South Africa’s Logistics are Amongst the Best in the World

I generally stay clear of logistics issues but it is hard not say a word or two about this data, as I still have echoes of former President Zuma’s voice talking about Malawian roads.

OK, let’s get serious, here it is (see featured image) — South Africa’s logistics are comparatively more efficient than most industrialising countries. This is according to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index which ranked South Africa at number 20 out of 160 countries surveyed, with Germany leading the world.

The Logistics Performance Index is basically an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance.

The sub-indices that make up the overall Logistics Performance Index are the efficiency of customs clearance process, quality of trade and transport-related infrastructure, ease of arranging competitively priced shipments, quality of logistics services and competence, ability to track and trace consignments, and the frequency with which shipments reach the consignee within the scheduled time.

South Africa’s efficiency of customs clearance process is ranked 18th out of 160 countries. With regards to quality of trade and transport related infrastructure, South Africa is ranked 21st.

South Africa is ranked 23rd with respect to the ease of arranging competitively priced shipments and ranked 22nd on the quality of logistics and competence. With regards to the ability to track and trace consignments, South Africa is ranked 17th. Lastly, the country is ranked 24th with respect to the frequency with which shipments reach the consignee within the scheduled or expected time.


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Author: Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

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