Justin John Goedhart of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has won the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA) 2021 of Africa and the Middle East Region.
Other regional winners are Glauc Fornes Gil, FETEIA, Spain (Europe), Georgina Alejandra Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada (Americas), and Muhammad Wasif Wiqar, PIFFA, Pakistan (Asia-Pacific).
This was revealed by FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and TT Club, an international freight transport insurer.
For over 20 years, the YIFFYA has been providing valuable training opportunities for young talent in the freight forwarding industry. The award also provides young professionals looking to develop their knowledge with significant networking opportunities. Today, in the context of the disruptive effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, investing in and nurturing the future talents of the freight forwarding industry has never been so crucial, making the YIFFYA competition more relevant than ever.
“We are pleased to have received such exceptional work from young professionals for this year’s award, despite the challenges we continue to face globally due to the pandemic,” said FIATA President, Basil Pietersen. “The quality of the dissertations and relevance of the topics addressed this year – covering areas such as bales of fabric, medical supplies, out of gauge plant, and laboratory equipment – truly demonstrates the resilience of the supply chain. It is an honour to contribute to the shaping of bright young minds in our industry.”
“Having been supportive of FIATA’s inspirational initiative to encourage young professionals in the freight forwarding sector for so many years, we at TT Club are continually heartened by the enthusiasm of the entrants to these awards,” said Mike Yarwood, Managing Director, Loss Prevention. “I would also like to acknowledge the forwarding companies, from national associations aligned with FIATA that encourage their employees to spend time and effort in laying out the details of their work projects for scrutiny. Such companies deserve recognition as responsible employers and praise for their professional development programmes.”
Both FIATA and TT Club are thrilled to continually recognize the inspirational and dynamic minds of the young freight forwarding community. Traditionally, the four regional winners would present their dissertations at the FIATA World Congress, with final judging and the announcement of the global winner taking place during the event. However, with the postponement of this year’s congress, the judging will be completed remotely and the global winner will be announced in November 2021.