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Minerals Council expresses concern about impact of logistics constraints on mineral exports

South Africa’s exported bulk mineral tonnages have dropped to their lowest level since the Covid-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020, with rail, port and border constraints negatively affecting users of these State-owned services, causing exporters and the country to miss the full benefits of the current high commodity price cycle, industry body the Minerals Council South Africa says. It notes that the constraints on exports of coal, chrome, iron-ore and manganese are a continuation of the difficulties mining companies and traders experienced during 2021, when they experienced an opportunity cost of R35-billion if delivered tonnages are measured against targets set by rail operator Transnet, and a R50-billion opportunity cost if deliveries are measured against the capacity of  the rail and port infrastructure and rolling stock.

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