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African Defence Expo - All present and correct

When the Africa Aerospace & Defence Exhibition was held at Waterkloof Airforce Base in Centurion, South Africa, GAC made sure that more than 400 shipments of exhibits were delivered safely.

Staged every two years in South Africa, the event is the region’s largest exhibition of military gear covering air, sea and land. This year, 28 countries and 61 foreign delegations were on site, attracting 40,000 trade visitors and more than 95,000 members of the public over five days.

The contract for the import, clearance and delivery of 500,000 kg of cargo for the event was awarded to GAC Laser Specialised Logistics Partnership following an extensive tender process. When the event ended, GAC was again at work returning some shipments to their country of origin and forwarding many more to other events being held around the globe.


Tight schedule

One of the challenges for the GAC team was meeting tight timelines while complying with the requirements of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC). This involved inspections and obtaining import permits even for last-minute shipments.

Nico Troostheide, Managing Executive of GAC Laser Specialised Logistics Partnership, says: “Thanks to our hard work and help from the NCACC, we managed to fast-track the process and get the cargo released, delivered and stands set up in just a few days.”

 

Trust and know-how

Wessie van der Westhuizen of the Government-owned Denel Group, South Africa’s largest manufacturer of defence equipment, adds: “Because of the sensitive nature of our cargo, we have to use people who know how to handle it. Fortunately for us and the industry in general, GAC Laser Specialised Logistics has the hands on experience and industry knowledge that we can trust to get the job done.

     “Their professional and personal service goes beyond the call of duty – 24 hour availability, management ‘getting their hands irty’ by operating forklifts and taking care of every detail, even down to ensuring the golf carts we used during the exhibition were kept fuelled up! Thanks for a job well done.”



 

As featured in the 'GAC World' magazine Issue No. 01 of 2013 and reproduced with the kind permission of GAC.