Monday, July 7, 2014

Wanted! Decent Freight Forwarding Companies - Able to Handle Projects, Air and Ocean Cargo etc.

Reliable Staff with Good Youth Training and an Eye for the Supply Chain Environment an Advantage.
Shipping News Feature

UK – Yes, it’s that time again, to start the search for the ideal freight forwarding group which can boast all the usual attributes required in a modern shipping environment. The annual honour fest which this year will be the British International Freight Association (BIFA) 2014 Awards has begun the search for candidates to enter the nine categories which honour the best of the best. Categories range from Greenest Group to Staff Development, Young Forwarder to Project Specialist plus of course the standard modal acknowledgements for land, ocean and air cargo categories.

Having celebrated its Silver Jubilee last year, the competition can rightly claim to be the leading awards scheme recognising the best in the UK freight forwarding industry and, as it heads into its second quarter century, its status is demonstrated by the fact that, once again, eight of the category sponsors from last year have decided to support the Awards joined by new sponsor, Cargoguide International.

All the Awards are open for entries now, and registration must be received by BIFA by Friday 26 September 2014 at 5:00pm, with the submission deadline of the Friday 10 October at the same time. The ceremony luncheon continues to be a key annual event on the industry calendar and, with around 500 attendees, represents a great opportunity for networking. This event will take place on Thursday 22 January 2015, once again at the popular London venue the Chiswell Street Brewery. The identity of the celebrity host for the event remains a mystery at the moment with an announcement expected shortly. BIFA Director General, Peter Quantrill commented:

“Last year, we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of our Freight Service Awards and I invite companies to consider entering any of the nine Award categories to demonstrate the best they can achieve. The Awards represent an annual opportunity for UK forwarders to demonstrate excellence and are the ultimate recognition of special achievement in different sectors of the freight forwarding and logistics industry.”

Once again sponsoring the always keenly contested Project Forwarding category, introduced in 2006, is insurance group Peter Lole & Co which first sponsored the category in 2011. Simon Lole observed:

“The BIFA Project Forwarding Award is a good match for us as it emphasises the particular care required for each shipment, all of which have specific and individual requirements and those all have to be calculated when insurance cover is created for the consignment in hand. Our business deals with every facet of the supply chain but these Awards focus attention on one of the most engaging and difficult sectors of the industry and one we are proud to be associated with.”

Registration for the Awards in any of the chosen categories can be made HERE by both full and probationary members of the trade association, and failure to register will mean no chance of adding that prestigious BIFA Award logo to the company website, a talisman which announces to the world you are at the peak of your profession. The categories and sponsors are as follows:

General Categories:

Environment Award – sponsored by Red Recruit

Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole & Co

Special Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

Modal Categories:

Air Freight Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo

European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

Ocean Freight Award – sponsored by Cargoguide International

Individual Category:

Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Photo: ‘We happy few, we band of brothers (and sisters)……’ last year’s winners clearly all delighted with their success.