Overseas in brief

As a specialist in export to Africa, Overseas Africa supplies its clients a wide range of products. Over the last 25 years the company has built a solid and reliable relationship with importers and distributors in 30 African countries.

The head office is situated in Antwerp, a top logistic centre in Europe. From here Overseas Africa supplies its customers with international products. In our modern warehouse of 14.000m² Overseas stocks over 3000 SKU’s in order to offer the best supply solution for its clients.
The group Overseas Distribution Company employs more than 45 motivated people.


Over 25 years of experience in distribution to Africa.

In 1946, Overseas set its first steps as a ship chandler in the port of Antwerp. 41 years later a part of the company changed course and started to focus on trading to Africa. Over the years Overseas Africa has established itself as an international distributor active in 30 African countries.

Overseas’ milestones

  • 1946 The Demaerel family supplies the vessels in the port of Antwerp.
  • 1981 Redirection of the business in the supply of bonded stores to ship chandlers.
  • 1985 A new generation within the family rises.
  • 1987 Creation of the Africa Domestic Department.
  • 1992 Start of the Romanian production and distribution companies.
  • 2006 Creation of the Overseas Travel Retail Department.
  • 2009 Move into the new premises in Antwerp.
  • 2010 The first distribution of duty free travel retail in Africa.
  • 2011 Growth results in a new additional office and a bigger warehouse.
  • 2013 With a new organisational structure ODC stands strong.
  • 2014 Opening of the China office.
  • 2015 Expansion of the warehouse to 14.000m².
  • 2018 Expansion of the warehouse to 17.000m².

Mission, Vision & Values

Overseas Africa’s mission is to act as a distributor in the purchase, storage and sales of products, adjusting them to African markets’ needs and ensuring that the transactions are secure.

Overseas Africa’s policy is to provide support to its partners in the form of marketing, technical, financial and customs assistance through its experienced sales and back office team.

Overseas Africa’s passion for Africa drives every member to deliver the best customer and supplier service. Transparency is one of the most important values to Overseas Africa. Partners can trust and rely on the entire team.