We tend to take the convenience of modern life for granted, but there’s a lot of work and effort that goes on behind the scenes to bring us the goods we need.
South Africa imports approximately R1 000 billion worth of goods (and exports around R850 billion worth of goods) annually, trading with countries all over the world, including China, Germany, the USA, India, Saudi Arabia and countries throughout Africa. It is a cornerstone of our economy.
The task of moving all these goods, both nationally and internationally, falls to the logistics sector. If a healthy economy is like a healthy body, then logistics is the circulatory system. Just as veins and arteries transport nutrient-rich blood through our bodies, so logistics moves the goods that drive our economy.
Logistics operators function across four major modes of transport – road, rail, water and air – integrating them into a complex network, which employs millions of people worldwide. Goods need to be packed, moved, stored, logged and processed, and distributed – and all as efficiently as possible.
Dube TradePort has a vital role to play in KwaZulu-Natal’s logistics network, creating a point at which air, land and sea transport meet. Airborne cargo is flown into and out of King Shaka International Airport, and is handled by Dube Cargo Terminal. Dube TradePort also gives freight forwarders access to roads and the nearby seaports at Durban and Richards Bay, as well as the benefits associated with an IDZ. (For a glimpse into DB Schenker, a giant in the freight-forwarding business, and for more information on IDZ benefits, see below.)
Mining, farming, manufacturing and retail all depend on logistics, which not only creates jobs and profitability directly, but also enables other sectors to function and grow. Logistics is a key aspect of the economy.