Future prospects in Africa for the transportation & logistics industry

Africa gearing up

This report aims to give interested investors in the transportation and logistics industry fresh insights into the key economic regions and countries in Africa. We take a closer look at the demographic and economic potential, the business environment, trade and logistics and transport infrastructure in ten selected countries: Algeria, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania.

Key findings for Africa's transport infrastructure include:

  • Africa's trans-continental highway network looks better on the paper than on the ground. It's a real constraint for T&L companies.
  • Rail connections are lacking too, but a number of projects to improve regional connectivity are underway.
  • Eastern and southern Africa already have an air freight hub infrastructure, and two new airports planned in the west have the potential to be important hubs too. But air freight won't take off in a big way unless security issues can be addressed.
  • Major port projects are a big step in the right direction but Africa will need to do even more to get smoothly by sea.