As part of a larger initiative put forth by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is currently conducting a cold chain assessment in Kenya to foster sustainable growth, stability, and diversification of cold chain markets.
As a transportation hub for Eastern and Central Africa, Nairobi is the central focus of the current benchmarking efforts with Mombasa also being surveyed as the region’s largest seaport. The activity taking place throughout August will include an assessment of the: current cold chain systems and infrastructure; domestic commercial environment for perishable products; potential for human capital development and training; and identify business and investment opportunities. Continue reading
Published by the U.S. Department of Energy: This is a reminder to manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment other than self-contained models with doors that certifications of compliance with relevant Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards were due July 1, 2015. DOE negotiated this 6-month grace period with the intention of providing manufacturers with the opportunity to submit certification reports and then allow DOE to work with manufacturers to resolve any issues or concerns regarding the certification process such that a valid certification would be submitted by the end of the grace period. Manufacturers should take advantage of the opportunity to address any issues during the grace period and should not wait until December 31, 2015, to submit a certification report. Continue reading
$3.1 billion is being directed towards foreign assistance in economic development in 2015 from the US Government.
At the 2015 GCCA Assembly of Committees meeting in late July, Amanda Brondy, Director of International Programs – GCCA, gave a presentation on the international program work GCCA is currently focused on. This included an overview of current projects, new business, and global trends. The bulk of GCCA’s current cold chain development work has taken place in East/South Asia, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and Subsaharan Africa. With the United States government’s allotment of $3.1 billion directed towards foreign assistance in economic development for this year, project work will likely continue to grow throughout 2015 but will be focused on countries throughout Africa such as Nigeria, Tanzania, and Liberia. Continue reading
In a press release from the White House, the Global Cold Chain Alliance is named for participating in the President’s initiative on strengthening trade and investment ties in Africa. According to the release, “President Obama has prioritized promoting U.S. trade with and investment in Africa, building Africa’s trade capacity, and extending preferential access to the U.S. market for African products.” The President has assembled an Advisory Council for the Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign to identify opportunities for trade and investment in Africa, which is “home to nine of the twenty fastest-growing economies in the world.” The cold chain was specifically recognized as an area for development.
GCCA will be working with the U.S. Department of Commerce to launch the Cold Chain Assessment Initiative in October 2015 as part of the President’s initiative. Earlier in 2015, GCCA President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch addressed the need for cold chain improvements in East Africa at a roundtable alongside United States trade officials and trade ministers from the East African Community (EAC).
Read the full press release: FACT SHEET: Deepening the U.S.-Africa Trade Relationship
A number of food industry partners joined Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) members today for a discussion on the Food Safety Modernization Act Sanitary Transportation of Food proposed rule. Members of the Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Task Force, launched by the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) – a core partner of GCCA, led a discussion based on a best practices guide that the task force is currently developing. When the best practices guide comes fully to fruition, information will be disseminated to members and the industry.
Partners participating in today’s meeting include representatives from: American Meat Institute, American Trucking Associations, International Foodservice Distributors Association, Truckload Carriers Association, American Frozen Food Institute).