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Bananas, bandits and biology on the high seas

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International trade in fruits and vegetables relies chiefly on refrigerated carriage by sea, either in the holds of specialised ships or, increasingly, in 40-foot containers. If a cargo arrives in poor condition it is essential to make a correct diagnosis of the cause(s) of damage, so that claims can be settled fairly. The importer may blame the ship owner for deficiencies in vessel or crew, while the ship owner may respond by pleading “inherent vice” in the cargo. Illustrative case studies will include shipments of Guatemalan bananas to Syria, Greek oranges to Russia, and Chinese garlic to the UK.

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