Classification and country of origin of goods

A round table discussion was held in the Leningrad Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the issues of classification and the country of origin of goods. The event was organized by the LOTPP Committee on Logistics and Foreign Economic Activities. [...]

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South Africa exports 2.2 million tons of citrus fruits this season

South Africa's citrus exports in 2020 will increase by 13% compared to last year to 143.3 million boxes or 2.2 million tons. It is reported by the FruitNews online portal.

It is specified that in 2019, suppliers shipped 126.7 million boxes or 1.9 million tons worth $ 1.2 billion to foreign markets. The growth in exports was mainly due to the expansion of industrial gardens and rains in production regions.

Valencia oranges (35%) make up the majority of the crop, followed by Navel oranges (19%), lemons (19%), tangerines (16%) and grapefruits (12%). Moreover, the highest growth is expected in the category of tangerines and lemons.

Mandarin production will increase by a total of 28%. In particular, in the Boland region, volumes will grow by 12% compared to last year's crop. Exponential growth is also expected in the northern regions of Burgersfort, Senves and Hoedspruit.

The harvest of lemons in the Sunday Valley will exceed production in 2019 by 18% and amount to 12 million boxes or 180 thousand tons. In the northern regions of Mbombela and Burgersfort, the yield will increase by 40% -55%.

Although industry participants were confident that the 2020 season would be successful, circumstances that were completely independent of manufacturers could affect the export situation. This includes, among other things, the spread of coronavirus (Covid 2019), and the impact of the pandemic on global logistics. Soon, export recovery to China is expected.

South African suppliers are worried about the situation in the EU, where there may be a decrease in demand and container shortages by the start of the export season in May. Another possible threat is outdated infrastructure and staff shortages in ports. The Association of Citrus Producers of South Africa (CGA) is actively cooperating with the transport company Transnet, whose representatives have taken measures to improve the workflow, including the purchase of equipment for the ports of Elizabeth and Durban. [...]

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