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From South Africa to St.Petersburg: fruit season 2021

Peter the Great opened a window not only to Europe, but also to ... Africa. Today, ships with goods from South Africa arrive at the Sea Port of St. Petersburg.

South African fruits have been on Russian market for almost 30 years. Amid the pandemic, the fruit market collapsed, but fruits did not lose their popularity - in the coronavirus era, the “vitamin product” was highly valued by the consumers. Therefore, supplies have remained stable.

The season’s first ship with South African fruit docked in St. Petersburg in mid-May. The main "passengers" are apples, pears, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruits.

This is the expected transit time from Cape Town. To collect the entire cargo traffic, fruits are sent from two more South African cities - Durban and Port Elizabeth. They spend 25 and 23 days on passage respectively.

This season, ships from South Africa are expected once a week. From the next shipment, the citrus company of tangerines, lemons and grapefruits will be replenished with oranges - the most popular South African product: in the summertime, most oranges sold in Russia come from South Africa.