Panalpina persists in perishables with purchase of CargoMaster, Laseair

Swiss forwarding giant Panalpina is seeking to increase its already large market share of the South American perishables logistics market by purchasing CargoMaster S.A. in Colombia, and its Ecuadorian subsidiary, Laseair S.A. The companies reached an agreement on Tuesday of this week, but chose not to disclose the financial details of the acquisition. CargoMaster, with […]

DHL acquires Colombian warehousing company, expands Latin American presence

Today, DHL Supply Chain acquired Colombian company Suppla Group, a provider of warehousing and packaging for life-sciences, healthcare and retail products, with locations in 25 Colombian cities. “The expansion into the developing Andean region in South America, specifically in Colombia, is key to achieve our Strategy 2020 targets and allows us to unlock further growth […]

Aerosucre 727-200F crashes shortly after takeoff in Colombia [VIDEO]

A 727-200 freighter operated by Aerosucre has crashed shortly after takeoff from the Puerto Carreno airport near the Colombia-Venezuela border. The 41-year-old freighter, registered as HK-4544, failed to rotate as it barely cleared the runway, knocking out part of a perimeter fence and struggled to become airborne. The aircraft stayed aloft for about five miles […]

Cargolux now flying flowers direct to Amsterdam

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is now routing freighter flights from South America directly to Amsterdam, the all-cargo airline announced this week. The new route is in response to South America’s growing output – and European demand for – cut flowers. Each week, Cargolux flies an estimated 95 tons of flowers from Latacunga (Ecuador) and Bogotá (Colombia) to […]

Valentine’s Day means a whole lot of flowers

As the roses and tropical flowers flow north from Latin America – particularly from Colombia and Ecuador – for Valentine’s Day,  UPS plans to move more than 100 million fragrant blossoms. That’s enough to fill approximately seventy 767 cargo aircraft. More than 90 percent of imported flowers will pass through Miami International Airport, where UPS […]

No more flowers for Lufthansa Cargo

By this coming March, Lufthansa Cargo will stop its twice-weekly service carrying cut flowers from Ecuador and Colombia, by way of Puerto Rico, and onward to Frankfurt. By stopping in Puerto Rico, the service fell within the guidelines for operating in accordance with the open-skies agreement between the United States and the European Union. However, […]

CAS sees cool-chain benefits from MIA expansion

Since Consolidated Aviation Services (CAS) doubled the size of its cool-chain facilities at Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2014, CAS said it has already seen a return on its US$2.5 million investment, with throughput climbing to 70,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2015 – a 400 percent increase on its volumes before the […]

LAN and TAM make it official – call it LATAM

After merging three years ago this summer, Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas S.A. have rebranded as one combined entity, LATAM. LATAM Airlines Group will slowly roll out the new corporate brand over the next three years in airports, and on aircraft, commercial offices, web pages and uniforms. The new branded group will […]

Flowers’ fantastic voyage

It starts in a country like Colombia at a farm like Flores de Tenjo. The sweet smell of 120 acres of flowers permeates the air. Workers scurry around the farm, tending to, cutting and transporting row after row of flower buds in greenhouse after greenhouse. Flores de Tenjo grows 50 varieties of flowers, 10 of […]
  • June 3, 2013