Monday, November 9, 2015

Road Haulage, Project Freight Forwarding, Air Cargo and Logistics Groups Tough it Out at BIFA Awards

Whole of British Industry Sector Vie for Recognition at Prestigious Event
Shipping News Feature
UK – It’s that time again when the focus of the country’s cargo industry looks forward to the first major event of the forthcoming year, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards. The shortlist of finalists for the 2015 prizes have now been announced and, as usual, competition in all categories has been fiercely contested with companies ranging from project forwarding and European road haulage specialists to air cargo and temperature controlled logistics groups.

Once again the event will take place at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, EC1 and the date is set for Thursday 21 January 2016 with guest host Sally Boazman as revealed in September. Tickets are going fast as usual for this ever popular event and details can be found here. This is the 27th time the awards have been staged and, following a rigorous judging process, 44 finalists from 31 BIFA Member companies are in contention for awards across eleven categories.

The finalists are as follows:

General categories

Project Forwarding Award, sponsored by Peter Lole & Co: CEVA Freight (UK); Expeditors International (UK); Greenshields Cowie & Co; Worldwide Energy Logistics

Specialist Services Award, sponsored by Forward Computers: Customs Clearance; Dynamic International Freight Services; Priority Freight; World Transport Agency

Staff Development Award, sponsored by Albacore Systems: 512 (Sheffield); Espace Europe; Uniserve Group; Unsworth Global Logistics

Supply Chain Management Award, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies: Ligentia UK; MIQ Logistics; Uniserve Group; Woodland Group

Sustainable Logistics Award, sponsored by Red Recruit: Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics; Estuary Logistics; Priority Freight; Unsworth Global Logistics

Individual category

Young Freight Forwarder Award, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo: Daria Banks – Banks & Lloyd (Shipping); Nicolas Barrois – World Transport Agency; Liam Byrne – ACC Freight Management; James Mears – Ital Logistics.

Modal categories

Air Cargo Services Award, sponsored by IAG Cargo: 512 (Sheffield); Brunel Air Cargo; Greenshields Cowie & Co; Trans Global Freight Management

European Logistics Award, sponsored by TT Club: ACC Freight Management; Eurogate Logistics; Ital Logistics; PSL Freight

Ocean Services Award, sponsored by Cargoguide International: 512 (Sheffield); Brunel Shipping; Ideal International; Panalpina World Transport

Specialist Categories

Cool Award, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo: IJS Global (UK); James Cargo Services; Kuehne + Nagel; Panalpina World Transport

Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes: DSV Road; Ital Logistics; Moto Freight; PSL Freight

One winner has already been named, Virgin Atlantic Cargo, sponsor of the Young Freight Forwarder category also offered two return flights to New York to all candidates who registered for the award and submitted the relevant documentation in time. The lucky winner of the draw proved to be Hugo Cabos Larroya of Damco UK. Another group happy with the results so far was the Bangkok headquartered X2 network which numbered two of its members, Worldwide Energy Logistics Ltd and Woodland Sports Logistics, amongst the finalists. Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented:

“We were pleased by the response once again this year, especially for the two new categories introduced – the Cool Award and the Extra Mile Award. The latter award demonstrates our long held conviction that freight forwarding is often all about going the extra mile for the client. BIFA Members sell a service and when they can, they know that to go the extra mile can often cement a business relationship.

“The awards encourage entries from small, medium and large companies, with the goal of identifying the highest standards of quality across the British freight forwarding and logistics sector. Every year Members tell us that they benefit from the process of application. Often in compiling the entry, managers and staff learn better ways of doing things. I would like to thank all the entrants and wish the finalists every success.”

Photo: A prestigious BIFA award is sought by any reputable UK freight outfit.