Winners celebrate at BIFA Freight Service Awards

Winners celebrate at BIFA Freight Service Awards

23.1.2024 | Forwarding

Winners celebrate at BIFA Freight Service Awards

TV presenter Suzi Perry hosted a crowd of more than 550 people at the British International Freight Association’s 2023 Freight Service Awards. 

The ‘ Queen of the Pit Lane’ revealed nine winning companies and two winning individuals in the 11 categories of the awards, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.

In the Air Cargo Services category, which was sponsored by IAG Cargo, deugro (UK) Ltd triumphed over fellow finalists cargo-partner Ltd, Hogg Global Logistics Ltd, and Killick Martin & Company Ltd.

Winner of the Ocean Services Award, sponsored by Port Express, was Woodland Global, which overcame strong challenges from fellow finalists F.S. Mackenzie Ltd, Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, and World Cargo Logistics Ltd.

Hemisphere Freight Services took first place in the Project Forwarding category, sponsored by Macbeth Insurance Brokers, ahead of fellow finalists Brunel Shipping & Liner Services Ltd, Peters & May Limited, and Ucargo LLP, which was highly commended by the judges.

In the Specialist Services category, sponsored by Thyme IT, the winner was Seafast Logistics Ltd, whilst the other finalists included Cardinal Global Logistics, Metro Shipping Ltd, and Ucargo LLP.

Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd was revealed as the winner of the Supply Chain Management category, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies, seeing off strong competition from fellow finalists Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics Ltd, Ligentia UK Ltd, Noatum Logistics UK Ltd, and Uniserve Holdings Limited.

Scooping first place in the brand new Sustainable Logistics & the Environment Award category, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo was Woodland Group Ltd, which overcame excellent entries from fellow finalists, Maersk Logistics and Services UK Ltd (which was highly commended by the judges), Metro Shipping Ltd, DHL Global Forwarding, and Geodis FF United Kingdom Ltd.

Hogg Global Logistics Ltd took the category name quite literally to win the Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes, ahead of the entries from fellow finalists Cardinal Global Logistics, Cargo Overseas Limited, and Kranlee Logistics Ltd

Victorious against fellow finalists DHL Global Forwarding, Kranlee Logistics Ltd, Uniserve Holdings Limited, and Unsworth UK, OIA Global Ltd triumphed in the Staff Development category, which was sponsored by Albacore Systems.

In the European Logistics category, which was sponsored by TT Club, the winner was Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics Ltd, with the other finalists being Baxter Freight Ltd, Brunel European Ltd, Espace Europe Ltd, and Uniserve Holdings Limited.

Winner of the Apprentice of the Year category, which was sponsored for the first time by Menzies LLP was Cameron Smith (Ligentia), who beat off strong competition from Jacob Swift (Avocet Clearance) who was highly commended by the judges; Samuel Barrett (Charles Kendall Freight); Leanne Read (Neon Freight); Kieran Elkin (Dachser); and Richard Smith (Ziegler UK).

Meanwhile, Christopher Carter from Peterson (United Kingdom) Ltd impressed the judges with his commitment to the industry to win the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year category, which is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo. Fellow finalists were Amelia Mulhern (Kuehne+Nagel); Emily Howard (Westbound Logistics); Georgia Gibson (cargo-partner), who was highly commended by the judges; Michael Shiels (DHL Global Forwarding) and Nicola Hall (Edge Worldwide Logistics).

Whilst congratulating all the companies and individuals that won each category, BIFA Director General, Steve Parker acknowledged all 29 freight forwarding companies that made the finalists shortlist in the nine service categories , as well as the 12 people who were finalists for the two individual categories.

Parker said: “Once again, BIFA was delighted with the number and range of entries received and it was great to meet in person to celebrate excellence across the freight forwarding industry, with awards that are now in their 35th year, and justifiably regarded as the most prestigious in the sector.

