Truck driver shortage souring the American sweet tooth

One of my vices is a fondness for Hershey’s chocolate. This preference is not to say that I avoid products made by other chocolatiers, but when faced with the choice of several brands, Hershey’s milk chocolate is usually the preferred indulgence to my palate. The preference has always been favorable to my wallet, as well, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 5, 2018

Working Overtime: How air cargo is adapting to ACAS, ELD rules

It’s the second day of the two-to-three business days your customer was told to expect to wait for the critical machine parts delivery. You’d promised the factory owner that the parts that would keep the production line running would arrive by Monday, and now you’re starting to sweat a little. You’re based in Germany and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

Amid political chaos, some hope from above for cargo security

Despite the political discord in Washington, D.C., aviation stakeholders need only look up to the sky for some bipartisan relief as the U.S. Congress passed legislation for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. Every few years, Congress is required to enact legislation that sets the FAA’s funding levels and policy […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 2, 2018

Risk-based rules can end the absurdity of fishy air cargo regulation

There are many regulations in our country bordering on the absurd. For example, catching a fish with your bare hands in Indiana is illegal. Eating dead frogs in California is punishable by a fine. And, if one is so inclined to hire someone to point out the sights in our nation’s capital, that tour guide […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 2, 2018

How to avoid future ACAS monkey business

I once had a neighbor who, when confronted with a challenge outside of his control, would always say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys” – a fun and cryptic way to describe a situation that was not his problem. This idiom came to mind as some forwarders expressed a similar sentiment in response to the […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 7, 2018

CHAMP’s Emanuel Hille on operational headaches ACAS may bring

After years of discussion and delays, the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program was finally launched in June, requiring carriers entering the United States to provide all information about the cargo – including the air waybill number, shipper and consignee names and addresses, a description of the cargo, quantity and weight – to U.S. Customs […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 5, 2018

Security team trains 500th dog for explosives detection

Will air cargo loads routinely be screened by bomb-sniffing dogs? New York City-based security firm MSA Security is counting on it, as it announced this week that it has trained it 500th dog in the science of explosives detection at its Windsor facility in Connecticut. Under what’s known as the Windsor Program, the human handler […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

U.S. imposes long-awaited advance screening rules for inbound air cargo

After nearly eight years of starts, stops and delays, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally implemented its much-debated Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program, requiring all carriers of commercial cargo to report electronic airfreight data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the cargo is loaded onto aircraft bound for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 13, 2018

CNS 2018: The ‘Year of the Customer’: A Q&A with CNS President Mike White

Back in February, CNS announced that Michael R. White had been appointed as the organization’s new president. Since joining in 2008, White has held several roles at CNS, most recently as vice president of government and industry relations, where he led CNS operations for advocacy, industry events, the CNS Cargo Agency Settlement System (CASS) and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2018

Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. Until further notice, all cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in five countries […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 22, 2018

ACAS: Running out of time to reach the finish line

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four terms as President of the United States, but he never got the chance to see the finish line of his last administration – or glimpse his true legacy. While his untimely death a month before the fall […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 31, 2016

A practical solution to an impractical screening problem

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. When it comes to the screening and inspection of cargo, U.S.-based airfreight forwarders have become experts on the topic and its challenges. Physically screening 100 percent of air cargo on passenger flights to and from all U.S. airports has been one of the most […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 5, 2016

Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot extended another year in U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agency announced late last month that its Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program will be given yet another one-year extension. The program will be extended through July 26, 2017, giving various supply chain stakeholders another 12 months to prepare for the mandatory advanced filing of information about […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 5, 2016

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 […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 31, 2015
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