Going above and beyond since 1988

For 30 years, ALMAR has been providing container solutions to both international and domestic partners and continues to focus on building strong, reliable relationships as a key to our success.

Our Story

In 1988, Alistair Forbes founded Almar Container Group, not only to lease and trade shipping containers but to help his customers fulfill their unique needs and goals. Since then, Almar has grown into a successful organisation with international offices, servicing multiple industries. Looking back, we are proud of what we have achieved, and what we have done for the container industry through our innovative technology and customer service.

Our proudest accomplishment, however, is not that we are a respected leader in the global container industry, or that we are a supplier and employer of choice for many, but we are most proud of the fact that, through it all, we have not lost sight of Almar's humble beginnings and main priority: the success of our customers.

Industries we serve:

- Transport
- Logistics
- Remote site accommodation
- Cold-storage
- Offshore oil and gas

Almar HQ: The Quarterdeck

Almar Head Office

- 1988

Almar was established by Managing Director, Alistair Forbes, with the core business of leasing and trading containers from the head office in South Africa.

- 1994

The first international office is setup in Dubai.

- 1998

The Almar footprint is extended to Brasil.

- 2003

Almar opens up across 4 continents with an office in India.

- 2008

The product range is extended beyond shipping containers with the introduction of the flatpack modular accommodation unit.

- 2009

Almar begins inroads into the offshore O&G industry with the launch of it's DNV2.7-1 certified containers and baskets.

- 2011

An African focus is developed with the establishment of an Almar office in Mombasa, Kenya.

- 2012

Almar extends its focus into Africa and opens offices in Luanda, Angola and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

- 2013

Almar broadens its Kenyan operation, opening up the East African head office in Nairobi. The operations in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam are also extended to offer a full spectrum of services including genset and reefer rental as well as container conversions

- 2016

The economic climate in Brazil and Angola forces a closure of these operations, enabling Almar to focus on the rapidly expanding East African market, and the establishment of an office in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

- 2017

Almar looks to extend it’s footprint in East Africa, with operations opening in Kampala, Uganda.

Why We Do What We Do

At Almar we believe it’s important to know why we do what we do, not just knowing what we do. So why do we come to work in the morning, it’s simple:

“To be the best we can be in every situation, overcoming challenges and achieving together.“

This simple phrase embodies our passion for teamwork, consistency and a solution driven focus in everything we do.


A foundation to everyday life at Almar, are our Values.
These values are:


We have a passion for innovative and technically sound container solutions.


We are committed to, and accountable for our actions - we do what we say we will.


We enjoy our work and team environment.


We believe in honesty, integrity & ethical business.


We have humility and respect for all people.


Customer service & relationships are key to our success.


Our products are technically sound, because of this we can focus on customer service.

Container Owners Association

Container Owners Association

ALMAR is a member of the Container Owners Association which ensures that we continually comply with international standards and form part of a global network of container expertise.


ISO Standards

ALMAR is a member of the Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (B.I.C.) with two registered prefixes, namely ALRU and ALMU, you are assured of all our container codes being ISO standard.

Container Fraud Prevention (CFA)

Almar is a member of Container Fraud Prevention (CFA), which is a verified business directory for all reputable and trustworthy container sales and leasing companies in South Africa, with the objective of helping customers know which container companies can be trusted and which are fraudulent

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