FIDI was founded in 1950 to represent the interests of companies specialising in international removals.
World War II had seen logistics play a key role on all sides and it quickly became apparent that collaboration between likeminded removals companies would be key to the future of the removals industry. Before that time, removals companies belonged to small Associations representing only their national interests. In March 1948, Charles Wallon, President of the Belgian Association, wrote to his counterparts in France, England, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland requesting a meeting. Its purpose? To form an ''international information office in the interest of the international removal divisions of the various European groups''.
The meeting took place on 16 July 1950 in Neuchatel, Switzerland and FIDI was born.
First President: Jack Ellis of Pitt & Ellis in London, UK
Current President: Freddy Paxton, Paxton International, Washington DC, USA
Since its creation, FIDI has evolved from a European to a leading Worldwide Federation. In 1997, FIDI's Quality Accreditation programme, FAIM* was created to ensure only the highest quality removal companies can hold the prestigious FIDI Membership. FIDI Currently comprises over 600 quality certified companies spanning more than 100 countries worldwide.
*FAIM The world's most recognized standard for international movers
FAIM, short for FIDI Accredited International Mover, stands as the world’s most recognized quality label for professional international movers and relocation companies. Highly regarded and revered for its stringent demands and rigorous auditing process, the label ensures that only the most reliable and performing movers can bear the seal. The FAIM label is your assurance for a smooth, safe and comprehensive removal process.