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Zimbabwe has a sensitive political and economic climate. However, the country has functional and effective logistics systems in the field of transport and logistics, dedicated to serving both the commercial sector as well as international humanitarian organizations. A wide range of logistics services and solutions, from the storage of general merchandise to leading-edge solutions for the supply chain, are found in all major towns and cities, which include:

  • Specialized handling equipment
  • Computerized warehouse management
  • Q-HSE policy
  • Advanced receiving and inspection processes
  • Secured storage
  • Inventory control
  • Value-added services (repacking, co-packing, labelling, etc.)
  • Order preparation
  • Cross-docking

For contact information for the storage companies, please see the following link: 4.6 Zimbabwe Storage and Milling Company Contact List

For more information on Zimbabwe storage, please see the following attachment: Additional Zimbabwe Storage Information 

Commercial Storage

Location

Owner

Available for Rent

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

Harare

Manica Zimbabwe

Yes

14,818m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

Stillpack t/a S and P Logistics

Yes

2,360m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

Bollore Transport and Logistics

Yes

3,432m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

BAK Logistics

Yes

6,000m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Mutare

GMS

Yes

5,508m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Mutare

Manica, Zimbabwe

Yes

3,200 m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Bulawayo

Karasons Investments

Yes

6,075m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Bulawayo

Manica Zimbabwe

Yes

4,400 m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Bulawayo

Lyddon Properties t/a Zapalala

Yes

5,200m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Bulawayo

BAK Logistics

Yes

5,000m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Masvingo

John Matewe

 Yes

 4,500m2

Out-door storage

Flat

Intact

Masvingo

John Matewe

 Yes

 1,050m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Masvingo

Blue Horizon

 Yes

 6,500m2

Out-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

National Handling Services (NHS)

 Yes

TBA

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

Aviation Ground Services (AGS)/Beach Concultancy

 Yes

TBA

In-door storage

Flat

Intact


[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Storage Used by Humanitarian Organizations

Major humanitarian organizations in Zimbabwe (UN and local and international NGOs) lease or hire out warehouses from commercial service providers. This is a standard practice in Zimbabwe for both humanitarian and commercial actors in the country. Adequacy, accessibility, and availability of ancillary services is not a challenge in Zimbabwe, especially if the warehouse is located in a town or city. Use of mobile storage facilities is also common among the humanitarian organisations operating in Zimbabwe. Collaboration and space sharing is common with humanitarian actors and this has seen savings being realised by organisations engaging such collaborations.

The WFP Zimbabwe operation has 4 operational warehouses and several extended delivery points run by NGOs in partnership with WFP. The warehouses are strategically located to service the most insecure and needy parts of the country. These warehouses are located in Harare, Bulawayo Mutare and Masvingo. 

Location

Organization

Sharing Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

Harare

UNICEF

Yes

7,376 m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

WHO

Yes

450 m²

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

FAO

Yes

1,500 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

UNFPA

Yes

300 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

Red Cross/IFRC

Yes

1,000 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Harare

UNDP-GF

Yes

1,500 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Beitbridge

IOM

Yes

100 m²

Open Storage

Flat

Intact

Masvingo

USAID

Yes

1,000 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

Mutare

USAID

Yes

1,000 m2

In-door storage

Flat

Intact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Public Sector Storage

The Department of Civil Protection (DCP) has a staff complement of seven officers at the Head Office. The operations of the Civil Protection Organization are multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary in scope. Their mission is to coordinate and promote strategic planning for emergencies at the individual, community, sectoral, local authority and national levels through regulatory mechanisms in order to provide for and ensure optimal emergency preparedness and disaster prevention in Zimbabwe. The mandate of the DCP covers overall coordination of all stakeholders involved in disaster risk management, promotes preparedness planning, prompts emergency response, early recovery and rehabilitation of affected elements and advocates for integration of disaster risk reduction into development for sustainability.

The core functions of ensuring the attainment of optimal capacity for disaster risk management include:

  • Develop and maintain a disaster risk management framework in line with international best practice
  • To strengthen coping capacities of the general public in relation to the country’s risk profile
  • To develop mechanisms to address the identified gaps in the above functions

 Location

Ministry / Agency

Use Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

All Provinces and districts

Department of Civil Protection

No

+/- 1,000 m2

Semi-permanent structure

Yes

Outdoor

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified

[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat

[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

For more information, please see the Civil Protection Directorate of Zimbabwe website

Cold Chain

The cold chain is comprised mainly of private companies.

Location

Organisation / Owner

Type [1]

Cooling /  Power [2]

Total Capacity
(MT)

Condition

Harare

Seedex Ent.

Refrigerator

Compression

300 MT

Good

Harare

Zenith Distr.

Cold room negative

Compression

250 MT

Good

Harare

Crest

Cold room negative

Compression

700 MT

Good

Harare/Masvingo/Chinhoyi

Cold Storage Co.




Poor

Harare

Colcom

Cold room negative

Compression


Good

Mutare

Crest

Cold room negative

Compression

180 MT

Good

Mutare

Crest

Cold room negative

Compression

240 MT

Good

Mutare

Badhella W/Salers

Cold room negative

Compression

75 MT

Good


[1] Cold Room Positive, Cold Room Negative, Refrigerator, Freezer,

[2] Compression, Absorption, Solar, Other, unspecified

For more information on Zimbabwe storage, please see the following attachment: Additional Zimbabwe Storage Information


Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.