African Rail Company 'ARC' was founded on a firm belief in the future of rail transportation in Africa and a vision of a group that would lead the rail logistics industry in the continent.

Our versatile team draws on many years in the rail logistics industry to bring a thorough understanding of clients needs and the demands of operating successful businesses in Africa.

We are committed to the growth and development of rail haulage in this vast continent and to the pursuit of excellence as a service provider to our clients.

African Rail Company Team


ARC ISO Tank Rail Wagons

ARC owns and manages an independent fleet of rolling stock, enabling freedom to offer tailored rail logistics solutions along the region's extensive rail network.

Through partnership agreements with the regional railway operators, ARC can also absorb unexpected increases in demand whilst still offering competitive rates.

ARC continues to invest in its rail capabilities, knowing that the solution to the region’s unique logistical challenges lies in unlocking the potential of rail transportation.

ARC Rail Wagon Loading
Service Differentiation

A key area of service differentiation for ARC is through traffic movement-monitoring and tracking services to create and deliver a guaranteed and predictable logistics solution.  
ARC has deployed highly experienced rail operations crews to organise loading, clearance and independent inspectorate services, ensuring efficiency, reliability and security of service.
ARC also coordinates border crossings and customs clearance on behalf of clients using its clearing agents at all major border posts.

ARC Road to Rail
Turnkey Logistics

Thanks to strong relationships with the rail network operators, ARC operates between all major trading hubs in the region.


These relationships enable ARC to offer point to point logistics solutions and liaise with the network operators on behalf of customers. 

Where transportation is required beyond the rail network, ARC arranges intermodal solutions to link the rail corridors via road and sea.

ARC is experienced in the management of inter-modal solutions and can readily identify the most appropriate system for each project and location.




Headquartered in the U.A.E., ARC operates in Botswana, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This regional presence affords ARC a strong operational base integrating both international and regional cargo movement hubs for exports and imports.

ARC has developed a strong working relationship with the regional rail operators. In particular, ARC works closely with BR, CFM, NRZ, TFR and ZRL through a number of initiatives that give ARC strategic advantages on both access and cost of rail equipment and allocation. 

ARC Regional Operations
Botswana Railways

Botswana Railways 'BR'

Mozambique Ports & Railways 'CFM'

National Railways of Zimbabwe 'NRZ'

Transnet Freight Rail 'TFR'

Zambia Railways Limited 'ZRL'



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Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative

MCLI, the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, is a non-profit organisation consisting of Infrastructure Investors, Service Providers and Stakeholders from Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland  who are focussed on the promotion and further development of the Maputo Development Corridor (MDC) as the region's primary logistics transportation route.

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ARC Road to Rail
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Rail-based logistics solutions are proven to be statistically safer than road operations. ARC proactively manages HSEQ practices with the objective of creating a safe environment at all operations.

Employee and stakeholder health and safety is a key priority for ARC. The management of ARC are acutely aware that the success of the company is rooted in achieving and maintaining the best standards.

We are committed to continuous improvement, on-going training programmes and the maintenance of a company-wide health and safety based culture.

ARC has set standards that address these important issues, with a goal of zero incidens, with no lost time or reportable injuries, no environmental incidents and continual improvement of quality processes.














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African Rail International FZE

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UAQ Free Trade Zone

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Headquarters: +971 (0) 505 65 1685

Mozambique: +258 (0) 84 214 7046

South Africa: +27 (0) 72 212 4109

Zimbabwe: +263 (0) 7 7813 4229