FlyingTypers asked Brandon Fried, Executive Director of U.S.- based Airforwarders
Association if and how the current U.S. Government shut down is
impacting his members and received this replay Monday afternoon.
“The air cargo industry’s
successful efforts to work with Congress and the TSA,” Brandon
said, “to provide its own security measures, are producing
dividends during the current partial government shutdown.
“While these initiatives
have enabled the flow of air freight to generally continue unimpeded,
we are seeing brewing challenges behind-the-scenes that could have
a substantial impact on the industry.
Some Delay Noted
“Since TSA upper-level
management is not currently working, the processing and renewals
of Security Threat Assessment applications are encountering delays.
“Also, questions regarding
web platform issues which require help desk assistance are going
“There has been virtually
no significant managerial support from CBP and the Census Department
to facilitate Automated Export System fatal error corrections.
at the Directorate for Defense Trade Controls which are required
for export licensure is limited or absent.”
“This lack of personnel
will become problematic quickly, as shippers requiring export licensing
may not have the ability to obtain the necessary export permits.
“While some Customs
Border Patrol CBP staffers are working, present personnel alone
will not be able to manage the increasing number of incoming requests
members report that routine assistance is currently limited and
difficult to obtain for Automated Commercial Environment support.
“For example, one member
said that her long-awaited approval for a Container Freight Station
has encountered a further delay.
“As the backlog of
unresolved problems like this one increases, the volume will build
exponentially for even more substantial possible delays when government
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“Our members are working
with their shippers to keep them informed of the situation, and
to provide continuous shipment updates,” Brandon Fried said.
Editors Note: On January 31, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00
pm Brandon appears as guest speaker at the JFK Air Cargo Association
“Air Cargo Outlook” is the topic, with Brandon telling
it like it is, as he confronts challenges and opportunities facing
the air cargo industry in 2019.
Great networking with a drink, at a supple venue that includes a
substantial luncheon, and an hour with a dreamer and doer in air
Members: $55.00, Non-members: $70.00. To register, click here.