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World class warehouses come to Mozambique

04 June 2019

“Agility is a long-term sustainable investor and is a strong advocate of the future of Mozambique,” says Deanne De Vries, Senior Vice President for Agility Africa, a global warehousing and logistics multinational rapidly expanding across the continent.

Her comments come ahead of the second annual bilingual MozamReal Property Forum taking place on 5 June in Maputo, where De Vries will present a detailed view and site tour of the warehousing giant’s first phase of 32,000 square meters of A-grade warehousing space suitable for storage, distribution, packaging, processing and light industrial work. 

With conservative growth forecasts predicting a doubling of Mozambique’s GDP in the next four to five years, the global logistics giant’s future growth strategy is increasingly geared towards the continent and in lynchpin markets such as Mozambique.

“Agility is building a pan-African network of international standard warehouse parks that will provide the warehousing infrastructure for companies to access the burgeoning African market supporting imports and exports and enabling the development of trade internationally, domestically and regionally,” says De Vries.  

Driven by population growth, technology adoption and 5% average GDP growth across the continent, the need for warehouse parks are a product of the changing macroeconomic trends of Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) and ecommerce fulfillment in Africa.

She explains, “Ecommerce can require four times more warehousing in markets than traditional logistics pathways.”

Owning more than 2.2 million square meters of logistics space worldwide and with over 60,000 global clients, Agility’s warehouse park on the Maputo Ring Road is set to transform and improve the ease of doing business in the economy. “Agility’s warehouse parks makes doing business easier and less risky and therefore attracts new multinational companies to come to Mozambique which in turn drives further capital investment, creating more jobs and stimulating the economy.”

While a core-focus for the group is on providing a de-risked investment model into new markets for cross sector client base, their strategy is evidence of a nuanced and maturing Africa strategy. Agility has been in Mozambique for four years and it’s refreshing to see a global giant enter the market with a tailored business plan that caters to both large scale investors and SMEs.

As De Vries comments, “Agility’s warehouse parks reduce capital costs, shorten lead times and de-risk market entry for both MNCs and SMEs. Our support program for local Mozambican SME companies enables them to lease our international standard warehouse facilities by paying only three-months security deposit. SME’s don’t require a strong balance sheet or financial guarantees so are able to access quality warehousing for expanding their business without having to raise expensive capital.”

As one of several international companies, including Heineken and CDM, to have set up shop in the Marracuene area of Maputo, Agility Africa’s strategy is long-term and bullish.