The 2015 annual South African Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)’s Congress has adopted a new theme – ‘New Frontiers’ and will focus on the changing needs of the industry which is facing major changes as it fights to stay viable in a changing global environment. The event will take place from 14 – 16 October 2015 at the Durban International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal.
SAAFF CEO Dave Logan says 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.
Topics to be covered at the event, include latest international trends, customs practices, industry modernization, BBBEE, legislation, supply chain and more.
The industry’s outlook is looking positive with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% over the next four years. 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 activities planned around the conference this year include the SAAFF Golf Challenge at Durban Country Club, a site visit to the Durban Port and a sponsors ‘Meet and Greet’ session where the primary financial contributor, Lombard Insurance Company, can network with the who’s who of the industry.
The event will also run alongside a two-day industry supplier exhibition showcasing products and services for the freight forwarding industry.
This is going to be a one-stop shop for all involved in the freight forwarding arena – an event focusing on trends, opinions, issues and opportunities – and is certain to set a new benchmark for the industry.
For further information contact Catherine Larkin at CVLC on 011 789-7327/083 300 0331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org