Aero Africa – The Hong kong based air cargo management group, catering to the freight forwarding and aviation community, begins to gain momentum and significant air cargo market share within the African logistics industry,  explains Jade Da Costa CCO .

“We provide wholesale African logistic solutions and neutral value-added services to the logistics industry, including BSA scheduled airfreight consolidations from Europe & China, space brokerage, gateway and crossborder services, as well as final mile African logistic solutions .

The Aero Africa gateway programme practically works as a “ virtual airline “ and delivers an end-to-end air cargo solution from key markets, via strategic gateways to more than 70 hard to reach destinations across Africa. Our global reach and product deployment have been expedited due to our own presence in Africa, China, and the EU, and through our strategic partnership with leading GSAs and neutral consolidators worldwide.

Following the successful launch of our neutral airfreight import consolidation product from China to South and East Africa earlier last year, we are pleased to announce the kick-off of our new BSA airfreight consolidation programme ex Europe. In partnership with Neutral Freight Services BV ( NFS Airfreight ) one of the leading and most recognized neutral airfreight wholesalers and consolidators in EU, we offer MD (Main Deck) and LD (Lower Deck) services on premium airlines, and at competitive rates through our BSA contracts with the carriers. In addition, we offer an innovative EXW Door 2 Airport product from over 15 European countries, under one centralized service center, and a simplified per kilo Europe EXW Tarrif.

Aero Africa recently launched regional B737F feeder freighter operations and RFS via JNB to/from Southern Africa and Indian ocean islands, and we are very excited to partner with leading regional cargo carriers in East and West Africa.

The company targets to open new regional service centers in the continent by end of 2021, and will launch officially its digital airfreight rate portal, providing instant and competitive airfreight rates from major global gateways to over 70 hard to reach destinations in Africa . It also aims to set up joint ventures in key African countries and launch neutral air import wholesale and consolidation services, catering to the local clearing and forwarding communities.

With our offices and network of partners covering 84 airports throughout Africa, and working exclusively with freight forwarders, Aero Africa provides also, a comprehensive range of destination services including DAP & DDP final mile and cross border movements, all through a seamless single point of management “

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Aero Africa Southern Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Tobias as Regional Operations Manager. Gary will be responsible for the regional airfreight import and crossborder operations of Aero Africa.

Gary started fresh in the wholesale industry working at CFR Freight SA (Pty) with airfreight exports and airfreight imports. He was soon moved into a Key Accounts role at CFR where he oversaw several of the most important clients. Thereafter he moved into a route development role to develop products from Europe and Asia.

Subsequently, he was offered an opportunity to run the Cape Town airfreight operations as the operations supervisor in August 2019. Gary has since relocated from Cape Town to Johannesburg where he is now based to assist the regional development of Aero Africa. Gary Tobias has obtained a post graduate degree in B.Com Honours Logistics Management and joins Aero Africa after more than 7 years of experience within the Airfreight Wholesale Industry.

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Aero Africa Asia’s team is excited to welcome Joey Xu, in the newly-created position of Director Airfreight Asia. Joey will be responsible for the overall airfreight development of the group in Asia with focus on procurement with carriers and optimizing our neutral scheduled airfreight consolidations from Asia to Africa. She will also assist our business development team to promote our African solutions to the Asean freight forwarding and aviation community.

Joey is well accustomed with procedures and has extensive knowledge in the China airfreight market. She has been working with airlines’ key persons for many years and has built excellent relationships. Before joining Aero Africa she worked as regional air freight manager & head of air freight for M&M, On Time Express, and Shipco Transport.

Aero Aero Africa sponsored Team Dutchmann at the Dezzi 500 4-hour endurance car race at Dezzi Raceway, in Port Shepstone, 120kms south of Durban, South Africa, a couple of weeks ago. Peter Schmidt-Loffler and Gavin Rooke, sharing the driving duties, drove a NASH – MVW3 car, flying the Aero-Africa flag high.

For more race details click here

Aero Africa is an air cargo management group dedicated to providing neutral African logistic solutions and value-added services to the international logistics and aviation community.

With an African network in over 84 airports covering all 54 countries, and with selected trusted air cargo professionals in each, we offer bespoke, cost-effective solutions, to and from the African continent. Our services include airfreight wholesale & brokerage, neutral consolidations, GSSA and CSA activities, time critical, charter & project operations, as well as first & final mile solutions including services to remote and hard to reach destinations in Africa

The on-going challenge that we will face over the next few weeks & months would be storing and transporting the Covid-19 vaccines, often at temperatures lower that -70 degrees C. We have highlighted our strategic hubs in Johannesburg & Nairobi as the best suited airports to handle a smooth transfer for the vaccines for our regional network rollout into Southern & East Africa.

