VSL Logistics Ltd is extremely delighted to announce our membership with the British International Freight Association (BIFA). As an International Freight Forwarders & Logistics Service provider, it’s imperative to be part of BIFA, as the association with BIFA is not only beneficial to UK Freight Forwarders but, it’s beneficial to the customers as well. Here is the detailed information about BIFA and what actually the association offers.
Who is BIFA?
BIFA is the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in the international freight forwarding services through all modes of transport i.e. air, road, rail and sea. BIFA represents over 1500 UK companies in the logistics and supply chain management sector. Members of BIFA, known generally as freight forwarders are organisations engaged in the movement of freight to/from the UK by all modes of transport: air, road, sea and rail. These companies offer a wide range of worldwide freight forwarding & shipping services within these various modes. Some of these members also provide customs clearance and other cross border controls services. Also, the members of BIFA trade under a nationally accepted set of Standard Trading Conditions that are backed in the insurance sector.
How BIFA is managed?
BIFA is a not-for-profit organisation and is funded by subscription. It is completely managed and run by its members for its members. It operates with a full-time secretariat which administers and manages the Association’s affairs.
What BIFA association provides?
Representation BIFA ensures that the views of its members are properly presented, and listened to in many quarters. This is achieved by BIFA’s active participation in other national and international governing bodies and institutions, and by political lobbying.
Information and Guidance on Technical Matters
Members of BIFA receive copies of the Association’s monthly newsletter, BIFA link. This serves to keep them up to date on all aspects of the industry, including important matters which may affect their companies. BIFA’s website contains a full listing of members and is constantly updated with information valuable to the entire international trading community. In addition, BIFA runs a number of conferences and seminars throughout the year to ensure that subjects requiring special attention receive proper coverage.
Training and Development
BIFA provides industry training not only to members but also to international traders. Courses are run throughout the year in various locations throughout the UK. The subjects covered include customs procedures, dangerous goods, security, import/export and international trade procedures.
The BIFA Secretariat handles many enquiries per year. BIFA encourages logistics as a career path to students, as well as providing assistance to new importers and exporters. Promotion is also achieved through regular participation at industry trade fairs throughout the UK.
For more information about the BIFA visits their official website www.bifa.org.
For information regarding VSL Logistics and our Global Freight Forwarding and Logistics Services feel free to contact us!