CIFFA elects new President at Montreal AGM

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) announces the election of Bruce Rodgers, representing Vandegrift Canada ULC, as the President of the National Board of Directors. Rodgers was elected in Montreal during CIFFA’s 69th Annual General Meeting on June 14. He has served on CIFFA’s Executive Committee in various capacities since 2012, including two years as Treasurer. (more…)

Forwarders face extinction in 10 years if they don’t ‘go digital’, says report

By Alexander Whiteman

Forwarders are still reluctant to fully embrace the digital revolution, with some 25 per cent failing to provide adequate online contact and sales forms. A survey of the world’s 20 largest forwarders, conducted by booking platform Freightos, also found that Kuehne + Nagel was the only one to prominently display a quote request form. (more…)

Forwarders far more ‘digitally aware’ than industry disruptors believe, says BIFA DG

By Alexander Whiteman

Digital disruptors will no more kill-off today’s forwarding sector than the advent of European rail did in the 1800s, according to Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen, who described reports suggesting the rise of software start-ups spelled the end for forwarders as “PR puff”. He told The Loadstar: “There’s this idea that if forwarders do not adapt, they will die – but you just need to look back at the sector’s history, it has always adapted. “One forwarder I know – a family-owned European firm – has a letter from a grandparent proclaiming the company’s demise with the arrival of rail in the 1800s… it’s still going.” (more…)

Canadian forwarders call for end to ‘appalling’ costs and ‘broken’ inspection model

By Ian Putzger in Toronto

The port of Vancouver is building a new facility for container inspections near its Deltaport terminal complex. Importers and forwarders hope the inspection station, which is scheduled to come on stream next year, will cut down on inspection times. But they remain resigned to ongoing problems and painful costs at all Canadian ports. “We hope the new facility will create efficiencies and speed up inspections,” commented Ruth Snowden, Executive Director of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA). (more…)