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New body to drive up forwarding network standards

[ December 13, 2012   //   ]

A new ‘association of associations’ has been formed to improve standards among global freight forwarding networks and differentiate bona-fide, high-quality logistics networks from what its founders say is a growing number of ‘rogue’ networks .

The Elite Association of Logistic Networks (ELITE) was officially launched on 11 December with nine major global logistics networks as founding members and wuith a combined membership of over 3,550 freight forwarding companies around the world, with annual revenues in excess of US$60 billion.

In a statement, the ELITE founding members said: “There are new networks appearing almost daily that do not have the same ideals and standards that ELITE member networks embrace.” Many had “dubious practices,” provided poor quality services, offer unsubstantiated benefits, lacked proper financial backing and did not implement membership vetting procedures . “This not only damages the reputation of logistic networks as a whole, but also creates much confusion among freight forwarders, shippers and the logistics supply chain.”

ELITE aims to apply strict membership criteria to give the industry a ‘seal of quality’ . It will also represent the independent freight forwarding community balongside major global industry associations, regulators and government agencies. For the first time the independent sector has a powerful and unified voice to ensure the interests of SME freight forwarders are considered.

The nine global networks to have met the qualifying criteria: Global Logistics Network, Global Project Logistics Network, Lognet Global, Project Cargo Network, Time Critical Logistics Alliance, Universal Freight Organisation, WCA Family of Logistic Networks, WCA Projects Network and Worldwide Partners Alliance.