Welcome to the international world of Interfreight

Durban leads with container handling
The National Ports Authority (NPA's) ports handled a total of 2.2 million TEUs of containers in 2002/03. (The TEU measurement is derived from a 20-foot 6m equivalent container unit; containers usually have lengths of 20 or 40 feet - 6 or 12m.) Of this total Durban handled 1.3 million TEUs (nearly 60% of the total), while Cape Town handled 560 000 TEUs (25%) and Port Elizabeth 250 000 (11%). The small container terminals at East London and Richards Bay handled the balance.

The Busiest Ports
Measured in terms of vessel arrivals, Durban is South Africa's busiest port. Of the 14 236 vessels handled in 2002/03, Durban handled 4570 (about 32%), followed by Cape Town and Richards Bay, each with just fewer than 3800 (27%). Port Elizabeth handled some 1250 vessels (9%) while Saldanha and East London each handled some 400 vessels (3%).

South Africa
's busiest port
Of the 14 236 vessels handled in 2002/03, Durban handled 4570 (about 32%), followed by Cape Town and Richards Bay, each with just fewer than 3800 (27%). Port Elizabeth handled some 1250 vessels (9%) while Saldanha and East London each handled some 400 vessels (3%).

For more information, visit: www.npa.co.za

It is said that size counts, but being bigger is not necessarily better than being smaller. In business, and especially the highly competitive world of conveying freight, being smaller can be beneficial. Indeed, Gauteng-based Interfreight has grown big by remaining a smaller player.

Being small gives Interfreight an edge over its competitors in the form of flexibility and the ability to offer a personalised service. The shorter chain of command means faster decision-making and less bureaucracy and being a close-knit team that has worked together efficiently for many years means that Interfreight can pay close attention to identifying the specific needs of each client and can then tailor a freight conveyance strategy and competitive, fair rate that is best suited to that client’s needs and budget.

That Interfreight has been a successful player in the shipping agency market and retained a loyal and steady client-base is testimony to it obviously having a philosophy, approach and commitment to providing a superior service level that is a winning formula.

In the United Kingdom, Interfreight has a significant presence in the market where it recently established a branch to further strengthen its capacity and service-levels. Interfreight Lesotho is a key service provide in Lesotho where it holds some 90 percent of the freight movement market in that land-locked country.

Interfreight’s service can be summed up succinctly but accurately in this way: if you can load something into a container, Interfreight can move it for you from any starting point in the world to its final destination due to its network of suppliers and the agencies around the globe with which it collaborates. The company not only ships goods in and out of South Africa via the port of Durban, but can and does transport freight between cities and countries abroad. The company has the expertise, experience and ability to ship anything, be it perishables, your household contents or a consignment of clothing, for example.

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Peak season calls for forward planning

In the global shipping market, peak season is from August to mid-November, therefore to ensure that cargo destined for delivery before the end-of-year festive season, clients are advised to make their freight arrangements without delay. Make an appointment right away simply by calling Interfreight on +27 (0) 11 452 0520 or by e-mailing info@inter-freight.co.za

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Useful Weather Links

The South African Weather Service web site provides visitors with radar images, satellite images and marine weather data, among other things. Go to http://www.weathersa.co.za or for marine information specifically point your browser at http://www.weathersa.co.za/Menus/Marine.jsp.

The U.N. World Weather Information Service presents official weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities supplied by national meteorological services worldwide. Other web sites that provide global weather data include the following:

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