“I would also like to recognise the support and contribution of all the sponsors to the running of the competition this year. Representatives from the category sponsors gave their time to carry out judging and the selection of winners for each award.”

For more information, visit: BIFA

KWL Logistics makes a double appointment and recognises colleague milestone

KWL Logistics makes a double appointment and recognises colleague milestone

28.11.2023 | Forwarding

KWL Logistics makes a double appointment and recognises colleague milestone

Import supervisor and warehouse administrative assistant added to the 16-strong team as former apprentice celebrates 10 years with the global freight forwarder.

Offering a wealth of worldwide freight forwarding expertise, KWL Logistics is also skilled at seeking out and retaining the best talent around.

Shining a spotlight on three of its members in this edition of Porttalk, Jason Flower, KWL’s Managing Director, says: “With every one of our 16 strong team passionate about what they do, our reputation and our ability to exceed customers’ expectations is due in no small part to the commitment and dedication of our employees.

“It gives me great pleasure to take this opportunity to congratulate Emily Roper on achieving ten years of service here at KWL. Exemplifying the dedication of our colleagues, Emily joined us as an apprentice supporting our import team in 2013. From the start of Emily’s career in Freight Forwarding, you could see her eagerness to learn, always wanting to understand the entire job function, which enabled her to offer the customer the best solution. With the knowledge Emily has built up over the last ten years, I would say Emily is one of the company’s most well-regarded and valued team members.

Emily says: “Thoroughly enjoying being part of the KWL Logistics family, I give full credit to my colleagues for helping me get to where I am today. I’m sure there will be many new challenges in this ever-changing industry over the next ten years, but I’m confident my colleagues and the company can deal with just about anything.”

Jason continues: “With two new recruits, I’m also delighted to introduce Michael and Maria.

“Michael Westgate joins us in the role of import supervisor. Bringing with him a host of existing customs and VAT knowledge and relevant qualifications to fulfil the role, Michael has hit the ground running, and his efforts are already making a difference.

“Last but not least, a big KWL welcome is extended to Maria Bodor, who has joined the company as a warehouse administration assistant for our warehousing/container logistics department. Maria’s previous experience in warehousing and transportation ensures that one of our busiest departments is in safe and capable hands.”

Image, L-R: Michael Westgate, Emily Roper and Maria Bodor.

Fantastic Fairway Fundraiser

Fantastic Fairway Fundraiser

9.8.2023 | Forwarding

Fantastic Fairway Fundraiser

The Elite Golf Day raises over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

The Logistics Elite Golf Day at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club went down a blast on Friday, 28th July.

Mel Pipe, director at the Felixstowe- based freight company, says: “With the focus on enjoyment and entertainment, we had a bumper 21 teams playing on the day, representing a great mix from the logistics industry, local Suffolk and Essex businesses and FFGC members.

“An inaugural event for us, we’re delighted to have raised over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in support of Goldstar Transport’s James Sayers. The funds will be handed over to the charity in the next week when the final monies have been collected. The event had limited sponsorship, so this impressive total is down to the generosity of all who attended.”

With all involved already thinking about next year’s golf day, Mel continues: “Already we have plans for making next year bigger and better. But in the meantime, we need to thank many people, as the day wouldn’t have been possible without them. Our thanks go to Jerry Fowler, Richard BannisterCarl DayCalum Barker, Patrick Lewis, Ben Tawell, Glenn Rayfield, Felixstowe and Walton Utd Football Club and the Elite Universal team.”

Go Global with Jordon

Go Global with Jordon

22.3.2023| Forwarding

Go Global with Jordon

Innovative Forwarders announce the launch of a new sea freight service as refreshed branding goes public.

Delighted to launch its revitalised branding, Jordon’s new look epitomises its commitment to quality, customer service and the respect the company has garnered over 25 years as one of the leading logistics businesses in the east of England.

