World Freight Network is proud to be represented in 120 countries. We have long waiting lists for many countries where we currently have full representation. However, we also have vacancies for a limited number of freight forwarders. Please see our Membership Availability page - great opportunities for the right agents!
Why Join WFN?
WFN is now one of the world's leading non-exclusive networks with an enviable renewal rate of 93% (2012 statistics), which proves that we work hard to ensure our network is successful and profitable for all our members. We are not interested in purely enticing new members (e.g. revenue), our philosophy is to maintain a strong network of agents who are interested and keen to work together and develop long-term business. Read the answers to some of our applicants common questions.
Benefits of Membership
WFN Head Office in Central London
Access to 264+ Strong Global Partners in 120+ countries
Large Member Meetings held every year to enhance relations and build business
Sales tools to gain you new customers (inc Multimedia Presentation)
Annual Reviews to ensure a continued high standard of Membership
Code of Conduct ensures that the interests of our Members are protected at all times
You are not required to annul long-standing agency relationships
Access to large information database held in our Member Zone
WFN Marketing to improve business for your company
Quick Quote system allows us to put new customers directly in touch with you
Dynamic management with monthly Newsletters and updates on our website (see Network News)
Opportunity to promote your company on our Mailing List (700+ workstations worldwide)
Strong Global Partners
You can be assured that when you join WFN, you are joining an excellent network of agents. WFN Management care deeply about the network's reputation and believe that to secure reciprocal business and preserve good reputation, excellence is required. We understand that in such a cut-throat economy, no company can afford to lose business due to the unprofessional operations of an overseas partner. This is why all potential applicants are considered and screened personally by our WFN Chairwoman. We do not accept new Members just to increase our revenue. Applicants have to prove that they will be dynamic Members who are solid both operationally and financially.
We also carry out Bi-Annual Reviews to ensure a high standard of Membership is maintained. A Credit Status page exists in our password protected Member Zone in order to alert members to any 'slow-payers' within our network. This has proven to be the perfect deterrent to encourage WFN Members to abide by our strict Code of Conduct.
FACT: In 2011, 100% of Members honoured all their payments and 99% in 2012. With over 260 companies in our network - this statistic is exceptional and certainly not achievable outside the safety of our freight network. Our Code of Conduct combined with the fact that we meet one another on an annual basis means that WFN Members do all within their power to behave in a decent manner towards their worldwide partners.
Experience has shown that a non-exclusive Membership generates increased business for the entire network. Therefore, each company has an improved chance of finding a compatible company to work with. Moreover, our Members are not required to annul long-standing agency relationships in order to join us. This flexibility creates more business opportunities for YOU.
That said, we believe in intimacy. And we do not intend to have more than 3 Members in any given country (USA and China are not capped in the same way). This way, we have the flexibility of a non-exclusive network, but we maintain the familiarity of an exclusive network. The best of both worlds in one.
WFN actively encourages all Members to attend our Member Meetings. Our meetings are held in different geographical areas each year and as a result, our delegates can extend their trip, adding sales visits to their own customers in that part of the world. Our meetings provide an invaluable forum for discussion between like-minded companies, a really unique opportunity to generate new business. Our 10th Member Meeting will take place from 27-29 April 2014 in Panama (read more).
"Once again the place was fantastic, better than last year but not as good as the next year, as WFN Meetings are better and better for the place every year, but above all for business exchange.”
“I didn’t know what to expect as a new Member. I am amazed how much of a family feel WFN has. Yes, I belong to WCA, but its meetings are nothing like WFNs. The team feel, the love and joy shared, it is all so special. I am so happy to have found WFN this year and I will definitely come to all meetings within my power – it will be my honour.”
Access To Member Zone
All members are given a username and password which allows them to access the Member Zone. This area contains a large database of information and tools with new features regularly considered and implemented to aid our members.
We recognise that for business to develop within WFN, it is important that all offices communicate clearly, concisely and in a timely manner. This is why we have invested heavily in many communication systems, including:
This secure system allows Members to send a single email to a specific email address, which is then automatically distributed to 750+ WFN workstations. The system is used for all important announcements from the WFN Head Office, as well as proving an excellent tool for Members to promote their new services, the opening of new offices, changes in local procedures, introducing new staff, etc.
Member Rate Request Form
This online system allows our Members to obtain rates from their overseas offices in a fast, efficient manner. Members can select all the representatives in a given country (via a pull down list) or go directly to one particular company. The form requires detailed information on the shipment so that Members are provided with a quick rate without the need for further questions.
Member Contact Details
Each WFN Member is provided with their own Company Profile Page, which contains telephone, fax, email, out of hour’s emergency number, contact names, list of services, MSN, Skype, company profile and photographs of key staff.
WFN Express Quote System
To ensure fast communication within our network, we have introduced the WFN Express Quote System. Simply send a message to 1 email address and it will be automatically forwarded to all the Members in the relevant country to answer. The advantage of this system is that you will get competitive rates from several overseas offices, allowing you to select the most well-matched and compatible company to work with for each individual shipment. Full details on this system are provided upon joining.
WFN Quarterly Newsletters
Quarterly Newsletters are distributed to all WFN offices containing the latest news and updates within our network. An archive of all WFN Newsletters is kept in the Member Zone.
WFN is promoted globally using both the internet and trade magazines to ensure that the name of our organisation and our Members' companies are promoted to the decision makers and key players in our industry. We also listen to our Members and develop ideas and tools that will help them in their daily working lives.
Every month our Google Advert (pictured below) receives 100,000s of impressions. This, together with our continued efforts with search engine optimization help the WFN name become better known, and we hope this will create more business for our Members.
Don't take our word for it, take our Members' words as evidence of the benefits of WFN Membership - view our Member Testaments page.
Our Annual Membership Fee reflects each local marketplace. Please contact the WFN Head Office regarding the fee for your country.