The transportation of African exports is incredibly varied. While soft commodities such as coffee or cashews are cultivated across the Continent each part of Africa exports its own unique products which require specialist handling and shipment. For example, West African exports include cocoa, cotton, rubber, charcoal, palm tree seeds, peanuts, sugar, etc. And from East Africa you can find pepper, palm oil, gum Arabic, fish and refrigerated products, dried fruits, pineapple, sesame seeds, tea, etc.
Each of the above exported commodities has a seasonality that needs to be respected. That seasonality can even fluctuate according the weather, age and variety. Sesame seeds are exported from December to June, cashews from March to July, cotton – mainly from the landlocked countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – from January to June. And cocoa – mainly found in coastal Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon – is exported during the main and mid-crops from November to April and July to August.
In fact the mango season is upon us! During a 4-6 week period in April and May Ivory Coast is flooded with mangoes. This very expensive and fragile product requires specific and specialized transport skills in order to maintain the quality of the fruit to delivery.
With a strong global offer to and from Africa, the CMA CGM Group offers clients bespoke transportation and door-to-door services. Terminals, dedicated fleet, reefer containers that maintain any temperatures, intermodal solutions, all contribute to the transportation of large quantities of sensitive products (refrigerated fish, mango, fruit juices) in optimal conditions, across the entire world and from any production site in Africa.
CMA CGM continually anticipates and identifies its clients’ needs and expectations and provides expert services to maintain the quality of goods until their final destination.