For the first season ever, Cape citrus growers can have their fruit destined for Japan inspected and loaded in their own provinces.

Starting last week, citrus for Japan was inspected at Cape Fruit Coolers close to Cape Town and from next week, Eastern Cape citrus for the same market will be inspected and loaded at PE Cold Storage at the Coega industrial development zone, Port Elizabeth.

Previously, citrus for Japan had to be transported from the Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, a journey of about 1 500km right across the country, where two facilities in Durban were approved to inspect and load all of the South African citrus for Japan. – Fresh Plaza

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