Where We Went Wrong – Part 3: A new way forward

As seen in the first column in this series (February 2017), the emergence of e-commerce exposed how the air cargo industry is little match for new consumer logistics demands, which mandate transparency in pricing, speed and quality. The product offered by scheduled airlines, featuring interchangeable capacity and forwarding services in its industry model, should have […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • June 7, 2017

What shippers really want: Airfreight’s true customers speak out

Airport codes BCN and BQN are strikingly similar at first glance. But to a Spanish pharmaceutical manufacturer in Barcelona, located thousands of miles from a misdirected shipment of temperature-sensitive components languishing in a warehouse in Puerto Rico, that one letter represents millions of dollars per day. This scenario, and others like it, are all still […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 1, 2017

e-AWB penetration rate dips as shippers call for more digitization

While the newly formed Shippers’ Advisory Committee, created last year by the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), today released a position paper calling for greater transparency and digitization of the global supply chain, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently reported that the penetration rate for its electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative dipped from 49.2 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2017

TIACA woos millennials with industry immersion program

Millennials aren’t flocking to the logistics business, prompting TIACA to back a program of visits aimed at improving collaboration across the air cargo supply chain. Young professionals from six companies in the Netherlands have completed a series of visits aimed at “improving collaboration across the air cargo supply chain.” Staff from companies including Air France […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 21, 2017

Those who ignore high-tech progress, prepare to get forked

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association American baseball star Yogi Berra once said that when you get to a fork in the road, take it. His quote recently came to mind while listening to speakers at the recent Air Cargo Forum, sponsored by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2016

Vladimir Zubkov to push expansion, modernization as TIACA’s new boss

Vladimir Zubkov has been appointed the new secretary general at TIACA, replacing Doug Brittin, who retires at the end of the year. Zubkov has more than 40 years’ experience in the air transport industry, extensive regulatory-side practice at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and most recently served as vice president of the Volga-Dnepr Group. […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2016

Doug Brittin to retire from TIACA by year’s end

One of the most recognizable faces of the airfreight industry, Doug Brittin, has said he will retire at the end of this year from The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), where he has held the post as Secretary General since 2013. Sebastiaan Scholte of Jan de Rijk Logistics has been tapped to lead a selection […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 25, 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

U.K.-based carriers, airports search for Brexit signs

Last month’s British vote to bow out of the European Union has unleashed political turmoil across the nation. In the logistics industry, responses to the “Brexit” have been less dramatic, but operators are bracing themselves for tough and uncertain times ahead. Initial reactions showed consternation and confusion in the face of an outcome that had […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • August 2, 2016

TIACA creates new shippers’ advisory committee

Lars J.T. Droog, the head of EMEA Supply Chain with Tosoh Corp. will chair a new shipper’s advisory committee, created by TIACA. The group is tasked with reviewing all elements in the supply chain in order to make improvements in servicing shippers. “Lars has spent eight years as head of EMEA Supply Chain for Tosoh, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 8, 2016

Forwarders brace for impact of new EU customs code

In May, the new European Union Customs Code will come into effect. According to its authors, the new code will streamline the clearance process and make it more transparent and user-friendly. But there are concerns about some elements, as well as the time frame for its introduction. Forwarders, especially, are looking with some trepidation to […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 3, 2016

2016: The near-future of European cargo?

After a long and winding 2015, which was generally a downbeat time for the European airfreight community, many logistics professionals are looking ahead for signs to offer hope for a brighter inbound year. At the moment, the planned FedEx purchase of TNT seems to be the deal that has the most people in the industry […]
  • Roger Turney
  • December 7, 2015

TIACA calls for resolution of Europe’s migrant crisis

Refugees fleeing their home countries looking for a better life in Europe are impacting the airfreight industry said Doug Brittin, secretary general of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). Last week, the organization called on world leaders at the United Nations to work together to find a fix to the problem, which has already seen […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 5, 2015

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
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