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4-6 March 2014 | Vineyard Hotel & Spa | Cape Town, South Africa



Africa in the changing global context – Drivers & challenges

Speakers include:

African perishables trade: How can exporters and importers capitalise on the growth opportunities? African perishables transport: The maritime outlook African perishables transport: The airfreight outlook Bridging the gap between agriculture and logistics The final frontier? Overland perishables transport and logistics Product focus - Fruit export preparation Transport focus - Reefer operations

Stuart Symington CEO Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB)

Saxen van Coller CEO Dube TradePort

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Integrating global and regional perishable supply chains Following two successful events in 2012 and 2013, Cool Logistics Africa returns in 2014 to Cape Town, at the heart of the Southern Africa citrus industry, to continue the debate on how to foster Africa’s perishables trade growth - by land, air and sea. Moving to a new timeslot in early March, coinciding with preparations for the upcoming citrus export season, Cool Logistics Africa 2014 will once again provide a platform for everyone concerned with improving Africa’s perishable supply chain efficiency to connect, communicate and do business. While fruit remains the key export crop from large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, notably South Africa, flowers and specialty vegetables from Kenya and Ethiopia are increasingly gaining ground on global markets. There are also new opportunities waiting to be developed in other countries such as Mauretania, Senegal and Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, Ghana is increasingly establishing itself as a reliable international supplier of fresh produce. At the same time, Africa’s perishable food imports are also on the rise, especially to satisfy a growing middle class appetite for protein. But Africa remains at a significant disadvantage to other parts of the world when it comes to logistics costs and efficiency. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the lack of infrastructure, coupled with a shortage of skilled workers, cumbersome trade regimes and burdensome bureaucracy. All of these are hampering the competitiveness of perishables trades to, from and within Africa. Landlocked nations are especially hard-pressed.

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Under the theme of ‘Integrating Global and Regional Perishable Supply Chains,’ the 3rd Cool Logistics Africa will bring shippers, logistics and transport providers from across the continent together with government agencies and overseas trading partners to:

Promote regional and international trade facilitation Drive African perishable logistics to new levels of efficiency Forge links with perishable markets inside and outside Africa Among other key topics, the 2014 conference will explore:

• What are the critical new cold chain logistics infrastructure projects needed and who will finance and develop them? • How can the performance and cost of ports and terminals across the continent be improved? • What can be done to tackle hard and soft barriers to cross-border perishables trade? • What is the potential for intermodal rail service between coasts and hinterlands? • How can relations between the public and private sectors be improved? • What progress is being made to develop seafreight and airfreight solutions to satisfy increasing demand for transport and storage of temperature-sensitive cargoes? • Where are the gaps between primary and secondary distribution in sub-Saharan Africa and how can they be addressed? • How can perishable supply chain professionalism across the continent be enhanced? Combining global and region al logistics expertise with local market needs, including intra-Africa trade development for all types of products that require temperature control, Cool Logistics Africa will once again provide a potent forum for debate, learning and networking.

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Well balanced programme and able speakers, each knowledgeable in his/her respective field(s), provided for a thoughtprovoking, informative and enjoyable experience. I learnt a lot!. André Slabber, Westfalia Marketing

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Pre conference | Monday 3 March DAY

Study tour to Cape Town distribution centre


Informal welcome drinks at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Day 1 | Tuesday 4 March 08:00 09:00

Africa’s perishables trade • Soft and hard trade barriers to Africa’s international competitiveness • The current and future role of government and the public sector • Facilitating private sector involvement and investment 09:20

Registration, refreshments and networking KEYNOTE SESSION: AFRICA IN THE CHANGING GLOBAL CONTEXT – DRIVERS & CHALLENGES Africa has abundant land, labour, untapped water and favourable climatic zones to develop its agricultural output, yet its share in the global market for agricultural products has been falling for the last 40 years due to numerous challenges. Not least, Africa remains at a significant competitive disadvantage to other parts of the world when it comes to logistics costs, infrastructure and services. The situation is even more acute for the trade in temperaturesensitive agricultural and horticultural commodities that represent a significant earnings potential for the continent. But the potential for growth is tremendous and not just in foreign earnings from export. Africa is now home to some of the fastestgrowing economies in the world and the continent’s population is forecast to increase by 12 million people a year. With the rapid trend to urbanisation, that’s equivalent to adding a city the size of London every 9 months – and those city populations will need food, medicine and other perishable goods. Tackling perishables logistics infrastructure and skills deficits, plus soft trade and policy barriers, could open up large new trade opportunities both inside and outside the continent, as well as enhancing the returns on existing trade. Keynote 1: Africa and the global food economy • Global food supply trends – the impact for Africa • Quantifying the global potential for


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Keynote 2: The future for African food retail • Urbanisation, population growth and GDP – how Africa’s changing demographics will impact food trade and consumption across the continent • Developing and accessing African food retail markets • Where and how will the future African consumer shop and eat? • Overcoming the barriers to intra-Africa perishables sourcing and shipping • Putting the right supply chain support in place Keynote 3: The role of the transport industry in facilitating Africa’s perishables trades • Building export infrastructure capacity to get perishables out to market • Developing regional transport infrastructure for trade between the nations • Rising to the demands of a growing import market Refreshments and networking AFRICAN PERISHABLES TRADE: HOW CAN EXPORTERS AND IMPORTERS CAPITALISE ON THE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES? The bulk of perishable exports from Southern, East and West Africa are still destined for European consumers. But new markets in the Middle East, Far East and other fastdeveloping economies are opening up fast and point to the shape of things to come. What should producers across Africa do now to address the hard and soft barriers to capitalising on export growth? Plus, how can the continent’s producers seize the opportunities created by expanded trade between African nations? And with food and

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME pharmaceutical imports tipped to rise sharply over coming years, what are the issues for shippers looking to access African markets?

