Agency fees are subject to negotiation, with no official guidelines available.
The former Association of Ships’ Agents & Brokers of Southern Africa (ASABOSA) withdrew its recommended scales of agency fees applicable at ports in South Africa and Namibia, due to intervention from the Competition Commission.
The Association of Ships Agents and Brokers of Southern Africa (ASABOSA), the Association of Shipping Lines (ASL) and the Container Liner Operators Forum (CLOF) merged into a single, joint association known as the South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA). SAASOA commenced operations during the second half of 2007.
South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Levy
SAMSA is a private organisation established in April 1998 by the South African Maritime Safety Authority Act to take over the maritime functions of the Department of Transport.
The SAMSA is partially funded by a levy which is shown on the port account as a separate item and raised on the same terms as light dues, i.e.. at the first port of call and remaining valid for the vessel's voyage to/from the first port of call, provided the vessel does not proceed beyond the borders of the South African coastline.
The levy is fixed at the rate of:
|Effective 1 November 2013
||ZAR 96.06 per 100 GRT
|Effective 1 October 2009
||ZAR 92.17 per 100 GRT
|Effective 1 December 2007
||ZAR 22.00 per 100 GRT
|Effective 7 June 2002
||ZAR 18.14 per 100 GRT
|Effective 1 April 1998
||ZAR 5.57 per 100 cbm (i.e. GRT x 2.83 = CBM)
No Value Added Tax is levied against vessels' port disbursements.