BIFA – the British International Freight Association – is bringing a raft of exciting reasons to visit its stand at the forthcoming Multimodal exhibition, 23-25 April, as well as looking forward to meeting existing and prospective Members, as it delivers its message to the wider UK freight industry.
BIFA Director General Peter Quantrill will be heading up a significant presence of executives and managers, as well as Regional Representatives, Board and Council members from the trade body, to spearhead its focus on raising training standards in the industry, as well as promoting some exciting training programme developments from BIFA.
During the Multimodal seminar programme, Robert Windsor, Manager Trade Services, BIFA is presenting the Association’s perspective on the proposed new regulations and the implications of the container weighing proposals on shippers and the container supply chain.
Quantrill says: “Training is never more important to a company than when trading conditions are difficult. A highly-trained staff are highly-motivated and BIFA is fully committed to providing its Members, and others within the forwarding and logistics business, with first-rate training that is most certainly fit for purpose, and provides very good value for money in these straitened times.
“We will be launching a special video presentation, produced specifically for the event, which introduces the range of courses BIFA runs across the spectrum of the freight forwarding industry which are open to the wider industry as much as the Membership.”
In the last few decades, the global freight forwarding and logistics industry has become more complex due to the rising importance of IT and communications technology, the growth of just-in-time delivery and increasing globalisation. BIFA has monitored these developments and tailored its training offering, for the continued development of the British industry. Courses are offered at the Association’s London headquarters, at regional venues throughout the UK, or in-house where appropriate.
Mr Windsor will join a panel discussion on the second day of the three-day event to discuss the issues surrounding container weighing with Gavin Van Marle, Editor, The Loadstar; Chris Welsh, Director of Global and European Policy, FTA; Richard Marks, Director, ICHCA International; and Bill Brassington, Independent Safety Consultant.
Quantrill says: “The panel discussion will take place between 11:45 and 12:45 on Wednesday, 24th April and I invite Members and other trade professionals to come along and listen to this important debate.
“The issue is a matter of concern throughout the global supply chain where overweight containers are identified in quayside accidents and deaths aboard ships and in ports. Carriers and many shippers support IMO efforts to require container weights to be verified before the box is accepted for stowage on ships.”
BIFA also extends an invitation to all exhibition attendees to visit its stand at the NEC Birmingham to discuss the training opportunities it provides and discover the wider activities of the Association to promote and protect the interests of its Members.
Quantrill says: “BIFA stands for the interests of freight forwarders, which underpin British visible trade. In supporting those firms that help bring in foreign currencies from around the world, at the same time as working to take British workmanship and quality abroad, our Members help produce a win-win for UK plc. I invite those making their way to Multimodal 2013 to visit us to say “hello” and let us explain why BIFA Membership can be a win-win for them!”
BIFA will exhibit on stand 770 in Hall 4 at Multimodal 2013, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th April 2013.
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport. A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat, which administers and manages the Association’s affairs. BIFA provides an effective and proactive organisation dedicated to improving standards of professionalism within the logistics and supply chain industry.