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Africa Logistics and Warehousing Outlook to 2023: Ken Research

The report titled “Africa Logistics and Warehousing Outlook to 2023- By Countries (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia and Botswana), Mode of Freight (Road, Rail, Air, Sea and Pipeline), By End Users and by 3PL, By Type of Warehousesprovides a comprehensive analysis of the Logistics market of Africa. The report covers the overall size and future outlook of the freight forwarding and warehousing market along with a snap shot on the courier and parcels market along with a number of segments for each. The competitive landscape of the warehousing and freight forwarding segment is also present. The same has been concluded with analyst recommendations.

Africa Logistics and Warehousing Market

Africa Logistics Market Overview and Size: The African logistics market has seen a steady growth between 2013 and 2018 accounting to a single digit CAGR during this period. The continent is extremely rich with natural resources and increase in mining of coal has helped the market grow. The major exporting partners include United States, China and Japan. Infrastructure has been problematic for Africa and China has helped tremendously to curb the issue. China has made a number of investments to improve the roads, ports and railways which has helped in the growth of the market. The Freight Forwarding Market contributes the most towards the overall logistics market of Africa.

Africa Freight Forwarding Market: Contract logistics is known as the driving force for the freight forwarding market and is opted frequently. The market has experienced a growth in its study period resulting in a single digit CAGR. Food and beverages has been the market’s driving force as most of the consumer spending is towards the same. Road freight was observed to be the most preferred mode of transportation due to the development in the road infrastructure; followed by sea and rail freight. Future trends in the market focus on Africa having less trade with developed nations and more with developing nations.

Africa Warehousing Market: The warehousing market of the continent is at its growing stage. The food and beverages market is the dominant user of the warehousing market in Africa. Open storage are preferred the most as compared to closed and cold storage warehouses. East Africa will lead in the demand for industrial space, which is set to grow at six per cent annually in Ethiopia, and at 5.1 percent and 3.6 percent in Uganda and Kenya, respectively. In response to the growing demand for warehousing, Africa North Africa is expected to experience a gradual growth over the next 10 years. Egypt and Morocco currently have higher demand estimates than East and West Africa in terms of size but are set to grow at a slower rate

Competitive Scenario: Most of the African countries have few dominant international freight forwarding players in the market. The lack of infrastructure and capital make the local players resort to third party logistics, which is estimated to be the same in the future. Some of the major companies include Bollore Africa Logistics, Kuehne Nagel , DHL, Maersk, DSV Panalpina , CEVA Logistics and DB Schenker .The industry is at a growth stage in terms of parameters such as technology, efficiency and service portfolio but not pricing as the logistic cost is too high leading to contraction of manufacturing sector in the GDP.

Country Profiles

Botswana: Botswana being a landlocked country is highly dependent on road for the transportation of their goods which also has the highest revenue percentage towards the overall freight forwarding market. The market is dominated by international players and has experienced a single digit CAGR during 2013-2018.

Namibia: Namibia is considered to have one of the best road networks in Africa which also helps the road freight to dominate over the market. The country offers dry port facilities to Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and other landlocked countries. New container terminals are built on Walvis Bay which would help double its capacity in the future.

Tanzania: Amongst the countries taken into consideration the market of Tanzania has experienced the maximum growth owing to a double digit CAGR between 2013 and 2018. The market is highly concentrated with international players and the international freight dominates. The new local companies entering the market haven’t been able to adopt the new technologies and resort to third party logistics.

Uganda: Being a landlocked country multimodal transportation has gained importance in the country. The Gulu town in Northern Uganda is to get a new USD 8.8 million trade logistics hub with money provided by the EU. The warehousing market experienced an increase in demand which could be attributed to introduction of warehouse receipt system, increase in the industrial/business parks, initiatives by United nations and decline in rental rates for warehouses.

Kenya: Kenya has achieved rank 61 in the East of Doing Business Index and rank 68 in the Logistics Performance Index. Road Transport dominates the freight forwarding market due to the monopolistic demand of road transport for delivery in remote regions, to the landlocked neighboring countries, and for the last mile delivery. There are approximately 120,000 standard warehouses in Kenya, with more than 1000 warehouses in Embakasi itself. Some of the major warehousing companies include Bollore, Agility and DSV.

Nigeria: Increasing Nigerian local food products in the country has triggered the demand for logistics and warehousing making food and beverages the leading end user for freight forwarding. Due to infrastructural challenges, big market players prefer to outsource services to local transporters and focus on their core competencies. The Lekki free trade zone project was established focusing on the development of logistics and warehousing center in the southeastern part of Nigeria.

South Africa: The FMCG, Retail and Automotive industries in the country played a significant role, especially for the domestic market, in the growth of freight forwarding market in South Africa. The country is the most developed in terms of infrastructure and techniques being used. The warehousing sector experienced a slow growth due to the economic slowdown and political instability in the country. The major companies include Value Logistics, Bidvest Panalpina and Access Freight International.

Future Outlook and Projections: The overall logistics and warehousing market of the continent is expected to grow by a single digit CAGR from 2018 to 2023. Growth in intra-regional trade and projects like AFCFTA has helped in the same. The largest trigger of the logistics and warehousing market in the long run is the development of infrastructure and construction sector. This has caused a spree of developments in the country which has increased the trade and warehousing activity in the continent. Investments in advanced technologies solutions such as autonomous logistics, real-time tracking and automation in order to provide an improved customer service will also boost the market of Africa.

Key Segments Covered

Africa Logistics and Warehousing:

By Service Mix (Freight Forwarding, Warehousing and Courier and Parcel Activities)

Africa Freight Forwarding:

By Mode of Service (Road Freight, Rail Freight, and Air Freight)

By Contract and Integrated Logistics

By End Users (Food, Beverages and Consumer Retail, Automotive and Healthcare and Others)

Africa Warehousing

By Type of Warehouses (Open, Closed, Cold Storage)

By End Users (Food and Beverages, Automotive, Consumer Retail, Healthcare and Others)

By Contract and Integrated Warehousing

Africa Companies Covered

Bollore Africa Logistics

Kuehne Nagel



DSV Panalpine

CEVA Logistics

DB Schenker

Country Profiles







South Africa

Key Target Audience

Freight Forwarding Companies

Freight Forwarding Consultancy Companies

Contact Logistics  Companies

Warehousing Companies

Warehousing Consultancies

Venture Capitalists, PE

Freight Tech Companies

Investment Banks

Time Period Captured in the Report:-

Historical Period – 2013-2018

Forecast Period – 2019(F) -2023 (F)

Key Topics Covered in the Report:-

Logistics Infrastructure in Africa

Africa Freight Forwarding Market Overview

Africa Freight Forwarding Market Size

Country Profiles (Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa)

Competitive Scenario in Africa Freight Forwarding Market

Company Profiles of Major Players in Africa Freight Forwarding Market

Africa Freight Forwarding Market Future Outlook and Projections

Africa Freight Forwarding Future Market Size

Africa Freight Forwarding Market Future Segmentation

Analyst Recommendations

Africa Warehousing Market Sixe

Competitive Scenarios in Africa Warehousing Market

Africa Warehousing Future Outlook and Projections

Warehousing Future Market Size and Segmentation

Analyst recommendation

Snapshot on Africa Courier , Express and Parcels Market

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Africa Logistics and Warehousing Market

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