Monday, July 15, 2019

That Time of Year for the Young Freight Forwarders Nominations Has Come Again  

Chance for a Youngster to Collect the Most Prestigious World Logistics Award

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Shipping News Feature WORLDWIDE – As the collaboration between, leading international insurer, the TT Club and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) passes its twentieth year, the nominations for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, commonly known as the YIFFY, and sponsored by the pair, have been released this week and as ever, the standards of entry are maintained at a very high level by the four youthful logistics professionals chosen.

To inherit the title from last year’s worthy winner, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) candidate Louis Perrin, the victor will need to have shown exceptional talent in his or her chosen field, and both FIATA and the TT Club thanked all those individuals who entered this year’s competition, and also acknowledged their employers and national freight forwarding associations for the enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to on-going training within the international logistics and freight forwarding sector.

At the forthcoming FIATA World Congress in Cape Town (1st – 5th October), hosted by the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the four regional winners will be invited to present their dissertations to the Award Steering Committee, the final judging will take place and the winner of the YIFFY Award for 2019 will be announced. Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee commented:

"In the current challenging global trade environment, where supply chains are under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to regulatory, political and economic pressures, we at TT Club believe the training and professional advancement of young freight operators must be paramount. This award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals and reward young talent.”

The entries this year were, as ever, 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. In introducing these bright young professionals FIATA President Babar Badat said:

“Encouraging more young professionals to join the FIATA community has always been a priority for me. I am encouraged again to see these excellent candidates presenting dissertations that cover a wide range of logistic subjects, which demonstrate the challenges that forwarders face every day and the customised solutions they are able to offer. My sincere congratulations to the four regional winners.” Who are:

  • Europe - Mrs Evgeniya Khokhlova Russia (FAR)
  • Africa/ Middle East - Mr Enos Chapra Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)
  • Americas - Ms Rachael van Harmelen Canada (CIFFA)
  • Asia Pacific - Mr Phillip Burgess New Zealand (CBAFF)
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 (ITJ) is provided to all four regional winners.

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