NAFL to raise freight forwarding standards

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The National Association of Freight and Logistics has successfully concluded its annual networking event where its President Nadia Abdul Aziz highlighted that the Association wants to raise the freight forwarding standards in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The President also talked about the challenges to the logistics industry and said NAFL members should be ready and prepared for the forthcoming Value Added Tax (VAT) and Blockchain technology.

The NAFL’s annual event was attended by a majority of its members and non-members in addition to representatives of Emirates airline, flydubai, Etihad Airways, Dubai Customs, Dubai Airport, Head of Air Cargo operations, IATA, officials from airlines and United Advocates.

Top officials from United Advocates, IBM and Deloitte addressed the networking event and talked about the issues related with VAT and Blockchain and how it will enhance the industry.

Earlier addressing the annual event, NAFL President Nadia Abdul Aziz presented the progress report of the Association. The president informed its members about the important global exhibitions related to the industry coming up in 2017. She urged the members to get the benefits of important industry-related courses being offered by the NAFL. She also welcomed Mr. Abdulla Bin Khediya, who has been appointed as the Senior Executive Coordinator between NAFL and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s office, Honorary patron of NAFL.

“The main reason of this workshop and networking event is to talk about various initiatives of NAFL and exchange experiences. We want to raise freight forwarding standards in the UAE. To achieve this goal, we do training workshops and networking events and many of them are complementary to our members,” she explained.

She added: “Here at the event we have airlines and they can give NAFL members better services. We, as a National Association want to fully support our national airlines.”

NAFL works with a lot of vendors and tries to get as much as possible discounts for its members, she informed and listed the latest reputable vendors of NAFL.

Giving an example, she said a couple of NAFL members have excellent knowledge regarding Africa market, Iraq and other important markets. They can exchange the business and knowledge within the network of members so others can get the benefit of it to expand their business.

NAFL’s upcoming ventures including promoting the UAE logistics industry at the Africa & Middle East conference in Casablanca and also later in Malaysia at the FIATA World Congress.