The 2021 FIATA World Congress is postponed due to COVID-19

Press Release
28 May 2021

Geneva, 28 May 2021 – FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations and Association Member Forward Belgium announce the postponement of the 2021 FIATA World Congress to 2023, as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The decision to postpone the FIATA congress this year was not taken lightly, but the safety and health of participants coming from all parts of the world must take precedence and we thank Forward Belgium for their cooperation,” said FIATA Director General, Dr Stéphane Graber. “We look forward to welcoming the freight forwarding family to our FIATA World Congress at a more suitable time. On behalf of the FIATA Presidency, I would also like to thank the Asociación Panameña de Agencias de Carga for their understanding and consideration in agreeing to postpone the 2023 edition of the FIATA World Congress. FIATA is grateful to all its national association members who have demonstrated adaptability and resilience in these unprecedented times for the well-being of the freight-forwarding community and looks forward to welcoming them soon.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a harmful impact around the world,” said the 2021 FIATA World Congress Chair, Marc Huybrechts. “We are disappointed that we cannot bring the freight forwarding community together at this time to discuss the many critical challenges and issues of our industry, but we are mindful of the risks that large meetings cause to all. I certainly look forward to a future where we can be reunited again, face to face, and when the conditions allow for us to do so safely and securely.”

The next FIATA World Congress will take place from 13-16 September 2022 in Busan, Republic of Korea. The exact dates of the 2023 congress in Brussels, Belgium, will be announced at a later date.

Due to the postponement of the 2021 edition of the FIATA World Congress, the FIATA General Meeting 2021 will take place virtually on Thursday 18 November. More information on the organization of the General Meeting 2021 will be issued to FIATA members in the next few days.


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FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations is a nongovernmental, membership-based organization representing freight forwarders in some 150 countries. FIATA’s membership is composed of 109 Associations Members and more than 5,500 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide. Based in Geneva, FIATA is ‘the global voice of freight logistics’