Membership Rules

To qualify as a full Member to SAASOA, a company must conduct business within the Republic of South Africa as follows:


Firms, partnerships, companies, close corporations and any other juristic personalities conducting business as ships’ agents, that are:

All Shipping Lines (who may, in the case of foreign Ship Owners, be represented by their local Agents or Representatives, who must be a Member of the Association), whose vessels use one or more ports in the Republic of South Africa.
  • duly registered as such, at the time of application, and have obtained the necessary experience in the profession by being actively engaged in business for a minimum period of three months before application for membership is made;
  • be of good standing and able to demonstrate good reputation and competence by the provision of, inter alia, such references as may be required by the Board of Directors from time to time;
  • in the case of a corporate entity, employ such persons professionally qualified to ensure the proper performance of the entity's function as an Agent, which requirements may be varied or waived, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, from time to time.

SAASOA Membership Application Process

Each application is made on the prescribed form and shall be proposed and seconded by two different existing SAASOA Member companies, which have been SAASOA members for one year or more.

SAASOA Membership Application Process

Step 1

Download the application form using the download link below:

Application Form

Step 2

Once completed, send the form to for review.

Step 3

Regional Chapter Committee will consider your application and make its recommendations to the Vetting Committee for their perusal

Step 4

Vetting Committee will review your application and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for a decision

Step 5

SAASOA Board of Directors will vote on your Membership for final approval or rejection

Step 6

Once Membership has been approved or otherwise, you will be emailed your access credentials by the SAASOA Secretary