In recognition of the vital role of transport and communications in development of the economy, the Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific covering the period 1985 to 1994 was launched by the Meeting of the Ministers responsible for Transport and Communications in February 1985. A major aim of the Decade was to accelerate the development of the transport and communications in the ESCAP region in order to keep the development of these countries in pace with global development.


A mid-term review was undertaken in early 1990 to ensure that the Decade programme continued to reflect the immediate needs and actual requirements of member countries. In endorsing the recommendations of the mid-term review, the Commission agreed that the time-frame for the second half of the Decade by adjusted from 1990-1994 to 1992-1996.As a result of several meetings between FAPAA and UNESCAP, led by FMFF and with the active partipation of SAAA and PISFA, Mr. P.K. Lim (Chief of Transport and Communications Division of UNESCAP) it emerged that formation of an ASEAN organization for Freight Forwarders was the best way to go forward.

This was reported and discussed in the FAPAA meeting, and it was unanimously agreed that the ASEAN Countries should go ahead to form a new independent association with its own constitution. Spearheaded by FMFF and SAAA, the formation meeting was organised.


AFFA was formed with the following objectives:

  • to unify all freight forwarders in the ASEAN region through national forwarders’ associations.
  • to foster, promote, develop and maintain close cooperation between and among freight forwarders in the ASEAN region.
  • to represent members in their collective interests in relation to freight forwarding matters peculiar to the ASEAN region.
  • to purpose all measures to improve the quality, standard and professionalism of freight forwarders in the ASEAN¬† regions as well as to match with the Decade programme.


Name Position Email
Mr Alvin Chua Chairman alvin@sffla.com
Mr Yukki Hanafi Vice-Chairman yuki.hanafi@forway-logistics.co.id
Mr Stanley Lim Secretary General stanley.lim@addicion.com.sg
Mr Do Xuan Quang Treasurer quangdx@vector-aviation.com.vn