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Freight forwarders flock to China forum

More than one thousand top cargo transportation industry professionals from over 100 countries met in the major southern China city of Guangzhou for the 3rd Annual Sino-International Freight Forwarders Conference, co-sponsored by CIFA (China International Freight Forwarders Association) and CGLN (China Global Logistics Network).

The forum at the Dongfang Hotel was a chance for independent and regional forwarders to identify qualified agents with which to build personal and professional relationships leading to potential working partnerships for the future.

CGLN and WCA Family of Logistic Networks president David Yokeum said: “The unique advantages enjoyed by our members include our conferences. Other networks may be able to put together some sort of minor event – but not with a thousand of the world’s best forwarders eager to talk seriously about increasing business with other attendees. Chinese forwarders have come here to set up relationships with suitable partners around the world while forwarders from more than a hundred countries have come to the meeting to identify their best potential agents here in China.”

During the meeting, hundreds of tables were set out in the venue’s biggest room. All were busy as forwaders talked with each other in a pre-planned series of 30-minute face-to-face meetings arranged using WCA Family’s world-leading One-on-One Meetings SchedulerTM. More than 15,000 such individual meetings were due to take place during the three-day networking forum.

“This is the biggest event we have organised so far,” added Mr Yokeum. “We believe it’s the biggest of its kind ever held anywhere and it reflects the overwhelming interest China is exerting on the logistics industry worldwide. CGLN is honoured to have such an excellent co-operation here with CIFA and to be regarded by the Chinese authorities as a conduit between China and the forwarding world.”

Luo Kaifu, president of CIFA, opened the door for Chinese small and middle sized freight forwarders to the world, helping them establish a global network of agents in order to enhance their general competitiveness and enabling them to face the challenges in the wake of WTO entry.

“After more than two years’ endeavour we have achieved a very satisfying outcome. More and more Chinese freight forwarders have found their overseas partners through the Sino-International Freight Forwarders Conference. They can take on new business which previously they would have had to turn down because of a lack of credible and professional agents to support them.”

Mr Yokeum commented: “Our second conference last year was a huge success, with more business conducted because attendees had already started to build relationships from last year’s meeting. China is today and the future but there is still a need to better understand how to conduct business together. There is still a long way to go and this year’s event is a ‘must-visit’ for anyone interested in this extraordinary market.”


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