at Newest Port in Sweden

A containership yesterday claimed the maiden call at the newest freight port in Sweden, Stockholm Norvik Port, following the completion of a long port construction project. The container terminal is now open, for vessels to call and for shore-based business ...Read More

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India pharma exports

The government of India has allowed the exports of 13 pharmaceutical formulations, including those made of Vitamin B6, B12 and B1 under advance licenses issued on or before March 3. It also permitted exports of the restricted 13 active pharmaceutical ...Read More

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China Exports show robust health

China's General Administration of Customs indicates that the value of China's imports and exports in goods in the first four months reached 9.07 trillion yuan ($1.28 trillion), a decline of 4.9 percent year-on-year, narrowing the growth rate of the first ...Read More

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S. Korea exports wristband trackers for quarantine violators

South Korea has been using electronic wristbands equipped with a location-tracking system on people who violate self-isolation rules since late April. Health authorities said exports of the wristbands will help South Korea to form a deeper connection with the rest ...Read More

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Sharp increase in food imports to Nepal

Imports of food items have almost doubled in the last two months of lockdown in Nepal. Local farmers however are finding it difficult to take their produce to the market because of transport problems and shortage of labour. The lockdown ...Read More

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Airlines need to set cargo priorities

The aviation needs to priorities separating cargo from the passenger business. Air cargo is part of an $11bn+ worldwide logistics industry. It is also part of an $8bn – and falling – aviation industry; the passenger business can be perilous ...Read More

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Air cargo aims to make freight more efficient

According to the Digital Container Shipping Association, the ocean freight industry spends up to $8bn a year on paper bills of lading. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for electronic documentation – and cost cuts – in the struggling ...Read More

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Nutritious, niche food exports to get big push

The government of India is planning to promote agriculture exports to capitalise on the rising global demand for healthy and nutritious food products. “During this pandemic, people world-over have realised the importance of immunity booster food products like herbal, medicinal, ...Read More

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KPA extends free storage period for imports, exports

The Kenya Ports Authority has increased the free storage period for importers and exporters because of the slow turn-around interval for freight lorries caused by the impact of the Covid-19. The Managing Director said that the virus has impacted the ...Read More

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Portugal stops waste imports

Portugal has halted imports of foreign waste until the end of the year to protect domestic landfill capacity. Portugal usually attracts large quantities of European rubbish imports because of its low fees, has refused to accept 246,000 tons of waste ...Read More

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The Impact of COVID-19 on South Africa’s Maritime Economy

COVID-19 first broke out in the port city of Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The economic impact of the global lockdown is considerable, with the global freight and shipping industry being among the biggest casualties. Global shipping markets have declined; ...Read More

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Freight Forwarding sector welcomes Govt support for key shipping routes

The government has signed agreements with six operators to provide up to £35 million, helping to ensure there is enough short-sea shipping capacity to prevent disruption freight flows. Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association comments: “The ...Read More

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Kenya’s herb farmers crushed by virus blow to exports

For herb growers in Kenya heavy rains - as have been experienced recently - often mean a year of solid profits. The thriving horticultural sector has become a major driver of Kenya’s export revenue. But measures put in place to ...Read More

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April garment exports from Vietnam plummet

Garment and textile exports from Vietnam in April fell 20 percent year-on-year and could fall further, as importers cancel orders because of Covid-19 pandemic impacts. Data showed that garment and textile exports in the first four months fell 6.6 percent ...Read More

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Disinfectant exports from Turkey increase because of COVID-19

Disinfectant product exports from Turkey recorded a more than tenfold increase during the first four months of the year. The coronavirus pandemic increased demand for such products, increasing to $90 million from $8.6 million the year before. The data revealed ...Read More

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‘Inferior’ maize imports to Ireland must stop

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has stated that the amount of imports – referring mainly to maize – being used by some feed merchants in Ireland is “inexcusable” - some of these merchants are refusing to use Irish grain which ...Read More

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Imports Will Decline

The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue will cause imports at major U.S. retail container ports to see double-digit year-over-year declines this spring and summer. “Factories in China are largely back online and stores that closed here in the ...Read More

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Romania exports, down 11% in March

Exports from Romania decreased by 11% to EUR 6.13 billion in March, compared with the same month last year. The country's exports were impacted by the lockdown, and less intense economic activity in the second part of the month. Imports ...Read More

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Flower exports from Holland down

In March 2020, the export value of horticultural products from the Netherlands such as flowers, plants, bulbs and nursery products declined by 22 percent year-on-year. Exports of cut flowers dropped by 26 percent. The biggest reduction was in horticultural exports ...Read More

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State Support for Birkenhead to Belfast ferry

State support for the Birkenhead to Belfast ferry may encounter a legal challenge from freight-only maritime operators. In April it was announced that the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive were jointly funding a £17m support package to ensure that ...Read More

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Freight trains continue in spite of coronavirus slowdowns

Freight trains transporting and transporting food, consumer products, chemicals and livestock to and from manufacturers, stores and ports are still running through Los Angeles County and California. During the past two months, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures have disrupted ...Read More

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Coronavirus fails to slow down China lamb imports

Lamb exports from Australia to China rose marginally in April, in spite of fears about the impact of cornavirus on the import/export trade. China imported 7086 tonnes of lamb during the month, an increase of six per cent on March. ...Read More

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Praise for UK’s rail freight during COVID-19 crisis

The Freight Transport Association and the Rail Freight Group (RFG) have praised the role of rail in supporting the public, logistics industry and wider UK economy in delivering essential items across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rail industry ...Read More

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Norway fish exports to UK

Exports of fresh salmon to the UK from Norway increased by 27 per cent last week, at the end of March, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council. Exports to other European countries including Sweden and Finland ‘exceeded expectations’. Norway has ...Read More

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China to Turkey rail freight service

A major shipping line is opening a China-to-Turkey rail freight service, with automotive and technology a particular target for the operators. Air freight prices from China to Europe are continuing to rise and transporting goods by railfreight is becoming more ...Read More

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Thai food and electronic exports increase despite global Covid-19 crisis

Thai exports grew by 0.91 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, mainly bcause of food and electronics. Overall exports are expected to contract by 8 per cent year on year. The chief of ...Read More

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Kampot pepper in storage as exports dry up

The famous Kampot pepper from Cambodia is facing export difficulties because of COVID-19 restrictions since receiving its geographic indicator (GI) certification from the European Union. Nguon Lay, the president of the KPPA, said that - since the outbreak of the ...Read More

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Exports of Lime and Lemon from Iran banned

A government ministry in Iran has banned the export of limes, lemons and the rubber used in making masks following the outbreak of Covid-19. Over 5,000 tons of lime imports will be in Iran by May 4 in order to ...Read More

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Pharmaceutical exports from Pakistan increase

The export of pharmaceutical goods from Pakistan showed an increase of 4.09 per cent during the first nine months of current financial year (2019-20) compared with exports of the same period last year. Pharmaceutical exports were recorded as $166.156 million ...Read More

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Freight forwarders freight ferry support measures

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) gave a cautious welcome to the UK Government’s announcement on 24 April of support measures for freight ferry routes. Robert Keen, director general of UK freight forwarding association said: “We welcome the government support ...Read More

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Sri Lanka tea exports suffer

Sri Lanka's tea exports recorded the lowest-ever volume of shipments and sharp dip in value. COVID-19 mitigation measures have disrupted the trade. Tea exports in March amounted to 13.8 million kilos, the lowest ever. This was worse than the previous ...Read More

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Mozzarella exports for Asian pizza

The increasing appetite for pizza in Asia is helping to increase mozzarella export sales for South Australia’s largest cheesemaker. the manufacturer recently closed a deal to export 1000 tonnes of mozzarella a year from its factory near Adelaide. It will ...Read More

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Covid-19 affects Scottish salmon exports

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a 32 percent drop in Scottish salmon exports in February. The sector is trying to adapt to the ever-changing restrictions. The latest HMRC export figures in February 2020 show a fall of 2,700 tonnes compared ...Read More

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Exports of coronavirus test kits

South Korea's exports of coronavirus test kits increased in the first 20 days of this month in comparison with last year. Exports of test kits were valued at US$131.9 million in the 20-day period, compared with $7.25 million last year, ...Read More

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Demand for gloves in Covid-19 era boosts Thai rubber exports

The Rubber Authority of Thailand said that the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted Thai rubber exports because of increased global demand for rubber gloves in the medical industry. 'We have seen Thai rubber export growth increase, particularly rubber gloves and synthetic ...Read More

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South Africa’s Vintners Can’t export Wine

Vintners in South African have been baffled during the COVID-19 pandemic, with their nation's rules changing by the day. They understand the need to protect health but they worry that rules banning all wine sales and exports will lead to ...Read More

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Lower tariffs help US importers

Income to the US Treasury from customs duties – namely tariffs – fell by 6.8% year over year in March. This was the first annual decline since August 2017. The largest driver was a 5.8% reduction in imports. That in ...Read More

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US exports to China fell 11.4% in 2019

US goods exports to China contracted by 11.4 percent due largely to tariffs and business uncertainties in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to bring a more serious picture for this year, a leading trade association said in the USA ...Read More

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Covid-19 Pandemic to trigger Japan export fall

Japan’s exports slumped to probably its lowest figure in over 3-1/2 years in March, as the Covid-19 pandemic crushed demand in the United States and Europe. The increasing consequences of the pandemic has added pressure to an economy already on ...Read More

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SA Wine exports banned during Covid-19 lockdown

South Africa will no longer allow the export of wine while in Covid-19 lockdown, at least in part for fear of wine piracy, it seems. Allowing wine exports raised concerns, including burglaries and theft of alcohol from closed outlets. Liquor ...Read More

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USDA Fruit Import Approval – China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency has issued a public statement which authorizes imports of five commercially produced citrus fruits from China. Scientists determined that Chinese pomelos, Nanfeng tangerines, ponkan tangerines, sweet oranges and Wenzhou ...Read More

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China will not limit exports of Covid-19 medical goods

China will not restrict exports of medical goods which protect against the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said. China, the biggest maker of surgical masks and other products, said it would start inspecting exports after importers' complaints that some Chinese ...Read More

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Shipping Industry Covid-19 aftermath

The 'Big 3' shipping alliances — 2M, Ocean Alliance, and The Alliance — are cutting back operations to prevent freight rates from falling because of a steep decline in cargo volumes. There were 212 temporary cancellations of container ships from ...Read More

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Iron Silk Road Proves cheaper for freight

Groupage freight traffic has been reinvigorated on the 'Iron Silk Road' - the China/Europe rail freight route - but the option of the overland route, faster than ocean freight and certainly cheaper than air cargo, has also attracted larger scales ...Read More

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Healthcare Industry’s Exports Grow 22.5% in Q1 amid COVID-19 Crisis

Healthcare exports from South Korea increased 22.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis. The Korea Health Industry Development Institute, said that Korea’s exports of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetics totaled US$4.4 billion in the first ...Read More

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Ljubljana dairy starts ice cream exports to China

The largest diary in Slovenia has exported the first shipment of its Planica ice cream to China, part of a total export shipment of 43 tonnes planned to be exported in 2020. The company said that the launch of exports ...Read More

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Shipping Line to furlough 600 employees

A shipping line which covers 20 European routes is to furlough 600 employees with 150 redundancies across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Since the crisis the Line has experienced a large decline in travel bookings and freight volumes ...Read More

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Kuwait will resume imports of foodstuff from Iran

Kuwait Commerce and Industry Ministry has announced that the country will resume imports of foods from Iran which have been stopped due to spread of coronavirus. The country's decision to import food from Iran to Kuwait again is part of ...Read More

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Manufacturers hope to double exports by 2025

Trinidad and Tobago's manufacturing sector aims to double exports by 2025 and increase its contribution to GDP which which is currently 19 per cent. The President of the TT's Manufacturing Association said that this "requires us to actively recognise new ...Read More

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Turkey’s horticultural exports buck trend

Fruit and vegetable exports from Turkey have remained strong, despite overall exports dropping due to Covid-19. Turkey’s agricultural exports rose 4.5 per cent year-on-year in March, conversely, overall exports declined by 17 per cent.The Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) showed fruit ...Read More

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Fruit & veg exports return to near normal

An Indian fruit marketing organisation said that 140 tonnes of mangoes were shipped from Mumbai on Saturday for the markets in the Middle East, reviving the export of essential commodities by sea freight. However, exports by air are yet to ...Read More

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Fresh produce exports from Australia to restart

The government of Australia has announced a new support package to ease easing pressure fresh produce exporters have experienced because of widespread border closures and lack of airfreight services due to the coronavirus. Flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth ...Read More

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Pigs fly into China

More than 4,000 high-quality French breeding pigs arrived by air freight from China so far this year, as the world's top pork producer rebuilds its decimated hog herd. China is increasing imports to restock after an outbreak of African swine ...Read More

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India’s chemical industry depends on Chinese imports

One of the bright spots in India’s manufacturing sector is in severe stress because of the Coronavirus lockdown and over-depence on China. The chemical industry, worth $163 billion, which covers more than 80,000 commercial products, is now struggling. India sector ...Read More

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Kenyan exports uncertain

The Kenyan airfreight export business is being badly affected by closed borders and lack of air freight capacity. There has been a notable drop in exports sent by air. Apart from freight space being severely limited, the present situation is ...Read More

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Record exports increase Swiss chocolate sales

The value of Swiss chocolate exports was over $1.05 billion for the first time in 2019. The was increased demand for imports of chocolate from Canada, the United States, China, the Middle East and Singapore. Almost 75% of sales were ...Read More

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Covid -19 – China suspends exports of non-essential goods

Customs authorities in China have required all non-essential goods which have been loaded on vessels for export after March 27 to be unloaded. The decision is based on lockdowns in various countries, which may mean that the cargo will not ...Read More

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Maize imports to Kenya cause friction

Disputes have begun over imports of two million bags of emergency maize stock to Kenya. The Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) is expected to import the grain after it exhausted its four million bags stock. But reports say that the National ...Read More

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Indian Tea exporters optimistic

Until now, tea exports from India to Iran have been gaining momentum since 2013 and broke all records in 2019 (January-December) to reach 53.45 million kg (mkg). Iran has replaced Russia as the largest importer of Indian tea. Tea industry ...Read More

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Nigerian Government urged to suspend Customs revenue target

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to cancel the revenue target given to the Customs Service. The outbreak of the corona virus pandemic which has caused a decline in the volume of imports, making the target difficult to ...Read More

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China keen to import tea from India

China is beginning to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak, and is now making import enquiries purchase for exports of black-tea shipments from India.  The Indian trade is concerned about the spread of the virus at home, which may disrupt production ...Read More

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Zimbabwe imports too high

The Industry and Commerce Minister of Zimbabwe says increased collaboration between productive sectors is critical to boost domestic production and substitute for unnecessary and costly imports. Zimbabwe is heavily reliant on imports for both raw materials and essential consumer goods. ...Read More

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Logistics providers keep freight moving

Logistics providers are working with government to keep freight moving by air, sea and on the roads. The Chief Executive of the British Ports Association said he hopes UK ports will only be closed in “extreme circumstances” and that ports ...Read More

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Swiss watch exports to Asia fall

Swiss watch exports to Hong Kong and mainland China fell deeply in February, as the coronavirus precautions took their toll. Exports fell by 9.2% to 1.6 billion Swiss francs in February, with Hong Kong imports down 42.0% and imports to ...Read More

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Indian producers request ban on import of silk from China

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has contacted the commerce ministry of India, requesting a ban on import of silk and silk products from China. India is the second largest producer of silk in the world after China. "The import ...Read More

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R W Freight Services is ready

Exports and Imports are being affected by many factors beyond our control, but shippers can be assured that R W Freight have fully prepared for the factors which we can control. All our staff  are fully equipped to work from ...Read More

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Flower exports from Kenya dip

Flower farms in Kenya have been badly affected by the fall in exports caused by Covid-19 precautions. Seasonal workers were sent home with two weeks’ pay, whilst pensionable employees were sent on their annual one month leave whilst employers monitored ...Read More

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New chicken imports tariffs will hit the poor hard

Poor households in South Africa spend 34% of their budget on food, of this 59% is chicken, so increasing import tariffs could cause significant social consequences. Recently increased tariffs on chicken imports will threaten South Africa’s food security, according to ...Read More

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Singapore exports grow in COVID-19 outbreak

Non-oil exports from Singapore grew rather than shrank in February, showing a rise in shipments to the European Union, Japan and the U.S. But exports to China and Hong Kong fell, demonstrating the instability of the city-state's key export markets. ...Read More

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Institute of Export welcomes Chancellor’s pledge

The director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade has welcomed the commitment to help export trade in the budget last week. Rishi Sunak outlined measures to encourage exports as part of the Conservative government’s “plan for prosperity”. ...Read More

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Thailand’s fruit exports stable

Fruit exports from Thailand are expected to stay intact in terms of value, as the international demand for Thai fruit remains strong. The president of Thai Fresh Fruit Traders & Exporters Association, said that coronavirus is unlikely to affect demand ...Read More

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Bangladesh Import orders drop

Bangladesh's import orders fell by over 12 per cent or nearly US$663 million in January last because of supply chain disruption probably caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. The opening of letters of credit (LCs), which indicates the number ...Read More

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Russia supports vehicle exports

The government of Russia is seems to be succeeding in its goal of making the country into a fully developed vehicle exporter. The official target is to establish exports of at least 240,000 vehicles per year by 2025. Recent growth ...Read More

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Japan to increase agricultural exports

The government of Japan has announced plans to double its agriculture, fishery and forestry exports to US$19bn by 2025, with the aim of the plan is to bolster the country’s farm industry while domestic demand shrinks. The chief cabinet secretary, ...Read More

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Australian wine exports to China

Wine drinking in China has decreased because of the coronavirus outbreak and the wine industry in Australia is suffering. Quarantine restrictions are affecting social gatherings, and the people of China are proud of their achievements in this area. People are ...Read More

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New land-sea freight service from Chongqing, China

The Chongqing Municipality in the south West of China has launched a special cargo train service to help export businesses affected by the Covid 19 outbreak via its land-sea freight route. A train transporting 50 containers of sodium carbonate cargo, ...Read More

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Royal Enfield exports from India

Year to date figures show that exports of Royal Enfield motorbikes from India witnessed 95 per cent growth. The company expanded its reach in the domestic and international markets. During the last quarter (Q3 FY2019-20), Royal Enfield added seven new ...Read More

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EU imports of fruits and vegetables

The EU's fruit and vegetable imports from Morocco grew by 4% in 2019 compared with 2018, totaling 1.4 million tons, while Spain's imports from Morocco increased by 8%. EU imports of Moroccan vegetables amounted to 859,095, with tomatoes making the ...Read More

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German machinery exports fall

Low industrial production worldwide and an increase in protectionism have reduced the exports from mechanical engineering companies in Germany. In 2019, the companies exports amounted to a total value of 179.8 billion euros. German machinery exports were thus 1.5% below ...Read More

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Small business exports in New Mexico

An event in New Mexico recently encouraged small businesses to export. The conference was designed to answer questions about exports, highlight grants and other resources and encourage more New Mexico small businesses to participate in the global economy. Many small ...Read More

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Champagne exports worry

Producers from Champagne fear that coronavirus will threaten potential export sales to Asia. A fifth-generation champagne producer said: “I mean everything has stopped in China completely,” she said. France exports several products to China, including automobiles, pharmaceuticals and wine. The ...Read More

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UK car exports rise

The number of cars built for export in January increased by 4.1% to 97,870, which was 82.7% of the UK’s total output. This is mainly due rising demand in key Asian and European import markets for new models from UK-based ...Read More

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Azerbaijan boosts exports of cherries

The volume of Azerbaijan’s exports of sweet cherries and bitter cherries increased by 13.7 percent year-on-year in 2019. The majority of all exports went to Russia. In 2019, 99.6 percent of sweet cherry and bitter cherry exports from Azerbaijan went ...Read More

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Nova Scotia lobster exports to China ceased

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister of Canada said that it will be “three or four months at least” before the exports of Nova Scotia lobster to China resumes. He said that Canada has not 'lost' an export market, but that ...Read More

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Mango exports from India decline

Alphonso mango exports from the region of Maharashtra in India are on the decline. These mangoes have a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, which is used on products with a specific geographical origin indicating quality and distinctiveness. GI may become a ...Read More

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Cheap honey imports from Ukraine and China

An increase in cheap honey imports from China and Ukraine - the latter of which has a free-trade agreement with the EU - is forcing honey producers in Europe to reduce their prices as they can't compete. Imported honey and ...Read More

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Roll on Rail freight plans

A French ferry company is planning to increase cooperation with the rail freight sector. The operator has announced an intermodal transport service for unaccompanied goods-trailers on the rail network along the French-Atlantic coast. This will provide an alternative to long-distance ...Read More

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Salmon egg imports from Norway banned

Exports of salmon eggs from Norway to Scotland were banned last June, following an inspection by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Millions of salmon eggs, also known as ova, were imported from Norway to Scottish salmon farms recently, but ...Read More

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Estonia rail freight increase

An Estonian Rail operator has increased its containerised freight tonnage by 110% compared to 2018. ‘Our multimodal transport project helped boost the significant rise in container transport, accounting for nearly half of the total growth’, said the Chairman Raul. ... ...Read More

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Airfreight rates increase as China factories open

Businesses shipping goods in and out of China may experience a doubling of airfreight rates as limited capacity is available due to airlines cutting airfreight services because of coronavirus. Rates for shipping cargo from Frankfurt Airport to Shanghai Pudong Airport ...Read More

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Growth in railfreight from Hamburg port

Freight transport from and to Hamburg was dominated by environment-friendly container transport by rail. Rail freight achieved double digit growth in 2019. The increase of 10.4 percent for rail freight created a fresh record for Hamburg’s Port Railway. In 2019, ...Read More

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Exports from Norway to China drop dramatically

Salmon exports to China from Norway have collapsed by up to 90 per cent among some companies since the coronavirus struck China more than three weeks ago. Not only the mainland of China is being affected;air freight flights to Asia ...Read More

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Protests in Canada affect freight

Protests over proposed pipeline in British Columbia are causing major disruption to the rail network in Canada. A major Canadian rail company, has announced it will shut down all trans-continental rail services as a result of blockages caused by protests ...Read More

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Grape exports hit by COVID-19

The new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, has reportedly impacted grape exports from the India. A horticultural production organisation in India said that most countries had become cautious about imports. “Countries in the Gulf, such as the U.A.E, which used to ...Read More

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China will waive import tariffs for medical imports

China has announced that it will waive tariffs on imports of selected US medical equipment from March 2, as China strives to contain coronavirus. The new COVID-19 strain in China, has claimed the lives of over 1,800 people. Products qualifying ...Read More

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India Coffee exports fall 17% from January 1

India’s coffee exports are likely to fall this quarter because of a shortfall in the crop and a reduction in the government export incentive. Coffee Board figures show a 17 per cent drop from last year in exports from January ...Read More

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Turkey exports 60M roses for Valentine’s Day

Flower producers in Turkey exported 60 million roses to 50 countries before Valentine's Day on 14 February. Exports went to the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany and Ukraine. Export shipping of roses began 20 daya before the 14th, according to the ...Read More

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Drought resulted in wine imports

Wine cellars and traders in South Africa imported more than 40 million litres of wine during the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons to compensate for shortages resulting caused by the drought in the Western Cape. Usually South Africa’s wine imports are ...Read More

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China coronavirus not affecting seafood exports

The Marine Products Export Development Authority in India said last week that seafood exports to China will not be affected by coronavirus. Approximately 500 exporters are exporting seafood from India to China;exporters have not raised any issue about exports on ...Read More

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2019 was record-breaking year for UK exports

The Office for National Statistics published new figures on 11 February showing that 2019 was a record-breaking year for UK exports. The UK has now shown 45 consecutive months of annual export growth on a rolling annual basis. Companies based ...Read More

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Shipping from China affected by coronavirus

Most cities in China have begun normal working again, but some shipping line offices will remain closed or be providing a limited service. Exporters factories are not necessarily working at 100%; some cities in China have closed their borders for ...Read More

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New Freight Service Sweden – Denmark

A new crossing between Halmstad in Sweden and Grenaa in Denmark will offer considerable freight capacity as well as passenger facilities. The Transport minister of Denmark attended the opening ceremony in Grenaa; the objective is Stena Line’s to double both ...Read More

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Exports from Norway going well

Seafood exports from Norway did well in January, despite coronavirus affecting business with China during the final week. Exports totalled 207,000 tonnes, the same as January 2019, but they increased in value by 15 per cent. This will probably be ...Read More

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Exports to non-EU countries

Exports to non-EU countries amounted to around £342 billion in 2017, showing the worldwide demand for British goods and services remains. Exports to EU countries were around £274 billion in 2017. The fastest growing export market for the UK since ...Read More

Banana imports

There has been an increase in contract prices for all in the banana market, large and small. All shipping companies have raised their prices to amortize the costs related to the new regulatory constraints on the sulfur content of marine ...Read More

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Scotland’s biggest export markets

More than 60% of all Scottish exports go to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which is more than the rest of the world combined. Scotland’s exports to the EU are worth £16.1bn, which is less than one-third of the value ...Read More

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Record growth for UK exports

Data published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that the 2018/19 was a record-breaking year for UK exports;total exports grew at a rate of 3.0% and increased by £18.5 billion compared to the 2017/18 financial year. UK exports ...Read More

UK exports increasing

UK exports are not showing signs of slowing down;latest HMRC data shows every nation in the UK has broken its record for goods exports. In the 12 months to Q2 2019, goods exports in England increased by 2.7% to £252.0bn; ...Read More

Free-to-use tools help navigate exports post-Brexit

The Department for International Trade has provided two digital tools for based businesses which export to the UK or export from the UK. The tools are available on gov.uk and give product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations and other ...Read More

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Indonesia limits Imports from China

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister of Indonesia said that the spread of coronavirus from China is a concern. To minimize virus transmission, the ministry has decided to restrict the import of fishery products from China. “We are temporarily limiting ...Read More

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Exports from Spain increase growth

Exports from Spain grew by 1.5% in the fourth quarter of 2019, and was the only component of GDP to accelerate. Imports fell by 1.2%, having risen by 1.8% in the previous quarter. Net exports contributed strongly to growth.

