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PROPOSED INSPECTION FEES FROM DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (read more)

16 January 2017

The Managing Director of the designated assignee, LEAF Services, hereby invite comments
on the proposed inspection fees on Grain and Grain products.


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM HS 2017 (read more)

05 December 2016

It should be noted that where a 6-digit subheading is amended to an active subheading with rates of duty or amended from an active subheading with rates to a heading with no rates of duty, the 6-digit subheading will be included in the substitutions.


IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HS 2017 (read more)

05 December 2016

On 1 January 2017 the HS 2017 comes into effect and all declarations should be made in accordance with the tariff structure published in the Government Gazette of 2 December 2016 that is available on SARS website under “HS 2017”


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PROPOSED INSPECTION FEES FROM DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (read more)
16 January 2017

The Managing Director of the designated assignee, LEAF Services, hereby invite comments
on the proposed inspection fees on Grain and Grain products.

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM HS 2017 (read more)
05 December 2016

It should be noted that where a 6-digit subheading is amended to an active subheading with rates of duty or amended from an active subheading with rates to a heading with no rates of duty, the 6-digit subheading will be included in the substitutions.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HS 2017 (read more)
05 December 2016

On 1 January 2017 the HS 2017 comes into effect and all declarations should be made in accordance with the tariff structure published in the Government Gazette of 2 December 2016 that is available on SARS website under “HS 2017”

DUTY ON ACRYLIC SANITARYWARE INCREASED FROM 20% TO 30% (read more)
05 December 2016

Please note that customs duty on acrylic baths, shower-baths, sinks and wash-basins has increased by 10%.

ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE SADC-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (EPA) (read more)
10 October 2016

The SADC EPA group (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland) and the EU have reached the final stages towards the implementation of the SADC–EU Economic Partnership Agreement. These include fulfilment of ratification processes by the SADC EPA countries while the European Union (EU) required approval for provisional application of the Agreement.

POSTPONEMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL TYRE LEVY (read more)
26 September 2016

National Treasury announced the postponement of the implementation of the environmental tyre levy to 1st February 2017.

THE REAL RISK OF CUSTOMS NON-COMPLIANCE TO YOUR COMPANY (read more)
23 September 2016

Disruption and loss resulting from inadequate or failed customs procedures, systems or policies, customs employee errors or customs systems failures, can have a huge impact on your business.

POSSIBLE REBATE (read more)
09 September 2016

The International Trade Administration Commission (herein after referred to as ITAC or the
Commission) has received the following applications concerning the Customs Tariff. Any
objection to or comments on these representations should be submitted to the Chief
Commissioner, ITAC, Private Bag X753, Pretoria, 0001. Attention is drawn to the fact that the
rate of duty mentioned in these applications is that requested by the applicant and that the
Commission may, depending on its findings, recommend a lower or higher rate of duty.

REDUCTION OF DUTY ON SUGAR (read more)
05 August 2016

In terms of section 48 of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, Part 1 of Schedule No.1 to the said Act is hereby amended to the extend set out in the Schedule as attached.

MERCHANDISE MARKS ACT 17/1941(read more)
27 July 2016

Prohibition of the use of Marks by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION RE INCREASE ANTI-DUMPING ON PRODUCTS OF IRON (read more)
25 July 2016

Interested parties are invited to comment in writing to the Commission’s preliminary
determination within 14 Days from the date the preliminary report is made available.

TPT SOLAS VERIFIED GROSS MASS EDITION (read more)
22 July 2016

Pre-advise guide for registered Navis customers July 2016 Edition.

INFO FOR ANY CLIENT THAT DEAL WITH ICASA (read more)
15 July 2016

Public nomination to serve as a member of the Evaluation Panel for the ICASA Council.

LAST WEEK AMENDMENT (read more)
08 July 2016

Certain TH of fruits have been amended.

ISSUE OF NEW & AMENDED STANDARDS FROM TRADE & INDUSTRY (read more)
15 June 2015

This relates to the requirements for LOA from NRCS. There are some household/commercial appliances that may require new LOA going forward.

TH 5513.21 NOW QUALIFIES FOR IR UNDER CERTAIN CRITERIA (read more).
15 June 2016

TH 5513.21 has been included under industrial rebate item 311.40: only to manufacture shirts which are classifiable under TH 6205 or 6206.

ACCREDITATION (read more)
15 June 2016

Accreditation is an advanced programme which forms a partnership between SARS and those clients who have an appropriate record of compliance, financial stability, and who maintain a high quality of internal operational processes and computer systems.

In return, SARS Customs offers certain benefits to these clients.

NEW EXCISE DUTY RATES (read more)
25 February 2016

Attached are the actual tariffs and new rates for Alcohol & tobacco products.

2016 PEOPLE"S GUIDE BUDGET - EXCISE DUTY (read more)
25 February 2016

Information regarding the increase of excise duty on Tobacco, Alcohol & 2017.04.01 introduction to sugar-sweetened beverages

DTI TRADE LEAD BULLETIN REPLY FORM (read more)
17 February 2016

Following the bulletin of 12 February 2016 you are kindly requested to respond to trade enquiries in this bulletin if you meet the criteria specified below:




1. South African Manufacturer registered as an exporter with Customs (South African Revenue Services).


2. Export ready South African Exporter.




3. Have the capacity, resources and funds to supply the market where the lead originated from.




4. Manufactures / exports the exact product requested by the importer.




5. If you have the capacity to supply the quantity requested.




Lastly, if your company/organization meets the above-mentioned criteria and is interested in supplying the product/service, please complete the attached REPLY FORM and return it to the dti using the following e-mail address: tradeleadbulletin@thedti.gov.za 
the dti wishes to thank your entity for the efforts put forward in growing South Africa's Exports.

DTI TRADE LEAD BULLETIN (read more)
17 February 2016

Kindly find enclosed the dti Trade Lead Bulletin for Friday, 12 February 2016 with business opportunities received through our network of foreign offices.

