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Globally Airfreight imports to South Africa have increased and will continue to increase. As Companies start their preparations for the Festive Season and year end requirements we begin to see typically at this time of year an increase in freight. However the capacity to load freight on the various carriers has not increased to accommodate the demand.

At this time of the year we see some carrier’s increase or add to their services, however it has been quite the opposite this year. It has come to our attention that South African Airlines (SAA) who operates their direct services out of Washington DC (IAD) and New York (JFK), have downgraded their aircrafts. Virgin Atlantic (VS) usually reintroduce their VS603 to Cape Town from October to April, however have decided against it this year. Air France at Charles De Gaulle (CDG) has been experiencing industrial strike action over the past few weeks, as a result has cancelled several flights. The Far East, will begin their holiday season in the upcoming weeks and we have been informed that Singapore Airlines (SQ) has cancelled their freighter from Singapore (SIN) to Johannesburg (JNB) this weekend, due to the Golden Week Holidays. Earlier this year British Airways (BA) in conjunction with Iberia (IB) cancelled their weekly freighter service from Stansted (STN) to JNB. SQ also cancelled their freighter service earlier this year from Amsterdam (AMS) to JNB. Given the above it is clear that there was limited load capacity to begin with and unfortunately this has been further restricted. As we head closer to festive season we will see higher passenger loads which will only restrain the situation further. We will endeavor to keep you informed and updated. Please anticipate delays and extended transit times.

Sea freight – Asia to South Africa “Peak Season Surcharge”

The following PSS will be applicable from the 15th October 2014, basis on Bill of Lading dates, for all cargoes originated from Korea, China Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South East Asia ports to ports and points in South Africa.

USD 150 per 20’ container

USD 300 per 40’ container

Message from Air France-KLM-Martin air Cargo

“We would like to inform you of recent developments at our handling supplier in Johannesburg. Due to an illegal and unannounced strike, operations and import/export handling has been affected since Thursday 09 October 2014. On Friday 10 October 2014, the JNB warehouse facility was under lock down due to an escalation of the strike situation. We are working on this situation with ACSA, the SAPS and our handling supplier to find a quick and effective solution. In the meantime, please be advised that no trucks (for delivery/collection) can be accommodated at the JNB warehouse facility. All special cargo and product specific handling will be guaranteed during this period. We will keep you informed of any further related developments.”