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How congestion in South Africa may delay your shipment

Weeks of industrial action by unions at the state-owned logistics firm Transnet have severely disrupted South Africa's port and freight rail network. Starting on 6th October 2022, over 80% of workers downed tools causing operations to come to a standstill due to a dispute over wages.

Fortunately, the strikes have recently ended, and services are beginning to return to normal. However, with imports and exports being ideal for over twelve days, congestion at the port continues to slow the movement of shipments.

Also, daily countrywide planned power outages, known as load shedding, are further impacting delays.

Planning international shipping
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More information about the Transnet strikes

We appreciate that delays are frustrating and sincerely thank you for your patience.

Our expert team is working hard to ensure your shipments get moving, but if you have any other questions or concerns, please get in touch with our knowledgeable support team. They speak various languages, including Thai, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Afrikaans, and are always happy to help.

Also, here are some additional resources if you would like to learn more about the South African Transnet strikes:

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Lizzy is a member of the marketing team here at Seven Seas Worldwide. She has over ten years of experience writing for print and digital and is incredibly passionate about creating content that both entertains customers and answers their queries.