CONTAINER WEIGHT VERIFICATION PRESENTATION (read more)
18 November 2015

Presentation with regards to the implementation of the SOLAS Weight Verification that should be implemented 1 July 2016.

INCREASE OF DUTY ON SUGAR & INC OF ANTI-DUMPING ON GARLIC FROM CHINA (read more)
30 October 2015

Sugar customs duty increases from 242.6c/kg to 304c/kg
Anti-dumping duty on garlic from China from 1.037c/kg to 1.925c/kg.

MANDATORY VERIFICATION OF GROSS WEIGHT OF CONTAINERS (read more)
26 October 2015

The International Maritime Organisation has adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea [SOLAS] convention in November last year. These amendments require mandatory verification of a container's gross weight, which entails verification of container weights before any export containers are loaded on board a vessel. These requirements will become legally binding from 1 July 2016.

COST OF INSPECTIONS ON POTATOES (read more)
13 October 2015

It is hereby made known for general information that Product Control for Agriculture (a non-profit
company (NPC) incorporated under the Companies Act, 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008)), designated as
assignee under section 2 (3) (a) of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 of
1990), has in terms of section 3 of the said Act determine the amount of R436 (VAT excluded) per
hour or portion of an hour for inspection on potatoes other than potatoes sold on fresh produce
markets for the application of section 3 (A) (4) of the said Act with regards to potatoes. The
inspection fees shall with effect from 1" November 2015 be payable at point of inspection to
Product Control of Agriculture (a non-profit company (NPC) incorporated under the Companies Act,
2008 (Act No 71 of 2008)). PO Box 24026, Gezina, Pretoria, 0031. With effect of from 1" October
2016 the annual increase in the inspection fees will be linked to the Consumer Price Index rate (CPI)
plus 2% (two present).

APPLICATIONS FOR MARKET ACCESS PERMITS FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS (read more)
13 October 2015

In order to fulfill South Africa's commitment under the World Trade Organisation: Marrakesh Agreement regarding market access, it is hereby made known that market access permits will be issued for the products specified in the Table 1 of Import Arrangements and under the conditions set out in the Schedule.

PROCEDURES FOR EXPORT PERMITS BETWEEN EU & SA (read more)
13 October 2015

Procedures for the application, administration and allocation of export permits under the trade, development and co-operation agreement between the European union and the Republic of South Africa for the year 2016

GUIDELINES REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS IN TERMS OF THE PROVISION UNDER REBATE (read more)
05 October 2015

Interested parties are hereby invited to comment on the proposed amended
guidelines hereunder regarding applications for permits in terms of the provision
under rebate item 460.11/00.00/01.04 of Schedule 4 to the Customs and Excise Act
for permits for rebate of the full duty less 30% ad valorem on used overcoats, carcoats,
raincoats, anoraks, ski-jackets, duffle coats, mantles, three-quarter coats,
greatcoats, hooded caps, trench coats, gabardines, padded waistcoats, parkas, (but
no other clothing articles) classifiable under tariff headings 61.01, 61.02, 62.01,
62.02 and 6209.00.13 in such quantities, at such times and subject to such
conditions as the International Trade Administration Commission may allow by
specific permit.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON CHEMICALS
01 October 2015

The department of Environmental Affairs, hereby request information on the amount of chemicals produced, used, imported or exported in South Africa.
Companies who produced, used, imported or exported certain chemicals are invited to submit to the department, within 60 days of publication of the notice in the Government Gazette of 18 September 2015.

To read the full article please go to the Government Gazette No. 39216 Vol. 603 Dated 18 September 2015.

INFORMATION RE PROPOSED TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS IN TARIFF IN JAN 2016 (read more)
01 October 2015

The draft amendments of the Schedules to the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 (the Act), are technical in nature and will have no effect on the duty structure. The amendments are as a result of requests by industry, SARS or other government agencies and are scheduled for implementation on 1 January 2016.

PROGRESS ON US POULTRY IMPORT ISSUES (read more)
17 September 2015

Veterinary experts from South Africa and the United States reached agreement on Monday on several animal health issues related to the import of poultry, pork and beef from the United States.

CT CRANES BACK IN ACTION THIS WEEK (read more)
03 September 2015

Two of the eight ship-to-shore cranes at the Port of Cape Town are expected to be back up and running this week.

COULD ANC ATTACK ON US DERAIL TRADE RELATIONSHIPS? (read more)
03 September 2015

South Africa’s tenuous inclusion in the newly extended United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) – which is still subject to restrictions – could once again be in jeopardy following a strongly worded critique against US foreign policy by the African National Congress (ANC).

CFTL WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER (read more)
29 July 2015

The Clothing, Textiles, Footwear & Leather Sector Desk at the dti would like to inform you of stakeholder workshops we intend to have in September 2015 in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.  

SA FIRST AFRICAN COUNTRY TO CLEAR CHINESE CURRENCY (read more)
10 July 2015

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the People's Bank of China to “coordinate and cooperate on the supervision, oversight and clearing” of the Chinese yuan in South Africa.

THE HUNT IS ON FOR TOP CAPE EXPORTER (read more)
29 June 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce is once again looking to celebrate exporters in the province.

MARGINAL INCREASE IN WORLD TRADE VOLUMES (read more)
26 June 2015

The volume of world merchandise trade increased modestly in the first quarter of 2015, with growth in both exports and imports registering slower growth than over the previous six months.

RFA SPELLS OUT THE CRIPPLING COST IMPLICATIONS OF TRUCK BAN (read more)
26 June 2015

The roadfreight industry has once again called into question what they believe is flawed logic in the proposed ban on trucks at peak hours.

CTCT PIONEERS PRE-TRIP INSPECTION FACILITY (read more)
24 June 2015

In a first of its kind at South African ports the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) will provide a pre-trip inspection (PTI) site for containers before the end of the year.

NEW FTA SET TO ELEVATE INTRA-AFRICA TRADE (read more)
11 June 2015

This week saw the launch of a Cairo-to-Cape Town free trade area (FTA) that’s bigger than the European Union (EU).

