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GAC Laser oversees defence expo logistics

Paramount’s FLASH helicopter on display at the AAD2018 expo.

Paramount’s FLASH helicopter on display at the AAD2018 expo.

GAC Laser Specialised Logistics has again delivered dangerous goods and defence-related cargo for the Africa Aerospace & Defence Exhibition (AAD) 2018. It is the fourth consecutive time that the company has been entrusted with the sensitive cargoes as the Official On-Site Freight Contractor and sole freight agent of the bi-annual exhibition.

Held at the Waterkloof Airforce Base in Tshwane, Pretoria, AAD is Africa’s only aerospace and defence expo that combines a trade exhibition and an air show to demonstrate the latest defence technologies and solutions.

Sensitive cargo

Getting everything to the site on time was a complex operation due to the need to secure the safe passage of potentially dangerous cargo. Compliance with required international and local regulations encompassed a platoon of government departments and bodies: South African Revenue Services (SARS), the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), the Chief Inspectorate of Explosives (CIE), Defence Intelligence (DI), The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the Border Management Agency (BMA).

The shipments took up more than 20 containers and included 30 tons of air freight. After customs clearance – where special inspections and procedures where required – the GAC Laser team stored the containers in the base warehouse and set about unloading and transporting the goods to the exhibition stands. Exhibitors were also helped with equipment and manpower, and collection of goods from stands. When the exhibition finished, GAC Laser handled the return of goods to their country of origin or to events elsewhere.

Complex task

“Managing and overseeing such a large and complex project is our speciality. We handled over 70 permit applications for the import, clearance and delivery from various countries in Africa and at least 60 countries globally.”
Nico Troostheide, GAC Laser Specialised Logistics Managing Executive.

GAC Laser Specialised Logistics also handled the delivery of a M345 Jet Trainer and a fully-equipped AS550 FLASH helicopter to the venue for the Paramount Group.


GAC Laser was a major contributor to the AAD’s Youth Development Programme in partnership with Paramount Group. This entailed the delivery of drones, mazes, a life-size robot and a university-built vehicle used to raise awareness among young people of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for career development.

Sharon Trengove, Paramount’s Events Manager/Head of Incoming Delegations, says: “The patience and assistance of the logistics team during the busy period of this exhibition is testament to their experience and commitment to provide a service that exceeded all our expectations from start to finish.”

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