Transport and Logistics in South Africa, Market Focus

By Bolloré Logistics South Africa

 South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa and the 40th-largest in the world. South Africa is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and is considered as a newly industrialized country. The Republic of South Africa has been identified as a middle power in international affairs and maintains significant regional influence.


Bolloré Logistics South Africa (SA) was established in 1997 in Johannesburg. The year 2008 was marked by significant acquisitions for the Bolloré Group, which included the Whitehorse Group and SAEL with branches in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth as well as its SOCOPAO division.

In 2014, Bolloré Logistics SA formally merged with SAEL and simultaneously acquired its Socopoa division, being the ships’ agents for Safmarine MPV. A further branch was later opened in East London.

Bolloré Logistics South Africa is a brand of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, a leader in transport and logistics services on the African continent. They design and implement end-to-end transport solutions for clients. Their supply chain focused approach allows them to link all logistics activities to the most remote places on the African continent. Bolloré Logistics South Africa is also a gateway into all of Africa facilitating freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing and distribution activities for many multi-national companies. It offers these services across industries including mining, oil & gas, industrial & infrastructure developments, automotive, healthcare, aerospace, cosmetics, telecommunications and consumer goods.

The organization has a strategy to further develop one-stop-shop solutions including customs clearance, fine logistics and regional distribution.

Some of their success stories include the regional control tower for a telecommunications client, a dedicated fleet running cargo to and from a leading copper producer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a cross docking facility in Durban for a global consumer goods company.

Bolloré Logistics South Africa offer express air services and, having invested in a fleet of trucks, offer cross border trucking services, delivering into most of sub-Saharan African countries.

Moreover, Bolloré Logistics SA is ISO 9001 certified and a level 4 Broad Based Black Employment Equity (BBBEE) company. Bolloré Logistics SA is a proud member of the South African Freight Forwarders Association (SAAFF) as well as being an IATA accredited company.


1. RSA team and colleagues present at the 2018 Africa Mining Indaba held in Cape Town.
2. Bolloré Logistics RSA sponsored the transport, delivery and distribution of over 800 pairs of soccer boots to disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
3. The Pomona depot in Johannesburg houses the commercial department and boasts a 19,500 sqm customer-dedicated warehouse facility that has received a level C TAPA accreditation, and services Top clients in the telecommunications, cosmetics and FMCG industries.
4. Bolloré Logistics South Africa is currently investing and exploring new technologies and solutions that can be proposed to customers in order to add value to the overall supply chain. These include various digitalization and innovation projects with drone technology, Image ID and virtual reality trials in their Pomona warehouse.

Koen Rombouts

Managing Director

T: +27 398 5000

Geoff Partridge

Commercial Director

T: +27 11 396 0326