Before submitting your on-line Members Application, OURWPA wants to make sure that you are making an informed decision!
Unlike our competitors that offer all types of interesting gimmicks such as free membership, special discounts, to entice you to join them, OURWPA has a long-term vision and focus. As such, we want all Applicants to make an informed decision based on the Benefits OURWPA Membership and a comparison of real Differences between OURWPA and competing networks.
Benefits of WPA Membership:
There are numerous benefits of joining WPA not available with any other network including:
|Establishing working relationships with like-minded companies in domestic and overseas locations|
|Having access to a network of pre-qualified or recommended/referred members|
|Being able to participate in “niche market” services with unlimited members accepted|
|Having access to a neutral and impartial network management team|
|Knowing that your receivables are secured by the WPA Gold Fund|
|Being able to attend a well organized Annual Conference designed to maximize business development.|
|Maximum of 3 members per service per recognized Port or Airport location unless in a well developed area such as Shanghai, London, New York, etc. where the maximum will be 5 members.|
|A generous interactive Referral Program that benefits members for their recommendations.|
|Weekly eNewsletter covering Member & Industry News, new members, etc.|
Differences between WPA and competing networks
|WPA offers the following…||WPA||Others|
|A Management Team consisting of experienced industry veterans||??|
|Responsive 24/7 services with offices in Asia, Europe and the USA||??|
|Management focused on bringing benefits to members with Quality over Quantity||??|
|Dynamic growth in membership with new members being added every week||??|
|A strict limit on the number of members accepted by city/country||??|
|A sophisticated member-friendly website with weekly eNewsletters and other leading edge facilities||??|
|Different niche market services such as Project Cargo/Heavy Lift; DG/HazMat;Trucking & Intermodal, etc||??|
|Reasonable Annual Membership and Conference Fees||??|
|A professionally organized and managed Annual Conference||??|
Annual Membership Fees:
|Freight Forwarder – Air/Ocean||Niche Markets|
|First Location||USD 1,800||USD 900|
|2nd++ Locations||USD 600 each additional location (plus Gold Fund USD 250 for the branch office. This is to apply only to branches not registered in same country)||USD 300 each additional location|
|Niche Market||USD 300 each location|
Example, you are a Freight Forwarder – Air/Ocean in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bremen. Your Hamburg location specializes in Project/Heavy Lift services and your Bremen specializes in Perishable Cargos/Cold Chain. Your membership cost would be USD 3,600 calculated as follows: Frankfurt: USD 1,800; Bremen: USD 900 (being USD 600 covering a 2nd location and USD 300 for Niche Market) and Hamburg USD 900 (being USD 600 for a 3rd location and USD 300 for Niche Market)
Every WPA member that is a Freight Forwarder – Air/Ocean is required to participate in the WPA Gold Fund at a cost of USD 500 per annum which covers all the Members’ registered office in that country. If Members would like to add unregistered offices within the same country to the WPA Gold Fund, an additional USD 250 per additional branch applies.
IMPORTANT: A key rule to being a member of WPA and the Gold Fund – after you have been approved and announced as a member – that we have the following “3 Strikes and you are out” in place. If a current member is reported 3 times by other WPA members about tardy payments on open invoices, WPA will place that offending member on “Membership Hold” until the board is satisfied that their financial standing is stable. Once the WPA board agrees they are safe to continue we will take them off “Membership Hold” and announce the same to the network members. If the WPA board have lack of confidence that this offending member cannot and will not meet our strict Gold Fund rules for future, they will be terminated.
Submitting your On-line Membership Application does NOT signify that your company has been approved for WPA membership. You are requested not to contact any WPA members while your Membership is under consideration.
Worldwide Partners Alliance (WPA) is a global network of transportation and logistics companies that specialize in both General Freight Forwarding by Air & Ocean and also Niche/Specialized markets services. The WPA is managed on a completely neutral and independent basis
Companies are eligible to enroll into the WPA without any exclusion based on market status, company size, specialist operations, or existing agent/partner affiliations. Membership is limited to companies with an operating history of 2+ years and have a website and email addresses (other than free address such as yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc).
Membership will be limited to 3 members per service per location defined as a recognized Sea or Airport unless, in the opinion of the President, that location is sufficiently large to support 5 members (such as Shanghai, Paris, Frankfurt, etc).
The President shall have the absolute right to accept or reject Membership Applicants. No reason needs to be given.
Termination and revocation of Membership:
Membership of WPA shall be terminated in event of any of the following:
Voluntary resignation of the member.
Non-payment of the initial Membership Fees within 30 days
Non-payment of Annual Fees within 7 days of renewal date (example:If renewal date is 8th November, payment expected 1st November)
Death of a Member operating as a sole-proprietor; Dissolution of a Company based on cessation of trading or the sale or transfer of more that 50% of the stock or operating assets.
Continuous non-responses to accounting,operational or WPA matters, violation of any provisions of this Membership Agreement that are deemed by the WPA President– at its own absolute power and discretion – to warrant such revocation.
The Member failing to maintain the high standards established by the WPA which result in excessive numbers of complaints being raised by other Members.
Failure to adhere to WPA's Gold Fund requirements.
Non-attendance at Conferences in 2 consecutive years.
Failure to maintain necessary local operational Licenses or Permits.
Any principal of a Member having or assuming a leadership position or ownership in a network that competes directly with WPA
Resignation or revocation of Membership during the year will not entitle the Member to any refund of the Annual Membership Fees. Fees are not transferable under any circumstances.
In the event of termination or revocation of Membership – for whatever reason – Member agrees to remove WPA's name, logo etc. from its literature, publicity materials etc. and to refrain from the active solicitation of business under the name and good-reputation of WPA.
Members agree that all actions taken by WPA President in respect of Membership shall be final and binding. There shall be no mechanism to appeal such decisions. Members agree that WPA President shall inform all existing members of the termination or revocation of membership stating the reasons for such occurrence (although WPA's President shall not be obligated to provide full details of such reasons).
Conferences are held primarily to allow members to meet face-to-face to discuss existing and new business and relationships. To this end, WPA President shall give members ample opportunity to pre-plan, coordinate and schedule these meetings.
All Members are expected to attend the annual Conference that will be held in March of each year. Additional meetings may be organized as needed.
Failure by a Member to attend the annual Conference will result in a penalty of $500 unless there are serious mitigating factors acceptable to WPA's President made in advance of the Conference in writing. Failure to attend a 2nd consecutive Conference may result in revocation of Membership at the discretion of the WPA President.
Accounting and Settlement:
It is expected that members of WPA shall adhere to industry acceptable accounting and settlement standards as defined in our Gold Fund system unless separate agreements are in place between members.
Disputes and Arbitration:
The President is available to use his independent status to resolve disputes and differences between members. Should this service be required, both parties must agree in advance to accept the majority decision of the President without resorting to further litigation.
The working language of WPA shall be English.
All rights, title and interest in the name WPA and associated logo are owned by WPA with trademark pending.
Communications shall be primarily by email. Members are expected to maintain an email account and the facility to access attachments in Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe PDF.
WPA shall not be responsible for any damages or legal claims beyond the amount of Annual Membership Fees paid in the preceding year by the specific party.
Sept 2010: Rev 01