Brandon Fried

Brandon Fried

Contributing Editor, U.S. Airforwarders Association

Brandon Fried was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association in November 2005. Brandon has more than 38 years of experience in the air freight industry. He started his career as a sales representative in Los Angeles. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he began, owned and operated the Washington office of a global freight forwarder specializing in time definite air cargo transportation. He also writes a monthly column, the Forwarder's Forum for Air Cargo World Magazine.

Forwarder’s Forum: Tough lessons from the regulatory trenches

Forwarders are some of the toughest business people you will ever meet. They compete in a global marketplace of more than 100,000 competitors, in which the delivery of just one shipment can mean the dif­ference between success and failure. Customers demand re­lentlessly reliable service, often at a low price, rendering mistakes costly and the need […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Every dog has its day

Ever since the 9/11 Commission mandated that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration screen 100 percent of all cargo on passenger flights, the air cargo industry has worked diligently to meet the government’s security objectives by spreading the screening responsibility down the supply chain. As an example of what has been done, in the wake of […]

Highway repairs will keep air cargo moving

Anyone struggling to understand just how bad our winter was this year in the U.S.’s capital need only go as far as the local tire store. Thanks to the thousands of potholes caused by the extreme cold, two of my car tires were damaged beyond repair and needed replacement. Upon arriving at my local tire […]

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 […]

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, […]

Uncapping new technologies can benefit air cargo

We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home with my wife falling asleep well before the ball in New York City’s Times Square drops at midnight. So I was amazed when she accepted an invitation to a neighborhood party to ring in 2014. She decided her job was to make a dish for the potluck […]

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 […]
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