The Young International Freight Forwarder Award (YIFFA) demonstrates recognition by FIATA and its participating sponsors of the need to develop quality in the forwarding industry and to reward young talent with valuable training opportunities. The award is open to any young freight forwarder who will be no more than 32 years old in the year when the dissertation is written, with two years’ full-time forwarding experience, the latter being preferable but not mandatory.

Each FIATA association member is entitled to present one candidate who fits the following criteria:

  • A student having recently qualified for the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding
  • A student from that has completed the association’s professional exams.

Upon selection by the National Forwarding Association, and advice to the Award Administrator, the candidate will be given three months to write a dissertation on the topic advised. Full details of the topic will be communicated directly to the candidate by the Award Administrator and will be accompanied by other information to enable the candidate to compose the dissertation. The dissertation and conclusion shall be between 4 000 and 6 000 words (maximum 6 000 words) in length and, the entire dissertation shall be written in English. The steering group will appoint the judges. The prize may not be awarded solely on the basis of the dissertation but consideration may be taken of the candidate’s personal achievements, e.g. examination results, outstanding performance or innovation, as provided in the statement from the National Forwarding Association.

The judges will select a winner from each of the four FIATA regions:

Americas; Europe; Africa and Mid-dle East; Asia Pacific.