Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry slams Transnet’s plans to increase Cape Town port dues

Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, September 26 (ANA) – State-owned transport company Transnet’s intention to increase Cape Town harbour dues by almost 20 percent, announced on Friday, will ensure that the city’s port remains one of the most expensive in the world and deal a hammer blow to imports and exports, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) says. “Transnet will find …

DECONSTRUCTING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

DECONSTRUCTING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

The pandemic will reverse globalization by accelerating a move toward regional supply chains. The outcome will be an Asian supply chain network that is both less China-focused and more diverse. Businesses are moving out of China, once crowned as the “global factory,” and the reason is not just the COVID-19, of course it has added momentum to the departure, but …

What’s Driving Digital in Freight Forwarding?

digital freight forwarding

What’s Driving Digital in Freight Forwarding?   Digital is disrupting all sectors in all industries, and freight forwarding is no exception! From startups to suppliers, and even customers, everyone is making use of digital technologies in an effort to develop new business models and survive in today’s tough economy. Not only do these new models have the power to improve …

How to Adapt Your Supply Chain to the ‘New Normal’

New Normal

Before COVID-19 hit, the supply chain in South Africa relied quite heavily on interpersonal contact when it came to ordering and fulfilment, so when the pandemic hit and lockdowns were enforced, the industry was turned upside down. Now that we are in Level 1 and business has resumed, social distancing is still important and we are all having to learn …

Rail During Level 3 Lockdown

A media release on sanews.gov.za notes that – The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Roads and Transport says the opening of rail during level 3 lockdown could spell a public transport catastrophe. The committee said it is was not pleased with the measures presented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s administrator, Bongisizwe Mpondo, on their readiness to receive …

The Past and Future of Freight Rail in South Africa

The Past and Future of Freight Rail in South Africa The historical development of freight transport in South Africa has been similar to the developments in other countries. Initially, the centres of commerce and industry were the port cities. With the discovery of gold and diamonds the distribution of economic activity became heavily concentrated in the mining areas of the …

How Tech Can Improve Supply Chains Post-COVID

How Tech Can Improve Supply Chains Post-COVID No matter your industry, we are all in a position where we are having to adapt and make changes to our business and our own personal lives to survive, and thrive, in a post-pandemic world. When it comes to the supply chain, technology is a key factor to consider when it comes to …

What You Need to Know About the African Continental Free Trade Area

While it is sometimes confused with the African Free Trade Zone, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area which, once fully operational, will be the largest free trade area in the world by number of countries. The Area was created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, with the aim of increasing Africa’s presence in …

COVID-19 could be driving force to decarbonise shipping before 2050

decarbonise shipping

The coronavirus pandemic is opening up many new opportunities for the shipping industry, Cristina Aleixendri, COO at bound4blue, said during a video conference hosted by SMM.   “The coronavirus could be the driving force enabling us to achieve the decarbonisation goals even before 2050,” Aleixendri pointed out, explaining that one possible way to cut emissions today is wind propulsion. Her Catalan start-up …

Yang Ming constructs new smart container vessels

Smart container vessels

Yang Ming has unveiled that its ten 2,800TEU container vessels, currently being constructed by CSBC, will receive Smart Ship notations from international classification societies. Starting this year, these ships will be delivered and deployed to the company’s intra-Asia services. ABS, DNV GL, Bureau Veritas (BV) and Classification Society (CR), a Taiwanese non-governmental and non-profit class society, that is not a …