This was one of the questions i was asked by one of the readers of my blog.. I have covered this briefly in my previous article http://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/10/13/article-2-the-documents/, but elaborating on the same here..
Cargo Dues – abbreviated to read CD – (also known as Wharfage in some countries) is a fee levied by TNPA (Transnet Port Authority) to the users (exporters, importers or shipping lines) for using the port facilities for movement of the cargo through it.. This fee is generally fixed and published in a tariff by TNPA for a year (April to March) and whatever tariff is ruling at the time of the shipment will apply..
It is the responsibility of the Shipping lines to ensure that the CD is paid by their client to TNPA.. This they normally do by holding back release of Export Bill of Lading in the case of Exports and Import release in the case of Imports unless a copy of the CD stamped by TNPA is provided to them as proof of payment..
If for some reason the client has not paid the CD fees to TNPA, then the same is in general invoiced by TNPA to the shipping line involved..
The users have to file one of the attached forms based on whether it is Exports or Imports.. Click cargo-dues-order to view or download the same.. It is also possible to electronically file this Cargo Dues Order.. Users need to register with Transnet for this electronic facility and once they get a username and password, can go to http://www.portsonline.co.za/wps/portal/b2b to file the CDO..