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TORONTO, July 15, 2019

Every year, CIFFA offers an award to a young freight forwarder who best demonstrates industry knowledge and skills to become a true international freight forwarding professional in the future.

In January, 2019, after a review process of industry experience and a written dissertation demonstrating technical knowledge, CIFFA announced Rachael van Harmelen as the 2019 Canadian Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award recipient.

After completing an additional dissertation, Rachael entered the international competition and, following a review process by FIATA and the TT Club, on July 15, 2019 was announced as the Americas regional winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year competition.  Rachael’s dissertations looked at two very distinct shipments, both with their unique levels of complexity and risk – an import move to the Manitoba Hydro Keeyask Generator project and an export shipment of refurbished laptop computers, highlighting the complexity and risks associated with transporting cargo containing lithium batteries.

As the Americas regional winner, Rachael will be invited to the FIATA World Congress taking place in Cape Town, South Africa in October, 2019 where she will present her dissertations to the Award Steering Committee that will subsequently announce the 2019 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year.

The prize to be awarded to the winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of the TT Club’s regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in the TT Club’s Head Office in London.  Additionally, one year’s subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ) is provided to all four regional winners.

Rachael graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She worked as a Senior Associate in Sales at Standard Life for 4 years developing a solid background in the insurance industry. She moved to Paris, France to learn French and work for a start-up company, where she developed her interest in the supply chain industry.

She came back to Toronto to complete her FITT diploma at Seneca College, which led to her inside sales role at Panalpina.  Rachael expanded her knowledge of the freight forwarding industry by completing the CIFFA Certificate, the first step in achieving the Professional Freight Forwarder designation.  She is currently working as a Business Unit Sales Manager.

For more information on CIFFA’s Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award, visit