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Zimbabwe removes ban on GM Corn Imports

Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on imports of genetically modified corn it begins to take action to avert what is likely to be its worst famine ever. Weekly imports of white corn reached their highest level in almost seven years, ...Read More

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Coronavirus in China affecting sea freight

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus and consequent quarantine procedures, most ports of origin in China are shut down, until Feb 10 currently, and further suspensions are likely. More than 30 blank sailings have been scheduled in the first ...Read More

Gold imports to China via Hong Kong surge in December

Net gold imports to China via Hong Kong in December increased to 41.361 tonnes from the previous month, Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department data showed. China is the world's top consumer of gold, and imported only 3.052 tonnes in ...Read More

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Baltic seaport operations

Baltic seaports are streamlining cargo operations and their workflow using automation and technology. 60% of all logistics in the Baltic area is maritime, and 40% of sea freight cargo passes through small- and medium-size terminals and ports which suffer from ...Read More

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India grape exports expected to improve

Exporters in India said that lack of availability of quality grapes had resulted in a fall in exports. January was slow for the export of grapes, and overall exports from the country fell. As compared to the 600 containers (each ...Read More

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Beer Imports Fall

Beer imports into South Korea fell in 2019 for the first time in a decade, a feature which has not been seen since the 2009 global financial crisis. Analysts say that beer imports showed signs of falling and that a ...Read More

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Exports grow from Uganda

Despite border disputes and export blockades which were imposed on some of Uganda’s goods, exports grew in 2019, according to data from Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB). The UEPB's Director, speaking during the 4th annual exporters conference in Kampala said ...Read More

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China Spring Festival good for cherry imports

There was a significant increase in the volume of cherries expected to be exported from Chile to China this year. Chinese Spring Festival is taking place much earlier than in previous years, so the Chinese fruit market has a shorter ...Read More

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Waste imports to Asian countries

Within months of China banning waste imports in 2018, shipments of waste from Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States and Japan began to arrive at ports in Southeast Asia, including to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. According to Greenpeace, between 2016 ...Read More

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China ban on waste imports

In January 2018, China banned shipments of plastic, unsorted scrap paper and other waste materials. It had previously been the world's largest importer of waste materials. This policy which was called National Sword, had a huge effect on the global ...Read More

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China lifts restriction on US beef imports

China and the USA have signed a Trade agreement by which China will remove the 30-month age limit for beef imports from the USA. This is known as the ‘Phase 1′ Trade Agreement between the US and China. China will ...Read More

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New Refinery in Algeria to reduce Imports

The vast majority of oil in Algeria is pumped for export to other countries. But Algeria is one of several major crude exporters in the position of needing to import refined oil products to satisfy its own domestic demand. Dependence ...Read More

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Leading freight companies support new freight hub

Western Sydney Airport has signed Memoranda of Understanding with 12 major international freight companies to collaborate on the design of a new freight precinct. The freight is precinct is being delivered through a $5.3 billion Australian Government investment. The Finance ...Read More

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Japan exports fell in December

Although exports from Japan fell in December from a year earlier, shipments to China rose for the first time in 10 months. Exports reduced by 6.3% on year in December, a decline for the 13th consecutive month, according to data ...Read More

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Dutch pork exports rise, shortage in China drives the increase

Pork exports from Holland rose 30% in value and 16% in volume last year, according to a new report. The increase is mainly due to increased exports to China. In China, swine fever has reduced local production. The pig farming ...Read More

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Shipping industry challenges

An online freight forwarder says that 2019 was a year of uncertainty for the shipping industry, should remain aware of the challenges 2020 will bring. Preparation for IMO 2020 and the United States-China 'trade war' are included in the biggest ...Read More

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China Mushroom Exports

The annual output of mushrooms in Xixia County has stabilized at about 300,000 tonnes, and there are over 100 export enterprises. The products are exported to more than 20 countries along the 'Belt and Road' route. In the first 11 ...Read More

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China measures to boost exports

China has introduced several reforms to make its car industry more accessible and boost exports. There are no limits on companies making fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles since 2018. Restrictions on foreign ownership of local firms will be lifted ...Read More

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China exports mushrooms to Russia via sea-rail freight service

A freight train carrying 35 containers of mushroom products left Nanyang in central China’s Henan Province on the first week of January, heading for Russia. The freight train will arrive at the port city of Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong ...Read More

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China car exports

Although the government of China is predicting an increase in China-made car exports in the future, exports of finished vehicles in November 2019 only accounted for 3.2 per cent of the 2.6 million vehicles manufactured in the country. Car exports ...Read More

Brexit – new border controls for freight

The British Ports Association's New Year statement has outlined priorities for 2020. The EU Withdrawal Agreement will mean new border controls for freight operators, which will be a major challenge for parts of the UK logistics sector. BPA is anticipating ...Read More

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Ford, Tesla, BMW to be made in China for export

Beijing has set an objective of increasing exports of China-made foreign-branded vehicles in the coming years. Domestic car sales are falling and restrictions on overseas firms are being reduced, according to a government report. Manufacturers such as Ford Motors, GM, ...Read More

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Turkey Wishes to Increase Exports to Libya

An Organisation of Independent Businessmen in Turkey has revealed that Ankara is looking to boost Turkish exports to Libya by over 571%. ٍFrom Tripoli, their representative Murtada Koronfol said that the memorandum of understanding regarding the delineation of sovereignty areas ...Read More

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Sugar exports from India increasing

Although domestic sugar production in India during the current 2019-20 crushing season fell by 30 per cent, mills have signed sugar export contracts worth 2.5 million tonnes so far. Quoting market information, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said on that ...Read More

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South African citrus exports

Citrus exports from South Africa to the USA are expected to increase in 2020, based on increased plantings, according to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report. But South African farmers are growing a higher proportion of easy peel varieties. Soft ...Read More

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Chilean cherry exports land in Shanghai

The first export shipment of around 7,700 tons of cherries from Chile to Shanghai via a direct route arrived last week, and passed frontier inspection and customs. China is one of the largest import markets for cherries; the fruit usually ...Read More

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Canadian government not reporting on art exports

A series of government ministers has not released public reports from the past two years on the number of export permits issued for expensive artwork to leave Canada. The export permits are governed by the Cultural Property Export and Import ...Read More

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Record US Farm Exports to Philippines

The United States has benefitted from the Philippines’ growing demand for imports of agricultural products. Agricultural exports to the Philippines will reach a record of $3 billion by the end of 2019. The U.S. is the largest supplier of agricultural ...Read More

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Record Pakistan rice exports

Rice exports from Pakistan are stable as their currency devaluation against the dollar continues. Pakistan’s rice exports reached a record of 4.5 million tonnes during 2018-19, “the continuing devaluation of the Pakistani rupee against the dollar, down 40% since December ...Read More

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Egypt exports to Saudi

In 2017, Saudi Arabia banned imports of various Egyptian agricultural products, including strawberries, peppers, and guava, because of the high percentage of pesticide residue in violation of international health and safety standards. However, in March 2018, the Deputy Minister of ...Read More

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Iranian exports

Khorasan province in Northern Iran exported 245,400 tons of products worth $74m to Afghanistan in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21). India (18 percent) and China (8 percent) received the second and ...Read More

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Egypt exports to 12 new markets

Egyptian crops were exported to 12 new destinations in the year 2018/2019. The government were able to lift bans and additional inspections on some of the country’s agricultural exports. More than 20 types of Egyptian agricultural products were exported last ...Read More

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US import tariffs soon on Champagne

Officials and trade leaders in France have rebuked the announcement of potential US import tariffs on Champagne and other sparkling wines, as well as on many types of cheese. The USA has warned they may introduce import tariffs of ‘up ...Read More

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China: surge in cheese imports from EU

There has been a surge in dairy imports to China, even though cheese and other dairy products are not part of the traditional Chinese diet. According to European Commission data, Europe’s cheese exports to China in the first 11 months ...Read More

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India Liquor producers seek to increase exports

An industry body in India which represents liquor manufacturers is asking for government support to increase exports of alcoholic beverages. The body said that the ministry should not give major duty concessions to regions like the EU as it will ...Read More

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Iran exports $146million worth of handicrafts

"Iran has exported over $146 million worth of handicrafts in the first eight months of 2019,” the deputy minister of cultural heritage for handicrafts affairs, Pouya Mahmoudian, told reporters. Most exports are to Iraq and the Persian Gulf states. He ...Read More

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Norway fish exports via Belarus

Belarus is now Norway’s largest importer of trout and salmon, but from January 9th 2020, transit export sales to Russia will be closed. Russia closed its borders to salmon and trout from Norway in August 2014 as a countermeasure against ...Read More

Indian Government strategy on imports

The Indian government is working to formulate technical regulations, including safety and quality standards, for over 350 products with the aim of reducing imports of those non-essential items. Several Government Departments were consulted for imposition of import regulations. The target ...Read More

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Croatian sparkling wine exports increasing

Exports of Croatian-made sparkling wines are on a steady rise, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) said in a statement in December. 476 hectolitres were exported in the first nine months of 2019, compared with 441 hectolitres exported during the ...Read More

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Norway freight To Dubai In 1976

When a replacement part for a ship scheduled to call at Dubai was needed from a supplier in Norway, air freight was not available in 1976. That part had to be driven to Dubai in a freight vehicle. The gruelling ...Read More

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India increases income from tea exports by 10%

Up until the end of October 2019, India has earned 10.41 per cent more than last year from tea exports. This was because of a 9.52 per cent increase in the price, even though volume fell marginally, according to data ...Read More

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South Africa’s blueberry industry growth “a great story”

The South African blueberry export harvest has come to an end, with increased volumes of exports. Stone fruit exports run through to the end of March. Blueberries peak in August/ September, and are followed early peaches. The majority of blueberries ...Read More

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German exports likely to remain subdued

The German Finance Ministry reports that German exports are likely to remain low in the coming month. Slower world trade and global risks continue to cause difficulties for manufacturers. German exports have been showing some signs of stability. In September, ...Read More

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Tequila breaks export records

2019 has been one of the best years for the tequila industry: production and export records have been broken. “In 2019 we achieved the highest production of tequila in history, reaching 330 million liters in November,” said the president of ...Read More

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Japan reviews S.Korea export controls

The industry ministry of Japan has reviewed its tightened controls on exports of one of three high-tech materials which are usually exported to South Korea. This affects photoresist, a material which is used in making semiconductors. The change only applies ...Read More

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Burgundy exports over €1bn for first time

Exports of burgundy increased in volume and value in the period October 2018 – September 2019. 88.1 million bottles in total worth €1bn were exported. Global demand for Burgundy and rising prices generally contributed to these record figures. The increases ...Read More

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Railways event in Sweden

An international event focusing on transportation between Belarus, Latvia, and Scandinavia has been organized by Latvian Railways in Sweden. Belarusian companies use rail freight to export mineral fertilizers, oil products, timber, construction materials, ferrous metals, and other goods to Lithuania, ...Read More

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Irish whiskey export fears

In October it was announced that a selection of agricultural products including Irish butter, cheese and pork were to be subjected to US import tariffs, in direct retaliation for EU aircraft subsidies for Airbus UK. Irish whiskey from Northern Ireland ...Read More

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Peru Grape Exports

Exports of grapes from Peru are expected to increase by 5% in 2019-20, according to new estimates. The top export destination in 2018, accounting for 32% of Peru’s total exports, was the USA.

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Malaysia October exports stronger than expected

Exports from Malaysia in October declined 6.7% year-on-year, but total export value for the month is the highest monthly figure for the year and was above expectations, according to economists. The Department of Statistics said the country registered higher exports ...Read More

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Exports down 2.5-3% from Thailand

Thai National Shippers' Council predicts that exports this year will be down 2.5-3% on earlier expectations. They consider their currency value is too high against the dollar. The council saw no positive factors for exports but the negative factors included ...Read More

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Korean Beef Imports Recover

Beef from the USA which was once avoided by consumers who feared mad cow disease, now represents half of total beef imports to South Korea. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 209,034 tons of US beef ...Read More

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Japan to increase sake exports

Japan plans to allow new producers into the tightly regulated sake brewing industry, to increase exports of the traditional alcoholic beverage. Sake brewing has always been strictly regulated but now brewing licenses will be given to new entrants producing sake ...Read More

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New import tariffs for Exports from Europe

European regional specialties will be especially affected by planned import tariffs to the USA. Goods which have "protected name status", such as Scotch whisky and Parmesan cheese, need a specific production method and geographical provenance to be sold under that ...Read More

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US threatening import tariffs on France

The USA has been planning import tariffs on goods from various European countries, in retaliation for subsidies given to Airbus. There will be import duties of 10% on Airbus planes, and 25% on agricultural products such as French wine, Italian ...Read More

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Rail strike in Canada affects exports

The biggest rail strike ever in Canada is badly affecting the transport of goods for export and affecting the economy as a whole. Canada relies on the Railway to move products like crops, oil, potash, coal and other manufactured goods ...Read More

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Swiss watch exports fall to Hong Kong

Watch exports from Switzerland to mainland China were greater than those to Hong Kong for the first time in October, as anti-Beijing protests in the city reduced demand for luxury goods. Exports to Hong Kong fell by 30 per cent ...Read More

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Energy saving in Rotterdam port

The Port of Rotterdam is planning three projects to make it CO₂ neutral in three steps. The Port's goal is construct a robust and sustainable international freight transport system. A quarter of the freight going through the Port of Rotterdam ...Read More

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Beef exports Japan/China may resume

Japan is negotiating with China to resume exports of beef to the world's largest market for the first time in about two decades. Japan hopes to begin exports again next year, sources said. Beijing has been banning beef imports from ...Read More

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Xinjiang imports seafood from Pakistan

A cargo flight loaded carrying 9.25 tonnes of seafood from Pakistan arrived at the airport of Kashgar in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last Thursday. This is the first regular international cargo flight between Kashgar and Pakistan, according to ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association says Fuel targets will cost shipping sector

Companies who are shipping goods across the Irish Sea could face over £20m in extra charges annual in attempting to meet new targets on sulphur oxide, according to the Freight Transport Association. The rules imposed by the International Maritime Organisation ...Read More

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Pakistan allows tomato imports from Iran

The government of Pakistan has decided to allow import of tomatoes from Iran for a period of one month to help slow down the increase in prices of the vegetable in domestic market. “Yes, we have decided to allow import ...Read More

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Exports from Bulgaria increase

The value of Bulgaria’s exports in for the year up to September 2019 amounted to 42 636.7 million leva, 3.2 per cent higher than last year although in September 2019, Bulgaria’s total exports were 1.1 per cent lower than the ...Read More

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US wine exports to China tumble

U.S. vineyards are struggling to sell Syrah in Shanghai and Chardonnay in Shenzhen because of the trade war between China and the USA. China is one of the world's fastest-growing wine markets. The 16-month dispute is not connected with wine ...Read More

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Indonesia mattress imports to USA

Mattress imports from Indonesia have increased quickly recently, and recorded an approximate 25% share of the mattress import market in September. Vietnam had the biggest import share in September at 28%. Vietnam mattress imports had been “very limited in 2018 ...Read More

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Chilean blueberry exports rise

Blueberry exports from Chile continue to rise despite the troubles the country is facing. Up to Week 44, 1,681 tons of fresh blueberries have been exported, an increase of 34% over the previous season at the same week. An increase ...Read More

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US fashion exports grow 2.7% until September

In spite of the import tariffs imposed on China by the USA, exports from the United States have continued to increase. Between September 2018 and September 2019, clothing exports have increased 2.7% to 5.3 billion dollars. Sports fashion exports grew ...Read More

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Coffee exports fell in October but gained overall

Brazil exported 3.4 million 60-kg bags of coffee in October, a reduction of 13.1% year-on-year. Exports earned USD 441.1 million, a reduction of 14.7% from a year ago, the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council reported this Monday. In October 2018 however, ...Read More

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Dangerous Beef Exports

In August 2019, Bolivia in South America shipped 96 tons of beef to China, its first export to China. The event was celebrated but at the time wildfires were ravaging the Bolivian Amazon. Environmental organizations blamed the government for passing ...Read More

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Japan Government supports sake exports

The government of Japan intends to strengthen support for the expansion of sake exports, the Chief Cabinet Secretary said during his visit to a sake brewery which is committed to exporting its products. He said that the government would support ...Read More

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Norway seafood exports to China growing

Seafood exports from Norway to China are growing steadily, and Norway would be willing to strengthen cooperation between Chinese and Norwegian companies in the area of fisheries and aquaculture.   It is important for Norway to sell salmon to the Chinese ...Read More

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China will focus on imports

The Chinese President has told world and business leaders at the opening of an international trade fair on Tuesday (Nov 5) that China would honour its commitment to open the Chinese market and economy to foreign companies. This speech at ...Read More

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Netherlands machinery exports increase

The Netherlands earns its highest proportion of export revenue from machines and machinery parts, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS. Machines for making micro-chips and for the food industry – such as slaughterhouse systems – are ...Read More

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China asked to end steel scrap import ban

A scrap industry association in China is lobbying their government to end a ban on ferrous scrap imports in order to help relieve a domestic shortage of scrap and reduce costs for steel mills. China started halting imports of scrap ...Read More

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Fastest rail freight service between China and Germany

The fastest rail service from Xi'an in China to Hamburg and Neuss in Germany started on Monday, November 4. The freight service is expected to reduce transit time from 17 days to about 10 and 12 days. The new express ...Read More

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The double edge of growing exports to China

THE large increase in exports to China from emerging economies such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam has benefited their development, but may make them more vulnerable to "future Chinese economic coercion", according to an expert on the region. He ...Read More

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German exports to fall

Germany’s Chambers of Industry and Commerce has said it expected exports to shrink next year for the first time since the global financial crisis more than ten years ago. “For our economy, with its strong industrial core, this is a ...Read More

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Tea exports exceed $10 million

Turkey has exported 3,088 tons of tea valued at $10.8 million to 103 different countries in the first nine months of 2019, according to statistics from the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB). During last year, Turkey exported 2,035 tons ...Read More

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Marine exports to China may exceed $1-billion

Marine exports from India to China may exceed $1 billion by the end of the year. A trade delegation from China visited India on 9 October 2019, and signed a contract for imports of marine products worth $500 million in ...Read More

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China could remove extra import tariffs on US farm goods

China may remove extra tariffs on US agriculture products so that importers can buy the goods they want, rather than being directed to purchase specific amounts. The U.S. President Donald said earlier this month that China had pledged to spend ...Read More

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Plastic waste exports

Early in 2019, the EU exported about 150 000 tonnes of plastic waste per month - approximately half the volume of exports in 2015 and 2016, when exports went primarily to China and Hong Kong. New bans and restrictions on ...Read More

Plastic import bans should encourage re-cycling

Restrictions on plastic imports are forcing countries to improve their own capacities to handle the waste domestically, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). It says there is “huge potential” to increase re-use and recycling in Europe. There is an ...Read More

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Ecuadorian Mango exports slow

The Ecuadorian mango export season started more slowly than normal, but total export volumes this year should be eventually similar to the previous year. An industry spokesman said they had so far shipped almost one million boxes fewer than last ...Read More

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Hong Kong exports fall 7.3 per cent in September

Hong Kong exports fell by 7.3 per cent in September compared with last year not helped by the US-China trade war. Exports dropped to HK$347.7 billion September. Imports slipped 10.3 per cent to HK$379.3 billion, according to the Census and ...Read More

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Chilean Citrus Exports

In 2018 Chile exported a total volume of 360 thousand tons of citrus. 88 percent of the production is exported to the U.S.A., followed by Asia with 8 percent. The sector now aims to diversify its exports and improve the ...Read More

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Coal imports targeted by Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion Ireland is protesting against coal and fast fashion imports during their week-long protests as the in Dublin's Merrion Square. The group was protesting outside the Dublin headquarters of the Coal Marketing Company (CMC) to demand that the Government ...Read More

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India’s rice exports drop

Rice exports from India in August fell 29% year-on-year to 644,249 tonnes. One of the main reasons was weak import demand from African countries for non-basmati rice. "West African countries have imported a lot from China and don’t need to ...Read More

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Britain says 88pc of imports to face no tariffs in event of no-deal Brexit

The UK Government has said that a revised import tariff regime would come into force if there is a no-deal Brexit. 88 per cent of total imports by value would be eligible for levy free access. Britain also said under ...Read More

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Higher Prices on Lighter Wine imports

The USA is soon to introduce 25 percent American import tariffs on certain European foods, drinks and other products. The tariffs will go into effect on October 18. It results from a 15-year dispute over the subsidies which the European ...Read More

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Basmati exports growth slowing

Exports of basmati rice from India are expected to slow down after two years of increases. There is uncertainty over the level of exports to Iran and probably a reduction in average export sales. Basmati rice exports are expected to ...Read More

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Hong Kong exports drop 6.3

Hong Kong’s exports worsened in August, recording a 6.3 per cent year-on-year fall. Exports declined to US$44.9 billion while imports shrank 11.1 per cent, the Census and Statistics Department said last week. The export decline accelerated from the month of ...Read More

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Spanish Wine Exports to Japan Increase

The Spanish Wine Market Observatory reports that exports of Spanish wine to Japan increased by an astounding 180% in the first half of 2019, compared with 2018. Wines from Spain are increasingly popular in Japan; various organisations are helping companies ...Read More

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New Zealand Fruit exports strong

Exports from New Zealand of several products including crude oil, fruit, and dairy products increased in value in August 2019, but there was a fall in log exports. The value of total goods exports rose by 3.8 percent from August ...Read More

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China allows table grape imports from Portugal

China has published export protocols, which will allow Portuguese table grapes to begin entering the country. China's General Administration of Customs has said that Portuguese table grapes which comply with phytosanitary requirements are now permitted to be imported. The phytosanitary ...Read More

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Free trade pacts may harm apparel exports

