Cape Town is one of the busiest ports in South Africa, with port services including significant repair and maintenance facilities.
Port services in Cape Town are geared to handle the bulk of South Africa’s fruit, vegetable and other perishable exports, as well as servicing large fishing fleets and the West African oil industry. The excellent port service found in Cape Town harbour is also ideal for the many cruise ships that berth in Cape Town.
Port services in Durban Harbour, the gateway to Africa, have been developed over the last 150 years and today, is considered to be the largest and busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa. It handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo each year, and is the fourth largest container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Port of Johannesburg is the largest dry port in Africa, consisting of a container terminal at City Deep, which has been declared an IDZ (industrial development zone) by the Gauteng government. Johannesburg is one of the world’s leading financial hubs and it is the economic and financial centre of South Africa.
Imports by sea usually reach Johannesburg via the port of Durban. Shipments can be cleared and unpacked in Durban for on-carriage to Johannesburg, or forwarded directly to Johannesburg and cleared / unpacked there.
The Port Of Walvis Bay, with sheltered deep water and a temperate climate, provides excellent port services for the thousands of vessels which make port calls each year. The harbour of Walvis Bay is located half way down the coast of Namibia, with direct access to principal shipping routes, Since bad weather delays are rare in this region, this makes Walvis Bay a natural gateway for international trade.