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 industries
  • Specialised express distribution capabilities
  • Largely focused on mature German manufacturing industries such as automotive, chemicals and steel

Silk Road

Transport solutions connecting Asia and Europe

Asia-Europe trade is facing rising volumes, delays and soaring costs caused by reduced ocean and air freight capacity.

Get aboard now, choose us and either pick our long-haul road transport or get on the right track with our intercontinental rail freight forwarding to have your valuable goods transported from and to Asia and Europe.

Why you should pick long-haul road transport

  • Attractive transit times (depending on the current market situation)
  • Cheaper than air freight, with more generous volume conversion and no compromise on service quality
  • Faster than 75% of the other transport modes
  • Wide range of commodities accepted
  • Flexible routing to avoid potential problems/delays
  • Higher loading capacity than ocean or rail
  • Milkrun is possible
  • Short notice bookings and later cut-offs
  • Door to door service without transiting any terminal
  • Enhanced security and damage protection

Why you’ll be on the right track with intercontinental rail freight forwarding

  • Access to all major rail hubs in Asia and Europe
  • Door-to-door
  • FCL (full container load) and LCL (less-than-container-load) services
  • Visibility and control over your rail shipments throughout their transit
  • Value added services
  • Highest security standards, GPS monitoring on request
  • All operations managed and controlled by Imperial employees at both ends
  • Reducing emissions by approximately 90% compared to air freight
Contact us now for a competitive quote!

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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