NATIONAL CARRIER ANNOUNCES AFRICAN EXPANSION PLANS (read more)
11 June 2015

South African Airways (SAA) wants to focus on growing its African network while also improving inter-connectivity on the continent.

IMF DOWNGRADES US ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST (read more)
10 June 2015

Another indication to SA traders that the US economy is still not out of the doldrums.

'THIN' GROWTH IN PROFITS PROJECTED FOR AFRICAN AIRLINES (read more)
10 June 2015

African airlines are expected to post a collective profit of US$100m for a net margin of 0.8% - the thinnest of all regions, reported the International Air Transport Industry Association (Iata) at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Miami on Monday.

'UK TO FOCUS ON TRADE, NOT AID, WITH SA' (read more)
10 June 2015

Britain is to stop giving millions of pounds of aid every year to South Africa, the United Kingdom’s international development secretary, Justine Greening, said earlier this week.

CAN CARRIERS CONTINUE TO WEATHER THE LOW RATES STORM? (read more)
10 June 2015

Carriers weathered a storm of low rates in the first quarter to deliver some of the best profits in recent times. Will big newbuild deliveries and rising costs mean that was the peak, asks Drewry Maritime Research in its latest Container Insight Report.

TRUCK BAN - RFA WILL GO TO COURT IF NECESSARY (read more)
10 June 2015

The government proposal to ban trucks from public roads during peak time is nothing more than a diversion of attention from the real problem which is a lack of enforcement coupled with corrupt officials.

OFFICIALS THRASH OUT TRIPARTITE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT DETAILS (read more)
9 June 2015

The launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) by three African economic blocs in Egypt on Wednesday will create a market of 26 countries with a population of 625 million and gross domestic product of more than US$1trillion.

EUROZONE RECOVERY EXPECTED (read more)
9 June 2015

Encouraging news for SA exporters as the Eurozone looks like facing rising winds after a spell in the doldrums.

ASIA-EUROPE FREIGHT RATES TAKE A 17% PLUNGE (read more)
9 June 2015

According to the latest Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) freight rates on the Asia-North Europe trade have fallen another 17% last week to another all-time low of US$284 per TEU.

SA GIVES IN ON LONG-RUNNING US CHICKEN IMPORTS DISPUTE (read more)
9 June 2015

South Africa will end punitive duties on United States chicken and renew imports – initially 65 000 tonnes a year – said trade and industry minister, Dr Rob Davies, over the weekend.

UK PORT TO DOUBLE IN SIZE TO COPE WITH MEGA-SHIPS (read more)
8 June 2015

The UK’s Port of Felixstowe, owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchison, intends to double its size.

SA LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE ON THE UP-AND-UP (read more)
8 June 2015

According to the recent World Bank 2015 Doing Business Report, SA rated 100th out of 189 economies when it comes to the ease of trading across borders.

QATAR AIRWAYS UPS FREQUENCY TO SA (read more)
8 June 2015

Qatar Airways is expanding its capacity to South Africa by 10% with the launch of a year-round daily service to Cape Town on October 1, double daily services to Johannesburg, and four new weekly flights to Durban (via Johannesburg), both starting December 17.

UPSWING IN VOLUMES MOVED BY RAIL (read more)
8 June 2015

There is definite upswing in the share of rail transport, with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) set to move a projected 225 million tonnes of freight this year, compared to 220 million tonnes last year.

GLOBAL AIRFREIGHT MOMENTUM SLOWING - IATA (read more)
5 June 2015

The latest data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) for global airfreight markets showed a 3.3% increase in cargo volumes in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) in April compared to the same month last year.

NEW PACKING LAWS HOLD NON-COMPLIANT CONSIGNORS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE (read more)
5 June 2015

Consignors and any company involved in the transport of cargo, whether general freight, refrigerated or dangerous goods by road, rail or water, in any form of container, trailer, tanker or rail car, will be required by law to implement and adhere to the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU).

SAFER PACKAGING FOR AIR TRANSPORT OF LITHIUM BATTERIES (read more)
4 June 2015

With pilots and plane makers saying they pose a fire risk, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) dangerous goods panel is to set up a group of experts to develop safer packaging for the transport of lithium ion batteries used in phones and laptops.

HIGH-LEVEL DEBATE ABOUT MEGA-SHIPS CAUSING PORT CONGESTION (read more)
4 June 2015

A report by the OECD’s International Transport Forum (ITF) has warned that the transport costs caused by the deployment of mega-ships could be substantial because of the need for investment in port infrastructure.

IS INDUSTRY GIVING UP ON GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT (read more)
4 June 2015

Against the backdrop of escalating regulation in the freight industry, litigation against legislation is fast becoming common practice in South Africa.

9% INCREASE IN VALUE FOR CITRUS EXPORTS TO EU (read more)
4 June 2015

While export volumes were down, the value of South African citrus exports to the European Union (EU) increased by 9% in value in 2014.

CHICKEN PRODUCERS GEAR UP FOR COURT BATTLE ON IMPORT RESTRICTIONS (read more)
4 June 2015

South African poultry producers are challenging the Namibian government’s import restrictions which they claim are against international trade law standards.

IS HAPAG LLOYD ABOUT TO JOIN THE MEGA-SHIP CLUB? (read more)
3 June 2015

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of the German shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd, has been quoted in the German press as having hinted that the company may join other 20 000-TEU owners.

MAERSK ORDERS 11 SECOND-GENERATION TRIPLE Es (read more)
3 June 2015

Maersk Line on Tuesday signed a US$1.8 billion contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for 11 second generation Triple-E container vessels – with an option for six additional vessels.

IRISH TRADE VISIT TO SA NETS MULTIMILLION EURO CONTRACTS (read more)
3 June 2015

Irish companies participating in a government-backed trade mission to South Africa last week secured contracts worth more than €12 million during a four-day visit to Cape Town and Johannesburg, reported The Irish Times newspaper.

INDUSTRY RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT SARS' 'DEFERMENT BENEFIT' (read more)
3 June 2015

Questions have been raised following the publication of the first set of rules for the Customs Duty Act around the term “deferment benefit”.