Free trade agreements signed between major importing countries and manufacturing countries form a major challenge for Indian clothing exporters. Exports have recently moved back to the positive zone after two years. Export incentives are still crucial to enable Indian clothing ...Read More

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China-Europe freight train

A freight train carrying materials and parts for railway construction left Jinan, the capital of east China's Shandong Province, for Serbia last week. This is a new freight train route linking China and Serbia. The parts and equipment are for ...Read More

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Deal agreed for rail freight operator acquisition

One of the UK's largest rail freight companies has just been sold to a new owner. Said to be the third largest rail freight operator in the UK it operates more than 1,000 trainloads of freight a week, moving about ...Read More

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Việt Nam focuses on fruit exports

Agriculture officials in Vietnam have made fruit a key export product; it can realise eight or nine times more in value compare to rice production. It has been added to the list of key export agricultural products with seafood, rice, ...Read More

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Spanish Olive Oil Exports to US increase

Olive oil exports from Spain to the United States increased by 40 percent in the first half of 2019. This significant increase in exports has been attributed to low prices in Spain. There is also a prospect of impending tariffs, ...Read More

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Pakistan mango exports on eight-year high

A mango industry official has said that Pakistan’s mango exports have exceeded the 100,000 tons mark after eight years. This is still less than 7% of the total production. The former chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce ...Read More

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Indian exports

The Finance minister of India has announced a series of measures to boost exports. Since the beginning of the decade, exports from India have grown at an annual average of just 4%. Recovery has been intermittent. In the previous financial ...Read More

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Thai chicken exports to China increase

The Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association report from Bangkok that current increasing pork prices in China have caused a more than 700 percent increase in Thailand's chicken exports to China between January and July 2019. The Manager of the Thai ...Read More

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Swiss Exports Decline

Exports from Switzerland have declined for the second month in a row, while imports increased during August. Exports have fallen by a real 4.4 percent month-on-month in August. Imports rose by 1.0 percent in August. Exports declined by 4.3 percent ...Read More

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Thai Jewellery exports beat downturn

Despite weak performance in the Thailand's overall exports, gem and jewellery shipments are expected perform well. The director-general of the International Trade Promotion Department said that the department remains upbeat that gem and jewellery exports (including gold) will grow by ...Read More

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Gems & jewellery exports from India fall sharply in August

In India the gems and jewellery industry is in a difficult period as the reduction in export volumes is increasing every month. There was an 11 per cent fall in July, then a 14.44 per cent fall in August. The ...Read More

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China Import More Pork from USA

Rumours are that China wants to increase imports of pork from overseas, including the U.S. and European Union. The government in China is increasingly concerned about soaring prices. Beijing may be attempting to ease trade tensions with Washington by resuming ...Read More

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China allows more Brazil meat exports

China has now authorized another 25 Brazilian meat plants to export to China. The total of Brazilian meat plants able to export to China has now increased to 89. Of the 25 plants newly certified, 17 are beef producers, six ...Read More

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Denmark Export Growth higher than Imports

Exports from Denmark increased much more quickly than imports in July, according to data from Statistics Denmark. Exports - excluding those of ships, aircraft, fuel, etc - grew a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent year-on-year, while imports rose 1.4 percent. Compared ...Read More

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Romanian exports falling in July, imports remain strong

Exports from Romania decreased by 1% in July 2019, compared to the same month of 2018. In the year up to July, exports advanced by a mere 2.1% compared to the same period last year. Exports of vehicles, nearly half ...Read More

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Singapore imports of Thai rice met by other sources

Singapore’s imports of rice from Thailand can be easily met by alternative sources, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry. “Singapore’s demand for rice is very small compared to total global rice production. For example, we account for only 1.2 ...Read More

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Russia main import market for Turkey ag exports

From January to August 2019, Turkey exported around 2 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetable exports to 114 countries in the first eight months of the year, generating $1.2 billion in revenue. The Russian Federation was the main importer ...Read More

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Georgia is 17th Country in World for Wine Exports

The Association of American Wine Economists has ranked Georgia in 17th position in the world in their list of wine exporting countries. IN 2018, wine companies in Georgia exported 86.2 million bottles of wine totaling $196.6 million in value. 284 ...Read More

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Abu Dhabi Exports Office is launched

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX), which will provide finance and guarantees to importers from the public and private sectors who wish to import ...Read More

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China’s second-hand vehicles exported to Russia

A freight train loaded with over 60 second-hand vehicles left Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province in south-west China on Sunday. The vehicles will be in the Russian market in about two weeks. An Import and Export Corporation in Chengdu ...Read More

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Tasmanian woman jailed for illegal garlic imports

Illegal garlic imports putting Australia's bio-security at risk have resulted in an 11-month jail sentence for a Tasmanian farmer. The former chairperson of the Australian Garlic Industry Association imported almost 2200 garlic bulbs from the United States and Canada. These ...Read More

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Lower duties on Israeli imports

An expanded Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement has now taken effect. The Agreement has removed or reduced tariffs on the import into Israel of a wide range of foods from Canada. Tariffs on imports into Israel from Canada on fresh apples, ...Read More

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Grape exports from Australia surpass half billion dollars

This year the value of Australian table grape exports has exceeded half a billion dollars for the first time ever. Australia exported a little over 146,000 metric tons (MT) of the fruit overseas in the 2019 season, meaning a rise ...Read More

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Thailand Ministries told to lift exports

The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand has told the Commerce and Agriculture Ministries to co-operate in encouraging exports over the remaining months of the year to help the country survive the US-China trade war storm. The two ministries must team ...Read More

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Melton Mowbray pork pie makers and No 10 clash over Johnson claim

Melton Mowbray pork pies are at the centre of a dispute about British exports. Boris Johnson said at the G7 meeting in Biarritz that pork pies are exported to Thailand and Iceland, but cannot be exported to the US due ...Read More

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Weaker exports from Germany

The Federal Statistics Office in Germany has confirmed a preliminary gross domestic product contraction of 0.1% quarter-on-quarter from April to June. Exports fell harder than imports in the second quarter and construction investment was also falling. “The details of the ...Read More

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Finland and EU should ban Brazilian beef imports

The Minister of Finance for Finland has said that the country and the rest of the EU should seriously consider banning beef exports from Brazil. Banning beef and soya exports from Brazil has been proposed as a method to compel ...Read More

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Rail plans could take Scotch off busy roads

The Scottish government has announced plans for detailed design work on a reinstated passenger train service to ­Levenmouth. This was welcomed by the Scottish Rail Freight Group, whose spokesman said that it was important for the Scottish Government to works ...Read More

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UΚ Freight Tonnage Stable

Freight tonnages through UK ports were stable overall in 2018, the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Annual UK Port Freight Statistics show. There was only a 0.1% difference on the previous year at 483.3m tonnes, said the British Ports Association (BPA). ...Read More

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Wine Export From Republic Of Georgia

After a three-year average growth spurt of 54 percent year over year, wine exports from Georgia to the United States grew by 88 percent in the first half of 2019. The U.S.A is now Georgia’s tenth largest export market for ...Read More

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Bangladesh leather goods exports improve

Exports of leather and leather goods from Bangladesh rebounded impressively because of higher shipments to non-traditional markets and the US-China trade war. Export shipments in July amounted to $106.10 million, a 16.39 percent year-on-year growth. This is the only sector ...Read More

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Possible new freight route Scotland – Holland

If proposals for a new ferry line between Rosyth and Groningen are fruitful, there would be advantages for Scottish exporters and British roads. New ferries have a capacity of up to 200 freight vehicles, in addition to 500 cars and ...Read More

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Whisky exports: new Scotland-Netherlands ferry possible

A Scottish company is discussing launching a new ferry line with a Dutch port Britain's potentially giving a speedy alternative route for Scottish exports such as whisky if Brexit causes initial customs delays. The ferry line is projected to run ...Read More

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China welcomes Australian beef imports

Australia may be able to triple its exports of grain-fed beef to China by 2030, as the country has an increasing appetite for the marbled meat. Increases in the consumption of beef in Asian countries, especially in China, may cause ...Read More

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Pharmaceutical exports from Turkey increase

Pharmaceutical exports from Turkey increased by 150% from 2009 to 2018. The country earned nearly $1.2 billion from its pharmaceutical exports last year, up from $474 million in 2009, TurkStat reported. The country also imported nearly $4.8 billion worth of ...Read More

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Exports from Switzerland fall in July

Switzerland’s exports declined in July, according to data from the Federal Customs Administration. Exports dropped by a real 1.8 percent on month in July, after a 2.5 percent increase during June. Imports fell by 0.5 percent following a 1.3 percent ...Read More

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Norway Exports Decline Sharply In July

Exports from Norway fell sharply in July compared with last year, according to the government Statistics Office in Norway. Although exports plunged 19.1 percent year-on-year in July, imports increased 8.7 percent. The export figures were affected by in reduction in ...Read More

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Ukraine increases honey exports

Ukraine increased the volume of honey exports up to May this year by 20.2% compared to the same period last year. "Ukraine is one of the largest honey exporters in the world ... For five months of this year, Ukraine ...Read More

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Denmark encourages renewable energy exports

The Energy Agency of Denmark has initiated funding to help renewable and clean energy exports. This will help green energy companies and organisations in Denmark in the promotion of technology and services abroad. The energy export fund will accept applications ...Read More

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EU Trade Barriers to India Seafood exports

India’s seafood exports are valued at some Rs 50,000 crore annually, but after approximately 15 years of export growth to the EU suddenly the EU has sort of “had a change of heart because India’s exports to Europe had really ...Read More

India Exports increase

Merchandise exports from India rebounded and grew 2.25% in July, helped by increased shipments of organic goods, drugs and pharmaceuticals. Imports fell, narrowing the trade deficit. Exports had fallen 9.71% in June amid intensifying trade tensions between the US and ...Read More

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India seafood exports

Seafood exports from India to the European Union are expected to drop sharply this year as its biggest competitor Vietnam signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Bloc in July. The FTA helps it export products to the ...Read More

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China plans land-sea freight system

China is planning an efficient and environmentally friendly freight system in the west of the country by 2025. Railway networks and sea ports are to be expanded under the plan. The plan said that 500 000 standard containers will be ...Read More

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Cashew nuts exports, markets increase

Cambodia exported 167,285 tonnes of cashew nuts in the first seven months of this year. The Ministry of Agriculture said that cashew nut exports have increased significantly since the government promised to reach one million tonnes of exports in the ...Read More

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S Korean imports of Japanese reduce

Imports of Japanese beer into South Korea fell by 45% in July from the previous month. Korean consumers boycotted the product provoked by an escalating political and economic dispute between the two Asian countries. This is good news for other ...Read More

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Israel Toiletry Imports made easier

A new document outlining the principles of toiletry imports removes current regulations which require importers to receive advance import permits from the Health Ministry. Parallel importers will now not need to present documents showing their full supply chain, from production ...Read More

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China export growth

Exports from China returned to growth in July despite escalating U.S. trade pressure. This was caused by improved global demand, but Washington is preparing to impose even more import tariffs on Chinese goods. A sharp drop in the yuan currency ...Read More

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Peru expects increase in blueberry exports

Peru expects to continue its remarkable growth trend in blueberry volumes this coming season. If the forecast is correct, it could be the world's largest exporter. "We expect blueberry exports to be around 110,000 and 125,000 metric tons (MT)," said ...Read More

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Volvo launches China exports

Volvo Cars has begun exports of the XC60 midsize crossover assembled in the south China city of Chengdu to Europe. The company has plans to use China as a production hub for global export markets. The first consignment of XC60s ...Read More

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Michigan farmers seek tariffs on Turkey cherry imports

Cheap imports of cherries from Turkey threaten the income of farmers in Michigan, who produce two-thirds of the country's sour cherry supply. This has prompted the industry to turn to the U.S. government for help by imposing tariffs on imports. ...Read More

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Leather exports from India decline

Exports of leather and leather goods from India have been on a declining trend since 2014-15. Global demand for leather imports has shrunk, and it has been difficult to obtain raw materials. In 2014-15, India had exported leather and leather ...Read More

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Turmeric Exports from India affected by sanctions

Indian turmeric exports have been affected by the US sanctions against Iran, which is the largest importer of the spice from India. “In the absence of Iran, there are no big orders for Indian turmeric. Bangladesh is now buying but ...Read More

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Increase in freight volume through German ports

300 million tons of freight was carried by container and other cargo vessels via German sea ports in 2018, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). In comparison with the previous year, maritime transport to and from Germany increased by 1.6 percent ...Read More

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Passenger car exports up

Exports of Passenger cars assembled in Korea rose 6.1 percent in the first half of 2019, compared with the previous year on the back of strong demand from the North American market. Korean carmakers shipped passenger cars with a combined ...Read More

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Nylon imports/exports fall

Exports of nylon from Europe fell sharply in May, down 51.3%, and imports dropped 9.7%. The decrease in imports and exports was mainly caused by low downstream demand in the automotive sector, affecting chemical markets on a global scale. “The ...Read More

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Hong Kong June Exports fall

Hong Kong’s exports fell more drastically than expected in June. Exports declined in June to HK$309.6 billion ($39.6 billion), a reduction of9% from year-ago figures, according to Hong Kong government statistics. This is the worst result since 2016. Imports also ...Read More

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Kiwifruit exports from Chile to Europe fall

The Far Eastern market seem to have become the leading importers for Chilean kiwifruit exports this season. There has been huge year-on-year drop in exports to Europe. Total exports so far are down 13%, according to the country's Kiwifruit Committee. ...Read More

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Container goods improve port throughput

In the first half of the year import and export trade figures reached a record at Rotterdam. The largest port in Europe handled more container goods and imports of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose. Total freight throughput in ...Read More

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Grape exports from Brazil soar

Fruit exports from Brazil rose by 21% in volume in the first half of the year, dominated by an increase of more than three times the previous year of table grape shipments. The country exported 430,000 metric tons (MT) of ...Read More

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Guangdong exports increase

Guangdong Province in China exported goods worth 287.7 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of this year, an increase of 3.9 percent over last year. Guangdong's imports, however, fell by 2.5 percent, with the trade surplus widening 18.9 percent ...Read More

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Growth in Poland Freight Forwarding Market

Poland has become an important player the transport and logistics market. The Freight Forwarding Market in POland has shown a strong growth, helped by entry into the EU and the opening of European markets. The Polish freight transport market is ...Read More

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Romania’s huge agri imports

Romania had the largest corn crop in EU in 2018 but has increased its corn imports in Q1, 2019 by 17%. The country imported over 173,000 tons of corn, costing over 68 million euros, but only 149,143 tons of corn ...Read More

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Turkey exports watermelons to Germany

Aydin, a city in southwestern Turkey, produces 45 thousand tons of watermelons per year. 90% of these are consumed domestically, the remainder are exported mainly to Iraq and Ukraine. This year, the area exported watermelons to Germany as well. A ...Read More

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Pakistan fruit exports grow

The export of Pakistani fruits increased by 4.34 percent during the first 11 months of the financial year, compared with exports for the corresponding period of last year. Fruit exports from the country were recorded as $ 393.945 million during ...Read More

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European markets import/export more seafood products

The E.U. is the largest consumer of fishery and aquaculture products in the world. Demand far exceeds supply, so the bloc is increasingly sourcing products from around the world in order to meet market requirements. In 2018, E.U. imports from ...Read More

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Jordan’s exports to EU drop

Exports from Jordan to the European Union witnessed dropped by 2.6 per cent during the first third of the year, in comparison with the same period in 2018. However, Jordan’s exports to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries have ...Read More

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China imports beef from Panama for the first time

Shanghai customs officials have said that the first batch of beef imports from Panama has entered China. The imported beef, weighing 23 tonnes, is one of the products imported due to new bilateral trade agreements between the two countries. The ...Read More

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TT exports $235m in chocolates

Trinidad and Tobago are exporting chocolates and cocoa worldwide, and their export markets are growing. Export figures are improving: in cocoa the Central Statistical Office figures for the last three years (2016-2018) indicate that they have exported $30 million worth ...Read More

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Kenya’s avocado exports to China to increase

Kenya intends to increase its avocado exports to China by 10% annually over the next three years. Chinese traders are actively seeking new import opportunities in the Kenyan market for avocados, explains Export Promotion Council’s CEO Peter Biwott. “Chinese traders ...Read More

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Norway praises India

Norway has praised India for accepting a UN court ruling on its maritime boundary dispute with Bangladesh. Norway said it was a "very, very good example" of New Delhi abiding by democracy and a rules-based world order in contrast to ...Read More

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Customs strike team against garbage imports

The Department of Finance in the Philippines has ordered the Bureau of Customs to study the possible formation of a special 'strike team' to guard against the import of waste materials which countries are attempting to dump in the Philippines. ...Read More

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Chickpea exports from Australia down

Australian chickpea exports in May totaled 27,288 tonnes, a reduction of 37pc from the April total of 43,134t, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This reduction reflects reduced tonnage shipped to Bangladesh, which is ...Read More

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Bulgaria traceability of fruit and veg imports

Bulgaria plans to create a register of fruit and vegetable traders and will track importers' goods from the border to the counter. The system will also check whether the importer has stock, and whether the imports are sold at a ...Read More

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Temporary ban on pork imports from Germany

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines has ordered a temporary ban on pork imports from Germany. It was discovered a pork import shipment from Germany was mixed with 250 kilos of pork from Poland, a country with an African ...Read More

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Ban on sea sand exports

Malaysia denied that its ban on sea sand export is designed to stop Singapore from expanding its land mass. The Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar said that river sand is still being exported to its neighbour. He ...Read More

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US makes first rice sale to Chinese buyers

A producer in California has agreed a deal to export the first-ever sale of U.S. rice to buyers in China. About seven months ago, China officially opened its import market to U.S. rice, ending 20 years of haggling over details ...Read More

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Global Timber Exports

Out of the top-ten countries which export timber, the largest year-over-year increases (in %) were in Ukraine, Russia, the US, Chile and Germany. Exports from Ukraine have increased dramatically after the country banned most exports of softwood logs in 2017. ...Read More

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South Korea may use countermeasures to Japan’s export limits

South Korea may decide to retaliate against the latest export limits from Japan on high-tech materials. Japan and South Korea are in a political dispute over forced wartime labor, and this has effected the decision on exports. "Implementing corresponding measures ...Read More

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Malaysia’s exports improve

Malaysia’s export growth remained positive for a second consecutive month in May. This was better than expected. In local currency terms exports grew by 2.5% year-on-year in May, exceeding the median of 2.2% growth and up from 1.1% growth in ...Read More

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China’s Pork Imports Surge

There was a 63% increase in China’s pork imports in May compared with the same month last year. This emphasises the devastating effect which African swine fever continues to have on the world’s largest pork producing country. China is stocking ...Read More

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US hearing on Chinese imports

U.S. hearings on the proposed new round of import tariffs from China have entered the second week. Hundreds of witnesses presented their views to trade officials about their opposition to protectionist measures. Farah Ahmed, the president and CEO of the ...Read More

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New Zealand May exports

Exports from New Zealand remained at high levels in May, driven by increases in primary sector exports including dairy, fruit, and fish, according to Stats NZ. In May 2019, the value of total goods exports rose $455 million (8.5 percent) ...Read More

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Food Imports for Africa

A South African government official called on African countries to increase trade, particularly food trade, between each other. He said latest research on the agro-processing sector indicates that Africa is estimated to spend up to 50 billion U.S. dollars on ...Read More

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Bid to drive Scottish drink exports

TWO food and drink entrepreneurs are co-operating to create a state-of-the-art bottling facility which they think will help Scottish craft spirits producers dramatically increase export sales. They say that the bottling facility, based in Cumbernauld, will allow small distillers to ...Read More

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Japan Food exports to meet govt target

Exports of agricultural, fishery and forestry products and related processed foods from Japan will probably achieve a government-set target of ¥1 trillion in 2019. Japanese “washoku” cuisine is experiencing a boom overseas. “Since there remains much room for a further ...Read More

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USA ports request import tariff concession

Container port terminals in the USA are pleading with the government to remove gantry cranes critical to the flow of U.S. imports and exports from Chinese import tariffs. They hope to avoid a proposed 25 percent tariff on products which ...Read More

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Rail Freight in Europe

Ten years ago the China Government proposed to build a robust rail network to connect Europe and China. The development was not welcomed by logistics service providers and shipping liners. Now the rail freight network connects approximately 34 European cities ...Read More

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Export figures restore confidence

Total exports from the UK grew at a rate of three per cent in the financial year 2018/2019 to a high of £639.9 billion, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). British exports have now increased consecutively for the ...Read More

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Peruvian pomegranate exports yield positive results

Pomegranate exports from Peru increased slightly during the first four months of this year. The Netherlands was the main export destination, taking 51% of the total export shipments. Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom were next on the ...Read More

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Elbe upgrade gives port of Hamburg opportunity

The Elbe entrance to the port of Hamburg is being upgraded, which gives a positive signal for shipping companies and shippers in Germany and internationally. The German gateway announced a 6.4% increase in first-quarter freight container traffic. Hamburg’s growth rate ...Read More

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Plastic waste exports drop

U.S. exporters shipped 67% less plastic scrap in the first quarter of this year, than the first quarter of 2017. The decline was mainly caused by China, which no longer appears in the top 10 destinations of U.S. scrap plastic ...Read More

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China cancels imports of US pork

China has cancelled orders for 3247 tons of US pork imports, a day after the USA had imposed a 25 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The US Department of Agriculture says that latest cancellation of pork ...Read More

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Turkey halves import tariffs on US goods

Turkey has decided to halve the additional duties on U.S. imports. The policy was instituted after Washington's announcement that they would decrease tariffs on Turkish iron and steel imports to 25 percent from 50 percent recently. According to the official ...Read More

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Top 5 exporters account for a quarter of exports

A new report from the Central Statistical Office show that the country's five biggest exporters accounted for 26% of all exports in 2017. The biggest export sector was pharmaceuticals. The CSO said that the five highest value exporters accounted for ...Read More

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Fresh Produce Imports to Spain

Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable imports grew in both volume and value terms compared with the same period of 2018. According to the latest data from Customs, fresh produce imports grew 10 per cent in volume to 569,692 tonnes. Vegetable ...Read More

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Food imports to Pakistan drop

The country’s food imports dropped by 9.85pc in the first 10 months of the current financial year, as compared to the imports recorded during the same period of FY2017-18. Import of palm oil witnessed a sharp decrease of 10.99pc during ...Read More

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US-China trade war

Intermediate goods and capital equipment — such as electric motors, bicycle parts and plastics — delivered to American factories and workshops make up the largest share of US imports from China. Higher costs for these supplies, which are directly involved ...Read More

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Japan plan to increase food exports

Japan intends to streamline policy coordination between government agencies in an attempt to expand food exports. Exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and processed food from Japan are expected to reach 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) by 2020. The ...Read More

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Kesar mangoes from Valsad shipped by

For the first time Kesar mangoes from the Valsad area of India have been shipped by sea to the UK. The mango exports always previously travelled by air, but air freight costs have become so expensive that it was decided ...Read More

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April exports from Taiwan down

Taiwan received orders for exports to a total of US$37.66 billion in April 2019, decreasing by 3.7% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). The top two exports by value were IT/communication products and electronic products. The ...Read More

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Concern about fraudulent imports of cashew kernel

Cashew processors and exporters in India are worried about the sharp increase in fraudulent imports of cashew kernels. India produces 6-7 million tonne of raw cashews per year and until recently was the leading exporter of kernels to the global ...Read More

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Capacity increasing on land-sea freight route from China

Twenty-five containers of vehicles on freight trains Chongqing Municipality in southwest China last week and headed for the Philippines. The export shipment signifies the start of a mregular freight service for finished vehicles on the land-sea freight route. This is ...Read More

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China Exports fall In April

Instead of the expected rise in exports, in April data showed a fall, suggesting that the trade war with the US was having a greater effect than previously thought. China’s General Administration of Customs said that exports fell 2.7% compared ...Read More

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Knitwear exports from India

Knitwear exports from India during April 2019 are on the increase which is a very encouraging sign, said the chairman of India International Knit Fair. India now has an advantage because the United States (US) imposed import tariffs on some ...Read More

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China hope for South African avocado exports

The current South African government is planning to achieve export-led growth in agriculture and has identified avocados as a key factor. Advisers are encouraging the country to follow Kenya’s path by driving exports of avocados to China. The output of ...Read More

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Australian beef exports

Export figures of beef from Australia just released by Department of Agriculture are higher than expected at 98,647 tonnes, considering the production lost due to Easter and Anzac Day holidays. Usually there is a tight relationship between slaughter levels and ...Read More

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Drug exports from India rise on disruption in China

Exports of bulk drugs from India have been growing in double digits during the financial year 2019. This period that was marked by drug shortages in the global market because of supply disruptions in China. The domestic market in India ...Read More

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NZ wine exports on track for another good year

Wine exports are expected to exceed growth forecasts for the 2019 export year, according to a recently released report. Modest growth for New Zealand wine exports was expected to continue over the rest of the calendar year 2019. Early this ...Read More

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Duty-free maize imports to be allowed

Kenya is preparing to allow duty free maize imports from July, to compensate for the grain shortage which has caused the price of flour rise 30 percent in one month. The Agriculture Cabinet Secretary told millers in a private meeting ...Read More

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Shippers expect export recovery

A shippers group in Bangkok is hopeful that exports will fare better in the second quarter than the first after a contraction of 1.64% year-on-year in the January-March period. The Thai National Shippers' council expects exports to bounce back to ...Read More

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China suspends imports from Canada pork producer

Pork producers in Canada await developments, after China temporarily suspended pork imports from two Canadian processing facilities. The suspension imposed by China may be because of labelling irregularities. This is a matter of concern for Canadian exporters of pork.

