Integrated container logistics company, Maersk, has brought 1,800 empty refrigerated 40-foot containers from the Middle East to South Africa as additional stock. The containers have departed Jebel Ali last weekend and are expected to arrive in Durban early May to be distributed among Maersk and Safmarine customers.
This move is intended to offset the scarcity of reefer containers in that nation ahead of this citrus season and to support its agricultural sector. There is an additional supply to come and this will complement the refrigerated containers that are already in the country and available to customers.
Reefer containers are currently scarce in South Africa due to the imbalance in trade flows, which has been impacted by the lockdown in China in Q1 and the expected stronger demand for South African fruit.
Since February, Maersk has developed several global solutions for customers to work through the current challenging trade scenario. They include providing alternative sea and land routes, terminals, cold-storage depots in China and Russia, extra trucking services, rail services support and daily advisories, updating customers worldwide on how to keep their goods moving.