as the IATA World Cargo Symposium started up this week
in Doha, Qatar, on the other side of the world in sin-city
Las Vegas, the annual U.S. air cargo transportation
and delivery industry’s “premier conference
and exhibition event” kicked off—as if we
needed more proof that air cargo is a global, 365/24/7
business This is a combination of meetings of the Airforwarders
Association, the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers
Association, the Express Delivery & Logistics Association,
and, for the first time, the ACI-NA (Airports Council
International—North America), all taking place
under one roof at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.
Richard Fisher, Airforwarders Association Chairman and
Brandon Fried, Executive Director greet attendees Monday
at Air Cargo 2013, the
Airforwarders Association annual event being held this
week in Las Vegas.
According to organizers Brandon
Fried, Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association,
and Fiona Morgan, Executive Director of the Air &
Expedited Motor Carriers Association, “leaders
in the air freight, logistics, and air forwarder industries
will share information that can be taken back to businesses
and used to make companies run smoother, enhance growth,
and succeed in increasing profits.”
For highlights, Delta
Cargo is sponsoring the AirCargo 2013 Women in Cargo
networking event featuring a panel of speakers including
Doug Brittin, TSA; Billie Sullivan, Director Roanoke
Trade Services, Inc. (she is an insurance broker); Cece
Poister, marketing manager Allegheny County Airport
Authority; Heather Devine, a business litigator; and
Sasha Goodman as moderator, general manager at Rock-It
Cargo, and director of the International Association
for Cold Storage Construction.
The conference keynote speaker,
David Beatson is current president of Ascent Advisors
LLC, was former CEO of Emery Worldwide, as well as former
CEO of Circle International, former VP cargo for American
Airlines, and former CEO North America for Panalpina.
old cargo pro Dave Beatson (right) delivered keynote
but best question came from EMO Trans Jenni Frigger
During a brief Q&A Jenny
asked whether Dave foresees changes in which companies
will be favored for investment-asset versus non-asset
Dave responded that he still
thinks there is more risk to asset ownership.
Dave said: “I believe
that there will be a lot of interest in the industry
from investors over the next 18-24-36 months.”
His talk addressed
the present state of the industry and challenges and
opportunities going forward.
The afternoon had an airport
track titled “How Can Airport Facilities and Infrastructure
Better Meet Your Needs” with a panel of experts,
followed by the formal opening of the exhibition.
Interesting factoid in
today’s trade show circuit: the exhibition will
be open to the public free of charge for two hours.
There are 98 companies
exhibiting which encompass the entire industry spectrum,
from airlines to airports, trucking companies, and a
variety of service providers including technology, security,
insurance, and information.
Achim Martinka, Vice
President The Americas, Lufthansa Cargo accepts International
Carrier Of The Year Award from the Airforwarders Association.
The second conference day Tuesday morning opens with
a session titled “The Panama Canal Expansion:
Discover the Opportunities Its Growth Can Provide.”
Coming in 2014, the “Super-Post-Panamax”
megaships will carry more than twice the container load
of Panama ships, directly affecting East Coast ports—Miami,
Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, as well as Baltimore
and New York.
Challenges Affecting Airfreight Forwarders” is
another panel that will address the impact of transportation
legislation and requirements when forwarders select
trucking companies to move shipments.
This topic involves security,
insurance, regulatory, and legal matters which taken
together can affect the cost of doing business.
Two afternoon sessions
round off the program; the first, “Employees:
What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You,” will
review cargo security in terms of the risks posed by
theft and embezzlement and its high costs as well as
drug use and gang activity.
The speaker is Bob Breza
with SPI Investigations, a twenty-year veteran of law
enforcement and expert in narcotics and gangs, whose
firm specializes in claims mitigation training and drafting
relevant company policies.
Briefing: All The latest Industry Compliance Developments”
is the second afternoon panel and the last session of
the conference. Participants can look forward to the
opportunity to communicate directly with senior TSA
and CBP principals as part of the session.
We will report in more
detail on the entire agenda as it evolves. Stay tuned.