Date: 28/09/2022

Attracting & promoting young people in freight forwarding a top priority: FIATA
Karina Perez Perez recognised as Young Logistics Professional of 2022; Avishkar Srivastava of India among the 4 global finalists
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and TT Club, international freight transport insurer, have announced that Karina Perez Perez, the regional winner of Region Americas, representing the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, CIFFA, has been awarded the title of Young Logistics Professional of 2022. The announcement was made at the 59th and 2022 FIATA World Congress held recently in Busan, Republic of Korea.
“TT Club is inordinately proud of sponsoring this award since it was established as the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year over twenty years ago.  Its importance as an inspiration to our budding professionals is even more relevant today as the global logistics industry faces ever growing and varied challenges,” said Mr Michael Yarwood, TT Club’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention.
FIATA and TT Club also extended their congratulations to the three other dedicated, ambitious and very impressive young professionals who made it to the final stage of the competition: Regional Asia Pacific winner,  Avishkar Srivastava, Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI), India;  Region Africa and Middle East winner, Ruvimbo Gukwe, Shipping and Forwarders Agents Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ), Zimbabwe; Region Europe winner, Maximilian Drüschler, Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik (DSLV), Germany. All finalists showed exceptional skill and motivation during the competition, which all resulted in high quality work. These young professionals stand as an example and are a true source of inspiration for the industry, emphasised a FIATA release.  
FIATA President Ivan Petrov said that attracting and promoting young people in the freight forwarding industry is one of the top priorities on FIATA’s agenda… FIATA acts as the bridge between successful and recognised freight forwarders and young promising talents, he added.
The industry faces increasing difficulty to find talented and motivated candidates, with workforce issues being amongst the top obstacles for logistics companies. The goal of this Award competition is to motivate, inspire and search for high calibre, quality young professionals to be a leading light for others to be inspired by, and to show that excellence brings the career potential of these young people to another level. Candidates can grow their network, develop new skills, learn more about the sector and what it entails, and gain exposure within the global freight forwarding community, the release stressed.
Additionally, the Congress this year saw the first ever full-day programme for young logisticians, with a dedicated programme allowing young professionals to hear from experts, educators and mentors in the logistics sector. This was an important endeavour for FIATA, which continually strives to shine a light on the next generation and attract a young audience to the freight forwarding community, the release added. 
Source: mExim News Service: Busan/London, Sept. 27