Spotlight on: Freight Forwarder of the Year Award

FREIGHT forwarders are an integral part of the supply chain, though some in the sector may describe their work as underestimated.

A dedicated category at the DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards aims to give recognition to freight forwarders and the teams who excel in the sector.

In 2022 the Freight Forwarder of the Year Award went to EES Shipping, a family-run freight forwarder based in Cockburn, Western Australia.

The team at EES told DCN last year’s win was decades in the making.

“It’s been a personal and professional goal to win this for a long time now and finally we have done what we set out to do,” they said.

“The immense feeling of pride and accomplishment by taking home Freight Forwarder of the Year Australia wide, really solidifies our vision and hard work. It’s been amazing to have the team band together and get us there.”

EES Shipping described freight forwarders as the middleman in the supply chain.

“We deal with absolutely everyone along the way – from suppliers to shipping lines to customs and quarantine to transport to eventually translating is all to the client. So DCN recognising this asset to the maritime and logistics industry is an amazing thing to have.

“It’s a thankless industry, one that people just expect it to happen in the background. So, when the team found out that we have been nominated as best in Australia, this was a Frankenstein of emotions all simultaneously; joy, relief pride, and just quietly, a bit of an ego boost, which is great for mental health every now and then.”

How to nominate

The Freight Forwarder of the Year Award is for companies displaying excellence in freight forwarding, in terms of service and efficiency in sea, air, road or rail freight. 

Nominations are closing soon for this year’s awards, and all of industry is invited to get involved. You can nominate yourself, a customer or a client for this, or any category. Submissions close on 4 October 2023. 

Click here for the full list of awards categories, and here to submit your nomination. 

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