Who We Are
TAFFA is a non-profit organization established in 1979 to represent all the clearing and forwarding firms in TANZANIA. Today the Association has a membership base of over 700 clearing and forwarding companies that are licensed. The Association is a founder member of the Private Sector Federation of Tanzania. The formation of the Association was initiated by the Ministry of home affairs that was keen to see growth of the clearing and forwarding industry. The Ministry thus directed that an association to represent all firms in the industry be formed to monitor and evaluate the potential performance of the same but above all develop capacity building mechanisms and support systems that would promote sustainable development of the industry as far as economic growth and quality standards are concerned. Formation of the Association was therefore viewed as a vehicle for bringing together all companies in the clearing and forwarding fraternity to collectively identify and work on gaps that had over the years affected and tainted this profession. The fundamental aspect that led to the formation of TAFFA was to ensure that checks and balances through self-regulation and promotion of adaptation of best practices and enhanced professionalism are upheld by all its members. This has however been an uphill task as changing some members’ perception towards the approach has not been easy.
The overall aim of TAFFA is to encourage best practices in the
industry and promote competitiveness of companies to provide unrivalled quality
services in the region and beyond.Its objectives are as follows;
· Serve as a framework for permanent dialogue
between its members and third parties, including public authorities
· Enhance solidarity and mutual assistance
between its members
· Defend interests of members and represent them
to third parties
· Organize trade events in or outside the
Country and promote members’ participation In commercial events organized by
· Promote training of members and of their
· Foster good relations with associations whose
objectives are, directly or indirectly, similar to those set out above.
To become the leading and highly respected institution by the freight forwarders in the EAC, SADC, COMESA regions and beyond.
To represent and support members of the Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association in providing the highest level of quality and professional services to their clients
TAFFA recognizes that having the right values will result in more efficiency, higher productivity, and better focus. The TAFFA’s values include:
· Honest and Integrity
· Member Orientation