Effective logistics network facilitates access to Africa’s opportunities
Managing Director of DACHSER South Africa, Detlev Duve, says that while the Africa business is still a small part of the global logistics provider, the region offers great growth opportunities for DACHSER and its clients. “Logistics services are becoming the engine of economic growth in Africa. Despite major infrastructural and other challenges, we are able to provide our customers with access to the African markets and we are seeing future changes that bode well for increased trade in the region, including the development of trade corridors.”
With current estimates indicating that trade volumes in sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple from 102.6 million tonnes in 2009 to 384.0 million tonnes in 2030, if the trade corridors are completed, Africa offers enormous opportunity. US$ 28 billion dollars is being invested in the development of major Trans-African road and rail corridors and deep-sea ports. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, with growing investment from international companies. In conjunction with energy and communications infrastructure, efficient transport and logistics infrastructure is fundamental to operational success for these companies.
The DACHSER network in Africa includes strategically positioned partners in growing markets throughout the continent including Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya and Ghana. In Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, DACHSER has been present with its own country organizations for decades. Closer to the South Africa office, there are DACHSER agents in neighbouring countries Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as well as Angola and Mauritius.
We have already seen a major increase in our cross-border projects and a growing need for road freight into Africa, with international importers continuing to use South Africa as a natural gateway into sub-Saharan Africa.Detlev Duve, Managing Director DACHSER South Africa
Duve says, “For example, we are getting more requests to transport goods from China into African countries such as Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe via the major port in Durban.”
DACHSER South Africa as a global partner
A supply chain partner that offers the scale, network and expertise to deal with increasing trade is a great asset. “DACHSER South Africa is a global partner that is able to meet the challenges of African trade as a trusted partner in the supply chain,” concludes Duve. “Our 40 years of experience have given us a deep understanding of the complex challenges of logistics in the African environment, enabling us to add enormous value to companies with an expansion strategy into African markets.”