Since Kintetsu World Express began to handle freight in 1948, we have continuously developed new business markets and service opportunities. This pioneering spirit endures well into the new millennium with a focus on the East, with China as a priority due to its rapidly growing economy, as well as emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East.

KWE is an indispensible, integrated global logistics partner to clients with highly effective business operations worldwide. KWE have the know-how and experience to offer you solutions-based support, irrespective of the nature of your industry. The company’s ability to function seamlessly across all regions is primarily based on our meticulous, integrated service and management system, as well as our resources such as network, people, processes and high-end information technology.

The KWE network covers most supplier areas for a wide scope of industries such as automotive, aerospace, high technology, agriculture, medical, oil, and gas. In recent years KWE’s customer needs for logistic services have also expanded and diversified due to their efforts to streamline and reduce distribution costs. KWE services include the procurement of materials, vendor management, processing products, contract logistics, long and short-term storage solutions, handling merchandise, repairs and returns, including management and analysing results, proposing and implementing solutions.

KWE has sustained achievements due to the calibre of people who are solutions-focused and, as such, they make a world of difference. This is why the company places a high premium on staff training. With investment in intensive skills training and KWE learnership programmes, the company is assured of a competitive, well-rounded team to lead us into the next decade and beyond.

Johannesburg+27 11 573 5700
Durban+27 31 460 8400
Cape Town+27 21 380 2800
Port Elizabeth+27 41 504 8800


Year founded: May 1948-Kintetsu World Expresss Inc (Japan) 1986 – Kintetsu World Express South Africa (Pty) Ltd (under Freight Tech) was established
Employees: 9.238 globally
Branches: 308 locations in 194 cities and in 32 countries and in South Africa we have offices in Johannesbug, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth


Net Sales: ¥ 267-688million
Operating Income: ¥11-898million
Ordinary Income: ¥ 12-831million
Net Income: ¥7-888million
Financial year-end: December
Holding company: Kintetsu World Express Inc (Japan) Share Holders in Kintetsu World Express South African (Pty) Ltd Kintetsu World Expresss Inc (Japan) hold 21 percent, Amuugu (Pty) Ltd (formally Keodirelang) hold 25.1 percent and Kintetsu World Express Inc BV(EA) hold the balance of 53.9 percent


Training programmes: ABET, Learnerships, Industry specific training programmes, customized internal training programmes
Empowerment initiatives: Various Enterprise Development initiatives.
CSI initiatives: Siphumelele Shelter in Kempton Park– school transport paid, mobile dental clinic. Eleos children’s shelter in Pretoria


Black Empowerment Level:
shareholding: 5%-25% black shareholding/
female shareholding: 5%-25%

Gender Empowerment Level:
female executive directors: 5%-25%
black staff: 25.1%-50%
Empowerment rating: Level 4 Contributor – EMEX


1. Kintetsu Group consists of over 130 affiliated companies, with products and services across the world
2. In 2002, Kinetsu was listed on Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange, and First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2003
3. KWE is ranked among the top 10 freight forwarders in the world
4. Start of Business: May 1948
5. Has emerging markets in Africa and Middle East

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