South African citrus industry warns of another year of constraints at the ports

South African citrus industry insiders have warned that growers and other exporters will have to brace themselves for another year of port constraints, following a series of challenges last year. Logistics and shipping will be a ‘serious impediment’ in 2022, said Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA).

“It is likely that port operations in 2022 will be constrained – the necessary resources to bring about the needed improvement in efficiency will take some time to come to fruition. Exporters need a thorough and well-developed logistics plan for 2022,” Chadwick said.

Last year, the citrus industry contended with several challenges, including a cyber-attack on rail, port, and pipeline company, Transnet, which impacted container terminals at major ports, including Durban, Ngqura Gqeberha, and Cape Town.

Source: businessinsider.co.za


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