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SERVICES OFFERED

Our activities on your behalf embrace freight negotiations or chartering, carrier selection and space bookings, materials handling and transport scheduling with particular attention to special requirements such as heavy lift our outsized cargo, cargo care, door-to-door freight management now, cargo tracking and expediting, liaison with the authorities, materials control and consolidation and on-site cargo delivery and management.

Our customs clearance experts are aware of the special rulings applicable to project cargo and manage duty payments to minimise your costs legitimately and cushion the impact on cash flow.

Please select a service below for more information:

Airfreight Imports / Exports Sea Freight Imports / Exports
Project Management Trade Finance
International Forwarding Customs Clearance
Customs Tariff Consultancy International Trade Assistance
Advice on Rebates Available Marine Insurance
Road Freight & Rail Staging of Consignments
Costing Dangerous Goods
Supplier Sourcing Indent Monitoring
Marshaling and Load Assistance License to Export & Import Arms & Ammunition

AIRFREIGHT IMPORTS / EXPORTS

Mercury Freight and its international network will provide fast, cost effective door to door service.

Due to the cost of airfreight, our operations staff understand the need to expedite Customs clearance and delivery of cargo. Our experienced controllers have the the expertise and contacts at both Customs and Airlines, to ensure the shortest possible transit times are achieved. We deliver directly off airport to same time.

Mercury Freight also has an office located near O.R Tambo International Airport Johannesburg to facilitate speedy Customs clearance and delivery of cargo.

Our airfreight operations is also open on weekends to allow for the clearance of freight arriving during this peak period.


SEA FREIGHT IMPORTS /EXPORTS

Mercury Freight caters for all your ocean freight requirements whether full container loads, groupage or break bulk, by planning and arranging shipping efficiently and cost effectively.

Naturally, our service includes prompt and accurate customs clearance ensuring that you pay the lowest legitimate rate of duty, as well as representation with other authorities as necessary.  

On the other side of the ocean, our international network provides land side services to your specifications. Port supervision is arranged here in South Africa or overseas, should there be any need for inspection, examinations or cargo repair.


CUSTOMS CLEARANCE

Customs duties and related costs are a major component of landed costs for most importers. The task of Customs declarations is particularly complex given the vast number of Customs tariff items over 20 000 and the introduction of new product categories.  Incorrect declarations may delay release of your goods and cause you to incur serious penalties.   

Clearly, therefore, Customs broking is a task for the experts.  

Mercury Freight employs Customs clearance professionals with many years experience. They are supported by the latest computerised systems for speed and guaranteed accuracy and apply the lowest legitimate tariffs to assist you in remaining cost competitive. They are aware of all applicable legislation and procedures and where there is a case for favorable re-classification, they will negotiate with Customs officials on your behalf.  

As a matter of course, they keep close to the Customs department to stay abreast of any changes which may affect the duties you pay.


MARINE INSURANCE

Delays, damage and disruption to cargo are costly and disruptive. They reduce your ability to meet your promises to customers and may lead to lost business. You waste management time on claims, pay higher premiums and may find you become a bad risk.  

All of this makes cargo risk management a critical component of your supply-chain management. In the belief that prevention is better than cure, Mercury Freight works with you to assess your cargo risk profile.  

We then advise on procedures which can reduce the potential for pilferage or damage. This includes secure packing methods, optimal routing, trustworthy third parties for staging and transportation and cargo tracking in transit. Our premises and fleet are strictly controlled and monitored around the clock.   By reducing the incidence of discrepancy, you become a better insurance risk. Your precise requirements may vary depending on the cover offered by your supplier, your purchase terms and other factors. The conditions need to conform with changes to international trade practices and international interpretations.  

Once your profile has been determined, we assist you in negotiating appropriate and cost-effective cover for your various surface or air consignments using the skill and experience of our accredited broker.  

As we hold an "open marine" policy we are able to activate per-shipment cover automatically. To save you time and reduce paperwork, the premium is raised on our invoice of transport charges.   We hand over claims to the insurers for prompt settlement without involving you in time-consuming procedures.


ROAD FREIGHT & RAIL

These days, cargo transportation is as much about security as urgency of delivery. Wherever there is cargo on the road, there is some element of risk. In a high-risk environment like South Africa, prevention is better than cure.  

That's why you'll be reassured to learn about the precautions taken by Mercury Freight. Whether en route from the point of entry to your premises or our logistics center or during distribution to end users, your cargo is in modern, custom-designed vehicles with full security back up.   All these trucks are protected by satellite tracking devices. In the case of high value consignments in transit unmarked vehicles for greater protection shadow them.  

The use of modern fuel-efficient vehicles gives you economic distribution rates and the elimination of the breakdowns that cause disruption. As a final point, as our premises are access controlled and monitored round the clock even the loading and off-loading procedures are carefully scrutinized.  

You may even find it more cost-efficient to outsource all your transport and distribution requirements to Mercury Freight.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT

International project transportation requires freight management expertise and co-ordination skills of the highest order. A competent and committed network, locally and overseas, is an essential ingredient.  

Mercury Freight Forwarding handles air and surface project management to the most exacting specifications.  

We work with you to understand the scope of the project, define goals and objectives and agree on a timeline.  

Our activities on your behalf embrace freight negotiations or chartering, carrier selection and space bookings, materials handling and transport scheduling with particular attention to special requirements such as heavy lift or outsized cargo, cargo care, door-to-door freight management, cargo tracking and expediting, liaison with the authorities, materials control and consolidation and on-site cargo delivery and management.  

Our customs clearance experts are aware of the special rulings applicable to project cargo and manage duty payments to minimise your costs legitimately and cushion the impact on cash flow.