The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is set to add another regional group to the Young Forwarder Network that it launched earlier this year.
The Anglia regional group with be launched on November 13th at Ipswich Town Football Club, joining regional groups that have already been established in the Midlands, North West, London East and London West.
At the launch of the Anglia regional group, there will be guest speakers from Operation Pandora, which is a Joint Borders Intelligence Team, that is working together with trade to combat crime in shipping and forwarding.
Operation Pandora representatives will give a fascinating and very interactive insight to this huge issue with input from Border Force, Counter Terrorism Police, HMRC and the National Crime Agency.
Attendees will witness real-life scenarios of criminality at the border, including terrorism, drugs, firearms, smuggled cigarettes and tobacco; as well as organised immigration crime.
They will also learn how to better protect the reputation of the companies that they work for and help safeguard the public, by raising their awareness.
During the launch event, participants will be provided with more details about the YFN and given an opportunity to discuss how they would like their regional group to operate going forwards.
Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, says: “We have had a really good response to the launch of the YFN and have already held several well attended events that are assisting in the development of future freight forwarding ambassadors and leaders for the sector.
“By creating several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders, the YFN aims to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more social environment.”
The Anglia launch event is open to all; employers, apprentices, graduates or those new to the industry and will take place between 13:00 to 17:00.