Contract Forwarding

Contract Forwarding

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Established in 1983, Contract Forwarding is an independently owned South African Freight Forwarding and Clearing Company. Our Head Office is in Johannesburg with Branches in Durban and Cape Town.

We also have representation in Port Elizabeth and East London. We are a medium organisation with a strong network of 90 partners that offer coverage in over 200 cities worldwide.

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Seafreight Import and Export

Containerised – both FCL and LCL / Groupage and Break Bulk Cargo.

Air

Airfreight Import and Export

Consolidations or direct shipments internationally on IATA carriers.

Customs

Customs Consultancy

Assistance in determining correct customs value and tariff headings to be used.

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Seafreight Imports and Exports

Forwarding Teams 

Through our international relations and strong buying power with all Airlines and Shipping Lines.  Contract Forwarding is in a very good position to offer a single-source solution to and from any worldwide point.  Our Forwarding teams are trained to handle the challenges of global shipping on your behalf while keeping you fully informed of each development. 

From the time your order is placed, your co-coordinator will monitor and track it’s progress, consult with you should you require your stock consolidated and will offer you an indication of your landed costs when required.  Our objective is for you to gain from our competitive rates and potential cost saving strategies as our Imports and Export teams will inform you should they identify a more cost effective yet reliable method of dispatching your consignment.

LCL (Less than a full container load for smaller quantities by sea).

This method of sea freight is charged on the higher of either the total weight or measurement basis (per 1 cubic meter or 1 ton). 

FCL  (Full Container Loads for larger quantities by sea).

This method is charged per container and the size of the container is dependent on the size and quantity of your upcoming consignment.  We would recommend allowing our estimators the opportunity to calculate the most cost effective method of dispatch.

20’ Containers –  Referred to as 6 meter container, this container can handle a volume of 32m3 but it is recommended to confirm the maximum weight restriction imposed on the roads of the country of origin or destination.

40’ Containers – Referred to as 12 meter container, whilst this container can hold roughly double the volume at 67m3, it is still recommended to confirm the maximum weight restriction imposed on the roads of the country of origin or destination.

High Cube containers –  Similar in structure but taller.

Reefer Containers –  Refrigerated Containers designed to maintain the pre-cooled cargo temperature (pharmaceuticals etc).

Out-Of-Gauge –  Where the cargo height, width or length extends beyond the capacity of a standard container.

Break bulk – Specialized loading of over sized freight. 

Airfreight Import and Export

Forwarding Teams

Through our international relations and strong buying power with all Airlines and Shipping Lines. Contract Forwarding is in a very good position to offer a single-source solution to and from any worldwide point. Our Forwarding teams are trained to handle the challenges of global shipping on your behalf while keeping you fully informed of each development.

From the time your order is placed, your co-coordinator will monitor and track it’s progress, consult with you should you require your stock consolidated and will offer you an indication of your landed costs when required. Our objective is for you to gain from our competitive rates and potential cost saving strategies as our Imports and Export teams will inform you should they identify a more cost effective yet reliable method of dispatching your consignment.

Airfreight Clearing Teams

Regardless of the size of your business, our operational teams are committed to keeping you informed and achieving your target.

We pre-clear all Airfreight consignments, our objective is to have your consignment released by customs before the goods arrive in South Africa. As soon as booking details are secured, your Import or Export co-ordinator will monitor your flight details and will prioritize the delivery of your stock directly to you, or to the delivery point of your choice.

Customs Consultancy 

Consultancy Services 

  • Ensure compliance on the Import or Export of your products.
  • Recovery of over payment on customs duties for previous consignments up to a period of 2 years.
  • Application for leniency in the imposing of Fines and Penalties.
  • Customs tariffs and duties paid.
  • Guidance and assistance on Import and Export Permits/Licenses required on certain products.
  • Customs Value Investigations – Whilst Customs and Excise will communicate directly with an Importer, we can liaise with Customs on behalf of an importer and submitting the necessary documents or information they require.
  • We assist manufacturers or importers to set up their own bonded warehouses (Submission of applications, drawings of warehouse, bond registers training of staff to operate a bonded warehouse.)

Customs Duty Tariff

Please note – An incorrectly classification of a product may have serious financial implications for an Importer. However there are many instances where Clients are paying incorrect duties.  The Customs Act permits the importer to claim back all overpaid duties.

  • Classification of product under the correct tariff.
  • Customs Tariff Determinations – Our tariff specialists are able to motivate and present your case to customs for the reassessment of duty structures on products.
  • We compile motivations and legal arguments in dispute of tariff determinations.

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