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Zimbabwe needs to diversify its exports

The CEO of ZimTrade has said exports from Zimbabwe need to urgently be diversified to narrow the trade deficit. Imports have continued to dominate the economy over exports since dollarisation, but the trend is downwards and the trade gap is ...Read More

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Moe calls for retaliatory scrutiny of Chinese imports

The Premier of Canada Scott Moe has called for a retaliatory measures in Canada’s import inspection regime to alert China of Canada's displeasure. He said it’s time for Canada to be “reciprocal in our scrutiny” as Chinese imports are arriving ...Read More

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Shandong Province, China sends more freight train

Shandong Province in East China has sent a total 214 freight trains to countries in Asia and Europe in Q1, up 251 percent from last year. Five new routes linking Shandong with cities such as Duisburg, Ulan Bator and Hanoi ...Read More

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China to spend $965 million on Thai fruit imports to drive growth

China will import around $965.8 million worth of fresh produce from Thailand over the next three years. They will import fruit, mainly durian and mangosteen, worth RMB 5 billion from Thailand. Imports of fresh food are becoming increasingly popular in ...Read More

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Rail freight investment in Tees Valley

A daily rail freight connection from Teesport to Scotland has been celebrated with an official locomotive naming ceremony at Teesport. Teesport now offers more daily freight connections to Scotland than any other port in the North, after a second Scottish ...Read More

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Increasing exports of Scotch

The Scottish whisky industry has been supported in recent years by rising export sales. Exports reached £4.7bn last year. Several distilleries have started production and opening their doors to tourists. A report by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) shows Scotland’s ...Read More

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Tobacco imports to Saudi nearly halved

The import of tobacco products into Saudi Arabia fell by 43.1 percent last year, apparently due to the implementation of an excise tax. In 2017, Saudi Arabia imported cigarettes and tobacco products worth SR3.13 billion, before the tax was implemented. ...Read More

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Chile forecasts reduction in citrus exports

Chile has forecast a 3% reduction in citrus exports for the 2019 season, with clementines declining the most. The Citrus Committee of the exporters’ association ASOEX said that clementine volumes will probably drop by 8% and oranges by 3%. They ...Read More

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Afghan Saffron Increase In Exports

The price of Afghanistan’s saffron has increased in local because exports of the spice to international markets have seen a dramatic increase, a local investor said. According to officials, one of the main reasons for the increase in saffron exports ...Read More

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Sri Lanka tea exports increase

Exports of tea from Sri Lanka for the month of March 2019 totaled 26.4 million kgs, an increase of 0.3 million kgs against the volume of 26.1 million kgs registered for March 2018, according to a report by the Tea ...Read More

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Exports from India reach all-time high

Exports from India in 2018-19 reached the highest in value for any financial year as India took advantage of the trade war between the US and China. Exports grew more than 9 per cent over the last financial year. Imports ...Read More

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Ukraine almost doubled imports of citrus in March

Ukrainian consumers are increasingly preferring imports of exotic fruits, although there are plenty of local apples at an affordable price. In March alone, imports of citrus increased by purchased 1.8 times. In March 2019 Ukraine imported 64,000 tons of citrus ...Read More

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China increases pork imports

The China Government is now unfolding a protein buying program which will probably be the biggest in the history of US pork exports. This is because of African Swine Fever which has forced pig herd slaughtering in China. Recently US ...Read More

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Zimbabwe Exports to UK increase

Zimbabwe’s exports to the UK have increased by 276 percent since 2012, according to ZimTrade. Harare is now working on strengthening bilateral and trade ties with London in preparation for BREXIT. Zimbabwe has already drafted a bilateral trade agreement to ...Read More

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China may permit more Brazilian meat imports

China may permit more Brazilian meat imports after important trade talks planned for May, the Chinese ambassador to Brazil said on Monday. He did not say how many meat processing plants might be approved by China but, said this would ...Read More

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TV exports from China

A TV company in China company plans to export 1.5 million television sets to Europe in 2019 and 2.1 million sets in 2021, establishing supply chain centres in Germany, Poland, Russia and Belarus, Wang said. The Polish consul general in ...Read More

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California wine exports down

Wine exports from the USA reached $1.47bn in revenues and 375m liters (41.7 million cases) in 2018. Over 90% of this was exported from California. Total exports were down 4.8% in value and 1.2% in volume due to the strength ...Read More

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New freight route China – Poland

China Railway Express began its freight train service to Europe some time ago. Increasing numbers of international companies are benefiting from its relatively high speed to export goods overseas. Shipping via China Railway Express are similar to shipping goods by ...Read More

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USA threatens new import tariffs on EU products

The US government has threatened to impose tariffs on $11 billion in imports from the European Union, which may make international trade even more difficult. The decision to target products such as passenger helicopters, ski-suits, and various cheeses and wines ...Read More

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Chilean plum exports to China cause price fall

Exports from Chile of the D’Agen plum variety to China have increased significantly during the current season; the glut has caused average prices to fall to half the level recorded last year. This variety of plum is traditionally sold in ...Read More

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Additional post Brexit railfreight services

Eurotunnel is preparing to operate additional freight train services and building a new terminal for unaccompanied trailers; this may be a preparation for a 'no deal' Brexit, but actually might be a more efficient way to handle cross Channel freight ...Read More

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Malaysia exports fall 5.3%

Exports from Malaysia dropped sharply in February, the first reduction since August as trade with most of its partners slowed down. Exports fell 5.3% in February compared with a year earlier, below the 1.4% rise forecast. In January, exports grew ...Read More

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Russia will expand rail freight exports to China

The operator of the Port of Vladivostok, and Rail Cargo Logistics-RUS will support exports by rail freight from Russia to China on behalf of the Russian Export Center. The operators say they will establish the best transport routes, and provide ...Read More

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Exports Drop from South Korea

South Korea's exports fell for the fourth month running in March, because of declining semiconductor prices and slower economic growth in China. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said exports had dropped 8.2 percent on-year last month to US$47.1 ...Read More

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Fruit & veg imports to Spain rise

The import of fruits and vegetables to Spain in January 2019 grew by 11% in terms of volume and by 26% in terms of value compared to the same month of 2018. Vegetable imports increased the most strongly, with 12% ...Read More

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Canada – China soybean exports increased by 80% last year

Soybean growers in Canada are concerned that China will block soybean imports as well as canola, which will mean they have few export markets left. China is widening the ban on canola imports and growers of other Canadian oilseeds are ...Read More

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Improved market access for agricultural exports from Australia

Trade measures to improve market access for agricultural exports is one of the main high points for farmers in Australia's Budget. The Treasurer announced $29.4 million towards program for “high export growth potential” products, to help get Australian food and ...Read More

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HMRC no deal EU exit Guidance for Ro/Ro Ports and Eurotunnel

HMRC have published information to highlight changes at Roll-on Roll-off ports and Eurotunnel should the UK leave the EU without a deal on 12 April 2019. This information is relevant to organisations that import or export goods through roll-on, roll-off ...Read More

US avocado imports threatened

There may be an avocado shortage in the USA if the President shuts down the border with Mexico, preventing imports of Mexican avocados. The United States is heavily reliant on imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol from Mexico. About half ...Read More

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HMRC Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) – Day1 No-deal readiness

HMRC  announced on 22 March 2019 further details of new customs requirements, should the UK leave the EU without a deal. An extension of the date when the first supplementary customs declarations must be submitted, and any import duties must ...Read More

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India wants to increase Exports To China

The commerce ministry of India has called a meeting of stakeholders, including export promotion councils, on April 5 to discuss ways to increase exports to China. Participants would include officials from the agriculture ministry, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export ...Read More

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China to reduce waste imports to zero

China intends to reduce solid waste imports to zero by 2020. The intention is to reduce pollution and encourage recycling sites in China to deal with the increasing volumes of domestic waste. Since the 1980s, China has imported hundreds of ...Read More

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Namibia stops cabbage & onion imports

Namibia will suspend imports of controlled crops -butternuts, cabbages and onions– between April and August because production in the country is expected to improve. Total domestic demand for onions is 3,470 tons, while local farmers are expected to produce 5,440 ...Read More

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Potential Strike in Norway

Unions in Norway have warned that up to 25 000 private sector workers may go out on strike as from Monday April 1st if last-ditch mediation on this year’s labour and wages negotiations with the unions fail. If this goes ...Read More

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Irish grain imports at record record level

Farming groups in Ireland are asking the Department of Agriculture to explain why ship loads of grain are being imported while farmers have grain supplies sitting in their sheds. A spokesperson for the Irish Grain Growers Group said Irish grain ...Read More

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UK food and drink exports improved by whisky and gin

The Food and Drink Federation have released figures showing that food and drink exports from the UK reached £22.6 billion (US$29.9bn) last year, a “slower growth” compared to the 9.7% rise of 2017. During 2018, there was slower growth in ...Read More

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Wine imports to China slide in first two months

A Shenzhen-based research firm published a report showing that the country’s wine imports suffered a year-on-year decline of 13% in volume in January and February. Import value during the period fell by 10%. In 2018 China’s overall import volumes dropped ...Read More

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New Container Feeder Services to Southampton

A container shipping group based in China will introduce a new weekly call at Southampton port, as part of a rotation on one of its Europe Feeder & Trans-Atlantic routes, which includes St Petersburg, Russia; Kotka, Finland; Southampton, UK; and ...Read More

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Hong Kong’s exports and imports fall

Exports and imports of goods from and to Hong Kong both dropped in February compared with last year, official data showed. The value of total exports of goods fell by 6.9 percent in February, after a year-on-year decrease of 0.4 ...Read More

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Record citrus exports

Southern Africa citrus growers will export a record crop of almost 137m boxes of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries this year. It is hoped that the increase in exports should result in job opportunities, more foreign exchange revenue ...Read More

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Grape exports record from Peru

Peru should finish the 2018-19 table grape season with exports of 50 million 8.2 kilogram boxes. This means a 51.5% rise in exports over the previous season, which was severely affected by heavy rains and flooding at the start of ...Read More

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Poland and Czech Republic against illegal waste imports

Poland and the Czech Republic are planning to cooperate more closely against illegal waste shipments. The countries signed a declaration about illegal trans frontier waste shipments at the end of February. The governments also intend to set up a joint ...Read More

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China allows Tesla Model 3 imports

The Customs Authority of China has lifted the suspension on imports of Tesla’s Model 3. “We can confirm that the warning notice on Tesla has been canceled,” said an official, from the Customs Service. China import authorities stopped clearing Tesla ...Read More

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Exports grow faster than imports in Poland

In January 2019 exports from Poland grew faster than imports for the first time since May 2018. Poland's foreign trade deficit amounted to EUR 100 million after January 2019. Exports amounted to EUR 18.1 billion, a 2.5 percent increase year ...Read More

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Turkey’s export rise

In February, Turkey had the highest February export figure in the country's history. Exports increased by 5% in the first two months of the year, and imports decreased 23.1%.” The Trade Minister said that the rate of exports covering imports ...Read More

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Container Terminal in Sweden growing

A new greenfield container terminal at the Port of Gävle, Sweden is to be developed based on finance from a Swedish investment company. Gävle is Sweden’s third largest container port, and has experienced significant growth for some time. Demand for ...Read More

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South Korea export decline

Exports from Korea are continuing  to decelerate during the month of  March, which is endangering Korea's main contributor to the economy.  The Customs Service said that  exports in the first 10 days of March fell by 19.1 percent compared with ...Read More

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US citrus exports slow

U.S. orange and tangerine exports declined by about 2% in value and 14% in volume last year. Trade statistics show that the top export market for U.S. oranges and tangerines was South Korea in 2018. South Korea accounted for 33% ...Read More

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China biggest supplier of imports to Philippines

China supplied the most imports to the Philippines, with 22.2 percent share of the total imports in January 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). "Import bills to this country posted an increase of 24.5 percent or an amount ...Read More

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Sweden relieved as port strike cancelled

A strike guaranteed to delay Swedish exports and imports has been cancelled at the last minute. Dockworkers and employers signed a deal which ended years of conflict. The Swedish Dockworkers' Union had been trying to establish a collective bargaining agreement ...Read More

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Calls for London freight commissioner

The Freight Transport Association, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Small Businesses are requesting the Mayor of London to appoint a dedicated Freight Commissioner. The Mayor's Freight Action Plan, released on 7 March 2019 needs ...Read More

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New high for Spanish Wine Exports

Vineyards in Spain should be celebrating, after the publication of export data from 2018. The statistics show that it was a record year for export revenues, for both packaged and bulk wine. A total of 1.986 billion litres was exported ...Read More

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Olive Oil record Export High

In the first month of Spain's new sales campaign, exports of olive oil from Spain have already reached a new record high. Olive harvesting was delayed this year because of late ripening and rain. Production was lower, but a large ...Read More

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Freight Transport Group want Brexit contingency plans

Freight Transport Association Ireland is asking the government to advance and clearly communicate contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Speaking on the radio Morning the FTAI General Manager Aidan Flynn said that he felt the government was unprepared for no-deal. ...Read More

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Norway seafood exports record

Norway exported 198,700 tonnes of seafood with a value of NOK 7.8 billion in February. This is a reduction of  22 per cent in volume but an increase in value of or 9 per cent compared with February last year.  ...Read More

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Russia’s apple imports exceed exports

In 2018, Russia imported 125 times more apples than it exported. Imports amounted to 844,000 tons of apples exports were only 11.700 tons. The largest apple exports to Russia were from Serbia (20.7%) and Moldova (20.5%). China was the third ...Read More

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Ethiopia exports coffee beans

In the 2018/2019 financial year, Ethiopia produced about 426,000 metric tons of coffee, and exported nearly 4 million bags. Africa’s largest coffee producer has few locally produced brands. Now Ethiopian coffee has the opportunity to take advantage of global consumer ...Read More

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Kenya farmers protest cheap sugar imports

The Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers has complained about the influx of cheap sugar imports into the country. The chairman of KNFSF told a media briefing in Nairobi that local farmers are unable to compete with foreign sugar because ...Read More

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Spanish banana exports lower than imports

In December, the volume of bananas exported from the Canary Islands was lower than the volume of imports for the eighth consecutive month. In 2018, the market share of imports in Spain overall ranged between 43% and 60% of the ...Read More

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Consumers criticise possible plans for Brexit tariffs on food imports

Consumer groups are strongly opposed to any tariffs being put on food coming into the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, saying it increase prices, and send the wrong signals to other potential trading partners. The comments follow ...Read More

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UK car exports to China dive

British car production has declined as production for exports to China fell by more than 70%. The car industry is experiencing a number of negative factors, including falling demand in China and regulatory backlash against diesel vehicles in Europe. The ...Read More

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US farm exports to China down

The Department of Agriculture in the USA expects the value of U.S. farm exports to drop by $1.9 billion this year, initiated by a steep decline in exports to China because of an ongoing trade dispute. Trade negotiators from China ...Read More

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Bulgaria’s wine exports rise

For the seventh year running, Bulgaria increased its exports of wine of by about one to two per cent. This was a small increases, but showed that the industry was sustainable, according to the executive director of the country’s Vine ...Read More

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Chinese apple exports decline in 2018

6.05 million tons of apples were put into storage in China between January and December 13th, 2018. Apple exports in 2018 show a significant decline. The export volume decreased by over 10% from August onwards compared with the same period ...Read More

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Brussels expecting US tariffs on car exports

A USA trade law will allow the President to evoke a “national security threat”; the provision that allows tariffs on items that threaten national security. Under the law, the USA is allowed to impose a 25% tariff on imports of ...Read More

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Tractors exports soar 130% in January

An integrated tractor manufacturing plant in India exports tractors to over 100 countries; it can also offer customised produts to farmers. “We are extremely delighted to register the unprecedented growth of 130% in exports. This phenomenal growth is accredited to ...Read More

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Brexit: Farmers to prepare for changes to imports and exports

The government is urging farming businesses to prepare for changes to animal imports and exports in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit. Defra has published new guidance to ensure import and export trade in animals, animal products, food and feed ...Read More

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South Korea’s exports tumble

South Korean exports fell during early February; export shipments of semiconductors fell drastically. Exports in total fell 12 per cent during the first 20 days of the month. Exports to China fell 14 per cent, according to data released by ...Read More

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Indian importer buys 130 MT of blueberries

A fresh fruit importing firm in India is importing 130 MT different varieties of blueberries for its urban Indian consumers. These fruits are being imported for use mainly in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad. Blueberries are said to have very ...Read More

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Italy Leathergoods Exports continue to grow

A recent report released by the Italian leathergoods industry shows that the leathergoods sector exported products worth almost €6.8 billion in the first 10 months of 2018. This was an increase of 10.3%. In 2017 the value of exports increased ...Read More

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Netherlands Exports reduce by 2 percent

According to the country's statistical office, the total volume of goods exports from the Netherlands shrank by 2.2 percent in December 2018 relative to the year previously. The strongest declines in December were in the export of electro-technical equipment and ...Read More

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China and US open trade as Chinese exports recover

The USA and China have opened talks on their trade dispute as Beijing reported its January exports recovered despite President Donald Trump's import tariff increases. The USA said that talks could help decide whether the fight over China's technology ambitions ...Read More

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Kenya to introduce one stop office for exporters

The government of Kenya intends to establish a one stop office for exporters, planning thereby to streamline policies in an effort to boost exports. Industry and Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya says, the new agency will also help SMEs involved ...Read More

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Turkey exports flowers to 20 countries

Turkey has exported 50 million stems of cut flowers to 20 countries. The biggest importers were the Netherlands, Britain and Germany who all import large quantities in preparation for Valentine's Day on 14 February. The day is considered crucial in ...Read More

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Indonesian ambassadors should help boost exports

The Economic Minister of Indonesia has called on ambassadors to help boost exports to and investment from the countries in which they are stationed. “We hope you can help us develop exports,” he said when speaking to Indonesian ambassadors at ...Read More

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Parliament motion for ban on plastic exports

The government should not export UK rubbish to developing countries, according to an Early Day Motion backed by a cross-party group of MPs, including Conservative Zac Goldsmith and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas. The EDM requests the government to introduce ...Read More

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Turkish machinery wants to double exports

The machinery industry of Turkey was one of the three segments of industry with the highest increase in exports during 2018. The sector increased its exports by 15 percent in 2018 and reached $17.1 billion, according to the chairman of ...Read More

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High freight charges disadvantage Kenya flower exports

Small-scale farmers in Kenya have increased their output in recent years, but few are able to sell them in the export market due to the additional cost of freight charges. To stay fresh, flowers from Africa need to travel by ...Read More

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New Leicestershire rail freight interchange

A leading multi-modal logistics company will operate the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLP-EMG). They will also base their Rail Headquarters at the site. The rail terminal will be able to handle up ...Read More

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EC denies citrus crisis caused 3rd country imports

The European Commission has denied that the import of oranges and mandarins from South Africa is the reason for the fall in prices suffered by EU producers. The head of the Directorate General of Agriculture said that "there is no ...Read More

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Brexit may affect Bangladesh exports to UK

Bangladeshi exporters fear that UK demand for their may reduce due to uncertainty the Brexit outcome. Bangladesh's export growth to the UK has reduced in pace, to an increase of 3.16%, compared to 14.42% overall export growth for the whole ...Read More

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Rail freight intermodal service

GB Railfreight has initiated a five-days-per-week intermodal freight service from Birch Coppice near Birmingham to Felixstowe. This will be the fifth new intermodal freight service in the past 18 months, and second into the Birch Coppice terminal. 'It is demonstrative ...Read More

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Turkey allows onion imports

The production of onions in Turkey reduced over the past two seasons. Usually import tariffs for onions are 49%. the Turkish ministry of trade announced that import tariffs for onions are set to zero until February 28. This is an ...Read More

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Export/import Customs declarations if No Deal Brexit

HMRC this week is sending out letters to VAT registered businesses who currently import and/or export goods with the EU. The letter gives advice on actions that must be taken immediately, and changes to prepare for if there is a ...Read More

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Timber exports growth

Exports of timber and timber products from Malaysia are expected to grow this year. Malaysia is seeking new export markets in Oceania and demand from India is already strong. The Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Timber Industry Board said ...Read More

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Transit Freight through Kazakhstan on increase

19 million tonnes of freight was transported through Kazakhstan in 2018. Kazakhstan, being located between China and the European Union, can benefit significantly from transit freight. The country’s leadership has been working towards to create the necessary infrastructure so that ...Read More

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“Our fruit imports have nearly tripled this year”

“At Chinese New Year, we import many fruits from Chile, such as cherries, blueberries, nectarines, grapes, kiwis, etc. The largest imports are cherries, blueberries and nectarines. After the Chinese New Year, we will continue to import grapes and plums from ...Read More

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China takes pick of avocado imports

Since 2015, growth of avocado imports to the US have slowed. The rest of the world has taken advantage. For example, imports to China, where the avocados are known as “cow-butter fruit,” grew from 154 metric tons in 2012 to ...Read More

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Vietnam scrap imports increase

The quantity of scrap imported into Việt Nam is expected to rise considerably, Vietnam's Ministry of Finance has warned. Other countries are restricting the amount of scrap material imports, so the Ministry has warned in a draft regulation that ViệtNam ...Read More

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Port of Gothenburg freight volumes 2018

The Port of Gothenburg freight figures for 2018 have just been published. Container volumes increased by 17 per cent compared with the previous year. The number of containers transported by rail during 2018 increased by 13 per cent. Following volume ...Read More

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Pig meat exports from perform strongly

During November 2018, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork recorded year-on-year growth (+5%) once again. Exports to China have continued the trend of the past couple of months, with an increase of 81% year-on-year. Exports to Germany and Ireland also recorded ...Read More

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Iran continues ban on clothes imports

Iran is continuing the import ban on clothes, shoes and other textile items due to foreign currency limitations. “The ban on import of clothes, shoes and other textile products that are currently not necessary will strongly remain in its place,” ...Read More

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China drives Australian wine exports rise in 2018

Wine exports from Australia rose by 10% in value in 2018, in spite of a reduction in the overall number of bottles shipped. Australian wine exports to Northeast Asia, mainly to China, rose by 19% in 2018 to A$1.23bn. Overall ...Read More

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Turkish exports support falling domestic sales

Exports of passenger cars were down by 5% with 875,147 exported in 2018. However, truck exports almost doubled from 7,800 in 2017 to 14,478 last year, bringing overall exports of all vehicle types to 1.3m, a drop of 0.9% on ...Read More

