Global logistics service provider Van den Bosch has signed a partnership agreement with South African freight forwarder STACKS Logistics to further develop its bulk liquid transport activities to and from South Africa.

The Dutch group specialises in the transport of liquid and dry bulk for the food and chemical industries, including oils and fats.

“STACKS brings over 15 years of experience in African logistics,” Van den Bosch DMCC (Dubai) general manager Bart van de Vorst said on 13 August. “The agreement’s focus is specifically on the transport of liquid food products in ISO tank containers.

“The South African market offers huge opportunities with regards to the transport of liquids in bulk as an alternative to traditional drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and we want to further strengthen our position as a tank operator in this market.”

As of 1 September, STACKS would become the exclusive agent for Van den Bosch DMCC in South Africa and be responsible for the further development of liquid bulk activities from and to the country, van de Vorst said.

Van den Bosch DMCC was established in Dubai in 2015 with a focus on liquid bulk transport with ISO tank containers and flexitanks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

At the time the Dubai operations were established, Van den Bosch told OFI that the African continent offered many opportunities in loading edible oils and fats, with volumes between Europe and Africa growing because the company was able to convince customers to ship liquids in ISO tanks instead of in small quantities, offering handling and heating advantages and savings in packaging costs.

“Over the past years, Van den Bosch has developed a strong position as a tank operator on the African market,” the company said. “Branches were established in Dubai, Ghana, Ivory Coast and South Africa and, this year, investments were made again in 400 new ISO tank containers.”