The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea.

BIFA has around 1500 corporate members, known generally as freight forwarders, who offer a wide range of services within these various modes. Some members are also involved in providing customs clearance and other cross border controls.

A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat which administers and manages the Association’s affairs.

The association provides: 

  • Representation
  • Information and Guidance on Technical Matters
  • Training and Development
  • Industry Promotion

We also have a thriving new networking groups around the country for young people or those new to the industry, The Young Forwarder Network. More can be found via: 


BIFA encourages our Members to consider entering teams to support this great event. By doing so, you would be both promoting importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the industry and supporting a charity that does a lot for the logistics sector.

The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge will bring together logistics professionals to look at how the sector can tackle diversity collaboratively and collectively in an informal setting.

Carl Hobbis, BIFA's training development manager, said: “By engaging teams in a series of fun physical, practical and mental team challenges, The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge enables Members to network and discuss the business benefits that can result when companies improve diversity.

“We are already working with Talent in Logistics through our Young Forwarder Network to help the multimodal logistics sector overcome staff recruitment and skills challenges by recruiting, developing, engaging and retaining the very best people, so this is a logistical extension of that relationship.”

The event will also offer the perfect platform for industry to share best practice, network, team build and help shape what the profession should do next to encourage a more inclusive sector.