South Africa Freight Forwarding Industry Analysis 2021: Profiles, Reduced Volumes & Port Inefficiencies


Dublin, Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa 2021" report has been added to's offering.

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.

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.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position


4.1. Local
4.1.1. Corporate Actions
4.1.2. Regulations
4.1.3. Regulations: Coronavirus
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5.1. Coronavirus
5.2. Economic Environment
5.3. Infrastructure and Trade
5.4. Public and Private Sector Initiatives
5.5. Operating Costs
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.7. Labour
5.8. Security and Risk Management
5.9. Environmental Concerns
5.10. Cyclicality
5.11. Electricity and Supply Constraints

6.1. Barriers to Entry




10.1. Publications
10.2. Website

Companies Mentioned

  • A Hartrodt (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Agility South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Barloworld Logistics Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Berry and Donaldson (Pty) Ltd
  • Bidvest Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • Bigfoot Express Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • BLG Logistics of South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bollore Transport and Logistics South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Brinks (Southern Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • CEVA Logistics South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • DHL Global Forwarding SA (Pty) Ltd
  • DSV South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Elliott Mobility (Pty) Ltd
  • Expolanka Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • GAC Laser International Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Geodis South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Grindrod Ltd
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Heneways Freight Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Ibhayi Clearing and Logistics CC
  • Imperial Clearing and Forwarding South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • J F Hillebrand South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Kintetsu World Express South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Kuehne and Nagel (Pty) Ltd
  • Logwin Air and Ocean South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Manica South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Megafreight Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Mercury Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • Pantos Logistics Co Ltd
  • PCA Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Phosfert Marine (Pty) Ltd
  • Rhenus Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Rohlig-Grindrod (Pty) Ltd
  • Rohlig-Grindrod Pharma (Pty) Ltd
  • Safcor Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • Savino Del Bene (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Schenker South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping (Pty) Ltd
  • Toll Global Forwarding (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Turners Shipping (Pty) Ltd
  • Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions (Pty) Ltd
  • Value Logistics Ltd
  • Yusen Logistics Co Ltd

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