An agreement between the U.S. and Columbia is resulting in hass avocado imports. Meanwhile, a new refrigerated container is coming from Maersk.
Cartagena – The United States has given the green light for hass avocados to be imported from Colombia.
“Today I announce that the United States has reached an agreement for Colombia’s avocado hass to enter the US market. I want to congratulate you President (Juan Manuel) Santos and his Government, “said Vice President Mike Pence during the press conference following his bilateral meeting with President Santos during his official visit to Colombia.
Pence highlighted the progress of the Trade Agreement which he said has created jobs and opportunities in both nations.
This approval by the United States is a process in which the country has worked for more than 10 years and finally the admissibility was achieved to this destination.
“The United States is a market with a lot of potential that in 2016 imported about 2 billion pounds, almost 90 percent was bought from Mexico. So it is an opportunity that opens for Colombian producers, “said Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Claudia Lacouture.
The opening of the United States could mean for producers and exporters of avocado hass, doubling the exports that Colombia is making today to the world, which reached US $ 25.2 million as of June this year. Everything was sold to Europe.
“Europe is only half the US market, so opening up the latter destination means that exports could double. And we must have a high sense of responsibility to produce and sell with high quality standards, to safeguard the good image of this product, “said Jorge Alberto Uribe, representative of the firm Fruty Green.
New Refrigerated Container
Maersk Container Industry is introducing An energy meter with its Star Cool refrigerated containers is being introduced by Maersk Container Industry.
The new feature will monitor energy consumption during transportation, by land or sea. Star Cool reefers can now log energy consumption in real time, which can be monitored via a modem or manually.
“Taking our 270,000 reefer containers online has provided significant operational cost savings and will give our customers unprecedented visibility into their cargo during transport, enabling better planning across their supply chains,” said Catja Hjorth Rasmussen, head of equipment excellence at Tinglev, Denmark-based Maersk Line, said in a news release. “Being able to accurately track the energy consumption of individual Star Cool reefer containers is a valuable add on for us.”
The new energy meter means operators will not need third-party devices to capture energy data.