Kent Business School love to shout about their alumni success stories. Hamed Said Hamed finished his undergraduate studies in 2013, and is now CEO and Managing Director of transport and logistics company Msoza Transport Co. Ltd. Read his story below.
Describe your business
Msoza Transport Co. Ltd. is a trucking and transportation company founded in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania in 1975. The company has grown from one truck, to 150, and now operates in east, central and southern Africa, including in Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Congo, Malawi and Uganda.
Why the transport industry?
As this is a family grown business it felt natural for me to continue in this industry, and continue to grow our family business, which I have been doing since 2013. East Africa depends on the logistics sector to drive 50% of its economy, and I am dedicated to continuing this work. I am also a transportation consultant for the French company Bollore Logistics, and am employed to offer them direction on the east African logistics market.
Are there any social, economic, environmental, technological, legal or political issues that impact your business?
A new political party came into power in Tanzania in 2015 and implemented new tax rules across borders which has chased away many of our global clients. They have moved onto new ports such as South Africa, which is much cheaper to deliver to.
Additionally, when the Chinese economy weakens, as it has done in this past year, we may face the closure of many mining establishments and that diminishes our rotation of cargo drop. We depend on a thriving Chinese economy so that the level of exports of to Africa remain consistently high.
Where do you see your business in the next five years?
I predict Msoza Transport Co. Ltd will be a multinational enterprise that will have headquarters all over East Africa, including Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We seek to increase operations to Southern Africa and expand our vehicle portfolio to include box body trucks, low loaders and grow inter-link cargo transportation. We aim to also be diversifying into clearing and forwarding logistics in order to increase our rotation in the next few years.
Whom do you seek advice from for your business actions?
We have our own team of lawyers and we use professional logistics consultants. We also ensure we network with other transport operatives from around the globe to learn more about safety, and management programmes for our employees.
Describe the key to the success of your business
Transportation relies on the delivery of goods at an exact time to avoid any unnecessary delays. The key to the success of our company is accurate time-keeping, accountability and forward-thinking.
How has what you learnt at KBS fed into your business today?
It fed me plenty of knowledge of using different management styles to create success and to motivate employees.
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Hamed Said Hamed
My name is Hamed Said Hamed. I studied Business Administration at Kent Business School between 2010-2013. I am the CEO and Managing Director of my family business, Msoza Transport Co. Ltd.
I wanted to share my alumni story with the Kent Business School student community.