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The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
BY Liz Kneale
South Africa
24 June 2020
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Freight Forwarders


The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector is a major contributor to the facilitation of trade in South Africa and it co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. As they are an intermediary service, freight forwarders have relatively low operating costs and charge customers based on the freight rates charged by the carrier, which in turn are based on operating costs and the value of the goods being transported.


Effects of the Pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic has had a serious effect on global growth and trade with restrictions on economic activity, border closures, the cancellation of ship sailings and port closures, and flight cancellations and airport closures. The spread of the virus has affected the markets for air and sea freight. The reduction in demand, lockdown restrictions and the poor economic situation will affect the revenue of the freight forwarding and customs clearance sector which is a service provider to export and import activities.


Challenges


The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector has no influence on the market as it depends on freight requiring transport created by other elements of the supply chain. Rates are based on those charged by the carrier. Port congestion and poorly equipped state organisations are major challenges, as are fees charged by shipping lines and other surcharges. Inconsistent international lockdown restrictions have affected the supply chain.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry and includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector and the factors that influence it, trade statistics, regulation and corporate action in the sector. There are profiles of 43 companies including DSV Panalpina, formerly Bidvest Panalpina which was bought by Danish company DSV and Grindrod, which increased its stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture. Other profiles include Barloworld Logistics, Ibhayi Clearing and Logistics, Safcor Freight and Value logistics.


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 7
4.1. Local 7
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 11
4.1.2. Regulations: General 12
4.1.3. Regulations: Coronavirus 15
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development 17
4.2. Continental 17
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Economic Impact of Coronavirus 28
5.2. Economic Environment 29
5.3. Infrastructure and Trade 31
5.4. Public and Private Sector Initiatives 32
5.5. Operating Costs 33
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 34
5.7. Labour 35
5.8. Security and Risk Management 38
5.9. Environmental Concerns 38
5.10. Cyclicality 39
5.11. Electricity Supply Constraints 39
6. COMPETITION 40
6.1. Barriers to Entry 40
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 41
8. OUTLOOK 42
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 43
10. REFERENCES 44
10.1. Publications 44
10.2. Websites 45
APPENDIX 1 47
Services Offered by Freight Forwarders 47
APPENDIX 2 49
Summary of Notable Players 49
COMPANY PROFILES 54
A HARTRODT (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 54
BARLOWORLD LOGISTICS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 56
BERRY AND DONALDSON (PTY) LTD 59
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 62
BIGFOOT EXPRESS FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 65
BLG LOGISTICS OF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 67
BOLLORE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 69
BRINKS (SOUTHERN AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 71
CEVA LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 73
DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING SA (PTY) LTD 75
DSV SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 77
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 81
EXPOLANKA FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 84
GAC LASER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 86
GEODIS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 88
GRINDROD LTD 90
HELLMANN WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 94
HENEWAYS FREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 96
IBHAYI CLEARING AND LOGISTICS CC 98
IMPERIAL CLEARING AND FORWARDING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 100
J F HILLEBRAND SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 102
KINTETSU WORLD EXPRESS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 104
KUEHNE AND NAGEL (PTY) LTD 106
LOGWIN AIR AND OCEAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 108
LONRHO LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 110
MANICA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 113
MEGAFREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 115
MERCURY FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 117
PANTOS LOGISTICS CO LTD 119
PHOSFERT MARINE (PTY) LTD 121
ROHLIG-GRINDROD (PTY) LTD 123
ROHLIG-GRINDROD PHARMA (PTY) LTD 125
SAFCOR FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 127
SAVINO DEL BENE (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 130
SCHENKER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 132
SEBENZA FORWARDING AND SHIPPING (PTY) LTD 134
SG AGILITY (PTY) LTD 136
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