The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International – formerly The Chartered Institute of Transport – was formed in 1919 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1926.
Growth of its overseas sections led to a restructuring in 1994 under which 10 National Councils were established in various parts of the world. The Institute operates as a co-ordinating body and custodian of the Royal Charter.
The Chartered Institute of Transport in the UK (CIT UK) was formed as the United Kingdom National Council and is the largest national council with over half the total worldwide membership of CILT. In 1999 the former Institute of Logistics and Transport (ILT) took over from CIT UK as the UK National Council.
In April 2004, the Institute’s membership voted in favour of ILT adopting the word ‘Chartered’ into its title. In May 2004, the Institute officially became ‘The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK’. All National Councils are effectively ‘chartered’ through their membership of CILT and are represented on its governing Council.
CILT continues to hold the Royal Charter under the authority of the (UK) Privy Council. Subject to certain qualifications individual members of any National Council hold chartered status under the authority of this Royal Charter.