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   Vol. 17 No. 51
Friday August 17, 2018

FIATA Delhi Bhat
Ashwin Bhat

     In view of the increasing opportunities and the new challenges before the air cargo industry across the globe, Air Freight Institute (AFI) of FIATA will provide an effective platform at FIATA World Congress (FWC) 2018 to elaborate on the subject during the 99th meeting.
     Hosted by FFFAI and scheduled to take place from September 26-29, at Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi, with the theme “The Future Starts Here,” FWC-2018 will witness more than 1,200 delegates participating from 150-plus countries.

All Star Cast September 28

     The AFI’s session on air freight on September 28 is expected to be one of the most interesting and knowledgeable sessions in the history of FWC.
     Significantly, veteran air cargo personality Snehal Parikh, Managing Director, Lemuir Group will be moderating the session. Panel speakers include Vandana Aggarwal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India; Kirsten De Bruijn, VC, Cargo Pricing and Interline-Revenue Operations, Emirates SkyCargo; Ashwin Bhat, Head Swiss WorldCargo; Andrea Gruber, Head Special Cargo, IATA; and Bill Gottlieb, Past President, FIATA.

Andrea On CEIV

     In her presentation on “IATA CEIV Pharma” Andrea Gruber will provide the audience with information on the latest development in the transport framework of temperature sensitive healthcare and pharmaceutical products, how the industry is responding to the CEIV Pharma Certification program, the next key industry priorities, and future developments in the airfreight industry.

Disruptions & Opportunities

     The panel discussion, “Disruptions & Opportunities” related to the global air cargo scenario will also focus on a Q&A from the house to make it truly beneficial for all.

Why AFI Matters

     It is pertinent to mention that to further its mission, the Air Freight Institute (AFI) has developed an ongoing relationship with a number of stakeholders in the air transport industry, beginning with FIATA’s own national forwarding association members, but inclusive of a wide spectrum of others ranging from non-governmental organizations, special interest groups, government bodies, regulators, carriers, shippers, consignors, customs groups, legal specialists, cargo risk underwriters, and technology providers.
     “AFI’s success is due, in large part, to its pro-active posture on issues which may impact on the international forwarding community, and its reputation within the global transport industry as the ‘group to go to’ for consultation and action on air cargo issues,” a spokesman said.

Driver & Conciliator

     “AFI has demonstrated a tradition of delivering reasoned and reasonable approaches and solutions to industry challenges and issues.
     “AFI acts as both a driver and conciliator to find workable resolutions which benefit all parties in the logistics chain.
     “The 99th AFI Meeting in Delhi will meet members and participants’ requirements by covering the significant topics of AFI and keep them updated, and also recap progress.”
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