South Africa Deems Alcohol Non-Essential

Posted 03/26/2020

Early this morning the South African Government released regulations for "final lockdown" procedures. Unlike many other countries, these regulations omit alcohol and alcoholic beverages from the "Essentials List" of cargo to be handled through South African ports. Thus, alcohol will not be allowed to pass through the ports during this final lockdown period which is to last 21 days. 

All alcohol manufacturers, liquor stores, wineries and restaurants are regulated to close at midnight tonight and are to remain closed until the shutdown period has ended. Non-alcoholic beverages will still be allowed to be exported, but wine and other alcoholic beverages will not. 

The Albatrans office in South Africa remains fully operational with their team working from home and they will continue to handle bookings and essential dry cargo. 

We will keep you informed of this situation, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe!