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Freight & Trading Weekly

Transcript of FTW 27November 2009

  • The Freight Communitys Weekly Newspaper for Import / Export decision makers on subscriptionFRIDAY 27 November 2009 NO. 1890

    FREIGHT & TRADING WEEKLY

    By Ray Smuts

    Vessels equipped with anti-piracy barbed wire coils are not welcome in South African ports.

    Thats according to a directive from the port authorities denying entry to any Pacific International Line (PIL) vessels equipped with these coils.

    The Singaporean-flagged carrier, operating several services between South Africa and the Middle East, is rightly concerned at the increase in Somali piracy attacks following the October 15 hijacking of its containership, Kota Wajar, 150 miles north of Seychelles. The vessel and crew are still in captivity.

    Planning to reinforce ships sailing along the East African coast for Durban and Cape Town, PIL considered it prudent to sound out Transnet in advance, ahead of the

    arrival of the first such-equipped vessel, Kota Hapas, on December 27.

    The request was immediately rejected by

    Cape Town harbourmaster, Captain Ravi Naicker, who advised chief harbourmaster Captain Mike Brophy: Not

    acceptable. It will hamper cargo ships, tug and workboat manoeuvring and also send a negative

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    SA ports deny entry to pirate-proof vesselsBarbed wire coils will hamper cargo vessels

    Not welcome at SA ports one of PILs barbed wire reinforced vessels.

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    World Cup will boot SA out of recessionBy Ed Richardson

    Next years Soccer World Cup will help South Africa boot its way out of the global recession, according to the Organisation for Economic Developments latest Economic Outlook.

    It predicts that real GDP growth will be negative overall for 2009, but should turn positive in the fourth quarter and accelerate in the first half of 2010, boosted by the soccer World Cup.

    The OECD forecasts GDP growth of 2.7% next year, recovering to 4.5% in 2011 much higher than many of the countrys trading partners.

    Inflation should return to the target range in 2010 aided by a substantial output gap and the feed through of past rand appreciation.

  • FREIGHT & TRADING WEEKLY DUTY CALLS

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    Tel: (031) 466 1683Cape Town Ray Smuts

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    2 | FRIDAY November 27 2009

    A weekLY summary of the main changes to the South African tariff dispensation and amendments to customs and

    excise legislation. Compiled by Tariff & Trade Intelligence. e-mail: info@tariffandtrade.co.za

    The Draft Customs Duty BillSince their release, the Draft Customs Duty Bill and the Draft Customs Control Bill have featured regularly in this column.

    If you have not yet printed a copy of the two draft Bills, you will need more than a ream of paper to do so. A ream of paper is 500 pages. The two daft Bills total 589 pages in all, 128 pages for the Draft Customs Duty and 461 pages for the Draft Customs Control Bill.

    To put it in context, if you want to have read through the Bills before comment is due, you will need to read 6.47 pages per day.

    In order to contextualise the issue, we will provide you with an overview.

    According to a press release, the scope of the draft Bill is confined to providing for the levying,

    payment and recovery of customs duties on goods imported or exported from South Africa. It is thus a tax levying Act which for its implementation relies on the proposed Customs Control Act.

    The draft Bills chapter headings, of which there are twelve (12), include:1. Interpretation,

    Application and Administration of this Act;

    2. Customs Tariff;3. Payment of Duties,

    Penalties and Interest;4. Refunds and Drawbacks;5. Assessment of Duties;6. Tariff Classification

    of Goods;7. Valuation of Goods;8. Origin (should really be

    Origin of Goods);9. Preferential Tariff

    Treatment;10. Advance Rulings;11. Judicial Matters; and12. Miscellaneous Matters.

    Chapter 3 accounts for

    20.18%, Chapter 7 for 17.98%, Chapter 8 for 14.04%, and Chapter 6 for 60.53% of all the Sections of the draft Bill. In other words, these four chapters account for 60.53% of all the Sections.

    If you have not accounted for the Chapter descriptions, Chapter 7 relates to Valuation of Goods; Chapter 8 Origin of Goods, and Chapter 6 Tariff Classification of Goods, which accounts for 40.35% of all the Sections.

    The draft Bill also has 36 parts to the Chapters of which Valuation of Goods account for 27.59%, Origin of Goods for 20.69% and Tariff Classification of Goods for 10.34% of all the parts. In other words these three account for 58.62% of all the parts.

    In summary, the three core customs issues with

    which the draft Customs Duty Bills deal are tariff classification, customs valuation, and origin

    91 Days Left to Comment on Draft Customs Bills

    Note: This is a non- comprehensive statement of the law. No liability can be accepted for errors and omissions.

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    By Alan Peat

    Well-known industry personality Philip Wyllie has joined national forwarding group, Access Freight International, as Johannesburg-based chief operating officer (COO).

    Since joining the freight industry in 1980, Wyllie has acquired an MBA from Henley Business School in London, a full working knowledge of both the freight

    forwarding and contract logistics sectors and held senior executive positions with various SA divisions of multi-national firms.

    Access was recently named the 2009 Deloitte Best Company to Work For in the logistics, shipping and transport sector, an award that has gained the company brand recognition and exposure, human resources director, Dr Cristy Leask, told FTW.

    wyllie joins Access

    The lack of an international airport capable of handling direct f lights of wide-bodied aircraft is costing the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and surrounds jobs, says professor Richard Haines, head of the department of development studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

    Speaking at an NMMU-organised conference on International Offsets, Countertrade and Industrial

    Participation in Port Elizabeth recently, Haines said it was clear that the Airports Company of South Africa had no intention of upgrading the existing Port Elizabeth airport.

    Plans for the extension of the runway have been on hold for around 10 years.

    Instead, he said, a new industrial international airport should be built in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

    Call for upgrade of Pe airport appears in vain

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