The trade association which represents UK freight forwarders and logistics service providers will use the upcoming Multimodal 2022 event to highlight the benefits of using its members’ services.
Robert Keen, Managing Director of BIFA, said that as airlines and container shipping companies increasingly encourage shippers and cargo owners to deal directly with them, it has never been more important to explain why a relationship with a professional freight forwarding company is of much greater value. .
He says: “During my 50-year career in the freight industry, I have witnessed many attempts by market disruptors to challenge the existing status quo.
“Lately, we have seen several shipping companies refuse to enter into contracts with freight forwarders in the future, as they seek to work directly with cargo owners.
“While we recognize that in a free market this is perfectly legitimate, our advice to any freight owner considering this approach is to be very careful or you risk biting off more than you can chew.”
To support members and promote the benefits of using a freight forwarder, BIFA has now produced a brochure which helps members introduce and explain to existing and potential customers the range of services offered and the expertise required to oversee the movement freight through the supply chain. BIFA says many of these services and levels of expertise are unlikely to be offered by airlines and shipping companies.
Copies of the brochure will be available at the BIFA stand within its Freight Forwarders Village, which was featured at last year’s show and again takes center stage this year.
The BIFA Forwarder Village provides a networking marketplace where show visitors can learn more about how the trade association works; the benefits of being a member, while discussing their day-to-day freight forwarding needs with actual BIFA members who have decided to enter the market.
In addition to the BIFA exhibition stand, the Freight Forwarders Village includes bespoke logistics service provider pods (Logpods) from which select BIFA members will promote their products and services to the significant number of shippers, freight owners and other visitors that Multimodal attracts.
The trade association that represents freight forwarding and logistics business in the UK is also using the event to demonstrate its ever-growing portfolio of training services, which are now delivered both virtually and in person, following the lifting of restrictions. Covid restrictions.
This will include promoting an online training course to help members use the UK’s new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).
HM Revenue and Customs’ CDS will replace CHIEF in a phased transition ending in April 2023, and BIFA’s CDS – eLearning course, developed in conjunction with ASM (UK), offers practical lessons, practical exercises and a resource technique, ending with an evaluation.
It is designed for those who complete customs declarations and BIFA plans to present the course at its booth and will demonstrate the key differences between CHIEF and CDS.
Over the past two years there has been much talk of the supply chain “talent gap”, a pre-existing concern that has only been exacerbated by Covid restrictions.
Many attendees at this year’s event, BIFA included, are doing their part to rectify this state of affairs. In the case of BIFA, through its training department, its involvement in the continued development of International Transit Specialist Apprenticeship, its schools initiative and its Young Freight Forwarders Network.
Indeed, there will be a meeting of the Young Freight Forwarders Network at the BIFA stand on day 2 from 2:30 p.m., during which existing and potential members, as well as other stakeholders can meet and discover what the network.