Cargo Tracking Note – what is it and where is it used in shipping?

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The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), also known as Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) and other names depending on the country, is an official marine document that contains information relating to the cargo and its movement between ports.

This document is required to be submitted to the shippers’ councils in most countries of Africa. Every cargo exported to these countries, whether it is commercial, personal or charity, must have this ECTN certificate.

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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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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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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 … Read more here..

How to handle IMCO Class 1 cargo..

In my previous article Hazardous Cargo, we had a brief look into Class 1 cargoes.. Below is a guest post by Bentley Cook about how to handle IMCO Class 1 … Read more here..

An all women South African ship crew makes history

Proving they are equal to men, an all woman crew recently completed a full voyage with an all women crew in South Africa.. Read more about this achievement..

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