First export of Namibian grapes via the port of Walvis Bay

Fresh Grape
Supply Chain Management
Market & Price Trends
Published Dec 6, 2023

Tridge summary

The Port of Cape Town is facing challenges, leading Namibian grape growers to use the port of Walvis Bay as an alternative for exporting their grapes. Capespan will be exporting over 275 containers from Walvis Bay this year, saving approximately 4 days in shipping time compared to Cape Town. This new logistics route is expected to attract more freight from Capespan and potentially even fruit grown in South Africa in the future.
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Original content

At the International Table Grape Symposium, which took place in Somerset West, South Africa from November 26 to December 1, Capespan Commercial Director Charl du Bois said that the Port of Cape Town is currently posing many challenges to the sector. Namibian grape growers now have an alternative. It is no closer than Cape Town, but within its own borders. "This week (week 48, ed.) the first large-scale export of grapes from Namibia was realized via the new container terminal in the port of Walvis Bay. This happened with the container ship MSC Sweden, with Namibia Grape Company (NGC) having the largest number of containers on board of all Namibian growers," reads a press statement issued by Capespan and NGC. “Capespan will export more than 275 containers from Walvis Bay this year with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), approximately a third of NGC's harvest. In total, MSC plans to export 1,000 containers. That is approximately a third of the Namibian harvest.” The statement goes ...
Source: AGF
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