The British International Freight Association (BIFA) will be centre stage at the forthcoming Multimodal Exhibition and Conference.
For the third year running, the BIFA Forwarder Village will provide a networking marketplace for BIFA members and associate members to showcase the products and services they offer.
Visitors to the BIFA Forwarder Village, which will include BIFA’s exhibition stand (2060), and bespoke Logistics Services Provider Pods (Logpods), will be able to learn more about the workings of the trade association, and the benefits of being a member.
They will also be able to discuss their day-to-day freight forwarding requirements with nearly 40 actual BIFA members and associated businesses that have booked a Logpod.
The BIFA stand has been designed so that there are areas dedicated to training, membership, policy and compliance, and member engagement, and each of those areas will feature BIFA staff that are specifically involved in those activities.
BIFA’s policy and compliance team will have a presence across all three days of the show, to answer visitors’ questions and deliver guidance on the issues facing the freight and logistics sector.
The trade association’s training team will also be on hand to demonstrate its ever-increasing portfolio of training services, and there will be an exclusive Multimodal2023 discount for anybody who books a training course at the stand.
Visitors will also be able to find out more about the benefits of membership, as well as what BIFA is doing to engage with its members via such initiatives as its Young Forwarder Network, regional meetings, and annual hallmark events.
The trade association will also be delivering a keynote presentation on day two of the conference programme.
Director general, Steve Parker, together with policy and compliance director, Robert Windsor, will provide important insight into the customs and frontier changes that have been implemented, are in the process of being implemented, or are under consideration by UK government, many as a consequence of the 2016 EU exit referendum.
On Day Three, BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN), which has become an integral and much-loved part of BIFA’s attempts to improve the promotion of the sector, making it more attractive to younger people and providing forums from which to learn, will be present during a networking session on the government’s Generation Logistics initiative.
“Multimodal 2023 will be my first as BIFA’s director general, and I am looking forward to being at the NEC in my role at the helm of the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies,” Steve Parker, BIFA director general, said.
“It’s a proven event that gives players on all sides of international supply chains the opportunity to network, discuss pertinent issues and, who knows, perhaps find some solutions.”
“Whilst the international freight industry is devising methods of coping with the changing logistics demands of the global village often at a distance, the BIFA Forwarder Village will give participants the opportunity for close range networking with existing and potential customers in a more personal environment.”