'SA THE TOP FDI DESTINATION IN AFRICA' (read more)
3 June 2015

South Africa as a foreign direct investment destination is regarded as one of the best on the continent, said minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which kicks off today (Wednesday).

NEW SERVICE BOOSTS LINE'S WEST AFRICAN OFFER (read more)
2 June 2015

This week, CMA CGM is to launch its new Wazzan service (linking Morocoo and North-West Africa) and designed to improve its intra-African coverage.

VOLUMES UP BUT YIELDS DOWN FOR WORLD AIR CARGO (read more)
2 June 2015

Yields for air cargo carriers continued to decline in April this year, despite worldwide volumes increasing by 3.3% compared to the same period last year.

TRUCK BAN COULD BE BREACH OF CONSTITUTION - LEGAL EXPERT (read more)
2 June 2015

Labour and legal experts believe a constitutional argument can be made if government insists on implementing a truck ban during peak hours on the roads.

EXPORTERS SHOULD SEEK NEW MARKETS PENDING AGOA DECISION (read more)
1 June 2015

There is no deadline set for the completion of the proposed out-of-cycle review for South Africa’s inclusion in the African Growth and Development Act (Agoa) – although it must be initiated within 30 days of the United States’ (US) Agoa expansion bill being signed into law – which could mean the issue will drag on for months, according to concerned exporters.

SA GRAPE EXPORTERS RESPOND TO THE SEEDLESS GRAPE DEMAND (read more)
1 June 2015

South Africa’s table grape farmers are switching to seedless varieties, with exports more than doubling over 5 years as consumer demand for the seeded varieties slumps.

SA CROSS-BORDER TRADING COMPARES WELL WITH AFRICA NORM (read more)
28 May 2015

According to the recent World Bank 2015 Doing Business Report, SA is rated 100 out of 189 economies when it comes to the ease of trading across borders.

INCREASED EXPORT DEMAND PUSHES AFRICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH (read more)
28 May 2015

A rising demand for exports will see African economies growing by 4.5% this year and 5% in 2016, the highest levels since the global economic crisis took hold in 2007, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said.

COMPLIANCE ISSUES CONTINUE TO IMPEDE IMPORTERS (read more)
28 May 2015

Despite efforts to educate the shipping industry in the complex compliance requirements of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), importers are continuing to face delays and additional costs.

'LOOK BEYOND AGOA FOR US MARKET ACCESS' - AMCHAM (read more)
28 May 2015

Instead of looking at the new conditions and constraints imposed by the new African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) – which has been extended for a further ten years – South Africa should consider how it can win more access to the United States for its companies by negotiating a free trade agreement.

TRUCKERS DETERMINE WAY FORWARD (read more)
27 May 2015

The annual conference of the Road Freight Association remains a significant event in the industry bringing together stakeholders on one platform to exchange views and determine the common road forward.

INDONESIA BANS CITRUS IMPORTS (read more)
27 May 2015

South Africa’s embassy in Jakarta has revealed that the Indonesian government will ban the importation of all citrus fruits from July until the end of October.

WORRYING IMPACT OF MEGA-VESSELS/MEGA ALLIANCES (read more)
27 May 2015

The impact of mega-vessels and mega-alliances remains a big worry for shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs).

'RAILWAYS AN ENGINE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH' (read more)
27 May 2015

Governments in southern Africa have recognised that railways are not simply about providing a mode of transport for the movement of goods, but, if properly managed, can contribute ‘significantly’ to a country’s economic growth.

NEW THREE-LINE VSA CALLS SA PORTS (read more)
26 May 2015

The 2M vessel sharing agreement (VSA) founded by MSC and Maersk Line has just added Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to its stable.

ASIA-EUROPE TRADES PLUMMET, US TRADES EASE BACK (read more)
26 May 2015

The Europe-bound main trade from Asia sees freight rates plummeting – said by the international trade press to be mainly the result of the megaship boom pushing up over-capacity – but the rates on the US legs served by smaller vessels drop, but not disastrously.

CITRUS INSPECTIONS TAKE A GIANT ELECTRONIC STEP (read more)
26 May 2015

In a major step forward for the management of data around Citrus Blackspot, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries inspectors will soon be using tablet devices to update the central database.

TRUCKING UNDER THREAT - RFA CEO (read more)
26 May 2015

The threat to trucking in South Africa has never been more apparent as it is right now. Under pressure in the light of truck bans at peak hour, reduced driving hours without reduced pay, load shedding, the volatility of the labour market and a host of other issues, the industry is going to have to pull together like never before.

LINE RELIABILITY ON THREE MAIN TRADES IMPROVES (read more)
22 May 2015

The aggregate on-time performance of services operating Asia-Europe, transpacific and transatlantic routes was 67.6% in April, a rise of 4.1% from the previous month, according to Drewry’s monthly Carrier Performance Insight

LINE FEEDS A BATCH OF NEW REEFERS INTO SA (read more)
22 May 2015

The Maersk Group has purchased 20 000 new containers, costing US$400 million, for global distribution - with the first 170 bound for SA.

SECOND KENYAN PORT TERMINAL MAY OPEN EARLY (read more)
22 May 2015

Construction of the second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa may be completed early, according to news reports.

NAMIBIA RECORDS CLOSE TO R10BN TRADE DEFICIT INCREASE (read more)
22 May 2015

Namibia’s trade deficit has widened further, with the southern African country recording a surplus of R26.2 billion for 2014, compared to R17.2 billion in 2013, according to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).

THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE OF THE TRUCK BAN (read more)
21 May 2015

In a memo to the freight industry, Mitchell Brooke, logistics development manager of the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) highlighted the proposed new heavy vehicle restrictions (Reg 318A), and the department of transport’s latest standpoint on this contentious issue.

80% OF SUB-STANDARD GOODS IMPORTED FROM OUTSIDE OF AFRICA (read more)
21 May 2015

Around 80% of the sub-standard or counterfeit goods entering the African market are imported from outside the continent, highlighting the need to harmonise standards across the region, according to the African Organisation for Standardisation (Arso).

