Wednesday, July 3, 2019

UK Freight Forwarders and Logistics Companies and Personnel Invited to Enter Awards  

Let the World Know Just How Good You Are!

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Shipping News Feature UK – Entries are now open for the British International Freight Association (BIFA) annual Freight Service Awards competition. Now in its 31st year, BIFA's Freight Service Awards are open to all members of the trade association, which represents traditional freight forwarders and UK logistics companies engaged in, and associated with, the international movement of freight by all modes of transport.

As well as encouraging and rewarding high standards and professionalism, these awards, which are free to enter, also represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement in different sectors of the freight forwarding and logistics industry.

Sponsored by a number of blue-chip companies, each of the eleven award categories is recognised as very prestigious, and winning an award has become more coveted year-on-year as more companies realise the advantages of letting everybody know what they do and can prove how good they are at it.

Finalists will be announced in late October 2019, with the winners being revealed at the BIFA Service Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2020, which has become a much anticipated annual event on the industry calendar, typically attracting more than 500 BIFA members and their guests. Robert Keen, Director General of BIFA, commented:

“The awards represent the chance for the best in the industry to be recognised by their peers, and every year the standards improve. The quality and value of our awards can be judged from the fact that the category sponsors return every year - 10 of last year's sponsors have re-signed and we have a new sponsor for the Ocean Services Category; Port Express.

“As we organise the awards for their 31st year we anticipate a large number of entrants and a tightly fought contest. Every year, after the awards have taken place, I am approached by members who say that they wish they had entered. So, I would urge all members to think about their applications now, so they don’t have any regrets later.

“The awards are an important part of BIFA’s mission to encourage our members in their pursuit of improved standards and excellence within the logistics and supply chain industry.”

Simon Lole from sponsor's Peter Lole Insurance Brokers said that once again the insurer's were pleased to play their part in supporting the Awards which are recognised as the benchmark for quality in an industry where standards were necessarily of the highest order. He observed:

"We are happy yet again to demonstrate our support for the BIFA Awards which have proved over the years how strong the British freight industry is, illustrating all number of quality people the sector employs and their innovative talents to ensure the job not only gets done, but gets done right.

"We are particularly happy to sponsor the Project Forwarding Award which always unveils some truly remarkable feats of logistics, ensuring the judges job is incredibly difficult, having to select who is most worthy in the annual stiffly fought contest."

The deadline for entry is 11:00 on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 and entry forms can be downloaded via this link. This year's categories are as follows:

General categories

Modal categories

  • Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo
  • European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club
  • Ocean Services Award – sponsorship Port Express

Specialist categories

Individual category

Photo: Always entertaining, this picture shows a previous Awards event with Robert Keen (right) drawing a raffle ticket  with celebrity host Levi Roots (left).

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