Biltrans Services (Private) Limited commenced operations in 1997 following the collapse of the railway system in the Southern and Central regions of Sub Saharan Africa.
The situation afforded a market opportunity for transportation and freight management within the region for the timeous and safe movement of minerals, goods and other commodities.
An office and transport yard was set up in Harare, and Biltrans commenced its operations with a fleet of predominantly International used Trucks imported from the United States with tri-axle flat-deck trailers operating across Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia at the time.
The requirement for facilities necessitated the opening of new yards in South Africa, Malawi (subsequently closed down in 2013 in order to minimize overheads) and Zambia to cater for our requirements, both from human resources and operational perspectives. These yards were located in Johannesburg, Blantyre and Lusaka. Subsequently, facilities at the border posts between the countries were established as well as at the port of Durban in South Africa.
It should also be mentioned that the Democratic Republic of Congo has become our main focus in recent years due to the rapid growth in the exportation of minerals from that region. We thus predominantly operate in and out of the DRC.
This operation is called Upman Services and it now run by Biltrans management on the exact same model as Biltrans as it is Zimbabwean registered.