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Swift Freight celebrates its 22nd anniversary

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 01st , 2011 saw Swift Freight celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a leading freight services specialist.
Founded in Dubai in 1989, and focusing on servicing the burgeoning trade lane into Africa - a trade lane that at the time was considered extremely risky by other industry competitors, Swift Freight has grown from a small freight forwarder employing only a handful of people, to a medium sized logistics company employing over 400 staff in almost 40 offices around the world.
“ Although our focus has always been Africa, our operations in India and China have also grown substantially and make significant contributions to the overall performance of the group “, says Group Chief Executive Officer, Warren Erfmann, who acquired the company just 6 months ago.
“The first 6 months under new management and ownership has been something quite special” Erfmann added. “I am extremely proud to state that Swift has increased its turnover by 42% and the GP by 53% in this period. In addition, we have had to increase our staff compliment by close to 10%, in order to handle the increased volumes for both ocean and airfreight.”
“The beauty about this growth, is that it was not even done during the traditional peak periods, which are only now about to start, so we are definitely looking forward to the run in towards the end of the year !!”
“This growth would also never have been achieved if it had not been for the collective effort of a remarkable group of staff and management and loyal customers, some of whom have been with Swift since its inception !”
Erfmann is also extremely positive about the future and states that there are a few opportunities out there which will require Swift opening in new countries and expanding their already growing network of offices. “We already opened two new offices in the last 6 months, and there are a few more in the pipeline “
“Africa is what this company was built upon, and that is where we are focussing our energy, especially as the continent continues to offer these phenomenal growth opportunities !”