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Freight Transport by Road
BY Liz Kneale
South Africa
21 June 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Freight Transport by Road


South Africa’s major logistics companies are finding the weak economic climate to be a major challenge, with a slowdown in manufacturing and mining production and consumer spending resulting in pressure on volumes. The Statistics SA Land Transport Survey shows that the seasonally adjusted volume of freight transported by road increased by 9.5% in 2018, but decreased by 4.3% in the first quarter of 2019. Industry role players indicated that escalating fuel costs and a poor economic environment have placed pressure on customers and eroded margins.


Cost Pressure


The sector is affected by numerous cost increases including fuel prices, the Road Accident Fund levy and carbon tax. Delays at ports and border posts could have a significant impact on logistics costs. Additional costs include vehicle tracking and tracing systems, warehousing and distribution operating costs, municipal charges, escalating electricity costs, costs of compliance with legislation and standards and a proposed waste tyre recycling levy. Variable costs, or costs that can be controlled and reduced by operating and maintaining the vehicle professionally, represent 55% of a vehicle’s total operating costs.


Report Coverage


This report covers the transport of freight by road, including furniture removals, and excludes the operation of terminal facilities, crating and packing for transport purposes, and delivery departments of warehouses operated by business concerns for their own use. The report includes information on the size and state of the industry and factors that influence it such as road conditions and infrastructure, driver behaviour, government and private sector initiatives, innovation, environmental issues and crime. There are comprehensive profiles of 31 companies including major players such as Barloworld Logistics Africa, Bidvest Freight and Imperial Logistics, as well as various companies involved in merger and acquisition activity such as Super Group, which bought Cargo Works and OneLogix, which bought Siyaduma Auto Ferriers.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4.1. Local 7
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 11
4.1.2. Regulations 13
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 20
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 28
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 30
5.1. Road Freight Strategy 30
5.2. Economic Environment 31
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 34
5.4. Labour 37
5.5. Road Conditions and Infrastructure 42
5.6. Government Initiatives 43
5.7. Private Sector Initiatives 45
5.8. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 45
5.9. Crime 50
5.10. Supply Chain Disruptions 51
5.11. Environmental Issues 53
5.12. Electricity Supply Constraints 55
5.13. Cyclicality 56
6. COMPETITION 57
6.1. Barriers to Entry 59
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 60
8. OUTLOOK 61
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 63
10. REFERENCES 64
10.1. Publications 64
10.2. Websites 66
APPENDIX 1 68
Summary of Notable Players 68
COMPANY PROFILES 72
APM TERMINALS TRUCKING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 72
ASPEN LOGISTIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD 74
BARLOWORLD LOGISTICS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 76
BIDDULPHS REMOVALS AND STORAGE SA (PTY) LTD 79
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 82
CARGO CARRIERS (PTY) LTD 85
CONCARGO (PTY) LTD 89
CROSSROADS DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 91
DAMCO LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 95
DIGISTICS (PTY) LTD 97
DPD LASER EXPRESS LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 99
DSV SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 102
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 105
EZETHU LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 108
GAN-TRANS (PTY) LTD 110
GRINDROD (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 112
IDL FRESH SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 115
IMPERIAL LOGISTICS LTD 117
LASER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 126
LASER TRANSPORT GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 128
NAMIBIA LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 130
NI-DA TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 132
ONELOGIX GROUP LTD 133
RTT GROUP (PTY) LTD 136
SUPER GROUP LTD 139
TRANSNET SOC LTD 143
TRITON EXPRESS (PTY) LTD 147
UNITRANS SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 150
VALUE LOGISTICS LTD 152
VINCEMUS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 156
VITAL DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 161