Business Unity South Africa wants review of regulations against road transport of high-cube containers

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has asked Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. These high-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard shipping container, but are 30 cm taller (at 2.89 m), adding 9.7 m3 of internal space when compared to a 66.5 m3 standard container.

Busa argues that high-cube containers constitute the overwhelming majority of containers currently manufactured and transported internationally, including in neighboring states. However, the organization points out that the combined height of a vehicle transporting a high-cube container is currently 4.6 m – 300 mm above the legal limit. That is why Busa requests Mbalula to urgently review Regulation 224 (b) of the National Road Traffic Act that currently prohibits the transportation on South African roads of high-cube containers.

Busa spokespeople claim that, in light of South Africa’s suboptimal levels of economic growth, investment and employment, the country cannot afford such costly and time-consuming regulation of a sector so critical to the operations of a modern economy.


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