DHL continues Africa expansion with Unicargas partnership

By Rachelle Harry

DHL Global Forwarding (DHL GF) has expanded its presence in Africa by teaming up with Unicargas, a cargo carrier based in Angola.

The five-year partnership will facilitate the movement of exported Angolan goods, carried by DHL GF, to Europe and the US – markets that make up 20% of exports from the country.

Meanwhile, Unicargas will transport imported products domestically within the Angola.

The partnership will also enable Unicargas to scale up its domestic logistics offering.

Egidio Monteiro, chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding Southern Africa, commented: “Partnerships like this play a vital role in promoting economic growth, which are largely fueled by a vibrant pool of local enterprises ready to extend their reach.

“At DHL, we remain committed to enable the continent’s development by empowering African businesses to enter new markets. Our partnership with Unicargas is the perfect example of our approach to think globally and act locally, where strategic relationships with the best partners on the ground are key.”

Joaquim Piedade, management commission co-ordinator at Unicargas, added: “While oil exports still account for most of our trade volumes, we remain equally committed to expand the private sector and diversify the export portfolio to include products such as coffee and fish.

“We are excited to support businesses in reaching the global market by expanding the nation’s export infrastructure into Europe and North America. This will be crucial as Angolan businesses work to overcome the damage caused by the pandemic.”

DHL said the Unicargas deal is the latest move in its expansion into Africa. 

In January this year, DHL Express invested in new 10,000 m sq warehouse, which has pharma facilities, near Johannesburg Airport in South Africa.

In 2018, DHL GF formed a joint venture with Ethiopian Airlines.

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