NEWSFLASH 115: SOLAS VGM APPLICATION OF THE TRANSHIPMENT PERIOD, EU-SADC TRADE PROVISIONS, RPMASA-CDI MOU, INVEST IN NAMIBIA INVITATION
1. MANDATORY VERIFICATION OF GROSS MASS (VGM) OF CONTAINERS: THE APPLICATION OF THE TRANSHIPMENT PERIOD
The International Maritime Organization adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in November 2014. These amendments required the mandatory verification of a container’s Verified Gross Mass (VGM) which entailed verification of container weights before any exports containers were loaded on board a vessel. These requirements became legally binding from 1 July 2016 and the new pre-advise fields were applied to export containers entering the terminal from 27 June 2016 READ MORE
2. EU-SADC ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: REPLACEMENT OF TRADE PROVISIONS
Following the recently concluded EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it was agreed that this agreement would replace the trade provisions in the current EU-SA Trade Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA). This came after a NEDLAC TESELICO meeting, where the Department of Trade and Industry Chief Director for Trade Negotiations reported that the transfer of the trade provisions in the TDCA and the entry into force of the EPA are to happen simultaneously. The EPA is expected to enter into force as of the 1st of October 2016.
The practical implications of this transfer for exporters to and importers from the EU entail that:
(i) From the date of entry into force of the EPA, the shipping of goods (from both EU and RSA) must be under the EPA, and not the TDCA. (Note: Importers claiming preferences under a movement (origin) certificate, EUR. 1, where the general rate of the duty is not ‘free’ (0%)).
(ii) Exporters on both sides should plan and time their export clearance according to the date of entry into force of the EPA. The options close to the expected date of entry into force of the EPA, are:
• Delay clearing, if possible, to after implementation of the EPA; or
• If export clearing still has to be under the TDCA, the importer must pre-clear the goods as soon as possible (still under the TDCA).
• There is provision for changing the EUR. 1 retroactively from the TDCA to the EPA, which requires additional procedures/costs/tying up capital.
Freight Forwarders are advised to take note of this provision, its technical terms and processes, and be able to advise clients.
This notification stems from information presented orally at NEDLAC. We look forward to updating industry as soon as the Department issues an official notice.
3. RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (RPMASA) – CHEMICAL DISTRIBUTION INSTITUTE (CDI)
Our Associate Member, the Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA) http://rpmasa.org.za/ are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) http://www.cdi.org.uk/
Following on from a conference in Durban earlier in 2016; aimed at raising the bar in Supply Chain Safety and Compliance, the overlap in a significant number of aims and objectives between CDI & RPMASA was soon recognised. Consequently, CDI is currently running a training course for its “International Marine Packed Cargo Audit Scheme” *(IMPCAS) in South Africa aimed at rolling out the CDI risk reduction audit scheme to the wider audience in Southern Africa.
The MoU between CDI & RPMASA is specifically aimed at continuing to promote Responsible Care® in the region as well as mutual cooperation in the fields of safety, security and quality performance of marine transportation and storage for the chemical industry. READ MORE
4. INVEST IN NAMIBIA: INVITATION TO OFFICIAL LAUNCH
The High Commission of the Republic of Namibia cordially invites businesses interested in investing in Namibia to the Official Launch of the Invest in Namibia International Conference (INIC) 2016. The launch event is hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).
Date:Thursday, 06 October 2016
Venue: Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg
Time: Registration: 09h00 - 10h00
INIIC Official Launch: 10h00 - 13h00
RSVP: Please register here. Attendance is FREE but booking is essential
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