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The latest estimate from the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) points to a maize crop of 15.59 million tons in 2020 – of which 9 million tons is white maize. This will yield a projected exportable surplus for 2020/21 of just over a million tons of white maize, mostly destined for the rest of Southern Africa.
Despite some recovery over the past 3 weeks, export volumes through the lockdown period remain well below those recorded earlier in the year, hampered by substantial delays at regional border posts. Nevertheless, the volumes exported over the past 3 weeks have surpassed the 3 year average for this time of year.