South African Summer Citrus Vessel Port of Cape Town

Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) has announced a successful 2021 programme, during which it served the domestic market 'due largely to its long-term, strategic partnerships'.

Though international supply chains remain under pressure due to the pandemic, SCSA said it had continued to effectively manage supply based on demand through its team of growers, importers, local and global officials as well as logistics and marketing teams.

“Our global partners are a crucial part of our success as we continue to serve one of the world’s most demanding markets,” said Suhanra Conradie, CEO of Summer Citrus from South Africa. “Now more than ever, we understand the importance of having the right partners in place to ensure secure and sustainable growth for the programme.”

SCSA reported an increase in volume of approximately 7 per cent when compared to the 2020 season.

Easy Peelers are on-par with year-to-date estimates while Navel Oranges are slightly ahead. Overall, quality and sizing are aligning well with the expectations of the US market, SCSA noted.

Now through early August, weekly conventional vessels are scheduled to arrive at the port of Philadelphia. From there on, the shipping programme will adjust in accordance to supply and demand of the market.

“While the pandemic brought the world to its knees, businesses must continue to forge ahead and our programme is a fine example of the tenacity required to weather the storm,” said Conradie. “Our industry was taught valuable lessons during this time, including how to prepare for unexpected growth and persevere with an incredible group of service providers.”