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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

To offset the scarcity of reefer containers in South Africa ahead of this citrus season and to support the nations agricultural sector, Maersk is transporting 1,800 empty refrigerated 40-foot containers from the Middle East as additional stock to serve customers, with further shipments anticipated.

The containers have departed Jebel Ali  and are expected to arrive in Durban early May to be distributed among Maersk and Safmarine customers.

Reefer containers are currently scarce in South Africa due to the imbalance in trade flows, which has been impacted by the lockdown in China and the expected stronger demand for South African fruit.

“Knowing the importance of the upcoming export season to our customers as well as the South African economy, Maersk remains committed to serve our South African reefer customers ensuring their fresh citrus continues to be delivered globally.” said Jonathan Horn, MD Maersk Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. “We will continue to support South African companies, industry and producers with viable solutions to work through the current challenging scenario to keep their goods moving.”

Maersk says its various solutions and digital offerings allow customers in South Africa and elsewhere to continue their business online and to track goods worldwide. Since February, Maersk has developed several global solutions for customers to work through the current challenging trade scenario.

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