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   Vol. 17 No. 16
Wednesday March 14, 2018

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     As The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) begins its crucial headquarters session in Zurich, Switzerland, March 14-16, we spoke to Babar Badat who was recently named President of the 91-year-old organization.
      After talking for a few minutes with Babar, who also serves as Managing Director of Transfreight Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. of Karachi, Pakistan, it’s easy to understand why this effusive and approachable executive was elevated to the post of President of FIATA for the next two years.
      In addition to his duties atop the largest airfreight association on the planet, Mr. Badat is the well-liked leader and pioneering organizer of a robust and effective logistics industry that has become a bright spot on the Pakistani landscape.


The Badat Agenda

      “FIATA is a very large global organization representing the freight forwarding & logistics community.
      “FIATA has a growing role to play in the fast changing international transport environment.
      “In recent years the need for better global connectivity has been championed by FIATA.
      “The result is that today’s large scale infrastructure investment around the world will no doubt lead to better connectivity. Technology drives many other changes today.
      “FIATA is well aware of change and is continually preparing & positioning ourselves for the future.
      “During the past half dozen years, FIATA has engaged extensively on various international transport forums around the world.
      “I intend to continue this momentum,” Babar Badat said.


FIATA January In Pakistan

      In an outreach effort to secure better knowledge and understanding of the shipping world, the FIATA Presidency traveled to Pakistan for its January meeting.
      “FIATA Presidency members usually decide on a relevant and convenient location, so with an economy that is growing at above 5 percent, and a President of FIATA that knows the country, I am delighted to report that membership elected to conduct our important early 2018 meetings in Pakistan.
      “The Pakistan story is exciting.
      “For example, right now there are huge infrastructure projects underway worth more than U.S. $60 billion that are propelling the logistics industry.”


Lowdown On Lahore

      “We conducted meetings in Lahore.
      “Lahore served as base and opportunity for FIATA membership to witness first hand the dynamic growth and business climate in a place that is historically the sister city of New Delhi.
      “Come September, Delhi will host the huge FIATA Annual Global Conference, so we felt the location was a natural.
      “We also included a visit to Islamabad.
      “In ‘Pakistan’s Capital City’ FIATA conferees met and spoke with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.”


First Impressions

    “As our meetings and touring progressed, it was revealed that this was the first time that any of the FIATA members had been to Pakistan.
      “Even more interesting,” Babar Badat exclaimed, “and useful moving ahead as Pakistan emerges on the world scene, is learning first hand that here is a country of 200 million people with a large agrarian economy, and a diverse landscape that sits in a very busy neighborhood.”


A Great People

      “Perhaps even better, FIATA delegates learned that the Pakistani people are friendly and the food is quite good.
      “I believe most in our party were pleasantly surprised by what they saw and learned about Pakistan.”


Pioneer In Pakistan

      Mr. Badat is a founder and served as first Chairman of the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA), which has grown from just a few companies in 2005 to more than 500 today.
      The role of PIFFA includes support for Pakistan trade worldwide and the development and maintenance of a healthy international freight industry within Pakistan.
      “PIFFA also works to ensure that a level playing field exists for companies involved in attempting to establish and maintain the movement of freight both in the country and worldwide by all modes of transport,” Babar Badat assures.
      “PIFFA promotes the freight/logistics service industry as a whole.
      “The Association aims to achieve standardization in the industry and to promote a high degree of professional conduct among its members, including ethics and financial viability.
      “PIFFA has also been instrumental in establishing and continuously updating the industry’s S.T.C (Standard Trading Conditions).
      “PIFFA sees Pakistan’s historic and geographic position and well-educated population as building blocks to trade development and business expansion for the country,” Mr. Badat concluded.


One Step at a Time

      Babar Badat uses his unique position to drive the destiny of his homeland into the modern logistics world. Despite the many well-publicized challenges, he remains convinced Pakistan’s day is coming.
      “You must always maintain your sense of purpose and mission to build on the great potential of the country.
      “It also does not hurt to maintain your sense of humor,” Mr. Badat smiles.
For Info on FIATA World Congress 2018 India, click here.

     While IATA World Cargo Symposium continues in high gear in Dallas this week, many “Eyes of Texas” are already turning to the next big cargo event in the Americas. The CNS Partnership Conference is set for Palm Springs, California, at La Quinta Resort & Club, May 6-8.
     Newly named CNS President Mike White sees opportunity and challenges ahead as he continues to direct his first big industry gathering into motion.

Eight Is Enough

     Mike, who has served in various capacities at CNS, smiles when he says:
     “I’ve had eight bosses in ten years.” He refers to the extraordinary turnover of top executives that have served the organization during the past decade.
     “My effort to stabilize the presidency is born in our scheme of direct reporting to the CNS Board, located next to our offices in Miami.

ACAS Looms Large

     “Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS), which requires data be submitted to U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) before cargo is loaded at a foreign airport, will be in effect and enforced within the next few months.
     “CNS, CBP, and TSA are holding industry meetings to inform stakeholders of the change,” Mike White said.

New Look CNS

     In addition to adding speakers for the 2018 Partnership Conference from such diverse sources as American Trucking Association (ATA), Mike White says flatly:
     “CNS will no longer hold sessions in a big hall with twenty people on a stage and fifty people in the audience.
     “We are keenly aware that stakeholders want to mix and meet with colleagues and spend quality time with business partners and potentials during CNS Partnership.
     “So for Palm Springs in May, after our opening sessions, the public meeting agenda will move into a part of the Exhibition Hall, inviting a natural proximity to both for all conferees so they can access whatever holds their interest throughout our three-day event.”
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   “AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ (ABC) focus,” said Vince Ryan, ABC Vice President North & South America, “is staying close to our customer group whilst developing our offering that incudes the ability to carry anything anywhere, anytime, via our B747 freighters and other aircraft, plus access to the Volga Dnepr and CLA fleets.
   “Business last year was very positive and continues as 2018 moves ahead.”
ABC experienced a 13 percent upsurge in total cargo carried in 2017, delivering more than 700,000 tons across our international network.
   “Now for 2018, we are focused on top service delivery for our growing menu of niche products including pharma, perishable freight, heavy lift and oversize shipments like aircraft engines, and more.
   “World Cargo Symposium (WCS) delivers an excellent venue to meet and deliver our message to every part of the supply chain,” Vince Ryan said.

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