are honored that TIACA has chosen MIA to host its biennial Air Cargo Forum,” said Lester Sola, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade
“As the busiest U.S. airport for international
freight and the only U.S. airport among the world’s top 10 in that
category, we welcome the opportunity to discuss MIA’s new initiatives
and best practices with our counterparts from around the world.”
Something really great occurred as the last
big cargo event of 2018 was concluding in Toronto, Canada when The International
Air Cargo Association (TIACA) let it be known that it has partnered up
with Messe München.
Now, the folks that bring us Air Cargo Europe
(ACE) in Munich every other year have struck a deal with TIACA to operate
their biennial Air Cargo Forum (ACF) beginning in 2020.
As part of the action the TIACA event will
be take place in Miami alongside both Multimodal Americas and Supply Chain
At first glance it might appear that the
combination changes diminish TIACA, but our read is that today TIACA is
top to bottom an organization far better at advancing education across
the air cargo spectrum by hosting sessions at a trade event, or at various
pop up locations around the world. As an association, it is less able
to compete in the raging day-to-day selling and arranging of trade shows.
Sticking to core business was the thinking
at TIACA late last autumn, and here we have the results.
The good news from our perch vastly outweighs
the negative for one simple reason:
TIACA has gone home.
The ACF will forever be held in Miami, Florida,
which has served as home base to the group that rescued the forlorn International
Air Cargo Association (IACA), took it off the ash heap and rebranded it
TIACA in 1990.
Miami, today, still serves as TIACA home
For Air Cargo
Miami, without a doubt, is the brightest
of shining stars in the air cargo firmament, with scores of giant reefers
masquerading as air cargo terminals.
The top USA gateway for international air
cargo reported a record 2.3 million tons throughput in 2018, up 60,000
tons versus 2017.
Right now Miami is moving the lion’s share
of all USA-borne pharma to flowers to fruits and vegetables, electronics
and heavy machinery via “American, LATAM, Amerijet and others, including
Amazon Prime, Atlas and more than 41 freighter airlines,” according
to Chris Mangos, Marketing Division Director for the Miami-Dade Aviation
“Our long term core program as outlined
by our CEO will advance capabilities.
“We experienced a good solid 2018.
“Some capacity challenges, but everyone
here rolls up their sleeves and no one is refused our world class accommodations
Chris Mangos has been the behind the scenes,
out front, and even running alongside face of air cargo for the past 31
years of service at MIA where he has gained worldwide recognition and
kudos for his deft touch with both the public and private sector.
“It ain’t always easy,”
“Change is always constant and I have
had to reinvent myself several times,” he smiles.
The biggest gateway to Latin America and
the Caribbean, MIA handles a whopping 83% of all air imports and 79% of
all exports to/from the region.
MIA is also the first airport in the Western
Hemisphere and only the second in the world to be recognized by IATA as
a “pharmaceutical freight hub and a trusted industry leader in the
transport of pharmaceuticals.”
Sea Cargo Americas
connections to Miami also share a vision as a trade event alongside Air
& Sea Cargo Americas that was first outlined when “Gentleman”
Bill Spohrer headed the TIACA group that brought back ACF in 1992.
The Miami World Trade Center has hosted
Air & Sea Cargo Americas since 1991 at the Miami World Trade Center
located just off MIA’s main runways.
That TIACA followed that schedule and opened
its ACF in Luxembourg in 1992, thanks to Bob Arendal and Cargolux, was
not a coincidence.
Bill Spohrer as CEO of TIACA at the time
and as top executive at Challenge Air Cargo (now UPS in Miami) coordinated
with Miami World Trade Center for the every other year event schedules
and the two organizations have operated that way ever since.
“Air & Sea Cargo Americas is always
a rich vibrant gathering filled with Latin American people and culture,”
Chris Mangos notes.
“This year (2019) our event will be
held October 29th and 30th and should be our greatest trade show ever,”
said Charlotte Gallogly, the dear lady that has guided Air & Sea Cargo
Americas since start up.
Miami Doubles Down
Unique in the world now, Miami, a place
that nearly everyone loves to visit offering excellent connections and
accommodations from and to almost anywhere in the world, will host two
of the most important air cargo gatherings on alternating years.
A kicker to all of this is that TIACA ACF
will find its permanent biennial venue in a newly renovated Miami Beach
Convention Center, that is currently receiving a half a billion USD makeover
to be ready for the big event in 2020.
“TIACA is the only association representing
all segments of the air cargo supply chain and our ACF presents a unique
opportunity for that community to get together to grow business,”
says Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA.
When you think about it TIACA Vlad has that
one exactly right. The organization, indeed, is the only independent middle
ground venue in air cargo put up by people out to better this industry.
Not to say that FIATA and IATA & CNS,
(CNS meets in Miami May 5-7, 2019) and others are not beneficial. But
air cargo deserves the independent voice of TIACA.
Now with its legend and lore secure, able
to concentrate on what it does best—our hats off and best wishes
and thanks to Sebastiaan Scholte and the entire TIACA team.
We can’t wait until tomorrow because
TIACA looks better every day.
See you in Miami.