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Focus on freight forwarders’ training at Multimodal 2013

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Peter Quantrill

Peter Quantrill

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.

Panel discussion

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.

About BIFA:

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.

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