Monthly Archives: September 2016


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There are a number of different types of stops and entities who can request for the goods to be stopped or examined. Cargo could be examined for contraband or it may be a simply spot check, for accurate customs submissions, accurate tariff classifications, including but not limited to quantities and descriptions.   Below […]

Boarder, Port and Customs Stops


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Certain items, imported into South Africa, require extra import permits, or are considered controlled.  It would be nearly impossible to list every item as well as the variation of permits required, but below is some of the more obvious ones you can look out for. The good news is that MALBE can and […]

Import Permits


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Many of the points raised below are based on airfreight but will translate equally as well when dealing with sea freight. The factors that can delay a shipment are very diverse, listed below are just a few shipping time factors: Suppliers: Suppliers are sometimes unavailable or unreachable at the time of shipping arrangements. […]

Factors Which Influence How Long a Shipment Takes



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Considering import-export for the first time or simply looking for a way to streamline your import-export process, why not take advantage of our global network of suppliers, agents, industry knowledge and excellent rates. We are able to offer turnkey services, with or without registrations or will tailor make a service […]

MALBE Imports | Freight


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Landside charges are fees that ports and / or operators charge for the handling of your cargo. This may include (or be grouped) all / part of the below; TERMINAL HANDLING MERCHANT HAULAGE LUMP SUM CLEANING TURN IN NAVIS UPDATE CARGO DUES TRANSFER FUEL SURCHARGE UNPACK DRO EDI COLLECTION   […]

What are Landside Charges


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Importing samples is in most cases the best option available for judging product quality. In fact, should your product allow, this is always advisable. Not only does it afford you the opportunity to assess your product quality but your supplier quality as well. There is however an unavoidable drawback, importing […]

Import Samples



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Importing Cell Phones / Mobile Phones to South Africa can be a shade more difficult than one might think. As a result of permits, required from the ICASA [Independent Communications Authority of South Africa], it may not be viable at all, provided you are financially able to do it large scale. Below we will lay out, as per […]

Import Cell Phones


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It is worth noting that individual shipping lines may have slightly different measurements but these would be negligible.    Description          Dimensions  Volume     Max Weight  Standard 20FT  5.9 x 2.35 x 2.393M  33.2 CBM  21 770Kg  Standard 40Ft  12.036 x 2.35 x 2.392M  67.7 CBM  26 780Kg  High Cube […]

Container Sizes | Specs


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Basics It is important to remember that import costs work on a sliding scale and are not strictly percentage based. In other words, no two calculations will be the same even if it is the same product. Any changes in your “input information” [quantities, unit cost, shipping dimensions, shipping weights, collection & delivery address etc] will change the outcome […]

Import Costs Broken Down



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What is EXW EXW EWX stands for “Ex Works” which in short means that the consignee (yourself) are liable for all costs (collection from supplier, export charges, freight charges and import charges). It is for the most part advisable to try avoid these terms as it is inevitably more costly to you. What is FOB FOB FOB stands for […]

Incoterms Simplified


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First of all it is important to note that grey or parallel imports are not the same as counterfeit products. Counterfeit products are illegal in most countries, including South Africa, so it stands to reason that the importation of counterfeit products is illegal.   The biggest defining difference between grey […]

Parallel Imports


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One of the most common occurrences, in the industry of imports, is the lack of understanding concerning currency conversion. Please take the time to read this as you may gain some very valuable insight, which may save you a lot of money in the not so distant future.   The first thing […]

Converting Currency



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  Finding a supplier: There are a number of options as far as finding a Chinese supplier is concerned. We will lay out and break down the basics below: Use the internet – Websites such as “Alibaba” and “Made in China” are not ideal but are not the worst of places to begin. As a rule of […]

Importing from China