The 22nd edition of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Awards was held in Cape Town on October 4th, 2019. These awards support the mission of both FIATA, the global federation of international logistic service providers and freight forwarders, and TT Club, the specialist insurer for the freight and logistics industry, which champion the development of young professionals in freight forwarding.
This edition, organized in partnership with the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), welcomed over 1,000 participants from around the globe to Cape Town, where the awards were announced at a gala dinner.
Every year, four regional finalists are selected from thousands of entries from around the world, after which they are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each finalist with invaluable learning and networking opportunities.
The candidates are required to submit a 6,000-word dissertation outlining the imperative details of an import and export shipment from their native country. The four finalists then present their dissertations in person to a panel of judges at the Congress after which an overall winner is selected.
Bolloré Transport & Logistics in Zimbabwe, an agent of Pacific International Lines (PIL), were proud to have Enos Chapara, Tracking and Documentation Agent, as part of the four regional finalists.
Enos was selected as runner up after presenting his dissertation. He is a young professional with a great passion for working in the shipping, logistics and transport industry. In 2017 he joined Bolloré Transport & Logistics Zimbabwe under Pacific International Lines PTE Ltd Shipping Lines Agency, as a shipping clerk. He was promoted shortly thereafter to tracking and document agent. Enos has many academic and professional achievements to his name including a degree in Supply Chain Management (Logistics and Transport), Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport (CILT-UK), the SFAAZ Customs Legislation Procedure Certificate, and is currently studying towards completing a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (Logistics and Transport) at the Chinhoyi University of Technology.
When speaking of the award, Mr. Chapara said, “Participating in the YIFFA competition has been one of the most challenging, yet at the same time, satisfying experiences of my career. This is an opportunity for other young freight forwarders within Bolloré Group to be able to value the knowledge and the experience that the Group provides for our career development. The competition also demonstrated Bolloré’s strength in the international freight forwarding sector. I would encourage other young international freight forwarders to take part in the competition to showcase one of the pillars of Bolloré Transport & Logistics missions, which is that their employees are their greatest asset.”