Presidency bestows honour of "FIATA Fellow" to Geoffrey Arend

In the year when FIATA’s history becomes 90 year old, the “FIATA Fellow” honour was bestowed upon Mr.  Geoffrey Arend, the distinguished journalist who publishes the air business specialised publication “Flying Typers”. Delivering the award was none other than FIATA President Mr. Huxiang Zhao, from Beijing, China. 

“The FIATA Presidency expresses appreciation for your outstanding contributions to the freight forwarding and logistics industry. We honour Geoffrey for over 40 years of work highlighting the air forwarder story in a manner that has been significantly beneficial to enhance the knowledge and reputation of FIATA Members” Mr. Zhao declared inside the exquisite Haus zum Rüden, a nearly 700-year-old restaurant near the FIATA Headquarters Session in Zurich, Switzerland where the awarding ceremony took place last week. 

Mr. Arend accepted the designation as “FIATA Fellow”, telling industry leaders “Without the freight forwarder, there is no air cargo business. For FIATA to honour someone like me, who has been charged by the airlines to tell their story to the forwarders, is a completely humbling experience.” 

With this award FIATA recognises Mr Arend for his longstanding successful dedication and hard work. He has served the air cargo industry for a stunning 45 years remaining an ardent and unwavering advocate for a better, more thoughtful air cargo industry through his publication (Flying Typers). 

The Members of the FIATA Presidency adopted the habit of congratulating eminent personalities who have been significantly beneficial for FIATA and its members with the title of "FIATA Fellow". The object of this title is to enable FIATA to express appreciation for outstanding contributions to the freight forwarding and logistics industry, esteem deserving individuals, and use this award as a means to motivate others to contribute their talents and efforts to the enhancement of this challenging and fascinating industry.

Media Contact:

Hans Günther Kersten, Director General

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FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.


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Glattbrugg, 30 March 2016

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