Maputo, Mozambique- December Annual Vacation Period

Maputo, Mozambique- December Annual Vacation Period

December is the start of the summer season in Southern Africa and traditionally many businesses will close for annual summer vacations over the festive season in late December and reopen again in early January.

Our partners in Maputo, Mozambique, have advised that during this vacation period many importers are closed and therefore unable to take release or delivery of cargo. This may result in cargo moving into government storage, storage penalties, loss of cargo rights and possibly cargo moving to auction. We have been advised that the start of the seasonal vacation period will be from the start of week 51 – 14 December 2020; with business reopening in mid-January.

In order to avoid any risks of cargo arriving during this vacation period, we recommend that any cargo planned for export to Maputo be available at our CFS in Durban in week 48, in order for us to arrange for movement to Mozambique in week 50. We also recommend all shippers communicate directly with cargo consignees to confirm that they are able to receive cargo arriving in Maputo in week 50, or alternatively postpone cargo shipment for the new year.

Please contact us at +27 11 036 8700 for further information.