Leading freight company DHL Global Forwarding has launched its digital road freight platform Saloodo, to shippers and transport providers in Uganda, connecting the country into its growing digital network on the continent.
With a total road network of over 129 000 kilometres, statistics show that almost 95% of cargo freight in the country relies almost entirely on road transportation.
But as is the case in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, there remains infrastructural challenges – a top priorityto address as laid out by the Ugandan government in its National Development Plan II and Vision 2040.
A 2016 World Bank report found that imports of transport and logistics services make up 55% of Uganda’s total service imports while Uganda’s transport and logistics exports sit at only 3.7%.
Skeaping at the launch, Tobias Maier, CEO of Saloodo! Middle East and Africa expressed optimism that logistics has and will continue to play a decisive role in shaping a country’s economic development.
“A robust logistic network will create the foundation for local businesses to succeed, and enhance trade. With the introduction and integration of a digital platform like Saloodo!, a more efficient logistics sector would increase Uganda’s potential for economic diversification and growth,” he said.
“Every section of the Ugandan economy requires transport and logistics services including raw materials producers, manufacturing, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers,” he added.
The new platform is expected inject greater transparency and efficiency to the country and regionalroad network by providing real-time visibility, enabling shippers to identify trusted and reliable freight carriers in Uganda and several neighbouring countries.
Backed by DHL’s global and regional footprint and expertise, all contractual relationships on the platform are organised via the existing local DHL entity, providing trust and peace of mind to carriers and shippers alike.
“Digital transformation is a top priority for the industry and this push for digitalization will further enhance trade efficiency and help businesses to grow,” said Maier.