SEKO Logistics’ positive growth in South Africa
SEKO Logistics has signed up close to 100 new customers in South Africa since opening for business in Cape Town.
SEKO has been present in South Africa since 2006 with established locations in Johannesburg and Durban. It opened in Cape Town in May of last year and is now regularly handling sea and airfreight traffic for clients in the electronic goods, automotive, food & beverage, textiles and building materials industries.
Brian Wicht, Director of SEKO in Cape Town, said, “2015 was an excellent year in which we enjoyed spectacular growth, taking a start-up business and turning it into a profitable venture within six months. During the first quarter of 2016 we have experienced consistent growth, despite tough trading conditions. Of the 100 new accounts we have gained, the majority are giving us regular monthly shipments. We have demonstrated to our customers that we are more pro-active and flexible in the logistics solutions we can offer and we are confident this will lead to sustained growth of the rest of 2016.”
SEKO Logistics currently employs a team of 11 logistics specialists at its Cape Town office, located in the city’s M5 Business Park in Maitland, overlooking the iconic Table Mountain.
Richard Mallabone, Managing Director of SEKO in South Africa, added, “Through our Johannesburg and Durban locations we have built up a reputation for offering highly personalized service, customized for our individual client’s needs, as well as great technology that gives our customers full visibility. That is important because this remains a challenging market that is being impacted by a variety of economic factors. While the weaker value of the Rand has resulted in a slowing down of import business, we are seeing good opportunities to grow our exports to the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, all strong markets in SEKO’s global network. The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement between the U.S. and South Africa will create further growth potential for us and we are also collaborating with other SEKO offices globally to win more multi-national customers. We are confident in the future of the African market and our ability to expand our share of sales, and that has prompted this latest investment in Cape Town.”