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HTFN Gathering

New Identity, Web Site and Business Development

Agenda Highlight HTFN 21st Worldwide Conference

Representing over 40 countries from around the globe, members of HTFN (formerly known as the Hi-Tech Forwarder Network) gathered last month in Toronto, Canada, for the international freight forwarding organization’s 21st Worldwide Conference.

Hosted by Canada’s local HTFN member, ITN Logistics Group, the conference opened October 8th, 2005, under the proclamation “Promoting Our Strength, Strengthening Our Network.” HTFN Managing Director, Jennie Fitzgerald welcomed conference attendees, and introduced HTFN’s newest member companies in the Philippines, Morocco, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Venezuela, USA/Minnesota, and Argentina. David Honey, Director of International Business Development for host member ITN Logistics Group, welcomed members to the host city, Toronto.

While the purpose of this annual gathering is to update members on trends and changes in the international freight forwarding industry, as well as to provide an opportunity for members to network for business development, this conference held special significance for the organization. The conference provided a forum for HTFN Chairman and President Nazih Khattar of Enkay Express in Dubai to formally unveil a new HTFN identity, logo, web site and marketing communications collateral package.

This organizational image makeover reflects HTFN’s growth and changing role – both for its members and its clients. For the past 15 years, HTFN has been quietly providing shippers across the globe with extensive, customized, local solutions to their global freight forwarding and logistics needs. Initially created as a behind-the-scenes network of independent freight forwarders, HTFN members have provided each other with reliable service and strong local market knowledge, enabling member companies to offer their clients with dependable global service.

Today, tighter international security, increasingly complex shipping needs and requirements, disparate local customs regulations, ever-advancing technologies and shifting economic conditions means that local market knowledge has become more critical than ever before.

“HTFN members’ unique ability to meet these challenging market demands has positioned our network front-and center with many of the world’s largest manufacturers and shippers seeking the local market expertise we can provide,” explains HTFN Chairman Nazih Khattar. “Our decision to update and increase our visibility in the marketplace is a direct response to the increased demand for the types of specialized services offered by our members.”

More information about HTFN can be obtained by visiting its web site at, by contacting the organizations administrative headquarters at 1 (925) 939-5757 or by contacting Jennie Fitzgerald, Managing Director at


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