Fred Grootarz


Mr. Grootarz’s extensive travels all over the world and his experience in moving freight to these areas have made him a valuable resource for CIFFA.  He is an instrumental contributor to the content in CIFFA textbooks.

Mr. Grootarz started his professional forwarding career in 1964 in Germany.  After his immigration to Canada, he worked for freight forwarding companies in Montreal and Toronto.  In 1993 he started his own shipping agency specializing in liner representation of the newly independent Baltic States and in 2004 he founded another company specializing in transporting over dimensional and heavy cargoes to remote areas of the world. He is passionate about the yearly Young International Freight Forwarder of the year award (YIFFA), and assists in the creation of the dissertation question each year, while also providing feedback to each student. Mr Grootarz is also on the selection committee for the YIFFA.