Non-profit Organization Registration No: 055-301-NPOPhysical address: Ground Floor, St David’s Park, No 5 St David’s Place, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193Postal: Postnet Suite 210, Private Bag x 30500, Houghton, Johannesburg, 2041Brenda Horne Ferreira -CEO
“Engagement with SASTALC started on the 5thof October, 2012 in Mombasa, Kenya, where the Cameroon Council met with the head of SAMSA during the MARACS conference. The need to come into contact with SASC was expressed, because Cameroon hosts the Union of African Shippers Councils as the headquarters of this organization. It became clear that this union must be extended to include all African countries that had shippers’ councils. Cameroon council met with Beverly Waugh (then Executive Director of SASC) at a conference in Durban and it was established that both councils need to work together in order to improve Africa’s logistics and transport systems. Councils in Africa are more of public institutions, and in Cameroon, for instance, the electronic cargo note is still very much in use and must be obtained before one can ship goods to any of the French speaking countries in West Africa. Without this document, the shipper is subject to penalties when goods enter into the country he/she is exporting to. This document is issued by the National Council in Cameroon at a fee. As such, shippers and customs brokers are trained to have knowledge of the procedures and documentation required to import goods into Cameroon. This training is provided by various institutions(in the form of seminars at no charge to participants) whichoutsource knowledgeable experts in logistics and supply chain from around the world to grow the knowledge base of shippers within the country and region.As a result, the port of Kribi in Cameroon has, from such efforts, been equipped to handle any large vessels from anywhere in the world. The Cameroon Council coming to attend the AGM is a win for Africa as it shows how SASTALC is joining forces with Council’s across the continent to ensure safe, reliable, sustainable and cost efficient supply chains for the African continent. This also means Africa will speak as one voice when represented in organizations such as the World Trade Organization and as such, will be able to influence freight charges from vessels outside the African continent. Collaboration between shippers’ councils stems from the African Maritime Charter and the Union of African Shippers Councils with the mandate to tackle issues affecting shippers and transporters within the region. As a sign of commitment to collaborating and working together, the Cameroon National Shippers Council agreed to become an associate member of SASTALC and signed the collaboration agreement during the ceremony.