After an application process that has taken four years, SA is finally able to export citrus to China using break-bulk shipping.In break-bulk shipping, the fruit is stored in pallets which are put into the ship's hold instead of being transported in containers, the method used for more than 85% of SA's citrus exports."Until now, the Chinese protocol has only allowed us to buy containers. Last year, we finally got permission and the protocol was revised and changed to allow us to now use these break-bulk vessels," says Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa.It is easier to maintain the temperature at the required level with break-bulk shipping due to better airflow, he says. Another advantage is that it would ease congestion in the container-shipment areas of ports.SA's first break-bulk citrus shipment to China was loaded in Durban on Monday. The vessel can take up to 5,200 pallets of fruit.The downside is a possible oversupply in the e...

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