"Global Logistics Associates (GLA) - Reaching Attainable Goals by Common Vision

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Global Logistics Associates (GLA), one of the oldest freight associations based in Rotterdam, which offers its 64 members exclusivity per area, held its 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Harrahs & Harveys Resort in Lake Tahoe (Nevada, U.S.A.) from the 5th through the 7th of May 2008.

Global Logistics Associates (GLA), one of the oldest freight associations based in Rotterdam, which offers its 64 members exclusivity per area, held its 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Harrahs & Harveys Resort in Lake Tahoe (Nevada, U.S.A.) from the 5th through the 7th of May 2008.

This year's AGM motto was "Reaching Attainable Goals By Common Vision".

Eight new member companies from Canada, Colombia, Israel, Kenya, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tunisia, introduced themselves to the more than 110 key representatives of independent freight forwarders from all over the world.

The expansion of all continents on which GLA has been active these past 19 years, has been the result of an active new membership committee which is always on the lookout for professional freight forwarding companies and which thoroughly reviews each application together with the Board of Directors in order to make sure that new members meet GLA's quality standards and fit in well with the rest of the membership.

Ms. Susan Kohn Ross of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, a renowned lawyer that practiced for more than 20 years in the areas of Customs, international trade, transportation and import/export law ,was invited as special guest by GLA to do an interesting presentation about the latest compliance issues such as the 10+2 Rule, which are expected to have a major impact on the freight forwarding industry.

Traditionally, the main focus was on strengthening business friendships and member-to-member business development. One of the members expressed the value of GLA membership as follows: "...the strength and profitability of our company has not only increased by virtue of being member of the association, but so has our credibility in the market place and this has exposed us to clients who we would have not been able to approach had it not been for the strength of the association. The membership fees are considered an investment for the company and one of the greatest assets of being a member of Global Logistics Associates is that you know who you are dealing with, you have confidence in the person handling your shipments, and you know that your payments are safe."

GLA is very much aware of the ever changing environment of the international freight forwarder in terms of safety issues, rules and regulations on the one hand and the wishes and requirements of the customer on the other hand. Therefore, much attention was drawn to trends, procedures and industry compliance issues to make sure that shipments are performed in a standardized and proper way, and to insurance issues for those rare moments and acts of God when one has to rely on partners to settle damages. GLA even has a so called Guardian Plan in place which protects its members in the event that another partner is unable to settle its invoices.
GLA's NVOCC GlobeTrans International (GTI) and its Bill of Lading have all the insurance coverage one could wish for and GLA have a policy and procedures manual which is updated regularly to help its members perform and use the facilities optimally. In addition, a special compliance committee keeps the members updated on latest trends and safety measures.

In his closing remarks, re-elected GLA President Alwyn Nel thanked the meeting hosts Seariders Brokerage Corporation and the many sponsors and stated that "this has been one of the best meetings in GLA's 19 year history". For 2008/2009 the focus will be on further expanding the association with quality members and thereby achieving an optimal world air- and seaport coverage, stepping up the marketing efforts and the development of online products. The ocean & air committee will continue to look for opportunities to negotiate new service contracts and to improve the existing contracts which are being kept up to date in GLA's online rate management system.

In 2009, the year which will mark the association's 20th Anniversary, GLA will organize its AGM at a top location in Johannesburg, South Africa.

About GLA
GLA is a global network of independent freight forwarders and customs brokers, dedicated to providing its members and their clients with the best worldwide logistics services, adding value to their international supply-chain operations.

Founded in 1990, GLA is one of the oldest freight associations. Our primary goals are to give our members the ability to better compete against larger companies on a worldwide basis and to improve profits. Our global coverage and the smaller size of our members allows us to provide the more personalized service to our customers while still responding to all of their worldwide logistics needs with competitive carrier options they would find on their own.

We have our own Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) called Globetrans International (GTI) to provide competitively-priced ocean shipping services to our agents and their clients. Through GTI's joint buying power; we also have access to a wide variety of service contracts issued by a full range of well known international shipping lines.

GLA is ranked in the top 5 contributors of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) and a member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). GLA offers its members exclusivity in their territory and despite the fact that GLA has a strong representation on all continents, there are still countries which are open for membership.

Membership benefits:

  •     Unified standards and a centralized roll-out of changes on a network level.
  •     Lead generation and faster reactions on a global scale.
  •     Members remain independent and maintain their own identity but join forces under a strong, worldwide brand name.
  •     Independence, flat hierarchy and slim management of member companies enable swift decision making on a local level.
  •     Advantages of local heroes and their proximity to the customer, speaking the same language.
  •     Joint buying power (access to competitive transport rates, insurance premiums) / economies of scale.
  •     Financial resources and a payment protection programme.
  •     Medium-sized traders/producers want medium-sized partners, but at the same time the association is able to handle the business of multinationals.
  •     Continuous quality improvements, product development and expansion of the network.
  •     A strong and experienced management and various active committees which monitor latest worldwide developments in the freight forwarding industry.
  •     Joint communication systems, tracking/tracing and modern modes of transport transform the world into a "village".

Please check out http://www.glanetwork.com for more information or request for a Membership Information Package via info(at)glanetwork.com.

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