CIFFA Candidate Wins YIFFYA Americas – Next Step: Global Competition

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The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is very pleased to announce that Anastasia Gureeva, winner earlier this year of CIFFA’s 2020 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, has now been named the Americas Region winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA).

The award, now more than 20 years old, is presented by FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and international freight transport insurer, TT Club.

The competition attracted many talented candidates from around the world. Representing their respective companies and national associations, candidates submitted dissertations earlier in the year, focused on demonstrating their expertise in freight forwarding. The dissertations sought to illustrate complex multimodal shipments of cargoes, such as large crane assemblies, locomotives, halal meat and rainbow trout eggs. Many of the candidates this year were able to further demonstrate their expertise through inclusion of COVID-19 challenges, explaining how these were overcome.

FIATA and TT Club announced this year’s regional winners on August 4:

  • Region Europe: Ms Femke Marie Fürst (DSLV – Germany)
  • Region Africa and Middle East: Ms Vimbai Loreen Manyumbu (SFAAZ – Zimbabwe)
  • Region Americas: Ms Anastasia Gureeva (CIFFA – Canada)
  • Region Asia Pacific: Mr. Umair Aamir Sheikh (PIFFA – Pakistan)

Traditionally, the four regional winners would present their dissertations to the Award Steering Committee at the FIATA World Congress, with final judging and the announcement of the global winner taking place during the event. Because of travel restrictions, there will be no congress this year; judging will be completed remotely, with the regional winners’ entries being presented via videocall in October.

Ms Gureeva graduated from Voronezh State University, Russia with a Master’s degree in World Economy in 2011 and, in 2013, from Liverpool John Moores University in the UK with an Honours Master’s degree in International Transport.

She began her career in the freight forwarding industry working as a logistics coordinator for a company that imported canned ice coffee beverages and bottled juices from Asia to Russia. After graduating from Humber College in 2015 with an Honours post-graduate diploma in Global Business Management, Gureeva started her Canadian freight forwarding journey at Panalpina in the position of LCL Ocean Import Documentation and Coordination Agent. Two years later, she accepted the position of Freight Services Associate in the Ocean Import department at Delmar International, where, at the beginning of 2019, she was promoted to the position of Customer Relationship Manager. In the summer of 2019, Anastasia accepted her current position of Ocean Import Coordinator at Traffic Tech.

Gureeva expanded her knowledge of the freight forwarding industry by completing the CIFFA Advanced Certificate, the first step in achieving the Professional Freight Forwarder designation, and is a member of CIFFA’s Young Freight Forwarder Committee.