The Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 5.13% during the forecast period of 2022-27, says MarkNtel Advisors in their recent research report. Rising investments by global pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies are one of the factors contributing to the region's robust growth in pharmaceutical logistics. South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, and other African countries have been major drivers of the pharmaceutical industry. As these countries prepare for the local production of efficient and safe pharmaceutical drugs, the demand for pharmaceutical logistics is increasing across the region.
The African region has signed some trade agreements with North America & Europe to boost import & export activities, which positively impacted Africa's pharmaceutical industry & logistics market. According to Brookings Foresight Africa, 43.8% of the pharmaceutical requirements have been imported from European Union to the African region. However, only a small portion of African pharmaceuticals are exported outside the region to countries such as Yemen, the US, and Europe.
Moreover, the rapidly growing trade activities & escalating local pharmaceutical production are augmenting the growth of pharmaceutical logistics in the region. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the African Pharmaceutical Logistics market. Since then, the continent has become heavily reliant on pharmaceutical imports, with imports accounting for 70% to 90% of all drugs consumed in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Further, due to strict lockdowns & supply chain disruptions, African countries' high reliance on imports resulted in a shortage of required medicines. Besides, the region has some trade agreements with Europe & North America to boost its imports & exports, which has impacted the Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics market.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic drew attention to vulnerable areas of the region due to a lack of pharmaceutical manufacturing. The region imports around 94% of its pharmaceutical requirements from around the world, and China & India are the region's major pharmaceutical exporters, further states the research report, "Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics Market Analysis, 2027."
Road Segment to Acquire a Major Share of the Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics Market
Based on the mode of transport (route), the market is divided into Air, Road, and Sea. Among the three, the Road captured a significant share in the Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics market and is expected to remain dominant in the forecasted years as well. Most countries, including the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Niger, Chad, Botswana, and many others, are landlocked in the African region. Therefore, road transport is considered one of the most reliable sources of transportation of pharmaceutical goods within the countries & inter-countries. Furthermore, road transport is also considered one of the most cost-effective modes of transport compared to the air & sea modes of transport.
South Africa to Have an Edge Over its Counterparts Due to Expanding Healthcare Capacities
Geographically, South Africa captured the largest market share in the Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics Market on account of rising urbanization & advancement in healthcare capacities. Moreover, the rapid increase in communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, AIDS, etc., and non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular & oncology disorders have augmented the demand for generic drugs & biosimilars in the region. Consequently, these factors have induced the production capacities of local manufacturers & trade activities which ultimately lead to enhanced logistics services in the region, reveals MarkNtel Advisors in their research report, "Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics Market Analysis, 2027."
According to MarkNtel Advisors, the leading players in the Africa Pharmaceutical Logistics Market are UbiPharm, Swift Logistics, Imperial Logistics, DSV, DHL South Africa, Kuehne+Nagel, JAS South Africa, Alloga
Bollore Logistics, DB Schenker.
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