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Australian wine exports up 10%

Australian wine exports increased by 10% in value last year. Export volume also rose 5% in 2018, according to the latest figures by Wine Australia. “These figures demonstrate strong international demand and they highlight how Australian wine exporters have worked ...Read More

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South African wine exports grow in 2018

Figures released by Wines of South Africa suggest that the total value of South African exports rose to R9 billion, but volumes fell due to the small size of recent vintages. Bottled exports increased by 3% in value last year ...Read More

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Huge Increase in British Bike exports

Recent data from HMRC reveals that exports of bicycles made in Britain are at a record high. Asia is one of the biggest importers, with figures showing that in the year to November 2018, bicycle exports to China rose by ...Read More

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Jordan’s exports increase by 10%

Exports by members of the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) increased in 2018 by 10 per cent. The rise was attributed to the recent relative stabilisation in the region. The Chairman of the Jordan Chamber of Industry expressed hope that ...Read More

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Pakistan growers want to export potatoes to China

The Pakistan Vegetable and Fruits Exporters Association pressed the government to begin the process of exports of potato to China. Pakistan has harvested a bumper crop this year and could meet the demand from China, which imports around one million ...Read More

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New silk factory to increase Rwanda’s exports

A new factory will open next month at the Kigali Special Economic Zone to improve Rwanda’s silk sector. It will buy cocoons from farmers and make products to be exported. Rwanda Silk Processing Factory is a result of a partnership ...Read More

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Plan to increase N Australia mango exports to China

A project expected to increase northern Australian mango exports to China by 200 per cent within five years has been announced. The project will use the latest in supply chain management, quality assessment tools and information technology platforms to find ...Read More

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EU may impose import tariffs on rice imports

The European Union may impose tariffs on rice imported from Cambodia and Myanmar for the next three years in order to reduce a surge in imports. The Commission proposes to set a duty of 175 euros ($200.73) per tonne of ...Read More

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Increase in import tariffs will hurt SA, says Brazilian poultry association

An association which represents Brazilian poultry exporters has warned of the consequences for South African consumers and the broader economy if an new application for an increase of import tariffs on frozen chicken portions is granted. South Africa’s poultry sector ...Read More

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Kenya to reduce second hand car imports

The Kenyan government plans to lower the age limit for second hand car imports from eight to five years. They intend to switch to a five-year import limit in one smooth operation from July 1 2019. However commentators have said ...Read More

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China exports and imports below forecast

For the first time in more than two years, China's exports and imports both fell in December compared with the previous year. This reflects the drop in trade with the U.S., as well as reduced domestic consumption. This was notable ...Read More

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Freight forwarder ‘not liable’ for shipping fakes

Two luxury brands have failed in their attempt to make a freight forwarder liable for trans-shipping fake products in two 40-ft containers from China to Batam through Singapore. In an important ruling for the freight forwarding industry, the Court of ...Read More

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Swiss watch exports on the rise

Swiss watch exports rose globally by 3.9% in November to CHF 2.06 billion. This is the first time in three years that export value exceeded the CHF2-billion. The value of exports to the biggest market, Hong Kong, rose 9.5% to ...Read More

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Japanese cosmetic exports record

Exports of Japanese cosmetics delivered another record performance in 2018, according to a report published by the Nikkei Asian Review. Exports increased by 44 percent year-on-year in the Jan-Nov 2018 period. Nikkei estimated that the Christmas gift trade will boost ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports To The US Soared In November

Monthly Swiss watch exports to the United States exceeded 200 million Swiss francs in November, something which rarely happens. Exports added up to CHF 231.4 million, an increase of 17.6% over the previous November. The figure reflect wholesale, not retail, ...Read More

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Bangladesh increases global wheat imports

Bangladesh has shown robust growth in wheat import during last five financial years. Bangladesh is now a leading wheat importer in the world; import volumes have reached a record high. The country is the fifth largest wheat importer in the ...Read More

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Banana exports from Samoa

The Prime Minister of Samoa said that the resurgence in the country's banana exports was "nothing short of miraculous". During his New Year message he said that more than 50 years since Samoa's banana exports had ceased, they had begun ...Read More

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Bumper year for Greek exports expected in 2019

Strong growth in Greek exports is expected in 2019, according to forecasts made by Greek exporters' associations. This is on the basis of export performance in 2018. In a statement the president of the Panhellenic Exporters' Association pointed out that ...Read More

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Tobacco exports bring in $892m

Export earnings of tobacco from Zimbabwe closed 2018 at $892 million from 184,1 million kg exported to different parts of the world. Last year’s crop was exported at an average price of $4,85 a kg. In 2017, the country exported ...Read More

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Hawaii avocado growers begin exports

Hawaii avocados are being shipped to the Mainland of the US after a gap of nearly 25 Years. Some experts say this could lead to a boom for the local industry. Hawaii started shipping avocados to the Mainland in 1989, ...Read More

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Avocado imports to Ukraine doubled

There has been a rapid growth of avocado imports to Ukraine in 2018, up to more than 4,000 tonnes. For the first 11 months, avocado imports to Ukraine doubled and hit all-time high. It is expected that more than 4,000 ...Read More

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Irish Food retailers cautiously optimistic about Brexit

The Irish food association has warned that there is still a “disturbingly high level” of imports dominating food produce and consumer dependence on imports, and is encouraging retailers to support local food producers. The group's recently released results of its ...Read More

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China may minimise coal import restrictions

Customs authorities in China are expected to begin accepting coking coal imports soon at most Chinese ports at the beginning of the new year. Customs declarations are expected to begin again at most ports in north and south China, including ...Read More

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Soy exports from smaller suppliers on rise

The global soybean export market has doubled in volume within the last decade. This has made room for smaller supplier countries to build up export markets of their own. Argentina is a traditional exporter of soybeans, which has recently been ...Read More

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Double-height container train in China

A freight train carrying 56 standard containers of goods left Ningbo-Zhoushan Port for Shaoxing City in east China on 18 December. This was the first official operation of a double-stack freight train service in China. Costs can be reduced and ...Read More

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Dublin Port welcomes a million Freight Units

Dublin Port Company has handled one million Ro-Ro freight units within a year for the first time ever. The millionth freight trailer in 2018 arrived when the ferry docked at 6.30am on 20th December. The the fully booked vessel arrived ...Read More

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Freight forwarders seek alternatives

According to a recent report, high prices in airfreight and lack of capacity is driving freight forwarders to experiment with other transport modes. Last year, there was a lack of airfreight capacity combined with high prices in the peak season, ...Read More

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India starts grape exports early this season

Export of grapes from India has started early this year; approximately 300 containers left India early in December. The unit president of the Grape Growers Association said that exports are destined for Russia, Malaysia and the Middle-East. The export season ...Read More

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Exports help factories to bounce back

Orders from factories in Great Britain increased for a second month in a row in December, as they recovered from a sharp slowdown in October. Manufacturers are growing increasingly concerned about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, according to the ...Read More

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Brexit News for Logistics Institute

During a recent meeting at the Department of Transport, the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport were advised that the UK has successfully negotiated membership of the Common Transit Convention (CTC). This Convention allows traders to delay the processing of ...Read More

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Government officer accused over fish imports

An Australian government official has been in court accused of helping import exotic fish. He was charged in November following an investigation into five illegal imports, involving people from Vietnam and Malaysia during 2017 and 2018. Department of Agriculture and ...Read More

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Almeria exports 80% of fruit and veg

Almeria's fruit and vegetable produce are increasingly selling in the international market. For some time, more than 75% of the total volume produced in the province has been export shipped. During the past year, agri-food companies have increased the proportion ...Read More

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Cyprus Economy rise connected to international freight

The CEO of an international logistics company has said that 'the future growth of Cyprus will be highly interconnected and dependent on international maritime and air freight transport.' He says that major shipping companies are interested in Cyprus as the ...Read More

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Thai orchid exports to get boost

An increasing number of Thai orchids will soon be exported to mainland China after the Thai Orchid Exporter Association agreed to collaborate with an online auction platform, to promote exports of the flowers through e-commerce. At first the Thai Orchid ...Read More

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Maldives Imports, exports increase

Maldives Customs Service stated that import and exports have increased by seven percent in November. The statistics statedthat MVR 3.1 billion worth of goods were imported in November 2017, compared with goods worth MVR 3.3 billion imported in November 2018. ...Read More

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Illegal garlic imports in South Africa

A large amount of garlic imports on the South African market during August and September is suspected to have been imported illegally. An investigation has been started as the oversupply pulled prices down to abnormally low levels, to the detriment ...Read More

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Exports from North to Republic rise by £540m to £3.9bn

Export sales from businesses in Northern Ireland to customers in the Republic increased by £540 million last year to £3.9 billion. While exports to the Republic of Ireland increased by 16.2 per cent, sales by Northern firms to customers in ...Read More

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German freight transport to move to rail

A scheme of state aid to support the transfer of German freight transport from road- to rail-based routes has been approved by the EC. The scheme will support rail freight operators to take over management of German freight transport. This ...Read More

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Rhine River Freight Shipping Returns

Freight shipping on the river Rhine in Germany has returned to normal levels, after heavy rain raised water levels. Levels on the Rhine had been low for approximately six months, after a hot dry summer and a dry autumn. Freight ...Read More

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China important market for Ireland exports

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, recently explained the progress made in developing an export market for Irish beef in China. He commented, “Total Irish agri-food trade exports to China were €974 million in 2017. China is now ...Read More

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British exports given massive boost

British exports to Canada have increased by 13.7 percent since a trade deal between the (EU) and Canada was introduced. Businesses are able to trade freely with Canada, without paying any duties at Canadian customs. Meat exports from Britain to ...Read More

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China top supplier of imports to Philippines

The United States was the top market for the Philippines export products valued in October 2018, while China was the biggest supplier of import products. The Country’s export revenues reached $6.11 billion in October 2018, which is 3.3% above the ...Read More

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USA Beef Exports expected to reach $8 Billion

Overseas buyers want more U.S. beef, and are willing to pay a higher price. Beef exports remained at a record high in October, according to data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. October was another month of excellent beef ...Read More

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New Zealand Primary sector exports optimisim

The value of New Zealand's primary sector exports is expected to increase by $505 million, to a new record high over the coming year, according to new report. The Ministry for Primary Industries' report forecasts a 3.8 percent increase for ...Read More

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German exports increase in October

German exports increased to 117.2 billion euros in October, despite global trade tensions, the Federal Statistics Office in Germany announced. Exports rose by 8.5 per cent during the same month in 2017. Imports had risen by 11.3 per cent to ...Read More

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India exporters request support to boost exports

A new agriculture export policy has been announced by the government of India. An Exporters' Welfare Association said this will not be of much help in boosting exports of fruits and vegetables, unless various government departments dealing with such exports ...Read More

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Iraq wishes to resume tea imports from India

Iraq wants to resume import of orthodox teas from India; the import trade was stopped eight years ago due to geopolitical tensions. A delegation from the Trade Promotion Council of India recently went to Iraq and found that importers wished ...Read More

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Pakistan govt introduce export friendly policies

The government of Pakistan is drawing up export-oriented policies to encourage an increase in exports, announced the government's Textile Division. The government believes that economic revolution can only be possible through trade promotion so the government is offering support to ...Read More

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Food exporters to recover in 2019

The Philippines agricultural food exports are expected to bounce back next year, returning to a value of about $5-billion. According to the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization Inc., the value of agricultural exports will be about $5.5 billion in ...Read More

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60% Tomatoes in Bulgaria are Imports

Bulgaria will continue to import tomatoes due to the country's low production. This was revealed by the Center for Agricultural Research in Agriculture (SARA) at the Institute of Agrarian Economics. Imports of fresh tomatoes continued to increase in 2017.

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Ban on Argentine beef exports lifted

The Argentine government has announced that the country would once again export beef to the USA. The US government banned Argentine beef exports 17 years ago because of food safety concerns. Argentina’s foreign minister stressed the “importance of this decision ...Read More

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Mexican avocado exports exports

Avocado exports from Mexico for 2018-19 are forecast to be close to 1 million metric tons. Exports have increased over the past few years, and the depreciation of the peso against the dollar has helped international sales. The U.S. is ...Read More

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Coffee exports from Honduras fall in November

Coffee exports from Honduras fell 28 percent in November, compared to the same month a year ago, caused by weak demand, national coffee associations said. Coffee growers in Honduras exported a total of 118,303 60-kg bags in November, the second ...Read More

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Export or import of waste after Brexit

If there is a no deal Brexit, import/export licences issued by the UK would no longer be valid for shipments of waste to the 27 remaining EU countries, from the day the UK leaves. This means current approvals to ship ...Read More

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Export of controlled goods after Brexit

The Export Control Joint Unit is responsible for the UK’s system of export controls on various specialised goods such as military items, which are regulated through a system of export licensing. The export of many 'controlled items' within the EU ...Read More

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Logistics and transport after Brexit

Hauliers who currently carry export or import cargo to and from Europe may need to plan for alternative routes to move goods, according to the Government's Technical Notices published in August. They may need to use different modes of transport ...Read More

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Tonga intends to increase China exports

Tonga plans to grow exports to China having signed China's Belt and Road initiative earlier this month. The Agreement was signed at the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea. China has also agreed to make a $US14 million aid grant ...Read More

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Advice for imports and exports post Brexit

On 23 August the government published a series of technical notices giving guidance on preparing for exporting and importing if there is a 'no deal' Brexit. These Notices are primarily aimed at businesses who have previously traded only with the ...Read More

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Kenya wants to increase exports to Egypt

Kenya's Export Promotion Council wishes to expand the scope of export products to Egypt to include art and entertainment, cut flowers and textiles. “We need to reduce the high dependency on imports by exporting more than what we currently do ...Read More

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Imports and Exports – new method of customs declarations

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is phasing in a new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).   This is new technology, which replaces the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. The new system is already being used by ...Read More

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Rail freight policy UK

Last week the Rail Freight Group published 'Rail Freight Outcomes in Rail Review'. This paper set out what the freight sector would like to see in a comprehensive review of the rail sector. This freight review was announced by the ...Read More

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Containers can help environment

Ocean freight can cause environmental pollution, because millions of shipping containers coming from Asia litter North-American and European harbours. There is not enough export freight to ship them back to their country of origin. 300 million containers have been put ...Read More

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Exports help USS meat producers

The U.S.A exports 17 billion pounds of beef, pork and poultry annually, which adds up to 23 percent of the total pork produced, 18 percent of the poultry, and 14 percent of the beef. Over the past three years, beef ...Read More

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China will ban waste imports

From December 31, according to official news agency Xinhua, China will ban the import of several different types of waste product. Newly banned product types will include hardware, ships, auto parts, stainless steel waste and scrap, titanium and wood. The ...Read More

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Fishermen demands fish imports ban lifted

The Fishermen Congress of India have demanded that the government of Goa should lift the ban imposed on imports of fish from other states. The ban was imposed by Goa Health Department’s Food and Drugs Administration section. The FDA has ...Read More

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Norway ceasing defence-related exports to Saudi Arabia

Norway has decided to enforce restrictions on sales of defence-related technology to Saudi Arabia. Currently controversy surrounds KSA due to its involvement in the civil war in Yemen. The Minister minister for foreign affairs in Norway, said no new licences ...Read More

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China more open to imports

China has said to the Agriculture Minister of Poland that it is now more open to imports. He recently talked on a visit to China about expanding the range of exports from Poland, including fruit and vegetables. An International Import ...Read More

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US exports more meat to emerging markets

As tastes change in emerging markets, the USA benefits from higher exports, especially to Asia. Exports to established markets are also improving. The U.S. Meat Export Federation said; “We continue to see very good momentum on the beef side globally”. ...Read More

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Exports to Sweden

From January to September 2018, Belarus almost doubled its exports to Sweden, according to information from the Belarusian embassy in Sweden. Since January trade between Belarus and Sweden has risen by 28%. Goods exports from Belarus have increased by 87.3%. ...Read More

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Plant and flower exports from Holland falling

Plant and flower exports from Holland to the UK have fallen by 2% to the end of September 2018; this may be because of the fall in the value of sterling. Holland's top ten export customer countries showed a decline ...Read More

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Exports of saffron from Iran increase

In 2018, 105 tons of saffron were exported from Iran, representing a 40 percent increase compared with last year. The chairman of the National Saffron Council of Iran said that saffron will be harvested until December. Exports are expected to ...Read More

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Exports and imports China

Last week China reported that exports and imports for the month of October exceeded forecasts. China recorded a trade surplus of $31.78 billion with the U.S. in October. The country's cumulative trade surplus with the U.S. in the first 10 ...Read More

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Nigeria imports Stockfish from Norway

The Norwegian Seafood Council revealed that Nigeria imported more than 9,000 metric tonnes of stockfish from Norway in 2017, making it the largest importer of Norwegian stockfish. The trade relationship dates back to 1890; pelagic fish, herring, mackerel, Tusk and ...Read More

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Wine exports growth to China slows down

THE growth of wine exports from Australia to China is showing signs of slowing down. The value of exports shipped to China in the year to September 30 was $1.06 billion, an increase of 24 per cent on the previous ...Read More

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New import requirements from China

Growth of wine exports from Australia to China has eased, coincidental with the beginning of new “verification requirements” which were introduced by China in April. Import shipments of of Australian wine held up in customs. The Managing director of a ...Read More

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Scottish pharmaceutical exports growing

The value of Scotland’s pharmaceutical industry has been revealed in a new report by the Fraser of Allander Institute. This shows that the sector makes a significant contribution to all parts of the Scottish economy. The Industry is the second ...Read More

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Afghan Agriculture Exports at “WorldFood Kazakhstan”

The US Agency for International Development is supporting Afghanistan in showing off its foodstuffs at the World Food show. Agriculture is vital to Afghanistan’s economy, and provided over $700 million in annual exports in 2017. USAID’s agriculture programs are designed ...Read More

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Grain imports possible to Australia

Australia may import whole grain for the first time in more than a decade, as drought is increasing prices on the domestic market. The latest crop projections forecast that Western Australia will produce more than 50 per cent of the ...Read More

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Egypt’s Agricultural exports

Egypt’s agricultural exports were valued at about $1.2 billion during 2017/2018, according to Abdel Hamid Demerdash, Chairman of Export Council of Agricultural Crops and Member of the House of Representatives. He clarified that Egypt exported about 4 million tons of ...Read More

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More exports of pumpkins from Netherlands

In the first five months of this year, the Netherlands exported 21 million kg of pumpkins, up from 18.7 million kg in the same period one year previously. Total pumpkin exports in 2017 amounted to 38.2 million kg. In the ...Read More

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New Airport in Istanbul should Boost Turkish Exports

The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) has begun a global campaign to announce the grand opening of Istanbul New Airport. The airport opened on 29th October 2018, housing 1.6m square metres of logistics space and with 5.5m tonnes of cargo capacity, ...Read More

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Ukrainian Goods Exports grow

Exports of Ukrainian goods grew by 12.4% in the first eight months of this year compared with last year, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine reported. "The export of goods in January-August 2018 increased by 12.4%, or ...Read More

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Russia to resume some beef and pork imports

Russia’s agriculture safety organisation says it will allow imports of beef and pork from nine Brazilian plants to begin again from Thursday, ending an 11-month ban caused by food safety concerns. There were temporary restrictions on imports of pork and ...Read More

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Apple exports from Turkey take off

The Turkey West Mediterranean Exporters Association (BAIB) say that west Mediterranean Turkish growers have exported 21,900 tons of apples to 31 different counties in the first 9 months of 2018. This represents a dramatic increase of 564% from last year ...Read More

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Pepper consortium wants to limit imports

The consortium of pepper traders and growers is appealing for limits to the quantity of pepper that can be imported under south Asian free trade agreement (SAFTA) from Sri Lanka at the concessional duty of 8% at 2500 tonnes. Earlier ...Read More

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Export permission from China for five more rice mills

China recently approved five more Indian rice mills for export of non-basmati rice. On Monday, India again pushed for sale of its rice to China, and urged the country to open up its market further. So far, a total of ...Read More

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Falling exports may hurt Italy’s economic growth

One of the traditional strong points of Italy's slowly growing economy - exports - is slipping, causing about prospects for an economic turnaround. ISTAT, Italy's National Statistics Institute, said last week that Italian exports to markets outside the EU fell ...Read More

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US plans tariffs on more China imports

Next month there will be a Group of 20 summit set in Buenos Aires, including the USA President and Xi JInping of China. If those talks don't go in a positive direction, the U.S. may impose tariffs on the remaining ...Read More

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Wine exports Italy to China increase by 21%

Over the last year, Italian wine exports to China have surged 14.2% in quantity and 21.76% in value. This was revealed in the newly released report China Vinitrac of Wine Intelligence on behalf of the Valpolicella Wine Consortium. This success ...Read More

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New freight route China to Pakistan

A new rail and road cargo service began last week, linking Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, with Islamabad in Pakistan. The first freight train, carrying 30 carriages of mechanical equipment, auto parts and daily necessities left a logistics ...Read More

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Fruit and vegetable import/exports grow in Spain

In the first 8 months of this year, 2,917,449 tons of fruits, vegetables, and legumes were imported or exported through ports in Spain. This is 25.5% more than in the same period of the previous year. These figures show that ...Read More

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Turkey experiences 100% growth in exports to Qatar

Turkey has gained a 100% growth in exports to Qatar from January to August 2018. This is greater than the same period for last year. The Turkish envoy said: “In the first eight months of 2018, Turkish exports to Qatar ...Read More

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Dumped Imports of steel wheels from China

The U.S. Commerce Department said that it had made an initial finding that imports of certain steel wheels from China were being dumped in the U.S. market. The Department has set preliminary antidumping duties on the products. The department had ...Read More

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Zimbabwe lifts imports ban

Zimbabwe has ceased a two-year ban on the import of basic commodities. This is likely to be welcomed by South African businesses. The lifting of the ban aims to allow import of products in short supply; Zimbabwe is facing critical ...Read More

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South Africa welcomes exemptions on imports by USA

The US Department of Commerce has granted exemptions for imports of 161 aluminium and 36 steel products from the duties which the USA imposed against foreign imports. On March 8, the President signed a Proclamation imposing a 10 percent ad ...Read More

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British exports affected by USA trade war

British exports over £1.9 billion have been affected by President Trump’s trade attacks on the European Union and China, some analysis shows. Economists fear that UK export goods worth up £3.4 billion may be affected by the trade war between ...Read More

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Denmark Exports Fall Again

Merchandise exports from Denmark declined further in August, while imports grew, figures from Statistics Denmark showed at the beginning of October. Exports excluding ships, aircraft and fuel, fell by 1.9 percent year-on-year following a 1.8 percent fall in July. Imports ...Read More

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Poland’s Shoe Sector suffers from Cheap China Imports

The oversupply of cheap, imports of shoes from China is being blamed for prompting a crisis in Poland's footwear industry. A children's shoe company ceased trading at the end of last month after 20 years. A statement from the company ...Read More

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Kenya seeks to stop imports which could be produced locally

A Bill aimed at forbidding cheap imports has been introduced in the Kenyan Parliament. The Bill intends to charge a tax that is 10 times the market price of the imports which compete unfavourably against locally manufactured products. If approved, ...Read More

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China Imposes Import Tariffs on Japan, India

China will introduce anti-dumping tariffs on Indian and Japanese imports of ortho-dichlorobenzene, a solvent which is used in the production of agrichemicals such as insecticides. Companies in China will pay temporary levies of 31.9 percent to 70.4 percent on imports ...Read More

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Egypt’s Exports flourish

In the 10 months from September 2017 to July 2018, Egypt’s exports of grape increased by 10 percent to reach $ 219 million. This was reported in a statement by Chairman of the Export Council of Agricultural Crops. He added ...Read More

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USA Beef Exports on the up

Beef exports from the USA set new records in August 2018; export value exceeded $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August pork exports were comparable ...Read More

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EU imports almost 3 million tons of coffee in 2017

