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Due to Port delays and later sailings -

South Africa sees 10% lower table grape exports up to week two

The South African Table Grape Industry reports that a total of 33.8 million cartons (4,5 kg equivalent) were inspected for export up until week two, which is 17% more than the same time last year.
A total of 17.3 million cartons (4.5 kg equivalent) were exported up until week two, which is 10% lower than the previous season to date.
This is the largest difference between inspected and exported volumes that has been observed to date, due to various factors including:

"Figures from vessels which sailed after week two are not yet included in the reported numbers, for example a vessel carrying 1.3 million cartons sailed during week three and would therefore not yet be counted in the above-cited exported figures. Delayed operations in the Port of Cape Town contributing to large vessels which have not yet sailed out of Cape Town, collectively carrying 6,5 million cartons of grapes. This includes one vessel with 4,3 million cartons of grapes.
Stock in cold storage in the order of 6,3 million cartons at the time.
The harvest is progressing well, and all regions have reported good berry size, colouring and quality facilitated by favorable weather conditions.

A bottleneck is expected beginning to mid-February, as many cultivars come into production. As part of continuous engagements, industry has brought the expected increase in volumes to Transnet’s attention. A decision will be made within the next week on whether a second crop estimate will be released.

The Santa Clara departed Cape Town Port on Sunday 21 January 2024 with all planned reefers on board, with 4.3 million cartons (4.5 kg) table grapes are on board, destined for the EU.

Production region updates
The Northern Region is currently packing Sweet Globe, Autumn Crisp, Red Globe and Scarlotta. There are about two weeks left of harvest in this region, producers estimate 5.5 million cartons (5.8 million estimated). PE and Durban are being used as alternative shipping ports.

Some areas in the Orange River Region expect to finish packing this week, and some in the next two weeks. Some producers predicting an estimated harvest size of between 23.5 and 24 million 4.5 kg cartons (21.1 million estimated).

The harvest in the Olifants River Region is progressing well. A bottleneck is expected in the next weeks as mid-season cultivars ripen. The crop estimate of 3.4 million 4.5 kg cartons is expected.

The Berg River Region reported a very good, healthy harvest. A bottleneck is expected during February due to many cultivars maturing. The crop estimate of 19.1 million 4.5 kg cartons is expected.

The Hex River Region is on track with its normal harvest timing. A bottleneck is expected at the end of January / beginning February. The region expects to reach its crop estimate of 23.5 million 4.5 kg cartons."

For more information:
Jacques Ferreira
Tel: +27 72 641 7881
Email: [email protected]

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