BUSY BERTHS SLOW DOWN DURBAN DREDGING PLANS(read more)
21 May 2015

Concerns around the charted draught at the Port of Durban, which saw three vessels being grounded last year, have prompted strong response from both Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the shipping industry.

SLOW PROGRESS ON LIFTING OF THAI BAN ON SA GRAPES (read more)
20 May 2015

The lifting of the ban on South African grapes to Thailand may take a little longer than anticipated thanks to the slow pace of regulatory change due to political disruption in the country.

EXPORTING CITRUS TO INDONESIA COULD BECOME LESS ONEROUS (read more)
20 May 2015

The Citrus Growers’ Association has made good progress towards establishing Mutual Country Recognition (MCR) with Indonesia.

FRENCH LINER GROUP SEES GROWTH IN Q1 2015 (read more)
20 May 2015

Consolidated revenue for the French CMA CGM group was up 1.8% to US$4.013 billion for the first quarter of 2015, chairman and CEO, Jacques R Saadé, announced on Monday.

ENFORCEMENT KEY TO CUTTING DOWN ON ROAD CARNAGE (read more)
20 May 2015

More stringent enforcement of existing road regulations rather than the introduction of new initiatives are key to addressing the country’s road safety record.

ZAMBIA CONSIDERS POTATO CHIP IMPORT BAN (read more)
20 May 2015

In a move to support local potato farmers, the Zambian government is set to ban chain stores from importing certain processed foodstuffs, such as potato chips, if they fail to comply with a presidential directive to stock locally produced goods.

DON'T PUT YOUR MONEY ON BIG SHIPS, MOTHER (read more)
19 May 2015

If you keep betting on big ships on the Asia-Europe trade, you’re backing a short-term loser, according to maritime consultants, Drewry.

STIFF ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES IMPOSED ON PAKISTANI CEMENT (read more)
19 May 2015

Provisional anti-dumping duties have been imposed on Portland cement originating in, or imported from, Pakistan effective since May 15.

EGYPT SET TO SIGN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THREE AFRICAN BLOCKS (read more)
19 May 2015

Egypt will sign a free trade agreement with Africa’s three biggest trade blocs – the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – next month, according to a senior government official.

THE LANDSIDE IMPACT OF MEGA CONTAINERSHIPS (read more)
18 May 2015

A study by Jean-Paul Rodrigue of the Department of Global Studies & Geography at Hofstra University in New York examined the implications of mega ships by carefully measuring what they entail ashore and afloat.

ARAB AIRLINE DUCKS THE US SUBSIDY BULLET (read more)
18 May 2015

In a cunning piece of logic manipulation, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has ducked allegations by US airlines that it, and other Gulf carriers, are unfairly subsidised by their governments – allowing them to lower prices and push US competitors out of some markets.

GREECE TAKES A PORT PRIVATISATION STEP (read more)
18 May 2015

In what is seen as a conciliatory move by Greece’s left-wing ruling party, the government has decided to sell a majority stake in its biggest port, Piraeus.

MANUFACTURER EYES IMPORTS AS POWER CUTS CURB PRODUCTION (read more)
18 May 2015

Nestlé South Africa is eyeing baby formula imports from Europe and Asia as ongoing power outages curb output at its South African factories, Reuters news agency reported on Friday.

PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT GETS A FILLIP (read more)
12 May 2015

State-owned freight logistics company Transnet is partnering with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in a drive to accelerate Private Sector Participation (PSP) in its multi-billion rand infrastructure investment programme.

ANNUAL COAL LINE SHUTDOWN BEGINS (read more)
12 May 2015

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will embark on a 10-day complete shutdown of the coal export line from May 12-21. All trains along the coal line network - export coal and GFB - will not be running for the duration of the shutdown.

'SA IS RUSSIA'S MOST NB AFRICAN TRADE PARTNER' (read more)
12 May 2015

South Africa is Russia’s leading trade partner on the African continent, president Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation was cited by Eye Witness News (EWN) as saying yesterday (Monday) during a meeting with president Jacob Zuma.

WHERE DO CONTAINERS COME FROM? (read more)
11 May 2015

Approximately 97% of all shipping containers are manufactured in China.

LOGISTICS BREAKFAST TO ADDRESS KEY ROAD FREIGHT ISSUES (read more)
11 May 2015

The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a high-level speaker line-up tomorrow (May 12) on issues of concern affecting the road freight industry.

NEW CT SCANNER TO SPEED UP CUSTOMS-STOPPED BOXES (read more)
11 May 2015

The launch of a new scanner at the Port of Cape Town will dramatically affect the way containers are searched by customs and is likely to speed up the release of customs-stopped boxes.

AIRFREIGHT MARKETS RECORD 'MODEST' GROWTH (read more)
8 May 2015

Global airfreight markets recorded a modest 1.6% increase in volumes in March compared to a year ago, measured in Freight Tonne Kilometres (FTK), according to figures released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

EXPORTING TO ZIMBABWE - REQUIREMENTS FROM MAY 16 (read more)
8 May 2015

According to XA International Trade Advisors, as of May 16, all exports to Zimbabwe under specified harmonised system (HS) codes need to have a Bureau Veritas-issued consignment-based conformity assessment certificate (CBCA) certificate of conformity (COC) for customs clearance before the goods are allowed through the border.

'PROPOSED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WOULD CLOSE THE COUNTRY DOWN' (read more)
7 May 2015

The freight road transport travel restrictions – devised in all her wisdom by minister of transport, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters – are set to ruin the industry and its clients, according to Carl Webb, MD of Project Logistics Management (PLM) and adviser on abnormal cartage to the Road Freight Association (RFA) and the SA Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff).

HOW MANY CONTAINERS ARE THERE? (read more)
6 May 2015

There are currently over 17 million shipping containers in circulation globally.

MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN FOR NATCOR LINE (read more)
6 May 2015

If your containers travel by rail between Johannesburg and Durban make a note in your diary.

