Winners of the "Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year Award" in 2011

Four regional finalists representing the future of the freight forwarding industry are preparing to travel to Cairo, Egypt for the FIATA World Congress from 16 to 21 October 2011. The four, from United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Hong Kong and Ireland, will each be hoping for selection as the overall Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year 2011 and a prize that include hands-on training experience at one of TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey.

2011 attracted the highest number of participants in the Award’s thirteen year history. Each participant had to select once key import commodity/cargo for their home country plus one key export commodity/cargo. They were asked in their dissertation to consider the complexity of the issues of importing and exporting i.e. bulk cargo, time sensitive delivery, hazardous goods, multimodal moves as well as cross-border issues, regulatory issues and risk management.

The award will consist of practical and academic training, including a week based at one the TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey, and attendance at the "Insight into Transport Law and Insurance" course in London. Additionally, one year's free subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ), Switzerland and International Freighting Weekly (UK) is provided.

TT Club’s European Regional Director, Andrew Kemp commented: “We were delighted that this year’s award proved to be the most successful in terms of attracting candidates from across the globe – the highest number of candidates that we have had since the inception of the award. The topic that we had picked this year was intended to attract more candidates – so the Steering Committee are encouraged that this aim was met. In terms of the calibre of dissertations, this year’s candidates managed to raise the bar on expectations. It was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into the production of these papers. The dissertations were of a consistently high standard. It meant that the judging of the papers was significantly harder than in recent years – but, we are delighted to announce the Regional Winners are”:

Region Africa/Middle East

Mr Niranjan Venkatesh

United Arab Emirates

Region Americas

Ms Rosa Maria Gallardo Reyes


Region Asia/Pacific

Mr Lai Kin Wong

Hong Kong

Region Europe

Ms Silvia Valles Barrera



Documents for the 2012 Award will be distributed to FIATA Association members towards the end of August 2011 with the usual deadline for nomination candidates of 15 January, 2012.

12 July 2011

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