Charcoal industry faces oversupply

The Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) warned charcoal producers of a possible surplus situation developing in the market. The approaching surplus is mainly due to a lack of space on container ships bound for Europe.

It is not a situation of charcoal overproduction, but the local stockpiles growing because it cannot be shipped fast enough.
NCA in a notice to charcoal producers explained the recent unrests in South Africa caused a chain of backlogs. Producers in South Africa could not export their commodities to Europe for the duration of the unrests.
When the situation normalised, these South African producers started to catch up on the backlog, causing port congestions and shipping lines struggling to cope with container volumes.
The situation also has a chain reaction on Wal-vis Bay. Shipping lines operating locally simply don’t have sufficient

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