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Achieving a world class industry

SABBEX has an industry Code of Conduct, which encourages that minimum standards are adhered to in several business aspects:

  • Marketing
  • Specifications
  • Contracts
  • Project Management
  • Production Control
  • Bill of Materials
  • Purchasing Standards
  • Quality Assurance
  • Testing and Trials
  • Logistics
  • Customer Reporting
  • Delivery and Handover
  • Warranty
  • Financial
  • Ethical Behaviour

The SABBEX Code also has a developmental focus designed to encourage companies to achieve international best practice.

Companies are audited in matters including warranty procedure, owners’ manuals, customer service and international specifications.

It should be noted the term ‘accredited’ does not imply any guarantee of performance on the part of SABBEX.

Should a member fail to comply with the minimum standards, the council can suspend or terminate membership, but recourse will be in terms of the contract between the client and builder.

You can refer to the Member Profiles for accreditation status.

Participation in the SABBEX Accreditation Programme requires the following:

  • That the boat builder has been manufacturing and exporting for more than 2 years
  • Reinstated membership for a minimum of 1 year
  • A complete audit checklist
  • That the business is inspected and audited by a SABBEX appointed surveyor


All South African boat builders who export comply with international certification requirements such as:

CE*, RINAMCAABYCBureau Veritas 

*(IMCI conducts assessment to European Directives using ISO Standards for CE Certification)



All Boat builders are required to undergo inspection and certification by the national authority, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) for local boat registrations.

Standards compliance among the small vessel builders for the local market is further encouraged with the recent introduction of the Marine Industry Association of South Africa’s (MIASA) Builders Plate.

To find out more about MIASA’s Builders Plate click here.


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