A refrigerated cargo ship with South African fruits, which arrived from Cape Town, was put under unloading in the port of St. Petersburg. This was announced by the Honorary Consul of South Africa in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Vladimir Borisenko to journalists. From St. Petersburg, the cargo will be redirected to Moscow, as well as to other regions. On board are 2 thousand tons of grapes, peaches, plums, avocados and other fruits. The journey from Cape Town took 22 days.
Borisenko elaborated: “It is expected that such direct deliveries will become regular. The next loading is scheduled for January 20th. In Russia, the cargo is expected in mid-February. In terms of volume, it will be larger, about 5 thousand tons are expected.”
Previously, such fruits arrived from South Africa with reloading in Rotterdam, the delivery time took about a month or more, but now some supply chains have been cut off.
“Our suppliers located in South Africa and recipients in Russia had serious concerns that we would have logistical problems with fruits. This issue has been resolved,” Borisenko said.
Deliveries of fresh fruits from South Africa to Russia began after the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. According to the Russia-South Africa Business Council, the Russian market consumes 10-12% of fruits produced in South Africa for export. These are mainly citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines), as well as table grapes, pears, apples, plums. In recent years, mangoes, avocados, and pomegranates have also been imported.