South Africa’s tomato imports from Namibia hit record high

Namibia’s tomato exports to South Africa reached an all-time high in July, according to a recent report released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), reported on September 13. The report said Namibia exports an average of R9.4 million worth of tomatoes to South Africa each month, but in July, the figure soared to more than R24 million, an increase of 251.1 percent year-on-year. South Africa is the largest source of Namibia’s imports, while Botswana is the largest export destination for Namibian products, the report said. Since early 2022, Namibia and Botswana have been working to limit agricultural imports from South Africa, claiming this is to protect the local industry. Agri SA, an agricultural industry association, said Namibia and Botswana’s decision is in direct violation of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) regulations.

Source: Economic and Commercial Section, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa

Post time: Sep-21-2022