That being the case, this year has been especially significant. Of the three ships that arrived during the year 2016 (between early August and early October), six ships arrived from Argentina and Uruguay, according to port sources. In total, they brought around 16,000 tonnes of fruit.
All the ships arrived loaded with oranges of the Valencia variety intended for the domestic market "during the off-season, so they have no impact on the domestic campaign," point out the sources. In any case, "the other option is for the fruit to arrive via another point of Europe, because the fruit has to arrive all the same," point out the port sources. "And if it arrives from elsewhere, you lose work in the port and in the companies, and this entails higher costs for them," they add.
In fact, this is the case with the oranges coming from South Africa, which can still be found on the shelves of practically all large retailers. Not a single shipment of these arrives to Castellon or the Region of Valencia. "The exporters refuse to do so and ship the fruit to France, the Netherlands or Portugal," stated the sources. The fact is that the inspections carried out in Castellon "are efficient" and that is precisely a risk they don't want to face in South Africa.