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Leading freight forwarding
company in South Africa

Best in industry knowledge & expertise. Fastest response times. Competitive in price and service.

Global Freight Logistics Specialists

Inter-Sped are the leaders in the transport and logistics industry in Africa, providing unrivalled skills in freight forwarding, customs brokering and warehousing. With offices located in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and partners based around the world, our dedicated team offer each and every client personalised service across a range of freight logistics areas

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Founded in 1985, our shareholders and directors hold experience in freight forwarding that spans over three decades. All our shareholders and directors play an integral role in day to day operations, taking us from merely knowing the business to truly living the brand.

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1. Customer Centric
a. The freight company in South Africa that see’s customer service and communication as a KPI.

2. Industry Experts
a. 35+ Years experience in the freight forwarding and customs brokering industry places us ahead of the rest.

3. Peace of Mind
a. Financially sound freight forwarders with an innovation mindset. Secure, and easily able to pivot for innovation or necessity.

4. Quality Supply Chain
a. Our network of partners and suppliers across the world ensure less risk and more savings on time and cost.

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Latest News

SARS (South African Revenue Services) will likely be hit by industrial action starting today

Thus far we have not encountered any problems or delays, and it seems SARS’s contingency measures are holding up very well.

We will continue to monitor closely and keep you updated on an individual shipment level.

Latest Sea Freight update and Forecast

Although conditions are challenging, we are (As always) confident we are best placed to ensure you get the best results circumstances allow.

Freight markets continues to experience high volatility – Major factors include:

  1. China’s strict COVID Lockdown measures: Many Chinese exporters have massive delays in production as factories were forced to Shut down under strict COVID measures. There are also major backlogs of freight sitting at some suppliers who have been unable to deliver cargo to Airports or ports due to COVID Transport restrictions. Likely consequences of all this will be a massive surge in demand when freight starts to flow again, and with this another spike in rates. Lastly the build-up of freight & Vessels in the Far East will likely result in another wave of equipment imbalances and increased port congestion around the word.
  2. The Russia/Ukraine conflict: European ports still struggle with the fallout of Russian sanctions and large amounts of “stranded” containers that where destined for Russia that now clutter European ports.
  3. Lasting congestion and inefficiencies: Congestion still consumes over 10% of total fleet capacity. Average port congestion for April 2022 remains near all-time highs. For this reason, high demand and shortages of space are likely to persist all the way through to 2023.
  4. The Durban KZN Floods: Rail operations from Durban remain suspended. Durban disruptions added to booking pressure for both imports and exports.
Some cautiously optimistic news to report

There has been improvement in the Durban port facilities with non-essential cargo now beginning to move. In short:

  • DCT (Pier 2):
  1. Imports: We are fortunate in that DCT is responsible for the largest share of containers we move and has seen the biggest improvement in Import container movements. From the import perspective this is fantastic news.However, booking slots to collect import containers are still limited – We hope to see improvement over the course of the week, and hope to see even more positive momentum next week.
  2. Exports: Under normal circumstances DCT also handles most containerized exports – But unfortunately for exports DCT has been the most negatively impacted, with export bookings only being confirmed for Perishable (Reefer) and Hazardous Cargo.
  • New Pier (Pier 1) :
  1. Imports: Under normal circumstances Pier 1 handles a smaller percentage of import containerized cargo than DCT (Pier 2). Operations and bookings out of Pier 1 are currently the worst affected – in large part this is due to the damages to Bayhead Road that runs into New Pier / Pier 1.The significant repair work needed on Bayhead Road means that container movements through New Pier / Pier 1 will likely be the hardest hit for the longest time.
  2. Exports: Most of our export bookings with vessels departing from Pier 1 have been nominated – which is great news. It remains to be seen if the stack dates get confirmed.
  • Point (RoRo):

Overall Point seems to have been minimally affected – although they have been without electricity for at least 18 hours. We await news from them if power and operations have been restored.

  1. Imports: For imports, point is most frequently used for specialized freight such as Breakbulk, Out of Gauge, Ro-Ro & extremely hazardous freight such as explosives.
  2. Exports: About 1/3 of our containerized cargo bookings are booked to depart through Point. So far all bookings seem to be on track.

As always, we are doing our utmost to ensure we achieve the best outcome possible on all your shipments. Our updates to you on an individual shipment level will continue as always.

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