South Africa Logistics Industry Outlook to 2026

Driven by Foreign Infrastructural Investments and Government Support but held back by Covid and unstable political conditions in South Africa


Author(s):Ayushi and Anchal Gupta

Product Code:KR1317

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About the Report

About the Report

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the potential of Logistics Industry in South Africa. The report covers an overview and genesis of the industry, and market size in terms of revenue generated.

The report has market segmentation which includes segments by service mix, mode of freight, mode of transport, end users, by type of warehouse, by shipments, and more; growth enablers and drivers; challenges and bottlenecks; trends driving adoption trends; regulatory framework; end-user analysis, industry analysis, competitive landscape including competition scenario and market shares of major players. The report concludes with each market segmentation's future projections and analyst recommendations.

South Africa Logistics Industry

Market Overview:

According to Ken Research estimates, the Market Size of South Africa Logistics has shown an increasing trend from 2017 to 2022. The South African logistics sector supports the second-largest economy on the continent, and is relatively sophisticated. Local and international companies use South Africa as gateway for their operations into Africa. The logistics operators are making significant investments in automation and digitalization in order to address security concerns, improve loss prevention as well as efficiency.

  • Under National Infrastructure Plan 2050, South Africa will gain from foreign infrastructure investment in Africa which will create friendly logistics system in the country.
  • Delivery by drone is the new trend in supply chain, South Africa’s startup Flying Labs is introducing cargo drone for faster delivery of medical products in the remote parts of South Africa. 

Key Trends by Market Segment:

By Mode of Transport: Sea Freight dominates the Freight Market contributing the highest owing to the affordability and accessibility of using sea freight players.

South Africa Logistics Market Revenue By Mode of Transport

By Warehouse Business Model: Industrial/ Retail Warehouses dominated the South Africa Warehouse market in 2021 by capturing maximum Mn sqm.

South Africa Logistics Market Segmentation By Warehouse Business Model

Competitive Landscape:

Competitive Landscape

Future Outlook:

Market Size of South Africa Logistics is expected to show increasing trend from 2022 to 2027. This is owing to National Infrastructure Plan 2050. Delivery by drone is the new trend in supply chain, South Africa’s startup Flying Labs is introducing cargo drone for faster delivery of medical products in the remote parts of South Africa. Also, Value-added services are expected to increase due to the increase in CEP and E-commerce and Warehousing services where VAS such as sorting, and packaging are used.

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Scope Of The Report

Scope of the Report

South Africa Logistics Market Segmentation

By Service Mix

Freight Forwarding


Courier, Express Parcel Market

Value Added Services

South Africa Freight Forwarding Market Segmentation

By Mode of Transport





By type of Freight End Users





South Africa Warehouse Market Segmentation

By Business Model

Industrial/Retail Warehouses

CFS/ICD Warehouses

Cold Storage

Agriculture and Other Warehouses

By End-Users

Retail including Garments, Cosmetics

Automotive & Engineering

E- Commerce

Pharma/ Healthcare


South Africa CEP Market Segmentation

By Domestic/ International Shipments

Domestic Shipment

International Shipment

By End-Users




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Key Target Audience – Organizations and Entities Who Can Benefit by Subscribing This Report: 

  • E-commerce Companies
  • Third-Party Logistic Providers
  • Potential Market Entrants
  • Freight Forwarding Companies
  • Warehousing Companies
  • Cold Storage Companies
  • Industry Associations
  • Consulting Agencies
  • Government Bodies & Regulating Authorities 

Time Period Captured in the Report:

  • Historical Period: 2017-2021
  • Base Year: 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2021-2026


Major Players Mentioned in the Report: 

  • Imperial Logistics
  • Kuehne Nagel
  • Value Logistics
  • Bidvest Logistics
  • One Logix
  • Sacro CFR
  • Bollore Logistics
  • Vital Distribution
  • African Logistics
  • Titan Cargo
  • Skynet
  • Fastway Courier
  • The Courier Guy
  • FedEx
  • Kargo
  • UPS
  • DB Schinke
  • DHL
  • Mega freight
  • DPD Group
  • Bollore Logistics
  • Supergroup
  • Cargo carriers
  • Rhenus Logistics

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. South Africa Country Overview and Import/ Export Scenario

