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LOGISTICS: Safcor's Unique Supply Chain System


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ONE hundred years of experience, dedication and constant innovation have enabled Safcor Panalpina to retain its position as market leader in supply chain management. The company is devoted exclusively to the movement of cargo and provides a comprehensive door-to-door service for cargo consignments of any size by sea, air, rail or road, to and from anywhere in the world and throughout South Africa.
In South Africa, Safcor Panalpina has offices in all major ports of entry while our global partner, the Panalpina Group, adds significant reach with an international network of over 500 branches in 80 countries and partner companies  in a further 80 countries.
The Cape Town operation consists of two offices, a 1 200sq m complex in Airport Industria and a
4 380sq m oil and gas logistics facility in Montague Gardens. The logistics facility includes a licensed bonded warehouse (OS) and a Special Storage warehouse (SOS). Some of the other services rendered at the facility include packing of containers; handling of abnormal loads and facilitating specialised and abnormal rigging; handling of break-bulk cargo; as well as packing and crating most types of cargo. It is recognised as a centre of excellence for oil and gas forwarding to West Africa.
“We offer a unique capability in supply chain management,” says Alex Moir, regional director – Western Cape, “we offer the client a compliance auditing service, a training function, as well as supply chain consulting. We are able to audit the client’s compliance with the standards required by SARS and Customs specifically. We assess compliance, give feedback and provide assistance in fixing what isn’t right. Through our experienced technical academy we offer in-house training courses and facilitated training on the client’s premises. From a supply chain consulting point of view our logistics engineers visit the client to assess inefficiencies or weaknesses in their respective supply chains and provide potential solutions.
“SARS Customs recently launched a modernisation programme,” Moir explains. “The modernisation programme will ultimately ensure efficient processes and organisational structures which should allow enhanced facilitation of trade”. Stage 1 of this programme, implemented on 1 November, saw the change over from purpose codes being utilised on declarations to procedure category and customs procedure codes. The second stage of the SARS Customs modernisation programme is due to be launched in the early part of next year. A significant part of the second stage would be the Trusted Trader concept. We act as an enabler to assist our clients in complying with the modernisation program; our skilled people assist importers and exporters and provide them with an improved service offering.”

Oil & Gas

Safcor Panalpina Cape Town provides specialist services to the oil and gas industry and the company has its own dedicated oil and gas business unit (BU). The unit focuses on delivering a full range of services to oil companies, as well as their sub-contractors with the majority of cargo moving into West Africa. A new addition to their product offering in the Oil & Gas business unit is the business process management system. Ultimately ensuring an automated process flow, it is an integrated tool which allows seamless movement of cargo and its documentation trail. The system further allows simulation of future cargo movement and potential what-if analysis. Through increased visibility they are able to track cargo effortlessly. The movement of oil and gas cargo is a high risk business with tight timelines for clearance and delays can become punitive. The automation of systems reduces inefficiencies in the clearance process.
“South Africa is uniquely and ideally positioned from a geographic and cost perspective, being close to many of the key development hotspots in the oil industry in West Africa,” says Jen Byrne, business development manager: Oil Gas & Energy.” With us being a strong service industry it makes sense for us to become the continent’s service hub for supply chain solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Investing in people

A crucial element of the company’s success is its investment in its people.
The company conducts its own in-house learner-ship program – always recruiting people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  This program operates similarly to an apprenticeship.  This is complemented by a graduate bursary programme supporting university students.  Those that perform well are then recruited into the company.  The company’s individual development plan is another leading education, development and training approach. Staff is asked each year to identify an area of development and the company normally sponsors any training in line with the company vision of being a global supply chain company of first choice.


Safcor Panalpina has a level three contributor rating from economic empowerment rating agency Empowerdex.
Safcor Panalpina, through constant development and innovation is well positioned to take on the next 100 years…

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