BIFA – United Kingdom

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The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea. BIFA has around 1500 corporate members, known generally as freight forwarders, which offer a wide range of services within these various modes.

BIFA represents over 1500 UK companies in the logistics and supply chain management sector. Members of BIFA are organisations engaged in the movement of freight to/from the UK by all modes of transport: air, road, sea and rail. Some members are also involved in providing customs clearance and other cross border controls.

BIFA members adopt a Code of Conduct, and trade under a nationally accepted set of Standard Trading Conditions that are backed in the insurance sector.

The association provides:

  • representation
  • information and guidance on technical matters
  • training and development
  • industry promotion


Competition Law

Competition law is law that promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. Competition law is known as antitrust law in the United States and anti-monopoly law in China and Russia. In previous years it has been known as trade practices law in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Whilst all companies must abide by the law, BIFA, as a Trade Association, has to ensure that in any meeting or similar gathering that it organises, all participants are reminded of Competition Law at the outset.