As you are aware, the industry continues to face continued consumer demand and major challenges. This has an adverse effect on the availability of equipment. Due to delays in transit and storage challenges in Southern Africa, customers are retaining their equipment for longer than average periods. The longer each container is detained, the less equipment there is throughout the supply chain to meet your export and import demands. The terminal fluidity is a challenge, and the longer cargo sits at terminals, depots, or rail sidings, the more difficult the situation will become.

To encourage a quicker turnaround of equipment, we are updating the tier structure d to calculate demurrage and detention charges upon expiry of the free time. This change is applicable to all import cargo into South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland effective from the price calculation date 1st January 2022. The tariff itself in terms of rate per tier as well as the agreed free time will not be affected by this change.

For customers that do have extended free time deals in place these remain valid however once the extended free time expires, any additional days incurred would be subject to the demurrage and detention charges as per the relevant day count in our tariff tier structure. The subsequent demurrage and detention charges beyond the extended free time will then be calculated based on the tariffs of the applicable tier.

The latest changes as well as a detailed example can be found here Detention & Demurrage.

Should you have any questions, please visit and chat with our Live Chat team or contact our customer experience teams.

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