Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Freight Forwarders Have Fingers Crossed as Nominations for BIFA Awards Open

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UK – It has been a tough past eighteen months or so for many and, with the double whammy of the pandemic and Brexit, not least for the freight forwarders. So it is certain that many in that community will be positively slavering at the potential opportunity to network with old friends and sit down to a meal in convivial surroundings, both trademarks of the annual British International Freight Association (BIFA) Freight Service Awards.

Scheduled to take place on 20 January 2022, once more at the Brewery in London, the nominations for the eleven categories are now open and BIFA members have until Thursday, 7 October 2021 to name their contestants. Many of the sponsors from previous years have already signed up to help promote the event once again but some opportunities for sponsorship remain.

The categories for the BIFA Freight Service Awards this year are:

  • General Categories - Project Forwarding - Specialist Services - Staff Development - Supply Chain Management
  • Modal Categories - Air Cargo Services - European Logistics - Ocean Services
  • Specialist Categories - Cool & Special Cargoes - Extra Mile
  • Individual Categories - Young Freight Forwarder of the Year - Apprentice of the Year

This year’s ceremony will be the 33rd year of the awards representing UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport, and summed up thus by Robert Keen, Director General of BIFA:

“The awards represent the chance for the best in the industry to be recognised by their peers, and every year the standards improve. In spite of the issues caused by the pandemic last year, the BIFA 2020 Awards were well supported by Members, culminating in an online awards ceremony. I sincerely hope that January 2022 will see a return to the traditional luncheon ceremony at our usual venue, The Brewery in central London, to celebrate the BIFA Awards 2021 competition.

”The disruption over the last year caused by the pandemic, EU-Exit, chaos in the container and airfreight sectors among other issues, presented Members with multiple obstacles, and the judges are expecting a bumper crop of entries detailing the inventive and innovative methods that forwarders have developed to meet those challenges. The awards are an important part of BIFA’s mission to encourage our Members in their pursuit of improved standards and excellence within the logistics and supply chain industry.”

Links to the Awards and how to enter can all be found HERE. Finalists will be announced towards the end of this year, with the winners being revealed at the ceremony itself. Sharon Hammond, BIFA’s Training, Media & Events Co-ordinator concluded:

“Some of the blue chip names secured as category sponsors include Albacore Systems, BoxTop Technologies, IAG Cargo, Peter Lole Insurance Brokers and TT Club, and whilst there are some sponsorship opportunities still available, these are disappearing fast.”

Photo: Previous award winners celebrate.