FREIGHT Information updates

by | 2 Dec 2021 | All News

Dear Valued member,

Please find below various information that may be of interest to you :



Vessel schedule integrity, global cargo demand, constrained vessel capacity and congestion remain a challenge globally. Both imports to South Africa and exports from South Africa are affected by the severely constrained global supply chain. Published sailing schedules and transit times are indicative only, as carriers’ schedule reliability remains unstable.

Globally, freight rates remain at a premium and increasing pressure on terminals as well as increasing fuel prices and transport constraints sees an increase in additional surcharges being imposed across the supply chain. These include, inter alia, fuel surcharge increases, peak season, emergency congestion, emergency operational, and equipment imbalance surcharges.

Delays in hazardous commodity acceptance and shipping to be anticipated as carriers impose stricter controls and requirements across the globe. With erratic schedules and capacity constraints, alternative routings and loadings can be expected from time to time to ensure that cargo is moved as efficiently as possible. Extended lead times and advance bookings are recommended to all clients.

Outbound flights to UK and via UK, next available flights only in week 50, subject to space availability.     Also being on the RED List again with the UK is going to cause further issues delays.

Hapag Lloyd have no equipment for exports.
MSC next sailings for bookings around 18 December
Diamond shipping fully booked until January 2022.

So apart from the incoming cargo, outgoing cargo is also being affected due to congestions, vessels omitting ports and cargo rolled two weeks out, that is for existing bookings in the system already.


High traffic volumes and congestion continue in all major terminals in South Africa.

Berthing delays continue to impact already constrained and delayed vessel schedules. Truck booking system in Durban and Cape Town ports have experienced some challenges in the past week.

Seasonal strong water currents and winds seen in all coastal regions.


Terminals remain congested and high traffic volumes are present.

Delays in truck booking confirmations continue, negatively impacting container movement and traffic volumes into and out of the terminals.

High winds experienced in Durban which has impacted port operations.

Vessel berthing waiting times:

  • Pier 1: 7 to 10 days
  • Pier 2: 4 days
  • Point: 2 to 3 days


Operations affected by wind in the Cape Town terminals.

Truck booking system for Cape Town terminals has caused some disruptions, however processes are gradually improving.

Vessel berthing waiting times:

  • CT Container Terminal: 1-2 days
  • CT Multi Purpose Terminal: Nil days


Port Elizabeth,  high volumes

  • Port Elizabeth Terminal: Nil
  • Coega: 1 day

We have taken the utmost care to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the information herein.

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