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Our business

We are an Africa-focused provider of end-to-end, integrated market access and logistics solutions, with a significant African footprint and vast expertise. We operate in 25 countries, with a focus on defensive and growing industries.

Imperial's strategy leverages our competitive advantages in Africa, positioning the group as the 'Gateway to Africa' to our multinational clients, principals and customers. Our core strategic focus is to expand our African footprint and routes to market, and facilitate trade flows into and out of Africa, leveraging our competitive advantages, the skills of our people and our digital capabilities to deliver our differentiated solutions mainly in the healthcare, consumer, chemicals, automotive, and industrial and commodities industries. We rank among the top tier global logistics providers and we are listed on the JSE in South Africa.

Our solutions

We have a leading market access business across sub-Saharan Africa and are the premier logistics provider in East, West and Southern Africa. We have developed strong expertise and leading market positions in contract logistics and freight in Europe and the UK.

Our integrated logistics and market access offerings drive a seamless client and principal experience, delivered through simplified processes using the latest technology to help them grow in previously untapped markets.

      Core offerings Key data

Market Access

Our market access business - in which close to 100% of revenue is generated in Africa - is integral to our 'Gateway to Africa' strategy. Our market access solutions see us taking ownership of inventory and responsibility for the full order-to-cash function. We build complex route-to-market solutions that provide our principals with access to patients and consumers through comprehensive channel strategies that integrate sourcing, sales, distribution, marketing, demand generation and promotions. Our solutions also create opportunities to leverage our freight and contract logistics capabilities.

  • Integrated market access services.
  • Healthcare and consumer route-to-market.
  • Multi-market aggregation.
  • Sourcing and procurement.
  • Emergency relief and kitting.
  • Picking and packaging.
  • Marketing, demand generation and promotions.
  • Contract manufacturing.

Through our operations in mainly sub-Saharan Africa, we are able to provide market access and logistics services in more than 20 countries on the African continent. Our activities currently focus on two key, defensive industries - healthcare and consumer.



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.

  • Contract logistics
  • Freight
    • Road freight
    • Air and ocean
    • LLP, including:
      • warehousing
      • transport
      • distribution
      • control tower and supply chain management

Logistics Africa

Logistics Africa encompasses logistics activities throughout the African continent, ie road freight, contract logistics and LLP. Logistics will continue to play an integral role in achieving our 'Gateway to Africa' and 'One Imperial' strategic imperatives - leveraging and expanding freight, contract logistics and supply chain support, and leveraging cross-selling and upselling opportunities with our Market Access business.

Logistics International

Logistics International encompasses road freight, contract logistics, and air/ocean activities outside Africa - most notably our contract logistics and freight businesses in Europe and the UK.

Key facts

We are headquartered in Johannesburg and listed on the JSE (JSE share code: IPL)

We are ranked in the
Top tier
of global logistics providers

We take clients to some of the fastest growing and most challenging markets in the world.

We employ 25 432 people in 25 countries.

Our African footprint

We earned revenue of R52,2 billion (USD3,39 billion) and continuing EBITDA* of R5,0 billion (USD324 million).

We provide access to medication and healthcare products, consumer goods and other products and services.

Estimated socioeconomic value we created, directly and indirectly**

South Africa

R98,1 billion
(USD6,3 billion)

c.R4 million environmental harm, avoided by various green initiatives

Warehouse storage capacity of
900 000m2


R145,9 billion
(NGN3,6 trillion; USD9,3 billion)

NGN619,8 million in cost savings through providing affordable healthcare

  * Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)
  ** Accenture socioeconomic impact assessment (SEIA) study


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