Welcome to United Container Depot

Your trusted partner in container transport and repairs

The UCD brand was built by forging meaningful relationships with our customers. We have always understood that customers drive our business and have aligned ourselves as their trusted partner in container storage and transport.

Originally operating purely as a container storage and handling depot, UCD now specialises in reefer services.

In recent years, we have made infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the growing needs of our customers. This has resulted in UCD opening new container depots in Beaconvale, Cape Town and Denver, Johannesburg.

These facilities are easily accessible to major highways, airports and ports, ensuring logistics efficiency. We are approved by the PPECB and the Department of Agriculture Inspection and Cleaning Centre.

We are committed to transformation and maintain a B-BBEE Level 2 certification. We believe in transparency in all our business dealings, have stringent anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies to which we subscribe to, and are TRACE certified.

OUR CORE VALUES

UCD SUBSCRIBES TO THE VALUES ESTABLISHED BY AND ADOPTED FROM OUR PARENT COMPANY GRINDROD

Fulfilling our purpose and strategy requires us to

1. Earn our customers’ trust, every day
2. Respect our people, they matter
3. Touch our communities
4. Innovate for operational excellence
5. Embrace long-term thinking and deliver on short-term action

OUR ETHOS

UCD’S ETHOS REVOLVES AROUND ITS MOST VALUABLE ASSET – OUR PEOPLE

This entails ensuring skilled, professional staff are always available to our customers. We pride ourselves on upskilling and empowering our staff and often promote within the business to retain skills.

We are also committed to responsible health and safety practices, making sure that our employees as well as anyone entering our business is always safe. As part of our sustainability pillars, we also strive to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment to ensure a sustainable future for all.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

UCD subscribes to stringent health, safety and environmental policies to prevent work-related incidents and ensures measures are in place for the safety of our employees as well as any contractors, drivers and visitors entering our site.

Due to the nature of our operations, our depots are considered high risk areas and we urge anyone entering our sites to be aware of the following priority risks when on-site.

MAN / MACHINERY INTERFERENCE

We have lots of specialised heavy equipment and vehicles moving around our operations continuously. They always have right of way.

LIFTING, RIGGING AND SUSPENDED LOADS

Lifting, loading, unloading and moving containers, materials and goods are daily activities. Never stand under a suspended load.

WORKING AT HEIGHT

Daily activities require us to work at height. Relevant safety harnesses to always be used.

RELEASE OF ENERGY

Many of the tasks we undertake has the potential to release stored energy. Always use the lock-out procedure and release pressure safely.

UCD are approved service agents for