TIA - CIFA Agreement
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and the Chinese International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) entered into a Cooperation Agreement at a special CIFA – TIA summit in Beijing, China.  Under the Cooperation Agreement signed by TIA President and CEO Robert Voltmann and the CIFA Secretary General, the two associations hope to promote and enhance business cooperation and trade between their respective members.

Considering the slowing growth and enlarging downward risk of global economy, promoting communication and cooperation between the two largest trading partners in the world is very necessary and important.  This agreement between the largest transportation intermediary associations in China and the United States will not only improve regional development of freight forwarding, but also help stabilize and prosper world trade and transportation. Through friendly consultations and in line with the principles of equality, reciprocity, mutual benefit and co-prosperity, CIFA and TIA have concluded an agreement that will enhance industry communication and cooperation and will promote progress and development for freight forwarders.

To that end, key points of the Agreement are as follows:


• Both associations will exchange information and visits to share "the fruits of development" and successful experiences in the industry.
• They will exchange general information about market conditions in their respective countries.
• The two associations will protect "the legitimate rights and interests of the other party’s members in its country."

 "TIA and CIFA are the leading 3PL organizations in their respective countries. Closer cooperation between the members of the TIA and CIFA makes sense, and will improve service to our member's customers," said Robert Voltmann, TIA’s president and CEO.

Under the Cooperation Agreement signed by Voltmann and the CIFA Secretary General, the two associations hope to promote and enhance business cooperation and trade between their respective members.

As a first step TIA cooperated with CIFA to encourage the active participation of CIFA member companies in the FIATA World Congress hosted by TIA in Los Angeles on October 6-12, 2012.

The TIA delegation included: Robert Voltmann, TIA President & CEO; Geoff Turner, CTB, President & CEO, Choptank Transport; Josh England, President & CEO, England Logistics; KC Pelle, President & CEO, MEGA Supply Chain Solutions; Jason Beardall, Vice President, England Logistics; Don Thornton, Senior Vice President Sales, TransCore; Richard Gluck, TIA General Counsel; and Jim Monkmeyer, Managing Director, England Logistics.

The CIFA delegation included: Liu Xuede, Vice President and Secretary General, CIFA; Zhao Huxiang, Chairman of the Board of Sinotrans and President of CIFA; and approximately 40 CIFA member companies.