The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is pleased to reveal the finalists of its 29th BIFA Freight Service Awards 2017 with a late flurry of entries resulting in a near record number of entrants.

Those short-listed in the various categories are as follows:

Air Cargo Services (sponsored by IAG Cargo)

  • 512 Sheffield Ltd
  • Ligentia UK Ltd
  • Metro Shipping
  • NNR Global Logistics

Cool (sponsored by American Airlines Cargo)

  • GBA Services
  • Morgan Cargo
  • Pharmafreight
  • Unsworth Global Logistics

Extra Mile (sponsored by Descartes)

  • Connaught Air Services
  • MIQ Logistics
  • Morgan Cargo
  • Ucargo LLP

Ocean Services (Sponsored by Clecat)

  • 512 Sheffield Ltd
  • Hemisphere Freight Services
  • Moto Freight
  • Ucargo

Project Forwarding (sponsored by Peter Lole & Co)

  • Connaught Air Services
  • OIA Global Ltd
  • Priority Freight
  • Superior Freight Services

Specialist Services (sponsored by Forward Computers)

  • Advanced Forwarding
  • B&H Worldwide
  • Cargo Forwarding Ltd
  • James Cargo Services

Staff Development (sponsored by Albacore Systems)

  • Customs Clearance Ltd
  • Dachser Ltd
  • Maltacourt Ltd
  • Unsworth Global Logistics

Supply Chain Management (sponsored by BoxTop Technologies)

Submissions from the finalists in each category now go forward to the sponsor judging panel where they will be examined in detail to select the winners.

Such was the quality of the Young Freight Forwarder entries this year that the judging panel has taken the decision to declare five finalists, each of whom will be invited to a face-to-face interview where they will have the opportunity to discuss their careers to date and their ambitions for the future.

Young Freight Forwarder (sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo)

  • Irene Borghi (Cargonet Limited)
  • Louis Perrin (Hemisphere Freight Services)
  • Scott Showell (Damco)
  • Kate Town (TPS Global Logistics)
  • Lee Wells (512 (Sheffield) Ltd)

The winners will be announced at the BIFA Awards Ceremony Luncheon being held on Thursday 18th January 2018 at its traditional home, The Brewery in central London.

Event host, celebrity chef, musician, and ‘Dragon Slayer’ Levi Roots will present certificates to all category finalists, as well as trophies to the category winners.

Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented: “The BIFA Freight Service Awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the strengths of our dynamic sector, network with peers, and liaise with BIFA representatives. The awards encourage entries from a variety of companies, with the aim of identifying the highest standards of service across the British freight forwarding industry. Each and every submission was of the utmost excellence and I give my sincere thanks to all entrants and wish the finalists the best of luck.”