About Us

Trade Ocean is a multinational ships agency, customs clearing and forwarding company located in Southern Africa. With offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Walvis Bay, the group and its partners offer local and international clients with a range of maritime, customs and logistics services.

Taking Ownership

Trade Ocean believes in taking ownership. Each employee owns the obligation to take action and deliver results. Each action, down to the smallest detail, impacts on the success of our clients business. Trade Ocean takes accountability for the quality and timeliness of any deliverable.

Trade Ocean is proudly a B-BBEE Level 1 SANAS accredited company.

Our History

Trade Ocean Shipping Services (Pty) Ltd was formed in 2006, as a legal vehicle to buy-out TRT Ships’ Agency from ZA Trans, a division of the Barloworld Logistics group. Included in this negotiated buy-out was a division of ZA Trans that functioned as clearing agents and was designed to meet the specialised requirements that accompany the shipping of perishable products within the industry.

Extending the legacy TRT Ships’ Agency enjoyed a long and credible history as clearing agents, which stretches back to 1968 when the business was established under the banner of TRT Shipping Services (Pty) Ltd. Part of that legacy, was the continuity brought to Trade Ocean by the courageous team of key TRT Ships’ Agency staff who founded Trade Ocean.

The company strives to continue the legacy of service excellence within their shipping agency, in addition to the clearing and forwarding industry as a whole. Today we offer a range of shipping services, including ships’ agency, customs clearing, freight forwarding, and logistics services, and act as customs clearing agents through our offices in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg in South Africa and Walvis Bay, Namibia. We also operate via reliable partners in many smaller Southern African ports.