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Our footprint in Malawi

Agricultural Transportation Services

Unitrans Malawi follows a strong “partnership” approach to deliver tailored end-to-end agricultural solutions by:

  • Bringing innovation and implementing mechanisation to key farming activities;
  • Delivering state of the art tailored solutions to solve production issues unique to each operation;
  • Introducing precision agriculture, artificial intelligence, business analytics and informative-reporting to drive efficiencies and to deliver real-time decision making;
  • Providing access to the largest Africa team of passionate, dedicated and experienced individuals to work with your business and to achieve your goals.

Unitrans promotes key agricultural fleet management strategies such as minimising the harvest-to-milling window for optimal crop freshness, whilst taking care to avoid destructive levels of infield compaction through carefully engineered fleeting. The minimising of mill and factory stops, along with consistent deliveries, are key aspects of our successful logistics operations.

Agricultural Transportation Malawi- Sugar Cane Haulage

The full range of agricultural services can be seen below:

Farm to Factory

Mechanical Harvesting Excavator and Wheeled Loading

Masscane & Loose Cane Operations

Land Trains

3 Trailor Combinations

Rigid Drawbars

Land Preparation GPS GUIDED

Bush Clearing

Ripping. Ploughing Harrowing & GPS Guided Leveling

Mechanical Planting, Fertilizing (VRA) & Ripening (VRA)

Drone/Mechanical Herbicide Application

Ridging (GPS guided auto-steer)

Soil Profiling & Yield Mapping

Infrastructure Maintenance

Road Building

Road Maintenance

Irrigation and Drainage Canals

Excavation & Dosing

Dumper Work


Focus on Sustainability

David Tayler, GM of Unitrans Africa Malawi and Tanzania, has lead the Business Unit for 2 years after being involved in Unitrans business development for over 8 years: “My vision for the region’s success lies in the conversion of opportunities into sustainable business, ensuring growth and prosperity to all.“

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Unitrans acknowledges that it has a key role and responsibility in supporting the communities in the areas in which it operates. The group addresses this through a focus on community development, education and childcare.

Throughout the group, individual operations identify and are involved in social projects that are aligned with their strategies and that are usually in close proximity to the operations, to make the biggest impact and difference to the communities.

The businesses actively engages with community members and works with community organisations, NGOs and various community service delivery organisations to develop the appropriate projects and to successfully execute these projects to the best advantage of the recipients.

Unitrans Africa – Malawi contributes to various social development causes in line with the Unitrans Africa’s group policy for sustainable corporate social development. As such, and in support of this objective Unitrans aims to contribute in the communities wherein they operate. Over the past number of year several contributions included:

  • The vital donations during 2018 of much needed medical equipment to the Ntchisi District Hospital and satellite health centres at Dwangwa.
  • Continuous support of community development projects run and managed in Dwangwa by the Round Table Dwangwa Chapter.
  • During 2019 Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Relief Operations in the local Shire Valley area, Unitrans Africa Malawi – Nchalo Depot donated much needed food stuffs to the hard hit surrounding communities in collaboration with Illovo Sugar Malawi, Red Cross, World Vision, Total and FES.
  • In the spirit of supporting local agricultural operations in an effort to boost sustainable outgrower productivity, Unitrans Africa Malawi – Nchalo, assists the Kasinthula) local farming community with free use of equipment such as seed cane trailers.
  • Regular Safety Discussions and Briefs as well as Public Services Announcements over various Radio Broadcast Platforms aimed at raising awareness to the dangers related to transport activities at schools and several community forums in and around operational areas.
Unitrans Africa Malawi Flood Relief Aid during Adai 2019
Unitrans Africa Malawi Safety Awarness Training Sessions
Unitrans Golf Day 2018

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Our Awards

  • 2019

    NOSA Platinum Rating System: 4 Star Rating

  • 2018

    NOSA Platinum Rating System: 4 Star Rating

  • 2017

    NOSA Platinum Rating System: 4 Star Rating

An overview of

Unitrans Malawi

Unitrans Malawi Limited has been in existence for over 30 years (and previously as Bulwark Transport Malawi Limited since 1964). Historically, the company has been involved in bulk fuel transport, various agricultural logistics operations as well as passenger transport in Malawi. Unitrans currently has several business units in Malawi including 2 agricultural estates, 3 passenger terminals and an administrative head office in Malawi’s commercial hub, Blantyre.  The company employs over 1,000 people and has 100 pieces of equipment in operation aimed at providing best in class transport and logistics solutions.

The company is extremely serious about maintaining safe operations and views SHEQ as a critical part of its business. Accordingly conformance to all SHEQ principles, policies, procedures and the law is not negotiable. We have developed an entire comprehensive SHEQ management system that contains all necessary policies and procedures. Unitrans also offers customized compliance to customer requirements, but always works towards “Zero Harm” – through the belief that all incidents are preventable through corrective and preventative actions.

Unitrans Dwangwa Depot

Dwangwa Bundle Cane Loader

Unitrans Africa Malawi Dwangwa Depot is located in the north of Malawi on the Illovo Sugar Estate Dwangwa on the shores of majestic Lake Malawi. Managed by an experienced team of agricultural, transport and maintenance services personnel, Unitrans Africa Malawi Dwangwa provides a whole range of Farm to Factory support services. It has run operations on the estate for more than 20 years and is considered a unique farming solution given the Bundle Cane Haulage system.

Services on the estate, range from bespoke agricultural land preparation services, general estate maintenance services, canal clearing and loading and haulage. Additional service offerings include Line Haul Transport arrangement for Outgrowers which deliver cane to the Illovo Sugar Mill. Throughout its contract Unitrans Africa Malawi Dwangwa Depot has established itself as a supplier of choice in the district.

Unitrans Nchalo Depot

Nestled in the Shire Valley on the banks of the Shire River Unitrans Africa – Malawi Nchalo Depot is found on the Illovo Sugar Estate. It provides sugar cane loading and haulage services to Illovo Sugar Nchalo where it assists in transporting approximately 1,2million tons of sugar cane to the Illovo Factory for 8 months of the year. Unitrans has a proud history at Nchalo and has been providing these services for 24 years. We boast a track record efficient and cost effective innovative loading and haulage solutions whilst in pursuit of continuous improvement development projects. Seeking inventive, reliable, efficient and well-coordinated supply chain solutions are vital to ensure optimum service levels are continually achieved. In recognition of this, Unitrans continually liaises with its Customers and outside service providers to ensure the supply solution reflects the needs of our customers and clients.

In addition to this, the Unitrans Africa Malawi – Nchalo team, also boast a team of highly experienced land preparation personnel and state-of the art equipment providing ground-breaking and reliable agricultural solutions in line with agricultural best practice in the Shire area.

Unitrans Africa Nchalo Depot
Unitrans Africa Malawi Nchalo Depot providing donations of PPE to local law enforcement officials to support road safety awareness campaigns during 2019

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