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While 2024 has brought some relief to the road freight sector, ongoing challenges persist, driving up costs and increasing tension. Addressing delegates at the annual Road Freight Association (RFA) conference in Hermanus over the weekend, RFA CEO Gavin Kelly said the trucking industry remained under pressure, operating in tough economic times.

“In 2023, we faced four major challenges, with congestion probably one of the biggest,” he said during his keynote address. “This wasn’t just congestion at the various land border posts but also at the harbours in the country. Crime remained at the top of the agenda, and while the RFA does not discuss rates, it is safe to say that they were under pressure.”

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