Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Young Freight Forwarder Must Know the Complexities of the Multimodal Supply Chain

TT Club Once Again Backs the FIATA Award
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – TURKEY – Winning the FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award must be about the most prestigious accolade one crossing the threshold of the logistics profession can achieve, just getting into the short list means counted as joining an incredibly select team. This year the FIATA award is once again being sponsored by leading insurance provider to the freight transport industry, the TT Club, and the relationship between the two organisations in relation to this training and development award now stretches back sixteen years.

FIATA was clearly delighted at the variety of the projects which entrants for this year’s award undertook with the dissertation topics including the shipment of a consignment of tunnel drilling equipment to Bolivia, the delivery of a catamaran to Indonesia, a project to move radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia and the expedited deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the Philippines just some under consideration. The judges commented upon coming up with the final four nominations ‘after having tasted the taste of being tested themselves’.

Many entries appealed to the judges for their overall innovative solutions, displaying a depth of operational understanding and the delivery of a safe result with the marked variety, demonstrating the complexity of the logistics supply chain. The prize given to the award winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in TT Club’s Head Office in London. Additionally, one year's subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITZ), Switzerland is granted to all four regional winners.

The finalists will travel to Istanbul, Turkey for the FIATA World Congress, an event that attracts more than 1000 key decision makers in the freight forwarding industry and this year taking place between 13 and 18 October. They will receive their regional prizes of certificates and trophies, and make individual presentations of their work to the Awards Steering Committee, who will then select and announce the overall winner of the prestigious International Award. The most outstanding dissertation will be selected according to criteria such as the complexity related to cargo movement in a multimodal environment, overcoming cross-border problems, complexity of regulatory issues as well as awareness and risk management. Andrew Kemp, TT Club’s Regional Director, EMEA and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee, commented:

“The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award aims at contributing to the development of quality professionals in the freight forwarding industry and at rewarding young talent with valuable training opportunities. At TT Club, we are proud to have been a sponsor of the award since its inception and firmly believe in the importance of individual training and on-going development of professional freight forwarders in order to maintain the highest of standards within the industry”.

FIATA have their own young representative in the shape of Verena Schaer the new proactive Advisory Body Vocational Training Manager who said:

“As a young professional reading these dissertations has been very motivating; the energy and enthusiasm that working on freight inspires is a new experience for me and it’s a thrill. The base of candidates is growing, the topics are difficult, but the candidates themselves enjoy the challenge: a real competition to win and achieve novel solutions. I have also seen that the concept of sustainable logistics is now aptly taken into account, so this lands perfectly on the theme of the Congress.”

FIATA and TT Club are proud to announce the following regional finalists:

Region Africa/Middle East Miss Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni, South Africa

Region Americas Mr Duglas Whitlock, Canada

Region Asia/Pacific Mr Saiful Ridhwan Bin Zulkifli, Singapore

Region Europe Mr Christian Hensen, Germany

For the next year’s Award the usual deadlines apply for nominating candidates by 15th of January 2015, which will kick-start a new process culminating in summer 2015. FIATA says read it all next year, but for now… come to Istanbul October 13 and you will know who the winner is… For more information contact Verena Schaer schaer@fiata.com