We expertly manage the movement of goods on behalf of clients between specified sources and destinations, combining different transportation modes and types. To reduce their time-to-market, improve customer service and mitigate risk, we also work in partnership with our clients to integrate logistics functions in their end-to-end supply chain. When the outsource relationship is fully mature, we act as the lead logistics provider (LLP), managing multiple supply chain functions on our clients’ behalf.

  • With local market presence, have a deep understanding of our clients businesses and the industries they operate in
  • Expertly manage the movement of goods on behalf of clients between specified sources and destinations
  • Skilfully navigate different transportation modes (road, river, rail, air and ocean) and utilise a range of transportation types
  • Partner with our clients to integrate logistics functions into their end-to-end supply chain
  • As Lead Logistics Provider (LLP), our integrated solutions span supply chain design; end-to-end control towers; orchestrating freight management and contract logistics; and enabling market access offerings
  • Our customised information technology provides real time visibility and transparency along the entire value chain
  • Our contract logistics and distribution networks in major geographies allow for full, seamless integration


  • Offers logistics activities across Africa, including road freight, contract logistics and LLP
  • An integrated freight management and contract logistics provider with significant scale
  • Offers end-to-end solutions in key industries using technology as a differentiator
  • Reduces time-to-market, improves customer service and mitigates risk


  • Offers logistics activities outside Africa, including road freight, contract logistics, air and ocean and LLP
  • Operates mainly in the Eurozone and the UK
  • Partners with clients to integrate logistics functions into their end-to-end supply chain
  • Leading capabilities in chemical and automotive industriese
  • Specialised express distribution capabilities
  • Largely focused on mature German manufacturing industries such as automotive, chemicals and steel

core offerings

  • Contract logistics
    • We reduce client and principal time-to-market
    • Our focus is on improving customer service
    • We help our clients mitigate risk
    • We work in partnership with our clients, principals and customers to integrate logistics functions – including warehousing, distribution and synchronisation management – into their end-to-end supply chain
  • Freight
    • Road freight
      • We supply primary and secondary distribution services by road in South Africa and cross-border, including food, chemicals, fuel and gas, as well as other temperature- and time-sensitive product
      • We boast an extensive fleet, coupled with deep expertise in multiple industries
      • We focus on integrated solutions that improve real-time, end-to-end visibility
      • We are agile and adaptive to changing market demands, optimising. resources and extracting synergies across all our capabilities
    • Air and Ocean
      • With over 40 years of experience, Imperial delivers local and international air and ocean freight management solutions.
      • We are the foremost provider of comprehensive logistics and value-added services and solutions and our clients enjoy the benefits of custom-designed facilities - as well as the most up-to-date systems and equipment.
      • We provide a comprehensive range of services to key industries and partner with equally experienced partners in over 110 countries.
      • Our international freight management capability offers end-to-end import and export solutions - from point-of-origin to final destination
      • Our services include freight forwarding, customs clearing, warehousing, transport and distribution and a full suite of trade finance products to facilitate local and international trade.
    • Lead Logistics Provider (LLP)
      • Our Lead Logistics Provider offering combines our logistics (warehousing and transport) management – and air and ocean freight management capabilities – under one umbrella. This means that Imperial now offers a consolidation of the various skills required to provide a true international Lead Logistics Provider solution.
      • In developing this capability, we have partnered with a leading supply chain technology business, One Network, to manage our clients, principals and customers’ operations on a world-class control tower platform.
      • We offer custom, relevant and innovative solutions that incorporate multi-modal and international freight management.
      • We design, implement and operate integrated freight management solutions (including road, rail, air and ocean) that synergise available capacity, optimise assets and provide a solution that allows us to integrate and optimise operations to achieve the lowest possible total cost, using innovative commercials and a partnered approach to ensure success.

Our unique
value proposition

Our commitment to operating as ‘One Imperial’ means we offer our clients, principals and customers an end-to-end integrated logistics solution that - in combination with our Market Access business - enables them to grow and remain relevant in Africa.


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