DB Schenker moves majority of cargo away from Maersk
German logistics company DB Schenker has reportedly moved 90% of its cargo away from Maersk in response to the Danish line’s freight forwarding ambitions.
BORDER BEAT: Driver dies as Beitbridge traffic chaos worsens
A motorist died yesterday when a bakkie (pick-up) travelling south towards Musina from the Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe collided with a truck that had reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane to overtake gridlocked traffic heading north.
New Zim-SA crossings again mooted
Zimbabwe’s Department of Immigration has reinvigorated talks around formalising two separate borders almost equidistant on either side of Beitbridge, South Africa’s only current crossing with its northern neighbour.
SA to become first ‘EU-equivalent’ ship breaking facility in Africa
As demand for compliant ship breaking facilities increases, updates to legislation could see South Africa become the first country in Africa to provide a green, compliant ship recycling facility.
BORDER BEAT: Zambia runs dry as truck strike drags on
A liquid bulk transporter this morning confirmed that the wildcat strike in Zambia’s logistics sector had resulted in no movement of local fuel tankers.
PORT PULSE: Strong argument made for Bellville Container Terminal
The potential for Bellville Container Terminal (Belcon) to enhance throughput capacity at the Port of Cape Town has yet again been moved to the top of the city’s freight agenda as fears mount among industry representatives that unmanageable congestion could reach crisis levels again.
Harbour carriers' issues with the container terminal appointment system
At first glance it appears logical that in any situation where there is a large demand for a finite service, whether it be at the local doctor’s surgery or at a busy container terminal, that some kind of appointment or booking system is essential to ensure minimal waiting time and higher productivity for both service supplier and user.
Shipping major to implement stiff penalty for cargo misdeclaration
November 15 will see the implementation by Hapag-Lloyd of a US$15000 fee per container globally for purposely undeclared or misdeclared hazardous cargoes.
Sea freight industry heading for most profitable year in a decade
Following what it describes as “meteoric” third-quarter spot rate increases, maritime consultancy Drewry has upgraded its guidance for industry-wide operating profit in 2020 to $11 billion, in its latest Container Forecaster report.
Furniture Tariff Amendments – Comment due
On 12 October the South African Revenue Service (Sars) called for comment on various technical tariff headings/subheadings amendments to Part 1 of Schedule No 1 to the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 “Ordinary Customs Duty” to create separate 8-digit tariff subheadings classifiable in Tariff Chapters 44, 72 and 94, on which comment is due by 09 November.