Exclusive from the other side of the pond—Amsterdam, Netherlands,
October 30, 2019.
Who can explain it, who can tell you why?
Fools give a reason, wise men never try!
For 26 years Air Cargo Americas
has met in Miami every other year.
Two weeks ago at the same time
as Air Cargo Americas, IATA held some sessions in Amsterdam.
Talk about the cup running over!
Thankfully, while there were two
major air cargo events going on at the same time, both were markedly different.
First in Florida, Air Cargo Americas,
among other topics in an expanded session roster, focused on Latin America-themed
sales and operations, while in Amsterdam across the pond gathered a healthy
sampling of the operational people of the air cargo industry at the IATA
Air Cargo Events in the Netherlands.
IATA Five Session Five
The IATA gathering featured five
simultaneous sessions including Air Cargo Operations Conference, Airpharma
Conference, Lithium Battery Workshop, Cargo Claims & Loss Prevention
Conference and the Cargo Security & Facilitation Forum.
This IATA summit was well stocked
and delivered sumptuously by operational people that behind the scenes
truly make air cargo move.
There is no other gathering where
air cargo operations from around the globe come together like this one.
This year, over 400 attendees attended
the five sessions.
Prior to the kick off, IATA working
groups covering security, customs, dangerous goods, ground handling and
other important cargo members met to discuss the hot topics that airlines
and their customers are facing. Many government regulators attend the
event as well from the World Customs Organization, ICAO, World Trade Organization,
EU regulators, U.S. TSA, DOT and CBP.
Ford In Our Future
Michael Ford, (right) VP of Government
and Industry Affairs for BDP provided a great overview as to what it took
to implement the important air cargo advance screening (ACAS).
He stressed the need for carriers
to communicate that the past is the past and change is essential. ACAS
was a great example of how his global offices had to change the mindset
and bring focus on data accuracy and timeliness.
His major point was, that by paying
attention to these key areas helped to in improving his customers’
experience in getting cargo cleared quicker.
Delta Cargo Calls The Hounds
Another key panel was the move
to use of third-party canine as primary screening of air cargo in the
U.S. after the approval in January by the TSA.
Jeff Koehl, Director of Operation
from GK9pg and Alex Rodriguez, Compliance Manager for MSA Security were
on panel with Warren Miller, Manager of Global Initiatives for TSA and
Howard Stone, VP of Global Programs for UPS.
All were able to share experiences
of the first few months of new screening by man’s best friend, which
have resulted in significant change in how air cargo is checked.
The moderator for the panel Abhishek
Chauhan, Program Manager - Cargo for Delta Air Lines led with some great
questions: how the K9 are managed, what the issues in startup and how
effective the K9 are in this new approved screening. It was evident that
there is much interest of expanding K9 not just in the U.S., but in other
places around the world.
At Last A TSA Man Is All Cargo
Lastly on day one, it was great
to hear from John Beckius, the new Director of the TSA’s Air Cargo
“Mr. Beckius brings a breath
of fresh air from someone who understands air cargo,” observed Mike
White, President of Cargo Network Services (CNS).
“There was a good feeling
that the TSA wants to work as a true partner with the industry as he explained
how the reorganization of the department is being arranged,” Mike
There has been quite a void in
the cargo area of TSA since the departure of Doug Britton a few years
Certainly, from far and wide, air
cargo stakeholders are eager to see the new department and the new director
work for aviation security more in partnership with the industry. (To