Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

THE GRILL: James Azzopardi


What is your job and what does it entail?
I am the national customs and consultancy manager at Kalgin Global Logistics.
I began four weeks ago with the initial task of developing in house clearance processes and to provide consultancy services to existing and potential clientele.
I am also part of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia that allows us to discuss and action many of the issues we face daily within our businesses for pro-active solutions.

What is the best aspect of your job?
It is a clean canvas and I have the support to develop all aspects of brokerage and consultancy. There are also flexible working hours and it is a close team unit which allows us to provide a personal service.

How did you come to work in logistics?
A good friend of mine was working in the industry some years ago as a house clerk. I liked the sound of it and followed the career progression of a broker starting with house clerk responsibilities. The rest as they say is history.

What do you see as some of the challenges for logistics in Sydney and Australia?
From a purely brokerage perspective, it appears that there is a race to the bottom insofar as rates are concerned around Customs processes. There are a huge amount of issues we as brokers need to understand but in a lot of cases, brokerage is undervalued.
Additionally, our industry is alike many if not all others whereby in my opinion, ethics, integrity, honesty and trust seems to take a back seat to dishonesty, greed and behaviour excused “in the name of business”. Perhaps the world in general is facing similar challenges.

You are a Sydneysider – what do you enjoy most about living in Australia’s largest city?
Family and the environment. It has been described as the world’s most visually beautiful city and it’s hard to disagree.

Where is your favourite Sydney place to dine?
My home of course with my wife and two children.

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it and why?
Hacksaw Ridge. Great movie. An incredible story about a man who held true to his beliefs and moral Biblical code, even though all were against him.

Is there an Australian person (past or present) who you most admire?
My parents. I have admired many other people but only in moments particularly around sport.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
With family, exercising and reading. The last book I read, which I finished just recently actually, was called “The Desire of Ages” by Ellen G. White. Great book about the most significant/ important individual that has walked the earth.

Where would you like to retire?
Close to family if at all possible although Port Stephens is a lovely part of the country.

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