Organisation and membership

Portrait and mission statement

SPEDLOGSWISS is the association of Swiss forwarding and logistics companies.

It is mode-neutral and represents more than 95 % of the freight forwarding industry in Switzerland. SPEDLOGSWISS represents the interests of 348 member companies in forwarding and logistics.

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Representation of interests

A constructive and future-proof contribution to the economy and all its participants requires a high level of business, economic and ecological efficiency. This is only possible if suitable framework conditions are created and maintained. The Association of Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Companies is intensively committed to this. Using a wide range of means and instruments, the office regularly reports to member companies and the public.

The Association of Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Companies considers the maintenance of continuous contacts with the media and authorities, with special interest groups and with its member companies to be one of its most important tasks. The respective dialogue partners are regularly documented with appropriate information material.

Organisation SPEDLOGSWISS

Closer Board

President
Thomas de Courten, National Councillor
Vice-Presidents
Marek Fausel, AIT Worldwide Logistics Switzerland AG
Thomas Knopf, Ultra-Brag AG
Markus Widmer, Schenker Schweiz AG

Offices

SPEDLOGSWISS

Head Thomas Schwarzenbach

Training Association SPEDLOGSWISS Nordwestschweiz

President Carlos Methner, VL Verzollung + Logistik AG

GeFa Suisse

President Roland Meister, SBB

Groupement Fer

President Peter Bösch

SafeConsult AG

Managing Director Silvia Degen

SPEDLOGSWISS Nordwestschweiz

President Thomas Knopf, Ultra-Brag AG

Departments

Air

Head of Department Thomas Schwarzenbach a.i., SPEDLOGSWISS

Europe

Division Manager Jörg Zimmermann, Lamprecht Transport AG

KEP

Head of Department vacant

Shipping Agents

Head of Department Ralf Brink, Abacus Shipping AG

Shipping

Head of Department Marek Fausel, AIT Worldwide Logistics Switzerland AG

Warehouse & Solutions

Head of Department Marco Gredig, Cargologic AG

Commissions

Business Administration

Head of Commission Christian Zesiger, Experts for Experts (Schweiz) AG

Education

Head of Commission Jürg Meier, Kühne + Nagel Management AG

Information Technology

Head of Commission Philippe Itty, Schneider + Cie. AG

Law & Insurance

Head of Commission Dr. Barbara Furrer, DHL Logistics (Schweiz) AG

Customs

Head of Commission Mario Caccivio, Dachser Spedition AG

Sections

Espace Mittelland

President Tom Schumacher, Belsped AG

SPEDLOGSWISS Nordwestschweiz

President Thomas Knopf, Ultra-Brag AG

SPEDLOGSWISS Ostschweiz

President Oskar Kramer, Gebrüder Weiss AG

SPEDLOGSWISS Romandie

President Giovanni Vigorito, Veron Grauer SA

SPEDLOGSWISS Schaffhausen

President Volker Weigel, Schenker Switzerland AG

SPEDLOGSWISS Thurgau (VTS)

President Patrick Wehrli, Tralog AG

SPEDLOGSWISS Ticino

President Aldo Stoffel, Camera di commercio Ticino

SPEDLOGSWISS Zurich

President Markus Widmer, Schenker Schweiz AG

Portrait SPEDLOGSWISS

SPEDLOGSWISS is the association of Swiss forwarding and logistics companies. SPEDLOGSWISS is an industry association with the sole purpose of providing benefits to its members. The members' corporate purpose is to generate profit. SPEDLOGSWISS's ultimate purpose is therefore to support its members in making a profit.

The organs of the association, the board, the divisions, the commissions, the working groups and the office have the task of realising this strategy.

The realisation of this strategy is based on six pillars

1. Education

Ensuring sufficient numbers and quality of young professionals for the sectors represented.

Benefits for the members
  • Safeguarding the values invested in the represented companies
  • Strengthening the competitiveness of the Swiss forwarding and logistics industry compared to foreign providers (not cheaper but better)
Examples:

Provision of basic commercial training for SPEDLOGSWISS members (qualification profiles, teaching materials, digital platforms, etc.), provision of continuing education opportunities for the represented sectors, design and implementation of federal examinations (Fachmann Int. Forwarding and Logistics Specialist, Supply Chain Manager, Customs Broker), lateral entry courses in forwarding and customs, specialist courses (hazardous goods, claims handling, risk management), maintenance of the international forwarding logistics personnel market in cooperation with the local associations.

2. Framework conditions

Influence the legal framework conditions for the represented sectors in order to enable the long-term prosperity of the sector and its members.

