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Container Corridor




A complex operation which is very important to Transnet as the biggest intermodal supply corridor.


The Container Corridor links the Port of Durban with the Gauteng economic hub through an extensive rail network of 688km. This connectivity enables direct railing of strategic commodities from the Port of Durban to the inland terminals of City Deep, Kascon, Pretcon, Kaalfontein, and several private sidings in the Gauteng area and beyond.  The Container Corridor boundaries are described as below:

  •          Port of Durban to Port Shepstone on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast up to Stanger on the North Coast;
  •          Pietermaritzburg to Newcastle;
  •          Northern Free State made up of Kroonstad and Bethlehem;
  •        ​  Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

The Container Corridor connects and interfaces with the North Corridor, Cape Corridor, and Central Corridor.

This corridor is a key logistics enabler of South Africa’s import and export freight transportation and is vital in facilitating economic growth for the country. 

Commodities railed on the Container corridor include containers, automotive, grain, fuel, chemicals, coal, manganese, chrome, and FMCG general freight cargo. Passenger services traverse the same rail infrastructure however not operated by Transnet.

We have the greatest opportunity for General Freight Business growth on rail especially with the increase in Logistics Hubs and Back of Port facilities being developed by the private sector across the Corridor.

The corridor services approximately 70 customers across various sectors. The dominant industries serviced are the Container, Automotive, Agriculture, and Fuel sectors.


The Gauteng cluster of the corridor handles container cargo and operates the major inland container terminals of City Deep and Kascon.

The terminals are operated on the same IT platform as the Transnet Port Terminals container terminals, Navis Terminal Operating System. This facilitates ease of integrated planning and execution monitoring from a Transnet and customer perspective.

Containers flow between the Port of Durban, Cape Corridor, Botswana, and Pretoria.

The Northern Free state forms part of the Gauteng cluster. The dominant commodity handled in this area is Grain followed by Fuel. The Gold Ore operation is part of this area. Bethlehem and Kroonstad define the corridor boundaries in the Free State.


The Kwazulu Natal cluster operational activity is dominated by the Container, Auto, Fuel, and Grain commodities. Several private sidings and port terminals are serviced in the Durban area particularly. Automotive is one of the country's strategic sectors. The Durban Car Terminal is serviced through direct rail connectivity and handles automotive units railed from Pretoria, Isando, and Isipingo Car Terminal in Durban is one of the country's strategic commodities.  

Durban cluster runs up to Stanger connecting with the North Corridor and down the South Coast to Port Shepstone

Newcastle connects to North Corridor and handles coal railed to Richards Bay. All the trains that run to and from Durban pass through the Newcastle area.

The Pietermaritzburg area is largely branch lines where most of the activity is from the Timber sector.​ 


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City Deep

Durban Harbour



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ContainersOur key customers in this sector include:

BPSA; Puma Energy; Shell

Brisen Commodities  

Maersk; MSC

Afric Oil; Engen; Total

Harmony Gold

Cargill; Glenfood; COFCO

Ford; Hellmann

Foodcorp; Freightmax; Innex

Toyota SA