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Smart Logistics participates in Gulfood, the most important trade fair in the food industry

Smart Logistics, an integrated logistics operator, participated in the 29th edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest food fair held in Dubai. This event hosted more than 5,500 exhibitors from all over the world with a representation of more than 190 countries. Driving creativity and change, this fair unites food-related companies on a global level and acts as a springboard for industry trends and a global sourcing powerhouse.

Its extensive programme of meetings, Gulfood Connexions, allows participants to keep abreast of trends in the market. In this context, Smart Logistics had the opportunity to showcase its international network of logistics services for the food and beverage sector. The company highlighted its global presence, underlining its ability to provide comprehensive logistics solutions in different parts of the world.

A constantly evolving market

The food industry is a sector that spans from agricultural production to the consumer’s culinary experience. It is a key driver of the global economy, creating jobs, driving innovation and responding to changing customer preferences. Gulfood 2024 has highlighted the importance of this sector, showing how it not only meets basic needs, but also influences culture, sustainability and global health.

This diverse and dynamic environment involves farmers, producers, distributors, retailers and consumers in an interconnected network. Adaptability and responsiveness to emerging trends are essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to meet quality standards and changing consumer expectations.

Top quality in the transport of perishable goods

The distribution of food, from its origin to its final destination, represents a logistical challenge that requires precision and care. The cold division of Smart Logistics, a forwarder with global reach, is an expert in the transport of all types of perishable products. Thanks to the help of new technologies, key services such as cold treatment and qualified professionals, this division ensures the traceability of goods at all times.

The company’s participation in Gulfood has been a strategic step to consolidate its position in the international market, as well as to learn about and explore the latest trends and applications in the perishable products sector.

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ETS, the EU’s environmental strategy in the maritime field

From 1 January 2024, the EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System) will come into force, a regulation that refers to the greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme created by the European Union to combat climate change. A pioneering scheme, the ETS is the world’s first emissions trading scheme applicable to all 27 EU Member States, plus Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

From that day on, shipping companies will have to rigorously monitor their emissions to ensure the required environmental compliance. The proportion of CO2 emissions to be covered by allowances increases gradually each year, by 2025 40% of reported emissions must be covered, by 2026 70% and from 2027 onwards 100% of emissions must be reported.

The keys to the EU ETS

Shipping companies covered by the EU ETS must have an approved monitoring plan for reporting annual emissions. Each year, companies must submit a report on emissions from each of the ships under their responsibility.

How is this data checked? A particular year’s records need to be validated by an accredited body by 31 March of the following year, or by 28 February if required by the relevant administrative authority. Once verified, companies must surrender or use the appropriate number of allowances by 30 September of the same year.

Smart Logistics, as an integrated logistics operator, is aware of the relevance and impact of these new regulations on the maritime sector and the environment. The ability to adjust to the new regulations with flexibility and commitment is a key element in the company’s strategy.

Its impact on the maritime sector

According to some studies, the implementation of the EU ETS could lead shipping companies to make a first stop in North Africa, the Adriatic Sea, the United Kingdom or the Eastern Mediterranean in order to avoid the costs of the levy. A situation that worries the representatives of some Spanish ports because it could lead to a flight of calls to other ports outside the European area, or to a decrease in transhipments.

Within the framework of the international meeting “The challenge of the ETS for European ports”, presidents and managers of these enclaves have demanded a greater involvement of the IMO. A measure which could attenuate the effects on the loss of stable jobs and business relocation which could occur with the entry into force of the new Emissions Trading Scheme in the European Union.

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