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Freight Forwarders
BY Liz Kneale
South Africa
19 October 2018
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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Freight Forwarders


The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector is a major facilitator of trade in South Africa and it co-ordinates over 80% of the country’s international trade. The value and growth of the market is entirely dependent on local and global economic conditions and trade, over which it has no control. Profit margins are low as charges are dependent on the cost of logistics, port and airport tariffs and the cost of customs duties and import and export permits. Trade statistics show the industry moved R795bn worth of exported goods and R792bn of imported goods from January to August 2018, representing year-on-year increases of 5% and 10.4% respectively.


Opportunities and Challenges


Transport-related infrastructure projects are expected to increase intra-regional and global trade requiring freight forwarding and customs clearance services. The sector includes a number of globally competitive companies offering a total supply chain service. The industry is entirely dependent on volumes requiring transportation created by other elements of the supply chain. A World Bank report reflects a significant drop in the performance of South Africa’s logistics industry in terms of reliability of supply chain and service delivery. The sector is also faced with an increasing number of digital disruptors, including tech-forwarders, which can be a threat to the traditional freight forwarding model.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry and excludes courier activities and the arrangement of freight insurance. It examines current conditions and future opportunities and challenges for the industry in South Africa, on the continent and globally. Profiles of 42 companies include Grindrod, which has unbundled and separately listed its shipping business on the Nasdaq and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Barloworld Logistics Africa, which has acquired KLL Distributors.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 9
4.1.2. Regulations 10
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 13
4.2. Continental 13
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Collaboration and Networking 21
5.2. Economic Environment 23
5.3. Infrastructure and Trade 26
5.4. Public Sector Initiatives 27
5.5. Private Sector Initiatives 28
5.6. Rising Operating Costs 29
5.7. Technology 30
5.8. Labour 31
5.9. Cyclicality 33
5.10. Environmental Issues 34
5.11. Security and Risk Management 35
6. COMPETITION 35
6.1. Barriers to Entry 36
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
8. OUTLOOK 37
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
10. REFERENCES 39
10.1. Publications 39
10.2. Websites 41
APPENDIX 1 43
Summary of Major Players 43
APPENDIX 2 49
Services Offered by Freight Forwarders 49
COMPANY PROFILES 51
A HARTRODT (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 51
BARLOWORLD LOGISTICS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 53
BERRY AND DONALDSON (PTY) LTD 56
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 59
BIGFOOT EXPRESS FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 62
BLG LOGISTICS OF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 64
BOLLORE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 66
BRINKS (SOUTHERN AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 69
CEVA LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 71
DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING SA (PTY) LTD 73
DSV SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 75
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 78
EXPOLANKA FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 81
GAC LASER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 83
GEODIS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 85
GRINDROD LTD 87
HELLMANN WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 91
HENEWAYS FREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 93
IBHAYI CLEARING AND LOGISTICS CC 95
IMPERIAL SASFIN LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 97
J F HILLEBRAND SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 100
KINTETSU WORLD EXPRESS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 102
KUEHNE AND NAGEL (PTY) LTD 104
LOGWIN AIR AND OCEAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 106
LONRHO LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 108
MANICA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 111
MEGAFREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 114
PANTOS LOGISTICS CO LTD 116
PHOSFERT MARINE (PTY) LTD 118
ROHLIG-GRINDROD (PTY) LTD 120
ROHLIG-GRINDROD PHARMA (PTY) LTD 123
SAFCOR FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 125
SAVINO DEL BENE (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 128
SCHENKER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 130
SEBENZA FORWARDING AND SHIPPING (PTY) LTD 132
SUPER GROUP TRADING (PTY) LTD 134
TOLL GLOBAL FORWARDING (SA) (PTY) LTD 138
TURNERS SHIPPING (PTY) LTD 140
UNITRANS SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 142
VALUE LOGISTICS LTD 145
WORLD NET LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 149
YUSEN LOGISTICS CO LTD 151