CEVA Logistics is launching a three-part expansion plan for the African market, through which it aims to become a leading, continent-wide market player.

CEVA Logistics has acquired a controlling shareholding in AMI Worldwide, a third-party logistics provider with an extensive network in East and Southern Africa, which has more than 100 years of expertise in the region.

From July 1 the AMI Worldwide office network in 12 countries in East and Southern Africa and its almost 1,000 employees will have join the CEVA global network. They will provide a platform for further investment and expansion throughout the continent, with the objective of offering CEVA’s customers a seamless network, facilitating cargo movement within Africa and strengthening trade ties with the rest of the world.

Three CMA CGM Inland Services (CCIS) facilities are also joining CEVA’s network in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. These intermodal sites provide a launch platform for the company’s freight management ambitions. They offer freight forwarding services in addition to their full range of inland solutions related to container fleet management and ocean freight value-added services such as reefer (refrigerated container) management services, dry port and container depot functions. These entities maintain a close relationship with CEVA’s parent company, the CMA CGM Group.

CEVA is also expanding in Mauritania, where a direct presence has been established with extensive expertise in transit corridor operations, and in Ethiopia, where a new joint venture with MACFAA will be integrated with the CEVA network once all regulatory approvals are obtained.