Global Regulatory Developments for Border Security under the Spotlight at SAAFF Congress


Risk management has become an unfortunate necessity in global trade, with extraordinary measures required to address both rising crime and the threat of terrorism. Today, nations must embrace new technologies and regulations to secure their airspace, ports and borders. Delegates attending SAAFF’s 2016 Congress will get the latest updates on global regulatory developments in border security and ‘Secure Freight Initiatives’ from special guest speaker Stephen Morris, Chairman of FIATA’s Customs Affairs Institute. The South African Association of Freight Forwarders two-day congress takes place on 6 and 7 September at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg.

Securing Ports and Borders

The security of a country’s land, sea and airspace frontiers depends on the effectiveness of Secure Freight Initiatives (SFI) measures in place. Many SFIs are driven by the SFI systems developed by the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

One stand-out SFI is the Container Security Initiative, where the USCBP works jointly with 58 host nation agencies using Non-Intrusive Inspection methods such as x-ray and radiation detection technology to screen containers at their port of departure.
“The aim is to identify prohibited cargo such as weapons and potential nuclear threats earlier in the supply chain, before they are loaded onto a vessel bound for the U.S.,” says Morris.

A recent USCBP filing requirement commenced on 30 June 2016 where 12 elements of documentation have to be supplied to USCBP for review 24 hours before goods are loaded in the container. This is done through the Automated Broker Interface or the Automated Manifest System, which forms part of the Automated Commercial Environment, intended to facilitate Importer Security Filing (ISF).

“SFI also provides a level of predictability to international logistics and supply chain service providers for the acceptance or otherwise of air cargo,” adds Morris. “With effective implementation, SFI provides opportunities for both regulator businesses and compliant businesses to reach successful outcomes. And like all new initiatives, SFI needs to be integrated into business systems which may require changes to processes, IT capabilities and skills development.”

Benefits to SAAFF Members

SAAFF CEO Dave Logan believes that if South Africa is to compete on the global stage, it must comply with the global regulatory environment.

“Not only is it an economic imperative, but also an investment in the security of this land we all call home. The participation by Stephen Morris in SAAFF’s 2016 Congress is invaluable, and his contribution to our industry is priceless, for which SAAFF is most grateful,” concludes Logan.

SAAFF gratefully acknowledges support from this year’s congress sponsors: Lombard Insurance (Primary Funder); WiseTech Global, Airlink Cargo, Prestmarine, and ShipShape.

For more information on the Congress, visit or call Catherine Larkin at CVLC – Tel: 011 789-7327 / 787-9127

For more information on the Exhibition, contact Colin Hudson on 083 628 6406 or email -

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