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  • 1849

    John T. Rennie began developing the fledging shipping industry of South Africa, laying a firm foundation for the sophisticated operations of today.

  • 1910

    Fred Cohen and Julius Goldman establish Clearing and Forwarding Agency; Cohen, Goldman & Co in South Africa’s major business centres.

  • 1934

    Birth of South African Airways.

  • 1956

    First containers moved by ocean.

  • 1969

    Curfin buys a controlling share and forms SA Forwarding & Clearing Company. Subsequently changed to SA Freight Corporation.

  • 1973

    Exclusive agency agreement signed with Swiss based Panalpina World Transport in 22 countries, as sole representative in South Africa, an agreement that is still in force today.

  • 1975

    SA Forwarding and Clearing Corporation, as it was then known, becomes Safcor and is one of the first to offer groupage containers.

  • 1987

    Safcor lists on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

  • 1993

    Safcor Limited delisted from the JSE and was purchased by The Bidvest Group Limited. It is today still wholly owned by Bidvest.

  • 1998

    Safcor Freight achieves ISO accreditation.

  • 2000

    A closer collaboration between Safcor and Panalpina leads to the rebranding of the company as Safcor Panalpina. Pic: Bruno Sidler, CEO Panalpina and Philip Womersley, MD Safcor Panalpina.

  • 2001

    Safcor Panalpina incorporates the operations of Renfreight.

  • 2005

    Safcor Panalpina rebrands as a supply chain organisation and invests in a 10 000m² logistics facility at OR Tambo International Airport.

  • 2007

    Safcor Panalpina opens a second 10 000m² logistics degroup facility at OR Tambo International Airport.

  • 2010

    Safcor Panalpina celebrates its milestone centenary.

  • 2012

    Rennies Distribution Services and Safcor Panalpina amalgamate under the name of Bidvest Panalpina Logistics. The merger enables BPL to provide full end-to-end supply chain solutions with an extensive national and international presence.

  • 2014

    Craig Mountjoy is appointed managing director of BPL.

  • Today

    Since its humble beginnings in 1849 BPL has grown from strength to strength and will continue to do so for years to come.


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​Abo​ut BPL​

Introducing you to Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, a proudly Bidvest company and a valued partner of the Panalpina Group. We provide end-to-end supply chain solutions that include ​air, ocean, warehousing, road transport and customs broking in all major industries.  We invite you to explore our services and industry solutions

The collaboration of our experience gained over the past century, scale and global reach enable us to design, implement and synchronise your cargo throughout the globe in the most efficient way. Click on our services and industry solutions for a seamless journey.

Our vision is to deliver supply chain solutions that advance the competitive edge of our clients.