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Being a specialist in this field, we customize our services around specific transportation logistics to best suite your needs. Whatever you need to transport we got you covered.

Clearing and Forwarding

As South Africa's leading clearing and forwarding company we offer our clients a wide range of transportation modes as well as expert advice.

Import and Export Management Services

South African Freight Services offers expert advice on Import / Export services and will advise on which of these modes is best suited to their products and delivery methods. Our services include everything from Reefer Services and Transportation Logistics to Container and Cargo Management.

Supply Chain Management

Having the capacity to manage the entire supply chain from source to destination through a partnership with global forwarders has ensured the popularity of South African Freight Services. Our Hallmarks include a complete supply chain management solution along with flexibility, reliability, continual innovation and the provision of timeous information to customers.

This is why top brands choose us; we are the best in the industry yet!

South African Freight Services offers a complete solution to any transportation need, from on site packing to legal documentation, however its strategically located bases is what really sets the company apart. With offices located in strategic cities, we are perfectly situated as the only freight company in South Africa to truly offer the most comprehensive service possible.

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SAFS Strategic Infrastructure

The Durban facility

The Durban facility is strategically located approximately 1KM from customs & excise and approximately 10 km from Sea Container Terminal, which is the busiest container terminal in Africa, a prime position for a freight company in South Africa.

Johannesburg facility

Johannesburg is South Africa's business and financial capital, with a constant flow of goods and products entering and leaving the city. Our facility is strategically located approximately 5km from the OR Thambo International Airport, approximately 10kms from the container terminal.

Port Elizabeth facility

Our facility in Port Elizabeth is situated in the heart of Eastern Cape's transport and economic centre, just 7km from the SAPO Sea Terminal, customs & excise office and airport, a vital location for any freight company in South Africa.

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Cancun – The air cargo industry in Africa suffer from infrastructure challenges, especially on ground base, according to Glyn Hughes, head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

“We think the air cargo industry in Africa needs to be improved. There is more than a billion people in Africa of which many are young and becoming more affluent and this offers lots of opportunities in the air cargo industry,” Hughes told Fin24 at the 73rd annual Iata AGM.

“There are a number of tech companies indicating they are interested in looking at how they can use smart phones as a delivery destination in Africa – a mobile delivery unit.”

According to Hughes, the second main challenge for air cargo in Africa is the lack of open skies among countries on the continent.

“It is often cheaper to fly something from one African country via the Middle East to another African country than directly between two Africa countries,” said Hughes.

“And the third main challenge lies in the transfer of goods cross border for final deliveries, especially to land locked countries. Iata is looking at how this can be improved and is working with a number of organisations in this regard.”

Value of air cargo

It is estimated that globally $5.9trn worth of goods are flown by air cargo annually. This is about 35% of global trade by value and generates annual revenues of more than $50bn for airlines.

About 62 500 tonnes of humanitarian aid is also delivered by air per year.

Yet, according to Hughes, the air cargo industry has seen little growth since 2011, mainly due to weak gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the world and excess capacity keeping yields under pressure.

At the same time he sees a number of opportunities in the air cargo industry. These include growing e-commerce goods needing to be delivered; growth in the global pharma market, which requires specialised delivery; strong export orders; improvement in global trade; and modern widebody aircraft being cargo friendly.

Safety and security

At its AGM Iata adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernisation and transformation of the air cargo industry with the aim of making trade faster, cheaper and more efficient.

“Air cargo processes are stuck in another century. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from the expected $1trn boost in trade growth arising from the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the improving global economic environment, we need a major overhaul of industry processes,” according to Iata CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

The Iata resolution calls on the air cargo industry to take a customer-centric approach to transformation to meet the evolving needs of shippers.

The resolution suggests digitisation of the supply chain; adopting harmonised standards; using enhanced technology; and harnessing the power of data to drive effiency.

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South African Freight Services specializes in international forwarding, customs clearing, import and export freighting, services by sea, air, rail and road. Allowing us to offer our clients a door to door service from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.

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