- History, Founders & Partners
Minerva International Freight Forwarders Association – in short “MIFFA” was founded in 2006 by three Belgians, all “veterans” in the shipping industry:
André Van Lancker started his career in 1969 with Nedlloyd, changed for the airfreight sector in 1990, and went on his own as independant logistics consultant in 1998. Maria Van Meenen started in 1974 in her father’s company and went on her own in 1979 before starting Dissaco in 1992. Mathijs Gommers joined us as partner in 2013 after co-founder Jean De Keyser retired in Florida. Started in 1990, Mathijs is the first of a new generation to come on board.
- Name & Logo
Connoisseurs of classic cars will recognize Minerva as the name of an exclusive car made in Antwerp, worldwide appreciated for its luxury and quality to the extent even Henry Ford himself bought one!
With the same roots and ideas, founders chose Minerva as trade-name for the Group.
Our logo suggests worldwide traffics to/from all points of the compass.
Our objective is to bring independantly owned logistics companies from all over the world together under the MIFFA-umbrella, establish business solutions, stimulate cooperation between fellow-members and safeguard the long-term interests of all parties concerned.
- Agents worldwide
MIFFA has its own, FMC-approved HBL under the name of MINERVA LINE. Difficulties with Tariff-Filing, AMS, ACI or insurance? MIFFA is ready to assist.
Candidates can apply for exclusive membership in their region for air or oceanfreight. In regions of over 5 milion people, only one additional member can be nominated.
Our MUTUAL PROTECTION PLAN protects you against insolveny of fellow-members.
MIFFA-membership includes free-of-charge use of a data-bank, providing Business Expertise and Import/Export information on 5.110.933 companies in 66 countries.