Wednesday, August 5, 2020

From Locomotives to Trout Ova - Young Freight Forwarders Have it All Covered as Usual

Award Applications Show the Global Strength of the Industry Even as Virus Spreads
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – As with so many events this year the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Awards (YIFFYs) will have to rely on video links, but now we know the identities of the four regional finalists who go forward to decide this year's ultimate winner of the much sought after trophy sponsored by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and international freight transport insurer TT Club.

Traditionally, the four regional winners would present their dissertations to the Award Steering Committee at the FIATA World Congress, with final judging and the announcement of the global winner taking place during the event. Travel restrictions being as they are, there will be no congress held this year, so the judging will be completed remotely, with the regional winners’ entries being presented via video call in October 2020.

As ever the standard of entries was extremely high, attracting submissions from a swathe of talented candidates from around the globe. Representing their respective companies and national associations, candidates submitted their dissertations earlier in the year, focused on demonstrating their expertise in freight forwarding. The dissertations sought to illustrate complex multimodal shipments of cargoes such as large crane assemblies, locomotives, halal meat and rainbow trout eggs.

In a year when the profile of logistics has never been higher, many of the candidates this year were able to further demonstrate their expertise through inclusion of Covid-19 challenges, explaining how these were overcome.

The TT Club says it recognises the importance of encouraging new talent in the freight forwarding business and evidences this with its continuing support of the competition with its sponsorship throughout the 20 years of the award’s history. Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention and the Chair of the Award Steering Committee, commented

“The awards continue to celebrate the achievements of young forwarders and both the Club and FIATA recognise the high standards of professionalism in our industry that must be exhibited in the most challenging of times. Throughout the current crisis, and for some time into the future, forwarders will be critical to the maintenance of an efficient and effective global supply chain.”

This year’s regional winners are:

Both FIATA and the TT Club thanked all the individuals who entered this year’s competition and acknowledged their employers and national freight forwarding associations for the enthusiasm and commitment they have shown toward ongoing training in the sector, with FIATA President Basil Pietersen commenting:

“Our award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals and reward young talent. The entries this year were, as ever, of a high standard and drew from a wide range of dissertation topics. I am heartened by the exceptional work of all the entrants, which demonstrates the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it. In addition, they underline the need of forwarders worldwide to adapt quickly to regulatory, political and economic pressures.”

Photo: Freight forwarders move literally everything we use except the air we breathe. Milking rainbow trout ova at the Dunkeld Trout Hatchery, South Africa.