Cargo chat: A clear need for data transparency

Enno D. Osinga has a long and distinguished track record in aviation and logistics. The Dutch national joined KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1978 and held several positions there over the next 20 years before moving to DHL Express as managing director for the Netherlands. In 2005 he joined Client Logic as interim CEO, Continental […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 10, 2015

Data screening harmonization still out of tune

The airfreight industry was probably not on Duke Ellington’s mind when he wrote his famous “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing).” But that tune would have been the per­fect backdrop for a recent day-long debate on cargo and data screening harmonization that took place in Washington, D.C. (which happens to […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 10, 2015

Time to call the exterminator

I noticed the small hole in the wall while descending the steps to my basement in the spring of last year. I really didn’t think much of it until the intruder’s tiny head peaked out for a quick glimpse. The exterminator I called confirmed my worst fear, that the unwanted visitor was one of thousands […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 2, 2015

The 747-400F: Is there a future?

When Boeing introduced the 747-400F in 1993, the aircraft was offered as a replacement for the 747-200F and –SF converted passenger aircraft. The -400F offered an additional 7.5 tonnes of payload and 700 nautical miles in additional range, as well as lower maintenance costs associated with its vastly improved GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls […]
  • Ned Laird
  • June 2, 2015

Forwarders’ Forum: A letter to the Vice Admiral

President Obama recently nominated Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Vice Admiral Neffenger brings to TSA three decades of service as a Coast Guard officer and appears to have the skills, experience and abilities to lead the TSA in its risk-based mission to counter the ever-evolving terrorist threat to […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 2, 2015

Air Cargo World inks sales partnership with Publicitas

Royal Media Group, a New York information company, is pleased to announce today that Publicitas, one of the world’s leading media companies, has been named the official sales representative for Royal’s Air Cargo World magazine in most of Asia. Air Cargo World is the largest-circulation magazine in the air freight industry. The magazine was acquired […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • May 20, 2015

Ground to a halt: The third-party handling problem

While it is possible for a box to be flown from London to Chicago in only about eight hours, it can take another nine hours for a forwarder to actu­ally get his or her hands on it at O’Hare Airport. O’Hare is in the crosshairs right now, due to some nasty traffic backups, with two […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2015

Hard lessons from the West Coast port crisis

Forwarders’ Forum (from the print edition): When McDonald’s restaurants in Japan could no longer wait for French fries delayed by the West Coast port labor slowdown, the company turned to air cargo, shipping 2,600 tonnes from the United States to Japan. With that, the popular food chain joined other companies affected by the port congestion, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 16, 2015

An Export Council wish list for 2015

The New Year brings a renewed spirit of hope and optimism that the U.S. economy will continue its recovery from one of the longest economic recessions ever. Forwarders enjoying steady increases in their air cargo and overall trade activity should hope that recent recommendations submitted to the White House by the President’s Export Council are […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 21, 2015

TIACA remains vital to industry’s future

Seoul, South Korea, is a modern, vibrant city, and Airports Council Interna­tional has ranked Incheon Airport number one for the past seven years. Incheon is also home to one of the larg­est air cargo carriers in the world. Accordingly, Seoul was a natural choice for the recent 2014 International Air Cargo Forum of The Interna­tional […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • January 8, 2015

Collective voice speaks loudly

A friend met me for lunch after spending the morning visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill to see if he could change a few minds about a proposed piece of legislation that would negatively affect his business. He appeared tired and I could sense lingering doubt on his part about the effectiveness of the day’s efforts. […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 29, 2014

Comeback likely if industry embraces change

As a Washington Redskins football fan, I am accustomed to feelings of despair as my favorite team continues its mediocre performance for yet another year. Gone are the halcyon days of the ‘80s when victories were frequent and as commonplace as radio stations playing the team’s traditional “Hail to the Redskins” fight song. Yet despite […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 29, 2014

Free trade benefits airfreight

With more than 80 percent of global purchasing power situated abroad, international trade is vitally important not only to our own industry, but to the U.S. economy as a whole. To those of us who move freight across borders, the value of international trade agreements – which eliminate artificial barriers to trade such as tariffs, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 26, 2014

The shutdown, shippers and sleepy truckers

Freight and the Recent Government Shutdown My morning commute is roughly a seven-mile journey that takes 45 minutes in typical Washington, D.C., bumper-to-bumper traffic. The trip tends to vary based on the number of backups caused by motorcades whisking high-ranking government officials to work. There is normally some blessed relief to this during the Christmas […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 26, 2013
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