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Kiwi high flyer scoops young achiever award

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

7 December 2005


Kiwi high flyer scoops young achiever award

A 21-year-old customs broker with Schenker (NZ) Ltd has been named the Singapore Airlines Cargo–CBAFF New Zealand Young Achiever of the Year.

The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation annual award
is designed to recognise a high achiever within the international freight forwarding and logistics industries.

Aucklander Matthew Naylor wrote an inspired essay, ‘Attitude Upgrade’, highlighting the need for customs brokers to approach the shipping of personal effects with a more positive outlook.

“Matthew’s essay is a subtle reminder that we need to work hard to recruit young people with fresh ideas to keep our industry alive,” says CBAFF president Sean Nearey. “In choosing to answer a question about improving the customs section of a freight forwarding company, Matthew raises some interesting points that should keep older members of the freight forwarding industry on their toes!

“He argues that the shipping of personal effects causes problems for brokers who view them as ‘not worth the effort’. What these freight forwarders do not realise is that they are missing out on a potentially lucrative addition to their business.”

Matthew’s suggested solution is not to develop costly technological solutions or revitalise industry Standard Operating Procedures. Instead, he suggests that handling personal effects issues should be managed by a specialist employed to streamline and grow the personal effects business within a freight forwarding company.

“The solution is straightforward and Matthew’s business plan indicates that it is financially viable,” says Mr Nearey. “Many freight forwarding businesses could take advantage of hiring someone to focus on personal effects shipping, removing the hassles that this area of shipping causes for the general team.”

Matthew will enjoy a trip to Singapore, courtesy of Singapore Airlines Cargo, to meet with agents and view an airport and seaport in operation. He also gains automatic entry to the FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. Matthew will also address the annual CBAFF Conference in 2006.

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