Monday, February 5, 2018

Air Cargo Lobbyists Reform Policy for Members from Freight Forwarders to Customs Brokers

TIACA Boss Says as Logistics Evolves So Must His Operation
Shipping News Feature
US – WORLDWIDE – The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), whose members number many major airlines as well as charter companies, freight forwarders, customs brokers and other industry stakeholders from around the globe, says it is rolling out a new vision for the Association, which will see the development of more training and consultancy projects, as well as a new look, and a reinvigorated value proposition for members.

In line with many other organisations in the transport sector, the shortage of quality staff in the logistics professions demands a forward-looking approach to representing, supporting, and informing every element of an efficient, modern, and unified air cargo industry, and TIACA says this is its own target focus. Sebastiaan Scholte, TIACA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jan de Rijk Logistics, explained the thinking behind the new approach, saying:

“TIACA is the only association representing all parts of the air cargo supply chain, and we have a 28-year history of championing our industry and supporting the development of talent and best practice. The logistics landscape is rapidly evolving and disruptive business practices are challenging us to innovate; there has never been a more relevant time for TIACA to take the lead.”

Scholte says the Association will be global, whilst acting both locally and regionally, and will work closely with other organisations and government bodies, building on recent tie-ups with associations in Africa, Latin America, North America, and Asia. In addition, TIACA will set up clusters of members representing the different sectors of the industry, including, for example, airlines, airports, and ground handling agencies (GHAs). These clusters will concentrate on issues specific to their interests and challenges to develop solutions beneficial to the entire industry.

This new vision was developed by a think-tank of industry experts, set up by TIACA’s leadership team and including Ram Menen, one of the Association’s founding members and President and Chairman of the Board between 1995 and 1996. TIACA is pledging to secure improved networking opportunities at its showcase events, the Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Toronto in October and the Executive Summit (ES), as well as through regular communication and a new logo and website, both to be introduced during 2018. Ram Menen commented:

“The dynamics of air cargo has had a major makeover the past years. In keeping with this evolution, it is important for TIACA to stay relevant and show leadership in catalysing the change needed to embrace the new norm. The Association has a proud history of supporting our industry and demonstrating thought leadership and, with this new vision, we are paving the way for a strong future for airfreight.”

TIACA aims to use the new initiatives developing further consultancy and training programs to support the ongoing development of the industry using a pool of qualified consultants to provide the essential expertise required. Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General, observed:

“TIACA members are already benefitting from our new agreements with associations in Latin America, Africa, North America, and Asia, and we will focus on further developing these ties. TIACA’s new focus will ensure the Association continues to be proactive in the development of a sustainable and innovative air cargo industry.”