Managing director Roddy Forster says: “Our new branding (developed by Southwold-based agency, Spring) showcases the vitality that runs throughout the company, and the addition of our new sea service enables us to offer the full spectrum of logistics services and legitimately call ourselves one-stop experts.”

With few businesses disputing that the last few years have been some of the toughest on record, the challenges of Covid, Brexit and port strikes identified to Jordon several ‘take-outs’ that now play a key role in reshaping the company’s brand identity and value setting.

Roddy continues: “Like every other company, when Covid hit, we had to think on our feet and stay focused. Developing a deeper understanding of how agile we are as an organisation and drilling down to better grasp the positive impact achieved by servicing clients’ needs against all odds has proved pivotal in resetting our core values and better understanding our USPs.”

With existing clients already benefitting from consistently impressive European delivery times, the new sea freight service not only provides the crucial missing link in Jordon’s logistics masterplan but positions as true end-to-end logistics experts.

CEO Jon Swallow explains: “We’ve purposely kept our new sea freight service simple. Having always provided existing clients with a whole range of services – including sea – the decision to undertake a brand refresh provided an opportunity to launch ourselves publicly to a broader audience as a global provider.

“The redesign also focussed our minds on those practices that set us apart, and two instantly sprang to mind. Firstly, there’s never any compromise when it comes to the service we provide clients, regardless of whether we deal with them face-to-face or online. This is absolute. And secondly, we are unequivocal in our commitment to transparent and fair pricing.”

With its one-stop-shop capabilities, the services Jordon offers clients include European rail service, warehousing, European, UK and global transport and second-to-none customs services. Jon adds:  “Never a company to shy away from being busy; we’ve got a good feeling about 2023, and with our new branding launched, we’re excited to be embracing our new recruitment strategy, which is all based on skills and knowledge that we need for the future.”

Image, L-R Jordon CEO Jon Swallow and MD Roddy Forster.

Sporting legend reveals winners of BIFA Freight Service Awards

Sporting legend reveals winners of BIFA Freight Service Awards

25.1.2023 | Forwarding

Sporting legend reveals winners of BIFA Freight Service Awards

Kevin Keegan announced the winners of the annual awards and expressed his delight for those crowned as champions.

Kevin effused that all the winners demonstrated total commitment to both the industry and driving change: two characteristics that epitomise Keegan’s long-lasting impact on the world of football and his enthusiasm for the sport.

Many exceptional entries were submitted for the 2022 Freight Service Awards, with the ceremony presentation and luncheon once again taking place at The Brewery in London and attracting a record-breaking audience of over 550, raising over £3500 for international development charity Transaid.

For the Air Cargo Services category, sponsored by IAG Cargo, Noatum Logistics came out on top, beating fellow finalists Deugro (UK), GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK, and Mandarin Global Logistics.

Whilst Brunel European, Ewals Cargo Care, and NNR Global Logistics were all shortlisted as finalists for the European Logistics award, sponsored by TT Club, it was Westbound Logistics that triumphed.

Uniserve Group was named the winner in the Ocean Services category, sponsored by Port Express, surpassing fellow finalists DG International Group, Ligentia UK, and Mapcargo International.

Awarded first place in the Cool & Special Cargoes category, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo, was JCS Livestock, which went head-to-head with fellow finalist Seafast Cold-Chain.

The winner of the Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes, was Anchor Freight, which overcame strong competition from fellow finalists Coyote Logistics UK, Deugro (UK), and Unsworth UK.

Deugro (UK) emerged victorious in the Project Forwarding category, sponsored by Macbeth incorporating Peter Lole Insurance Brokers, with fellow shortlisted finalists being John Good Logistics, Ucargo LLP, and Wallis Shipping Services.
In the category of Specialist Services, sponsored by Thyme-IT, the winner was Seafast Logistics, whilst the finalists also included Channelports, Freight Logistics Solutions, and Ucargo LLP.

In the Staff Development category, with Albacore Systems returning as sponsor, GEODIS Freight Forwarding was crowned this year’s winner, with other finalists in this category being LV Shipping, Uniserve Group, and Speedy Freight, which was highly commended by the judging panel.

