Sapro International, is one of South Africa’s largest exporters of FMCG goods.
With over 8 500 products on offer, Sapro specialises in exporting high quality, uniquely South African goods.
Having been in the business for over 22 years, we understand our customer’s needs and no request is too big or too small.
We export to countries around the globe… click here to find out more…
“They certainly do go the extra mile and will always add or delete products at our request and perform the extra tasks if we may require them to do so. Service, service, service!!”
We have been very pleased with the professional level of service offered by SAPRO for many years.
I have no hesitation in recommending SAPRO as a highly reliable source that delivers with ability and integrity.”
We have been in business for over 22 years, having opened our doors in August 1997. We are a family owned business, initially started by Brian and an associate. Audrey McMillan joined her father in March 1998 and manages the day-to-day operations of the business, as Managing Director.
We specialise in exporting high quality, uniquely South African goods; constantly updating our inventory to ensure our FMCG product offering is not only competitively priced but includes all the latest product offerings.
Part of our culture and our passion is to ensure that we provide the highest level of service to our clients, not only in terms of product offering and competitive pricing but also with our “hands-on” approach when it comes to shipping goods to wholesalers and retailers abroad. Our clients, the majority of whom have been with us since we opened, cater principally to the expatriate South African community around the world
Although we started out supplying exclusively to the UK market, whose service extends into Scotland and Wales, we have grown our footprint as far and wide as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Taiwan, Austria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, Chilli and most recently, Malawi and Kenya. And we’re continuing to explore opportunities into Africa.
As we expanded our geographical coverage, so too, have we expanded the range of goods that we export. Our product selection of over 8 500 goods extends from alcohol to braai equipment, and even biltong makers, and includes popular and unique products such as Ouma Rusks, Iwisa Maize Meal, Mrs Balls Chutney, All Gold Tomato Sauce, and many other South African favourites. Also in demand are firm favourites, such as Bakers biscuits, All Gold Tomato Sauce, Ina Paarman products, as well as other spices and seasonings, dried fruit, fruit juices, and many confectionery and snack items.
The demand for many of South Africa’s well-known, award-winning alcoholic beverages is equally high. This is why we also have a wholesale liquor licence and export duty-free liquor to those countries in which manufacturers do not have official agents or distributors.
We recently expanded our range of South African wines to include 20 of the top South African wine farms, as well as the ever popular KWV wines and brandies. Click here to view our wine selection.
COUNTRIES WE EXPORT TO
We recently expanded into the market of refrigerated containers or truckloads into Africa, specifically into Malawi and are now able to offer these type of containers/orders to all our customers.
We do offer cold storage facilities and we are able to send all fresh products such as fruits, vegetables, kinds of milk, cheeses, yoghurts etc.
We also do airfreight shipments of sweet products into Kenya and are well experienced in the specific requirements with regards to their customs requirements and are registered with the necessary independent inspection bodies in South Africa.
We are familiar with the labelling requirements in most countries and we offer the services of labelling all food items before they are packed in a container from this side. This allows you to offload the containers and stock your shelves immediately without the delay of having to first label all the products as per the country’s requirements.
The cost of labelling the products in South Africa not only saves you money, but it also saves you time, as it can be a time-consuming process. We have a dedicated team of employees who label containers on a continual basis and are very aware of where the label needs to be placed, in order to adhere to that countries regulations.
Last but not least, we also have the ability to re-package products in countries where there is a weight limit which applies to certain products. Here, the stock is labelled and then shrink-wrapped once again into smaller packed sizes, to meet the maximum weight limits.
In addition to packing in JHB, we also offer container packing out of Cape Town. By providing this additional service, we are able to order select liquor products direct from the manufacturers in Cape Town, making it cost effective for you.
The majority of these containers are client specific, providing a solution for clients that have a demand for large quantities of liquor. We also are able to fill the container with any additional items you may need. This extends to advising our customers on which manufacturers are based in Cape Town, allowing you to order those items whilst the container is being packed, limiting any additional charges that you might have incurred, should we have needed to obtain stock from JHB.
Canada – Vancouver, Ontario & Toronto, Australia – Perth, Sydney & Brisbane, New Zealand – Auckland, Ireland – Dublin, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Fort Lauderdale, Dubai and Chilli. We have also recently expanded our footprint into Africa, with road refrigeration to Malawi and Kenya and are in the process of negotiations in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
United Kingdom – Our wholesalers in the United Kingdom supply all over the U.K. as far and wide as Scotland and Wales, as well as a few E.U countries, such as France, Denmark, Portugal and Spain.