1.1 Country Overview

1.2 Import and Export Scenario in South Africa

2. Infrastructure Scenario in South Africa

2.1 Overview of South Africa’s Logistics Infrastructure

2.2 Logistics Infrastructure in South Africa: Airports, Seaports, Rail Network and Road Network 

2.3 Economic Zones in South Africa 

3. South Africa Logistics Market

3.1 Executive Summary 

3.2 Logistics Development Scenario in South Africa

3.3 Trends and Developments in Logistics Industry in South Africa

SWOT Analysis 

3.4 Government Initiatives in the South Africa Logistics Industry 

3.5 Impact of Covid-19 in South Africa 

3.6 South Africa Logistics Market Size, 2017-2021

3.7 South Africa Logistics Industry Future Market Size, 2021-2026

3.8 Value Added Services (VAS) Market Size, 2017-2026

4. South Africa Freight Market

4.1 Executive Summary 

4.2 South Africa Freight Market Ecosystem

4.3 Value Chain Analysis of Freight Market

4.4 Issues Affecting Operational Efficiency in Freight Market

4.5 South Africa Freight Market Size, 2017-2021

4.6 Market Segmentation by Type of End Users, 2021 (Automobile, E-commerce, pharma, retail) and by Land

4.7 South Africa Freight Future Market Size, 2021-2026

4.8 Freight Market Future Segmentations, by Type of End Users, Type of Mode, 2021-2026

4.9 Freight Aggregator Market

4.10 Digital Truck Aggregators Business Model

4.11 Major Challenges which have led to the rise of Digital Freight Platforms

4.12 Major Benefits of digital Freight Aggregator Platforms

4.13 Digital Truck Aggregator in South Africa- Saloodo, whereismytransport, Linebooker

5. South Africa Warehousing Market

5.1 Executive Summary 

5.2 South Africa Warehousing Ecosystem

5.3 Industry Life Cycle of South Africa Warehousing Market

5.4 Issues & Challenges in South Africa Warehousing Market

5.5 Few Warehousing Projects in South Africa

5.6 Bonded Warehouses in South Africa

5.7 South Africa Warehousing Market Size, 2017-2021

5.8 Market Segmentations by Business Model, 2021 (Industrial/ Retail Warehouses, Container Freight/ ICDs, and Cold Storage)

5.9 Market Segmentation by Type of End Users, 2021 Retail, Automotive & Engineering, Pharma, E-Commerce and Others)

5.10 Modern Warehousing technologies Ecosystem in South Africa

5.11 Warehousing Market Future Projections, 2021-2026

6. South Africa Express and E-Commerce Market

6.1 Executive Summary 

6.2 Scenario of E-Commerce in South Africa 

6.3 South Africa CEP Market Size, 2017-2021

6.4 Growth Drivers and Challenges in South Africa CEP market

6.5 Market Segmentation by Domestic/ International Shipments

6.6 South Africa CEP Future Market Size, 2021-2026

6.7 South Africa CEP Market Future Segmentation 2026

7. Competitive Scenario

7.1 Competition Scenario in Logistic Market in South Africa 

7.2 Cross Comparison between Major Logistics Companies 

7.3 Competition Scenario in CEP Market in South Africa

7.4 Cross Comparison between Major CEP Companies

8. Research Methodology

8.1 Market Definitions

8.2 Abbreviations

8.3 Market Sizing Approach

8.4 Methodology used for primary, secondary and sanity Checking

8.5 Primary Research Approach

8.6 Limitations and Future Conclusion

9. Appendix


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Research Methodology

Research Methodology

Step: 1 Identifying Key Variables:

Ecosystem creation for all the major entities and referring to multiple secondary and proprietary databases to perform desk research around market to collate industry level information.

Step: 2 Market Building:

Collating statistics on logistics over the years, penetration of marketplaces and service providers ratio to compute revenue generated for logistics services. We will also review service quality statistics to understand revenue generated which can ensure accuracy behind the data points shared.

Step: 3 Validating and Finalizing:

Building market hypothesis and conducting CATIs with industry exerts belonging to different companies to validate statistics and seek operational and financial information from company representatives.

Step: 4 Research output:

Our team will approach multiple logistics and warehousing services providing channels and understand nature of product segments and sales, consumer preference and other parameters, which will support us validate statistics derived through bottom to top approach from logistics and warehousing providers.

Research Methodology for South Africa Logistics Market

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

01 How big is the logistics industry in Africa?

South Africa Logistics industry size has been at $30.6 billion in 2022

02 Who are the three major logistics players in South Africa?

Bidvest Logistics, Imperial Logistics & DHL Supply Chain are the major logistics players in South Africa

03 What are the challenges faced by logistics companies in South Africa?

Poor road conditions, increased costs of doing business, thefts & non-compliant trucks are few challenges faced by logistics companies.

04 How much does logistics contribute to South Africa's economy?

Logistics sector in South Africa showed 12% yearly growth in its contribution to GDP.

05 Why South Africa Logistics industry is growing?

Technological development, increased demand for goods & services and rising cold chain ensure logistics sector's growth.

06 What is the future growth rate of South Africa Logistics?

South Africa Logistics Market is expected to grow at 6.4% in forecast year 2026.

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