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Food importers shift to containers

Small but growing Asian businesses are moving away from dry bulk cargo ships

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The global transport of agricultural commodities traditionally has taken place on carriers brimming with 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of a single cargo such as corn or sugar - PHOTO: REUTERS

[LONDON] Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne.

The global transport of agricultural commodities traditionally has...

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