Aero Africa operates regional B737F feeder freighter services via JNB to/from Southern Africa and Indian ocean islands, and we are very excited to partner with leading regional cargo carriers in East and West Africa. We have carefully selected our  ground handling partners in Johannesburg & Nairobi that we have worked with for many years, and we have also moved into a strategic partnership with Tower Cold Chain Solutions to utilise their equipment for all our shipments from origin to final deliveries in our region. We will also have the possibility to monitor the temperature control using the same equipment for perishable of dry shipments the entire journey. With our platform in Africa we will ensure the stock is moving at all times.

We have set up a vaccine team in both Johannesburg & Nairobi to monitor all the shipments on 24 hour basis and have engaged with specialist cool chain transport partners to upgrade tracking and GPS capabilities. Some delivery supply for government would be in rural and remote sites and possibly only found by GPS co-ordinates and all vehicles will be following a strict protocol.

It comes without saying that we would be very active over the next few days on confirmation from carriers and local governments on their documentation requirements and regulations into moving the vaccines. We would need to avoid all delays and risk in terms of the transit stations.

All parties need to work together and support each other for the roll out to happen smoothly. Aero-Africa is committed to stay in touch with the customer demands throughout the process of vaccine supply and will remain agile at all times and can work through the challenges that lie ahead.

Aero Africa was founded by a group of logistics entrepreneurs with vast experience and extensive knowledge of the African market and the air cargo industry. Due to the accelerated economic growth on the African continent and the increase in logistics activities and the direct trade with Far East and the World, it had become critical to providing the logistics and aviation sector with a tailor-made and simplified air cargo solution, as well with a secure transacting platform with Africa. Aero Africa operates through four regional service desks in Africa, Europe and China, and under one centralized accounting center, servicing exclusively the global freight and aviation community .

As a neutral airfreight broker & solutions provider, we offer scheduled cargo services including transit and final mile solutions, to and from : ABJ,ABV, ACC, ADD, ALG, APL, ASM, BEN, BGF, BJL, BJM, BKO, BLZ, BUQ, BZV, CAI, CKY, CMN, COO, CPT, DAR, DLA, DSS, DUR, DZA, EBB, NEU, FBM, FIH, FKI, FNA, GBE, GOM, HGA, HME, HRE, JIB, JNB, JRO, JUB, KAN, KGL, KRT, LAD, LBV, LFW, LLW, LOS, LUN, MBA, MGQ, MPM, MRU, MSU, MWZ, NBO, NDB, NDJ, NIM, NKC, NLA, NOS, NSI, OLA, ORN, OUA, OXB, PHC, PNR, POG, POL, RAI, RBA, ROB, RUN, SEZ, SHO, SSG, TNR , TUN, WDH, WVB, ZNZ and more.

Please visit our website www.aero-africa.com for more info, and do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance you need in the African continent .

Jade Da Costa CCO
management@aero-africa.com

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We are delighted to welcome Cecile into our air cargo logistics family. 

Cécile is a lawyer of French nationality, with an extensive international experience in shipping and transportation law throughout her career. Based at the Athens EMEA regional office, she will be responsible of all legal matters related to the running of the group, its African offices, and network of partners.

Following the successful launch of our neutral airfreight import product from China to RSA and East Africa earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the kick-off of our new BSA airfreight consolidation programme Ex works Europe or FCA AMS .

 

In partnership with our consolidation partner N.F.S Airfreight, one of the leading and most recognized neutral airfreight wholesalers and consolidators in EU, we offer MD and LD services on premium airlines, and at competitive rates through our BSA contracts with the carriers. In addition, we offer an innovative EXW Door 2 Airport product from over 15 European countries, under one centralized service center, and a simplified per kilo Europe EXW Tarrif.

 

 For more information please contact spotrates@aero-africa.com

Aero Africa launched its inaugural cargo flight on its new weekly scheduled freighter service JNB/MRU/JNB on the 10th OCT.

The 737F 300 aircraft flew from JNB to MRU with 18 highly pedigreed race horses for the Mauritius Turf Club on a very challenging but very successful night operation, fully compliant with the Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations, with primary objective to ensure the safety of the horses, and returned full with commercial cargo.

We wish to thank our Aero Africa JNB operations team, our partner Star Air Cargo, and our MRU GSA CEL Aviation for their commitment and support on this new service.

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