Transnet signs memorandum with Imperial Logistics

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pretoria - Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Imperial Logistics on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is aimed at exploring multimodal collaboration opportunities within the logistics and transport sector.

The memorandum signed between the two entities combines TFR’s efficiency in long haul rail transportation with Imperial Logistics’ expertise in road freight logistics, distribution and end-to-end value chain management.

According to TFR, the partnership will facilitate joint development of multimodal logistics services in support of Transnet’s ‘road to rail’ strategy, resulting in a reduction on the adverse impact of rail-friendly freight on the national road infrastructure in addition to reducing the cost of logistics for cargo owners throughout Southern Africa.

By working together, the company aims to maximise road and rail logistics capabilities to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and lower transport costs for customers.

TFR and Imperial Logistics aim to divert freight currently transported via road to multimodal combinations with the promise of a more efficient and cost effective end-to-end solution. The two companies intend to join forces in order to target existing volumes within their groups across various industries.

“We are very excited about the structured way in which we can now engage with TFR as a partner to service our customers” Cobus Rossouw, Chief Integration Officer of Imperial Logistics said.

The partnership said Chief Executive of TFR Siyabonga Gama will make it possible for both companies to benefit the economy.

“The MoU makes it possible for TFR and Imperial Logistics to collaborate to benefit the South African economy through resolving previous competitive obstacles,” said Gama.

“It’s no secret that as fuel costs increase, transportation of goods is becoming a major cost component of all supply chains and innovative efficient solutions will be welcomed. TFR and Imperial Logistics have the opportunity to make a difference through their combined efforts,” he explained.

TFR owns and maintains a network of over 20 500 route kilometres.

This partnership is in support of South Africa’s National Development Plan. - SAnwews.gov.za

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