FIATA's Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA)

Each year at the FIATA World Congress the achievements of young freight forwarders from around the world are celebrated via an awards programme. The TT Club sponsored award, now in its twentieth year, is presented in recognition of operational excellence in the logistics field and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception in 1998 and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community.

The process commences each year in January, when National Forwarding Associations elect a candidate to represent them in the competition. Each National Association may select their candidate in any way they consider appropriate, whilst some run national competitions this is not mandatory. The candidate is asked to write a 4-6,000 word dissertation focusing on a key import and a key export commodity from their country. This provides the candidate the flexibility to select a challenging cargo and demonstrate their expertise within the complex industry they operate.

Cargoes covered in recent years have included the transportation of diamond excavating equipment to Canada the delivery of a catamaran in Indonesia, the shipment of radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia and the movement of a robotic dinosaur to Australia.

Why take part?

The YIFFYA competition provides a unique opportunity for young freight forwarders to develop their respective career and open new horizons. From the invaluable networking possibilities in attending at the FIATA World Congress through to the unparalleled learning opportunities afforded throughout the entire experience, the YIFFYA competition genuinely offers a fantastic opportunity for the ambitious young freight forwarder.

The prize

Each Regional Winner receives a prize consisting of:

  • Attendance at FIATA World Congress (including an allowance towards travel and accommodation costs)
  • A Regional Winner’s Certificate and a personal trophy.
  • One year’s free subscription to International Transport Journal in English, French or German.

The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year will also receive the following:

  • An International Certificate and an additional personal trophy.
  • One week’s practical experience to be held at one of TT Club’s regional offices (London, Hong Kong, New Jersey)
  • One week’s academic training in the TT Club’s Head Office in London.

How to take part

The award is open to any young freight forwarder, providing that their company is a member of their National Forwarding Association. Each National Forwarding Association is entitled to select one candidate, who will be no more than 32 years old in the year that the dissertation is to be written and who has 2 years of full-time forwarding work experience – though the latter is preferable but not mandatory.

For more information on entering the YIFFYA competition, you can contact your National Freight Forwarding Association or contact

To find out more about FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and the FIATA World Congress, visit

2020 finalists

Past winners

  • Winner 2019 - Evgeniya Khokhlova (2 MB)


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  • Winner 2018 - Louis Perrin - From Super Grid Transformers to Supercars (3 MB)


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  • Winner 2017 - Bradley Davis - Diamonds in the Rough - A Second Life (1 MB)


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  • Winner 2016 - Shannon Gould - Robsosaurus (617 KB)


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  • Winner 2015 - Daniela Smal - Zambias Dependability Imports and Exports (2 MB)


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  • Winner 2014 - Fortunate Mboweni - Multimodal transport operations in practice (1 MB)


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  • Winner 2013 Janna Marie van Burgeler - The FIFIA World Cup 2014 Moves the World (1 MB)


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Mike Yarwood

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