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ITALIAN EXPOS PROPOSED FOR PAKISTANI MANGOES

Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Prati proposed holding investment seminar and mango exhibition in Italy, in collaboration with PBIT, the statement said.

Prati made the suggestion during his visit to the PBIT along with Head of Commercial & Economic Section, Embassy of Italy, Federico Bianchi and President Italian Pakistan Business Association (IPBA) Ahsan Rashseed.






http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=48327&Cat=3&dt=5/22/2011











SIX NEW MEMBERS IN PAST 7 DAYS ON "LINKEDIN" IMO GROUP BRINGS GROUP TOTAL TO 100 MEMBERS

INTERNATIONAL MANGO ORGANIZATION (GROUP)




New Members: Last 7 Days







GROUP

Johan Otto, technico / managemant at specialfruit fruit vegetables

Huelva Area, Spain








GROUP

Girish Sarda, Asst. Manager, Product Development - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,


SGS India

Mumbai Area, India








1st

Zoran Lazarov,Purchaser at Axfood


Malmö Area, Sweden










GROUP

davide spadari, buyer dept presso fruit & vegetables import

Milan Area, Italy










1st

Juan Fuentes,Propietario, Nango Mango, S. A.

Guatemala








1st

Manuel Rivera, Director at Empacadora de Mango del Noroeste

Greater San Diego Area








































CSAV FOCUSING ON CHINA TRADE FROM BOTH COASTS OF SOUTH AMERICA

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/20/2011 10:23:45 AM CSAV expands Asia/ECSA loop, adds partners
   CSAV, CMA CGM and China Shipping have begun cooperating on a two-loop service between Asia, South Africa and the East Coast of South America, CSAV said in a notice Thursday.

   The service is an expanded version of an existing CSAV loop, the ASAX, which links Asia and East Coast South America. CSAV had operated the ASAX with 12 vessels (one provided by partner Libra-Montemar).

   The new two-loop service will have 21 vessels, 10 of which will be provided by CSAV.
   ASAX Sling 1 will have a rotation of Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Port Klang, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Paranagua, Santos, Durban, Port Klang, Hong Kong and Busan. 


CSAV said it will provide six of 11 vessels on this loop but didn’t specify how many ships CMA CGM and China Shipping will provide. 


Average vessel capacity on the loop will be 6,500 TEUs.



   Sling 2 will …

"SLOW STEAMING" & TSUNAMI COMPOUNDED SEA CONTAINER SHORTAGES

EARLY INDICATORS OF CONTAINER SUPPLY

Industry experts and analysts who monitor container supply look at projections in

comparison to historical patterns for a number of metrics, as an early indicator of whether the

global container supply will be sufficient. Four common metrics are: new container production;

container versus vessel slot ratio (known as the “Box to Slot Ratio”); rate and volume of the

scrapping of old containers (Scrapping Rate); and, the age of the carrier-owned fleet. 

Additionally, we felt it would be meaningful to look at the ratio between the actual cargo volume moved each

year and the size of the container fleet for that year. 
That relationship is calculated and discussed under Container Traffic to Container Fleet Ratio.


• Slow-steaming


The practice of sailing ships at slower speeds in order to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is now an accepted operating practice in liner shipping. 


It first began in 2008 but proliferated in 2009, consistent…

CONTAINER SHORTAGE FORECAST BY WORLD SHIPPING COUNCIL ( WSC )

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/17/2011 10:20:49 AM
WSC projects peak season container shortage

   Shippers should expect a container shortage to affect peak season this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Shipping Council.

   According to the report, Container Supply Review , a dearth of container manufacturing during the dark days of 2009 and early 2010 won’t yet be overcome by increased production levels this year, as demand for containerized goods gradually improves.

   Hurting matters is the employment by carriers of slow steaming, which increases container requirements on key longhaul trades.

   “The global cargo demand for 2011 is projected to be about 11 percent above the 2008 levels,” the report said. “Container production forecasts for 2011 at 3.5 million TEUs represent 26 percent more than the 2008 production, which is a significant growth but not enough in TEU terms to replace the container production lost in 2009 and 2010.”


   The Washingto…

ALL ABOUT TED: SPREADING GOOD IDEAS AND SHARING THE WEALTH OF INFORMATION

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
 It began in 1984 as an annual conference devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design -- hence TED -- but TED's reach, and its scope, have become ever broader since then. 
TEDTalks cover science, arts, politics, global issues, architecture, music and more. 
Speakers come from a wide variety of communities and disciplines -- people you know, like Hilllary Clinton and Bill Gates, but also people you might not know yet -- Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Bolte Taylor, David Gallo, Salman Khan ... each with an important, vital idea to share.

The TED Conference itself takes place in Long Beach each spring, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in Palm Springs; our sister conference, TEDGlobal, happens every summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 Anyone can apply to attend a TED Conference! 

