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SA’s trucking industry trends and what this means for road freight and courier services
Recently, according to the national transport master plan, the demand for road freight is expected to increase in the period up to 2050.
Road freight an important factor in SA’s economy
86 percent of the freight transported annually in South Africa goes by road, a factor that underscore’s the road freight industry’s importance to our economy.
According to the Road Freight Association of SA, recent e-Natis figures revealed that there were approximately 557 795 commercial vehicles of more than 3500kgs on South Africa’s roads, including trailers. According to Statistics SA, road transport contributed nine percent to the economy and a total of 103 000 formal and informal employees were employed by the road freight sector.
An Econometrix spokesperson has stressed the importance of road transport to the economy and the country at large. He said that road transport was not cheaper than rail but shippers were prepared to pay for road transport because it was reliable, predictable and cost effective.
However, the latest data from Stats SA revealed that rail tonnage on a three-month moving basis had declined in the past few years on a year-on-year basis while road freight showed a declining trend.
With regards to road freight, the sector had not just experienced a simple recession but a long, hard period with many companies going out of business and tight budgets all round.
Couriers continue to drive competitive pricing and service levels
What this means for the courier services industry is that we are on a continuous drive to improve pricing and service levels as macro economic drivers shift and change. Despite prevailing trends, our aim is to ensure that we move and evolve as your needs too, shift and evolve.
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