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​Ngqura proving valuable asset


Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) handled a record 63 857 TEUs in August - of which 18 725 were imports, 16 444 exports and 28 688 transhipment cargo destined for other regional ports. 

This is the highest volume ever handled in one month at the port - the previous record was in June 2012 when the terminal handled 47 614 TEUs.
The growth is attributed to the increase in market demand and reefer cargo season. 45 488 TEUs moved through the port in August last year, which reflects an improvement in volumes of 28.8%. 
Heightened security
Meanwhile, the National Detector Dog Unit (DDU) of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is getting a boost with more than 70 new dogs and handlers being trained to make up a number of new dog units around the country, according to the Mike Poverello blog. 
Apart from filling a couple of current vacancies, the new recruits will form part of Detector Dog Units in Port Elizabeth, Zeerust, Mahamba, Vioolsdrift, Nakop, Maseru Bridge and an expanded Mpumalanga unit. All the additional units are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2013.
“By next year, most of the major land, sea and air ports should have their own detector dog units,” said the senior manager of the DDU, Hugo Taljaard. “The ultimate aim is to have dog units at every port, with a total of 500 new handlers and dogs needed. However, this is a long-term (four-year) project, aimed at enhancing our non-intrusive capabilities at ports of entry to prevent cross-border smuggling.”
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