Transport and Logistics

The Netherlands

The Netherlands plays a key role in the transport and logistics corridors of today’s globalised economy. One of the country’s key strengths as the Gateway to Europe is its integrated approach to multi-modal logistics. The Netherlands has excellent land, air, and water transport but its major advantage is in the sophistication with which the Dutch logistics service providers combine these forms of transport.

The Netherlands is home to more distribution centres than anywhere else in Europe, indicating the strength of Dutch transport and logistics services. Transport remains indispensable, but logistics is increasingly focused on supplementary services. Besides packing, warehousing and distribution, the Netherlands’ logistics market also excels at credit, insurance, ICT services, legal advice, security and monitoring.

South Africa

South Africa is the doorway to Africa and an important transportation hub with major shipping lines hugging its coastline. The country is a continental leader in terms of transport and logistical sophistication with first-class roads, the largest rail network in Africa and eight commercial ports to serve specific hinterlands. 

Unfortunately the sector has experienced a protracted period of disinvestment which resulted in bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the system. The South African government has highlighted the transport sector as a key contributor to the country’s global competitiveness and acknowledged the role that transport-related infrastructure can play in stimulating economic growth and social development in the region. In support of which government has made substantial financial commitment to improve the country’s transport infrastructure.

Bilateral Cooperation

Through the use of Dutch technologies, expertise and systems, the Netherlands can make a valuable contribution to an internationally competitive transport/logistics system in South Africa.  In this regard the Embassy is actively involved in bilateral trade promotion and knowledge exchange. It has funded several developmental projects, including a port worker skills development project in Durban and Richards Bay; a skills needs assessment of the Saldanha Bay municipality and a market entry study.

For more information please contact the Embassy: 
Tel: +27 12 425 4550 

Transport and Logistics Industry Contacts

The Netherlands

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment  

Port of Rotterdam

Port of Amsterdam


Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics

Holland International Distribution Channel


Nea Transport Research and Training

Transport en Logistiek Nederlands

Holland Rail Industry

Branchevereniging voor Nederlandse spoorgoederenvervoerders

Netherlands Association for Forwarding and Logistics

The Association of Rotterdam Shipbrokers and Agents

Rail Cargo Information Netherlands


Holland Intermodal

South Africa

Department of Transport


South African Industry of Freight Forwarders

South African National Roads Agency Limited

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

Airports Company South Africa

Road Freight Association

Maritime Law Association of South Africa

South African Maritime Safety Association

 Transport Education Training Authority

South African Association of Ship Owners

Rail Road Association of South Africa

South African Maritime Chamber of Commerce and Industries

National Association of Automobile Association of South Africa