SA fruit exporters face port capacity shortages
South Africa's port of Durban has too little capacity to cope with the country's growing exports, with many businesses opting to ship from Maputo in neighboring Mozambique for support, website Fruchthandel.de reported.
The story reported for many farmers in the north-eastern regions of South Africa, the Mozambique shipping option was closer and cheaper than getting the produce to Durban.
But despite capacity constraints, South Africa is expected to export 94.5 million citrus cartons this year, with an average weight of 15 kilograms (33 lbs), according to sources close to Fruchthandel.
The story reported Europe bought around 25% of South Africa's citrus exports, while shipments to Russia had become increasingly important over the last four years.