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08/01/2019

A battery of problems for a mere battery

All batteries are considered dangerous when they are being flown. Lithium batteries, or lithium-ion batteries, are essentially powerful batteries designed to keep devices running for hours or days at a time. These hold high
05/05/2020
Coronavirus, COVID-19, shipping, imports, exports, forwarding, airfreight

Coronavirus Level 4 Update

This week sees a new week in the South African COVID-19 lockdown at level 4, starting a phased economic opening. Pioneer Freight continues as we have done over the past weeks of lockdown, with
01/06/2020
History of the shipping container

The History of the Shipping Container created in 1956

Most people don’t understand or recognize the significance of the humble shipping container. Before shipping containers, all goods were manually loaded into sacks, barrels and wooden crates loaded directly onto cargo vessels – known
06/07/2020
interesting facts about the shipping industry

Interesting Things about the Freight Forwarding Industry

Still the Greenest Transportation Option You may think that vehicles as large as tankers and freight carriers have a pretty immense carbon footprint because they burn tremendous amounts of fuel throughout each trip. The
10/08/2020
Freight Rate Increases

Airfreight rates up as capacity comes under pressure

Airfreight rates from key Asian hubs continued to climb last week as ocean capacity shortages and personal protective equipment shipments pick up. The latest figures from TAC Index show that average airfreight rates from
07/09/2020
why is an msds document important

What is MSDS and why is it important?

When booking Hazardous Cargo with an airline or shipping line, one of the questions they would (or should) always ask is for an MSDS for the cargo. MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet The purpose of the
05/10/2020

Peak Season is upon us

What is Peak Season in the Freight Forwarding Industry.  By definition, “it’s the time of year when a lot of people travel and prices are usually at their highest” This rings true for the
09/11/2020
investing-in-our-freight-clients

INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE MEANS WE ARE INVESTING FOR OUR CLIENTS

It is with much excitement and pleasure that Pioneer Freight begins a new partnership with Crowe DNA, our recently appointed Human Resources (HR) & Organizational Development (OD) service and support advisory team.  Crowe DNA
07/12/2020
COVID, vaccination, shipping, airfreight

Covid-19 Vaccine Global Distribution

It’s started: Many airline carriers have begun uplifting Covid-19 vaccines over the past few days, and Freight Forwarders are beginning to feel the pain as general cargo consignments are being short shipped from booked
04/01/2021
COVID, shipping news

A final sign off to 2020

There is no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for mankind throughout the world. It’s a year where at times we felt helpless, frustrated, confined and demotivated.  The COVID pandemic has affected all
08/02/2021
the-perfect-storm-newsletter-shipping-rate-increase

The Perfect Storm

Freight rates on the East -> West trades have drastically increased over the last few weeks and months, to levels that we as an industry have not seen in a very long time, if
12/04/2021
shipping detour post suez blockage

Suez Blockage Aftermath

The headline in shipping news of late is that one of the world’s most vital trade arteries has been blocked by a quarter-mile-long container ship, creating a traffic jam that has ensnared over 200
11/05/2021
29 years of service excellence

29 Years of Service Excellence

This month our newsletter is slightly different. Pioneer Freight now being 29 years in operation and with a national staff complement of 65, we are taking this opportunity to share briefly with you, our
12/08/2021
container shipping crisis

Freight Rates Continue To Rocket With No End In Sight To Container Crisis

Container freight rates continue to break records, with new data showing a further massive spike on key Asia to Europe and Asia to US routes. Local SA Importers have been struggling with soaring container
28/09/2021

Spring is the month for change

Spring has arrived at last. Cape Town in particular has been enjoying some of the most glorious days; warm, clear and fragrant with the scent of flowers. Two big events that take place during
18/11/2021
Shipping supply chain problems

Supply Chain Chaos

The past 18 months has seen dramatic strain on global supply chain. Shortages of equipment (containers) from the Far East as well as limited space on vessels. The net result, sadly, is that the