Shipping to and from South Africa?

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Cargo restrictions


  • Hazardous classes 1, 7 and 9, are all subject to approval before acceptance. 
  • No acceptance of Used Tyres 
  • No acceptance of Non DG charcoal
  • No acceptance of Asbestos

Weight & Measurement

Specifically for 20’ Containers:

24 TONS Maximum Payload for road haulage (inclusive of container tare weight)

22 TONS Maximum payload for railed containers (exclusive of container tare weight)

Specifically for 40’ Containers:

28 TONS Maximum payload for road haulage (inclusive of container tare weight)

29.4 TONS Maximum payload for railed containers (exclusive of container tare weight)

Overweight containers are subject to a fine imposed by the Government. Requests for movement of overweight cargo can be obtained from your nearest Maersk Line office.

Effective 1 July 2016 the Shipper (or its representative agent) will be required to include the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) when submitting the pre-advise via NAVIS.  The Navis update will update all Maersk Line systems and no further system updates is required from the Shipper. 

Special Cargoes - No restrictions on movement of containers to inland points and are subject to rates supplied by our Intemodal Dept and can be contacted thru your nearest Maersk Line Customer Service Teams.

Bill of Lading Clauses - No special clauses/restrictions apply.

45' Containers - No acceptance of 45' containers in South Africa.

Customs requirements - Customs documents (Cargo Dues + Bill of entry) are mandatory for Bill of Lading issue.

Export Detention Tariff

Charge associated with extended use of the container after agreed transit agreement. The following charges are penalty surcharges when agreed free time has been exceeded and appear on applicable export shipments from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Export  Free Time  20' Dry per day  20' Reef per day  40' Dry per day  40' Reef per day  20' Special per day  40' Special per day 
Inland location to CPT, EBS & PLZ  12 days  USD 47  USD 85  USD 87  USD 169  USD 85  USD 169 
Inland location to DUR  10 days 
Inland location to Inland location  5 days  
Coastal location to Coastal location  5 days  
South African coast to Mozambique  21 days  

The charges listed are effective:  01/04/2018 –31/03/2019


Verified Gross Mass


Link to Navis

Click to access: Navis-Registration-Form - Pleas complete the registration form and send to

Click to access: Navis-User-Manuel-Guide

Remote Container Management (Reefer Customers)

Remote Container Management (RCM) interface turns your reefer container into a digitally connected device capable of transmitting its location, power status, temperature, humidity and air supply

Click to Access RCM

PPECB (Reefer Customers)

The Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) is an independent service provider of quality certification and cold chain management services for producers and exporters of perishable food products.

Click to access PPECB

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Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.