History of the business

Imperial has partnered with Ghanaian conglomerate LMI Holdings to form Imperial LMI Logistics – a business that will deliver world class logistics services in Ghana and West Africa. The vision of Imperial LMI is to be the leading integrated, end-to-end supply chain partner of choice in Ghana, with sufficient capacity and scale to catalyse economic growth and position Ghana as a trading hub for West Africa. Imperial LMI Logistics effectively enables this vision by merging LMI’s infrastructure with Imperial’s operational capabilities, while leveraging the relationships that both groups have established with end users, service providers and decision making bodies in Ghana.

LMI Holdings is a highly diversified Ghanaian group with interests in the construction, property development, logistics, utilities and ICT sectors in Ghana. Established in 1992 as John Murphy Construction, a firm focused on roads, industrial developments and commercial real estate, LMI Holdings has grown consistently over the last 24 years to become the multi-faceted conglomerate it is today. Their partnership with Imperial represents an exciting new era for the group, enabling them to leverage Imperial’s systems, technology and skills to unlock the potential of LMI’s logistics assets.

Service offering

The services that Imperial LMI Logistics will roll out initially include freight and warehousing services, as well as associated value added offerings. Container transport from port to destination will be offered, together with outbound primary, secondary, national and cross-border logistics. On the warehousing side the business will offer dedicated and multi-principal facilities, ambient and temperature controlled, as well as bulk and bonded storage.The value added services that the company will provide include co-packing, light manufacturing, container de-stuffing and stuffing. Imperial’s reporting processes, business intelligence systems and tools like vehicle scheduling and tracking will ensure that clients reap the benefits of full visibility, seamless integration and international standards throughout the supply chain. Among the LMI Holdings assets that the new business will exploit is a new 93 000m2 “Mega Warehouse” in Tema, which will enable Imperial LMI Logistics to offer clients state-of-the-art storage with easy access to the Port of Tema; an important gateway to West Africa.

Looking ahead

Imperial LMI Logistics will expand its integrated solutions with the addition of new service capabilities as these are enabled by the completion of various LMI capital projects. Upon the completion of LMI Holdings’ container terminal in the Tema enclave (adjacent to the new warehouse), Imperial LMI Logistics will be able to offer an integrated solution for multiple users of the terminal and the warehouse. This container terminal is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2018. The construction by LMI of a rail infrastructure from the Tema Port to the Tema enclave, and from Tema enclave to the new Dawa business park, will enable Imperial to offer freight rail solutions. In addition, a barge operation on Lake Volta is being investigated, to offer an alternative mode of transport to complement the road infrastructure to the north of the country.