Industry Associations


The Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) as the respective peak industry association in this sector advocates on behalf of its constituent members in relation to relevant issues concerning the freight forwarding industry. AFIF strives to maintain and expand consultative relationships with international affiliated organisations and counterparts, various government authorities and industry service providers.

AFIF communicates to its members all relevant information and/or issues relating to the industry, promptly and efficiently, by means of e-cast bulletins and website postings.

AFIF conducts regulatory and non-regulatory education and training programs and inclusive industry events and workshops. Further information about AFIF can be found on these pages from their Website:


Formed in 1993, the AFSS brings together and represents many of the leading suppliers of software to the freight and transportation industry. Major developments over the next few years in EU Customs procedures, and a greater emphasis on security issues will have a big impact on software development. AFSS represents members on the main HMRC Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) and also plays an active role in various working groups.

AFSS has regular contact with all the CSP’s i.e. MCP, CNS, CCS-UK, DHB and Pentant, and also with BIFA (British International Freight Association) and UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association). They also link with BIS who have taken over some of the aspects of SITPRO since its demise. Finally, we have links into EU trade groups in Brussels.

Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) serves as the voice of the airforwarding industry. The association is an alliance of Indirect Air Carriers, Cargo Airlines, and affiliated businesses located throughout the global transportation community. Airforwarders play a vital role in ensuring the continuous movement of commerce worldwide.


BIFA's role is to provide a focus for the international freight distribution industry, and its mission is: representation and support for the UK international freight services industry; to promote good practice and total quality in the provision of freight services by all members, and to encourage the membership to observe the highest standards of professional competence. CargoWise is an Associate Member of BIFA.


The mission of nonprofit BVL International founded in 1978 is to act as a neutral platform to promote an awareness for the importance of logistics and supply chain management in industry, science and the public sphere, to systematically document logistical problem definitions, to develop methods and processes to solve these problems on an interdisciplinary and sector-focused basis and to promote and continuously optimise the application of the relevant solutions.


CBAFF is a national Federation whose main concern is to promote the interests of all members. It assists member companies and individuals working professionally and participating in customs broking and freight forwarding, and is affiliated with the wider transport industry. CBAFF is organised independently of Government by a management executive and initiates discussions with relevant bodies, seeking to develop an environment favourable to its members.


The Confederation of Belgian Freight Forwarders is the national umbrella organization of freight forwarders, custom agents and logistic service providers in Belgium. As logistic consultants they orchestrate the supply chain and ensure the smooth purchase and delivery of your goods by sea, inland waterways, short sea, rail, road or air.


Founded in Sept., 2000, CIFA pays great effort and plays significant role aiming to protect the general interests of the industry and its members whilst safeguarding their deserved rights. So far they have 650 members including individual members and group members of the Associations at provincial and municipality level with over 6,000 members attached from each province and big city nationwide.


CIFFA was founded in September 1948 to create an industry association to meet the professional demands of its members. Ciffa's mission is to represent and support members of the Canadian international freight forwarding industry in providing the highest level of quality and professional services to their clients.


As a global Institute with members across 100 countries, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is acknowledged as the most outstanding professional body for capacity building in all areas of logistics, transport and supply chain. Given the potentials of logistics and transport in a globally service-oriented economy, it is certain that the institute holds the key to unlocking Africa’s potentials.


More than 227,000 importers deal with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) annually. Most rely on the services of a licensed customs broker to get their shipments cleared at the border. For each transaction, reams of critical business data must be generated, about everything from country of origin and destinations, to suppliers, tariff classifications, routings, and intended use. This is one of the many ways customs brokers assist importers.

EurTradeNet - ETN

EurTradeNet - ETN was founded in 2003 with the ultimate aim to professionally represent the Customs-Related Service Providers, the companies delivering IT solutions to international traders to handle their eCustoms information exchange Europe-wide. All along its years promoting a unique know-how on IT&Customs, EurTradeNet has won the acknowledgement of the Global Authorities and Regulatory Bodies in eCustoms, and is the Official Trade association representing the CRSPs at the EU analysis, the one participating at all consultations of the European Commission (and European Parliament) with economic operators.


Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is Australia’s leading representative body for the international supply chain sector bringing together importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics service providers. Existing FTA Individual and Premium Members (who are also CargoWise One users) will receive BorderWise Single Window Tariff (AU) for free ongoing from 1 July 2018. Visit to learn more. 


The International Air Cargo Association of Chicago (IACAC) is the leading association for companies involved in the ever changing business of handling, screening and transporting air cargo within the United States and around the world. Member companies include airlines, freight forwarders, warehouse operators, truckers, insurance providers and companies whose businesses count a strong and vibrant air cargo industry as key to their success. The International Air Cargo Association of Chicago focuses on issues that affect air cargo including technology, security, infrastructure and education.


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. They support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

IG AirCargo

The Interest Group Air Cargo Switzerland was founded in 2010 to promote the Swiss Air Cargo industry. Their vision is to create, maintain, further develop and refine one of Europe's leading air cargo systems that is based on traditional Swiss values such as quality and reliability.


Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 1000 member companies with 110,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members.


The Road Freight Association was established in 1975 to support its members who are, in the main, road freight service providers. It is a facilitating body which influences the state of the industry, rates, upkeep of the road infrastructure, road safety, freight security, driver interests, cross-border transport, development funding for emerging operators, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labour relations and many other issues related to road freight transport. 


SAAFF was formed in 1921 and is a national association with members throughout the Republic of South Africa.  Their vision is to lead strategic initiatives that deliver successful outcomes through service, information and advocacy. In view of the international character of the freight forwarder, a close relationship with other freight forwarding associations is considered of vital importance, especially in a Southern African context.

Singapore Logistics

Established in 1973, the Singapore Logistics Association champions the causes of the logistics and freight forwarding industry in Singapore. It aims to be a major contributor to promote Singapore as world-class hub with a mission to advance professionalism and excellence of logistics industry. The association in close collaboration and consultation with government agencies, trade organizations, logistics professionals, academia and international organizations crafted its objects to: promote, protect and develop a sound logistics industry; develop, promote and enhance Singapore as a premier regional and international logistics hub with a reputation for reliability, integrity and high standards in logistics practice and management; and represent, protect and promote the interests of members generally.


The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is the only organization representing all segments of the air freight supply chain. Launched in the early 1990s, their roots go back to 1960, when a committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers in the USA launched the first Air Cargo Forum to explore the needs of the emerging air cargo industry. TIACA aims to inform both the public and its membership about the role and importance of air cargo, industry developments, and technical trends.


The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation for the logistics sector, with over 700+ members. Their mission is to protect and advance the interests of members, support business development and promote industry best practice. Full members include warehousing and logistics providers as well as manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers and around 100 Associate members are suppliers of products and services to the logistics industry.


The Antwerp Freight Forwarders Association (VEA), has been representing freight forwarders, customs agents and logistics service providers for over 100 years and is the point of contact for everything related to forwarding, customs, transport organization and logistics. Members of the VEA are the architects of transport. As logistics consultants, they direct the logistics chain and ensure the smooth delivery of your goods via sea, inland shipping, short sea, rail, road or air transport.