FIATA is the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations. In proud partnership with SAAFF, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, FIATA hosted its 2019 World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

FIATA World Congress 2019 – Tues, 1 Oct

FIATA World Congress 2019 – Wed, 2 Oct

FIATA World Congress 2019 – Thurs, 3 Oct

FIATA 2019 World Congress – National Eve

FIATA 2019 World Congress – Fri, 4 Oct

FIATA World Congress 2019 – Gala Banquet

FIATA World Congress 2019 – Sat, 5 Oct

Participants were welcomed by a highly-committed local freighting community to a world-class Congress in a fantastic venue with superb facilities. The capable and dedicated team that organised the Congress attended to every detail and prepared an educational and stimulating programme, along with highly-effective networking opportunities and memorable social occasions. Add to these factors Cape Town, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as the setting and the FIATA World Congress 2019 was unforgettable.


All stakeholders in the international freight forwarding, logistics, and customs clearing industry.

Presidents and Vice Presidents
General Managers
Chief Executive Officers
Managing Directors
Division and Sector Directors
Managers: Business Development, Finance, Fleet Operations, Logistics Planning and Execution, Marketing, Supply Chain
Young Freight Forwarders
Industry Suppliers


Border control
Cargo handling
Financial services
Government and parastatals
Health and safety
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Payment suppliers
Security: terminals and airports
Supply-chain management
Vehicle and cargo tracking systems


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my honour as President of FIATA to invite you to attend our FIATA World Congress 2019 being held from 1st to 5th October in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, South Africa.

This time, we have the pleasure to host this grand event jointly with our Association Member SAAFF, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders.

We are happy to hold the FIATA World Congress again in the dynamic continent of Africa. The last one was in Cairo, Egypt in the year 2011. In FIATA and in the industry of international logistics and freight forwarding at large, we see ever-increasing participation from Africa, manifesting positive signals of economic growth and strong impulses for international outreach.

South Africa, the country where the great statesman Nelson Mandela was born, has made substantial economic achievements since the 1990s. The capital Cape Town is now an ideal place for the trade and transport sector to build up networks and promote business.

Under the overarching theme of “Where Technology and Logistics Meet”, this FIATA World Congress 2019 wishes to bring together over 1,200 industry stakeholders and decision-makers, to discuss the changes in the logistics and freight forwarding industry, especially the booming new technologies and their influences over our industry, to share best practices and to build up relationships with partners around the globe.

Apart from the informative sessions and networking events prepared by SAAFF, the participants should take advantage of this opportunity to experience the diverse city of Cape Town, to enjoy the splendid landscape of Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, but most importantly, to feel the hospitality of South Africa.
We welcome you to register and participate in the FIATA World Congress 2019.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town.

Babar Badat

Dear Colleagues, Delegates and Friends,

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) is proud to host the 58th Annual FIATA World Congress from 1 – 5 October 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. I am delighted to invite delegates and their accompanying partners to attend.

The FIATA World Congress is the best place to discover and discuss the latest developments in your industry, such as new legislation, innovative technologies, and updated guidelines. It is where logistics experts from around the globe gather to learn new practices, brainstorm and collaborate on ground-breaking supply chain issues.

The theme for the 2019 International Congress is “Where Technology and Logistics Meet” and the Congress Programme will focus on new technology and disruptive innovation and how this affects the Logistics and Freight Forwarding Industry worldwide.

The rapidly changing business environment internationally presents constant changes and challenges to the Logistics and Freight Forwarding Industry and innovation and entrepreneurial skill is called for to ensure on-going sustainability of the industry.

Cape Town has so much to offer as a tourist destination. It is blessed to have South Africa’s top 6 tourist attractions within one-hour drive of the city centre. A sophisticated social programme and accompanying persons’ itinerary will provide provides delegates and partners with opportunities to enjoy all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. And South Africa has the perfect blend of ingredients to provide the ideal backdrop for any international event. Luxury, adventure, wildlife, magnificent scenery, efficient infrastructure and rich culture diversity. Few regions in the world can match the fun, beauty and excitement you will find in South Africa.

FIATA World Congress 2019 offers a fantastic venue and superb facilities, a highly committed local freighting community and a capable and dedicated team that promises a well organised and highly effective congress. Couple these factors with Cape Town as a setting, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and FIATA 2019 promises to be unforgettable. We will do our utmost to make it a very special experience for you, one that is professionally productive as well as stimulating and we hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful and unique travel opportunities that South Africa has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa!

Basil Pietersen