The South African congress on
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A congress for strategic initiatives that deliver successful outcomes through service, information, and advocacy.

What do we do?

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) is a national association that is a non-profit organisation governed by a constitution. SAAFF’s mission is to lead strategic initiatives that deliver successful outcomes through service, information, and advocacy. We are striving to be the leading authority in the freight forwarding industry, achieving local, regional, and international recognition. We add value by encouraging integrity, professional conduct, leadership, and delivery of results.

Freight forwarding plays an essential role in international trade and SAAFF members are dedicated to facilitating this activity through their involvement in the management of transportation, customs clearing, documentation, third party payments, and many other elements of international supply chains. Globalisation and the need to reduce costs over the entire supply chain have re-focussed the freight forwarder in ways that are innovative and responsive: the freight forwarder is truly the “architect of transport”.

What is the Congress about?

SAAFF 2018 will take place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 29 to 30 August. The biennial SAAFF Congress brings together the freight forwarding and customs-clearing industry as well as government departments and parastatal institutions responsible for matters such as customs, ports, health and safety, border control, cargo handling, security at terminals and airports, and road legislation.

Stakeholders delivering essential services to the industry such as marine insurance, IT services, warehousing, and transport are also in attendance.

Via panel discussions and presentations the Congress represents a comprehensive dialogue which provides insightful guidance to members and stakeholders.

The two-day Congress provides members and stakeholders with a professional and structured environment in which to network, offers a programme of site visits, and includes an enjoyable social aspect in the form of a gala dinner and a golf tournament.

Who should attend?

The SAAFF Congress is for all stakeholders within the South African freight forwarding, logistics, and customs clearing industry. CEOs and MDs, senior managers in operational, technical, and strategic roles, young entrepreneurs, and suppliers to the industry will all benefit.

Industry sectors include:

  • Border Control
  • Cargo Handling
  • Customs and Ports
  • Government and Parastatal
  • Health and Safety
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Insurance
  • Marine
  • Road Legislation
  • Security: Terminals and Airports
  • Transport
  • Warehousing


A congress legacy is the economic, business, professional, academic, or community benefits that the event leaves behind. These benefits may accrue to the city or country in which the congress is held, to members of the profession to which the congress is dedicated, or to future congress attendees. A legacy typically amplifies the values of the profession or association, and may be motivated by the content of the congress.

SAAFF is committed to hosting sustainable congresses. We aim to reduce our environmental impact and leave a positive legacy in the conference destination.

View the SAAFF 2018 Sustainability and Legacy Policy here.