FIATA announces regional winners of Young Int’l Freight Forwarders Award
With this award FIATA takes important steps toward identifying, recognising and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world.
July 27, 2016
By Donald Urquhart
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, has announced the four Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2016 Regional Winners. Sponsored by FIATA and TT Club, this training and development award is now in its eighteenth year. With this award FIATA takes important steps toward identifying, recognising and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world.
The four regional finalists, selected this year from among a record 27 entries representing national forwarding associations are:
FIATA noted that the entries this year were, as in previous years, of a high standard and drew from a wide range of dissertation topics. The work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it.
Among the diverse subjects covered by the dissertations prepared by this year’s entrants are the shipping of cotton bales; the challenges of transporting tyres and turbines and the solution to moving a 40’ tall fire breathing dinosaur robot across continents.
The regional finalists will travel to FIATA’s World Conference in Dublin, Ireland ( 3 – 7 October, 2016) in order to present their dissertations to the judging panel and for the eventual announcement of the International Award winner.
The prize to be awarded to the 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.
Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s claims executive and chairman of the Award Steering Committee, commented, “This award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals in the freight forwarding industry, while supporting young talent with valuable training. At TT Club, we are proud to have been a sponsor of the award since its inception and firmly believe in the importance of nurturing the talents and enhancing the skills of young individuals in freight forwarding.”
Thomas Sim, chairman of FIATA’s Advisory Body Vocational Training, commented that the award begins a new chapter in the lives of all regional winners as it will foster their career development and empower young professionals.