Moves to improve shipping of Namibian charcoal exports

Windoek - As the country's farmers increasingly diversify their activities, the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) last week met representatives of some shipping lines to resolve the challenge of handling charcoal shipping containers. According to the latest issue of the Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, the situation where charcoal is treated as dangerous material with its containers restricted to a specific area on ships, is expected to improve next year

Windoek - As the country's farmers increasingly diversify their activities, the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) last week met representatives of some shipping lines to resolve the challenge of handling charcoal shipping containers. According to the latest issue of the Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, the situation where charcoal is treated as dangerous material with its containers restricted to a specific area on ships, is expected to improve next year.

With an estimated export volume of 200.000 tonnes in 2020, the country currently ranks among the top 10 charcoal exporting countries worldwide. The core markets are South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Greece. Increasingly, Namibian charcoal is entering new markets such as the Middle East and Australia.

In April this year, the first consignment of 350 tonnes of charcoal valued at N$2 million, was shipped from Namibia to America: “We expect a new shipping line to join forces with the charcoal industry towards the beginning of March 2022,” said the NCA. This will ease the challenges of the number of charcoal containers shipped.

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