October 17, 2003 - World Cargo Alliance, the Miami, Florida-based global network of independent freight forwarders, announced today that Bangkok Thailand would host its sixth annual worldwide conference. The site of the meeting will be the centrally located five-star Plaza Athenee Hotel where more than 400 attendees representing WCA members in nearly 100 countries will come together over a four day period February 11th-14th of 2004.
The meeting agenda will include presentations and discussions of key topics of concern to small and medium sized freight forwarders including security, group consolidation of cargo volumes & purchasing power, the current regulatory environment, and the future of independent forwarders in the post-9/11 world. In addition, members will receive updates on existing and developing WCA programs such as the eTrackCargo.com freight tracking and tracing program, the group’s neutral U.S. FMC-licensed NVOCC All World Shipping and the CostAid online freight cost database, along with an in-depth look at WCA’s new Shanghai China branch office which is slated to commence operations before the end of this year.
“I have been spending a great deal of my time lately in China and I feel that the time is right to establish our presence there,” explained WCA President and founder David L. Yokeum. “Smaller forwarders in China control incredible volumes of freight and are looking to WCA as a means to assemble networks of partners they can work and grow with.” Widely considered the “father” of independent forwarder networking, Mr. Yokeum has over 15 years experience in putting together such partnerships and confidently anticipates considerable new opportunities for WCA members as a result of his China plans.
Following the conference’s general morning sessions, members will meet with each other face-to-face in prescheduled meetings arranged via a sophisticated online scheduling program available exclusively to meeting attendees. Over 5,000 such “one-on-one” conferences will be held. “Attending a WCA meeting is like walking into a room full of potential partners,” boasted Yokeum. “An incredible amount of business is closed at these meetings and the opportunity to sit down with literally hundreds of the industry’s leading independent forwarders is the main reason that our conferences draw so many companies, most of them represented by the top management or the owners themselves.”
In addition to its Miami Florida USA headquarters, World Cargo Alliance currently operates branch offices in Bangkok Thailand and Bremen Germany. WCA recently announced its 500th member office, further consolidating its position as the world’s largest network of independent freight forwarders. Visit World Cargo Alliance on the web at www.worldcargoalliance.com for contact information and links to all the members, as well as a comprehensive trade library of use to shippers, forwarders, and consignees for training and reference.