The European Union imported 2.92 million tons of coffee from abroad last year, according to the EU's statistical office. Eurostat said the amount of the 28-member bloc's coffee imports rose by 5 percent compared with ten years ago. The statistical ...Read More

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China: Inaugural NZ avocado import season kicks off with large fruit

A company in New Zealand has sent the country’s first ever commercial avocado shipment to China on Sept. 18. Closer to China than its Latin American Competitors, but with higher labor costs and far less volume, New Zealand's challenge is ...Read More

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Exports to benefit from robust US growth

The robust US growth is expected to help Indian exporters, according to the Indian press. “With the US, India’s largest destination for merchandise exports, showing a robust economic growth, its best in the last four years, Indian exports hold a ...Read More

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A Chance for Freight Forwarders and Road, Sea and Air Logistics Suppliers to Win

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has extended the deadline for entries to its annual Freight Service Awards, giving those logistics outfits that missed out on the opportunity to enter their nominations to all modal, general and specialist categories, an ...Read More

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Dairy exports to China making recovery

Dairy exports from South Korea to China are recovering quickly this year after a large reduction in 2017 due to a diplomatic dispute. One major dairy producer is estimated to have increased its exports to China by 20 to 30 ...Read More

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China Trade Tariffs affect USA Seafood Imports

The United States imports more than 90 percent of its seafood. The U.S. also exports seafood, but there is a big trade deficit, as the U.S.A exported about 5.5 billion dollars of seafood last year, and imported nearly four times ...Read More

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North American trade negotiations could increase dairy exports to Canada

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is to continue under a new name and new deals will impact United States exports. The new agreement will be known as the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Dairy farmers and the car industry ...Read More

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Commerce ministry in India aim to increase exports

In India the Commerce ministry is focusing on nine sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food processing and textiles, to boost exports in the current financial year. The ministry is aiming for a minimum growth rate of 16 percent in exports. Last week, ...Read More

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New Shipping routes for Manila

A Special Adviser to the President of Manila urged seafarers to explore new routes in order to open more opportunities for the country’s shipping industry. “I encourage all of you to study the possibility of opening new routes for our ...Read More

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North company exports seaweed around the world

A company in Whitley Bay is exporting Hebridean seaweed for the industrial food and drink sector. It also produces a range of seaweed-infused cooking oils and nutritional supplements, under its Weed & Wonderful brand. The company started exporting three years ...Read More

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Basmati traders expect robust exports

Exporters of basmati rice in the Punjab and Haryana areas of India are unfazed by the recent incessant rains which damaged paddy. They hope to maintain the increase in exports which started from July this year. "The rain damaged 'Pusa-1509'; ...Read More

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Brazil exports mangoes to South Africa for first time

Brazil has shipped its first-ever mango export to South Africa, following an export agreement which was recently reached between the two countries. The Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil reported that South Africa has now opened its import market ...Read More

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Government denies coconut imports up

The Department of Foreign Trade in Bangkok has rejected criticism by coconut planters; they say that falling coconut prices are caused by an influx of imported nuts. The Government says that records show imports are down this year. Coconut farmers ...Read More

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China-Singapore rail-sea freight route improves transit times

Last week, a freight train loaded with auto parts and paper products left southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, destined for a port in southern China, where the goods will be shipped across the sea to Southeast Asia. The 356th freight train ...Read More

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Plastic waste imports to be levied in Malaysia

The Housing and Local Government Minister of Malaysia suggests that a levy should be imposed on plastic waste imports, in a bid to better manage the problem of plastic pollution from the recycling industry. She said that Malaysian factories are ...Read More

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French spirits exports grow marginally in 2018

In volume terms, French spirits exports in the first half of 2018 grew 4% to 25 million cases, according to the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux de France (FEVS). Cognac was the most important export, up by 9%, ...Read More

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Afghanistan’s exports worth $56 million

Afghan officials say that exports worth around 56 million US Dollars have been shipped to various countries via air corridors. The head of Public Relations said the exports have continued over a period of almost a year, since establishment of ...Read More

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Comment: Raising the game with Scotland’s exports

There was an increase in value from £24.1 billion in 2016 to £28.6bn in 2017 (18.5 per cent). The most recent HMRC stats for Scotland suggest that international exports continue to grow. The first half of 2018 saw exports reach ...Read More

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USA imposes more import tariffs on China

The USA imposed tariffs on $200bn worth of imports from China on 24 September, including plastics and petrochemicals. On 1 January, the tariffs will rise to 25%. If China takes 'retaliatory actions', then Trump threatened another round of tariffs on ...Read More

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Ports ready for increased freight

Fearing that the usual sea links with Europe will be disrupted following Brexit, shipping companies are researching alternative routes into the UK. Ports in the North of England say they are well-equipped to handle extra freight volumes. A shift from ...Read More

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Brazilian coffee exports jump 33 pct in August; robusta rebounds

Brazil exported 3.07 million bags (60 kg) of coffee in August. This is the largest monthly volume in the last two years, and 33 percent higher than levels in the same month a year before. A record harvest has been ...Read More

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US wine exports to China increase by 14%

U.S.A wine exports to China increased by 14 percent in value for the first half of 2018, compared with that period last year. Exports to that large Far East market were $38.4 million from January to June, according to the ...Read More

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UK exports grew in 2017

ONS figures published in July show that UK exports continued to grow against news of 'uncertainty' caused by Brexit. Overall exports of goods rose by 13%, while services rose by 7%.  The USA remained the top export market for the ...Read More

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Cherry exports dip in July

U.S.A fresh cherry exports dropped 17% in July, feeling the effects of retaliatory tariffs from China. Total U.S. exports of fresh cherries totaled 44,953 metric tons in July, down from 53,987 metric tons for the same month last year. Cherry ...Read More

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Lobster exports to China drop

America’s live lobster exports to China hit a two-year low in July. This was the first month when a new import tariff on Maine’s most significant export took effect. The United States shipped $4.2 million worth of live lobsters to ...Read More

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UK exports remain at record high

The National Statistics Office on Monday 10 September issued results showing that UK exports to the world rose by 5.2% compared to the same time last year. The service sector continues to thrive with exports up 3.9% to a record ...Read More

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Ireland chooses used car imports while sterling is weak

Consumers in the Republic of Ireland continue to take advantage of the weakness in sterling, by importing used cars from the UK. The number of imported vehicles licensed in the Irish State during the first eight months of the year ...Read More

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Cheddar imports rising

There has been a particularly large increase in the size of the trade deficit for cheddar, resulting from a noticeable increase in imports. The trade deficit for cheddar improved between 2016 and 2017, because of both lower imports and some ...Read More

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Bangladesh Government gives more incentives for exports

In order to encourage exporters, the Bangladesh government is giving a subsidy to extra products for the current financial year. Exporters will receive a 10 percent cash incentive for nine products, including pharmaceuticals, photovoltaic modules, motorcycles, chemicals (chlorine, hydrochloric acid, ...Read More

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Morocco to Push Exports at Paris ‘Rencontre Africa 2018’

The third Rencontres Africa (Africa Meetings) will be held in Paris this month. Morocco will send a business delegation, led by the Moroccan Association of Exporters which will also include representatives of the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), ...Read More

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Forest Distillery to expand alcohol exports capacity

UK-based Forest Distillery is planning to expand its alcohol exports capacity by 2023, having secured pre-orders from customers in Japan for its new brand Forest Whisky. The beverage is exported to more than ten countries, including Japan, China, Australia and ...Read More

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Spanish lemon season to be turning point in non-EU exports

The lemon industry of Spain aims to increase exports to countries outside the European Union. The industry forecasts a big increase in production from last season, so the country intends to strengthen its position as a global exporter. “At the ...Read More

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Container and vehicle imports to Nigeria fall

IN spite of a 56.7 per cent increase in cargo through Nigeria’s seaports, container and vehicle traffics have fallen in the last three months of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. Statistics from the Nigerian Ports Authority show that ...Read More

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Vietnam fish exports on track to surpass $2bn

The raised price level for pangasius, a freshwater fish which has become popular in the USA, is boosting Vietnam's chances of reaching, or even surpassing, its $9 billion exports target. Pangasius exports are likely to exceed $2bn for the first ...Read More

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UK exports higher to non-EU

For the ninth year running, UK exports of goods and services in 2017 were higher to the rest of the world than to the EU. Exports to non-EU countries amounted to £342 billion, compared with £274 billion to EU countries. ...Read More

Argentina lemon exports to Japan

Argentina recommenced lemon exports this year,to both the USA and Japan. Lemon exports from Argentina to Japan have been allowed since 2003, but protocols on cold storage resulted in problems for Argentine producers and hampered sales. The Argentine Foreign Office ...Read More

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EU allows solar panel imports from China

The European Union ended its five-year restriction on solar panel imports from China on Monday. The previous week, the European Commission had announced that it would not continue trade defence measures on solar panels from Beijing, The commission weighed the ...Read More

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Taiwan increasing its imports of plastic waste

As China banned the import of plastic trash this year, there has been a marked increase of imports to Taiwan. The CEO of a large Taiwanese Food company has asked why Taiwan should import garbage, especially since it could become ...Read More

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Japan freight on Trans–Siberian Railway

Test exports of Japanese freight to Russia using a sea link, and the longest railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway, began last week in Yokohama, Japan. “This is a significant event for Russia and Japan. The project literally ...Read More

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Argentina exports sweet citrus to China

Argentina has carried out its first shipment of sweet citrus to the China in eight years. A 22-metric-ton (MT) export load of W. Murcott mandarins was shipped on the Trébol Pampa and is due to arrive in Shanghai in late ...Read More

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Spain expects record grape exports in 2018 season

Murcia, Spain’s grape-growing region, expects exports to reach record levels of around 160,000 metric tons (MT) this season. In 2017 the region exported 130,000MT, so this season’s forecast would mark a sharp increase. 90% of exports go to the EU ...Read More

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Rice bran oil: exports on the rise

Rice bran oil from Bangladesh is gradually improving its exports thanks to manufactures' efforts to sell the antioxidant-rich edible oil abroad. The country exported more than 20,000 tonnes of rice bran oil for the second consecutive financial year in 2017-18. ...Read More

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State Bank of Pakistan allows advance payment for imports

The State Bank of Pakistan on last week allowed advance payments on imports of essential items which have been restricted by the caretaker government. The SBPsaid that it has been decided to allow advance payments on imports of items worth ...Read More

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Meeting to focus on banana exports

The National Research Centre for Banana in India focussed its Foundation Day on banana exports. It teamed up with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and a banana producer to export bananas through sea ports last year.The post-harvest ...Read More

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MP committed to phasing out sheep exports

An Australian MP remains committed to ending long-haul live sheep exports, even though she and another Liberal have been forced to shelve a private member's bill. It would have also ended live sheep exports to the Middle East during next ...Read More

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Tariffs on foreign steel imports save American jobs

There has been debate in the USA about the imposition of 25 percent tariffs on foreign steel to protect national security and minimise foreign unfair steel imports. The steel industry has mitigated the effect of these import issues through anti-dumping ...Read More

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Coffee Exports Increased 15.9%

The total coffee exports by country totaled $32.7 billion in 2017, according to World’s Top Exports. This represents an increase of 15.9 percent over the past five-year period starting in 2013. The year over year gain increased by 7.5 percent ...Read More

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First ever American-style school bus export to South Korea

An American-made yellow bus, built in New York has been exported to South Korea and is taking pupils to and from school. The manufacturer struck a deal earlier this year, to export at least 100 yellow school buses annually to ...Read More

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Swedish healthcare industry booming in China

China's aging population has created a growing market for healthcare products from Sweden. Swedish exports of medical and pharmaceutical products have almost doubled in the period of four years, with China becoming an increasingly important market for healthcare companies in ...Read More

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Right policies will help cut imports

The government of Zimbabwe says local industry can reverse the tide of rising imports, which increased to $2,87 billion between February and June this year, if supported by the correct policies. This emerged during a Buy Zimbabwe-Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) ...Read More

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US will impose duties on imports of steel wheels

The US Commerce Department said it has made a preliminary determination that imports of certain steel wheels from China are subsidised at rates from 58.75 per cent to 172.51 per cent, and it would impose duties on the product. "As ...Read More

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Most Mexican auto exports can fulfil NAFTA rules

Most of Mexico’s auto exports should be able to comply with new rules drawn up under the re-negotiated agreement between Mexico and the United States of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s economy minister said. The minister told ...Read More

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Food and beverage exports increase by 1.9 pct

The exports of Lebanese food and beverage products made up18 percent of the country’s total exports in 2017. This made the F&B industry the second-largest exporter in Lebanon behind the jewelry sector. According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ...Read More

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UK food exports rise to record levels

UK food and drink exports have achieved record levels for the first half of 2018 at £10.6 billion, aided by a slight rise in exports of fresh produce. According to trade statistics from HMRC, in the first half of 2018 ...Read More

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Panama: Exports of bananas to Europe under the Panama Exporta brand

The government of Panama stated its commitment to provide all necessary support to strengthen banana production and exports in the province of Bocas del Toro. "The Panama Exporta program is providing a platform for companies that want to expand their ...Read More

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British Gin exports show record high

Exports of British gin have broken records, reaching £279m during the first half of 2018. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), representing over 300 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wine and spirits, estimates that this will be the ...Read More

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Cognac Exports Set New Record

For the fourth consecutive year, exports of Cognac have continued a steady increase. The previous record number of bottles shipped (200 million) has been surpassed, with 205.9 million bottles exported between August 2017 and July 2018. Contributing 3.2 billion euros ...Read More

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Basmati exports down

India’s basmati exports have dropped by 89,000 tonnes in the first quarter of the current financial year. This is because of due Iran’s embargo from India and refusal of export cargos by several countries who they found traces of pesticides ...Read More

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Pork Producer Says China Imports Drop

China’s pork imports are declining, because of a trade war with the U.S. and a fall in domestic prices. A major pork production company shipped more pork from the U.S. to Japan and Korea in the first half of the ...Read More

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Chinese freight train enters Iran from Incheh-Burun

A freight train from China has entered Iran via Incheh-Burun;the train has 50 cars containing petroleum coke and will head to the Iranian city of Arak in Markazi province. This is the shortest route which decreases the duration of the ...Read More

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Turkey increases import tariffs

Turkey said yesterday that it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. imports like cars, alcohol, and coal — this is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. The Turkish government said tariffs on ...Read More

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First shipment on Trans Siberian freight train

The first shipment on a new freight service on 14 August was 64FEU (forty-foot equivalent units) of knock-down (KD) automobile parts ordered for a Motor factory in Russia for shipment from Vladivostok. The freight train was due to arrive 9,600 ...Read More

Non-stop Trans-Siberian freight train

A regular nonstop express freight train service over the 10,000 kilometers of the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) is being introduced between the Russian cities of Vladivostok and Saint Petersburg. On Aug. 14 there was a commemorative event for the departure of ...Read More

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£1m investment for Network Rail freight

The Tees Valley will receive a £1m investment in partnership with Network Rail to finance a study into the future of the region’s rail freight network. The study is intended to resolve issues between the Eaglescliffe to Northallerton branch of ...Read More

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July China exports maintain growth

Exports from China are expected to maintained solid growth in July, in spite of new import tariffs on billions of dollars of shipments to the United States. China proposed retaliatory import tariffs on $60 billion worth of USA goods, ranging ...Read More

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US dairy exports continue to grow during June

Dairy producers maintained growth during June despite new disadvantages from tariffs. On a volume-basis, exports of whole milk powder almost tripled over the previous year, while exports of all other product categories, except modified whey, were above the previous year ...Read More

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Pipe Fitting Imports From China damage USA Industry

The U.S.A International Trade Commission said that producers in the USA have been injured by imports of a certain pipe component from China. This finding justifies the government’s duties on imports from China, whilst exempting drain imports from those duties. ...Read More

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Mango growers advised to focus on exports

The Indian Industries Minister said that mango growers should focus on galvanising their business by exploring means of capturing external markets and exports to ensure internationally viable trade. The Minister was giving cheques to the mango growers near Chittoor. As ...Read More

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Major growth in beef exports Korea and Japan

The USA had exported 159,000t of beef to Japan (its largest export market) and 113,000t to Korea. These are gains of 6pc and 36pc respectively on the previous year. The USA has therefore a slightly larger export market share than ...Read More

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Beef exports from Australia increase

July production figures are encouraging despite gloomy expectations, and beef exports increased. Figures released by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources put the July production tonnage at 105,157, the second highest monthly total for the year so far. Japan ...Read More

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USA may impose higher tariff on China Imports

The USA government said that it is in the process of considering whether to increase the proposed import tariff on some goods from China to 25 percent from 10 percent. Last month they released a list of thousands of Chinese ...Read More

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Stena Line adds extra freight capacity

In response to growing market demand, the shipping company Stena Line is planning to increase its freight capacity on the Belfast – Liverpool route. Stena Line’s CEO said: “Demand for freight capacity from Belfast continues to increase and we believe ...Read More

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Traditional medicine exports from China

Exports of traditional medicine from China picked up last year, according to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicine & Health Products. In 2017, China exported 358,000 tonnes of traditional Chinese medicine, an increase of 0.7 ...Read More

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China weak exports reduce factory activity

Manufacturing decelerated in China during July, as exports and domestic demand weakened, a survey showed. The China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing said that its monthly purchasing managers' index declined to 51.2 from 51.5 in June on a 100-point scale. ...Read More

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Exports must be a priority for India

A major Indian CEO has said that the Indian economy cannot survive without exports. Citing the example of 13 percent growth for China in 2016 with the country’s exports contributing more than 37 percent to the economy during the period, ...Read More

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Rise in freight costs at Russian ports

Freight costs for coal delivery from Russian ports rose in July, compared with June. There was an early start of grain exports from Russia's Azov and Black Sea ports which meant a sudden shortage of available vessels in Baltic and ...Read More

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Egypt will imports rice due to water shortages

The government of Egypt will import rice to meet local demands, and has limited the areas allocated for rice cultivation to adapt to a water shortage. This decision, turns Egypt from a major rice exporter into an importer. The President ...Read More

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Rapid growth in global freight forwarding market

The freight forwarding market grew by 8.0% in 2017, which is a rapid expansion compared with recent years. The forwarding market is using technology to transform their operations. The growth in ‘tech forwarders’ – including digital forwarders and spot market ...Read More

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S. Korea Exports Hold Up

Exports from South Korea held up despite global trade friction. Semiconductor shipments were the biggest exports, while domestic demand showed weakness. The latest figures provide a mixed picture of healthy exports for the key semiconductor industry. Export volumes increased by ...Read More

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Pakistan Government to increase duty to control imports

The Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan is planning to control increasing imports to the country, which reached an all time high of $60 billion during last financial year. "The government is planning to increase Regulatory Duty (RD) on more than ...Read More

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Dairy outlook:lower optimism due to lost exports

In April U.S. dairy exports were the highest ever recorded, accounting for 18.8 percent of production;this led to optimism about better export prices for the rest of the year. “If we don’t export dairy products, we have to move it ...Read More

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South Africa plans to sue USA over import tariffs

South Africa is planning to launch a lawsuit against the US, saying that proposed import tariffs on South African motor car imports will violate the contry's rights under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. SA’s Trade and Industry Minister said ...Read More

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Local farmers anxious over long-term effects of foreign tariffs on exports

The USA government will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to American farmers affected by the reduction in exports and imports due to the trade war with other countries. Import tariffs are being introduced by the USA on any product ...Read More

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Japan exports to US fall

Exports to the USA fell 0.9 percent in June compared with the same period a year ago due to a decline in exports of cars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, two of Japan’s most important export products. The decline is slight ...Read More

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Russia trying to subsidise cost of parts imports

Russia’s Ministry of Trade wants overseas manufacturing companies to continue to comply with the industrial assembly agreements drawn up under Regulation 166. This regulation, which was amended in 2010, allowed overseas car manufacturers to import parts at preferential rates of ...Read More

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EU exports from Spain fall

The value of Spanish fruit and vegetables exports to the EU fell 4 per cent in value terms during the opening four months of the year, while exports to third countries grew by 5 per cent. Total Spanish exports in ...Read More

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Imports for Kenyan state double

The value of imports by State departments and parastatals more than doubled in the first four months of the year. Import orders placed by the government reached Sh22.33 billion in the January-April period. This is the largest four-month import order ...Read More

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Imports of European Cars into Korea increase

Imports of German cars into Korea showed a significant increase, in the first half of 2018, and improved European carmakers' market share. Smaller numbers of Japanese and American cars were imported. According to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, ...Read More

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USA May dairy exports third highest ever

On a total volume basis, dairy exports from the USA were the third highest ever, according to Marc Beck, executive vice president of strategy and insights at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. In fact, he said these exports were greater ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China to triple after end of restrictions

China’s decision last to lift a ban on some Norwegian salmon imports will triple the volume of the trade in the second half of 2018 and drive up prices, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) said. Imports of whole salmon from ...Read More

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Citrus exports from Peru could increase by 15%

According to the general manager of the Association of Producers of Citrus of Peru, the country could export 192 thousand tons of citrus this year, i.e. 15% more than the 167 thousand tons it dispatched in the previous season. He ...Read More

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USA Sea container imports expected to set record in July

Imports at USA major container ports are projected to set a new record this month; increasing consumer demand and rising retail sales are offsetting the initial impact of import tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly "Global Port ...Read More

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Chinese tariffs could affect beef and other USA exports

China only opened its import market to American beef last year and this new export market may now be lost to the UK and France because of high Chinese tariffs. Some US beef exports are almost up to 50 percent, ...Read More

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USA import restrictions will affect S. Korean exports

US restrictions on imports of South Korean steel, washing machines and solar cells may cost Asia's fourth-largest economy more than $2.4 billion in lost exports over the coming years, a parliamentary report said last week. The American administration's import restrictions ...Read More

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South African car exports under threat

After imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium, the USA is threatening to do the same on an important export for South Africa: cars. South Africa's exports of cars and automotive products to the USA have increased exponentially since the advent ...Read More

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EU countries vote on steel import restrictions

European Union countries were due to discuss on July 5 measures proposed by the European Commission to restrict steel imports into the bloc. The Commission proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to prevent a surge of steel ...Read More

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Tbilisi mayor calls for ban on used car imports

The mayor of Tbilisi in Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, argued on July 3 that Georgia should introduce a ban on used car imports, calling the situation in the capital “a complete disaster”. Georgia and other countries from Eastern Europe and Eurasia ...Read More

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Indian Cotton Imports To Increase

Industry sources in India stated that an increase in the minimum selling price for cotton will eventually result in a higher average price for the current season. This may also result in an increase in cotton imports;industry members are planning ...Read More

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India’s seafood exports surpass $7 billion

Reaching new highs in export performance, India’s shipment of 13,77,244 MT of seafood earned US$ 7.08 billion during the financial year 2017-18. Frozen shrimp and frozen fish continued to be the flagship export items. In rupee terms, exports of marine ...Read More

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Turkey exports $1.6B of hazelnuts in 10 months

Turkey sold over 255,000 tons of hazelnuts abroad in the first 10 months of the export season, realising $1.6 billion. The export volume between September 2017 and June 2018 witnessed a 25.3 percent jump in the same period from the ...Read More

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Imports of wooden windows to Japan down 25% in April

Japan’s April 2018 imports of wooden windows fell by just over 25% and compared with levels in March there was a 10% decline. There was a slight recovery in the value of wooden window imports in March, which reversed the ...Read More

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Retaliatory Tariffs on Exports from America by Canada and EU

Canada and the European Union have retaliated to the USA import tariffs which began on July 1. The Canadian government began to impose import tariffs on a long list of U.S. consumer goods, totaling about $12.6 billion of U.S. exports ...Read More

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China to US Exports reduce as Tariffs Approach

Growth in exports from China to the U.S. slowed significantly in the first half of 2018, according to official data, indicating that the brewing trade conflict between the two nations may already be taking a toll. China exports to the ...Read More

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Strawberry exports to Russia quadruple due to World Cup

Turkey's strawberry exports to Russia reached $14 million in the January-May2018, compared with $3.5 million last year, as a result of rising demand related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Producers in Aydın's Sultanhisar district, which produce about 50 percent ...Read More

