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ICTSI Ecuador handles world’s first ever carbon-neutral container shipment

A subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. achieved a significant milestone, having been the first to handle carbon neutral-certified container shipment in the world.

Contecon Guayaquil (CGSA) at the Port of Guayaquil in Ecuador strictly applied the principles of environmental stewardship and use of clean technology to protect its surrounding areas.

CGSA is the first port operator in the Americas to obtain ISO 14064 carbon neutral certification from TUV Rheinland.

The shipment of Ecuadorian bananas came from TropicalFruit, which is dedicated to exporting high quality tropical fruits using high quality standards with emphasis on environmental preservation, social responsibility, health and safety.

The bananas were distributed and marketed under the SIIM brand Selvatica. a French wholesale distributor of fruits and vegetables.

“This achievement was made possible thanks to the trust of the country’s exporting companies who choose Contecon Guayaquil for their operations, our business partners and government entities with whom we work hand in hand, our employees and management, and most especially our parent company who continually decides to invest in infrastructure that not only allows economic and port growth but also the preservation of the environment,” said José Antonio Contreras, CGSA chief executive officer.

The milestone demonstrates how exporters can certify their supply chain processes to achieve greater competitiveness in the most exacting markets and at the same time be in compliance with global regulations to successfully meet consumer demand for products from sustainable processes.

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