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Paperless customs reporting system launches
Paperless customs reporting system launches

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system which will be able to track the movement of cargo coming into and leaving the country this weekend...

20 Apr 2018

Three key areas African ports authorities need to focus on
Three key areas African ports authorities need to focus on

With sea trade being one of Africa's largest sources of income, a wave of new port infrastructure and upgrades along African coasts are set to make ports even more attractive to an influx of trade...

By Hein van den Ende 20 Apr 2018

Dylan Govender
Face lift for SA custom regulations

According to current statistics produced by SARS' manifest processing system (MPR), the country's road modality is at 76% when it comes to electronic submission compliance with sea and air lagging at 50% and 24% respectively...

By Dylan Govender 13 Apr 2018

Speaker: Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, associate director at Deloitte South Africa.
Saaff Congress 2018 to put spotlight on innovation, technology

The SA Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has announced details of its 2018 two-day congress for the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry in South Africa, scheduled for 29-30 August 2018...

23 Mar 2018

IATA highlights four priorities for the future success of air cargo
IATA highlights four priorities for the future success of air cargo

At the recent World Cargo Symposium, IATA highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry...

22 Mar 2018

Colin Clegg, regional manager – CVS Ferrari and Mcebisi Mlonzi, chairman and CEO of Ritam Holdings.
Kwane Capital enters partnership with CVS Ferrari

Kwane Capital has signed a distribution and localisation agreement with Italy's CVS Ferrari, a leading supplier of port container handling equipment...

15 Mar 2018

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SA's bulk exports rose 4.3% year on year in February

TNPA said there was an error in the formula calculation for iron ore in January 2018, which had been corrected in February 2018...

By Dominic Preuss 13 Mar 2018

Waymo's self-driving trucks are ready to haul cargo to Google's data centers in Atlanta, Georgia (Credit: Waymo)
Waymo self-driving trucks to start hauling cargo this week

Waymo has clocked up millions of self-driving miles since starting Google's autonomous vehicle project in 2009, celebrating five million of them by recently releasing a 360-degree video to demonstrate how its cars see the world around them...

By Paul Ridden 12 Mar 2018

Will Imperial Holdings unbundle logistics, automotive arms?
Will Imperial Holdings unbundle logistics, automotive arms?

NEWSWATCH: Imperial Holdings' plans to unbundle Motus, its automotive arm, and Imperial Logistics - which entails transport, warehousing, and distribution management - is still unconfirmed...

By Ilse van den Berg 21 Feb 2018

EmptyTrips launches SureFox cargo insurance
EmptyTrips launches SureFox cargo insurance

Launched today, SureFox Instant Cargo Insurance, powered by EmptyTrips, aims to make enterprise cargo insurance accessible online...

15 Feb 2018

The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector
The ongoing collision between tech and the transport and logistics sector

Transport and logistics is fast gaining prominence as a sector to watch globally. Increased intercontinental trade has meant increased connection across different size economies...

By Mandisa Maketa 7 Feb 2018

Greg Cline
Balancing strategies critical for importers in 2018

Globally in 2017, unsustainable low rates, bigger vessels, and soft demand dominated the import sector, particularly from a shipping perspective. This has resulted in industry consolidation and a race for dominance...

By Dr Greg Cline 24 Jan 2018

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa launches in Kenya
Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa launches in Kenya

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa has launched in Kenya, allowing users to hire cars, trucks and delivery vans and source for repairs, service and maintenance from trusted dealers and mechanics...

By Tom Jackson 19 Jan 2018

Benji Coetzee
#BizTrends2018: Industry 4.0: A disruptive revolution or simply evolution?

Historic industrial revolutions have led to the "silent generation" (the likes of Warren Buffet and the Beatles) bearing witness to both pre- and post- liberated populations...

By Benji Coetzee 10 Jan 2018

Will logistics' freight services see headway soon?
Will logistics' freight services see headway soon?

