Global wholesale freight forwarder Air Menzies International, part of Menzies Aviation, has announced a new purpose-built facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Located less than a kilometre from O.R. Tambo International Airport, the new facility will replace Air Menzies International’s existing location in Aviation Park, Pomona.

Menzies says that the move, scheduled for September 2023, will increase capacity, improve efficiency and support long-term growth in the region.

The new facility contains a 47,500-square-foot warehouse, which will significantly increase the company’s freight capacity. The introduction of a new off-airport airfreight de-group warehouse for import customers will add to the wider range of freight services already on offer to the market in the region.

The new facility will be fully compliant with the relevant regulations from the South African Civil Aviation Authority, including Part 108, requiring all screening to be carried out on-site.

“We continue to see strong growth in our air freight services in South Africa which has led to increased demand from customers. Our new building gives us increased capacity and modern facilities that will enhance the services we offer to new and existing customers while strengthening our position in the market,” said Air Menzies International CEO, Jonathan Clark

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“Together with the planned upgrades to our on-airport specialist facility, it will also help facilitate the movement of exports and imports to our other branches in South Africa, where many perishable and temperature-sensitive goods are sourced.”

Solar panels installed on the roof of the building will produce up to 80% of the facility’s electricity demand and energy-efficient equipment, such as electric forklifts, will operate in the new warehouse.

Increased security has also been considered and the warehouse and office premises will be fully secured with 24/7 security and CCTV.

The new facility will complement planned upgrades to the company’s existing perishable division in Johannesburg, located at O.R. Tambo International Airport’s foreign airlines terminal.

This specialist facility will increase in size by over 4,300 square feet, greatly enhancing its controlled-temperature storage capacity. Customers will also benefit from new services, including variable temperature control for multiple perishable commodities.