5 August 2013
BMW South Africa has expanded its export programme to facilitate increased production and will export its BMW 3 Series from Maputo in Mozambique, in addition to shipping from the Durban port.
“BMW South Africa has increased its production output with the introduction of a third shift, which was implemented towards the end of last year,” BMW South Africa managing director, Bodo Donauer, said in a statement last week.
“Our overall annual production figure will increase from around 50 000 units per year to more than 80 000 units in 2013.
The number of vehicles exported from South Africa will also more than double from 33 000 units to over 70 000 vehicles per year.
“In line with this increase in volumes, we have had to look carefully at our export logistics and using Maputo in conjunction with our existing export supply chain in Durban makes sound business sense,” Donauer said.
About 14 000 vehicles will be exported from the Maputo car terminal each year. Exports through Durban will also increase by approximately 20 000 vehicles – an increase of over 60% on current levels.
“We have aligned our service offering of road freight logistics, clearing and forwarding and terminal services with the customs requirements of South Africa and Mozambique to provide an integrated process from the BMW vehicle distribution centre in Rosslyn to on-board the vessel in Maputo,” said Group Business Development executive at Grindrod Freight Services, Walter Grindrod.
Grindrod is responsible for BMW South Africa’s road freight logistics, as well as serving as the private operator of the Maputo car terminal concession.
“We have run trials to test the system and are confident the export route is sound. Going forward, we expect two shipments per month to take place with these export vehicles destined for markets in Japan and other parts of the East,” Grindrod said.
Transport and logistics have long presented a challenge for South African automotive manufacturers, and the use of the Maputo terminal is envisaged to improve existing supply-chain corridors.
“To play on a world stage, we need to ensure we are competitive in all elements of the manufacturing process including supply chain and logistics,” Donauer said.
“The decision to use Maputo is the first step in ensuring the development of a robust, well thought out and competitive logistics network, which includes access via multiple SADC [Southern African Development Community] ports and can easily incorporate sea, rail and road freight.
“The idea of a southern African development community is the ultimate vision for the type of supply chain needed to fully service South African manufacturers,” he said.