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Container Corridor



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

Natcor links Durban through an extensive rail network with Port Shepstone, Kroonstad, Richards Bay and Gauteng. Natcor forms the backbone of South Africa’s freight transportation network and is vital in facilitating economic growth for the country. The main components of the bulk freight corridor consist of the Port of Durban, well established road, rail and pipeline links to Gauteng, and inland freight terminals to service the broader Gauteng area and countries to the north of our border. This corridor is the artery to the busiest container Port in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.

Natcor rail line is approximately 688km long, is the critical link for the growth and volumes from the Port and sustain the growth of the economy. The rail market share has declined from deregulation in the 1987, subsequently the DoT approval of increased road vehicle axle mass in 1993 made road attractive for both long and short haul opportunities resulting in its ability to attract GFB volumes more competitive than rail, resulting in the erosion of the rail market share. The National Transport Master Plan Objective for Freight Transport is to move at least 2% of rail friendly freight from road to rail annually. Other objectives include to reduce the cost of doing business in SA to reduce National Logistics cost as a % of GDP and to reduce congestion on and damage to the N3.

Transnet has identified opportunities for future growth, which centers around driving an effective road to rail conversion through focusing on mainly on the General Freight Business (GFB) volumes. Natcor has the greatest opportunity for GFB growth especially with the Durban Port growth and the logistic solutions of Hubs and Back of Port Terminals being developed by the private sector. 


The main commodities transported on the corridor are:

Aviation Fuel



Diesel & Petrol

Gold Ore Crude


Motor Vehicles


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City Deep

Durban Harbour



Kings Rest





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