February 27, 2015: Logistics Alliance Germany (LAG) is bringing together representatives of the German logistics sector and potential partners from South Africa to ensure that more goods being transported from South Africa to Europe pass through Germany.
LAG is a public/private partnership project linking the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the German logistics industry. It has set itself the goal of marketing Germany as a logistics base and German logistics services under the general heading 'Logistics Made In Germany'. The objective of LAG is to ensure that imports of goods come to Europe via Germany – to benefit the domestic logistics sector and its logistics specialists.
Talks are largely focusing on air freight traffic, which accounts for the greatest proportion of exports from South Africa to Europe in terms of the value of goods. Trade between the European Union and South Africa involved goods valued at €28.5 billion in 2013 alone. "South Africa is a market that is full of opportunities for German companies and it also opens doors to other African markets in the region," says Stefan Schroeder, Executive Director, Logistics Alliance Germany.