Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the leading line in ocean freight capacity, has declared the commencement of a new direct export cargo service from South Africa's Port of Ngqura near Gqberha (Port Elizabeth) to Northern Europe. This service from the deep-water port is set to provide significant cold-chain benefits for citrus exporters in the Sunday's River Valley during peak season.

According to MSC, "This service will operate every Tuesday from week 22 to week 36 to accommodate your European, Mediterranean and Canadian cargo. This will offer additional sailings to our existing network, ensuring a comprehensive and reliable shipping experience." The announcement comes at a crucial time when fruit shippers are grappling with the challenge of timely fruit delivery from South Africa to Europe. It is anticipated to receive strong market support, reinforcing South Africa's standing as the world's second largest citrus exporter.

The news was shared just before the Fruit Logistica fresh-produce convention in Berlin, scheduled from February 7-9. MSC believes that introducing this transhipment-free service at this time is highly propitious. An update to the initial announcement clarifies that the new "additional direct service" from the Port of Ngqura is a "shipping platform", specifically designed to cater to trader needs.