New chapter for Bidvest Panalpina Logistics
After 46 years of partnership, Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) is splitting from DSV/Panalpina to form Bidvest International Logistics (BIL). Regulatory changes are expected to be completed early next year.
Owned by the Bidvest Group in conjunction with empowerment company the Makana Investment Corporation – which was established by Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s late former president – the remodeled business will team up with EMO Trans Global Logistics as its international forwarding network partner. In a statement, a company spokesman says the partnership will extend BIL’s global reach to 335 network offices in over 140 countries.
“The customer-centric focus and global service offering of EMO Trans Global has made the company the perfect choice for BIL,” the statement says, adding that Makana’s operating business, Sebenza Forwarding, has worked with the entity for the past 20 years to service aspects of the South African market. “Through this relationship, EMO Trans Global has developed an in-depth understanding of the South African landscape,” the statement says.
BIL is said to be strategically positioned for growth. The company provides end-to-end supply chain solutions across a number of different industries and offers international import and export services, using road, sea and air. In addition to this, it has a team of supply chain engineers who analyse, re-design and optimise customers’ logistics processes.