June 2 - There is growing evidence that the world's largest industrial manufacturers and distributors are turning to independent freight forwarders, especially those that are members of worldwide networks, to help fulfill their global logistics requiremen

Superior service levels, reliability and intimate local distribution knowledge and a close network of professional partners around the world are proving increasingly attractive to large international companies with global reach, WCAclaims.


At the WCA's 2nd African Regional Freight Forwarders Conference, to be held in Nairobi from 26-28 June, shippers will be seeking the best independent agents to fulfill their transportation demands.


A US-headquartered corporation - one of the world's leading providers in the fields of aviation, combat systems, armaments, munitions, ship-building and marine systems and information systems and technology - has targeted the Nairobi event and is sending a delegation with a mandate to fulfill a global 54-country contract worth many millions of dollars.


With annual revenues of over USD32 billion, the industrial giant is typical of many global powerhouses that are upping their quota of independent agents to facilitate their complex and extensive transport and logistics needs.


The company believes the event is ideal in terms of attendees, location and timing to acquire the worldwide independent partners it requires for its future needs. Multinational freight forwarder companies will not be eligible for the contract.


Event organizer and WCA Family of Logistic Networks President, David Yokeum, said: "We are delighted to welcome this globally-recognised company to our event in Nairobi. It is clear that many large corporations are increasingly seeing the huge benefits offered by high-quality independent agents and the added value they can bring to the supply chain. With many of the world's finest independent freight forwarders in attendance, the conference is set to be an outstanding success."


The 2nd African Freight Forwarders Conference is open to shippers and all independent freight forwarders and will utilise a One-on-One meeting scheduler to ensure all delegates maximize the new business opportunities available.


For more information please visit: www.wcafamily.com/meeting/african2011