Bidvest Freight

Wiseman Madinane
Chief executive

Bidvest Freight is a leading private sector freight management group in sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on more than 150 years of portside experience, to facilitate the storage, handling and movement of cargo via ocean freight, air freight, road freight and rail. Our primary objective is to handle multiple products across berths and provide capacity to serve current and future demand.

Bulk liquid

  • Over 856 000m2 of storage capacity in the Durban, Richards Bay and Isando
  • Handling 3.5 billion litres of product each year.
  • Products handled and stored include chemicals, liquified gases, edible oils, fuels, base oils and lube oil additives in South Africa.

Dry bulk

Agriculture bulk storage:

  • Agricultural bulk handling with two world-class facilities in the Port of Durban
  • Largest bulk grain handler of rice, wheat, maize, soya & sunflower seeds
  • 220 000 tonnes storage capacity

Mineral bulk storage:

  • Multi-product bulk mineral handling in the Port of Durban
  • Capacity to handle 6 million tonnes per annum
  • Storage capacity of 500 000 tonnes


  • 185 000m2 of warehousing space in all major centres in South Africa
  • Global forwarding partner with offices throughout the world.
  • International air and ocean logistics solutions
  • Capital projects, Oil and Gas specialised activities
  • Domestic and cross border road freight solution with over 175 commercial vehicles
  • Supply chain experts in-house to facilitate specialised needs

Container services

  • Three warehouse facilities in Durban, Cape Town and City Deep.
  • 100 000m2 of warehouse storage capacity
  • Container packing and unpacking
  • Transport and logistics solutions
  • Handling cleared and uncleared containers and cargo.
  • Capacity to handle over 500 000 containers per annum

Port services

  • Port warehousing, transport, stevedoring and ships agency services in all SA ports
  • Products handled include fertilisers, agricultural products, minerals, steel, cement, forest products, containers and general cargo
  • 102 000 m2 warehouse storage capacity and 43 000 m2 outside storage.

Africa - Port Services

  • Handles a wide range of commodities and general cargo.
  • Stevedoring
  • Container packing and unpacking
  • Tallying
  • Lashing and securing of cargo
  • Ships hold cleaning.
  • Caulking and cleaning of rail and road trucks.
  • Cargo separations in ships holds.
  • Labour supply.
  • 150 000m2 bonded warehouse capacity
  • Logistics and marine services
  • Forwarding and clearing
  • Ships’ Agency and husbandry services
  • Bunkering services on - and offshore in HFO, MGO products
  • Airport ground handling Services

Marine Insurance Services

  • Protection and Indemnity investigation and reporting
  • investigation and reporting
  • Marine & Cargo Surveyors
  • Claims Adjustors
  • Recovery Agents
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection Services

Click on the brand below for further information

  • Bulk Connections is a specialist dry bulk handling facility that imports and exports a wide variety of mineral products through the Durban harbour.

  • Bidvest Tank Terminals (previously Island View Storage) was established in 1953 and is the largest independent bulk liquid storage liquified vegetable oils, base oils and lube oil additives in South Africa. They have terminals on the coast in Durban and Richards Bay and inland at Isando.

  • Bidfreight Port Operations is one of the largest providers of in-port logistics in South Africa and operations in every commercial cargo port in South Africa. BPO’s areas of expertise include warehousing, stevedoring, transportation and terminal operating services.

  • Bidvest International Logistics is a leading global transport and logistics company, whose partnership with EMO Trans, provides access to an international network of 250 offices in over 120 countries. Established in 1910, we understand what it takes to optimise supply chains, because we’ve been doing it for more than a century. Our experience can take you from where you are, to where you’re going. Simply put, a partnership with us is your gateway to the world. We have offices at every major port and airport in the country and our end-to-end logistics offering includes air, sea and road transport; warehousing; and customs brokerage services in all major industries. In addition to this, our qualified Supply Chain Engineers are available to you, to help analyse, re-design and optimise your logistics processes. Bidvest International Logistics is defined by innovation, our adaptability to a constantly changing logistics landscape and our progressive nature, which means we are equipped to take your business to new heights by delivering the world to you.

  • SACD Freight is a leading provider of customised import and export management solutions specialising in container packing and unpacking, warehousing and transport logistics has national representation through strategically located operations.

  • South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) incorporates two world-class terminals based in the port of Durban. Specialising in the handling of all dry bulk products including grains and minerals.

  • NAVAL is a provider of port services in Mozambique including stevedoring, container packing and unpacking, tallying, lashing and securing of cargo, caulking and cleaning of rail tracks. The company provides skilled manpower and equipment that swiftly and efficiently loads or discharges a broad range of cargoes at the port of Maputo and Beira.

  • Rennies Ships Agency provides ships and port agency services at all South African ports to container carriers, liner and passenger line operators and non-liner ship owners, charterers and cargo owners.

  • Marine Insurance Service providers Rennie Murray & Company and P&I Associates provide a complete range of legal, commercial, insurance and marine surveying services at all South African ports to ship owners, charterers and cargo interests and other parties involved in marine transportations.

  • Marine Insurance Service providers Rennie Murray & Company and P&I Associates provide a complete range of legal, commercial, insurance and marine surveying services at all South African ports to ship owners, charterers and cargo interests and other parties involved in marine transportations.

  • Manica Group Namibia. Manica has a long and colourful history stretching back to 1924, and since then established itself as the premier logistics and marine services provider in Southern Africa.

Chief executive: Wiseman Madinane
Chief financial officer: Nosi Mbongwa
Tel: +27 (31) 333 2400

Contact us address:
Unit 6, 3rd Floor 
Bond Square
12 Browns Road Point, 
Durban, 4001