Transporting Temperature Sensitive Products in Africa

– Challenges and Solutions –

With the passage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, we expect to see an increase on intra-Africa trade and with the rest of the world. Movement of goods around the world involves significant challenges, especially so on the African continent. Exporters in fruits, fish, dairy products, international organisations and other traders in temperature sensitive products are losing profit margins because of these challenges. In this market-first round table discussion, we bring together some of the top most voices on the continent to share their views and opinions on some of the challenges in the market but to also highlight possible solutions to these issues.

What you will learn:


 South African quality standards for fruit imports.

 Ghanaian banana export cold chain challenges.

 Freight forwarder recommendations to reduce damage.

 Insurance coverage for perishable goods in transit.

✓ Frequency of cold chain-related cargo damage claims.


Bruno, Mauritius

Bruno Nalletamby is a marine insurance leader at Swan in Mauritius.

He has over 38 years of experience in the industry and has trained professionals across the continent.

Rodrick, Ghana

Rodrick Kutinyu is the General Manager at Musahamat Farms Ltd. He holds master’s degrees from the universities of Leicester, UK, and Pretoria, South Africa. He is a seasoned leader in agribusiness and currently exports bananas to South Africa and Europe.

Johan, S. Africa

Johan Van Der Westhuizen is a Fresh Produce training, quality surveys, and produce guidelines specialist.

He previously worked with SGS as Fresh Produce Operations Manager and with the Perishable Product Export Control Board of South Africa as Technical Training and Development Manager.

Ibrahim, Egypt

Ibrahim Hassan is the National Sales and Marketing Manager at SEAFRIGO. He has over 13 years of experience in the perishables logistics industry having worked for companies like Panalpina, Kuehne and Nagel, CSAV and Maersk in various leadership positions.

Ope, Nigeria

Kingsly Kwalar is the Founder and CEO of OPTIMIZ. OPTIMIZ is a young technology company that enables fruit exporters to remotely collect, analyse and share objective evidence of the handling and quality of their produce.

He holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from the UK and has been in the industry for over 14 years.

Liz Booth, UK

Liz Booth is the Managing Editor of Africa Ahead.