SA's first citrus shipment arrives in China
SAnews.gov.za - Jun 13th, 15:39
The historic shipment of 5 200 tons of citrus in a breakbulk vessel has arrived at Shanghai Port in the People’s Republic of China.
The Baltic Summer reefer vessel carrying citrus from South Africa to the People’s Republic of China arrived at the Shanghai Port on 10 June 2019.
The first shipment was launched on 6 May 2019 at Maydon Wharf Port in Durban.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development, the reefer vessel was cleared upon arrival in Shanghai without any sanitary and phytosanitary challenges.
The vessel was received by the South African Consul General, Mpho Hlahla, and the department’s attaché to the People’s Republic of China, Mashudu Silimela.
Silimela and the team in Plant Health and Inspection Services Directorates played a significant role in the negotiations for the use of breakbulk vessels instead of containers.
The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, has congratulated the department for the successful negotiations that resulted in the approval of breakbulk vessel shipment. She also thanked all parties and the industries that were involved throughout the process since its inception in 2006.
“This signals growth to the South African citrus industry in South Africa and will result in the creation of more jobs. The use of breakbulk vessels at the port will clear the congestion at the port due to some challenges currently experienced,” Didiza said.
Key insights into the global banana market
16/09/2019 - 14:45
The global banana market revenue amounted to $58.5B in 2017, therefore, remained relatively stable against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).
4 reasons to be hopeful about South Africa’s economy
12/09/2019 - 14:40
Markets responded positively to South Africa’s economic growth rebounding in the second quarter, up 3.1%, and 0.9% for the year to June 2019.
Insights into the global avocado market
11/09/2019 - 14:03
The global avocado market revenue amounted to $13.5B in 2018, reducing by -9.3% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).
Smarter mobility key to a sustainable South Africa
11/09/2019 - 13:19
The World Economic Forum has revealed that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living and operating in urban areas. Considering the resultant congestion and air pollution, which are already challenges requiring mitigation in 2019, mobility and energy should be top of mind for those making the shift towards cities of the future.
Manufacturing production shrinks for second month in July
11/09/2019 - 13:01
Manufacturing production recorded its second consecutive contraction in July, in line with analysts’ expectations.