About Us

FCFASA is the Regional apex body for the National Clearing and Forwarding Associations in southern Africa. Launched at its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29th April 2010 in Zambia, FCFASA is domiciled in Zimbabwe as a non-profit membership organization. FCFASA members cover the key transit routes of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA).

About Us

The southern African Region, comprising 15 unique sovereign states, offers as much opportunity for a good return on investment as any other emerging economy of the World. The deliberate drive towards – a never easy journey of – Regional integration, has broadened the business space for its 255 million inhabitants. This is a Region that has enjoyed socio-economic, political and infrastructural linkages for decades.

Although the Countries of the Region have made many remarkable strides in trying to harmonise systems and leave no one too far behind on the path to integration, the region in some cases still grapples with daunting challenges. And for the Freight Forwarding industry, these manifest themselves in many forms ranging from inadequate skills at the firm level to less than optimal systems and infrastructure in the operating environment. Further, this is a Region where, as part of our history, collection of duties has been given priority by Government Agencies over trade facilitation - and its benefits. Sadly, therefore, border posts have too often become points of high impedance to movement of goods rather than merely points of transit. The slow movement of goods in the Region increases the cost of doing business. These costs are passed on to consumers and adversely impact on our ability to compete globally and to contribute to wealth creation.

The ever growing willingness, however, of policy makers and the public sector to dialogue with business, has over the last two decades contributed enormously to an improved regional business environment. We are also seeing greater understanding and learning on both sides. We believe therefore that the challenges we now face tend to be those of prioritisation (of the many national and regional competing interests and programmes) in implementation. This Region has moved forward in its quest for innovative engagement of interest groups by Governments. But more needs to be done and with a greater sense of urgency to encourage and support the much needed investments and sustainable wealth creating activities.

It is this advocacy space – the open door and accommodation policy – provided by Regional Governments to the private sector that calls for a proactive and well organised business front. It calls for strengthening of Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) which must position themselves to be all weather dialogue partners of Governments and other stakeholders while delivering value to their members and contributing to the growth of our Region.

This Business Plan by the Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa (FCFASA), a Regional BMO formed in April 2010, aims at launching FCFASA into a future of meaningful and results focused public-private dialogue. Whilst to a large extent depending on a “listening” public sector, such a partnership has to be anchored in highly capacitated National and Regional BMOs. Our Business Plan is also a value proposition to new members, development partners and our dialogue partners. It shows who we are, what we stand for and the benefits we intend to deliver to our many stakeholders. We believe that by consistently delivering value, we will ensure the sustainability of this organisation.

Like any other plan, our Business Plan is a living document, to be reviewed annually for relevance and performance. We invite all stakeholders to take a keen interest in its implementation and work with us as we steer through a challenging path to contribute to an efficient Regional Supply Chain.

Joseph Musariri President - FCFASA

To act as the regional voice of the clearing and forwarding industry (the Industry) in its key role of influencing appropriate legislation, policy, practices and procedures, and agreements, and their implementation at the Regional level.

FCFASA is committed to be the private sector dialogue partner of the relevant structures in Regional bodies such as COMESA and SADC in order to facilitate the development of a smooth supply chain across the Region. FCFASA is further committed to drive its membership programmes, which include membership development, while maintaining a high Regional Business Organisation (RBO) profile and recognition by key stakeholders throughout southern Africa. Its key role is in influencing appropriate legislation, policy, practices, procedures and agreements, and their implementation at the Regional level. In this regard, FCFASA will mobilize and capacitate its members to effectively articulate issues and priorities of common interest. FCFASA will maintain links and effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with selected bodies, and collaborate with donor funded programmes, public and private sector bodies that add value to the organization.

The FCFASA vision is to be “The voice of the clearing and freight forwarding industry in southern Africa” 

To facilitate and conduct effective advocacy and the promotion of members’ interests in trade facilitation and Supply Chain Management. 

In response to developments in the southern African supply chain environment, and as a value proposition for its Members and other stakeholders, FCFASA wishes, through its Five Year Business Plan (the Plan), to strategically position itself in order to ensure an improved operating environment.

Various external drivers have informed this Plan. These include various experiences in the implementation of the trade agreements of southern Africa and developments in the southern African transit routes. Internally the Plan is informed by the Constitution of FCFASA, the priorities of the Members and the work-to-date of the FCFASA Executive Committee.

FCFASA affairs are governed by its Constitution. Elections are held biennially.

The FCFASA Executive Committee (EXCOM) is composed of the President, Vice President and five additional members. The regional focus of FCFASA informs the representation on the EXCOM. The EXCOM provides leadership and oversees the implementation of the FCFASA long term plan and annual work programme. 

Executive Members [2012 -2014]

Joseph Musariri President Shipping & Forwarding Agents Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) Zimbabwe
Valerie Sesia Vice President Zambia Customs clearance & Freight Forwarders Agents Association (ZCFAA) Zambia
Guy Kimenyembo Committee Member Federation of Clearing/ Katanga DRC
Edward Kaluwa Committee Member Clearing & Forwarding Agents Association of Malawi (CAFAAM) Malawi
Afzal Delbar Committee Member Customs House Brokers Association (CHBA) Mauritius
Philip Wyllie Committee Member SAAFF South Africa
Edward Urio Committee Member Tanzania Association of Freight Forwarders (TAFFA) Tanzania
Elisha Tshuma Regional Coordinator- Secretariat Shipping and Forwarding Agents Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)  Zimbabwe

FCFASA’s main goal is the creation and maintenance of a conducive supply chain environment through, primarily, high level advocacy. This goal will be attained by the realisation of the following objectives, adapted from the FCFASA Constitution:

  • To co-ordinate the development and growth of the Clearing and Forwarding industry in Southern Africa, in the best interests of member Associations and the general public
  • To establish a Code of Ethics to be adopted by each member Association.
  • To promote the efficient movement of cargo by carriers, either surface or air, or any other parties involved in the freight supply chain.
  • To promote and encourage the efficient and capable operations of Customs authorities in the region, with a view to standardization and simplification of documentation and procedures.
  • To promote, support and advocate for any proposed legislation or measures focusing on the Industry in the interest of Members.
  • Independently or in consultation with any other organizations, person or company, to promote standards for vocational training at an affordable cost to Member Associations.