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Emerge Freight Alliance: Thriving in Africa & the Middle East

What’s the secret to success in the freight forwarding industry? Joining a business network like Emerge Freight Alliance

The role of transportation and logistics in Africa has grown recently and is of global significance. The region is experiencing steady demand for commodities (including oil, gas, and minerals) available locally and high demand for imports from around the world. However, the current unorganized structure in the region lacks the synergy the freight forwarding industry needs to serve this market successfully. 

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the Emerge Freight Alliance to help you decide if it’s the network that can help you tap into this growing and in-demand market. 

What is the Emerge Freight Alliance?

This freight network is the world’s only network focused on connecting reliable freight forwarders from Africa to the world through an easy, efficient, and secure platform. It accepts member companies in international freight forwarding with active business interests in Africa. 

The network only accepts the best freight forwarders in the region.

Member companies join to discover new connections and develop their businesses collaboratively in the African region. Members benefit from new business connections that open high-volume traffic, trade routes, and other profitable business opportunities. 

Who is the Network for?

Members come from a wide range of specialties including:

  • Air Freight Consolidators
  • Courier & Express
  • Customs Broker
  • Dangerous Goods Management
  • E-Commerce Logistics
  • Events Logistics
  • Exhibition Logistics
  • Exporter of Records (EOR)
  • Household Removals
  • Importer of Records (IOR)
  • Liquid Bulk Handling
  • Live Animals
  • NVOCC
  • Perishable
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Project Forwarding
  • Rail cargo forwarding
  • Sea Freight Consolidators (LCL)
  • Ships Spares & Marine Forwarding
  • Solid Bulk Handling
  • Time Critical
  • Wholesale Forwarding

What are the benefits of joining a professional freight forwarding network in Africa?

Does your business have an interest in the African market? Joining the Emerge Freight Alliance business network comes with many helpful benefits. These include: 

  • Immediate global coverage: Widen your business connections in Africa.
  • Network security: Our “Safety net” program secures member dues and receivables. The network has funds to pay any outstanding dues in the event of bad debt or member bankruptcy.
  • Trusted community: All members undergo a detailed screening process before being accepted into the network. This ensures that all members have financial stability, a good reputation, and sales strength. Once members, they are required to maintain the association’s Code of Ethics and guidelines. 
  • Annual meetings and events: Meet other members at our annual conferences and live events. These events provide excellent opportunities for networking, business development, and helpful business workshops and speakers. 
  • Global branding: Members can access additional opportunities for global branding and exposure. The network’s member list is distributed at other global logistics events and exhibitions, and your logo is included in network promotional material. 

FAQs

Do you limit membership? 

The Emerge Freight Alliance doesn’t have a membership cap. Members must pass the screening process prior to acceptance into the network. However, some limits may be placed on each region or specialty members to ensure no over-competition.

Do I require an African headquarters to join?

No. However, your business is welcome to apply if you have business interests and activity in the region. 

Can I also join other business networks or professional memberships? 

Yes. There are many other business networking and professional development associations globally. Emerge Freight Alliance members are encouraged to join any other groups that they feel will add value to their personal or professional development. 

Are there in-person annual conferences or events?

Yes. Our members get excited about our annual conferences and events. For example, the 2023 annual event in Istanbul kicked off the network’s launch with over 370 delegates from around the globe. The 2024 conference will take place in Dubai.

I just started my logistics business. Can I join? 

Congratulations on starting your new business. Due to the strict vetting process, it’s unlikely that your new business will qualify for membership. We have strict policies and rules around financial stability, good reputation, and sales strength, which new companies usually lack. Contact us if you think you’re the exception, and we’ll discuss it. 

How do you keep members informed about the industry?

The network publishes newsletters and sends regular communications to members to keep them informed about relevant industry and network news. To learn more about logistics in Africa today, read our latest study, Africa, The Next Big Opportunity

Joining the Emerge Freight Alliance

If you think joining the Emerge Freight Alliance will help you further your business interests in the African continent, we invite you to submit your membership request online. 

Your company can join the network today for $1999, which includes your annual membership fee, security fee, one-time application fee, bank fee, and one free pass to the 2nd Annual Partnership meeting September 22-26, 2024, at The Palm Dubai, UAE. 

Are you ready to expand your business interests in freight forwarding and logistics business in Africa? If so, we invite you to join the Emerge Freight Alliance. 

Learn more about the Emerge Freight Alliance and apply today

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