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Why Tradestream?

We partner growth of our select clients through our comprehensive and competitive integrated international logistics, trade finance and  information technology,
which are our competencies, to mutual benefit.

About Us

Tradestream is an independent and specialised Logistics Services Provider delivering first-class freight forwarding & clearing services, logistics management and trade finance, using state-of-the-art information technology systems.

We integrate logistics and trade finance into tailor-made solutions and offer the highest blend of reliability, speed of response, financial strength, information technology and logistics expertise.

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Our Vision

To be a globally significant independent and specialised Logistics Services Provider in all areas of international logistics and trade finance services.”

Our Mission

“Partnering growth of our select clients through our comprehensive and competitive international logistics, trade finance and information technology competencies.”

Our History

Tradestream was established in 1989, trading as Saxport Agencies, and acquired the business of Bolton Maritime that same year which focused on the export of break-bulk cargo from South Africa, primarily to the United States.

In 2006, the company increased its service offering to include a comprehensive range of freight forwarding and clearing services.

In 2010, warehousing and bonded cargo facilities were acquired in Johannesburg whilst expanding nationally with branches in the Durban, Cape Town and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) regions and formally entering the project logistics market.

In 2014, Tradestream Technology, a supply chain management software systems house, was acquired and Saxport Agencies was rebranded as Tradestream.

In 2016, the company disposed of the R&D portion of the Tradestream Technology business to its former directors.

In 2020, the company opened its Richards Bay branch.

In 2023, additional warehousing and office space was acquired adjacent to our head office in Johannesburg and today.

Tradestream operates under three strategic business units:

   •  Tradestream Logistics

   •  Tradestream Project Logistics

   •  Tradestream Capital


“Let’s start the conversation about your logistics and trade finance requirements.”

Our Services

Tradestream Logistics is the logistics service provider within the group. We provide a comprehensive logistics service in conjunction with our global network partners. With our head office in Johannesburg, we have branches in all the major South African ports: Cape Town, Durban, Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and Richards Bay, and offer a comprehensive import and export logistics service from point of origin to final destination.

Tradestream Logistics has an extensive international representation through the WCA Inter Global network of WCAworld.

Tradestream Logistics services include:

   •   forwarding and clearing (air, sea, road & rail)
   •   customs and tariffing
   •   logistics management
   •   warehousing (including bonded cargo facilities)
   •   courier services

Tradestream Projects is the project logistics service provider within the group. We manage the logistics of specific projects, which may involve moving large, heavy, expensive, or hazardous items around the world, sometimes to remote locations. Our services include the planning, execution, and supervision of transport, as well as the handling of paperwork, customs clearance, insurance, and freight charges. Our project logistics management strives to meet the needs of our clients and their project deadlines and budgets.

We provide project logistics management to the oil & gas, mining, power, and construction industries, encompassing all related services. Our dedicated projects team are experienced in all aspects of project logistics management from the pre-feasibility phase through to final commissioning.

Tradestream Projects has an extensive international representation through the WCA Projects network of WCAworld, that understands the special needs of project cargo.  
Tradestream Projects offers value added services to the projects industry, including engineering, procurement, consulting, and management firms:

   •   logistics execution plans

   •   marine surveys
   •   route surveys
   •   quality control inspections
   •   contractual assistance
   •   specialised sea and air charters
   •   cross trades
   •   heavy lift management
   •   on-going logistics requirements of the project once commissioned

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Tradestream Capital is the trade finance arranger within the group. We offer a model which optimises cash flow and reduces risk by simplifying supply chain management with a single point of contact for logistics and finance.

Our end-to-end solution combines logistics and trade finance into a single transaction, and we manage the entire supply chain transaction, from order to delivery, with online visibility of all shipments and real time alerts. We hedge foreign currency and pay foreign suppliers in line with client mandates and invoice on a fully landed SA Rand cost per SKU.  

Tradestream Capital services include:

   •   trade finance
   •   foreign currency management
   •   treasury management
   •   export finance

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Tradestream uses state-of-the-art information technology systems, which include:

Tradestream Platform

Our online modernised platform allows all clients to have their shipping information in one place in order to:

   •   track and trace shipments
   •   manage orders, notifications, invoices and shipments (ETD's and ETA's)
   •   access and download all documents related to shipments
   •   analyse and optimise their supply chain through the system generated executive summaries

Tradestream Load-Planner 

Tradestream's Load-Planner software is a tool that is able to prepare load plans out of packing manifests.  Tradestream's Load-Planner is utilised by our clients to determine their required shipping space and/or container requirements and/or trailer requirements, as precisely as possible.  Load planning is done in the advance of shipment, enabling our clients to optimise space utilization be it by road, sea, air or breakbulk.  The software also caters for palletised and non-palletised cargo, stackable and non-stackable, and out of gauge cargo. 

The software supports selection of multiple container types and can also plan oversized cargo in flat racks, open tops, flatbed trailers and PMC's and gives clients an interactive 3D view of their plan.

Tradestream System

Tradestream provides clients with access to, and the use of, our Tradestream System, which is a web-based supply chain management tool that integrates with finance systems, client ERP and Purchase Order Management systems, logistics and LSP systems, as well as customs clearance systems.  In partnering with our clients, our Tradestream System offers intelligent, integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions, with the goal of optimising supply chain efficiency at the lowest possible cost.  Our Tradestream System ensures an integrated approach to our clients' operations, logistics, procurement and information technology with on-going support.

Our Tradestream System provides users with:

•    accurate real time costing & margin assessment (foreign exchange, customs & tariffs, logistics             and all other costs required for the import & export product landed costings)

   •     integrated order pre and post costings at SKU levels
   •     integrated treasury (foreign exchange management) and customs tariffing
   •     integrated tracking on all logistics

Clients have visibility throughout the import & export process and can control risk management and confidentiality.

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Tradestream's Global Reach

Tradestream is a member of the WCAworld,  the world’s largest and most powerful network of independent freight forwarders.

As a worldwide non-exclusive network, WCAworld is neutrally managed and operated to benefit every member company. With over 11,943 member offices in 195 countries around the world, the combined logistics might of the WCAworld membership exceeds that of even the world’s largest multinational freight forwarders.

Tradestream enjoys new, innovative, and high-value membership benefits and is also automatically covered by an extensive financial protection program in the industry, which allows us to conduct business with other WCAworld members with complete security and peace of mind.

Tradestream gains insight into industry-leading solutions to the problems faced every day, by even the best independent forwarders, and provides our clients the best range of solutions available anywhere, with unrivalled value.

Tradestream’s WCAworld networks include WCA Inter Global and WCA Projects.

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