Having been in the global export business since August 1997, we make sure that our combined experience of over 50 years is applied on a daily basis. Each dedicated individual, who has a vast knowledge within their own field of expertise, is part of a much bigger picture. At Sapro International, we have a culture that is built on integrity, ensuring we deliver on our values of service, people innovation and of course, everything South African, in order to ensure that your experience with us is nothing short of excellent. See our client testimonials…Click through
Having been in the global export business since August 1997, we make sure that our combined experience of over 50 years is applied on a daily basis. Each dedicated individual, who has a vast knowledge within their own field of expertise, is part of a much bigger picture. At Sapro International, we have a culture that is built on integrity, ensuring we deliver on our values of service, people innovation and of course, everything South African, in order to ensure that your experience with us is nothing short of excellent. See our client testimonials.
When exporting FMCG goods globally, we understand how important it is that we are with you throughout the journey, from the time you place your order, to the time the stock is unpacked on your shelves. Our team has built up a vast amount of knowledge in terms of the rules and regulations with regards to global exports. As much as it is impossible to know all the rules of the countries we export to, we are aware of the basic rules and can offer new customers warnings on products that will cause a problem.
At Sapro International, we ensure that our good relationships with our manufacturers benefit you, as we are able to supply the necessary ingredient declarations that are required in certain countries in order to clear a container. We are also very aware that it is vital that a container is cleared on arrival as quickly as possible and we will always assist in any way possible to achieve this. Our service does not end once the vessel has sailed on this side, it only ends once you have checked all the stock and it has been unpacked. We will of course credit you if any part of the order is incorrect.
We also take pride in the high level of personal service that we offer to all our customers.
The Sapro International team strive to give the best possible service to all our customers and to be flexible to each customer’s individual needs.
We manage this by providing each customer with their own individual master order sheet which is made up of the products that they want to order. As new items are ordered, they are added to your unique master order sheet for future reference. It also ensures that everything is managed and tracked in terms of your changing needs, as well as ensuring customer confidentiality.
Sapro International also understands the unique requirements of each country and as such offers the additional service of providing specific labels for specific products. We are also able to repack stock to case sizes that suit your individual needs.
With over 8 500 products to choose from, our range is extensive and is most likely to suit you, whatever your needs. Our dedicated team are constantly on the lookout for new products and we showcase them as soon as is possible.
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Sapro International has always had a motto that if the product is still manufactured in South Africa, we will source it for you. We are aware that every customer has their own unique needs in terms of products and we, therefore, will always source new products as best as we can.
The demand for many of South Africa’s well-known, award-winning alcoholic beverages is equally high. Which is why we have a wholesale liquor licence and export duty-free liquor to those countries in which manufacturers do not have official agents or distributors.
We recently expanded our range of South African wines to include 20 of the top South African wine farms, as well as the ever-popular KWV wines and brandies.
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To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
The McMillan clan is a proud one, and I am no different. I believe strongly in people, understanding that relationships are the key to everything. It is very much this philosophy that I apply to all aspects of my life. I am passionate about honesty, loyalty and integrity and believe nothing has true meaning unless you give back.
I have learnt over the years to find balance in life and love sports. I played tennis at school, then started playing squash after school , which started a 20 year love affair….
I love spending time outdoors, (the whale trail was life changing), hiking, camping (Canoeing down the Orange River was unbelievable) and I have most recently joined the mania of mountain biking (and Northern Farms!). I enjoy relaxing by spending time with friends and family and love downtime with my animals.
I have been in the industry for almost 20 years, having worked on every aspect of the export business across the globe, from financial, to operations, sales, packing, warehousing and client service, with a need to develop and excel at relationship building with both suppliers, manufacturers and clients.
You will only succeed in doing the things you want to do.
Being a van Rooyen boils down to one thing, what you see is what you get. Honesty and being straight forward, not keeping people in the dark is very important to me. An open relationship tends to instil trust in other people. One of my philosophies in life is only to do the things that you want to do. If you do anything unwilling it reeks of dishonesty.
I have a passion for everything I do in life. My opinion is that all great achievements start with passion. Passion is what motivates me, whether my motivations are spiritual, work related, family related or personal.
My experience of seven years in the high technological environment as an Air Load Master in the South African Air Force taught me the importance of creating a safe working environment. My ability to ensure the ergonomic warehousing, packing and loading of product for export is a direct derivative of the excellent training afforded to me by the Air Force.
My work experience for the last nine years at SAPRO as the Operations Manager is not just a job, but a way of life. I have a passion for what I do and it reflects in the success I have achieved working at SAPRO.
Having been in the export industry for nine years emphasized the importance of impeccable client service. Happy clients is a sure sign of a successful operation.
I believe that success is not achieved alone but that team work and discipline is of utmost importance. I have learned in my life that good communication skills are key to success in life, team work and relationships.
I also believe that outside the work environment participation in sport is important to recharge physically and mentally in order to effectively execute your daily responsibilities. I am an avid cricketer.