The Alliance Shipping Group has, in early 2022, launched a wholesale air freight consolidation service to South Africa. Mr Spencer Waller commented: “2023 will see the first anniversary of this exciting service which has grown exponentially in the last six months. It’s strictly an agent-to-agent neutral wholesale service, offering premium discounted rates and a regular consolidation to South Africa. This is primarily to Johannesburg with on-carriage to Cape Town if required, utilizing Virgin Airlines as the prime carrier for this weekly premium service.” Spencer Waller, Peter Murphy (The Alliance Group Air Freight Manager) and their marketing team have already visited South Africa this year. They were on a sales mission designed to boost the carryings, which according to Spencer, was “very positive, with carryings increasing by over 60% to this marketplace, a region where traditionally freight is controlled locally by the consignees and their brokers.” By way of reciprocation, Jade Da Costa (Aero Africa’s CEO) flew to London in late November, to affect a similar sales campaign as the earlier ZA trip. Although given the fact that this is a routed market, there is still a plethora of cargo(es) in the UK handled by local agents that reciprocate with ZA brokers and handle the routed cargoes on their behalf. They often have a say in the traffic’s carriage and liaise with the UK suppliers to South Africa per-pro their own local agents, or indeed in some cases their own offices at destination. “This wholesale service is operated on strictly a neutral basis,” continued Mr Waller. “We are fanatical about neutrality and operate with Aero Africa only for the benefit of the agent-to-agent traffic in this lane. Neutrality has seen this service really take off and has gained an enviable reputation for service and economies of scale and has really benefitted both the UK and South African agents alike.” Indeed, many agents supporting our neutral NVOC services, have not only switched their airfreight support over, but have benefitted from the generous FAC we give for the increased multi-trade lane support from them for sea as well as air traffics booked with us.” Alliance-Aero African Service profile to South Africa: \tLevel 1 BSA ex LHR to JNB \tWeekly departure day 5 (Friday) \tDay 4 (Thursday) cut off @ 12PM (Midday) \tCompetitive Rates \tSpecial rates for dense cargo \tEXW / FCA Charges available on request \tNo handover charges in JNB for prepaid co-load \tLow Minimum Charges The Alliance Group is a well-established entity, founded in 1975 by GS Waller, the Group Chairman. In its fifth decade of trading, it is operating a multiplicity of worldwide sea freight and air freight services. Alliance has four offices, with 200 plus reciprocal agents on a global basis and is well known within the freight forwarding and customs circles for its levels of service, customer neutrality, highly competitive rates and longevity. Pictured above: Spencer Waller, (Alliance Sales Manager ) Peter Murphy (Alliance Airfreight Manager) and Jade Da Costa Aero Africa CEO.