Australia, represented by Perth-based UC Logistics Australia managing director Urszula Kelly, has been named International Achiever of The Year 2018 at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Convention in Poland held on June 5 to 6.

Speaking after the win, Kelly says Australia was recognised as a world leader alongside Hong Kong and New Zealand at the event, which attracted delegates from around the globe to the city of Wroclaw.

Kelly, who also founder of iFR8 online freight portal and winner of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) Young Professional of the Year Award in 2017, says she is proud to represent Australia and warned the world better get accustomed to seeing Australians on the international stage.

She adds that "we are known for doing things differently and setting new, higher benchmarks.

"It is a huge privilege that I got to represent Australia and I am more than ever dedicated to promoting it further, so we are seen and heard like never before."

Internationally recognised Australian freight consultant and CILT Education and Professional Development chairman Dr Kim Hassall was a keynote speaker at the event.

An associate professor at Melbourne University since 2002, he has published more than 100 papers, articles and submissions in his specialised fields of freight and logistics efficiency and productivity.

Hassall, who has been chairman of the National Truck Accident Research Centre since 2011 is excited about CILT’s commitment to recruiting young talent to the industry worldwide.

"We are currently focused on the growth of a young professionals group and we soon will be the only organisation to go to for young talent in the industry. I have never been more excited about the future," he says.

In his address to the Wroclaw symposium, Hassall says the outback road train, with its multiple trailers, is an iconic Australian image and the vehicle and frameworks that created them could be a great benefit to logisticians in emerging markets, a view shared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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