IMPERIAL LOGISTICS - International Logistics

By: Imperial Logistics  11-11-2011
Keywords: Logistics, Freight Forwarding

IMPERIAL Logistics is an export, import and transhipment expert, offering a comprehensive range of freight forwarding, customs clearance and custom brokerage services. When it comes to cross border trade, we understand the challenges you face and have on the ground experts to tackle these for you.

Using advanced administration systems, we ensure minimal administrative burden for customers, while delivering real-time information to give you peace of mind that your product is intact and on track. Moving your products across borders and geographies with innovation and foresight, we provide you with complete security and insurance cover against unforeseen events. 

In addition, our customs clearing professionals not only negotiate with customs on our customers’ behalf, but deliver transparent reporting to assist you with your corporate governance compliance. Through our integrity based relationships with customs authorities, ours is a best-in-class international logistics service.

Freight forwarding & clearing

We have international freight forwarding and courier expertise within the Group. We have offices and agents in all major centres throughout Southern Africa and are represented worldwide through our global network associations.

In addition to our service excellence, our state-of-the-art technology and software enables our customers 24/7 accessibility to a secure innovative and rewarding logistics experience. Through our international partnerships, we enable you to track the progress of your shipments online.With our network of customs brokerage, we understand the difficulties of cross border trade. Our highly efficient customs brokerage, clearance and compliance service is designed to take the complexity out of the customs process. Moving your goods seamlessly across international borders, we ensure complete security in challenging environments and provide insurance against unforeseen events.Ranking among the leading freight forwarders in southern Africa, we specialise in:

Air and ocean freight forwarding

Sensitive to cost, our economy of scale ensures that we are able to compete at the highest level where we offer frequent consolidation of cargo through global hub systems and partner networks. We offer secure port and airport handling of cargo and on-forwarding to any destination globally via the best mode of transportation whether air, sea, road or rail. Having the necessary equipment, we can handle products such as pharmaceuticals and hazardous cargo. We have the ability to assemble cargo from multiple suppliers to one consignee thus reducing costs and increasing control.In addition, we regularly handle offshore cargo and understand the implications of managing the cargo between two foreign points to ensure a smooth flow from departure to the port of arrival at the other end while keeping our customers informed throughout the process.Rail and road forwarding
We offer direct controlled, hands-on, cross border services to both local and international business partners. A complex multi-modal offering including rail and road services is part of numerous service solutions. Global movement of cargo can be challenging and costly in terms of customs regulations if the process is not managed professionally. We have intricate knowledge of regulations along with access to facilities that allow us to offer customised, cost effective solutions. We move both large and small shipments for our customers and where required we consolidate and group shipments, achieving cost savings.Direct Express
We understand the need for time-definite delivery which usually commands a premium along with the diligent attention of the controller handling the job. We offer first available flights and predictable point-to-point services with quick correction action if needed. Customs clearing
Our Electronic Data Interchange offering allows for a fully automated paperless customs declaration system providing online releases from the South African Revenue Services as well as the ability to receive and import supplier invoice data into our systems. We understand the importance of avoiding delays and the associated storage and demurrage costs. For this purpose we have customs professionals in place to help avoid pitfalls where possible.

IMPERIAL Logistics International
Through our two divisions, IMPERIAL Logistics Southern Africa and IMPERIAL Logistics International, we have the infrastructure and capacity to design and implement best-in-class solutions. Consider some facts about our International division operating companies. is a leading logistics provider through its 34 locations and subsidiaries in Germany, France, Poland and Portugal. Its expertise lies in the distribution of processed steel rolls, automotive parts, components and the preliminary assembly of certain products for a number of leading European vehicle and component manufacturers. A leading inland ports operator along the Rhine River, is responsible for transhipment of 1 200 000 containers and 8 000 000 tons per year, including the handling and processing, storage and transportation of bulk and general cargo. neska offers connections from Cologne, Dusseldorf and Duisberg to Antwerp and Rotterdam.? provides short sea solutions and maintains routes from Europe to the Far East, USA and India, delivering shipment of grain, feed, fertiliser, steel, coal, timber and scrap. Founded in 1963 as a shipbroker in Hamburg, the company today delivers transhipment of more than 20 000 000 tons per year. Founded in 1800 in Duisberg, Germany is a leading European inland waterway shipping company. It operates > 600 inland vessels, with a total cargo capacity of 1 000 000 tons. Our international logistics services include:
  • Transhipment
  • Cross border logistics
  • Customs clearance and brokerage services
  • Freight forwarding
  • Inter-modal logistics
  • Reverse logistics

Keywords: Freight Forwarding, Logistics

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IMPERIAL LOGISTICS - Operating Companies

Goldfields Logistics Park, 10 Refinery Road, Driehoek, Germiston, South Africa.


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