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Leather footwear exports fall

The leather footwear industry in Bangladesh saw its export earnings fall to a five-year low in the first quarter of the current fiscal year due to a declin...
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Posted on October 4, 2023

Factory closures in China

According to shipping and freight industry leaders, shutdowns for the Chinese New Year and China’s Covid-19 outbreak are expected to cause renewed supply...
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Posted on January 26, 2023

Imports Of Covid-19 Vaccines Exempt from Duty

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in India said imports of COVID vaccines, if imported into India by central government or state gover...
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Posted on January 18, 2023

Hong Kong to resume hamster imports

Hong Kong will resume hamster imports later this month, nearly a year after some 2,000 pet rodents were culled at when the city's coronavirus outbreak was ...
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Posted on January 6, 2023

Champagne Exports sharp increase

Demand for imports of champagne is surging across the globe. Consumers around the world — especially in the United States — are reaching for bottles of...
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Posted on December 23, 2022

COVID-19 test kit exports falling

Exports of COVID-19 test kits from South Korea have hit an all-time low since the pandemic began to spread globally in 2020. Exports of COVID-19 test ki...
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Posted on December 16, 2022

Korea Exports drop for first time in nearly two years

Korea's exports fell for the first time in nearly two years; according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Tuesday, exports in October shrunk ...
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Posted on November 2, 2022

New Zealand apple exports to remain low

It is predicted that apple exports will be “far below levels previously expected”, despite forecasting a rise in apple exports in the 2021/22 marketing...
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Posted on May 23, 2022

Shenzhen firms rush exports, seek loan extensions as lockdown looms | The Straits Times

Companies in Shenzhen, in southern China, are preparing for a seven-day lockdown, which is the longest since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Th...
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Posted on March 15, 2022

South Africa wine producers export fears

Wine producers face export uncertainty due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia took approximately 1.8% of South African wine exports in 2021. Cov...
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Posted on March 2, 2022

UK imports from Asia increase despite Covid-19

Over the last four years, the UK has become more reliant on imports from low-cost countries in Asia. In spite of supply chain disruptions caused by Covid-1...
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Posted on February 8, 2022

China suspends chicken imports from 2 Brazilian facilities

The Government of China has said nothing about the reason for suspending imports of chicken meat from 2 Brazilian processing facilities. Imports were su...
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Posted on February 7, 2022

Irish Food, drink, horticulture exports remain stable

Exports of food, drink and horticulture from Ireland to the UK have remained constant in value at €4.4 billion, compared with 2020. Ireland exports ab...
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Posted on January 24, 2022

Containers take twice as long

New data shows that containers on both transpacific and Asia Europe tradelanes are taking about twice as long to reach their export destination compared wi...
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Posted on January 10, 2022

UK air cargo

In 2021 sea shipping disruption caused many companies to utilise air freight as a quick and reliable way to transport goods. Air freight prices rose to two...
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Posted on January 3, 2022

UK food and drink exports 2021

UK food and drink exports fell by £2.7billion – a contraction of 15.9% – in the first three quarters of 2021, compared to pre-pandemic levels. Acco...
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Posted on December 29, 2021

China Covid increase may affect India’s diamond exports

Covid-19 cases are increasing in China and the government's lockdown policies are very severe. This may impact diamond exports from India as demand has not...
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Posted on December 22, 2021

Cashew nut exports increase despite COVID-19

Cashew nut exports from Vietnam saw encouraging growth this year in spite of COVID-19 induced restrictions. There have also been shipping container shortag...
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Posted on December 16, 2021

Soaring exports from Turkey

Ports in Turkey are facing a major increase in workload as export sales continue to soar. After the COVID-19 pandemic hurt trade in spring last year, Tu...
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Posted on December 9, 2021

Border city in China halts rail imports

Suifenhe in China, which lies on the border with Russia, suspended imports of some commodities by rail from to prevent potential transmission of Covid 19 t...
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Posted on November 30, 2021

Cheap imports imperil Jordan’s shoemakers

Handmade leather shoemakers were very busy in the late nineties, however imports have increased endangering the trade. Before Covid-19, Jordan imported ...
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Posted on November 22, 2021

Cargo Keeps Passenger Planes in Air

Airlines have needed to display an agile approach to logistics as the recovery from Covid-19 gains momentum. A Dubai-based airline operated to about 140...
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Posted on November 5, 2021

Japan’s auto exports fall by 40 % in September

Japan's car exports fell 40.3 percent in September from the previous year. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the supply chain in Southeast Asia and there was...
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Posted on October 22, 2021

Cuba begins commercial exports of Covid-19 vaccines

Cuba has begun commercial exports of its home produced Covid-19 vaccines. The three-dose Abdala vaccine is being exported to Vietnam and Venezuela. The ...
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Posted on October 5, 2021

Italy’s imports increase in August

Italy's imports from outside the European Union continue are growing as the country's economy emerges from the Covid-19 crisis. The same applies to its ex...
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Posted on October 4, 2021

