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Ecuador handles world’s first carbon neutral-certified container shipment

Ecuador handles world’s first carbon neutral-certified container shipment

Contecon Guayaquil (CGSA) handled the world's first carbon-neutral certified container shipment, employing a logistics mechanism from the exporter to the port and distributor involving environmentally sustainable supply chain players.

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The container was loaded by CGSA onto the Antwerp-bound MSC Geneva vessel.

TropicalFruit, an Ecuadorian company dedicated to exporting tropical fruits, was responsible for the shipment of Ecuadorian bananas using criteria with a focus on environmental conservation, social responsibility, health and safety. Since 2015, the organization has been certified as carbon neutral.

The container was loaded by CGSA onto the Antwerp-bound MSC Geneva vessel. In order to receive ISO 14064 carbon neutral certification from TUV Rheinland, CGSA, the first port operator in the Americas, applied the ideals of environmental stewardship and the use of renewable technology to protect its surrounding areas. The certification and compensation phase of CGSA was carried out by Sambito S.A. locally.

The milestone shows how exporters can certify their supply chain processes in order to achieve greater productivity in the most challenging markets and, at the same time, comply with global regulations in order to meet customer demand successfully through sustainable processes for goods.

CGSA signed an investment contract with the state of Ecuador in October 2020 to further improve and expand the Port of Guayaquil. CGSA is investing $18 million to upgrade the port's Neopanamax vessel handling capacity.

Maritime Business World 

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