More info here:
http://www.ted.com/conferences


PHILIPPINES PREPARES FOR DISASTER: SHIFTING FUNDS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

THE Department of Budget and Management has issued new guidelines for the use of the 20-percent internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) which now include initiating projects to address and respond to natural and man-made disasters and calamities. Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, in a memorandum circular, called on local government officials to implement programs related to disaster prevention and response. Robredo warned local government officials that failure to comply with the new guidelines would result in sanctions. “We saw the need to appropriate funds not just for social, economic and environment development but also for those that will help LGUs prepare and respond during disasters and calamities,” Robredo explained.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with an average of 20 typhoons a year entering its area of responsibility.
Under the guidelines, t…

THE NEW EU: LIFE AFTER THE CRISIS

A TWO-SPEED Europe has historically been a political spectre, but it has now become an economic reality.  It is happening within the euro area, the heartland of European integration.  On the fringes of the single-currency zone Greece, Ireland and Portugal have become ensnared in a sovereign-debt crisis.  But in its northern core, driven by the German powerhouse, economies are reviving and public finances are solid. 
Now many fear that the economic divide could turn into a political chasm. European finance ministers did their best to strike a pose of business-as-usual at a meeting on May 16th that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then the head of the IMF, had been due to attend before his arrest in New York.  They agreed to designate Mario Draghi, the governor of Italy’s central bank, as the successor to Jean-Claude Trichet at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB) later this year.  But business-as-usual also meant giving the go-ahead to a third bail-out, for Portugal, adding €52 billion ($74 bil…

FLORIDA STUDY (2002) SHOWS THAT BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IS NOT A PRIORITY FOR FLORIDA MANGO GROWERS

IMO NOTE: SOME OF THE DATA IN THIS REPORT IS FLAWED: CALIFORNIA & HAWAII HAVE A SUSTAINED HISTORY OF MANGO PRODUCTION.
Crop Profile for Mango in Florida Prepared Jan., 2002 General Production Information The mango acreage for 2000 was reported to be 1,675 acres, which represents approximately 168,000 trees. Mango acreage has been constant at the 1,700 to 1,800 acre range since Hurricane Andrew struck in fall of 1992. Prior to this event, production in the state was near 3,000 acres (1).
In the last year for which production statistics are available (1997), a reported mango crop of 100,000 bushels (5.5 million pounds) was harvested. At a price of $14.50 per bushel, this crop was worth $1.45 million. This figure represented a 16 percent decrease in value ($1.72 million) from the 1995 crop (2).
Since Hurricane Andrew, only 325 acres have been replanted, and no mango trees were reportedly planted in 2000 (1).
Over eighty percent of mango production occurs in Miami-Dade County. The remaining …

SAN DIEGO BOTANICAL GARDENS JOIN IN ON WORLD LADY BUG AWARENESS: IMPORTANT COMPONENT FOR HEALTHY GROVE MANAGEMENT

Ladybug Day May 21, 2011
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Calling all ladybug lovers and citizen scientists — please join us in participating in the “Lost Ladybug Project” sponsored by Cornell University. 


We will be going out into the garden searching for ladybugs and reporting our information back to them. 


In addition, there will be lots of ladybug crafts located in the Eucalyptus Grove by Seeds of Wonder and a release of ladybugs to benefit our Garden at noon.

New this year, flower arranging for children will be available from 10 am – 3 pm in the Ecke Building courtesy of the San Dieguito Garden Club. 


Each child will be able to take home their own bouquet of fresh flowers.


http://www.sdbgarden.org/ladybug.htm










INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION TO STUDY BRAZIL'S COMPETITIVENESS IN AG. EXPORT SECTOR

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/19/2011 10:18:35 AM ITC investigates Brazilian ag exports
   The U.S. International Trade Commission has started an investigation into the global competitiveness of Brazilian agricultural exports and its impact on U.S. agricultural exporters in third-country markets.

   The investigation, “Brazil's Agricultural Trade: Competitive Conditions and Effects on U.S. Exports in Selected Third Country Markets,” was requested by the Senate Finance Committee.

   "Brazil's global exports of agricultural products have grown substantially over the last decade, largely in beef, pork, poultry, soybeans, and corn all products exported in significant quantities by the United States,” the committee wrote in an April 26 letter to the ITC. “This growth has altered the competitive landscape in global agricultural markets and resulted in declining market shares for U.S. agricultural exporters in certain countries and products."

   The ITC, an ind…

USA & CHINA STRENGTHEN C-TPAT AGREEMENT: INK 5 YEAR ACTION PLAN

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/20/2011 10:16:53 AM U.S., China tighten security collaboration
   U.S. and Chinese Customs officials on May 9 signed a five-year action plan detailing specific ways their two organizations will cooperate on supply chain security, including joint validations of companies in trusted shipper programs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

   As previously reported by American Shipper , China’s General Administration of Customs agreed to allow CBP officers this year and next to audit the supply chain security practices of 200 manufacturers and logistics providers in China that are vendors to U.S. importers in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

   C-TPAT is an accreditation program that encourages companies to tighten security controls throughout production, distribution and transportation to prevent terrorists or criminals from compromising a shipping container with contraband or weapons.


 Importers that prove security plans have …

MIAMI TO DEEPEN PORT CHANNEL IN BID TO BECOME MAJOR LOGISTICAL HUB

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/19/2011 10:16:32 AM Miami in bid to become ‘Shanghai of Southeast’















 The Port of Miami expects to greatly expand cargo volumes and the hinterland it serves as a result of a new channel that will deepen the main shipping channel to 50 feet from 42 feet.

   On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its work plan for 2011, including $1 million for completion of the final engineering and design work for Miami’s 50-foot channel.

   "Currently the vast majority of our inland cargo does not go north of Orlando," said Eric Olafson, the port's manager of intergovernmental affairs and cargo development.

   But with investments in a deeper channel, a new road tunnel to the port, and a restored rail link, Olafson said Miami believes it will become "a logistical hub, the Shanghai of the Southeast. We will be transforming from a port that served primarily Florida and the peninsula to one that serves the nation."

   The po…