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Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges

Christopher J. Savage, Logan Fransman, Andrew K. Jenkins
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 7, No 1 | a86 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v7i1.86 | © 2013 Christopher J. Savage, Logan Fransman, Andrew K. Jenkins | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 December 2012 | Published: 06 August 2013

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Christopher J. Savage, The Namibian German Centre for Logistics, Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
Logan Fransman, The Namibian German Centre for Logistics, Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
Andrew K. Jenkins, Business Operations, Supply Chain and Transport Research Group, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

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Logistics is perceived to be important for Namibia’s growth and development, but this may be a matter of conjecture as there is a dearth of documented information about the industry in Namibia. Furthermore, it is uncertain what the understanding of logistics is for key stakeholders in the country. This article reports on a project; the objectives were to address some of these issues and to lay the foundation for a more thorough investigation in the future. The findings of the initial project were disseminated in 2012 by: a conference paper showing the challenges and opportunities facing logistics in Namibia in 2012; a report; and through a Logistics and Transport Workshop held in Walvis Bay, Namibia in September 2012. These reports, additional interviews and subsequent discussions highlighted some potential opportunities and problems. This article summarises the project to date, showing the methodology and findings as updated by subsequent feedback and further interviews. The findings from key stakeholders of the logistics industry in Namibia include: universal agreement on the importance of logistics to Namibia; the variety in the understanding of the term logistics; the strength of the continuing influence of South Africa as the dominant economic power in southern Africa; and contrasting views on the main factors limiting logistics development, including infrastructure, attitude, government, customs, training, railways, corruption and driver shortage.


Logistics; Namibia; Development; SADC; Matrices


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