BIFA 2021 Freight Service Awards: Shortlists Announced

26 freight forwarding companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the nine service categories of this year’s British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards, with 11 individuals making the finalists shortlist in the Apprentice of the Year and Young Freight Forwarder categories.

Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented: “It is no surprise that many entries to the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2021 document the obstacles encountered by our members since the onset of COVID-19 and the exit of the UK from the EU, and the innovative measures taken to overcome them, while continuing to manage their businesses through an incredibly trying time.”

Those shortlisted in the various categories are as follows:

Air Cargo Services Award, sponsored by IAG Cargo – Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd, Maltacourt, Pentagon Freight Services PLC, and Uniserve Group

European Logistics Award, sponsored by TT Club – Espace Europe Ltd, Killick Martin & Company Ltd, Simarco International Ltd, and Unsworth UK

Ocean Services Award, sponsored by Port Express – Allseas Global Logistics, NNR Global Logistics, and Vikstar Ltd

Cool & Special Cargoes Award, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo – Evolution Forwarding Ltd, James Cargo Services, and United Worldwide Logistics

Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes – Evolution Forwarding Ltd, Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, Pentagon Freight Services PLC, and Unsworth UK

Project Forwarding Award, sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers – ACE Forwarding Ltd, AsstrA UK Ltd, LV Shipping Ltd, and Ucargo LLP

Specialist Services Award, sponsored by Newage Global – B&H Worldwide Ltd, Cargo Overseas Ltd, Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd, and Your Special Delivery Service Ltd

Staff Development Award, sponsored by Albacore Systems – Aramex (UK) Ltd, Espace Europe Ltd, Reliable Shipping Ltd, and Unsworth UK

Supply Chain Management Award, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies – Brunel Shipping, Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, Noatum Logistics UK Ltd, and Uniserve Group

The finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category – sponsored by Seetec Outsource, are Josh Boswell (Geodis FF UK Ltd), Herbie Cobby (Geodis FF UK Ltd), Thomas Low (OIA Global Ltd), Bobby Lowe (NVO Consolidation UK), and Matt Vick (John Good Logistics Ltd)

In the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year category, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, the finalists are Corey Chambers (Ital Logistics Ltd), Jamie Halliday (Tudor International Freight Ltd), Kane Parson (DSV Road Ltd), Laura Hobby (F.S. Mackenzie International Ltd), Milos Bogovac (Davies Turner & Co Ltd), and Ronan Kitchin (Aramex (UK) Ltd)

Keen adds: “Over the last 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit have created huge challenges for our members and propelled international forwarding into the public eye as never before.

“During this extraordinary period, during which the world came to a virtual standstill, BIFA members overcame many of those challenges to maintain the UK’s supply chains.

“The finalists in each category will now go forward to the final round of judging with winners due to be announced at the BIFA Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 20th January 2022.”

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