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Western Cape Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer

Minister concerned about impact of shipping delays and container shortages

Western Cape Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer has welcomed the news that the 2021 harvest season is finished, with excellent yields being evident. He claims this bodes well for the 2021 export season. The 2021 export season YTD week 31 figures show 24.66 million cartons of apples have been exported thus far.  Of these, 29% have been exported to the Far East,  22% to Africa and 22% to the UK.

Meyer said that 12.596m cartons of pears have been exported thus far, with 31% exported to the EU, 19% to the Far East, and 18% to Russia and the Middle East, respectively. The industry expects apples passed for export to increase to 42.55m cartons (+16%) and pears to 17.47m cartons (+4%).

However, Meyer is am concerned about the possible detrimental impact on our exports caused by shipping delays due to wind and equipment breakdowns, vessels omitting, and container shortages. Therefore, he stated his support for the industry’s call to Transnet to put measures in place to make up for this lost time by procuring new equipment.


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