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Belgians drink less beer but exports rise

The Belgians export twice as much home produced beer as they drink. The average Belgian drinks about 240 250ml glasses of domestically produced beer a year. The volume of Belgian beer sold at home fell by 1.6% between 2016 and ...Read More

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Cotton exports from India to China fall

China, the largest importer of yarn, reduced its cotton purchases sharply in 2017 - 18. Global yarn exports declined 8.8% year-on-year by volume in 2017-18. Exports however increased by 2.2% in value terms. Yarn exports to China fell 30.7% year ...Read More

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Plastic waste exports seek new markets

UK recyclers have been searching for alternative markets for waste materials as China has banned further exports to them. Countries in South East Asia have been identified as possible options, including Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. AS China has a ...Read More

Bengal state intends to double exports

The state of Bengal in India has a strategy to double exports in three years. The State finance minister said exports from Bengal in the last financial year stood at $9.15 billion, a growth rate of 11.17 per cent over ...Read More

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UK plastic exports to Malaysia triple following China ban

Exports of plastic waste from the UK to Malaysia have tripled in the first four months of 2018, after China banned the import of 24 grades of solid waste at the start of the year, according to the latest HM ...Read More

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Shoemaker intends to double revenue from exports

An outdoor adventure shoemaker in India plans to expand its reach in the overseas market, aiming to double its revenue from exports in the next 3-4 years. The parent company plans to increase its business from exports by strengthening its ...Read More

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USA threatens new tariffs for imports from China

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose import tariffs on an additional 200bn  dollars' worth of  goods from China in a growing trade row.The President said that the 10% tariffs on imports would come into effect if China "refuses ...Read More

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Russia and China Railfreight

The national railways of Russia and China have signed a memorandum agreeing to develop a market jointly for ‘high speed' freight services between China, Russia and Europe. IN the rail freight market, would be China Railway Express and RZD Logistics ...Read More

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Exports from Japan accelerate in May

JAPAN'S exports grew in May at the fastest rate in four months. The main increases in export shipments were for cars, car parts, and semiconductor equipment, a sign that global demand is gaining strength. Exports rose 8.1 per cent in ...Read More

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Iran will Increase Exports to US

An Iranian trade official has announced that the country is trying to find ways to boost its exports to the USA, despite the threat of import sanctions after Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. The Trade Promotion Organization of Iran ...Read More

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China to reduce import tariffs

China will further cut import tariffs for daily consumer goods starting on July 1, the State Council decided at an executive meeting. The average import tariff rate for clothing, shoes and hats, kitchenware, and sports and fitness supplies will be ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China rising

Norway exported 233 tonnes of fresh salmon to China during the third week in May, up from 44 tonnes the previous week and compared to 29 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway shows. Producers ...Read More

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Rwanda improves export performance

Statistics on Rwanda’s trade performances relating to exports in 2017 indicate export volumes of over 7000 tons in 2017, according to Steven Ruzibiza, the CEO of the Private Sector Federation in Rwanda. The feasibility of the government’s exports’ growth targets ...Read More

Rwanda Government to increase exports by 17%

Rwanda intends to increase its exports base by 17 per cent per year, according to Trade and Industry Minister, Vincent Munyeshyaka, during the 3rd National Exporters’ Conference in Kigali. The conference included various stakeholders in trade, including government institutions, private ...Read More

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Foie gras imports may be banned after Brexit

Imports of a luxury French food, made by force-feeding ducks or geese may be banned from being to the UK after Brexit, a UK government minister has hinted. British farmers are prohibited from producing foie gras - meaning fatty liver ...Read More

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French farmers blockade fuel over palm oil imports

The main farmers' union of France called for protesters to continue a blockade of refineries and fuel depots, after the government failed to address their concerns about the use of palm oil imports at local biofuel plants. "We have worked ...Read More

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European airports freight growth continues

The European airport trade association, has reported a continuing “robust growth trend” during April, with freight traffic across European airports up 3.9% over the same month of 2017. The number of dedicated cargo flights grew by 3.5% in April. Freight ...Read More

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China: ‘handling Australian wine imports as normal’

At the end of last month, Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates Ltd complained that it encountered delays in getting some export products into China. The government of China responded that it was handling customs processes as normal for imports of Australian ...Read More

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Vietnam coffee exports increase

Vietnam’s coffee exports for January to May rose an estimated 1.8 percent from the same period a year ago; rice exports surged an estimated 20.4 percent during the same period. Coffee exports from Vietnam will increase by an estimated 1.8 ...Read More

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Argentina to expand beef exports to Asia

Argentina intends to expand fresh beef exports to Asia; Japan and China having already approved import deals, Argentina's agriculture minister said. The Minister said in Tokyo that his country has signed a deal with the Japanese government, under which Tokyo ...Read More

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Freight by rail

Scotland has a number of heavy industrial sites - cement production for example - which generate large demands for freight ­movement. Some locations benefit from direct rail connection, offering a resilient and sustainable alternative to 100 per cent dependence on ...Read More

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Swiss watch exports rise in April

Watch exports from Switzerland rose 13.8 percent in April to 1.76 billion Swiss francs ($1.77 billion), induced by a boom in the important Hong Kong export market. The news is welcomed by Swiss watchmakers. The Federation of the Swiss Watch ...Read More

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Mexico plans more exports to China

A Mexican trade delegation travelled to China to complete talks which will allow more banana, pork and sorghum exports, a top Mexican agriculture trade official said last week. The talks, which centre on health and safety protocols, come at a ...Read More

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German Exports Decline

German exports fell at the highest rate for more than five years at the start of 2018, holding back growth in the largest economy in Europe. A breakdown of first-quarter GDP data showed foreign sales fell 1 percent, the highest ...Read More

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US initiates investigation into car imports from China

The US government has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports which could lead to new U.S. tariffs. The national security investigation would assess whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to ...Read More

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China increases agricultural imports

After a recent agreement between China and the United States on agricultural trade, China is expected to expand and diversify farm produce imports more actively. China and the United States agreed to meaningfully increase the export of U.S. agricultural products. ...Read More

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S.Korea’s ‘new’ exports top growth of overall exports

South Korea's exports of products from 'new' industries grew at a faster rate than the exports overall in the first quarter, a government report showed. Exports from 12 new industries reached 20.42 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter, up ...Read More

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Canada approves broad reforms to freight rail and air

Canada has approved broad air and freight reforms to specify passengers’ rights on planes, mandate the use of voice and video recorders in rail locomotives, and provide more choice for shippers with limited transport options. Reforms are intended to help ...Read More

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Ukraine – law to simplify rules for car imports

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 21 signed a bill to simplify rules for car imports into Ukraine, abolishing the verification of conformity of vehicles with environmental standards at border crossing points. This eliminates the need to submit environmental certificates ...Read More

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Japan exports accelerate

Japan’s exports accelerated in April because of increased shipments of cars and machines used to make semiconductors. Rising volumes suggest healthy overseas demand could help the economy recover quickly from a dip in the first quarter. Exports grew 7.8 percent ...Read More

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Russian Restrictions on US US Imports

Russia's lower house of parliament approved a bill that would give the Kremlin authority to ban trade in certain items with countries deemed to be 'unfriendly' to Moscow. Russian lawmakers promised a “painful” response after the United States imposed sweeping ...Read More

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China agrees to buy more US imports

China has agreed to buy more imports of goods and services from the USA, reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries and calming fears of a trade war. Washington has not said how much more China has agreed to ...Read More

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58% of US sock imports come from China

According to recent statistics the United States, the world's largest importer of hosiery products, imported $2.2 billion worth of socks in 2017 and in the January-March period of 2018, approximately $458.3 million worth were imported. China is the largest exporter ...Read More

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Freight Businesses want frictionless Irish border

The Freight Transport Association has repeated its call for an Irish border solution which protects frictionless trading arrangements after Brexit. In discussions with MPs at Stormont, the FTA’s Northern Ireland policy manager Seamus Leheny stressed that the association’s members need ...Read More

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Spanish exports to UK fall

Spanish exports to the United Kingdom fell for the first time in five years in 2017. Exports of Spanish products to Britain fell six per cent last year, while trade with the European Union grew eight per cent in the ...Read More

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USA Table grape imports rose

The U.S. imported higher volumes of table grapes in the first quarter of 2018. Imports amounted to 317,000 metric tons (MT) of grapes between January and March, compared to 303,000MT last year. Exports from Chile – the main supplier – ...Read More

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US places heavy import duties on Chinese steel via Vietnam

The USA government has just imposed heavy import duties on steel produced in China but finished and via Vietnam. The decision marked a victory for US steelmakers, who won anti-dumping and anti-subsidy import duties against Chinese steel in 2015 and ...Read More

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Agriculture, shipping and energy will gain most from the US-China trade agreement

The truce in the US-China trade war should benefit the agriculture and energy sectors, because of China’s commitment to increase related imports from the USA. Shipping companies and port operators will probablym also profit from stronger freight demand and trade ...Read More

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China’s rail freight up

China's rail freight volume, an indicator of economic activity, registered healthy growth in the first four months of 2018. Railways carried 1.29 billion tonnes of cargo in the Jan.-April period, up 6.1 percent from a year earlier. In April, rail ...Read More

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Rapid increase in Swiss fines for freight trucks

An increasing number of freight vehicles are being stopped for motoring offences at border crossings into Switzerland. Some 100 drivers were caught drink-driving. "Most drivers come from Eastern Europe, where working conditions are getting worse,” Jon Pult, president of the ...Read More

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China more welcoming to rice imports from Japan

In China, Japanese imported rice is only for the rich, as it costs four times as much as domestically grown rice. One reason Japanese rice is so expensive is because China imposes strict controls on imports of if from Japan. ...Read More

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Secondhand car imports to Ireland increase

New figures from the Central Statistics Office of Ireland show that 8,671 used cars were imported into the country in April, compared with 7,272 for the same time last year. For the first four months of 2018, the number of ...Read More

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Wine imports to China soar in Q1

From January to March, China imported 200.57 million litres of wines, representing a year-on-year growth of 32.34% in volume and a 35.84% increase in value, according to the latest figures released by the China Association for Import and Export of ...Read More

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1000+ freight trains from Xinjian, China

More than 1,000 freight trains from China to Europe have made journeys starting from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since May 2016. According to statistics from the regional railway authority, a total of 314 China-Europe freight trains departed ...Read More

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Estonian exports decrease

According to a report from Statistics Estonia, exports fell by 3% compared with the previous year in March 2018. Imports into Estonia rose by 4% compared with March 2017. The total volume of exports from Estonia in March 2018 amounted ...Read More

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Freight forwarding apprenticeships

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is encouraging UK freight forwarders to take advantage of the newly authorised freight forwarding apprentice scheme. BIFA training development manager Carl Hobbis explained that the recent official approval from the Institute of Apprenticeships for ...Read More

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Good future for rail freight

Recent rail freight figures show a positive future for rail freight for consumer goods and construction materials, which together now account for almost two-thirds of UK rail freight. The biggest issue facing rail freight is a shortage of infrastructure capacity. ...Read More

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Rail Freight Service from Liverpool

The first rail freight service from the port of Liverpool made its inaugural journey on 8 May, officially launched by the mayor. The intention is to reduce road haulage miles locally. The mayor said; “Improving our connectivity, both logistically and ...Read More

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China Tech company in trouble, US imports delayed

A China tech company affected and delays for imported U.S. cars, apples, timber and other agricultural products are signs that the widening trade dispute between China and the U.S. is exacting a toll on both sides. The tech company said ...Read More

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Air freight grows more slowly

Demand for global air freight grew at the slowest pace for almost two years in March, as businesses ceased restocking their inventories. Demand in freight tonne kilometres rose 1.7 percent in March compared, with the year-earlier period, which is 5 ...Read More

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US trade deficit drops; exports achieve record high

The U.S. trade deficit reduced sharply in March, as exports increased to a record high due to an increase in exports of commercial aircraft and soybeans. The Commerce Department said last week that the trade gap dropped 15.2 percent to ...Read More

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US pork imports stuck at ports in China

China has increased inspections of pork imported from the United States, importers and industry sources said. This is the latest American product to be hit by a potentially costly slowdown at Chinese ports in the past couple of weeks. Some ...Read More

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Sweden and Finland team up for exports

Expanding food exports is a key project for the current government of Finland, led by the rural-based Centre Party, with a goal of doubling food exports by 2020. That target was set before economic sanctions by the EU against Russia ...Read More

Food from Finland exports purity

Finland’s food exports are growing quickly. In 2016 Finland exported 1.5 billion euros’ worth of foodstuffs, compared with 1.6 billion last year. The public research funding agency 'Business Finland' expects that to grow beyond 1.7 billion this year. An egg ...Read More

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Turkey hazelnut exports record

Turkey exported over 215,000 tons of hazelnuts in the first 8 months of the export season, making a $1.36 billion revenue, a national union of exporters of the nut said Wednesday. The export volume between September 2017 and April 2018 ...Read More

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Scottish exports fall

The volume of goods exports from Scotland fell sharply at the end of last year, according to official data. Food and drinks exports, in particular dropped, but the printing, engineering, wood and paper sectors also experienced falling volumes. The index ...Read More

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Algeria sends first cement exports to Europe

The Algerian Industry Ministry said last week that the country exported its first-ever shipments of cement to Europe in April. A subsidiary of the state-run GICA Group exported 45,000 tons of clinker cement to the European market. The export shipment ...Read More

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Sustainable cocoa imports rise

An increasing amount of the cocoa imported by Dutch companies is 'sustainable', according to a report by the national statistics office CBS. The percentage of sustainable cocoa imports used for processing in Dutch plants rose to 30% in 2016 from ...Read More

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Australian exports hit record levels

There was a surge in exports which jumped to the highest level on record;this should add handsomely to Australian economic growth when the March quarter report is released in one month. Surging commodity exports largely explain why Australia has been ...Read More

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EU to restrict imports of e-bikes from China

The European Commission has made imports of electric bicycles (e-bikes) from China subject to registration. Eventual duties can be backdated to May. The Commission has begun anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations; there have been a number of measures against Chinese exports ...Read More

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Algeria will end import ban on mobiles, food, home appliances

Algeria plans to lift a ban on imports of mobile phones, household appliances and food and introduce high customs duties in their place, its trade minister said yesterday, in a new attempt to generate more tax revenue to ease pressure ...Read More

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USA will postpone tariffs on imports of steel & aluminium from EU

The White House said on that it would postpone a decision on imposing tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico for 30 days. The government wishes to avoid the potential for a ...Read More

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US exports to China support American jobs

US exports to China have supported one million American jobs annually, a report released by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) on Monday (April 30) showed. Over the last decade, US exports of goods to China increased by 86 per cent, ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China rose

Norway exports of fresh salmon to China increased to 229 tonnes in mid April, up from 225 tonnes the previous week and none during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed. Norwegian producers see demand from ...Read More

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US imports tariff won’t affect German exports

U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum would not reduce exports from Germany, if an exemption granted to the European Union expires on May 1 without a permanent solution. This was the view expressed Germany’s leading economic institutes. But they ...Read More

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Irish exports falls by 12% in value in February

The value of Irish exports fell by 12 per cent in February while imports rose marginally. This resulted in a trade surplus for the month of just under €4 billion. While the monthly trade figures from the Central Statistics Office ...Read More

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Demand for sheep exports growing

Australian sheep industry projections 2018 report showed that international demand for live and boxed sheep imports continues to grow, with the Australian sheep industry described as set to enjoy a robust future. In 2017, Australian sheep meat exports had their ...Read More

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Quicker freight Germany – China

A major freight carrier has launched a weekly less-than-container-load service from Duisburg to Wuhan. The first door-to-door LCL consolidation container shipment from Duisburg took 26 days to cover the 10 550 km, which included 18 days by rail. ‘The consolidation ...Read More

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Stockholm summit with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and India

The Indian  Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sweden last week for trade talks. A Nordic-Indian summit took place with the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Modi and Löfven, the Prime Minister of Sweden. Sweden has been courting India recently, ...Read More

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London to China freight service

Following last year’s trial services (China to London and London to China), on April 10 the first scheduled freight service from DP World’s London Gateway terminal to the Duisburg freight hub in Germany departed. The load included containers destined for ...Read More

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Burgundy exports go on rising in 2017

Exports of Burgundy rose 0.7% by volume in 2017 versus 2016. The lack of Chablis and Petit Chablis hampered further gains as, if Chablis is removed from the equation, exports of Burgundy by volume rose 6%. Exports by value rose ...Read More

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EU imports from outside countries up 5%

European Union imports of fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries reached 15.5 million metric tons (MT) in 2017, representing an increase of 5%. Spain’s Federation of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Live Plant Grower Exporter Associations reported 13.3 million MT of ...Read More

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Russia lists US imports which could be banned

Russia has drafted legislation in response to new U.S. sanctions that would give authorities the power to ban or restrict imports of a number of U.S. goods and services to Russia. Many U.S. agricultural imports to Russia have been banned ...Read More

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China imposes deposit on US sorghum

China said on it will slap a hefty temporary deposit on imports of sorghum from the USA, after finding that the U.S. grain has damaged the domestic industry. U.S. companies will have to put a 178.6 percent deposit on the ...Read More

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Corporate banking executive appointed UK exports chief

A former Barclays corporate banking executive has been appointed Britain’s export chief by Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade. The new position will have the title of Director General for exports. Liam Fox said: “With the IMF predicting that 90 ...Read More

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North East exports grow at fastest level for over a decade

North East businesses have grown their export sales at the quickest rate for more than 11 years, according to the North East England Chamber of Commerce. The figures were published as part of the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey, which showed ...Read More

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Ukraine wheat exports down 4% year-on-year

Ukrainian wheat exports have remained steady during the last fortnight, with the gap on the 2016/17 marketing year remaining at around 4%. Total exports for the 2017/18 marketing year came to 14.4 million mt. About 214,000 mt of wheat were ...Read More

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Air freight volumes rise 7%

Air cargo volumes at the world's 20 busiest airports grew 6.8% in 2017. Hong Kong was again the number one freight hub. Airports Council International (ACI) reported that the top 20 cargo hubs handled 51m tonnes in total last year, ...Read More

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China largest exporter to Philippines

China was the Philippines' largest source of imports in February, contributing a 19.9 percent share of the total imports for the month. A report said that import bills from the top 10 countries for imports for February amounted to 78.7 ...Read More

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China plastic ban: increased exports to other parts of Asia

China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste imports, including plastic and paper, at the start of 2018 because it said contaminants were polluting its environment. In the first quarter of 2017, New Zealand exported $1.7 million dollars worth of ...Read More

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US craft beer exports rise 3.6% in 2017

Canada has retained the top spot as the leading importer of craft beer from the USA , representing 51.3% of total exports. The UK is the second import largest market, accounting for 10.5%, higher than Sweden (6.7%), Korea (4.6%), Australia ...Read More

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S A lifts ban on guava imports from Egypt

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority lifted last week the temporary ban on the import of frozen and processed guava imports from Egypt to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The authorities will only accept imports from facilities accredited by the ...Read More

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China Feb fuel exports to North Korea tiny

China kept fuel exports to North Korea to a minimum and shipped no corn or rice to its isolated neighbour in February, extending a months-long drop in export/import trade amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme. The only fuel ...Read More

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Russian weekly grain exports on target

Russia remains on target to meet its revised grain export target, with 1.31 million mt of grain leaving in the week to March 26, data from the ministry of agriculture showed. Total grain exports are 40% higher than at the ...Read More

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S.Korea exempt from US heavy tariffs on steel imports

South Korea earned an exemption from the U.S. heavy tariffs on steel imports, in a deal to revise their free trade agreement. Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong told a press briefing that the U.S. side agreed to exempt South Korea from ...Read More

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Freight train service linking N China and Mongolia

A new freight train service between Caofeidian Port in Hebei Province, North China and Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, was launched at the end of March. Departing from Caofeidian Port, a train loaded with freight consisting of electrical appliances, furniture ...Read More

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US bean exports to China fall 25%

Imports of US soybeans to China fell by 25% in February, compared with the same month a year earlier as Brazil's bumper crop displaced US farmer supply. China imported 5.42 million mt of soybeans in February, with the US taking ...Read More

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Date exports from Egypt increase 127%

Egypt’s exports of dates increased by 127 percent during the first two months of 2018, according to the Food Export Council. The Council added that the volume of date exports reached 21,600 tons in January and February 2018, compared to ...Read More

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Increase in Yorkshire & Humber food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Yorkshire and the Humber reached £1.14bn in 2017, an increase of 11% compared with 2016. That is according to the latest HMRC figures, which also show that meat (£157m), dairy/eggs (£73m) and drinks (£58m) are ...Read More

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Peru expects mandarin exports to China to rise 15% in 2018

South America’s leading soft citrus exporter is expecting more strong export growth to China this year. Peru has become the largest soft citrus exporter in the region by volume, and is expected it to be on a level with South ...Read More

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USA Tariffs on China imports could raise prices

President Trump’s intention to impose hefty tariffs on Chinese imports and threats of retaliation from China sparked fresh worries last week about higher prices for American shoppers and steep revenue losses for U.S. businesses. Trump said he’ll impose 25% tariffs ...Read More

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Food and drink exports soar

Exports of food and drink from the South West of England rose by 8% in 2017 compared with the previous 12 months, the latest HMRC figures show. The amount of food and drink exports from the region increased to £810 ...Read More

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Government supports UK cyber security firms to increase exports

The UK government has decided to support cyber security firms in an attempt to grow exports of their products and services. The government has published a guide for security firms on how it plans to support their export efforts. The ...Read More

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Rail freight group to open new Wolverhampton logistics centre

An international rail freight operator is on scheduled to open its new Wolverhampton Logistics Centre this autumn The £6 million project will double the size of the city's steel rail terminal. The current Cargo UK facility has the capability of ...Read More

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Commodity imports to China for February

The strong demand for ethanol imports from China has strengthened. Last month, 197,652 cubic metres were purchased – up from just 9 cubic metres in February 2017, when tax rises on imports from Brazil and the US began to take ...Read More

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Swiss rail freight slump

The freight sector of Swiss Railways, SBB Cargo suffered a massive loss of SFr 239m, after a small but encouraging profit of SFr 1m the previous year. This was due completely to the slump in the domestic sector. SBB Cargo ...Read More

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Food imports to Kenya rose by 58% in January

Food imports into Kenya grew by 58.33% in January, compared with the same month of the previous year. The country's import bill rose from Sh13.2bn (US$130.7mn) in January 2017 to Sh20.9bn ($207mn) in January 2018, according to Kenya’s Bureau of ...Read More

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Chickpea exports from Australia drop 22pc

January chickpea exports from Australia at 62,781 tonnes dropped 22 per cent from the revised December total of 80,161t, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The reduction reflects the impact of the import tariff imposed by ...Read More

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Russian food exports to double by 2025

The agriculture sector in Russia is expanding; this is largely due to government policy in response to sanctions, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. “The policy of import substitution has proved its worth in a number of sectors. Talking about ...Read More

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IHMA welcomes shipping counterfeit measures

A new initiative, aimed at tackling the problem of counterfeiting in the shipping sector, has been welcomed by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA.) The industry trade body says the new Know Your Customer (KYC) Best Practices* is a significant ...Read More

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Russia increases fuel exports

Russia plans to sharply increase fuel exports and acquire a larger share of the European market after an extensive $55 billion modernization of its refineries, companies’ plans and analysts’ reports show. Russia began modernising its biggest refineries in 2011 after ...Read More

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Trans Pacific Pact to increase Australian wine exports

A new trade agreement signed after the USA withdrew from trade negotiations is considered “a vital win” for Australia, according to the country’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. The countries participating in the pact include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, ...Read More

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Budapest seeks regional freight role

Hungary’s largest airport is beginning to establish itself as a regional air freight hub. It handled 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017. Starting this year, two freight carriers plan to operate flights to the U.S. from Budapest Airport (BUD), and ...Read More

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UK exports to Emerging 7 could be higher