AFRICA'S SUGAR PRODUCERS BRACE FOR EU QUOTA SCRAP (read more)
6 May 2015

Africa’s sugar-producing countries will lose a significant portion of their export market in 2017 when the European Union (EU) Common Organisation of the Markets ends production quotas for its 19 members, reports TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

HOW MANY CONTAINERS LOST AT SEA IN A YEAR? (read more)
5 May 2015

Approximately 10 000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year, according to Grand View Container Trading.

LATEST SA TRADE STATS SHOW SURPLUS (read more)
5 May 2015

South African trade statistics for March 2015 show a trade surplus of R0.48 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS), according to data released by the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

SA IN TALKS FOR IRAN OIL IMPORTS (read more)
5 May 2015

South Africa is reportedly in discussions with Iran for the resumption of oil exports, which were halted in 2012 due to sanctions.

WILL SA AVOID A JUNK STATUS RATING (read more)
24 April 2015

South Africa is under” no immediate risk” of credit rating companies downgrading the nation's debt to junk status, said South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor, Lesetja Kganyago.

HAULIERS SLAM TRUCK BAN PLAN (read more)
23 April 2015

Proposed regulations banning trucks over 9 tons from all public roads during rush hour will not just have a drastic effect on the freight industry but increase transport and logistics costs significantly.

DREWRY CAUTIONS ON CARRIERS' COST-CUTTING PLANS read more)
21 April 2015

Oceanfreight carriers’ roadmap for recovery has centred on cutting costs faster than unit revenues are falling. And while this was successfully achieved in 2014, the lack of attention paid to lifting rates is threatening to send many carriers back into the red, said Drewry Maritime Research in this week’s Container Insight Report.

GAMA TAKES THE (TEMPORARY) REINS FROM MOLEFE (read more)
21 April 2015

Siyabonga Gama, chief executive of Transnet Freight Rail and the longest-serving member of the executive team, will act as the Transnet Holdings SOC group chief executive (GCE) with immediate effect.

HAULIERS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED TRUCK-RESTRICTION MEASURES (read more)
20 April 2015

The road freight industry is opposing proposed regulations that will restrict truck movements during rush hour on public roads.

TFR FRAUD CASE COMPLICATES RATE DECISIONS (read more)
10 April 2015

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) executive Bheka Xaba has been suspended for more than a year as a criminal case of fraud and corruption against him is investigated.

ZAMBIA AND CHINA TO SIGN DEVELOPMENT DEALS OF UP TO US$3.2BN (read more)
10 April 2015

Zambia has received trade and investment pledges from Chinese companies of around US$3.2 billion, said the country’s commerce, trade and industry minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe.

SHIPPING CONFIDENCE HITS TWO-AND-A-HALF YEAR LOW (read more)
7 April 2015

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to February 2015 to their lowest level for two-and-a-half years, according the latest Shipping Confidence Survey undertaken by international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.

FRUIT EXPORTERS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FURTHER ACCESS TO CHINESE MARKET (read more)
31 March 2015

The departure last week of the CMA Puccini from Cape Town port with the first consignment of South African apples for the Chinese market marked a major milestone for the industry.

SA PROPOSES IMPORT QUOTAS TO US POULTRY PRODUCERS (read more)
30 March 2015

South Africa is hoping United States (US) poultry producers will agree on import quotas in the next few weeks, said trade and industry minister, Dr Rob Davies.

TPT SUED FOR INCOMPETENCE (read more)
27 March 2015

A court case held in the Durban High Court this week could, if the plaintiff is successful, set a court precedent that will put the inefficiency of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) right in the firing line.

R21M CASH INJECTION FOR EASTERN CAPE CITRUS PRODUCERS (read more)
26 March 2015

Citrus producers in the Eastern Cape’s capital of Bhisho are to receive a R21-million cash injection from the government for infrastructure support.

SA LOSES ITS SPOT AS AFRICA'S TOP STEEL PRODUCER (read more)
26 March 2015

Egypt has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s largest steel producer for February 2015

POLITICAL FAILINGS TO IMPACT AFRICA’S GROWTH? (read more)
27 February 2015

Experts are warning that there may be limits to sub-Saharan Africa’s growth story in the coming months as politics is becoming a central risk factor in several countries.

BUDGET 2015 TAXATION PROPOSALS (read more)
26 February 2015

Taxation proposals tabled on 2015-02-25 at 14:59 with effect from 14:59 on 2015-02-25

INDIA’S IT EXPORTS TO AFRICA CROSS US$1BN MARK (read more)
26 February 2015

Africa is increasingly becoming an important information technology (IT) export market for India after exports to the continent crossed the US$1-billion mark last year.

BILLIONAIRE HITS OUT AT US EXCLUSION OF SWAZILAND FROM AGOA (read more)
25 February 2015

Questions have been raised in the media around the motives of the United States (US) for its exclusion of Swaziland in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).

GAUTENG'S TRADE AND AEROTROPOLIS AMBITIONS UNVEILED (read more)
24 February 2015

Gauteng province will this year be undertaking 29 industrial initiatives to revitalise manufacturing, aviation, transport and logistics industries linked to OR Tambo International Airport.

MULTI-PURPOSE WEST AFRICA SERVICE UPGRADES FREQUENCY (read more)
20 February 2015

Safmarine MPV has upgraded its SAFWAF multi-purpose shipping service (connecting South Africa and West Africa)

MANUFACTURING INTERVENTIONS UNLOCK EXPORT GROWTH (read more)
16 February 2015

The manufacturing sector - hard fit by a global financial crisis, labour unrest and load-shedding - has seen some growth thanks to government interventions

LATEST STATS SHOW MAJOR TRADE DEFICIT FOR ZIM (read more)
09 January 2015

Zimbabwe's trade deficit stood at US$3 billion between January and November last year as the economy continued its over-reliance on imports

FESTIVE SEASON CLOSURE OF NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (read more)
14 November 2014

Department of Agriculture festive season closure dates

LITTLE HOPE FOR CT'S CONGESTION - WEARY TRUCKERS (read more)
06 November 2014

Congestion near and around depots in the City of Cape Town is not going to ease up in the near future

