The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has announced its annual Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) is Louis Perrin of Hemisphere Freight representing the British International Freight Association (BIFA).
The award programme, which has been running for over 20 years, is sponsored by freight insurance specialist TT Club (which has sponsored the award from the beginning) and seeks to nurture young talent in the industry. This year’s award was presented in New Delhi during the recent FIATA Annual Congress.
“The future sustainability of professional standards of skill and knowledge in the global freight forwarding community depends on training and motivation of the young recruits to the industry,” FIATA said.
The candidates, who are nominated by their national forwarding associations to take part in the competition, saw Perrin edge out three other regional finalists Tjaka Segooa representing SAAFF (South Africa), Kendyl Baptiste representing CIFFA (Canada) and Sarah Skrypec representing CBFCA (Australia).
Each candidate is required to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining an import and export shipment from their native country. The four regional finalists are then
invited to attend the World Congress to present their dissertations in person to a panel of judges. This experience provides each with an invaluable learning and networking experience, the global freight forwarding body says.
The award winner is able to attend two one-week training sessions with the TT Club at one of their regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.
TT Club’s senior loss prevention executive, Mike Yarwood on presenting the winner with his award comments: “In keeping with FIATA’s commitment to encourage professional skills development, we will continue to invest, through this programme and others in the training and education of logistics and supply chain professionals around the world.
“We are delighted that the YIFFYA programme grows in popularity with a total of 17 entries this year; ranging in content from the transport of live plants, super cars and aircraft components to Antarctic ice and even a rhinoceros. Long may our future logistics leaders learn, improve their skills and enthusiastically report in their achievements.”