How Do I Start a Transport or Logistics Business?

How Do I Start a Transport or Logistics Business?

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An all in one guide to starting a transport and logistics business.
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Thinking about starting a transport business?

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Forecasts indicate that the demand for freight transport will grow in South Africa by between 200% and 250% over the 15 to 20 years.

Some corridors, (high volume transport routes that connect major centres), such as the corridors between Gauteng and Cape Town (which amount to 50% of all corridor transport) will increase even faster.

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The scope in the transport and logistics industry is varied – from a one-man show using a small truck to transport goods and offer services, to a fleet of transport vehicles which travel the length and breadth of South Africa’s roads.

Road transportation includes commuter transport from taxis to bus transportation.

It can be a tough industry and there are many threats facing transport businesses but if you get it right, you can build a successful business.

What is covered in this guide:

  1. How to start your transport and logistics business
  2. How to get funding for your transport business
  3. What are the costs involved
  4. Finding customers and getting transport contracts
  5. Getting onto suppliers lists
  6. Buying trucks and employing drivers
  7. What are the regulations and risks
  8. Where to find guidance to start your business.

Ready to get going? Click the arrow button to learn how to start your own transport business.

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  • naughtyjockey

    Nice Stuff :)

  • Mabhiza Mshengu

    That’s sounds cool but what if you owe perhaps R380 000 and you want consolidate that debts is it possible for you people to help?

  • Nathi Jali

    Thank you

  • refiloe

    I am woman and very interested in transport businesses. I do not qualify for any loans in any bank.can the bank consider my proposal when I have contract?

    • Drewzie

      yes, a bank will fund your business a long as you have a contract
      and it proves that you afford paying bank the loan monthly.I work for the bank and i am also interested in starting my own thing.Please contact me on gmail: getandrews@gmail.com

  • Corne

    Hi
    Me and my partner want to start a transport company, the question is what type of vehchile wil suite the goods? We transport mostly dry fruit and mechanical items? Sould we go for tonnage or cm3?And what system for invoicing is good to start with?

  • Kanelo Temeki

    Good Day,
    I have a 22 seater bus which I can contract to any company either to transport their staff to and from work, but I am struggling to get contracts, can anyone help if you do have information or know of any clients that might be interested in such services

    • Hlelo

      Hi Kanelo. M also starting a transport business. Can u please contact me on 078 700 5417. M in Dbn.

  • NEO

    my wife and i want to start a transport business, and looking to get an Anvanza>>>which companies can we target to render our services, we live in the vaal ( Vereeniging,Vanderbjilpark) any ideas??

  • NEO

    my wife and i want to start a transport business, and looking to get an Anvanza>>>which companies can we target to render our services, we live in the vaal ( Vereeniging,Vanderbjilpark) any ideas??

  • vincent

    hi I’m 30 years I’ve started a logistic company last year 2014 I’m willing to get a contract from any division just to assist in transport goods problem I don’t have a truck and the bank want a contract for them to finance 1 or two trucks for me so please help me with your opinion where to start?

    • Hlelo

      Can u contact me via email at bc.simakade@gmail.com. I starting a transport business too

    • Drewzie

      have you found a truck? i own a hyundai h100 that i am willing to rent out

  • Tshephiso Gafane

    Hi, I have a kia k2700 bakkie looking to start transport company, I am struggling to get contracts and small services refuse removals, furniture and office movers. I want to grow the business any tips guidelines will be very much apprecited

  • Rudie

    I’m thinking of exploring the transport business and have some questions, how to kick it off, which market is the best and would it be financially feasible, how to get a contract, what is the running cost, etc. Any information / assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please email me to rudie.oosthuizen@outlook.com

  • Yvonne Madilola

    Hi. My partner and I have just purchased a super link side tipper. It is packed outside my house for a month now. I want to get it started working ASAP. I’m in northwest Klerksdorp. I have a registered company. Please advice where to look for contracts. I’m good with starting with a 3 month contract.

    • Damien

      Hi Yvonne, Email me geshann@hotmail.com we can talk. thanks

    • Natalie Van Wyk

      Hi Yvonne, can you please let me know if you had any successes, I am interested?

    • Natalie Van Wyk

      Hi Yvonne, can you please let me know if you had any successes, I am interested?

    • July Mathibela

      Hi Yvonne be aware there are lot of scams in this business so be in the look out dont trust people if they say they can assist you do your homework find out about that person first and check all the references and you must see where he operates and the trucks if he is transportation coal go and see where is operating. I lost R460K last year transporting coal from Mtubatuba to Richardsbay I worked for mahala till today.

    • Hlelo

      Hi Yvonne. M interested in that kind of business. Please email me at bc.simakade@gmail.com

    • jonas moabelo

      Hi Yvonne,may i kindly have your numbers,mine is 0836992213

  • michael braai wood

    Hi I am Michael. I have two NP300 diesel bakkies and two trailers plus a 2 ton truck in Phalaborwa and also operate in Polokwane(LIMPOPO), I sell (dry hard) braai wood( ROOISBOS, HARDEKOOL, KNOPDORING, SEKELBOS, MOPANI ETC) Anyone who want to be a distributor( business opportunity) is welcome to contact me on pilusa1983@gmail.com and 0734068875. We can deliver to your warehouse at a cost around the country.

  • Tebogom

    I have 2 Mercedes Benz crew buses 7 and a 6 seater, am looking for companies that I can render a service for. Contact tebogo@martebshuttle.co.za

  • Katlego Rakgatjane

    Hi. I have just purchased a VW Caddy panel van. It is packed for a months now. I want to get it started working ASAP. I’m in Gauteng Mamelodi. I have a registered company. Please advice where to look for contracts. I’m good with starting with a 3 month contract.Contact admin@skepeholdings.co.za

  • Mbulelo Madlala

    i am a male ,i own a vw T5 ,10 seater and i would to start transport business ,which companies should i consider

    • Hlelo

      hi Mbulelo. M interested to negotiate with u. Kindly contact me at 078 700 5417

  • Takalani

    Hi
    we are in logistics and transportation company for almost 10 years but its difficult to have the new clients or customer since then we are serving the same peopls, we having flet deck, box trailer, tri axle and we do all the tone, may you please assist where can we go about to get the new client…

  • princess

    hi im looking to start a transport business but I need advice on the steps to take in order to be able to be get clients and the risk involved in this kind of business. thanks