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Exports from key ports in South Africa remain depressed, lagging behind the prioritisation of imports which itself is below par, while external factors further weigh on the country’s ability to optimise primary outflows like citrus.

A source at Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which earlier this year opened a R350 million cold-storage facility in Durban with capacity to handle 10 000 pallets, said “the expected peak of citrus exports is simply not there”.

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