Saturday, September 4, 2010

Air Cargo Exposition Boosted By FIATA Presence

Amsterdam Hosts TIACA 25th Air Cargo Forum
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – Almost 80% of visitors to the 24th Air Cargo Forum in Kuala Lumpur said they would return to the next event in Amsterdam and along with over 90% of exhibitors doing the same, the 25th event, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in November, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has now accepted an invitation from the organisers to present the forwarders’ perspective on logistics and supply chain issues.

The event is organised by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the opening session of the three-day forum and exhibition on November 3rd 2010, which will be chaired by FIATA President, Jean-Claude Delen. Fiata is a non-governmental organization, represents approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in 150 countries.

Msieu.Delen said:

“Freight Forwarders are the strong link in the supply chain and always look at the best transportation mode to offer an economical and environmental friendly value to the products, and not only a transport from A to Z.”

The discussion will focus on the front-line role of freight forwarders when it comes to satisfying the ever-demanding needs of shippers for improved service levels, real-time shipment information, regulatory changes, innovative supply chain management and the constant pressure to deliver greater cost efficiencies.

TIACA has also invited FIATA’s input into a separate business session in Amsterdam that will look at the progress of IATA e-freight. This will debate practical measures to accelerate the pace of adoption of e-freight and examine whether a rethinking of some of the underlying premises could catalyze the process for the benefit of all parties. Daniel Fernandez, Secretary General of TIACA commented :

“We are proud to have attracted FIATA as a supporting organization of our Air Cargo Forum in Amsterdam. There is no greater authority in our industry when it comes to understanding, promoting and working to protect the international freight forwarding community. As TIACA works to increase its focus on the freight forwarding sector, we hope this is the start of an ongoing business partnership that can take advantage of the respective strengths of our associations.

“Forwarders consistently rise to every challenge they are presented with, often in the face of declining yields, but we wanted to get their view on how they see the future of their customer and airline relationships. The session will explore the role of the traditional forwarder in today’s marketplace against the backdrop of 3PL and 4PL multi-national logistics service providers and also ask if shippers see sufficient value from forwarders to want to pay a fair market price for their services.”