May 19 was the day that the port of St. Petersburg had unloaded the first ship, owned by Baltic Shipping, with South African fruit. This shipment excluded citrus fruits such as lemons, tangerines and grapefruits, but included apples and pears.
The ship Caribbean Mermaid was also on its way to the port of St. Petersburg.
In 2013, South Africa imported approximately a quarter million tons of what was mainly citrus fruit. Nearly every fourth orange on the table of Russian homes, one could say, was imported from South Africa. Because of the extreme geographical location of both countries from one another, South African fruit ripens just in time for Russian consumption of vitamin C.
Until the end of May three more vessels with South African fruit will arrive, and the northern capital is to continue receiving shipments so long as there is demand from Russian consumers.
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Source: Baltic Shipping Press Release