Do the limitations placed on cross border travel apply to cross boarder trading too?

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Published: March 25, 2020

In the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Directions, 2020, the loading and off-loading of air cargo in and out of certain International Airports is permitted.

The following International Airports will be ready to handle air cargo:

  • O.R. Tambo
  • King Shaka
  • Upington
  • Polokwane
  • Bram Fischer
  • Kruger Mpumalanga
  • Pilanesberg; and
  • Port Elizabeth

 

The Directive states that air cargo coming from medium to high-risk countries must be sanitised immediately after being off-loaded from the aircraft.

The Cross-Border Road Transport Special Dispensation (COVID-19) Directions issued on 25 March 2020 make allowance for cross-border freight movement to continue to and from neighbouring countries.

The National Port Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of persons and crew) Regulations 2020 allow for the loading and off-loading of cargo in and out of all seaports.

Initially, the Lockdown Regulations of 25 March 2020 allowed only for essential goods to cross South Africa’s borders, however on 2 April 2020, this was amended to allow for all goods to be able to move across the borders.

The Lockdown Regulations can be found here (25 March), here (26 March) and here (2 April).

 

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