Dear WFN Members


I hope your year is off to a great start.

Please note that Map International Logistics in New Caledonia and DTM Express in China are no longer WFN Members.

Our next online event is fast approaching; thank you to all those who have signed up so far.

Benefits of the Online Meeting:

•         No uncertainty regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions / no quarantining either end
•         No travel or hotel costs, or visas to arrange
•         No travel time, simply open the time slots to suit your schedule, and meet at your convenience from your home or office
•         1-2-1 Meeting slots with your fellow members via video link using the WFN Meeting System
•         Discussing potential new business 
•         Discussing current business with your WFN partners
•         Keeping in touch during this period where travel is still uncertain
•         Promoting your company services

If you wish to secure the ‘Early Bird’ rate of £149, valid only until 31 January, please sign up now. From 1st February onwards, the fee will increase to £179.

For the good health of the network, it is a requirement that you attend at least one online meeting per annum, in the absence of physical events. As a result, if you did not attend in September, you are expected to attend in March, even just for a handful of meetings. Please mail Debbie to sign up.

Just to remind you, WFN has an alliance with Wise, formerly known as Transferwise, to enable you to pay your fellow WFN members without incurring high transfer fees and high exchange rates. You can also use your credit/debit card to make payments, which might be more convenient than going to the bank to arrange BACS.

Wise has over 11 million customers and is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK. Click here to read more, or email Debbie for details.

The Payment Monitoring System (PMS) is available for all members, as an easy way to manage payments within the network. Simply log in and enter the details of your invoice and the system will keep track of it for you. A statement is sent by the system every 2 weeks, as a reminder for the owing party and to save admin time for the owed party. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep payments smooth and timely and this system is here to remind, rather than to discipline. If you receive one of the automated statement emails, please note that you have not been reported to Head Office. Your partner is just making use of the system, which we encourage. 

As soon as the payment is received, we ask that the invoice is marked as paid in the system. If you have sent a payment and still receive a reminder, it usually means that the amount has not yet reached your partner’s account, or they have not yet had time to remove it. Just let Debbie know and she can resolve this. Similarly, if you have already made an arrangement to pay later than the due date (e.g. adding a small amount to another invoice, to save on bank charges), that’s not a problem. You can ignore the reminder on those occasions. For all invoices showing as overdue in the system, Debbie will check with the owed party as to the situation. She will then follow up for payment, remind them to mark the invoice as paid if relevant, or leave it between you if other arrangements have been made.

As you know, we sometimes ask the network for recommendations for certain countries. Some of the more regular requests in recent months have been for Cameroon, Congo, Estonia, French Guiana, Gabon, The Gambia, Namibia, Martinique, Mongolia, Montenegro, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago and Yemen.

Do you know of any strong agents in these countries who may like to join us and be the first to represent their country in the group? Or in other countries, who are looking for a network this year? Please send details to Debbie if so. For every recommendation who joins us, we will deduct £100 from your next renewal or meeting invoice, as a thank you.

Kind regards

Group Managing Director
World Freight Network Ltd
20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

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