The British International Freight Association (BIFA) will once again be exhibiting at the upcoming Multimodal 2018 exhibition and conference.

It will use the event to outline some of the work it is carrying out on behalf of its members that are facing significant challenges to their provision of freight and logistics services for international trade.

Robert Keen, BIFA Director General, says that Brexit is likely to dominate much of the conversation at Multimodal 2018. Mr Keen will chair a Brexit Briefing, looking closely at the position of those on both sides of the Irish border, and the implications upon trade and freight forwarding post-Brexit.

BIFA will also be using the event to showcase and encourage the take-up of the international freight forwarding specialist apprenticeship, which will soon be available.

Keen will also join a panel discussion that will address the future of cargo operations at Heathrow airport and consider what constitutes a world-class air cargo operation.

Keen commented: “The subject of the Heathrow briefing is one of huge importance to BIFA Members. We have consistently identified the need for infrastructure investments to be made at Heathrow, and recently joined the chorus of groups urging parliament to hold an early vote on the recommendations of the Transport Select Committee’s report on the Airports National Policy Statement.”

In addition to participating in both the Brexit and Heathrow Cargo-related briefings, the trade association for UK forwarders will be exhibiting on stand 7040. BIFA’s senior management team, as well as its five regional consultants will be on hand to meet visitors and provide advice or any information they may require.

Keen added: “We encourage Multimodal attendees to visit our stand to find out more about what BIFA is doing to resolve issues faced by the UK freight industry. With the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship in its final stage of approval, we urge attendees to visit our stand for details about the new scheme.”

As Multimodal approaches, BIFA reports that it is in good shape operationally and financially, with significant momentum, a membership of around 1,500 companies, and a clear strategy that leaves it well-positioned to continue to provide effective representation and support for the UK and international freight services industry.

Against an ever-evolving backdrop, BIFA – through its secretariat, policy groups, regional consultants, and committees, as well as its board and council – continues to serve its membership and delivers on their behalf. Multimodal 2018 gives BIFA a great platform to demonstrate that.

“Once again, I invite those making their way to Multimodal 2018 to visit us to say “hello” and let us explain how BIFA Membership can be a win-win for them,” says Keen.