• The role of conventional shipping and the cost-effectiveness of conventional reefer logistics • PANEL: The role of ports and terminals in Africa’s perishable supply chain development »» Redefining the African “perishable ports” map »» The role of regional hubs – inside and outside Africa »» What defines efficient reefer and perishables handling? »» The impact of customs on perishables trade and port operations »» Addressing berthing and handling delays »» Reducing port costs »» Port security and trafficking »» Forging inland links between ports and the hinterland

Key talking points: • Are logistics and transport costs really hurting African shippers that badly? • Protectionism, trade intervention and shipping - a dangerous mixture? • International and regional trade facilitation: what needs to be done? • How can shippers and their service providers actively influence public sector transport policy? • Developing new trade with fast-emerging markets – outside and inside Africa • Accessing Africa markets – the importer perspective • Oceanfreight versus airfreight in the international transport mix 12:30

Lunch and networking




Although small by global standards, the potential of the African air cargo market is huge. Where else will you find a billion people spread across 20% of the earth’s land mass? With many producers and potential consumers living in the continent’s 15 landlocked countries, a long distance and in some cases many borders away from the ocean, air should have a critical role to play.

With most of Africa’s perishable trade moved by sea, shipping capacity, rates and service levels all have a huge bearing on overall trade performance and competitiveness. For shippers and carriers alike, however, it is perhaps the land rather than the sea leg that poses the greatest challenges – and the biggest opportunity for measurable improvement.

Key talking points: • Perishable foods and airfreight – capacity and investment • Is aircraft supply meeting demands of perishables trade flows? • Balancing the demand for high and low value perishable commodities • Belly cargo vs dedicated freighters • The role of the integrators • Developing Africa’s perishable airfreight ground infrastructure • New perishable commodities • Airfreight vs sea freight

High port costs, delays, congestion and inefficient terminal management in many African countries are all hampering progress. The presence of bigger container ships is adding to existing operational constraints, and not just in newer ports. What is being done to actively address the issues? Key talking points: • Reefer shipping capacity and rates – the 2014 outlook • What do new shipping alliances, vessel cascading and continued financial pressure on carriers mean for Africa’s perishable shippers? • Long term contracts in return for reefer box availability guarantees – the future?




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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Day 2 | Wednesday 5 March 08:00

Registration, refreshments and networking



And border crossings between the continent’s 50+ separate states are often a lengthy, cumbersome and expensive process. While railways could offer long-distance solutions for some perishable cargoes, availability of rolling stock, power access en route and inland terminals all remain a challenge. What can be done now to address these hard realities?

The lack of export infrastructure, poor postharvest handling practices, operational deficiencies, burdensome bureaucracy, high logistics costs and poor returns to the grower all continue to hamper the development of Africa’s agricultural exports. How can the agricultural sector engage more closely with the cold supply chain, logistics and transport community in order to improve post-harvest cold supply chain efficiency? Key talking points: • Agriculture and logistics – a question of global competitiveness • The role of the public and private sectors in facilitating effective cold chain management • Tackling supply chain fragmentation from ‘farm to port’ – what are the practical solutions? • Developing a Pan-African cold store map • Financing Africa’s next generation cold store infrastructure • How to improve post-harvest, logistics and transport awareness at the grassroots level • Powering Africa’s agricultural exports – innovative approaches to energy and electricity management 12:30 14:00

Key talking points: • Does intermodal rail have a future for perishables in store? • Developing a road map for intra-African perishables supply chain management • Tackling cross-border constraints • Hinterland development – the role of dry ports and distribution centres • Challenges and opportunities for road distribution of fresh and frozen produce • Dealing with the urban dimension • Does coastal shipping have a viable future role to play? 16:30

Conference summary and action points

Lunch and networking THE FINAL FRONTIER? OVERLAND PERISHABLES TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS Improving the movement of produce not just out of Africa, but equally into and within the continent, requires new funding, new policy approaches and practical industry measures to tackle the problems of overland transport and logistics. Africa’s sheer scale alone creates land transport challenges not faced by other regions. It has the world’s lowest percentage of paved roads – and the most dangerous.

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WORKSHOP PROGRAMME Day 3 | Thursday 6 March

• How long can reefers and reefer trucks stay ‘off power’? • Which refrigerants are better suited for high ambient temperatures? • Reefer container management in ports and terminals

The Cool Logistics Africa Workshop Following two days of intensive market debate, the 3rd Cool Logistics Africa workshop will provide a practical focus on the technical and operations issues that underpin the business of perishables trade and logistics. The morning sessions will focus more perishables cargo care and post-harvest operations, while the afternoon will address transport challenges including reefer container and truck operations, reefer container management at ports, terminals and depots, and cold store design. 08:00

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Close of Cool Logistics Africa 2014

Keynote: What is the role of post-harvest technology in giving African farmers better chances of survival in a world marked by global horticultural competition? Key workshop topics: • Citrus black spot - One year on • New post-harvest technology developments • Quality checks: the role of technology in developing greater efficiency • Cold sterilization • Improving container packing and securing to minimise cargo loss • Improving container weighing practice • Security 12:30

Lunch and networking


TRANSPORT FOCUS - REEFER OPERATIONS More and more perishables are carried in reefer containers and reefer trucks. Yet some transport units do not move under temperature control despite high ambient temperatures and unexpected delays, even on shorter transport routes. Key workshop topics: • Supply and demand of reefer boxes at inland locations

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Cool logistics africa 2014 programme  

Conference programme for the 3rd Cool Logistics Africa conference, taking place on 4-6 March 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.