BORDER BEAT: Botswana throws another Covid spanner in the works
A call has gone out for greater regional adherence to guidelines and regulations after it emerged earlier today that Botswana would still be doing its own testing for the coronavirus, despite the Southern African Development Community (SADC) making it compulsory for truck drivers to cross borders with “Covid-19 certificates” in hand.
DEVELOPING STORY: Namibian bulk rail company has sights set on Gauteng
Namibian state-owned freight-rail company, TransNamib, is said to be on the verge of carrying cargo in and out of Gauteng to and from its ports, Freight News has reliably learned.
Spectacular crash as 23 000-TEU vessel strikes a crane
One of the largest container ships in the world – the 23 000-TEU MSC Mia – struck a crane in Valencia port earlier this week, causing damage to the crane but thankfully no lives were lost.
DEVELOPING STORY: Exporters play guessing game about DBN as US ocean cargo is delayed
Exporters are waiting to hear from Transnet about alleged snags in the system causing vessels, especially those serving the northbound line to the States (Amex), having to wait at anchorage for up to 12 days outside the Port of Durban.
Safmarine - a brand in the heart of every South African
Eulogies and reminiscences keep coming in following the Spring Day story that a well-known South African shipping brand will completely disappear off the radar despite a commitment to brand preservation following its takeover by Maersk - “End of an era as Maersk drops Safmarine brand”.
BORDER BEAT: Non-compliance from official circles threatens Covid-curbing measure
The much-talked-about “Covid certificate” ‘forcing' sub-Saharan transporters to lab-test drivers for the coronavirus so they can cross borders appears to be backfiring against the very organisation that thought it wise to implement the regulation – the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
BORDER BEAT: Covid certificates for SADC cross-border freight compulsory from Monday
It’s official. From this coming Monday, 14 September, transporters working on the North-South Corridor (NSC) linking the Port of Durban with the Copperbelt region of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will require medical certificates declaring their Covid-19 status.
Pandemic culls jobs in road freight sector
There’s no certainty about how many people in the trucking industry have lost their jobs due to retrenchment or company closure.
Online platform helps logistics providers prepare for post-vaccine onslaught
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has launched an online platform to help pre-plan for the global logistics and related capacity requirements once Covid-19 vaccines become available.
Port of CT moots truck staging inside terminal precincts
Speeding up truck turnaround times at the Port of Cape Town is on the cards after a commitment from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to address the requirement for staging in and around port precincts.