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Durban is the busiest container port in South Africa with approximately 2.58 million TEU movements per year. 13% of the TEUs are transhipment boxes that do not leave the port terminals leaving 2.2 million boxes to be transported by road and rail.
1st April 2014
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It is widely recognised that the quality of driver training, and the level of competence is unsatisfactory in Southern Africa, when compared with international standards. The results are very evident in the accident and fatality statistics for the countries in the region, as shown in the table below. The data can be compared with fatality rates per 100,000 population in Australia (5.8) and in UK (2.7)
1st April 2014
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Global Track is making food cheaper in Africa!!!
18th September 2013
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South Africa faces declining business influence in trade with neighbouring countries, as export and import trade focuses on global markets, while closer intra-regional market penetration is being undermined by uncompetitive production costs and very expensive logistics.
6th September 2013
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Nick Porée and Associates (NP&A) is a transport economic and policy consultancy, positioned to provide research and consulting services in Africa .
6th September 2013
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Globalization and the increased importance of international trade have resulted in steadily increasing levels of international freight. While much of this freight is ocean bound, road transport remains an important link in multi-modal freight supply chains. On the African continent this dependence on road transport is even more prominent due to the absence or bad state of railway lines. African furthermore has many landlocked countries, with the result that a significant portion of road freight must travel along multinational corridors. While many economic regions are gradually doing away with the charging of customs duties at border posts, the opposite is true in Africa, where the majority of countries are still dependent on customs duties as their primary source of state income. Stringent controls are therefore applied at most border posts to ensure that freight does not leak into or from a country before the required duties have been paid.
9th July 2013
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There are a number TMS software solutions available to the end user or transport fleet operator, all of which are off the shelf products designed around the traditional tyre cardex system using tyre change slips to record tyre movements on and off the vehicle and tyre history cards to record the life of the tyre and CPK. However it is important to understand that not all transport operations are the same and they will have different business scenarios not all of which can be accommodated by these off the shelf software solutions. So before deciding on a TMS software solution it is recommended that you evaluate the available options to see which option best accommodates your business scenarios and we are going to show you how to do this by taking a typical business scenario and evaluating them against two off the shelf products which will not be named for obvious reasons.
2nd July 2013
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One of the pressing issues in cross border transport is the waiting time to cross the border. Are you doing it in the same time as your peers or are there ways to improve your operation? Typically very hard to measure but not any more!
2nd July 2013
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Fleet Aid provides tyre technology solutions to Commercial and Earth Moving tyre industries. From electronic tools for tyre inspections, RFID tyre tags to advanced Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), Fleet Aid has a complete range of products and services for every aspect of tyre management.
27th June 2013
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Barbara Mommen, chief executive officer of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, talks about developments on this strategic transit route. The Maputo Development Corridor (MDC) was launched as a Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) in 1996 as the governments of South Africa and Mozambique sought to rebuild their economies and restore trade and investment ties. Both governments agreed on the enormous potential benefits of rehabilitating the key elements of this vital strategic transport corridor which links the Port of Maputo with Africa’s most vibrant economic hub, the city of Johannesburg. SDI was the chosen means to maximise investment in the potential of the Corridor and fulfil the inherent promise of sustainable economic and social development along its length and hinterland.
3rd June 2013
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The modernization programmes of customs authorities around the world have the objective of improving the effectiveness of all systems operated by customs to fulfil its role in the collection of revenues. A common theme of such programmes is the movement away from paper based systems towards electronic systems; in the case of Customs functions this should eventually support long term objectives like One Stop Border Posts and Green Lanes. In the shorter term the management of transit goods represents a specific problem area to be targeted for improvement.
27th May 2013
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While African countries are not the only countries worldwide that are faced with the corruption epidemic, they have an infection rate higher than 90% and by this I mean every country on the continent with the exception of Botswana and Mauritius, is being affected at the high end of the scale according to the corruption perception index....
27th May 2013
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The sector of transport and trade plays a crucial role in the development policy adopted by the Governments of the countries of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor. Government policy, being an important element of the development of the countries and the competitiveness of their economy, aims at facilitating trade, improving the functioning of the transport sector by establishing a healthy competition between means, modes and transport business and improving road infrastructure through a good management and coordination.
23rd May 2013
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WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013—Promoting better coordination among border agencies, introducing mandatory pre-arrival customs declaration forms, and establishing an enabling IT system are some of the steps to take for improving efficiency of border crossing in Africa and for lowering the cost of doing business, finds a study just released by the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP).
16th May 2013
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It is a widely accepted fact that Africa can be regarded as the step-child of the global economy. Generally speaking, and in spite of hiccups like the recent global financial crisis, over the last decades the bulk of the world’s population has enjoyed a steady improvement in quality of life resulting from economic growth. Economic activities are also increasingly characterized by a dependence on international trade, as various nations find niches where they can excel, feeding their economic growth through exports. On another level the manufacturing and processing industries, still the backbone of the global economic engine, are moving towards just-in-time practices to achieve new levels of efficiency, eliminating stock piles of raw materials and relying on the reliability of logistics channels to keep production lines running.
7th May 2013
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The Governments of the Republics of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa respectively concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development and Management of the Trans Kalahari Corridor on the 3rd of November 2003, in Walvis Bay. This paved the way for the establishment of a Permanent Secretariat in Windhoek in March of 2007.
7th May 2013
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The Walvis Bay Corridors performed strongly in the movement of commodities through the Port of Walvis Bay to southern Africa with a record increase of more than 54% during the past financial year. This represents a total of 682 333 tons of cargo that moved along these corridors which is 240 000 tons more than the previous financial year.
7th May 2013
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Dwell time figures have become a major commercial instrument to attract cargo and generate revenues. Port authorities and container terminal operators have increasingly strong incentives to lower the real figure. The average or mean dwell time has usually been the main target indicator for ports in Africa.
7th May 2013
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North-West University along with its industry partners Techsolutions (Suppliers of RFID Technology Systems) and TLC Group (Pty) Ltd (Facilitator) are conducting a research project in cooperation with SANRAL, SARS and the RTMS that investigates improved trade corridor processes.
7th May 2013
 

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