The South African Mercantile Corporation (Pty) Limited (SAMC) was founded in the 1930’s and finally incorporated as SAMC in 1946 as a Customs Clearing and Forwarding Company; SAMC is one of the largest privately owned freight forwarders in South Africa. SAMC has branches in Johannesburg (HQ), Durban, East London and Cape Town, and is also associated with an independent network of International Freight Forwarders, with whom we are able to monitor and control shipments to and from all countries in the world, ensuring efficient and cost effective air and sea freight services to our many clients. SAMC prides itself on the fact that many of our clients have been with us for over 20 years or longer, and we continue to attract new clients because of our competitive pricing and fast and efficient service levels. Our staff is well trained and the business is run by very hands-on senior management. As international trade and new routes transform, we face these changes with our team of service orientated and highly trained staff. SERVICES & AREAS OF EXPERTISE FORWARDING – We offer multi-modal freight forwarding worldwide through our global network of independent partners. In conjunction with leading carriers we provide extremely flexible services at tailor made rates. Our independence and strength allows us to negotiate the best shipping (air and sea) rates, the benefit of which we pass on to our customer. CUSTOMS CLEARING – We have extensive expertise in Customs Clearing, and have an excellent reputation for compliance with Customs and Excise rules and regulations. Our long association with customs has earned us the respect of Customs (SARS) offices throughout South Africa. Leave all your Customs matters to us, each clearance is carefully checked to make sure it is correct and thereafter its progress is monitored and tracked carefully. We have top accreditation with SARS, which means we have a very quick turn around time once our entries have been submitted electronically via EDI to Customs. Speak to our existing clients, our reputation speaks for itself! For Exports, we can arrange air and sea export to all destinations in the world and our highly trained staff will advise on the correct procedures and documentation to assist with the exports. MARINE INSURANCE – We have extensive experience in arranging marine insurance on shipments, and can offer door to door marine insurance or tailor make the insurance to suit our client’s particular needs. We have open marine policy with a leading insurer and can therefore offer competitive rates because of our volume of business. We can also negotiate premiums, lodge declarations and handle claims when the need arises on our client’s behalf. We insure many of our client’s goods, giving them peace of mind their goods are insured while in transit. INTERNATIONAL TRADE FINANCE – Are you an importer who requires working capital to finance your imports? We have a company in our group which specializes in trade finance. Should you require further information please contact Mark Ferguson on +27 11 396 1004
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