IPG looks to keep its customers, suppliers, and partners world-wide, all connected and in touch through its new IPG News Reports. This news source will highlight the most significant, relevant and day-day international trade and produce news stories.

We feel it’s very important to not only have a great understanding for our current market and country, but to maintain a worldly viewpoint and full understanding of all other markets and their effects on the fresh produce export/import industry. Please stay connected and informed through our news channel.

Container Import Roller Coaster: Down, Up, Down … Up?


U.S. container imports are certainly on a wild ride. The numbers plunged after the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. They briefly bounced back when delayed bookings were loaded after China came back online. Then they sank again after social-distancing rules shut down U.S. businesses and container carriers “blanked” (canceled) sailings. Now, it looks like there could be at least some momentum in the positive direction, which might mean that container lines that blanked around 20% of inbound capacity in May and June could cancel fewer sailings…

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Philippines To Formally Open Market To US Fresh Highbush Blueberries


On May 24, 2020, the Philippines will formally open its market to U.S. fresh highbush blueberries. Since the United States is the only country with official access to the Philippine market, U.S. suppliers are poised to take advantage of the opportunity to supply the Philippine retail and food service sectors. Traders estimate sales of U.S. fresh blueberries could reach $500,000 this season, with greater potential in the years to come. In the past, DA had allowed limited and intermittent importation…

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The lemon season in Spain, Italy and Turkey is ending earlier this year. The demand on the European market is high, while volumes are lower than last year. The fact that the demand has increased has everything to do with the coronavirus crisis, because the fruit is a great source of vitamin C. Argentina and South Africa, the two countries responsible for most of the exports to the European market, have already started. The favorable prices in Europe and an…

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Solid Production Of California Cherries


Supplies of cherries are coming in strong from California. The peak of the early district came later than was anticipated while the peak of the late district came on earlier than usual says Kyle Persky with Rivermaid Trading Company. “And with the heat this last week, we now have peak supplies through this weekend.” Overall, Persky notes that the original estimate for California cherries was 6.7 million boxes this season. However, this number has since been revised to 5.9 million…

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Volumes Down At Port Of Long Beach


Impact of Covid-19 being felt at US’ second-busiest seaport, with imports and exports down over April The Port of Long Beach has pointed to the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic when reporting a downturn in cargo volumes over the month of April (2020). Dockworkers and terminal operators at the US trade hub moved 519,730 TEUs last month, down 17.3 per cent from April 2019, which was the port’s busiest April on record. Imports slid 20.2 per cent to…

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