Angolan airline TAAG will be using the lockdown period in South Africa and in Angola to strategize around Brazilian exports from South Africa.
Says Ronel Rossouw, TAAG’s cargo manager Southern Africa: “We’re talking to our Brazilian counterparts and trying to establish a better network in the region. Both air and road options are being considered for cargo transiting beyond GRU Airport (São Paulo).
"We have focused on limited routes but want to come back with a list of areas to choose from. We trust in our partners and know we can support South African products shipped to Brazil by developing new routes for our clients.
However, Rossouw added that TAAG is committed to re-spark exports from South Africa as soon as possible. We’ll have to help though. The rand is currently at R17 to the US dollar, so we’re anticipating exports to struggle at first.”
During the lockdown period TAAG will also focus on keeping clients informed.
"We also will be starting larger volumes into Portugal that our regular clients have secured through added buyers."
According to Rossouw the intention will be to provide more options for South African airfreight interests to Brazil once the lockdown in South Africa and Angola is lifted.