By Justin Chadwick
Symposium postponement and research presentation, cyber-attacks, and the most recent packed and shipped figures.
Due to the postponement of CRI’s Citrus Research Symposium to August 2022 for the second year in a row, it was decided that CGA will present a condensed version of the last two years’ research conducted and present it electronically to the grower industry.
Growers would be able to register and download these presentations whereafter the CGA will hosting a live Q & A session to answer any questions.
The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has been in close contact with Transnet on the unprecedented cyber-attack which has disabled electronic systems and disrupted container terminals in all South African ports. Meetings were held at 10h00 daily with all stakeholders.
Transnet worked around the clock to get the full IT system back online. While the repairs were being carried out, manual systems were used to shift cargo, which slowed down operations at the ports. However, citrus being shipped via break bulk vessels were not impacted due to this fruit being serviced by private terminals in domestic ports. As a result, there was a backlog of fruit across the citrus supply chain causing temporary delays when it comes to fruit being exported to key markets.
Exporters using Durban port were advised to be aware that there is considerable congestion in the port – cold stores are blocked out and the situation will take some time to normalise. Exporters should only send fruit to port after ensuring that there is space to accommodate such fruit. There are hundreds of trucks now parked around the port precinct.
Latest packed and shipped figures
Please note that investigations have revealed that the conversion from actual cartons packed to 15kg equivalents has been incorrect. This has now been corrected. This has a marked impact on the volume of soft citrus reported as packed due to the many different cartons utilized in that sector. In addition, shipped figures this week must be treated with caution as the IT problems at Transnet does impact on this data.
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