SA RANKS 5th IN SOUTHERN AFRICAN CROSS-BORDER TRADE (read more)
03 November 2014

South Africa is ranked fifth in the "trading across borders" category for sub-Saharan Africa

SA AND MEXICO DEEPEN TRADE TIES (read more)
20 October 2014

South Africa and Mexico have deepened their trade and investment relations

STILL NO CLARITY ON NEW BEE CODES (read more)
03 October 2014

Implementation date of the amended BBBEE codes 7 months away

CUSTOMS BUST OF ILLICIT PHARMA PRODUCTS (read more)
29 September 2014

113 million illegal pharmaceutical products were intercepted during the ten-day Operation Biyela 2

IS ZIM SHOOTING ITSELF IN THE FOOT? (read more)
26 September

Zimbabwe government introduces major tax and import duties on finished goods moving into the country

REGIONAL PORT DEVELOPMENTS CHALLENGE GAUTENG'S HUB SUPREMACY (read more)
26 September

Gauteng will have to pull out all the stops if it wants to retain its economic hub status as a leading role-player in southern Africa

TRUCK HIJACKING ON THE UP - CRIME STATS (read more)
22 September

Truck hijackings increased by 6.6% over 10 years 2004/5 to 2013/14 and recorded a 5.1% increase in 2013/2014

DON'T SKIMP ON GENERAL AVERAGE COVER (read more)
20 August

Exporters and importers should not under-estimate the impact of a General Average (GA) declaration on their bottom line if they don't have the correct insurance in place.

SANS AMENDMENTS (read more)
18 August

As the national standardisation authority, the SABS is responsible for maintaining South Africa's database of more than 6500 national standards, as well as developing new standards and revising, amending or withdrawing existing standards as required.

FREIGHT FORWARDERS FACE MAJOR CHALLENGES AS GLOBAL MARKET CHANGES (read more)
06 August

With a decline in value of 3.3% in 2013, the freight forwarding market is facing major challenges as it fights to stay viable in a changing global environment

BERRY & DONALDSON LAUNCHES NEW SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (read more)
30 July 2014

Berry & Donaldson is very excited to announce the launch of our new supply chain management system, Cargowise.

DTI COMMITS R200M TO IMPROVING TEXTILE INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS (read more)
11 July

The Department of Trade and Industry has approved a R200 million grant fund and a 5 year plan for the establishment of a National Cluster to leapfrog local industry's competitiveness capability in global sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing.

NRCS: STRENGTHENING OF BORDER ENFORCEMENT STRATEGY (read more)
09 July

The NRCS intends to strengthen its Border Enforcement Strategy by locking out non-compliant goods at all ports of entry. Hence the NRCS will be conducting its own profiling, detentions and inspections for products that fall within the scope of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications. The organization currently conducts surveillance enforcement in the following areas: Automotive; Chemical, Mechanical, and Materials; Electrotechnical; Food and associated industries; Legal Metrology; National Building Regulation. Date of implementation for agencies operational in the Cape Town Harbour: 23 July 2014. Please contact Berry & Donaldson for more information.

SOUTH AFRICAN EXPOS IN CHINA 2014: YEAR OF SOUTH AFRICA IN CHINA (read more)
10 June

As part of the year of South Africa in China events, the DTI will be hosting exhibitions, wine tasting and investment seminars in various cities of China

PROPOSED AMENDMENT FOR HELMETS FOR MOTOR CYCLES (read more)
09 June

The Minister of Trade and Industry intends to amend the compulsory specification for protective helmets and of their visors for drivers and passengers of motor cycles and mopeds

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE LABELLING AND ADVERTISING OF FOODS (read more)
04 June

The Minister of Health intends to amend regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foods

POSSIBLE INCREASE OF CUSTOMS DUTY ON PAPER AND PAPERBOARD (read more)
26 May

Please see latest Customs Tariff Application List 05/2014 issued by ITAC for an increase of customs duty from free to 5% on the products indicated in the notice

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS REGARDING THE CONTROL OF EXPORT OF FRESH CUT FLOWERS AND FRESH ORNAMENTAL FOLIAGE (read more)
22 May

Agricultural Products Standards of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has published two notices relating to the Regulations regarding the control of export of fresh cut flowers and fresh ornamental foliage

SHIPPERS LAUNCH GLOBAL ASSAULT ON 'UNSUBSTANTIATED' CHARGES (read more)
9 May 2014

The world's shippers have launched a full-scale attack against what they describe as "unsubstantiated" shipping surcharges and terminal charges

SARS ENFORCEMENT AND CUSTOMS OPERATIONS FOR APRIL 2014 (read more)
9 May 2014

SARS is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of April 2014

NEW NRCS REQUIREMENTS (read more)
2 May 2014

New NRCS requirements regarding the time frame for the consideration of LOA's

DIFFERENT COMMODITIES REQUIRE DIFFERENT COVER (read more)
30 April 2014

Despite the temptation to buy just basic cover, specialised insurance for your specific commodity could be your saving grace should unforeseen events occur.

LITHIUM BATTERIES TO BE BANNED AS AIRLINE CARGO (read more)
23 April 2014

Potential changes to the carriage of Lithium Metal Batteries on passenger aircrafts as cargo

DINING OUT SHOWING VIRTUALLY ZERO GROWTH (read more)
23 April 2014

Household are cutting back on less affordable food and beverages such as restaurants and coffee shops.

MARCH TRADE INDEX LOOKS POSITIVE (read more)
17 April 2014

Trade activity figures released for March 2014 give some cause for optimism.

CONTAINER PRICES RISE (read more)
14 April 2014

FTWOnline reports that prices for new dry freight 
containers increased in the opening months of 2014

CONFISCATED GOODS DESTROYED (read more)
11 April 2014

R8 Million worth of goods, confiscated by the NRCS during a recent blitz has been destroyed under the watchful eye of the DTI

THE SWEET AND SOUR OF SUGAR DUTIES (read more)
8 April 2014

The news that ITAC has recommended a rise in the reference price of sugar is good news for some but could put others out of business

SUDDEN INCREASE IN PORT CHARGES (read more)
4 April 2014

Importers and exporters unimpressed by the implementation of unforeseen increases in charges announced by Port Regulators on their website.

