The ‘traffic jam’ of cargo ships queueing up to enter the Port of Cape Town, is showing some signs of abating. As port workers return, exporters of deciduous fruit are still worried, as their perishable product takes way too long to clear the harbor.
Lack of investment and maintenance of equipment at the Port of Cape Town have been blamed as key contributing factors to delays in the movement of agricultural goods at the port. Since December last year, frustrated exporters and shipping companies have had to deal with congestion at the harbor leading to cargo ships lining up for up to 14 days to berth.
With Transnet Port Terminals blaming the festive season for the delays at the port, industry role players were hopeful that by now there would be better movement, but delays persist.
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