Carrier schedules and capacity remain a concern of movement of cargo into and out of South Africa. Vessel delays are prevalent on all trades, with “blanked” sailings and port omissions commonplace. Vessel schedule delays and blanked sailings are increasing on European / South African services and vessel capacity is at a premium.
Carriers have advised that reefer containers for export out of South Africa will take priority over FAK / Dry cargo. Anticipate delays are expected for hazardous commodities due to reefer / hazardous segregation. Carrier turn-around time for hazardous acceptance is now between 48 and 72 working hours.

Global delays in hazardous commodity acceptance and loading is anticipated as carriers have imposed stricter controls and documentation requirements across the globe. Shippers are responsible for the accurate declaration, packing, cargo markings and documentation for all hazardous cargo.


ONE, MSC, Hapag Lloyd
Carrier capacity and scheduling delays are negatively impacting all export services into Africa. Service delays are expected on all routes and carrier scheduling changes, vessel omissions and blank sailings continue.
Stack dates in South African ports are erratic and we do encourage close communication with our export teams for changes and updates to scheduled loading and sailing dates.
East Africa - Severe congestion continues in the ports of Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam
Carrier schedules into East Africa remain volatile, with a high number of vessel changes announced by the shipping line. There are an increasing number of vessel omissions on this service; resulting in rolled bookings. These services are closely monitored and container stuffing is planned according to available vessels scheduled by the shipping lines. There are capacity constraints, as vessels arriving in South Africa are full, leading to very limited capacity for South African exports to load.
West Africa – Capacity remains constrained on services into West Africa, with severe delays being experienced in all ports and on all trades.