Monday, April 16, 2018

As UK Multimodal Exhibition Approaches So British International Freight Association Gears Up

With Brexit, Heathrow and Apprenticeships There Is Even More Than Usual to Discuss This Year
Shipping News Feature
UK – Once again the UK logistics sector is gearing up for what many consider the year's premier industry event, Multimodal 2018, once again being held at the Birmingham NEC, this time running between May 1 - 3. One organisation always keen to both meet its members and pass on advice is the British International Freight Association (BIFA) which once again will be both exhibiting and reviewing some topics of immediate relevance to anyone working along the supply chain.

Robert Keen, BIFA Director General, says that Brexit is likely to dominate much of the conversation at Multimodal 2018. Mr Keen will chair a Brexit Briefing, looking closely at the position of those on both sides of the Irish border, and the implications upon trade and freight forwarding post-Brexit. Keen will also join a panel discussion that will address the future of cargo operations at Heathrow airport and consider what constitutes a world-class air cargo operation.

In addition to participating in both the Brexit and Heathrow Cargo-related briefings, the trade association for UK forwarders will be exhibiting on stand 7040. BIFA’s senior management team, as well as its five regional consultants will be on hand to meet visitors and provide advice or any information they may require. One major problem facing the industry is that of recruitment, and BIFA will also be using the event to showcase, and encourage the take-up of, the international freight forwarding specialist apprenticeship, which will soon be available. Robert Keen observed:

“Once again, I invite those making their way to Multimodal 2018 to visit us to say ‘hello’ and let us explain how BIFA Membership can be a win-win for them. We encourage Multimodal attendees to visit our stand to find out more about what BIFA is doing to resolve issues faced by the UK freight industry. With the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship in its final stage of approval, we urge attendees to visit our stand for details about the new scheme.

“The subject of the Heathrow briefing is one of huge importance to BIFA Members. We have consistently identified the need for infrastructure investments to be made at Heathrow, and recently joined the chorus of groups urging parliament to hold an early vote on the recommendations of the Transport Select Committee’s report on the Airports National Policy Statement.”

As with many exhibitors BIFA believes that Multimodal offers a unique opportunity to communicate with a raft of stakeholders in the industry. The Association reports that it is in good shape both operationally and financially, with significant momentum, a membership of around 1,500 companies, and a clear strategy that leaves it well-positioned to continue to provide effective representation and support for the UK and international freight services industry.

Brexit will of course be the major talking point and, against an ever-evolving backdrop, BIFA, through its secretariat, policy groups, regional consultants, and committees, as well as its board and council, says it continues to serve its membership and deliver on their behalf.