Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Air Freight Wholesaler Continues Expansion

AMI South African HQ relocates
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AFRICA – AMI, who took over the operations of MMA in 2008 is relocating its Johannesburg headquarters to new, larger premises in early June. AMI have blazed a trail as the world’s foremost trade only wholesale airfreight agency. The parent company now has twenty international shipping bases plus an agency network covering 120 countries world wide.

The new facility, located 50 metres from AMI’s current base, and five minutes from Oliver Tambo Airport, will double the existing warehousing space, incorporating a designated dangerous goods holding area, strong room, four loading bays, and a dock leveller. The warehouse is protected by full access control and CCTV monitoring and will provide off-airport bonded facilities, enabling the company to upgrade its warehouse security to comply with the latest requirements for “regulated agents”.

AMI have had success in developing their own niche market by only shipping consignments for bona fide freight forwarding agents and combining cargo in consolidations which attract preferential freight rates, maximise profits and avoid minimum tariff charges.

Speaking of the new development, Mike Todd, AMI’s Regional Director for Africa, commented:

“Despite the tough period our industry has experienced, AMI South Africa has shown consistent growth, and we have now outgrown our current facility. We take the long-term view: this is an investment in our future.”