South African chrome, manganese miners set to compete for trucking capacity

South Africa’s chrome and manganese producers are facing competition with each other to secure trucking capacity amid Covid-19-related logistical disruptions and an impending rail shutdown, sources told Fastmarkets on Thursday January 14.

Severe congestion at South Africa’s Lebombo land border crossing in the past two weeks has led to delayed deliveries of chrome ore to the port of Maputo in Mozambique.
South Africa’s closure of 20 land borders, including Lebombo, on January 11 has eased the congestion, but a number of chrome producers were still experiencing delays, Fastmarkets understands.
A 10-day rail shutdown planned from January 16 by South African state transportation provider Transnet is expected to exacerbate the logistics problems by increasing the demand for trucks.

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Janie Davies

January 14, 2021

19:08 GMT