26 freight forwarding companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the nine service-related categories of this year’s British International Freight Association (BIFA) Freight Service Awards, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Seven companies have been shortlisted in more than one category.
Those short-listed in the various categories are as follows:
Air Cargo Services award – sponsored by IAG Cargo – Bermuda Forwarders (UK) Ltd; Dimerco Express Group; Ligentia; Metro Shipping Ltd
Cool award – sponsored by American Airlines Cargo – Bermuda Forwarders (UK) Ltd; DB Schenker; Kuehne + Nagel; Morgan Cargo Ltd
European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club – Dimerco Express Group; Jordon; Simarco Worldwide Logistics; Uniserve Group
Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes – Espace Europe Ltd; FreightPort; Isca Forwarding Ltd; UK Customs Solutions
Ocean Services Award– sponsored by Corrigan Bentley – Dimerco Express Group; NNR Global Logistics; Ucargo LLP
Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers – Dimerco Express Group; Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd; Specialist Logistic Services Ltd; Ucargo LLP
Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers – B&H Worldwide Ltd; Charles Kendall Freight Ltd; The PSL Group; Uniserve Group
Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems – Hemisphere Freight Services; Kuehne + Nagel; Simarco Worldwide Logistics; Uniserve Group; Unsworth
Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies – Core Management Logistics; Davies Turner Holdings; OIA Global Ltd; Yusen Logistics UK
The finalists in the Young Freight Forwarder category, which is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo are: Luke Brown – Daily Groupage Services; Christopher Carter – Peterson Freight Management; Markus Knudsen – GAC Services and Lisa North – B&H Worldwide.
The submissions from the finalists now go to the Sponsor Judging panel and the overall winner in each category will be announced at the BIFA Freight Service Awards luncheon ceremony on Thursday 17th January 2019 at the Brewery, Chiswell Street, London.
The ceremony host, sponsored by ASM (UK) Ltd, is double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE and the afternoon provides a great opportunity to celebrate the best of the freight forwarding industry and network with colleagues. Tickets are now on sale at www.bifa.org/awards
Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented: “Now in its 30th year, the BIFA Freight Service Awards is rightly seen as the blue riband event for the UK’s freight forwarding and logistics sector. Once again, we have received entries from a wide variety of companies, both large multinationals as well as SMEs. Any company that wins an award knows that it can be used as a demonstration of the high standard of service it sets.”
One category in which the finalists is yet to be decided, and which is new to the line up of award categories in 2018, is the Apprentice of the Year award sponsored by Outsource Training & Development and designed to recognise an outstanding apprentice working within a freight forwarding environment. The closing date for this category is Tuesday 6th November, after which finalists will be announced.