The Belarusian Association of International Forwarders is noncommercial organization, uniting forwarding and logistic organizations of various ownership on the basis of voluntary membership.
Consolidation of freight forwarders into national association serves as acknowledgement of their high professionalism, financial stability and well-deserved business reputation. For the client, it is a guarantee of qualitative and reliable forwarding services, for the Association it is ultimate condition of its normal activity and successful accomplishing of declared commitments.
The main purpose of the association is to protect the interests of its members on the market of forwarding and logistic services in Belarus, to coordinate their efforts in expansion of business activity, to prevent unfair competition between them, to represent and protect the interests of national freight forwarders in governmental, public and other organizations.
The above mentioned work is carried by association in two directions:
ü within the limits of the branch ministries, departments and public organizations, the association maintains optimum conditions of work and facilitates for its members the achievement of high economic efficiency in their professional activity.
ü as for its duties and responsibilities mentioned in the Statut, the association solves operational problems with legislative bodies, discusses the projects of legal acts concerning forwarding activity, including Customs Law, Tax Law, transport charters. The association played the leading role in elaborating of the Forwarding Business Law and The Rules of the Forwarding Business.
Since 1995, the Association as the only professional national association has been representing the freight forwarders of Belarus in the Federation of the international forwarding associations (FIATA). Being recommended by the Association, 40 of its members were admitted by FIATA as ordinary members. It makes the proof that freight forwarders of Belarus entered definitely and confidently into global forwarding community.
The Association promotes practical use of the FIATA-forms actively. When forwarding company is allowed to issue the FIATA forwarding documents (negotiable Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading, Forwarders Certificate of Receipt, FIATA Warehouse Receipt etc.), it is the testimony of high professionalism and high quality of forwarding service.
The Association organizes the improvement of professional skill of forwarding staff regularly. Aiming to achieve this goal, Private Institution of Education «Courses of the improvement of professional skills «BAIF-Forwarder» was created.
In March 2009, the association successfully passed validation of its program of vocational training in accordance with required international FIATA standards and now can offer courses leading to the FIATA Diploma of Freight Forwarding.
So, the Association «BAIF» directs its activity on creation of the best possible conditions for its member for rendering of high-quality forwarding and logistic services to their business partners. Time-sensitive, safe and cost-effective forwarding of domestic and outer trade depends mainly on these services.
The Association represents today a national industry covering 99 forwarding and logistics enterprises.
It is worth to mention, that in 2016 the volume of forwarding services rendered by only 50 companies — Association members — was as big as 766.3 million USD, or 48 % of the total amount of rendered forwarding services in Belarus. This fact shows that large forwarding companies, Association members, play leading part in the main cargo volume processing. Rating of the leading forwarders could be found on the Internet-site of the Association http://baifby.com/page/75
To ensure the coordination of logistics companies Association “BAIF” currently defines new directions of cooperation within the framework of the state Program “The development of Logistical System in Belarus for the period up to 2015”