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Bugs – Could Be the Biggest Issue in Container Shipping Since VGM

(Alex Lennane – The Loadstar)

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has warned that the “biggest issue since VGM [container weighing]” is on the cards.

This week GSF met with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Arizona. IPPC is investigating concerns that parasites and other invasive species are being spread globally on the outside of containers, contributing to the demise of local ecodiversity.

“It’s a big issue,” said James Hookham, secretary general of GSF. “There is heightened anxiety that contaminating species are travelling on containers via bird poo, snails and parasites.”

The GSF, along with the World Shipping Council, is presenting to the IPPC in Tucson this week, to explain the container supply chain. Click here to read more.