With so many logistics companies in the market nowadays, finding the right and reliable freight forwarding partner can be sometimes challenging. Especially when everyone claims to be the best. And as a business owner or a corporate, there are times when the need comes to move goods from one point to another. Either locally or internationally. If you are in South Africa, looking for the best company to work with, then this is for you. Find below the Top 10 freight forwarding companies in South Africa. The article provides you with a brief description, google reviews, certifications, revenue, and more, to help you make the best choice for your next shipping project.

1. CFR Freight SA (Pty) Ltd – Johannesburg

The company specializes in providing one of the best ocean, air, and road freight solutions, warehousing, and transport services across the country. With its headquarter in Johannesburg, CFR Freight SA (Pty) Ltd has been in operations for over 25 years. CFR Freight is also an active member of the AirCargoGroup, a global organization of neutral Air Freight wholesalers. CFR Freight has four branches in the country. Which includes CFR Freight Johannesburg, CFR Freight Durban, CFR Freight Port Elizabeth and, CFR Freight Cape Town.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1991
  • Rating: 4.3 based on 42 Google reviews
  • Annual Revenue: $38.07 million
  • Staff: 208 employees
  • CFR Freight head office: 41 Yaldwyn Rd, Jet Park, Boksburg, 1459, South Africa / contact: +27 11 820 8000

2. Lonrho Logistics (Pty) Ltd

Lonrho Logistics (Pty) Ltd is among the best companies that provide a complete freight forwarding & logistics management solution in South Africa. Through its special and long-term relationship with diverse shipping lines and airlines operating to and from the country, Lonrho Logistics offers high-quality services at the most competitive rates. Some of the services include exports & imports, clearing and forwarding ( sea & air), CHARTERS, special services, and much more.

Company Profile:

  • Rating: 4.3 based on  32 Google reviews
  • Annual revenue: $69.14 million USD
  • Certifications: B-BBEE, Ekurhuleni Certificate Of Acceptability, PPECB, Civil Aviation Authority – Approved Regulated Agents, IATA
  • Staff: 300 employees
  • Lonrho logistics contact details: Unit 33, Foreign Airline Cargo Center, O.R. Tambo Intl Airport, Kempton Park, 1619, South Africa / Contact: +27 11 571 0800

3. Cargo Compass SA (Johannesburg)

With over 28 years in the logistics industry, Angela and Sebastiano Lorio, sister, and brother started their own company: Cargo Compass SA Pty, a 100% owned South African business registered in 1999. Based in Johannesburg, the company complies with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment level 5. As one of the top freight forwarding companies in Johannesburg South Africa, Cargo compass SA offers a diverse range of logistics services. Including sea & air freight, customs clearance bonded Warehousing, and much more.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1999
  • Rating: 4.6 based on 44 Google reviews
  • Annual Revenue:  $47.58 million
  • Staff: 360 employees
  • Certifications:  B-BBEE level5
  • Head office: 269 Fleming Rd, Meadowdale, Germiston, 1401, South Africa / Contact: +27 11 454 2010

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4. NATCO Logistics (Pty)Ltd – Johannesburg

Headquartered in Johannesburg, NATCO LOGISTICS (Pty)Ltd is a global freight forwarding company that specializes in domestic freight, international shipping, warehousing, and transportation services. The company has been very active in the African continent and globally for more than 24 years. Also, NATCO Logistics got several recognitions and accreditations including ISO 9001:2015 certification, IATA Accreditation, B-BBEE level2. Meaning the company complies with quality and higher standards. With many years of experience in the industry, NATCO has positioned itself among the top freight forwarding companies in Durban, South Africa.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1996
  • Rating: 4.4 based on 16 Google reviews
  • Annual Revenue: Unknown
  • Certifications: ISO 9001:2015 certification, IATA Accreditation, B-BBEE level2
  • Head office address: Ayrshire Ave, Longmeadow Business Estate, Johannesburg, 1610, South Africa/Contact: +27 11 608 2340

5. World Net Logistics (Pty) Ltd, Member of Rhenus Logistics

As a leading freight forwarder in South Africa, World Net Logistics (Pty) Ltd, provides one of the smartest logistics services with a focus on excellence and complete customer satisfaction. An active member of Rhenus Logistics, the company also operates in more than 110 countries and has 500 offices worldwide. So, when it comes to top freight forwarding companies in South Africa, World Net Logistics (Pty) Ltd is definitely one of the valuable logistics partners to work with. The company that offers tailor-made solutions, expertise combined with integrity and flexibility.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1996
  • Rating: 4.2 based on 65  Google reviews 
  • Annual revenue: $11.29 million USD
  • Staff: 450 employees
  • Certifications: IATA, AEO, ISO B-BBEE level2, DEKRA
  • Head Office Address: 3, Longmeadow Business Estate West, 3 Drakensberg Dr, Edenvale, 1609, South Africa/ Contact: +27 11 409 9700