ECOWAS TALKS HITTING A FEW BUMPS
2 April 2014

Talks between West African trading bloc and the EU continue amid some tentions

B&D RESTRUCTURING (read more)
25 March 2014

For the first time in its fifty year history, Berry & Donaldson is undergoing operational restructuring that will result in some retrenchments

POSSIBLE SUGAR IMPORT DUTY (read more)
24 March 2014

Minister of Trade and Industry ponders new measures to protect local sugar manufacturers

SHIPPING RATES DECREASED
19 March 2014

Because of a less than anticipated shipments, liners are reducing their rates slightly

SHIPPING BOTTLENECKS LEADING TO DELAYS FROM EUROPE/ASIA (read more)
Delays on the world seas mean that several European and Asian port terminals are currently struggling with bottleneck situations

SA TRADE DEFICIT AT OVER R17 BILLION (read more)
The South African Revenue Service reports that South Africa incurred a trade deficit in January after making a surplus the month before.

E-TOLL SURCHARGE - read more
Due to the implementation of E-TOLLS in Gauteng, we have had to impose a surcharge

NRCS TO INDEPENDENTLY PROFILE SHIPMENTS (read more)
From the 1st of March 2014, the NRCS will be independently profiling and detaining containers for inspection at all ports of entry.

SHIPPING LINE RELIABILITY (Read More)
26 FEBRUARY
There are suggestions that cost cutting measures by some shipping lines are leading to increased unreliability.

PUBLICATION OF EXPLANATORY SUMMARY OF THE MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES AMENDMENT BILL, 2013
Government Gazette Notice

CERTIFICATE OF ACCEPTABILITY (Click here)
5 February 2014

This certificate is required for all people/businesses storing or handling food on their premises. With regard to any extended release of imported foods to premises - this will not be allowed if they are not in possession of the mentioned Certificate.  This will be with effect 15 February 2014. (Regulation 962). See the PDF for the application form

THE COST OF STORAGE (read more)
21 January 2014

Shipping line charges on your invoice may include those for storage due to late delivery or clearance.

RESOLUTION LETTER REQUIRED FOR CUSTOMS CODE (read more)
10 January 2014

When applying for a customs code, SARS now requests a resolution letter signed by all members of the application

HAPPY NEW YEAR (read more)
8 January 2014

As the new year starts, we look to what it might bring

CLOSED 24th Dec 1pm - 27 Dec 2013 (emergency numbers, click here)
Berry & Donaldson's Head Office will close at 1pm Christmas Eve

OUR 50th YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE BUT WE STAY OPEN (read more)
13 December 2013

Whilst many businesses close over the holiday season, Berry & Donaldson will continue to be open and operational, except for the official public holidays.

NRCS ACT AMENDMENT PROPOSED (read more)
10 December 2013

Government gazette Proposed amendment of the compulsory specification for electrical and electronic apparatus

REBATE OF DUTY (read more)
10 December 2013

Government gazette guidelines pertaining to the rebate of duty

TAPER TANTRUMS (read more)
5 December 2013

Just a mere utterance of a possibility of reducing liquidity in the US can affect the rand.

BLACK TUESDAY HAS ARRIVED (read more)
3 December 2013

Ever since Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on November 20 that the e-tolling of Gauteng's highways would begin today (Tuesday 3rd December 2013), speculation has mounted as to how effective the controversial new scheme would be.
Not only has speculation mounted, but so too has vociferous opposition to what many feel may be an unconstitutional  imposition on their already battered pockets.

TRADE TALKS HIT SOME BUMPS (read more)
28 November 2013. World Trade Organisation negotiators, who have been locked in talks in Geneva  to thrash out a deal appear to have hit some stumbling blocks.

NRCS LEVY CONSULTATION INVITE (read more)
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications is a public entity responsible to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, ensuring that all specifications of goods consumed in South Africa adhere to certain regulations. They are inviting all importers and prospective importers to levy consultation sessions throughout the country

ALLEN RODGERS 1962 - 2013 (read more)
A tribute to our colleague who passed away tragically in a car accident.

"WEAKER RAND DOES NOT HELP EXPORTS" (read more)
The old adage that a weaker currency will improve exports is losing traction in the current economic climate.

B&D IN PROJECT FREIGHT TEAMWORK (read more)
Huge heat exchanges from Europe in marathon delivery from Luderitz to Poffader goes off without a hitch.

PIRATES MAKING BIG BUCKS - read more
Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made between US$339 million and US$413 million in ransom profits over a seven-year period, according to a United Nations-backed report.

CHINESE NEW YEAR COMING SOON (read more)
Although it may seem rather early to be discussing such things, importers should note the impending Chinese New Year holiday in January 

FREIGHT INCREASES (read more)
Shipping Lines are imposing a Peak Season Surcharge or General Rates Increase on voyages from the Far East to South Africa

GOVT CLAMP DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMPORTS
The government and regulators are determined to redouble their efforts to clamp down on illegal imports.

SUGAR TARIFFS
Local sugar producers are demanding large tariffs on imported sugar for their protection.
Importers of sugar claim this will result in consumers being subjected to price hikes on a whole raft of products.

BERRY & DONALDSON TURNS 50!
In 1963, founding partners H.S. (Dick) Berry and Ian Donaldson, who had previously worked together at another firm, founded a small clearing house in 
Cape Town, which has since grown into a provider of fully integrated logistics services.

Trade Minister flies the flag
September 2013:
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has been on an overseas junket....

Newsletter June 2013
The big story at the moment has to be the alarming decline of the rand in recent months...

Newsletter March 2013
Cape Town is emerging from one of its more windy summers and hopefully looking forward to a couple of calm months...

Newsletter December 2012
And so we near the end of a year which has seen much happening in the South African economy...