Killick Martin & Co secured first place in the Supply Chain Management category, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies. It came up against strong challenges from fellow finalists B&H Worldwide, Freight Logistics Solutions, and Ligentia UK.

Thomas Low (OIA Global) impressed the judges with his initiative and drive, which secured his victory in the Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by Seetec Outsource.

Other shortlisted finalists were Cameron Smith (Ligentia UK), Elliot Haldane (GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK), Jacob Kennerley (Cargo Overseas), Joel Amado (Aramex UK), and Kelly Bell (John Good Logistics), who received special recognition from the judges for her outstanding attitude.

Young Freight Forwarder of the Year, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, was awarded to Thomas Frost (GEODIS Freight Forwarding) who impressed the judges with his ambition to make a difference within the industry.

Fellow finalists were Dalya Henry (ITD Global), Kyle Lawrence (OIA Global), Jordan Prangnell (Ligentia UK), Cheryl Sullivan (Ucargo Pacific Logistics), and Jenna Speed (Kuehne + Nagel) who also received special recognition from the judges for her enthusiasm and passion for the industry.

Newly appointed BIFA Director General, Steve Parker commented: “Now in their 34th year, the Freight Service Awards provide the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate excellence within the sector, and it was a pleasure to participate in something that is so highly regarded throughout the industry.

“BIFA thanks the Members that submitted their entries to us, all of which were of very high quality, making the judging process very difficult. I would like to offer my congratulations to everybody who won an award and those who were shortlisted – the array of talent from everybody was exceptional.

“I would also like to recognise the support and contribution of the sponsors to the running of the competition. Representatives from each category’s sponsor have been generous enough to give their time to conduct the judging and selection process for each award.”

Image: Carl Day, Anchor Freight (middle), receiving his ‘Extra Mile’ Award from Kevin Keegan (right).

Groundhog Day – A Far East-EU Love Story

Groundhog Day – A Far East-EU Love Story

16.11.2022 | Forwarding

Groundhog Day – A Far East-EU Love Story

Elite Universal reveals 2023 client base and volume growth plans at responsible freight levels.

If you’re familiar with the 1993 Classic Groundhog Day, you’ll know exactly where this is going, even if you haven’t seen the film, you probably know what’s coming up…

So here we are, November 2022, and Far East > EU freight rates are about to breach the ‘pre-pandemic’ levels of 2019. We saw the dizzy heights of $20,000+ in 2020, and in May of this year, $10,000 was the new ‘norm’. However, we’re now staring 2019 in the face looking at rates of sub $2,000 with little confidence in the market.

The plummeting freight rates are welcome news for importers, bringing some much-needed relief to the market, and we would have to agree with our clients; it’s about time. For too long, freight forwarders were being squeezed out of contention by liner-BCO direct deals as well as the likes of Wayfair Furniture selling space at cutthroat prices to ‘smaller importers’ because they were unable to fulfil their own capacity agreements with shipping lines.

At Elite Universal, we pride ourselves on our service; it has always been our USP. However, it’s something that was overlooked over the past two years as a proportion of clients were left with no option other than to follow the lowest available rates in the market. Of course, we totally understood the decisions that were made and were somewhat forced to follow the same path in our field.

Alas, the pain is over! Now we can get back to doing what we do properly, as the playing field has been well and truly levelled. Importers are once again coming back to the trusted service providers, the freight forwarders. We offer a service and flexibility that others cannot, and we will continue to do so regardless of rates, now importers have a choice of where to place business. So, whatever is around the corner, we are ready. The past 2-3 years have proven to us that we can withstand the harshest storms, the highest freight rates on record and even the tiny event of a boat blocking the Suez Canal.

We’re looking forward to a big push in 2023, growing our client base and volume at responsible freight levels.

To find out more, get in touch with the team at Elite Universal.