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The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
BY Stephen Timm
South Africa
29 July 2021
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa


The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector makes a major contribution to facilitating trade in South Africa and co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. Ongoing waves of the pandemic continue to hamper the trade in goods by supressing consumer spending and causing congestion and disruptions at ports. These factors are driving up container freight costs and hampering the industry’s recovery. Most recently the sector has also been affected by rioting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which disrupted trucks and port operations.


Reduced Volumes


The movement of freight at ports has been affected by the pandemic, weather conditions, ageing equipment and human resource limitations. Major industry players reported significantly lower volumes and revenue in 2020 and cited the pandemic, port inefficiencies, load-shedding and lower demand from manufacturers for logistics services. Congestion and increased shipping rates have reduced the volumes moving into South Africa, and some companies are redirecting their ships to ports in neighbouring countries.


Port Inefficiencies


Port operations are affected by slow processing, a backlog in container repairs and inspection, a lack of investment, skills shortages and strikes at container terminals. South African ports rank near the bottom of global container ports, and below other African ports, in a World Bank performance index. South Africa risks losing market share to other ports as a result.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry and excludes courier activities and the arrangement of freight insurance. It includes information on maritime, rail, road and air freight, trade port and freight statistics, the effect of the pandemic, unrest and cyber-attacks, and corporate actions and developments. There are profiles of 43 companies, including Bidvest Freight, Grindrod, and Value Logistics. Other companies profiled include Barloworld Logistics, which the Barloworld Group plans to sell, clearing and forwarding company Berry and Donaldson, international companies such as Pantos Logistics, and sea freight companies such as Phosfert Marine.


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 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 20
4.1.2. Regulations 21
4.1.3. Regulations: Coronavirus 25
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 26
4.2. Continental 27
4.3. International 32
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 40
5.1. Coronavirus 40
5.2. Economic Environment 42
5.3. Infrastructure and Trade 43
5.4. Public and Private Sector Initiatives 44
5.5. Operating Costs 45
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 46
5.7. Labour 47
5.8. Security and Risk Management 50
5.9. Environmental Concerns 51
5.10. Cyclicality 52
5.11. Electricity and Supply Constraints 52
6. COMPETITION 53
6.1. Barriers to Entry 53
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 54
8. OUTLOOK 55
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 56
10. REFERENCES 57
10.1. Publications 57
10.2. Website 58
APPENDIX 1 60
Services Offered by Freight Forwarders 60
APPENDIX 2 62
Summary of Notable Players 62
ORGANOGRAM 67
COMPANY PROFILES 72
A HARTRODT (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 72
AGILITY SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 74
BARLOWORLD LOGISTICS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 76
BERRY AND DONALDSON (PTY) LTD 79
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 81
BIGFOOT EXPRESS FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 84
BLG LOGISTICS OF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 86
BOLLORE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 89
BRINKS (SOUTHERN AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 91
CEVA LOGISTICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 93
DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING SA (PTY) LTD 95
DSV SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 97
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 101
EXPOLANKA FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 104
GAC LASER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 106
GEODIS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 108
GRINDROD LTD 110
HELLMANN WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 114
HENEWAYS FREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 116
IBHAYI CLEARING AND LOGISTICS CC 118
IMPERIAL CLEARING AND FORWARDING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 120
J F HILLEBRAND SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 122
KINTETSU WORLD EXPRESS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 124
KUEHNE AND NAGEL (PTY) LTD 126
LOGWIN AIR AND OCEAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 128
MANICA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 130
MEGAFREIGHT SERVICES (PTY) LTD 132
MERCURY FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 134
PANTOS LOGISTICS CO LTD 136
PCA LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 138
PHOSFERT MARINE (PTY) LTD 140
RHENUS LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 142
ROHLIG-GRINDROD (PTY) LTD 144
ROHLIG-GRINDROD PHARMA (PTY) LTD 147
SAFCOR FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 149
SAVINO DEL BENE (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 152
SCHENKER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 154
SEBENZA FORWARDING AND SHIPPING (PTY) LTD 156
TOLL GLOBAL FORWARDING (SA) (PTY) LTD 158
TURNERS SHIPPING (PTY) LTD 160
UNITRANS SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 162
VALUE LOGISTICS LTD 165
YUSEN LOGISTICS CO LTD 169