Spirits exports from Ireland declined last year

An industry report shows spirits exports from the Irish Republic declined by 16 per cent last year. This was probably caused the closure of hospitality ven...
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Posted on September 30, 2021

Port congestion hampers shipping

As well as an international shortage of containers, there is congestion at major international ports. Some sea terminals in China have been closed due to s...
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Posted on September 10, 2021

Three-fold increase in Ocean freight rates

Ocean freight rates between India and the rest of the world have risen at least 3.5-fold (250%) over the past six months. Local export industries say that...
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Posted on August 23, 2021

Australia wine exports to mainland China are way down

Australia exported 45 per cent less wine to mainland China in the financial year ending in June. Exports to other markets increased by 12 per cent Britain...
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Posted on July 27, 2021

Passenger to Freight Aircraft Conversions increase

There has been a vast growth in plane conversions from passenger to freighter aircraft (P2F) because of falling passenger numbers due to Covid-19. Befo...
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Posted on July 26, 2021

Thailand to limit exports of COVID-19 vaccine

Thai health officials said the country would not fully meet its needs and would restrict the export of locally produced AstraZeneca corona virus vaccines. ...
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Posted on July 14, 2021

Record seafood exports from Norway

Seafood exports from Norway have hit a half year record, with salmon once again the top export. Norway's seafood exports were worth NOK 53.7bn (£4.5bn), ...
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Posted on July 5, 2021

Salmon exports to EU down

UK exports of salmon to the EU have fallen by nearly 20% during the first three months of this year, according to information from the Food and Drink Feder...
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Posted on June 20, 2021

Top exporting Australian requests Better China relations

Australia's biggest exporting state urged the government to stop antagonising China, the country's top trade partner. Increasing criticism of Beijing is be...
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Posted on June 16, 2021

Thailand denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand is not blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a government representative has said. Taiwan had accused Thailand of keeping for itself doses ...
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Posted on June 13, 2021

NZ Goods and services exports during COVID-19

Total exports of goods and services from New Zealand fell by 16.5 percent, as visibility of the full COVID-19 affected year emerges. “This fall in exp...
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Posted on June 8, 2021

Covid-19 disrupts China cargo transport

Guangzhou and Foshan reported new COVID-19 cases, causing disruptions to not just port operations but also cargo transport. The cases in Guangzhou and Fosh...
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Posted on June 4, 2021

Shipping costs increase due to COVID-19 in Guangdong

COVID-19 peaks at Yantian Port area in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province have reduced the port's handling capacity to one-seventh of the normal le...
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Posted on June 2, 2021

Imports at Japan Narita Airport

Imports into Japan via Narita Airport reached a record high in April partly due to the increase in import of coronavirus vaccines. Imports totalled more...
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Posted on May 28, 2021

Covid-19 hampers solar manufacturers in India

Indian solar panel manufacturers kept production levels steady despite Covid-19 lockdowns this year are experiencing fewer sales and rising input costs. Pr...
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Posted on May 27, 2021

New Zealand apple exports cut

Severe weather conditions during harvest in New Zealand have made an impact on exports which is made worse by severe labour shortages during harvest. ...
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Posted on May 18, 2021

UK meat exports to Asia

The Far East is helping the UK's red meat export industry as the sector copes with Brexit changes and the COVID-19 pandemic. Red meat exports from the U...
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Posted on May 17, 2021

Brexit: Export issues ‘easing at Irish ports’

Irish officials say that Post-Brexit difficulties in moving British exports through Irish ports have eased. Civil servants from customs, agriculture and...
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Posted on May 12, 2021

Increased International supply chain and shipping delays

Temporary shipping delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which lead to shortages of products for New Zealand industries - may continue until the end of th...
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Posted on May 10, 2021

Brussels wants to cut down EU’s dependence on key imports

The EU is trying to diversify Europe's industry, to decrease dependency on key imports from outside the EU. Reliance on imports was painfully exposed durin...
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Posted on May 6, 2021

Exports stable despite pandemic and Brexit

Export levels for West Midlands companies grew in the first quarter of this year despite disruption according to a new report. Twenty per cent of the busi...
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Posted on May 5, 2021

Fruit exports Vietnam to US booming

Vietnam’s fruit industry exports about $50 million worth of fruit per year to the USA. Fruit export turnover to the US increased by more than 20 percent...
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Posted on April 27, 2021

India ministry COVID-19 helpdesk

The commerce ministry in India is starting a COVID-19 helpdesk to help resolve issues of exporters and importers, such as customs clearance delays and bank...
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Posted on April 26, 2021

John Whelan: Ireland may be losing its grip on selling food into China

The economy of China grew rapidly in the first quarter of this year, as the huge economy recovered from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This provide...
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Posted on April 25, 2021

NZ exports need to diversify

A new report has identified New Zealand’s apple and kiwifruit exports as having “untapped potential". Defined as the difference between the potentia...
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Posted on April 15, 2021
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