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As of 1st April Israeli customs have introduced new customs clearance procedures.
All dutiable items over $100 to companies will require their Vat number for clearance. In order to avoid delays, please ensure Vat numbers are clearly written on the invoice or awb. If you are not able to obtain one please provide a valid telephone number for the consignee.
Shipments to private individuals will require their I.D number or Passport number. Again please ensure these are written on the invoice or awb for shipments over $100. Telephone numbers will be required for any private and po box addresses.
Documents or printed matter over 5kg will be classed as a dutiable item and will be subject to local clearance charges. These shipments will also require an invoice with a value of at least $5per kilo and consignee’s Vat number regardless of the value.
The current weather conditions in the Netherlands may cause disruptions for delivery services and collections.
Due to the heavy snowfall across London and the UK many flights out of Heathrow and other airports have already been cancelled. Due to road traffic disruptions UK overnight deliveries have also been affected. Please expect delays on all deliveries.
South Africa is in the middle of a strike which has entered into its second week and is turning pretty violent at the moment.
Seabourne has had 4 trucks badly damaged and two drivers that have been seriously manhandled . We have had as of today a 65% turnout on labour and fortunately holding out for the time being .
Fuel shortages are unfortunately going to be our next problem with many Petrol stations not having Diesel at the moment .The frequency of violence is expected to increase as the unions press on harder on their demands .
Government has fortunately finally started to try to mediate .
Many main areas have become "no go" zones due to the violence they are as follows.
* East London -no deliveries taking place
* Johannesburg -central ,East Rand ,South Rand and Olifantsfontein
* Cape town - violence around airport and Epping
* Durban -Pinetown ,Westmead
* Port Elizabeth -sporadic outburst
* Pietersburg (Polokwane )-no deliveries for two days
We would ask you to inform your customers on possible delays due to the situation .