Entries by louw@soshipping

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it’s a big deal

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it’s a big deal Kenneth Wilson, Lancaster University A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa. If uncontrolled, they have the potential to cause major food shortages. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel […]

Understanding the IMO SOLAS VGM Act – Will your container be weighed in the port, by the port? by Andy Connell Not likely at all. The shipper must present equipment for loading with the VGM pre-determined well before arrival at the entry gate to the export terminal. Do not expect that the weight you have […]

SARS VAT Rule on Imported Vegetables and Fruit

Below you will find a breakdown of the new SARS VAT. ruling on imports of Vegetables and Fruit The draft BGR VAT sets out the VAT rate applicable to the supply and importation of vegetables and fruit and withdraws BGR VAT No 18 dated 27 March 2013, ‘The Zero-Rating of Various Types of Dates.’ Just […]

Importing Chicken from the USA under the AGOA Agreement

IMPORTATION OF GOODS UNDER ITEM 460.03 – IMPORTATION OF CHICKEN FROM USA Posted on 16/03/2016   Take note the procedure for importing chicken from the USA effective 1 April 2016. The SARS Customs communication is reproduced in its entirety below. Kindly take note that with effect from 1 April 2016, importers who import goods under rebate […]

Guidelines for Container weight Verification

Attached is the marine notice  Number 11 of 2015 ,This marine notice advises the maritime industry of amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, chapter VI, part A, regulation 2 which requires that packed containers’ gross mass is verified prior to stowage aboard ship. Below is a […]