Benefits for the members
  • Safeguarding Switzerland as a forwarding location and thus safeguarding the values invested in the represented companies.
Examples:

Professional lobbying in politics, administration and economy, i.e. on the level of Switzerland and Europe concrete influence on the areas of

  • Education policy
  • Transport policy
  • Tax procedures at the borders (customs, VAT)
  • Safety and security issues

3. Services

Providing services that cannot be provided by other organisations, or cannot be provided to the same quality, or can only be provided at a significantly higher cost.

Benefits for members
  • Cost savings
  • Increase in know-how
  • Risk management
Examples:

Representation in customs criminal cases, SafeConsult AG (company for outsourcing the dangerous goods officer), association solution insurance, online database with critical customer and correspondent relationships (KKK), EKAS/ASA industry solution, SPEDLOGSWISS Contract Check, IT data hub, Spedifact, document sales, list of known consignors in air freight, creation and maintenance of the SPEDLOGSWISS General Conditions.

4. Counselling

Individual counselling of members by telephone or in person as part of a short counselling session.

Benefits for members
  • Cost savings
  • Benefit from the know-how of the office
  • Risk management
Examples:

Legal advice on forwarding, freight, labour, customs, VAT law, risk management, specialist transport issues, debt collection, dealing with authorities/media, staff development, etc.

5. Information

Procuring, assessing, processing and distributing information using the synergies typical of the association.

Benefits for members
  • Cost savings, as information does not have to be prepared by the members themselves.
  • Early warning system
  • Increase in know-how
Examples:

New customs regulations, VAT regulations, security regulations of other countries, import restrictions, export restrictions, toll systems, information from the seaports, recommendations, etc.

6. Networks

Promotion of personal contacts among members through events such as general meetings, panel discussions, etc.

Permanent working and discussion platforms in the militia organisation (commissions, divisions, working groups), presence of the sector in national and international organisations (economiesuisse, CFS, FIATA, CLECAT, WTO, ICC, etc.)

Benefits for members
  • Exchange of experience
  • Confidence building between members
  • Exchange and formulation of common interests
Examples:

Exchange of bad and good experiences, bilateral cooperation (example customs clearance). Enclosed. FIATA congress participation, socialising.

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Mission Statement SPEDLOGSWISS

SPEDLOGSWISS - Association of Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Companies (hereinafter referred to as SPEDLOGSWISS) is the industry association for international freight forwarding logistics. It represents over 95 % of the Swiss forwarding industry.

SPEDLOGSWISS - guiding principle

SPEDLOGSWISS wants to create framework conditions that enable the international forwarding logistics sector to meet the high business, economic and ecological requirements.

SPEDLOGSWISS - Employees

The diverse and high demands of the member companies require qualified, motivated and responsible employees. SPEDLOGSWISS therefore places particular emphasis on their training and further education.

SPEDLOGSWISS - Range of activities

SPEDLOGSWISS actively supports its members in economic and political matters. It represents the economic and political interests of its members vis-à-vis the economic and political environment both nationally and internationally.

SPEDLOGSWISS aims to represent the entire international forwarding logistics sector.

SPEDLOGSWISS develops and promotes the positive public image of the international forwarding logistics sector.

SPEDLOGSWISS ensures compliance with the principles of conduct developed by its top committees.

SPEDLOGSWISS is actively and specifically committed to the promotion of young talent and the professional training and further education of the employees of its member companies.

SPEDLOGSWISS deals with individual and general issues relating to transport and traffic. In matters of labour law and social policy, it advises member companies on employer issues.

SPEDLOGSWISS - Behaviour

SPEDLOGSWISS advocates the free market economy.

SPEDLOGSWISS is an entity and acts as such.

The members of SPEDLOGSWISS shall derive added value from its activities.

SPEDLOGSWISS maintains a relationship of partnership with company members, authorities, politicians, other associations, schools, the media and other institutions.

SPEDLOGSWISS is subject to Swiss law and respects ethical principles.

SPEDLOGSWISS takes care of the financial resources made available to it and uses them in a goal-oriented, efficient and cost-conscious manner.

SPEDLOGSWISS - Environmental policy

SPEDLOGSWISS is aware that increasing traffic movements worldwide are a burden on the environment. The environmental policy is the commitment to action-oriented environmental management of SPEDLOGSWISS.

SPEDLOGSWISS is committed to meeting the ecological demands with the following measures:

  • Sensitising members to ecological ways of thinking and acting.
  • Include ecological topics in basic and further training.
  • Targeted information, advice and training of members on environmental issues.
  • Communication of the environmental sector solution.
  • Communication and cooperation with politicians, authorities, shippers and other institutions on environmental issues.
  • Informing the public about own considerations and achievements in connection with environmental issues.
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