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Regional Winners of the Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year Award revealed

FIATA and TT Club, international Freight Transport Insurer, have announced the 2021 Regional Winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA).

The 2021 regional winners are:

  • Region Europe: Glauc Fornes Gil, FETEIA, Spain

Dissertation: More than just a freight broker

  • Region Africa and Middle East: Justin John Goedhart, SAAFF, South Africa

Dissertation: Agents of sustainable development

  • Region Americas: Georgina Alejandra Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada

Dissertation: Delivering essential tools to the Western and Eastern Canadian Arctic

  • Region Asia-Pacific: Muhammad Wasif Wiqar, PIFFA, Pakistan

Dissertation: Million-dollar shipment

For over 20 years, the YIFFYA has been providing valuable training opportunities for young talent in the Freight Forwarding industry. The award also provides young Professionals looking to develop their knowledge with significant networking opportunities. Today, in the context of the disruptive effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, investing in and nurturing the future talents of the Freight Forwarding industry has never been so crucial, making the YIFFYA competition more relevant than ever.

“We are pleased to have received such exceptional work from young Professionals for this year’s award, despite the challenges we continue to face globally due to the pandemic,” said FIATA President, Basil Pietersen. “The quality of the dissertations and relevance of the topics addressed this year – covering areas such as bales of fabric, medical supplies, out of gauge plant, and laboratory equipment – truly demonstrate the resilience of the Supply Chain. It is an honour to contribute to the shaping of bright young minds in our industry.”

“Having been supportive of FIATA’s inspirational initiative to encourage young Professionals in the Freight Forwarding sector for so many years, we at TT Club are continually heartened by the enthusiasm of the entrants to these awards,” said Mike Yarwood, Managing Director, Loss Prevention. “I would also like to acknowledge the Forwarding companies, from National Associations aligned with FIATA that encourage their Employees to spend time and effort in laying out the details of their work projects for scrutiny. Such companies deserve recognition as responsible Employers and praise for their professional development programmes.”

FIATA and Hawthorn Logistics Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2021

Manuel Diez of IIFA Full Trading Member Hawthorn Logistics Ltd stepped forward earlier this year to represent Ireland as part of this Global Competition. Manuel’s thesis, entitled “BREXIT Impact in Freight Forwarding between IE and the UK,” was perfectly topical, highlighting the issue of Returned Goods Relief and it’s new found important application to Republic of Ireland Supply Chains which utilise the UK as a Distribution Centre. IIFA thanks Manuel for his hard work and readiness to represent Ireland among its fellow global FIATA National Associations.

Both FIATA and TT Club are thrilled to continually recognize the inspirational and dynamic minds of the young Freight Forwarding community. Traditionally, the four regional winners would present their dissertations at the FIATA World Congress, with final judging and the announcement of the global winner taking place during the event. However, with the postponement of this year’s congress, the judging will be completed remotely and the global winner will be announced in November 2021.

FIATA are the International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations.

IIFA are Ireland's National Association Members of FIATA.

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