In 1978, shortly after the introduction of a cellular fleet and containerisation in South Africa, founding members, H.M. De Oliveira and T.L. Richards, established Thrutainers International, a Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC).
Pioneers in South Africa of Less than Container Loads (LCL), Thrutainers International set high standards of service, safety and efficiency providing a reliable and tested seafreight groupage service and Full Container Load (FCL) service to and from a variety of countries.
The Port of Durban, the largest harbour in South Africa, strategically located on Africa’s major east-west shipping route became Thrutainers Head Office; the ideal hub to distribute goods to Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Shortly afterwards Thrutainers International opened offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
In the mid nineties, with an extensive international network of offices, Thrutainers International established customs franchised Cargo Freight Stations (CFS) servicing main South African sea ports and Johannesburg which were later registered under the name of Intermodal Cargo Solutions (Pty) Ltd, often known as ICS
In 2003, the second generation of De Oliveira’s took up the reins giving continuity to this now well established and globally recognised entity.
Through time, our years of experience have enabled our team of professionals to deliver beyond limitation, arranging the smooth multimodal transfer of goods worldwide. As an indirect cargo carrier, Thrutainers specialise in LCL and are also able to offer and negotiate preferential rates for full-container loads for current and prospective customers, in addition, our terms of carriage are backed by the “Through Transport Mutual Club” offering superior risk management for extra peace of mind.
Thrutainers International, backed by ICS’s cargo freight station, local harbours and interline connection infrastructure, offers a reliable and tested seafreight Groupage / LCL and FCL service to and from a variety of destinations. We move goods through distance, beyond expectations.
Over the years we’ve developed an integrated service that provides a trackable and seamless multimodal transport system for customer convenience.
Together with our extensive international network of offices and carefully selected partners, we offer a reliable worldwide LCL or groupage service to our customers and co-loaders.