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In these uncertain times, however, it happens more often that the transport network is disrupted and containers are left standing in ports. Of course, the longer transport times are annoying, but what happens to the goods in containers that remain on ships or quays longer than originally planned? Are your goods protected from condensation damage?

If you export steel or products made from steel or aluminium, you must consider the risks associated with maritime transport. After all, steel is a product that is very susceptible to damage. Imagine that your customer receives your goods and discovers rust damage for a moment. Of course, you want to avoid that at all costs. Your reputation and your relationship with the customer are at stake.

Have you ever had a shipment lost or delayed? Without knowing exactly where it went wrong, and why? Do you sometimes need to know exactly where your goods are and in what condition they are? Praxas has launched a new track & trace system that can offer this complete chain transparency. Insight into the chain from A to Z, with mobile trackers that are connected to a cloud-based software platform.

Although cargo covers are not unknown in the Praxas range, the most important thing is that products of the best quality are offered. Product lines can be sometimes replaced. This is also the case with the Praxas TLX2 cargo cover. Tests with the TLX2 cargo covers have shown that the temperature margin inside the cover has improved. This means that the Praxas TLX2 cargo covers offer a more stable climate, which reduces the risk of cargo damage even further.

The impact of the coronavirus is clear. It is a fact for many companies that will lead to a reduction in turnover due to the economic setback. The export of products is also lagging, partly due to the shortage of reefers. Logistics activities have long been halted in China, leaving reefers loaded on the harbour docks. As a result, there are far fewer empty reefers available for export from the Netherlands. Although production in China is now restarting, the shortage of reefers will continue to exist for the time being. It is estimated that currently, approximately 13% of the total number of reefers worldwide is moored in Chinese ports. Even cargo ships are full because there was no place to put the containers.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is China’s most important holiday and this year it takes place on January 25. Everything is standing still around this date, and for that reason, this will cause the necessary production and transport problems.

From January 2020 the new Incoterms are in force. We have listed the most important changes for you and made them visual. Do you prefer to download the overview? That is possible through this link. 

Before you can enjoy a good glass of wine, a lot of work has already been done. The production of wine in the vineyards in France or Argentine, for example, the transport with the various links in it, the sale to the company or consumer. Before the glass can be filled, we can state that the bottle has already had a long trip, with all the associated risks. Breakage, temperature and moisture are common risks in wine transportation. 

A delicious piece of chocolate cake, chocolate bar, muffin and a box of chocolates, most people cannot get enough of this brown (or white) gold. In Switzerland, most chocolate is consumed per person, but in the Netherlands we also eat an average of 5 kilos of chocolate per year. And did you know that the Netherlands is the number 1 importer of cocoa beans with an import value of 2.1 billion euros and an import quantity of 1.1 billion kilograms? Importing cocoa beans is not always without a struggle. A large part of cocoa imports is still being wasted due to damage that has occurred in the logistics process.

You don’t immediately think about it, but together with the internet, the freight container is one of the biggest revolutions in modern times. The container was invented as a transport unit in the 1930s, but it was only in 1955 that it was put into use on a container ship. In 1966 the first container was unloaded in the Port of Rotterdam. Where it took months before shipping the cargo from one coast to another, and the chance of damage was still quite high, it now appeared possible to transfer the same load from coast to coast in a week, with the risk of damage being decreased. This made international trade possible on a large scale. The container is the basis for a new supply chain and enormous globalisation that has taken place. It has reduced waste, won wars and helped people in need.

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