Nine global logistics networks have joined forces as founding members of Elite Association of Logistic Networks (ELITE).
The combined membership of ELITE-qualified networks is more than 3,550 freight forwarders, with annual revenues of more than $60 billion. They operate from 7,000-plus offices in 188 countries and employ 140,000 staff.
“ELITE will act to represent the independent freight forwarding community by engaging with and participating alongside major global industry associations, regulators and government agencies,” the new organization said. “For the first time the independent sector has a powerful and unified voice to ensure the interests of SME freight forwarders are considered.”
Participating networks are: Global Logistics Network (GLN); Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN); Lognet Global; Project Cargo Network (PCN); Time Critical Logistics Alliance (TCLA); Universal Freight Organisation (UFO); WCA Family of Logistic Networks (WCAF); WCA Projects Network (WCAPN); and Worldwide Partners Alliance (WPA).
Welcoming the new grouping, IATA’s head of global cargo, Des Vertannes, said: “We look forward to forming a close strategic relationship with ELITE and working together to drive new efficiencies for the benefit of us all.”
By applying strict membership criteria, ELITE said it aimed to provide shippers and other supply-chain participants with visibility and clarity by differentiating bona fide, high-quality logistics networks from a growing number of “rogue” networks around the world.
In a statement, the founder members said: “There are new networks appearing almost daily that do not have the same ideals and standards that ELITE member networks embrace. Many of these networks operate using dubious practices, provide poor quality services, offer unsubstantiated benefits, lack proper financial backing, fail to implement membership vetting procedures, and are generally unable to fulfil their stated obligations.”