DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its digital road cargo transporting platform, Saloodo to Uganda.
The platform is targeting shippers and transport providers in Uganda who are facing a hard time with the lockdown and now Kenya closing her borders to cargo transporters. Saloodo is looking at connecting Uganda to its growing digital network on the African continent.
Last year in November, Saloodo became the first international digital road cargo transporting platform on the African continent by taking on road freight connections for domestic shipments within South Africa and international movements to several neighbouring countries. Last month they launched in Kenya, and now moved to take on Uganda as well.
With a total road network of over 129 000 kilometres, it is no surprise that almost 95% of cargo freight in the country relies almost entirely on on-road transportation. However, similar to the situation in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, there remain infrastructural challenges, a top priority to address as laid out by the Ugandan government in its National Development Plan II and Vision 2040.
“A robust logistic network will create the foundation for local businesses to succeed, and enhance trade. With the introduction and integration of a digital platform like Saloodo!, a more efficient logistics sector would increase Uganda’s potential for economic diversification and growth, every section of the Ugandan economy requires transport and logistics services including raw materials producers, manufacturers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers.”says Tobias Maier, CEO of Saloodo! Middle East and Africa
A 2016 World Bank report found that imports of transport and logistics services make up 55% of Uganda’s total service imports while Uganda’s transport and logistics exports sit at only 3.7%.
Now the launch of Saloodo! in Uganda looks to inject greater transparency and efficiency to the country and regional road network by providing real-time visibility, enabling shippers to identify trusted and reliable freight carriers in Uganda and several neighbouring countries. This will, in turn, help carriers manage existing fleets and optimise capacity with full-truckload shipments.
Backed by DHL’s global and regional footprint and expertise, all contractual relationships on the platform are organised via the existing local DHL entity, providing trust and peace of mind to carriers and shippers alike.
Do you think independent local shippers and middle men are going to welcome this innovation or not? With many of whom get juicy rates by taking on the cargo tracking and shipping, we can only wait to see what happens post-lockdown.