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Covid-19 Holds Up Chrome at Key Border for World’s No. 1 Source

A queue at the Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

A queue at the Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Photographer: Zinyange Auntony for Bloomberg Markets

South African restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 are snarling shipments of chrome from the world’s biggest supplier of the steel ingredient.

Trucks have formed a 21-kilometer (13-mile) queue on either side of Lebombo — the border post that’s a key transit point for chrome-ore shipments being ferried from mines in the nation’s north to the port of Maputo in Mozambique. South Africa accounts for about four-fifths of global supply of the metal and ships about one-third of its output via the neighboring country.