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An analysis of the South African fruit logistics infrustructure

F E van Dyk
E Maspero


This paper gives an overview of a study that was done on the logistics infrastructure used
by the South African fruit industry. Given the increasing production and export volumes,
development of new markets and the shortage of logistics infrastructure capacity during
peak seasons, the SA fruit industry identified the need to investigate the optimal usage of
existing infrastructure on a national level and to make recommendations with regards to the
development of additional infrastructure. Some background on the SA fresh fruit industry
and its export supply chain are provided. This is followed by a description of the four project
phases and their deliverables. The paper is concluded with the key findings of the study.

Keywords: Logistics infrastructure, fresh fruit export.

ORiON Vol. 20 (1) 2004: pp. 55-72