6. Toll Global Forwarding SA Pty Ltd

According to TOP 500, Toll Global Forwarding SA Pty Ltd is one of South Africa’s best-managed companies that provides high-performing logistics solutions. Both countrywide and from South Africa to other parts of the globe. Based in Johannesburg, the company is also part of the giant Toll Group, which specializes in providing all-inclusive supply chain management solutions and a wide range of freight forwarding services.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1989
  • Rating: 4.0 based on 48  Google reviews 
  • Annual revenue: $42.83 million USD
  • Staff: 234 employees
  • Office address: 129 Elgin Road, Pomona AH, Kempton Park, 1619, South Africa / Contact: +27 11 565 2600

7. Dachser SA (Pty) Ltd 

When it comes to supply chain operations, DACHSER offers one of the best solutions that suit customers’ needs. Various services include road, air, and ocean freight. Also, the food logistics business division and even contract logistics. Today, Dachser SA (Pty) Ltd is recognized as one of the most successful logistics companies in South Africa. In this corona pandemic DACHSER has managed to organize a direct charter flight from China to Spain (Madrid) thank to its powerful network. The cargo was mainly medical equipment to be transported via air and sea.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1979
  • Rating: 4.3 based on 43 Google reviews
  • Annual revenue: EUR 96.32 million Euros
  • Staff: 258 employees
  • Certifications: CEIV Pharma, IATA certification, B-BBEE
  • Office address: 9 Sim St, Kempton Park AH, Kempton Park, 1619, South Africa / Contact: +27 11 396 1113

8. Savino Del Bene South Africa

Savino Del Bene is an international logistics company providing reliable and effective freight forwarding services at the most competitive rates. With more than 270 offices globally, Savino offers multi-modal transportation services including air, ocean, and road all over the world.

Company Profile:

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Savino Del Bene South Africa

  • Founded in: 1997
  • Rating: 4.4 based on 59 Google reviews 
  • Annual revenue: EUR 1.55 billion Euros
  • Staff:  4,000 employees globally
  • Certifications: ISO 9001 Quality system, ISO 14001:2015 Environment, Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliance, ENAC, HACCP, IATA, TAPA, AEO
  • Office Address: Building 1 Eastport Logistics Park Eastport Boulevard Cnr R21 and R25 Expressway, Glen Marais, Kempton Park, 1619, South Africa/ Contact: +27 11 437 3000

9. KWE, Kintetsu World Express South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Through its 1 million square meter warehouse and operating in 216 cities globally, KWE  provides customized end-to-end freight forwarding solutions. All supply chain operations are monitored from their head office in Johannesburg, South Africa via a dedicated team of experts. So with both technology and expertise combined with its world-class facilities, KWE positioned itself as one of the top freight forwarding companies in South Africa.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1996
  • Rating: 4.0 based on 51 Google reviews
  • Annual revenue: $17.5 billion USD
  • Staff: 4,000 employees globally
  • Certifications: RA3 Agent, Cargo Security: Part 108, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 1400, C-TPAT, AEO, B-BBEE
  • Head Office Address: 8 Jansen Road Jet Park Boksburg 1459
    Gauteng South Africa / Contact: +27 11 573 5700

10. IMPERIAL Retail Logistics

Imperial is a focused logistics service provider operating in 32 countries worldwide. The company employs over 27 000 people and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in South Africa.  Moreover, Imperial retail logistics provides one the best-customized logistics services and integrated solutions that offer an invaluable competitive edge.

Company Profile:

  • Founded in: 1975
  • Rating: 4.0 based on 32 Google reviews
  • Annual revenue: 3.5 billion USD
  • Staff: 27,000 employees globally
  • Certifications: B-BBEE Level2, ISO 9001: 2008, BS OHSAS 18001
  • Head Office Address: Imperial Place 79 Boeing Road East Bedfordview 2007, South Africa / Contact: +27 11 372 6500

To conclude, there are many good freight forwarding companies in South Africa that provide a wide range of services.  As a business owner, it is always recommended to make extra inquiries before engaging the company you have selected. For instance, on any changes or extra charges that may come up during the forwarding process. This will save you from paying for unexpected additional charges.

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