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Firm Advice

Our regular columns and sections are all contributions from leading industry figures.

November 14, 2018

Moving Freight from Road to Rail continued 

We continue our discussion on creating dedicated hubs for moving freight from road to rail. Under the right circumstances, rail transport has the potential...

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October 12, 2018

Moving Freight from Road to Rail

In this three-part series, we discuss considerations pertinent to the movement of freight in a road-to-rail system Like several African countries, Zambia is serviced...

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September 12, 2018

The standard contract

Part of risk management for a logistics company is to understand its contractual obligations and the allocation of risks and liabilities between it and...

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August 15, 2018

Transport pricing: private sector safe for now 

Road hauliers have apparently ignored the government’s invitation to comment on the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill 2018, probably because it does not seem...

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July 12, 2018

Road-to-rail debate continues

Speaking at the recent SAPICS Conference, Transnet’s chief customer officer, Mike Fanucchi, acknowledged that trust and predictability were the big issues to be overcome...

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July 9, 2018

Zimbabwe tightens regulations for transit trucks and transporters

Stricter road regulations for hauliers transporting goods in transit through Zimbabwe have been blamed for exacerbating the already lengthy delays at its overburdened border...

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June 18, 2018

Going around in circles

The latest amendments to the National Road Traffic Act regulations have been poorly drafted. There was some commotion in the logistics industry when the...

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May 9, 2018

Connecting the Dots

Service providers in the logistics network should be protected from liabilities. It is not uncommon for freight operators to appoint dedicated agents in other...

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April 10, 2018

Protective writs are safe for now 

In conflict with a Western Cape High Court decision, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court has held that the issue of a summons protects a claimant...

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March 14, 2018

Cargo owners and insurers to pay more for piracy

In its October 2017 judgment, the United Kingdom (UK) Supreme Court held that operating costs incurred while negotiating a ransom with pirates fell within...

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February 28, 2018

Container demurrage: agents beware

Shipping agents often incorrectly believe that they are protected by “being agents” acting for an undisclosed principal… Shipping agents prefer to be reflected as...

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February 1, 2018

The elephant in the room

The importance of understanding the functions of bills of lading. Bills of lading have long been described as the cardinal documents for the carriage...

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