SADC citrus industry scores a coup with Musina reefer train

The departure of the first reefer train packed with fruit from the northern region of Limpopo and Zimbabwe from the Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT) Inland Dry Port for the Port of Durban about a fortnight ago marked a major milestone in the citrus industry’s ambitions to migrate freight from road to rail. According to Mitchell Brooke, logistics development manager for the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), the train consisted of 38 reefer container wagons pulled by two locos, two flatbed wagons containing two generator sets and a fuel tank, and a caboose providing accommodation for security and technical personnel.