The continent of Africa is the second largest continent in the world after Asia. It houses 47 countries and is surrounded by sea from three sides (peninsula). On its North East lies Saudia Arabia while the top northern area shares borders with European countries like Spain, Italy, Turkey etc. Being surrounded by water, Africa has over 400 sea ports where major import and export from the continent takes place. These ports are nothing less than lifeline for Africa where nearly everything has to be imported to meet the demand of the locals.
Africa comprises of more than 40+ countries out of which most of them have sea ports. This gives boom to the shipping and freight industry in the region. Both imports and exports are practiced from this continent and over ten million people are engaged in the freight business directly or indirectly.
If you are considering doing business in Africa and exporting your goods to Africa by freight shipping then you need to know what is in demand in the African countries. According to the statistics, the following are highly popular and demanded import goods in Africa.
• Food Stuff
• Machinery & Equipment
• Scientific Instruments
This isn’t all in the import and export sector. Apart from exporting class international athletes and dignified personalities, African trade also include exporting the following goods to other continents:
• Coffee Beans
• Precious Metals
Africa has partnered up with many countries across the globe when it comes to trading. Its major trading partners include Japan, China, India, Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom and Spain.
South Africa is a well known country in Africa which is also a popular tourist destination. It also has a number of major sea ports including Port of Durban, Port of Johannesburg etc. Johannesburg is the capital city of South Africa and also the biggest city in Africa. It is the place from where major exports and import worth billions of dollars takes place every year. It is therefore important that those shipping to South Africa know the regulations for importers.
There are major producers and manufacturers of goods who look for markets to sell their final products. Africa is a giant of a market and is well connected by road and air and thus aiding the transportation of your goods to people who will be your final consumer. This is why exporters from around the globe target Africa for exporting their goods too. Goods are usually loaded into ships and shipping to Africa is carried out by shipping companies. The key here to make the most profit for your shipments and cargos is to efficiently and economically transfer your goods. This needs an economical way of shipping and therefore one essential step is to choose the right shipping partner.
Here is our guide to steps for shipping to Africa to get you started. Here are the footsteps you must follow:
Ship according to the demand in the continent! It’s useless to ship off season material which you would have to ultimately store before you can start selling it. Ship what is in demand and will sell. Once you have made your mind, it is time to pack your goods. This way you will come across your consignment’s details like weight, size and volume.
Once you have your shipment stats in hand, it is time to proceed ahead and share those with a number of shipping providers in your region. Take references from those who are already in to the shipping sector or using freight services. Get quotations from a variety of service providers and see which method of shipping will be beneficial for you. For example, ship or air.
Most of the times, you will come across quotations which have further scope of giving some margin of discount. Be clear in approach and ask for discounts. Tell your freight provider that you are looking for a permanent shipping partner to collaborate with and send shipments on regular basis and they will surely cut that quotation to a lesser value.
That’s it! If you take the above steps into consideration, you can be sure that your freight shipping to Africa will be successful. One last thing not to forget is to make sure that any shipment made to Africa or any other country is insured. If you would like to have additional information on shipping to different African countries, you can consult the FITA (Federation of International Trade Association).
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