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Freight Transport by Road in South Africa
BY Liz Kneale
South Africa
25 March 2021
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Freight Transport by Road in South Africa


Government has announced planned interventions to reform the rail sector to make it more effective, efficient and competitive, but road continues to be the transport mode for the majority of goods. The road freight industry faces many challenges including reduced demand due to pressure on consumer spending, high input costs, competition from e-commerce platforms, labour demands, pressure by customers to reduce transport costs, automation and new technologies, border post and port congestion and excess capacity. The industry is responding by using technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, by spreading risk, using flexible distribution models and decentralising operations.


Coronavirus


The effect of the pandemic on the operations and revenue of the road freight and warehousing sector has been mixed. The benefits of providing warehousing and transportation for sectors such as healthcare and consumer goods was offset by the negative effect of protocol compliance requirements, lower volumes requiring transportation, movement restrictions and border post congestion. The volume of freight transported by road decreased in 2020.


Opportunities


Businesses in this industry range from large companies to small family businesses and owner-driver operations. Owner-driver schemes offer opportunities for new entrants to the industry. Increasing use of e-commerce opens opportunities for the parcel and courier industry, while there are also opportunities in the removals industry and for companies that provide flexible and customised services to meet specific needs.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the transport of freight by road, with comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector, including volumes transported, number of heavy vehicles, corporate actions and developments including financial and operating results. There are profiles of 31 companies including major industry players such as Imperial Logistics, Super Group and Barloworld Logistics, foreign-owned companies such as Maersk and removals and storage businesses such as Biddulphs.


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 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 20
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 28
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 30
5.1. Coronavirus 30
5.2. Supply Chain Disruptions 32
5.3. Economic Environment 33
5.4. Rising Operating Costs 35
5.5. Labour 37
5.6. Road Conditions and Infrastructure 39
5.7. Government Initiatives 40
5.8. Private Sector Developments 41
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 42
5.10. Crime 45
5.11. Environmental Issues 46
5.12. Electricity Supply Constraints 47
5.13. Cyclicality 48
6. COMPETITION 49
6.1. Barriers to Entry 50
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 51
8. OUTLOOK 52
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 53
10. REFERENCES 55
10.1. Publications 55
10.2. Websites 56
APPENDIX 1 58
Summary of Notable players 58
COMPANY PROFILES 61
APM TERMINALS TRUCKING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 61
ASPEN LOGISTIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD 63
BARLOWORLD LOGISTICS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 65
BIDDULPHS REMOVALS AND STORAGE S A (PTY) LTD 68
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 71
CARGO CARRIERS (PTY) LTD 74
CONCARGO (PTY) LTD 78
CROSSROADS DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 80
DIGISTICS (PTY) LTD 83
DPD LASER EXPRESS LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 85
DSV SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 88
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 92
EZETHU LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 95
GAN-TRANS (PTY) LTD 97
GRINDROD (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 99
IMPERIAL LOGISTICS LTD 102
LASER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 110
LASER TRANSPORT GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 112
MAERSK LOGISTICS AND SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 114
NAMIBIA LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 116
NI-DA TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 118
ONELOGIX GROUP LTD 119
RHENUS LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 122
RTT GROUP (PTY) LTD 124
SEQUENCE LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 127
SUPER GROUP LTD 129
TRITON EXPRESS (PTY) LTD 133
UNITRANS SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 136
VALUE LOGISTICS LTD 139
VINCEMUS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 143
VITAL DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 148