LOGISTICS, RAIL & PORTS
This sector is regularly positioned at the forefront of economic development, especially in Africa where vast connective infrastructure is currently being constructed between, and within, various regions.
Beryl Group plays a significant role in these efforts, particularly in the SADC and East African regions. To this end, Beryl as a group owns 49% of Bolloré Africa Logistics SA, a subsidiary of the Bolloré International Group.
Beryl Logistics offers its clients a “turn-key” solution, with every aspect of the project-cycle managed. The company’s competitors are typically either road-logistics specialists or rail-logistics specialists.
The synergy between Beryl Group and Bolloré occurred as a result of Beryl Group’s growing interest in expanding its African footprint, particularly in East and Southern Africa. Bolloré Africa Logistics inherited all the port and rail concessions from its parent group, which opened up countless channels of business.
Bolloré Africa Logistics is part of the Bollore Group, which is a Forbes 500 Corporation. It is among the five largest freight-forwarding and project-logistics companies in the world. In Africa, it is the largest player, providing import and export logistics-support throughout the continent. Bolloré competes with major global freight-forwarders such as UPS and DHL, which even often contract Bolloré for their Africa assignments.
As of last year, Bolloré was active in 45 out of the 47 African countries, employing over 25,000 individuals. In 2013, it had a turnover of EUR2.8 billion, moving 3.5 million containers and 7.5 million tons of cargo.
The firm has 16 port concessions, concentrated mainly in West Africa. It has two rail concessions, which will be active for another 30 years. Like Beryl Group, Bolloré prioritises CSI: it has invested roughly EUR250 million into infrastructural and humanitarian development in Africa; from the rehabilitation and expansion of railways and ports, to the construction of schools and hospitals.
Potera is an emerging Pan African commodities trading company primarily focused in the international marketing of metals, minerals and soft commodities sourced and supplied to and from its chosen African markets.
They are a core marketer of Fertilizer , Seed and Chrome in the SADC region with diversification also into niche commodities such as Tantalum and Manganese. Our chosen markets in Africa are Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, DRC, Namibia, Angola and Mauritius.