Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 18, 2019

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

CEIV-Fresh standard launched in Hong Kong for perishables quality

SINGAPORE — First it was pharmaceuticals. Next came live animals. This morning the International Air Transport Association (IATA) added yet another time and temperature-sensitive cargo category to its wildly successful Center of Excellence for Independent Validators program: Perishable goods. The new industry certification — the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics, a.k.a. "CEIV-Fresh" — is designed […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

de Juniac’s air cargo priorities for 2019: Trade, global standards, modernization

SINGAPORE — After acknowledging a rather sour start to the year for air cargo, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, in today’s opening address of the 13th World Cargo Symposium, called on governments and the air cargo industry to reverse this trend by focusing on three priorities to expand air cargo demand and maximize economic […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

Pearce: No growth for the last 12 months is ‘something to worry about’

SINGAPORE – Economic reports are often a mixed bag. For every positive sign, there are several lurking omens that could spell disaster. On March 12 at IATA's World Cargo Symposium (WCS), Brian Pearce, chief economist at IATA, addressed the current economic conditions of the air cargo industry, and it was hard to read his assessment […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 12, 2019

Can integrated trade survive in these protectionist times?

SINGAPORE – At IATA's World Cargo Symposium (WCS), speaker Brian Pearce, chief economist at IATA, said at the “Enabling Global Trade” panel discussion that he thought the industry was “at a dangerous junction, because in many ways, I think the West is moving away from that model that is the integrated world that we were […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 12, 2019

Horizon Forum seeks the right questions to be asked in pursuit of innovation

SINGAPORE — At this year’s “Horizon: The Air Cargo Innovation Forum” workshop, held on Monday, the star of the show was, of course, ULDs. It wouldn’t be the 13th World Cargo Symposium without a major mention of ULD technology, after all (check here for a report on the IATA Innovations Award finalists). But thinking outside the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019