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The 5th edition of Cool Logistics Global – the only conference dedicated to global perishables trade – moves to Rotterdam for the first time in 2013.

Worldwide, few other ports have a better claim than Rotterdam to be a magnet for handling, distributing and channeling perishable trades. Cool Logistics Global comes to the port at a significant point in its history, in the midst of the Maasvlakte 2 construction – one of the biggest container port developments in the world – and following the recent announcement of the Cool Port project, aiming to consolidate the traditionally diverse conventional and container reefer transport disciplines into a single perishables hub.

Global perishables trade continues to grow, yet five years on since the start of the global financial and economic crisis – and the first Cool Logistics Global in Hamburg – some of the fundamental tensions within international cold supply chains remain obstinately difficult to resolve. Uncovering these hidden dynamics and how to create a new regime of transparency in terms of cost and service offers will be at the heart of the debate at Cool Logistics Global 2013.