n light of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations, together with the Korea International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA), have jointly decided to postpone the FIATA World Congress (FWC) scheduled to take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 19-24 October 2020. KIFFA will now host the FWC in 2022. The Asociación Panameña de Agencias de Carga will host the 2023 FWC in Panama City, Panama.
“The pandemic has unfortunately made us postpone this year’s FIATA World Congress to 2022, but we remain enthusiastic for what’s ahead,” said Dr Stephane Graber, FIATA Director General. “We look forward to continue our collaboration with KIFFA in 2022 on what promises to be an exciting congress for the the international freight forwarding community.”
FIATA held discussions with the 2021 FWC organiser and FIATA member, FORWARD Belgium, to explore a change of date for the event but preparations were too far advanced to consider postponing. FORWARD Belgium will host the 2021 FWC in Brussels on 26-29 October 2021.
“We worked hand in hand with FIATA to help find an alternative solution, as it is unfortunate that this year’s congress could not take place,” said Olivier Schoenmaeckers, FORWARD Belgium Manager. “We were, however, unable to change our dates as preparations for the FIATA World Congress in Brussels had already began. We are excited to welcome freight forwarders post-COVID- 19 – to share stories on how the pandemic impacted our work and learn from one another – and we are confident that KIFFA will host a successful event in 2022.”
The 2021 FWC will introduce a new congress programme developed by FIATA and the FWC local organising committee. The FWC provides a unique platform for freight forwarders to gather industry leaders, customs brokers, and logistic service providers to connect and network while discussing the most relevant topics of interest to the freight forwarding industry.