AMI South Africa Innovates

Air Menzies International News Bulletin

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AMI – the world’s largest trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler – continues to develop and innovate in its South African operations.

AMI Durban is benefiting from the increase in direct air services from its aiport, and its policy of supporting local flights wherever possible. This eliminates the additional time and cost of transhipping via Johannesburg, and sidesteps potential congestion problems at South Africa’s main hub.

Says AMI Regional VP Africa, Milton French: “When our Durban operation was opened in April 2003, the aim was to provide more localised export and import services for cargo agents. At that time, there were no direct international flights to and from Durban, and most of the cargo was routed via JNB by RFS or domestic flights. We now have direct access to a wide range of worldwide destinations.”

Meanwhile, AMI’s Cape Town base has doubled in size, and trebled its temperature-controlled storage for perishables. Its 120 sq.m. of refrigerated storage has separate temperature zones suitable for flowers, seafood and fruit and vegetables, and enables AMI to receive fresh produce maintain it in optimum condition before flight.

AMI has also extended its unique click2ship service to its South African operations, enabling pre-registered bona fide freight agents to obtain online, all-inclusive quotations for shipments, including collection and delivery. Quotes can subsequently be converted to bookings, additional services can also be booked online, and shipments can be tracked.

AMI click2ship is available to any non-restricted worldwide destination, and only dangerous goods are excluded. Says Milton French: “This service combines very competitive rates with the ability to obtain fast, accurate quotations. This can often make the difference between an agent winning or losing potential business.”

In 2016, AMI’s South African traffic increased by 10%. “Our increased buying power resulted in more competitive rates for our customers,” concludes Milton French.