The UK could benefit from £10bn worth of exports a year to a group of emerging economies, according to a study by Standard Chartered bank. Annual UK exports to the 'Emerging 7' (China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia) ...Read More

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New train freight train connects the Netherlands to China

A new railway service connecting Amsterdam and Yiwu in China was launched on March 7. The 11,000-kilometre route travels through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before it reaches China. “Today, the first freight train begins its journey from Amsterdam ...Read More

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Freight growth increase in Europe

Freight traffic growth at European airports improved in January, increasing by 8.4% year on year according to ACI Europe. Airports in EU countries showed 6.4% of growth for the month while non-EU airports did significantly better, their cargo traffic increasing ...Read More

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Record India soybean imports

Traders overseas have signed deals to export up to 100,000 tonnes of soybeans to India since December, shipping mainly from the African countries of Ethiopia and Benin, with which India has concessional import duty agreements. India's soybean imports have hit ...Read More

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“Amber train” for Baltic state container rail freight

A new route for Baltic container freight is planned to go from Šestokai on Lithuania's border with Poland via Riga to Tallinn, state-owned Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) said. Representatives of Latvijas dzelzceļš, representatives of the Lithuanian state railway company AB Lietuvos ...Read More

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China exports tunneling machine to Bangladesh

A Chinese firm this week rolled off the largest-ever shield tunneling machine for export, which is destined for Bangladesh to assist with a river tunneling project. The export of the machine made by a manufacturing company based in east China's ...Read More

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Coffee exports may fail to meet 2025 target

Currently, Uganda exports only 4.6 million bags, far below their target. Uganda may not export the 20 million bags of coffee by 2025 if production is not increased. This is according to former finance minister Ezra Suruma who is part ...Read More

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Shark fin imports to Hong Kong ‘halved since 2007’

Shark fin imports to Hong Kong, which is the largest fin trading hub in the world, have been cut by half since 2007, owing to shipping bans and tighter international regulations, according to a conservation group. Between 2007 and 2017, ...Read More

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Consumers in China favour taste over price of imports

Consumers in China are primarily put off by the high prices of imported food, says a recent study. The report which was commissioned by the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Shanghai, looks at nine categories of imported food products, including ...Read More

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EU considering import tax on Levi jeans from USA

The Euopean Union may levy a 25% import tax on Levi jeans and bourbon whisky if President Donald Trump imposes import tariffs on European steel and aluminium. The EU Commissioner for Trade said that the items were on a draft ...Read More

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Aluminium exports from China rise

Aluminium exports from China grew more than 25 per cent in the first two months of 2018, but steel exports fell by almost a third. China faces scrutiny as the US was planning to impose substantial tariffs last week. The ...Read More

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Joint venture for Denmark freight to end

Sweden based freight operator Green Cargo will withdraw from its joint venture with DB Cargo in Denmark. The joint venture handles principally transit freight traffic through Denmark for the two companies, but Green Cargo the companies could not reach agreement ...Read More

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Fear of stock-piled bike Imports from China

The European Bike Manufacturers Association is requesting the European Commission to begin registering imports of e-bikes from China. Because Chinese bike exporters fear that a provisional duty will be imposed on their exports, e-bike imports from China to Europe are ...Read More

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Record Investment in Portugal’s Export Sector

Investment in the export-oriented sectors in Portugal doubled last year to hit a record high. The head of the state agency for promotion of exports and investment said that this emphasised Portugal's fas move up the economic value chain. The ...Read More

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Wheat imports to South Africa rising

Imports of wheat to South Africa are expected to more than double to 2.1 million tonnes in 2018, from 935,000 tonnes last year. A severe drought is affecting production in the key Western Cape growing area. According to the Western ...Read More

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Fruit and vegetable imports to Russia recovering

Compared with the previous year, Russian imports of fresh fruit and vegetables have increased considerably in 2017. A total of 7,1 million tonnes was imported, 17% more than in 2016. This is much lower than the volume in 2013, when ...Read More

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Military exports from Sweden increase

Swedish military exports increased by 2 percent in value last year, much of the increase due export of fighter jets to Brazil. But critics are concerned that Sweden continues to export to non-democratic states. Swedish exports of military equipment were ...Read More

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German exports to Turkey grow

Exports to Turkey which are covered by a German government credit guarantee, called “Hermes”, increased by one third between 2016 and 2017, reaching nearly 1.5 billion euros, according to a report in a German newspaper. The export increase comes in ...Read More

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UK’s new inland rail freight hub opens

iPort Rail, the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub, has become officially operational. Within iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is a state-of-the-art rail freight facility on a site of 30 acres. It can accommodate the UK’s longest trains up ...Read More

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Japan’s cosmetics exports annual record

Japan's cosmetics exports jumped 39% in value in 2017, marking a fifth record year. Tourists visiting Japan create new devotees who continue to use the products long after returning home. The export value hovered around the 100 billion yen range ...Read More

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New Zealand Apple Growers look for Export opportunities

In New Zeland there are six sheep for every person, so exports are the primary market for New Zealand apples. With only 4.5 million people in the country, there are few domestic opportunities for the fruit produced. New Zealand exports ...Read More

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China rail freight volume on the increase

Rail freight in China rose in January by 9.4 percent volume from the previous year to 339.6 million tonnes, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Rail freight volume in December fell by 3.8 percent from the previous year, marking the ...Read More

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on UK lamb exports

Saudi Arabia authorities have this week lifted the 20 year-long ban on sheep meat from the UK, which had been put in place after the BSE crisis in the UK. Exports may begin as early as next month after export ...Read More

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Rail freight news

In conjunction with a major freight operator, Argentina’s Ministry of Transport has conducted trial 'piggyback' movements carrying lorry semi-trailers between Spegazzinni in Buenos Aires province and the port of Bahía Blanca. Slovenia Railways’ freight business has purchased 30 second-hand wagons ...Read More

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Japan wants to be excluded from US import curb

The steel industry in Japan wants the country to be excluded from any U.S. import restrictions, as steel from Japan poses no threat to the U.S. national security, the head of the steel federation said. The industry said last week ...Read More

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Car imports to Vietnam drop

Only 337 cars of all kinds were shipped to Vietnam in the first month of 2018. Of all these imports, there were only 17 passenger cars with nine seats or less, amounting to 567,000 USD. No cars were imported from ...Read More

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Exports from Ireland record high

The Central Statistical Office in Ireland issued statistics showing that Irish exports hit a record high in 2017, rising 2 per cent to reach €122 billion for the year. Imports were also at record levels, with an increase of 4 ...Read More

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Salmon Exports from Norway on the rise

Combined exports of salmon from Norway for China and Vietnam, rose during Week 6 of 2018 to 633 tonnes from 538 tonnes in same week last year. Export volumes to Hong Kong rose to 459 tonnes last week from 199 ...Read More

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Norwegian salmon exports to China rise

During Week 6 of 20189, Norway exported 420 tonnes of fresh salmon to China, an increase over 355 tonnes the previous week. This was a fraction of the total exports, but producers in Norway see demand from China as an ...Read More

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Rail freight in Scotland in disarray

A recent report explains that the rail freight business in Scotland is in a worse state than in other parts of Britain. It was previously heavily dependent on the delivery of coal to Longannet and Cockenzie power stations, both of ...Read More

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Singapore’s exports increase

Singapore's exports increased more than expected in January. Stronger exports of non-electronic items such as non-electric engines, measuring instruments and petrochemicals - as well as the timing of the Chinese New Year - helped January's performance. Non-oil domestic exports rose ...Read More

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New rail freight terminal at Cricklewood approved

Construction of a modern rail freight terminal at Cricklewood has been approved to help with a housing regeneration in Brent Cross. The Campaign for Better Transport argues that - without a new terminal - a regeneration project in the area ...Read More

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Port of Sunderland cargo imports grow

Last year record levels of cargo were handled at the municipally-owned Port of Sunderland last year; the port, which was 300 years old in 2017, recorded a 13% rise in freight tonnage passing through its docks when compared to 2016. ...Read More

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Record freight in 2017 at Rotterdam

Rotterdam port grew in 2017 helped by a significant gain in container throughput, the port authority said in a statement. Total cargo volume increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes. Container volume was higher at 142.6 million tonnes, a ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China fall

Salmon exports from Norway to China fell to 355 tonnes last week from 523 tonnes the previous week. However, this was an increase from just 15 tonnes in the corresponding week last year. Exports to China remain small when compared ...Read More

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Ban lifted on exports of Avocados from Kenya

A ban on exports of Fuerte avocados grown in Kenya, was officially lifted by Kenya's Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) on 1 February. The decision has been welcomed by Kenyan exporters whose CEO said that the move would bring relief ...Read More

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China approves imports from Denmark

China has approved the import of processed meats from a leading processor in Denmark. China is the world's top pork consumer, and the export of these products will be valuable to Denmark. The agreement, comes after more than nine years ...Read More

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New processed pork exports to China

A Danish company which has just received approval for its products in China, says that exports of such products to China could be worth 250 million Danish krone ($42 million) a year in a few years time. They expect the ...Read More

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Service exports from China increase in 2017

Service exports from witnessed expanded quickly in 2017, exceeding the increase of imports for the first time in seven years, figures from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) in China showed last week. The value of service exports increased by 10.6 ...Read More

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Wine imports to China grow

Imports of wine to China rose again in 2017; exports from Australia, Chile and Georgia showed notable growth. It seems that the market is increasingly demanding quality, as average prices for bulk and sparkling wines are increasing. Imports of bottled ...Read More

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Couple in Australia accused of making nickel exports to Iran

It is alleged that a couple from New South Wales exported two shipments of nickel alloy in 2009 and 2010 of which the ultimate destination was Iran. Nickel which contains heat- and corrosion-resistant alloys may be used in nuclear power ...Read More

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China investigates US sorghum imports

China is commencing an anti-dumping investigation into imports of sorghum from the United States. Less than two weeks ago, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed high tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines. The investigation in China is expected ...Read More

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Steel sector in EU expects import threat

Demand for steel in Europe is expected to rise in 2018, European steel association Eurofer said earlier this week, warning of a threat of rising imports. Steel consumption, is set to rise by 1.9 percent in the 28 countries of ...Read More

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EU court upholds fines for freight forwarding cartel

The European Union’s highest court last week said that the Commission was right to fine a group of freight forwarding companies over cartel charges, dismissing an appeal brought by major logistics groups. The Commission had handed out fines of a ...Read More

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China imports more cars in 2017

China imported more cars in 2017, the China Automobile Dealers Association announced last week. About 1.21 million automobiles were imported, 16.8 percent growth from 2016, the association said. Parallel imports, vehicles bought from other markets to be sold in China, ...Read More

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Rail freight funding must be protected

Rail freight funds must be safeguarded if the UK is to attract the private investment it needs to make rail a success. This is the view of Rail Freight Group executive director Maggie Simpson giving evidence to the Parliamentary transport ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports surge 16 pct in January

Turkey’s exports increased by 16.3 percent on a yearly basis, to reach nearly $12.2 billion in January, the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) announced on Feb. 1. According to TİM data, this was the third-best January export figure of all time. ...Read More

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Moldova’s 2017 freight traffic grows

The total volume of Moldova's railway, road, river, and air freight traffic grew by 23.8% in 2017 compared with the previous year, reaching some 17.3 million tonnes, the country's statistical office said last week. Calculated in freight tonne-kilometres (FTK), traffic ...Read More

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Businesses plan exports outside Europe in response to Brexit

In response to Brexit, 62 per cent of mid-market business leaders plan to increase investment in exports beyond the EU. Mid-market businesses are looking beyond Europe for their future success, according to research from national law firm Mills & Reeve. ...Read More

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Swiss Quartz watch Exports Slump

Switzerland exported the fewest quartz watches in 33 years as competition from fitness bands and smartwatches attacked the lower end of the market, forcing the industry to refocus on more expensive mechanical timepieces. Swiss watchmakers exported 17 million quartz and ...Read More

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Iran lifts ban on registration for rice imports

Iran has lifted its ban on registration for imports of rice for five months, the customs administration announced in a statement published on Tuesday. The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said “the registration for imports of rice is ...Read More

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Courier businesses in China use international freight flights

Chinese private courier companies are increasingly using international freight flights as global e-commerce booms. Earlier this month a cargo airline company opened a freight air route between cities in northeast China and Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. They also ...Read More

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Russia-Vietnam rail freight service

A rail freight service from Russia to Vietnam has been successfully tested. A shipment containing shampoos, soap, shower gels, creams and masks for face and hair arrived in the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi on January 23 after setting off ...Read More

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US beef exports increase

The latest USA beef trade data for November shows continued improvement in beef exports. November beef exports were 260.7 million pounds, up 2.7 percent over exports in November, 2016. Beef exports have increased compared with the previous year each month ...Read More

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Very high US road freight rates set to reduce

Freight rates have been an important topic of discussion in the fresh produce industry across the United States recently. Growers and shippers have expressed their concerns about having to pay very high freight rates to get their produce to the ...Read More

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Forwarders need to compare air freight prices pre China New Year

Air freight rates have rebounded after severe weather disruption across Europe and the US, but one index is reporting a double-digit drop. China to Europe (at $2.68 per kg) and China to US (at $3.54 per kg) prices have fallen ...Read More

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Freight train service to link Yanbian, China with Europe

A new China-Europe freight train route is to open, which will link up northeast China's Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Yanbian with Europe this year, the prefectural government said last week. The freight train will begin from Changchun, capital of Jilin ...Read More

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Gothenburg container port endangered by industrial dispute

The CEO explained: “We had hoped for a recovery towards the end of the year in the absence of any industrial action since last summer. But this was not the case. The message from the freight owners is loud and ...Read More

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Port of Gothenburg 2017 container volume falls

The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden had its worst year ever for container volumes in 2017, due to prolonged labour issues. The number of boxes moving through the port plunged 19% to 644,000 teu from 798,000 teu in the previous ...Read More

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New markets for Belarus’ agricultural exports

Belarus began to export agricultural products to 17 new countries in 2017 the head of the main department for foreign economic affairs at the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry said. Belarus' dairy exports to China increased by a multiple of ...Read More

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Indian bicycle hub threatened by imports from China

Cheap imports from China are threatening the survival of Ludhiana’s bicycle industry in western Punjab. Once one of the leading manufacturing hubs in India, the town’s most famous industry is becoming only an assembly point for bike imports smuggled in ...Read More

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Global air freight demand expects seven-year high

The rise in air freight demand in November puts the air cargo industry on track for the strongest performance since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010, IATA said. The growth in freight demand comes despite indicators pointing to air ...Read More

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China adjusts tariff policies for major equipment imports

Chinese authorities have released tariff policy adjustments for imports of major technological equipment. Imports of major technological equipment on the revised list for government support will be exempted from tariffs and value-added tax. Tax exemption policies for imports of mixed-flow ...Read More

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India rice export record

India's rice exports increased by approximately 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as nearby Bangladesh increased imports, after flooding hit its crops, industry officials said. The boost in exports from the world's top exporter will probably ...Read More

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Global air freight demand on increase

The rise in freight volumes in November puts the air cargo industry on track for the strongest operational and financial performance since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010, IATA said. The growth in freight demand comes despite indicators pointing ...Read More

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Irish Butter exports surged 60% last year

Butter that continues to be the big winner for Irish food and drink export; last year, dairy products were the largest sector of Irish exports and this was driven by butter sales worldwide. Exports of Irish whiskey, infant formula and ...Read More

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Plastics exports rise to non-China destinations

Exporters of plastic waste for recycling have increased volumes sent from the UK to Turkey, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, has told Parliament. He has also cautioned against burning plastic for energy recovery ...Read More

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Dover freight increase for fifth year running

Freight volumes through the Port of Dover reached record levels for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, the south coast port has announced. Dover handled over 2.6 million freight lorries in 2017 – an increase of almost 10,000 on the ...Read More

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Freight service starts on Kenya’s standard gauge railway

The first rail freight service has been launched on Kenya’s 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa. The 52-wagon train carried 104 freight containers, which is almost the equivalent amount of cargo ...Read More

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Record year for Irish food and drink exports

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has announced that the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 13% in 2017. Speaking at the launch of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2017-2018 report, the Minister said, ...Read More

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Algeria bans certain imports

Algeria has temporarily banned the import of 900 products which includes mobile phones, household appliances and vegetables. This is an attempt to cut an increasing import bill following a fall in energy earnings, according to an official document. The OPEC ...Read More

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Canada says US duties on lumber exports unfair

Canada has denounced the United States for imposing import duties on its some softwood lumber exports. "U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber are unfair, unwarranted and troubling. They are harmful to Canada's lumber producers, workers and communities," Canadian Foreign Minister ...Read More

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Rwanda bans fruits imports from South Africa

Rwanda has banned the import of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa. Listeriosis viral disease is purported to be present in the products. The import ban, aimed to prevent the spread of the disease to Rwanda, became ...Read More

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Zeebrugge-Tilbury freight reaches record levels

A major ocean carrier shipped more freight between Zeebrugge and Tilbury in 2017 than in any other year since the 10-year history of the route. The integrated ferry and logistics company shipped 185,908 freight units between January and December last ...Read More

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Row over pig imports in Cambodia

Government officials have rejected pleas from pig farmers to curb imports of pigs into the country. Speaking at a forum on agriculture, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said domestic family-run pig farming businesses that are struggling to keep in business should ...Read More

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Spice exports from India rise 24%

India exported 5.57 lakh tonnes of spices and spice products worth Rs. 8,850.53 crore during April-September 2017, compared with 4.5 lakh tonnes of exports worth Rs. 8,700 crore during the same period a year earlier. This is an increase of ...Read More

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Russians increase Italy wine exports to record level

Exports of wine from Italy reached a record six billion euros ($7.2 billion) in 2017, an increase of 7.0 percent on the previous year thanks largely to Russia, according to Italy's largest agricultural union. Sales of everything from the full-bodied ...Read More

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Fiji bans live coral exports

Fiji's government has banned the export of live coral, hoping to protect the Pacific nation's reefs. This has has stirred concerns about job losses among local companies. The export ban came into force last week; Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau saying ...Read More

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China ends its beef with Italian meat imports

China has lifted a longstanding import ban on beef from Italy, officials said earlier this month, paving the way for Florentine steak and other specialities to enter kitchens in China for the first time in 16 years. Italian beef exports ...Read More

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Bulgarian Wine Exports Rose by Nearly 13%

Exports of wines from Bulgaria grew by nearly 13 per cent in the first eight months of 2017, Deputy Economy Minister Lachezar Borisov has announced. 17 517 139 tons of wine for 17 432 629 million euro were exported, according ...Read More

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Illegal Clothing imports to South Africa

Counterfeit clothing imports into South Africa has seen the domestic clothing and textile industry suffer tremendously. More recently the industry has also been hit by the import of second-hand clothing, which has become available for resale on the market. Customs ...Read More

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Pakistan Exports continuously decline

Because domestic industries are not protected,energy costs are increasing, and import duties are too high, Pakistan’s exports have been losing international market share very quickly and imports are increasing. Representatives of different chambers of commerce and industry of the country ...Read More

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Norway salmon exports to China increase

Salmon exports from Norway to China rose to 395 tonnes during the second week of December,from 291 tonnes the previous week, and from 109 tonnes in the corresponding week last year, data from Seafood Norway showed. Volumes to China remain ...Read More

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Israel Exports fall due to big pharma crisis

Israel’s export-dependent economy is expected to be harmed by planned job cuts and plant closures at its largest company, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Teva, the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, accounts for as much as 3% of Israeli economic output, according ...Read More

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Japan exports/imports increase on strong demand from China/US

Japan's exports rose 16 percent in November from the previous year, while imports jumped 17 percent. Customs data showed the trade surplus slipping to $1 billion on exports of $61.4 billion. Imports totaled 6.81 trillion yen ($60.4 billion). Exports to ...Read More

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Sugar refiners in China lobby for increased import permits

Chinese sugar refineries plan to lobby Beijing to increase off-quota sugar imports next year, according to several sources, after the government took measures to reduce shipments this year. Major sugar refiners in China proposed at an industry conference that the ...Read More

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Freight Subsidy for Italy

The European Commission has approved an €9m Italian State Aid subsidy scheme designed to support the shift of freight traffic from road, on the Italian section of the Brenner corridor. The level operators receive is based on the reduction in ...Read More

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GB Railfreight protest

GB Railfreight has 'objected strongly' to proposals contained in the UK Office of Rail & Road’s Consultation paper concerning charges to recover fixed network costs. GB Railfreight say they show 'a lack of understanding of freight and end user contracts ...Read More

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Strong exports of citrus to China

Peru has made strong inroads into the China export market, increasing by over 300 per cent to 7,000 tonnes with exports of mostly mandarins in July and August. The growth in demand for Southern Hemisphere citrus is part of the ...Read More

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China demand for citrus imports

China’s insatiable demand for citrus continues as both South Africa and Australia record best ever exports to the Asian nation. In the 12 months to the end of October, China had imported over 250,000 tonnes of citrus, mostly oranges and ...Read More

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Exports to top Kenyan tea markets fall by 15 per cent

Tea exports to the main markets in the year to October dropped 15 per cent compared with the same period last year: all the top buyers except Pakistan registered significant decrease. Statistics from the Tea Directorate suggest that exports fell ...Read More

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Kazakhstan will increase grain exports

Kazakhstan is planning to increase the volume of grain exports by the end of 2017. "We plan to export about 9.1 million tons of grain and flour in 2017. This is 400,000 tons more than in the previous year," said ...Read More

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German car exports falling

Car exports from Germany have fallen in 2017, partly due to the weaker pound undermining British demand, the head of the Germany's car industry federation said earlier this month. "...lower demand in Britain caused by exchange rates" had contributed to ...Read More

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Record US imports from China, Mexico, Europe

In October, imports to the USA increased by 1.6% to a record $244.6 billion. Exports were unchanged at $195.9 billion. Almost half of the increase in the U.S. trade deficit was tied to larger imports of petroleum at higher prices. ...Read More

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Soaring Freight Costs Will squeeze profits

It’s getting more expensive to ship commodities around the world, threatening to squeeze profits for global traders and raise food prices. The Baltic Dry Index, which published current shipping rates, surged 73 percent in 2017 to a four-year high because ...Read More

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Shrimp Imports Continue to grow in USA

The latest shrimp import figures show that shrimp demand in the US continues to accelerate, particularly in retail categories. To the end of October, 2017, total US shrimp imports stand at a record 1.19 billion pounds, compared with a figure ...Read More

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Russia bans imports of pork from Brazil

From 1 December, Rosselkhoznador in Russia, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, has banned Brazilian pig meat and beef due to concerns that the meat contained a muscle growth stimulant called by ractopamine. Ractopamine is banned for use ...Read More

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UKWA approves Chancellor’s freight plan

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has welcomed a recent announcement that the Chancellor has instructed an in-depth study to be done by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on the future of freight. The UKWA CEO commented: “We are delighted ...Read More

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China imports corn as domestic price rises

China has bought around 10 to 12 cargoes of mainly U.S. corn imports during the past month and is likely to increase purchases. A record difference between domestic and international prices is encouraging buyers to seek out cheap imports, three ...Read More

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Tea exports from India increase 6.6 pct

India's tea exports in the first ten months of 2017 increased by 6.6 percent from a year ago. Iran and China increased their imports of tea from India,the state-run Tea Board said in a statement lastg week. Iran imported 20.98 ...Read More

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Rail track plan alarms freight groups

Government plans to give greater control of rail infrastructure to passenger franchises has caused concern in the freight industry. The new rail strategy, set out in “Connecting People: a strategic vision for rail”, says: “We will roll out joint teams ...Read More

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UK Construction Equipment exports and imports up

UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment remained strong for the first nine months of 2017, showing a 21% increase compared with the same period 2016. Imports of equipment also showed resilience, with a 12% increase in the same period ...Read More

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Good news for UK construction exports

The UK remains a net exporter of construction and earthmoving equipment, both in weight and financial terms. In Q3, the trade surplus increased to £381 million, the highest quarterly level since 2014. In the first nine months of 2017, the ...Read More

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