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Multimodal 2024 Roundup: A Benchmark Event for Logistics and International Trade

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Multimodal 2024 Roundup: A Benchmark Event for Logistics and International Trade

Multimodal 2024, hosted at the NEC Birmingham, showcased itself as a pivotal gathering for professionals across logistics, customs clearance, and international trade. With an impressive attendance of 13,003, this year’s event underscored the vibrant dynamics and growing complexities within these sectors.

Celebrating Excellence

Kevin Keegan, football legend and host for the evening, brought a celebratory atmosphere to the Multimodal 2024 Awards night where 880 guests applauded the innovative strides and leadership within the wider logistics community.

Educational Insights and Networking

The conference streams provided vital insights with themes focused on sustainability, resilience, technology, and people—a reflection of the industry’s core challenges and opportunities. Notably, presentations by leading organisations such as Logistics UK, BIFA, and Google Digital Garage offered attendees, including customs specialists and freight forwarders, a wealth of knowledge tailored to their specific needs.

Chris Dolby’s session on “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders for a Career in Logistics” was a highlight, offering strategies for nurturing future industry leaders, a topic that holds significant relevance across all sectors of logistics and international trade.

Tom Sommers, Development Director at ChannelPorts, reflected on the event’s significance: “Multimodal 2024 has been an exceptional platform for us at ChannelPorts to engage with the latest in customs and freight forwarding innovations. The discussions around technology and resilience are particularly relevant as we navigate the increasing complexities of trade regulations and border controls. This event has once again proven invaluable in connecting us with the industry’s best, fostering dialogues that drive our sector forward.”

Building Connections

The Multimodal Mixer, hosted by DP World, provided an excellent platform for networking, where industry professionals shared ideas and explored potential collaborations. These interactions are essential for sparking innovations and strengthening the logistics community.

A Royal Highlight

The event was graced by the visit of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, underscoring the profound intersection between effective logistics and broader humanitarian efforts. Her Royal Highness’s engagement emphasised the sector’s role in supporting global development, spotlighting the crucial work of Transaid.

Looking Forward

As we reflect on the successes and insights from Multimodal 2024, the stage is already being set for next year’s event. Scheduled for 17-19 June 2025, Multimodal promises to bring even more enriching experiences and opportunities for professionals to dive into the latest industry trends, technologies, and strategies.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Multimodal 2025—it’s the place to be for anyone looking to stay connected with the heartbeat of logistics and international trade. See you there!

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