Cold Connection

WFLO-GCCA Participates in Inaugural Bangladesh Cold Chain Expo

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, participated in the first Bangladesh Cold Chain Expo held on May 9, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka Hotel. The expo was conducted as part of the Bangladesh Cold Chain Alliance (CCBA) Project, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by WFLO and Winrock International.

Speakers included Sanjay Gupta, Charlie Myers, Ron Orozco, Abdur Razzaque, Eric Sorensen, and Harshal Surange

Speakers included Sanjay Gupta, Executive Director: Infra Cool Cold Chain Management; Charlie Myers, WFLO representative; Ron Orozco, Abdur Razzaque, Eric Sorensen, and Harshal Surange

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SOLAS Guide Update Includes New Developments in Weighing of Full Containers

The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Guidance originally published by GCCA on June 7, 2016 has been updated. The updates cover the new developments reported in the past week regarding weighing of full containers. The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Guide is a live document and will be updated as information becomes available.

As a reminder, the new rules go into effect on July 1, 2016 and will impact GCCA members and others involved in the maritime shipping and transport of loaded containers.

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Participants Advancing Through Postharvest Program with Tuskegee University

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Participants of the Postharvest program (from l to r): Courtney Jallo, Lisa Kitinoja (instructor), Leah Puro, Elyssa Lewis, Juliya Abassi (Pakistan), Karin Albornoz (Chile) and Kate Wilkins

Six participants from UC Davis completed a six-month e-learning program as part of a three-year postharvest training program that takes place at Tuskegee University in Alabama, United States. Led by World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Senior Technical Advisor Lisa Kitinoja, the program is supported by WFLO and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project’s ultimate goal is to provide training in postharvest technologies for small farmers, agriculture extension personnel, international students, and interested members of the public at the university.

GCCA Publishes SOLAS Container Weight Verification Guide Version 1.0

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping.  IMO has the authority to administer the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which was amended in May 2016 to require that a packed container’s gross weight must be verified before being loaded onto a ship.  The revision was enacted in response to concerns about the safety of containers that may have inaccurate declared weights.  On May 11, an overview of the SOLAS rules was released in Cold Connection.

In response to the new rules, GCCA has prepared a guide for industry to help address the confusion and uncertainty in industry about the effects of implementing the new SOLAS requirements.  The GCCA guide contains information about methods for establishing verified container weight, steps for compliance, companies working to develop software that will facilitate digital delivery of VGM data, recent relevant trade notices and more.  The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Guide is a live document and will be updated as information becomes available.Port_500pxw Continue reading

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