Russian forwarder takes coveted Fiata prize

The finalists in the 2019 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (Yiffy) competition were Enos Chapara from Zimbabwe (Africa/Middle East), Phillip Burgess from New Zealand (Asia Pacific), Evgeniya Khokhlova from Russia (Europe), and Racheal van Harmelon from Canada (Americas). Khokhlova (second from the right) walked away the winner. Picture by Liesl Venter.

Russia’s Evgeniya Khokhlova scooped the coveted Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (Yiffy) for 2019 at the recent annual congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (Fiata) that was held in Cape Town.

Each year Fiata celebrates the achievements of young freight forwarders representing national associations at its annual world congress. Four finalists, representing Fiata’s four geographical regions, are chosen.

Enos Chapara from Zimbabwe represented Africa/Middle East, Phillip Burgess from New Zealand was the finalist for Asia Pacific and Racheal van Harmelon from Canada represented the Americas while Khokhlova represented Europe.

Sponsored by specialist insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club, the award is open to any young freight forwarder not older than 32 and has had at least years of full-time forwarding work experience.

Entrants are required to write a 6000-word dissertation on the multimodal movement of a specific cargo in their country of origin.

“The entries were, as ever, of a high standard and represented a range of dissertation topics ranging from baby formula, cotton, elephants and submarines to lithium batteries and giant generators,” said Fiata President Babar Badat. “The work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it.”

Badat emphasised the value of the competition as part of an ongoing industry initiative to not only develop quality in the forwarding industry but also reward young talent with valuable training opportunities.

Incoming Fiata president Basil Pietersen said mentoring the next generation of logisticians was not just a priority, but an obligation for the industry organisation representing some 40 000 forwarding companies around the world. – Liesl Venter

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