Export of citrus fruit via port of Maputo, expected to lower prices

25 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 April – The export of citrus fruits produced in Mphumalanga and Limpopo, in South Africa, may be carried out via the port of Maputo at a significantly lower cost compared to those in other ports in the region, according to information published by the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI).

During a meeting in the South African city of Nelspruit, the coordinator of the Aouth African Citrus Products Association, Mitchel Brooke, said according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias that opting for Maputo could reduce prices by 3 to 5 rand per box exported.

The meeting, which was organised with the aim of promoting the inclusion of the Maputo Corridor as a preferential route for the region’s fruit exporters to markets all over the world, was attended by representatives from the citrus fruit industry, shipping agencies, ship owners, customs dispatchers and cargo terminal operators.

In terms of customs procedures, Eddie Ferreira, of the Delta Metreta group, said that these could be concluded on the border in 20 minutes at the border post set up at so-called Km7, in Kommatiport, on the South African side of the border where, similarly to Km4, in Mozambique, joint Mozambican and south African teams work together as part of the one-stop border post system. (macauhub)