Chapman Freeborn has tripled its Africa team on the back of a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in cargo revenues in the region from 2021 to 2023.
Sharon Vaz-Arab, part of Chapman Freeborn’s new regional management team, is heading up the development of its Africa product offering, including cargo charter, live animal (AVI), and on-board courier (OBC) products.
The charter broker said it was aiming to expand its footprint beyond South Africa, towards the whole of sub-Saharan Africa in 2023.
Chapman Freeborn is supporting the continued demand for oil and gas, energy, and automotive imports in the region with its increased short-term and medium-term block charters and the development of its aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) leasing product.
“Infrastructure in Africa is developing quickly to support international trade and we see major advancements on the logistics and supply chain front,” said Vaz-Arab, who is regional CEO, India, Middle East, and Africa (IMEA) at Chapman Freeborn.
“South Africa is high on automotive trade and our OBC product serves the sector’s increasing calls for time sensitive critical hand carry movements that are faster than a charter or a courier.
“We have an extremely talented team in Africa and my estimate is that if Chapman Freeborn’s Africa operations continue at this pace, we will need a much larger office by the year end.”