Held annually, the FIATA World Congress brings together the freight forwarding industry and transport world. It serves to conduct the business of the Federation and provides an international platform for logistics industry leaders from across the globe to gain insights to industry challenges and put forward sustainable solutions. See the highlights of past FIATA World Congresses here



The International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA) is the recognised global organisation representing the interests of the freight and logistics industry worldwide. FIATA, a non-governmental organisation, today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing approximately 10 million people in 150 countries.

In summary FIATA is the largest non-governmental organisation in the field of transportation. Its influence is worldwide.


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. The association is striving to be the leading authority in the freight forwarding industry, achieving local, regional, and international recognition. And SAAFF adds 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.

A member of FIATA since 1979, SAAFF derives benefit from FIATA’s international standing, its participation in many trade-related world forums, and its knowledge of international forwarding affairs.


Local Organising Committee
John White (Chair)
Paul Cheetham
Margarett Ann Kaiser
Robert Kaiser
Dave Logan
Jan Ludolph
Raelean Melaia
Basil Pietersen
Mike Walwyn


As has become tradition at the annual FIATA World Congress, a raffle will be hosted to raise funds for the FIATA Foundation for Vocational Training. The objective of the Foundation is to improve professional qualifications worldwide through “Train-the-Trainer’ courses in developing countries.

Participants are encouraged to generously buy tickets for the 2019 Raffle to help the Foundation realise it’s ambitious projects. See the foundation website for more about these projects: www.fiatafoundation.com

A set of five tickets costs ZAR 310; but buy tickets when registering and get double the tickets for the same price! A set of ten tickets costs ZAR 310 via the Congress registration system.

Buy Raffle Tickets when registering to save!