The Rise of China-Africa Trade: Why Transportation and Logistics Should be Front and Center

Supply Chain Nation

A brief look at the China-Africa trade suggests that while Chinese imports from Africa are focused on resource-rich countries (such as South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria and Liberia), Chinese exports, in the form of cheap manufactured goods are more widespread across the continent, with machinery making up the biggest chunk at roughly 30 percent. Logistics planners would readily tell you that this is not a surprise; such imbalances are a reality in the cargo industry.