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.



Summertime on the northern hemisphere means summery drinks like mojitos and gin and tonic, but what do these two drinks also have in common? Limes of course! The exotic citrus is currently in high demand in Europe, but strict phytosanitary measures in the key origin country Brazil means the supply is lower than usual. This isn’t necessarily bad news however; lower supplies and high demand means attractive prices, and this is set to continue for some time. In North America…

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Truckers Plan LA/Long Beach Work Stoppage Wednesday To Protest AB5


Some California truckers who move containers in and out of the marine terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they plan to participate in a work stoppage Wednesday to protest a controversial state law, AB5, that seeks to limit the use of independent contractors and largely classify them as employee drivers. On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the California Trucking Association’s challenge to AB5, returning the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court…

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Viewpoint: How Do You Put Value On Today’s Longshore Workers?


Labor strikes and slowdowns at ports in Germany, Antwerp, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, are crippling trade and could trigger more logistical inflationary pressures for U.S. importers and consumers. The German trade union Ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) will enter into their sixth round of negotiations on Tuesday. After warning strikes surrounding the subject of wage increases, the congestion that has been created is so solid that it will take at least three months for the…

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Fingers Crossed As West Coast Port Labor Talks Head Into Overtime


The employers who operate West Coast port terminals and the union representing dockworkers on Friday rejected calls to extend their contract that was set to expire at 5 p.m. PST, but they promised to keep cargo moving without interruption until an agreement is reached. “Both sides understand the strategic importance of the ports to the local, regional and U.S. economies and are mindful of the need to finalize a new coast-wide contract as soon as possible to ensure continuing confidence…

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The global grape market is generally positive at the moment, but the industry continues to be plagued by many of the challenges we are all familiar with by now: high production costs, logistical issues, turbulent weather, and labour shortages. Despite this, many countries can’t complain, as grapes continue to be a popular product across the world. Some countries such as Belgium and Germany are even managing to offset the usual school summer holiday dip in sales due to the good…

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