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About EFFA

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The European Freight Forwarders Association (EFFA)

The European Freight Forwarders Association (EFFA) is an association of small and medium sized freight forwarders. The EFFA wishes to attract good quality, independent, International freight forwarders and provide them with a network of agents so that each member can have the same strength, security, structure and networking capabilities as the large multi-national enterprises. This association of reliable independent agents will be able to better compete in the growing global economy.

As a non-profit organization the EFFA provides a forum for this budget conscious network of independent freight forwarders to conduct business with other members of the organization who also provide excellent service at a low cost, by maintaining personal service and low operating costs. It is not mandatory for agents to use other member agents in specific regions, although such co-operation is encouraged.

If you are a Freight Forwarder or Customs Broker, and you would like information on how your company can join the EFFA, please contact the EFFA head quarters by clicking here.

The People

Jason Fowler - Vice President

Jason is the fourth generation of a family run international freight forwarder and customs house broker as their Executive Vice President/COO. He works with his father; Brent Fowler who started the company in 1985. A graduate of the University of Utah in Philosophy and English, Jason thought transportation would be a ideal fit for a long term career.

Jason enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family, and currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT.

Air & Sea International, Inc. / FREIGHTLink hosted the 2010 AGM in Salt Lake City and was a founding member of EFFA attending the first meeting in Windsor, UK.

Chris Toole - President

Chris started into project forwarding in 1987 after graduating from International Business and has worked for 4 different National forwarders gaining an extensive background in operations. In 1999 he started BAT Transportation Inc.and joined EFFA that same year. He very much enjoys attending the annual AGMs and values the business alliances and friendships made through them.

BAT Transportation Inc. was chosen agent of the year for two years.

Chris enjoys travelling with the family, fishing and curling.

Pauline Birdsall - Secretary

Pauline Birdsall has been Secretary of EFFA for over 15 years. Having become involved with EFFA shortly after its formation, she has seen many changes within the group, and has a close personal knowledge of many of the companies and personalities within the group.

As a Director of Key Air & Sea Ltd, at London Heathrow, Pauline's role involves Freight Operations, Financial Control, Human Resources and PR. She has taken an active role in lobbying on behalf of small businesses in the UK, and has participated in meetings with Members of Parliament and with the BBC.

Personal interests include running, gardening (including an allotment!) and fundraising for local and national charities. She is married to Barry Birdsall (current VP) and they have one daughter.

Pauline is the person who deals with initial enquiries about membership, and is generally the person who heads up the day to day running of EFFA Head Office. You can contact her at