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South Africa Road Freight Transport Report 2023: A High Degree of Concentration Among Leading Players, with Less than 10 Companies Controlling Over 40% of the Market -

The "Freight Transport by Road in South Africa 2023" report has been added to's offering.

This report covers the transport of freight by road and excludes the operation of terminal facilities, crating and packing for transport purposes, and delivery departments of warehouses operated by businesses for their own use, as well as furniture removal and relocation.

It includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector and factors that influence it, including the number of vehicles on the road, volumes, and the effect of the economy, trade and commodity movements and conditions in industries on which it relies.

There are profiles of 30 companies including notable players Bidvest Freight, Imperial Logistics, Grindrod, Super Group, Value Logistics and Cargo Carriers as well as notable furniture removal companies such as Biddulphs and Elliott.

Freight Transport by Road in South Africa

Global demand for South African commodities has increased exponentially and supply chain management and logistics, including warehousing and road transport, are the vital ingredients needed for successful economic recovery.

The road freight sector is, however, facing disruptions such as border and port congestion, violent assaults on drivers and torching of trucks, in-transit and warehouse cargo theft, rapidly deteriorating road infrastructure and increasing operating costs caused by volatile and fluctuating fuel prices and foreign exchange rates.

The industry performed strongly in 2022, with volumes transported increasing significantly and it continues to benefit from the ongoing underperformance of the rail industry.

Commodity Boom Effect

South Africa is experiencing a record trade surplus in the wake of the pandemic. Key commodity and products are agricultural commodities, manufactured goods including local machinery and equipment as well as motor vehicles and mining outputs.

About 85% of all exports are transported by road to ports or airports for export outside the country. An increase in exports has a significant effect on volumes transported by road, especially given the incapacity of rail to absorb higher exports, especially of mined commodities.


There is a high degree of concentration among the leading players, with less than 10 companies controlling over 40% of the overall regional road-based logistics market. The two largest operators control more than 80% of the domestic market, while hold significant market share. The largest commercial vehicle rental companies are Unitrans and Fuel Group.

Key Topics Covered:



2.1. Industry Value Chain

2.2. Geographic Position

2.3. Size of the Industry


3.1. State of the Industry

3.2. Key Trends

3.3. Key Issues

3.4. Notable Players

3.5. Corporate Actions

3.6. Regulations

3.7. Enterprise Development and Social Development


4.1. State of the Industry


5.1. Key Trends

5.2. Key Issues


6.1. Unforeseen Events

6.2. Economic Environment

6.3. Safety and Security

6.4. Labour

6.5. Environmental Issues

6.6. Road conditions and infrastructure

6.7. Electricity supply restrictions and load-shedding

6.8. Technology, R&D, Innovation

6.9. Government Support

6.10. Cyclicality

6.11. Fuel prices

6.12. Input Costs


7.1. Competition

7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry

7.3. Barriers to Entry





11.1. Publications

11.2. Websites


  • APM Terminals Trucking South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Aspen Logistic Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Biddulphs Removals and Storage S A (Pty) Ltd
  • Bidvest Freight (Pty) Ltd
  • Cargo Carriers (Pty) Ltd
  • Concargo (Pty) Ltd
  • Crossroads Distribution (Pty) Ltd
  • Digistics (Pty) Ltd
  • DPD Laser Express Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • DSV South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Elliott Mobility (Pty) Ltd
  • Ezethu Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Gan-Trans (Pty) Ltd
  • Grindrod (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Imperial Logistics Ltd
  • Laser Group (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Laser Transport Group (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Maersk Logistics and Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Namibia Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Ni-Da Transport (Pty) Ltd
  • OneLogix Group Ltd
  • Rhenus Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • RTT Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Sequence Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Super Group Ltd
  • Triton Express (Pty) Ltd
  • Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions (Pty) Ltd
  • Value Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Vincemus Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • Vital Distribution Solutions (Pty) Ltd

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