October 6 - The 7th Annual Sino-International conference held at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong offered the perfect venue for over 1400 participants to assess how, in an international market where borders have thinned and economics rule, local independe

The organisers of the event include the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA), World Cargo Connections (WCC) and the WCA Family of Logistics Networks.

Victor Gomez, communications manager of the WCA Family of Logistic Networks says that independent freight forwarders are experts in their local market - being from their home region and having experience on the ground allows them to understand the details needed to get the job done in the most efficient manner possible. In order for them to adapt to this global economy it is imperative that the independents look beyond their borders and expertise and expand their business outward. The best way for them to do this is to meet with fellow independents from around the world and to discuss business opportunities and global changes to keep abreast on industry specific data.

At the event delegates met with existing and potential partners from across the globe at one venue. Several delegates commented that the savings in dollars by not having to travel to the individual countries is in the hundreds of thousands. More importantly, the savings in time and energy to come to one location and meet everyone at one venue is what makes this event so invaluable.

Delegates were able to pre-select one-on-one meetings with individuals from different regions of the world in order to find the ideal partner to work together for cross border transports. This system allows for the most efficient use of time to meet with delegates at the event that best fit the needs of the independents. It allows them to identify before hand potential partners that can assist improve the level of service for the shippers and consignees.

The WCA Family of Logistic Networks includes the WCAPN which is a dedicated network for project forwarders.