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Ukraine conflict hampers SA citrus exports in transit, affects lemons destined for Russia

The Russian market accounts for about 7% to 10% of total South African citrus exports annually. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to fruit barriers for Russia from SA being blocked, as well as delays in fruit coming to market, and further increase in input costs for growers and exporters.

In light of this, the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) works closely with stakeholders across the citrus value chain.

The large European ports used by South African fresh produce are heavily congested. This results in some fresh fruit from South Africa remaining in transit for up to 90 days – when it normally lasts about 24 days. “Early shipments of lemons destined for the Russian market have been affected. Other varieties such as grapefruit and soft citrus [could] also be affected, “CGA CEO Justin Chadwick said on Thursday.

“Morocco, Turkey and Egypt are all exporting significant quantities of citrus to Russia. The conflict has resulted in the diversion of fruit to other markets. These markets may suffer from an oversupply and a build-up of supplies, which could affect the south of Russia. the early season African supplies. “

The depreciation in the ruble will also make imported fruit more expensive, while payments can be cumbersome due to restrictions on cash flows, which increases the risk of export to Russia.

The CGA has called on the government to redouble its negotiations with trading partners.

The local citrus industry maintains more than 120,000 jobs and generates R30 billion in export revenue for the country, Chadwick says.

The Russian market accounts for about 7% to 10% of total South African citrus exports annually, with 11.2 million 15kg cartons of fruit exported to Russia in 2021.

Ukraine conflict hampers SA citrus exports in transit, affects lemons destined for Russia

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