Leave it to air cargo
and transportation worldwide to bring people together.
Next year FIATA holds their Annual World
Congress from September 25-29, 2018. The host country will be India, with
opening ceremonies in New Delhi. Newly-elected FIATA President Babar Badat
of Pakistan will welcome shipping community leaders as well as Indian
government leaders to the venue, opening the most important cargo transportation
event of 2018.
Mr. Badat, an acknowledged pioneer and leader
of transportation in Pakistan and member of the FIATA Board of Directors
was elevated to the Post of President of FIATA for the next two years
in a ceremony held at the close of FIATA World Congress 2017 in Kuala
Lumpur October 8.
All Pro Badat
After talking with Babar Badat, Chairman
of Transhold Pvt Ltd. of Karachi, Pakistan, it’s easy to understand
why the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations confirmed
this effusive and approachable executive to the post of President in Kuala
FIATA, with national representation from
160 countries and more than 40,000 international logistics companies as
members, had many places to turn and several excellent choices, but moved
toward Mr. Badat.
Babar, very quietly and without much fanfare,
has emerged as a leader and pioneering organizer of a robust and effective
logistics industry that has become a bright spot on the Pakistani landscape.
Mr. Badat is a founder and served as first
Chairman of the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association
(PIFFA), which has grown from just a few companies in 2005 to more than
The role of PIFFA includes support for Pakistan
trade worldwide and the development and maintenance of a healthy international
freight industry within Pakistan.
PIFFA also works to ensure that a level
playing field exists for companies involved in attempting to establish
and maintain the movement of freight both in the country and worldwide
by all modes transport.
Mr. Badat’s first company, Transfreight,
was founded in December 1982, an outgrowth of a JV with a German company
that began in 1979.
It is one of Pakistan's earliest international
freight forwarding organizations.
It’s a family affair. Pictured in KL as
Babar Badat accepted leadership of FIATA were (L to R)—Son,
Haider; Babar Badat, brother Yawar; son Taimur and nephew Akbar.
||Why Are These Men
Pictured in a lighter moment is newly-elected FIATA
President Babar Badat (right) and Debashis Dutta, who heads up the
FIATA World Congress 2018 organizing committee and is the immediate
Past Chairman of the Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations
in India (FFFAI).
As FIATA President, Babar of Pakistan will lead
the biggest world organization of freight forwarders—some 40,000
strong—when the next World Congress occurs September 25-29,
2018, in New Delhi.
at a Time
Babar Badat may have low friends in high
places in Pakistan, but he uses his unique position to drive the destiny
of his homeland into the modern logistics world. Despite the many well-publicized
challenges, he remains convinced Pakistan’s day is coming.
“You must always maintain your sense
of purpose and mission to build on the great potential of the country
and the world.
“Now approaching 200 million people,
we rank as the sixth largest nation on earth.
“It also does not hurt to maintain
your sense of humor,” Mr. Badat smiles.
“Yes, there are problems, both social
and political, which stretch across the canvas, affecting our ability
to move ahead, I think but the government is moving to right things.
“Our country contributes to charity;
in fact, outside of America, we’re one of the biggest contributors
in the world.
“Transhold is primarily a freight
forwarding company with offices throughout Pakistan.
“From our beginnings we have kept
pace and even slightly ahead of market.
“Over the years we have set up independent
companies (including trucking) that served as conduits to move cargo—first
for Russia and later for NATO into Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Of course, as a matter of how business
is done, Transhold considers itself quite flexible and ready to use its
market position and expertise to create custom programs to meet any specific
demand,” Mr. Badat declared.