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G20 growth falls to 0.7% in Q2 of 2019

Growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the G20 area reduced to 0.7% in the second quarter of 2019, in comparison to 0.8% in the previous quarter, according to OECD provisional estimates. On the other hand, GDP growth showed a strong increase in South Africa and Korea, to 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively.

South Africa does not allow stowaways to land in its ports

As the Swedish Club informed, no stowaways will be allowed to be landed in South African ports, according to a new sharpened policy from the immigration authority. Any person declared as a stowaway will have to be removed on route or at the next port of call outside South Africa.

Ensuring compliance with ISPM 15

The Standard Club informed that it has come across several cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the US were denied entry in the port, due to non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM 15. The financial losses because of such non-compliance and refusal of entry were important.

New LNG import terminal to be built on S. Africa by 2024

Transnet plans to begin a tender next year for South Africa’s first terminal to import LNG at Richards Bay port. First gas is expected to arrive in 2024, as South Africa wants to diversify its energy sources away from coal, and increase its ability to reduce power cuts that have hit growth.

South Africa signs compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes

South Africa has become the latest country to accede to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. The treaty has now been ratified by five States (Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa and Turkey). The total quantity of contributing cargo has reached 9.8 million tonnes. 

Port of Ngqura faces delays due to labour issues

Attempts to address vessel berthing delays at Durban harbour have not led anywhere, as Transnet seemed to receive pressures to mitigate industry fears regarding port-side a strike action for an alleged non-payment of bonuses. After the fact that berthing delays got worse, leading to ships waiting seven days or more to dock, the local markets face important supply chain ramifications.

SAMSA not apologetic on attraction of investment, says CEO

SAMSA is not apologetic about the approach of its contribution to economic development in the Eastern Cape, was the key message of the agency’s CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi responding to a criticism with regards to SAMSA’s role in the attraction of investment into bunkering services in Port Elizabeth.

China invests in African ports, despite risks

According to Deutsche Welle, the value of the products exchanged between China and Africa surpassed the $200 billion (€177 billion) in value last year, making it the continent’s largest trading partner. The vast majority of these were shipped — more than 90% of Africa’s exports travel by sea.

UNCTAD and COMESA partner to speed up trade

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), one of the continents free trade area, enlisted UNCTAD to enable its goods transportation in the region, as less borders mean that African businesses and consumers could save billions. 

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