Reaching New Frontiers with SAAFF Congress 2015

NEW opportunities, new content, new activities, new networking opportunities – these are just some of the exciting additions that delegates to the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)’s annual Congress can look forward to this year. Aptly-themed “New Frontiers”, this mould-breaking event takes place from 14 to 16 October 2015 at the Durban International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal.

Paradigm Shift Needed

Explaining the reasoning behind the theme and the changes to the event, SAAFF CEO Dave Logan says: “The freight forwarding industry is facing major changes as it fights to stay viable in a changing global environment. For freight forwarders to survive – and thrive – a major paradigm shift is needed. This is what this year’s Congress will focus on”.

Logan says that freight forwarding has become a progressively complex and specialised service in the current context of globalisation, tight security regulations and skills shortages. “We are operating in a turbulent environment,” he says.

“Freight forwarders face numerous challenges: volatile fuel prices, rising toll costs, restrictive carbon requirements and many others. Maintaining a competitive advantage under these conditions requires strategic planning and decisive action. Business is becoming more and more challenging as complexity increases.”

Proactive topics that will be covered at this year’s Congress include latest international trends, Customs practices, industry modernisation, BBBEE, legislation, supply chain and lots more.

Currently the industry’s outlook is fairly positive, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% over the next fouryears. Even better news is that Africa is the second fastest growing market, with a CAGR of 4.4%.

The SAAFF Congress is a powerful platform structured to equip delegates with more practical knowledge on the realities and challenges of the current trading environment and the tools required to leverage these opportunities. It is also a forum for all stakeholders – from sponsors and suppliers to members and customers – to engage directly with senior decision-makers of freight forwarding companies, government and policy makers.

New Congress Activities

Exciting new additions to this year’s Programme include the SAAFF Golf Challenge at the Durban Country Club; a site visit to the Durban port and a sponsors’ Meet-and-Greet session, where SAAFF’s generous sponsors, such as SAAFF’s primary financial contributor, Lombard Insurance Company Limited, can network with the who’s who of the industry.

This year’s SAAFF Congress is a non-stop programme of activity and not to be missed!

The Congress will run alongside a two-day industry supplier exhibition, with exhibitors showcasing products and services for the freight forwarding industry.

Since its inception, the Congress has grown in terms of delegate numbers and industry support, entrenching it as the definitive knowledge event focused on trends, opinions, issues and opportunities in the freight forwarding sector. This year it is bound to set a new benchmark for our industry.

For more information, please contact Catherine Larkin at CVLC on 011 789-7327/083 300 0331 or e-mail catherine@cvlc.co.za.