BIFA focuses on best practice

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The British International Freight Association has added a dedicated area on its website offering Good Practice guidelines for its members.

In the BIFA Good Practice Toolbox, company members will be able to access ten PDF guides that have been created to enable them to provide in house training on some of the basics of freight forwarding, logistics and international trade.

The guides cover topics relevant to a freight forwarder’s daily business and include advice and guidance on: the use of BIFA Standard Trading Conditions; freight insurance; agreements with overseas freight agents; logistics agreements; documentary Letters of Credit; release of cargo documents; the use of cash on delivery and shipper’s disbursements; dealing with personal effects; sub-contracting, as well as Incoterms.

They were produced in response to BIFA member companies asking for more material that can be used in their office to enable staff to be trained without the added time, expense and hassle of sending an employee to a training course, often many miles away.

Director general, Peter Quantrill says: “BIFA is planning to provide more of its training material in a modular basis so the Good Practice Guides are just the beginning of a change in training methods that we hope to roll out over the coming months.”

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