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What is Cargo Dues and why is it charged..??

This was one of the questions i was asked by one of the readers of my blog.. I have covered this briefly in my previous article, but elaborating on the same here..

Cargo Dues – abbreviated to read CD – (also known as Wharfage in some countries) is a fee levied by TNPA (Transnet Port Authority) to the users (exporters, importers or shipping lines) for using the port facilities for movement of the cargo through it.. This fee is generally fixed and published in a tariff by TNPA for a year (April to March) and whatever tariff is ruling at the time of the shipment will apply..

It is the responsibility of the Shipping lines to ensure that the CD is paid by their client to TNPA.. This they normally do by holding back release of Export Bill of Lading in the case of Exports and Import release in the case of Imports unless a copy of the CD stamped by TNPA is provided to them as proof of payment..

If for some reason the client has not paid the CD fees to TNPA, then the same is in general invoiced by TNPA to the shipping line involved..

The users have to file one of the attached forms based on whether it is Exports or Imports.. Click cargo-dues-order to view or download the same.. It is also possible to electronically file this Cargo Dues Order.. Users need to register with Transnet for this electronic facility and once they get a username and password, can go to to file the CDO..


  1. Dear all

    I have cargo arriving in Durban on the 9th of January. How many days am I allowed before I can claim it before I am charged penalty fees for late collection?


  2. yes is true that cargo dues has to be paid and get a stamped one from TNPA and a serial number and a date from TNPA.

    Mpolai khaahloe from Zachial Logistics (Lesotho)

  3. Kindly clarify “For using the port facilities for movement of cargo through it” for me, as I don’t agree with this statement.
    Facilities as in docking of the vessel, of the actual port’s facilities ?

    • Hi Richard, for your clarification, this is how Transnet defines Cargo Dues..

      Cargo dues on all commodities, articles, things or containers (full or empty) is levied at all ports.
      Cargo dues are charged to recover the cargo contribution towards port infrastructure.

      Trust this assists..

    • Dear Hariesh,

      I just received a cargo from Europe by seafreight, covered by a DAP contract. The local freight forwarder invoices me Cargo Dues, claiming that these are not included in the DAP contract signed by our supplier…? To me, this is contradictory with the incoterms.
      Could anyone shed some light on this issue?

      Thanks in advance. MLa

  4. Dear Sir/Madam

    Is there a way that Cargo Dues on Donated cargo that is being Imported and Exported for humanitarian Purposes be waived?

  5. Very good and educational for an agent, but I need more information on how to register with Portnet on line and how much surety do we have to put down to go live in dumping cargo dues.

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