KwaZulu-Natal Freight Databank

This Data Bank provides one with information about authorities within the province, industries, air freight, ports, cross border, rail and roads sectors in the KZN. The statistics will provide you with detailed information about the movements of freight in the province.  (Last Updated : 2013)

Air Freight

There are 10 regional airfields in KwaZulu-Natal and four airports of national importance besides King Shaka International (KSIA) Durban namely Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Mkuze and Margate.

The 10 regional airfields are located at Margate, Virginia, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Dundee, Newcastle, Vryheid, Ulundi, Richards Bay and Mkuze. Airfreight via these facilities is ad hoc and none have dedicated freight services.

The movement of airfreight in KwaZulu-Natal is predominantly confined to operations at the King Shaka International Airport, located approximately 35 km from the city centre to the south west. The airport is accessible from the N2 and M4 freeways as well as the M65 and R102. It is the smallest of the three international airports in South Africa.

King Shaka International Airport handles approximately 4,8 million travellers per annum with a 3.8% growth in passenger numbers. A lesser amount of freight is handled at KSIA compared to Cape Town International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport. Approximately 7,600 tons of freight is handled annually, consisting mostly of goods associated with passenger movements. The airport's runway is 3,7 km long, which is adequate to handle an Airbus A380. Exports are worth an estimated R 220 million and imports R 70 million.

The airport has a Cargo and Freight Terminal operated by Dube TradePort (DTP) which is linked to the airport and TradeZone an area designed to cater for logistics, assembly, warehousing, light manufacturing and processing. The terminal has a 13 000m² warehouse floor space and a further office component of 2 000m². The annual capacity of this facility is 100 000 metric tons.

Dube TradePort (DTP) is a public entity owned by the KwaZulu- Natal Provincial Government. One aim of DTP is to establish an 'aerotropolis' in the vicinity of KSIA. This will service the airport but it will also feature office parks, commercial entities, hotels and retail developments.