Press Release: Young Talent Recognised by FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award

30 December 2009

The eleventh Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, held on 24 September at the annual FIATA Conference in Geneva has been won by 27-year-old Alina Wenzel, a shipping and forwarding agent with Schenker Deutschland AG, based in Regensburg, Germany.

Regional winners were South African, Natasha Persad for Africa / Middle East; Mexican, Ernesto Arevalo Schoedl for the Americas; and Singaporean, Wee Liang Gerard Er for Asia / Pacific.

The award, which has been sponsored by TT Club since its inception, is recognition by FIATA and the participating sponsors of the need to develop quality in the industry and to reward young talent with valuable training opportunities.

Speaking at the award ceremony, TT Club's General Manager (Asia Pacific) Andrew Kemp, said, "The TT Club are proud to have been able to continue their sponsorship of this prestigious award, and it is with pleasure that we are able to celebrate the four regional winners and the eleventh overall Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year".

The award offers the winners a chance to undertake practical and academic training, including a week based at the TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey; to attend the 'Insight into Transport Law and Insurance' course in London; and a week-long course at an IATA training centre.

In his address, Andrew Kemp outlined plans to make the award more attractive to a larger number of National Associations and candidates. "We would very much like to make the award a challenge that enables individual candidates to call on their own day-to-day work experience, whether they work for a small customs agent or a multi-national, multi-functional operator."

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