Profile - About us


For more than 30 years we have acquired a great range of experience as a reliable partner of forwarding agents all over the world.
"DOOR TO DOOR TO AFRICA“, hand in hand with selected African partners. This is not only our motto, this is our profession.

Founded by Silvia and Uwe Timmermann three decades ago in Hamburg, we are now a staff of fully qualified forwarding agents. In addition we offer apprenticeships to prospective freight forwarders and are happy to pass on our knowledge and experience to these young people.


As a 100% neutral Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and „Global Player“ with our headquarters near Hamburg and reliable partners of good reputation all over the world we have great experience and special knowledge of African matters.
Each year we handle more than 4000 containers from all parts of the world to the „Black Continent“. We are currently able to reach over 50 destinations with groupage cargo on a regular basis. Of course we are happy to meet our customer’s transport need in addition to these regular destinations.

OVERSEAS-FREIGHTERS was founded with the purpose to carry out transports within Africa – long before shipping companies offered this service.

Our satisfied clients who make use of this service are forwarding agents. They especially appreciate Germany as the place of jurisdiction for our transports since this ensures a clear and simple handling of liability if required.


We not only organize transports within all of Africa, but also to regions near the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

To achieve an optimum service we use several methods of transport, for example: truck, seafreight, railway, airfreight and inland barges.

Of course we can also combine transport methods to meet our customers needs. Apart from the transport of containers, we also organize the loading of project shipments for uncontainerizable goods as well as groupage cargo to Africa.

You can be assured that your goods will be collected and delivered safety and in time.

By using our own combined transport bill of lading the shipment will be covered by only one single document.
We are able to arrange seaworthy packing, customs clearance and insurance cover can be arranged if required.

You can be sure that you will always be informed during the whole process. Our goal is that your transport arrives safety and timely.

Our experience with the African mentality and infrastructure, which we have gained by our frequent travel to Africa, is an important benefit to our customers.

Please give us a chance to demonstrate our competence.