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Tzaneen citrus project

4PL Group, in conjunction with Transnet Freight Rail, offers effective export logistics of perishable fruit in refrigerated containers from Tzaneen station to any nominated South African port.

Empty containers are railed to Tzaneen station and stockpiled. Containers are then loaded onto road vehicles and delivered to the customer’s warehouse for loading. Loading takes place under supervision of the Department of Agriculture and PPECB. The loaded containers are then sealed and transported back to Tzaneen station where a 4PL representative ensures that the containers are placed on power. The temperatures of the units are monitored on a constant basis.

Full consignments are then railed into the vessel stacks of the nominated vessel in port.
The progress of the reefer train is constantly monitored to ensure prompt delivery.
Up to date tracking reports are provided to keep customers informed of the movements of their cargo..

The mission of 4PL is to provide the citrus industry with a cost effective and reliable, total supply chain solution, from the Tzaneen area to any South African port, thus enabling our customers to focus on their core business.

4PL Group’s involvement in the project spans from the initial planning phase with the customer, right up to ensuring that containers are stacked correctly in port, ready for shipment. We pride ourselves in our hands-on service, including on- site supervision, management of empty container stocks, constant monitoring of the containers’ temperatures and a prompt rail service to port.

Value Added:
4PL adds value to the supply chain by providing a total freight solution from origin to destination. This includes the ordering and placement of wagons, the monitoring of consignments and providing up to date feedback to customers regarding progress of their cargo. 4PL also provides the necessary facilities with Transnet Freight Rail.

During the 2011 citrus season, we transported in excess of 300 containers from Tzaneen station to Durban. We estimate that during the 2012 season, this figure will double to approximately 600 units.