14th Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year. And the winner is...

Daniel Terbille of South Africa wins the FIATA Award, sponsored by TT Club, the international freight transport insurer.

Daniel Terbille, one of the four regional finalists who presented their dissertations to the judges at FIATA's Annual World Congress in Los Angeles, received his award from the President of FIATA , Mr Stanley Lim and TT Club's EMEA Regional Director, Andrew Kemp. "It was a difficult decision to pick the overall winner from these excellent participants that FIATA has again been able to present" said Kemp "however Daniel deservedly takes this year's award to Africa".

The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to attract talented young individuals to a career in freight forwarding and logistics. It also rewards the young winners with additional valuable training opportunities. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and is firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding community.

The Award Steering Committee strives to make the challenge appealing to an even greater number of candidates. The FIATA structure of Association Members allows candidates to call on their day-to-day experience when working for a range of organisations, be it a small customs agent, a family business or a multi-national operator.

This year’s candidates were set the task of examining the multimodal movement of a key import or export relevant to their country of operation. Extra marks were awarded based on the complexity of the cargo matter, mode of transport, routing, regulatory issues faced, plus any cross-border issues such as customs regulations and/or bonds involved. The four regional winning dissertations addressed the challenges in transporting diverse cargoes such as glass fibre mesh machines; concrete beams; electrical test and calibration units; 39 kilometres of coated carbon steel pipes; pressure valves and oversize heavy machinery as well as fabric and finished high-fashion clothing.

In addition to Daniel, who represents FIATA's Africa and Middle East region, the other finalists were: Salman Ali (Canada) representing the Americas, Chris Yabsley (Australia) from the Asia Pacific region, and Nadine Baumgarten (GermanyI) respresenting Europe.

Speaking after the award ceremony the President of FIATA said “FIATA is impressed by the increasing level of knowledge, awareness and compliance in freight forwarding that regional winners and the overall winners manage to convey in their dissertations year after year. The judges took account of the level of the winner’s research, planning and hard work, which was recognised with full merit. All regional winners had prepared excellent dissertations in line with the description of the freight forwarding services published on the FIATA website.”

Note to Editors:

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry's leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club's membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) was founded in Vienna in 1926. Today it is the largest and leading non-governmental organization in the field of transportation, representing 40’000 forwarding and logistics companies employing up to 10 million people in 150 countries. FIATA has consultative status with several United Nations bodies and is recognized by many governmental and private organizations worldwide. The Federation’s main objectives are to promote and protect the interests of the freight forwarding industry, to improve the quality of freight forwarding services, to assist with vocational training and to familiarize the business world in particular and the public in general with the wide range services rendered by the industry.

22 October 2012

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