To deal with challenges in the logistics freight services, a national logistics strategy is being drafted while Ethio-Djibouti railway is considered to significantly abate hurdles in the sector...

By Mengisteab Teshome 27 Dec 2017

Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers
Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers

The Apapa port was originally designed to receive imported goods and petroleum products and move them out by railway and pipelines, and not to receive articulated trucks and heavy-duty vehicles...

By Ejiofor Alike 13 Dec 2017

Why African ports need to harness technology
Why African ports need to harness technology

African ports needed African solutions that respond to the rapid technology changes in the maritime industry...

12 Dec 2017

Nigeria begins enforcement of 'palletisation of cargoes' January 2018
Nigeria begins enforcement of 'palletisation of cargoes' January 2018

Days after the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, accused shipping companies of aiding importation of arms into the country, the federal government has directed all containerised cargoes coming into Nigeria to be on a pallet...

By Kingsley Adeniyi 4 Dec 2017

Artist's impression of the new liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura
Ngqura liquid bulk terminal development making headway

The construction of a new petroleum trading hub at the Port of Ngqura is making progess...

29 Nov 2017

Adesina: High taxes stunting the growth of African airlines
Adesina: High taxes stunting the growth of African airlines

Dr Akinwumi Adesina has said that high taxes imposed on airlines by government agencies was a major challenge dwarfing the growth and development of air transport in Africa...

By Chinedu Eze 24 Nov 2017

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The future of African ports is also the future of Africa's economic success

If Africa is to play a meaningful role in world trade and benefit from the rapid global growth, its seaports will be key to ensuring that success...

By Gilbert Saggia 20 Nov 2017

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Digital era opens opportunities in maritime industry for South African youth

The face of the maritime industry is being changed by technological advances and digitalisation, opening up opportunities, especially among the youth...

17 Nov 2017

Automation is key for distributors to act fast and meet customer demands
Automation is key for distributors to act fast and meet customer demands

Wholesalers and distributors have to constantly look for ways to better manage their stock holding and streamline their processes, from sales to shipping, and purchasing to warehouse management, in order to retain a competitive edge...

By Samantha Proctor-Parker 16 Nov 2017

Maersk Container Industry appoints new CEO
Maersk Container Industry appoints new CEO

Sean S. Fitzgerald has been appointed as Maersk Container Industry's new chief executive officer to lead the A.P. Moller - Maersk's Transport & Logistics division in its development of refrigerated and dry containers...

7 Nov 2017

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Global air freight demand rises by 9.2%

New data released by the International Air Transport Association shows that demand for global air freight markets in September 2017 rose 9.2%...

6 Nov 2017

Emirates boost Algiers service with extra flight, becomes daily
Emirates boost Algiers service with extra flight, becomes daily

Emirates Airlines will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers as of 13 December 2017, complementing Emirates' current six flights a week and making it a daily service....

3 Nov 2017

NEXTT: Delivering on the future of air travel
NEXTT: Delivering on the future of air travel

On-ground concepts will increasingly be required to optimise the use of emerging technologies, processes and design developments. The New Experience in Travel and Technologies initiative aims to help deliver this future...

27 Oct 2017

The new EZS 7280: Jungheinrich's heavy-duty tow tractor
The new EZS 7280: Jungheinrich's heavy-duty tow tractor

With up to 28 tonnes of tractive power, Jungheinrich's new EZS 7280 electric sit-on tow tractor is especially suitable for outdoor use at airports or the business premises of industrial companies...

Issued by Jungheinrich South Africa 12 Oct 2017

Join the #TransportMonth conversation this October
Join the #TransportMonth conversation this October

This year, Transport Month will be hosted under the theme: “Together we move South Africa Forward.”

10 Oct 2017

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Tesla to reveal all-electric truck next month

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would reveal its Tesla Semi truck this month. Musk has since announced that the reveal date has tentatively moved to 26 October 2017...

27 Sep 2017

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