Cargo theft continues to hamper growth in South African supply chains

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The prevalence of cargo theft incidents continues to have a material impact on stakeholders in the supply chain in South Africa.

Analysis of recorded incidents, increased data sharing agreements, collaborations, and widespread dissemination of findings all serve to improve our understanding of the underlying risks.

Throughout 2020, several cargo theft trends developed in South Africa. The threat and violence involved with cargo theft hijackings in South Africa are historically the primary concern for supply chains in the region.

In addition to historical risks and trends, the first half of 2020 saw an increase in thefts from facilities and theft locations diversified between the first two quarters of 2020, reaching the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Additionally, food and beverage and medical supplies saw an elevated risk throughout the start of 2020. Understanding these developing risks, coupled with the continual threat of in-transit operations in the country, and how to mitigate the impacts they may have on your organization is crucial in building a truly resilient supply chain.

These are some of the highlights of a new report by TT Club and BSI on South Africa’s ongoing vulnerability to cargo theft as well as the trends during the first half of 2020.

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South Africa will remain on IMO White List

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We reported previously that 75 countries may face the chop from the IMO “White List” for alleged non-compliance of the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW)..

South Africa was one among the 75 countries and naturally SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) was quite concerned and had taken the matter seriously.. 

It has emerged now that through a series of discussions with the IMO, SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) has managed to pull back this de-listing.. 🙂 

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75 countries may face the chop from the IMO “White List”

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The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) maintains a “White List” which is a list of member states (countries) who have confirmed to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to be following the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW).. A position on the White List means that certificates issued by or … Read more here..

Extreme winds shuts down the port of Port Elizabeth in South Africa

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Port Elizabeth is one of the main ports in South Africa and is a main port of call for many carriers on the East/West Trade between Far East/South East Asia and the Americas and the North/South Trade between Africa and Europe..

Since the morning of 30th October, access to this main port has been restricted as one of the 5 STS (Ship to Shore gantry cranes) was blown off its rails due to the extreme winds that Port Elizabeth (PE) has been facing..

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Freight and Trading Weekly – Celebrating 40 years

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Freight and Trading Weekly, was the first Shipping and Freight related magazine that gave this blog a good exposure to the shipping world in South Africa.. This article is dedicated to FTW which turns 40 this year..  For those who might not know, FTW (as it is popularly known), is a weekly digital and print publication dedicated to publishing news articles, … Read more here..

You mean i can arrest a ship..!! – Part 2

Further to previous post covering Part 1 of ships arrest, here’s Part 2.. Security arrest: The third category of arrests is that of security arrests which is utilised in cases where a claim is or will be arbitrated in a foreign jurisdiction or in South Africa irrespective of the law that governs the matter. Security arrests are thus sought by … Read more here..

You mean i can arrest a ship..!! – Part 1

South African admiralty law assists those who have a claim against shipowners by granting claimants the entitlement to arrest a ship that enters its jurisdiction. Such action may be taken by virtue of the South African Admiralty Regulation Act, No. 105 of 1983 (the “Act”) which effectively prevents a ‘guilty’ ship from legally departing from the jurisdiction by means of … Read more here..

Happy Fathers Day Shippies………..

June 17th is Fathers Day in South Africa (and in some other parts of the world i believe).. May not be as big as Mothers Day, but still an important day in any Fathers life.. I saw below dedication which rang very true, so i thought i should share it with all of you.. Below is my dedication- from one shipping … Read more here..

What is a UCR Number and who needs it..

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) requires a Unique Consignment Reference (UCR) number to be reported on all export proceeds.. This has been applicable since July 2009..  This requirement is part of the initiative undertaken by SARB and the Customs unit of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), to implement an automated process for administration and control of cross border … Read more here..

How to read a UN Location (Port) Code..

Many of us in our work environment, particularly when using the computer systems , have come across codes relating to the various ports/destinations around the country.. Example ZADUR, CNSHA, GBFXT etc.. These are known as UN/LOCODE, the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations.. This is a geographic coding scheme developed and maintained by United Nations Economic Commission for … Read more here..

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