Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Freight Forwarding Stars of the Future Announced After a Turbulent Year

Finalists of International Awards are Again High Quality Despite Pandemic
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The regional winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Awards (YIFFYA) have been announced by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and sponsor and international freight transport insurer TT Club.

As in previous years the strength of competition from the different regions has been extremely high, prompting FIATA President, Basil Pietersen to comment:

“We are pleased to have received such exceptional work from young professionals for this year’s award, despite the challenges we continue to face globally due to the pandemic. The quality of the dissertations and relevance of the topics addressed this year, covering areas such as bales of fabric, medical supplies, out of gauge plant, and laboratory equipment, truly demonstrate the resilience of the supply chain. It is an honour to contribute to the shaping of bright young minds in our industry.”

For over 20 years, the YIFFYA has been providing valuable training opportunities for young talent in the freight forwarding industry. The award also provides young professionals looking to develop their knowledge with significant networking opportunities. Today, in the context of the disruptive effects of the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, investing in and nurturing the future talents of the freight forwarding industry has never been so crucial, making the YIFFYA competition more relevant than ever. Mike Yarwood, Managing Director, Loss Prevention at TT Club, said:

“Having been supportive of FIATA’s inspirational initiative to encourage young professionals in the freight forwarding sector for so many years, we at TT Club are continually heartened by the enthusiasm of the entrants to these awards. I would also like to acknowledge the forwarding companies, from national associations aligned with FIATA that encourage their employees to spend time and effort in laying out the details of their work projects for scrutiny. Such companies deserve recognition as responsible employers and praise for their professional development programmes."

Both FIATA and TT Club say they are thrilled to continually recognise the inspirational and dynamic minds of the young freight forwarding community. Traditionally, the four regional winners would present their dissertations at the FIATA World Congress, with final judging and the announcement of the global winner taking place during the event. However, with the postponement of this year’s congress, the judging will be completed remotely and the global winner will be announced in November 2021.

The 2021 regional winners are:

  • Region Europe: Glauc Fornes Gil, FETEIA, Spain. Dissertation: More than just a freight broker
  • Region Africa and Middle East: Justin John Goedhart, SAAFF, South Africa. Dissertation: Agents of sustainable development
  • Region Americas: Georgina Alejandra Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada. Dissertation: Delivering essential tools to the Western and Eastern Canadian Arctic
  • Region Asia-Pacific: Muhammad Wasif Wiqar, PIFFA, Pakistan. Dissertation: Million-dollar shipment