Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Nothing Is Going to Stop a Highlight of the Freight Forwarding Year

Award Winners to be Announced by Video
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UK – Despite the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the event as a live, and always entertaining celebration of industry achievement, for the 2020 British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards there will still be an opportunity to witness the announcement of the winners.

Determined that the Awards would go ahead, no matter the situation, BIFA Members responded to the Call for Entries with enthusiasm and by the closing date the judges had a range of entries before them. Finalists were announced in the Autumn with 21 freight forwarding companies shortlisted as finalists for the eight service categories.

In addition there were 12 individuals making the finalists shortlist in the Apprentice of the Year and Young Freight Forwarder categories and all contenders will doubtless be keen to find out if they have clinched a prestigious BIFA Freight Service Awards trophy. Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented:

“2020 was a year like no other and one that we will all remember, although may prefer to forget! COVID-19 brought changes to all aspects of our lives but did not stop the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2020 competition from going ahead.

“BIFA Members responded to the Call for Entries with enthusiasm and by the closing date the judges had a range of entries before them. Final judging has now taken place with winners due to be announced in the week commencing 25th January 2021.

“We would have been delighted to see finalists and guests in person at our usual well attended awards luncheon, but are pleased that we can come together virtually to celebrate some of the sector’s biggest achievements. We hope that the innovation and ingenuity shown by the winners will help inspire others as the freight industry enters a period of recovery.”

“I am pleased that the hard work of all the entrants, judges, and organising team is still going to come to fruition, and I am very much looking forward to hearing about all the achievements of the finalists and winners during the week.”

The Award announcements are to be staggered with quartet of videos to be released at 1pm on the relevant days as follows:

Monday 25th January

  • Air Cargo Services Award - sponsored by ASM UK
  • Ocean Services Award - sponsored by Port Express

Tuesday 26th January

Wednesday 27th January

  • Extra Mile Award - sponsored by Descartes
  • Cool & Special Cargoes Award - sponsored by TT Club

Thursday 28th January

A complete list of finalists can be seen on our previous article covering the event. As usual competition for the Awards was as fierce as ever despite the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in this year.

Photo: No such scenes this year, as last year's winners crowd the stage for photographs clutching their hard earned trophies.