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   Vol. 18 No. 15
Wednesday February 27, 2019

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Akbar Al Baker
“Qatar Airways recognizes the need for wider diversity in the workplace, not just in our airline but across the industry as a whole, which is why we are delighted to have this opportunity to reward individuals and teams who are going against the trend and proving that diversification is the way forward for aviation,” declared Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker as Qatar Airways said it is partnering up with IATA for a ten-year program called The Diversity & Inclusion Awards.
  Three different awards will be selected from nominations that began yesterday, February 26, 2019 and will continue until March 31.
  Winners for 2019 will be announced at IATA’s 75th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit set to take off in Seoul, South Korea June 1-3, 2019.
  Three winners will be selected each year, and each winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
Categories include Inspirational Role Model, High Flyer & Diversity & Inclusion Team.
  The Inspirational Role Model Award will be presented to a female (30+) who holds a senior position within the industry and has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda.
  High Flyer Award will go to a female under 30 who has started to grow their career, and is demonstrating thought leadership in the industry through their inspirational work.
  The Diversity and Inclusion Team Award goes to an entire airline that has shown an effort and affected change in diversification and inclusion.
  This award is open to all IATA member airlines.

Ten-Year Tenure

  “We see this as a long-term project, Chief Al Baker assures, “and look forward to working hand in hand with IATA for the next decade continuing to encourage greater inclusion and diversification in the airline community.”
For nomination submission, please click here.

Afa Vegas Women

     All kinds of air cargo trade shows everywhere in the world as the calendar moves along, but for our money, the Air Forwarders Association (AfA) or “The Brandon Fried Event,” that was held February 10-12 in La Vegas delivered just the right blend of people. These people make the going great for our industry by working diligently in advancing all aspects of the form.

Just One Look

     Just one look at the picture at the top of the page underscores the point that there are hands on people, out to accomplish good, in every aspect of the transportation business, including within the organized U.S. air forwarding group,
     Brandon Fried, the one-man dynamo who lights up the room is the one person heading an organized air cargo group, who expresses a real time welcome to all, by providing a venue and program that matters to people that make cargo go.

Grand Turnout at AfA

     “Judging from over 800 people in attendance this year and reviewing our post-conference survey results, AirCargo 2019 was a great success,” Brandon told FlyingTypers.
     “Attendees gave high marks for the quality of networking, exhibits, and programming that featured lots of useful information on TSA programs, airport freight handling, trucking issues, e-commerce shipping and much more.
     “FlyingTypers often refers to our event as the "conference for everybody else,” Brandon smiled, “but in truth you could not have described it better.
     “Afa Air Cargo continues to be a great venue, and people love to attend.”

Mike White At AfA

     Little wonder, that amongst the attendees at AfA Las Vegas this year along with Brandon, was a kindred spirit in thought, Mike White, President of Cargo Network Services (CNS).
     CNS, by the way, holds its annual Partnership Conference “E-Commerce Revolution” In Miami May 3-5 at Doral National.

AfA Vegas Group

20/20 on 2020

     “Next year, when our annual conference leads off the industry trade show season January 26-28, in Nashville, Tennessee we fully expect to bring even more industry people together adding numbers to the more than 800 lively and engaged conferees that participated at this year’s event,” Brandon Fried declared.

Brandon Fried, Matt Buckley, Michelle HalkerstonJim Foster Award

     One of the activities that underscores the value of AfA, is their annual Jim Foster Award that was presented at this year’s event, posthumously, to Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines founder.
     Jim Foster was a man who worked for more than 20 years in the air cargo industry.
     After working both sides of the fence in air cargo, Jim recognized the need for a unified industry voice representing air forwarders on the important issues of the day.
     So, in 1990, Foster founded the Airforwarders Association, which grew to over 200 members worldwide, under his leadership.
     “We were especially pleased to recognize the excellence of Herb Kelleher,” Brandon said “and that former Southwest Cargo Director Matt Buckley, accepted on behalf of Mr. Kelleher.”
     “We are honored to recognize both men.
     “Matt Buckley is a gem of a guy, who we wish well in his retirement.”

Richard Fisher, Jennifer Frigger Latham, Sandy Gregory, Glen Hall, Kirk McCann and Michelle Halkerston

New Officers At AfA

     “AfA also welcomed new leadership to the Afa in Las Vegas with the election of Michelle Halkerston (Hassett Express) as Chairman, Glen Hall (ALG Worldwide) as President, Jennifer Frigger Latham (EMO Trans) as Vice President, Sandy Gregory (Flexport) as Secretary, Kirk McCann (Transgroup) as Treasurer and Richard Fisher (BTX) as member-at-large.
     “These people are a competent group of highly experienced and energetic leaders that will propel our organization into an exciting future.”

The Airforwarders Association Mission 2019

     “As for the Airforwarders Association, our strategic vision for 2019 remains clear, featuring ongoing engagement within various regulatory agencies in Washington and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
     “We especially look forward to working with TSA in providing feedback to its industry security programs and of course, the newly introduced Third-Party Private Canine Screening Program (3PK9).
     “A recently formed Congressional Air Cargo Caucus is getting our attention, and we look forward to educating Members of Congress on the importance of the industry and providing site visits of various Airforwarders Association member facilities throughout the country,” Brandon Fried declared.

March Into Airport Truck Congestion

     “An important AfA initiative for 2019 is our ongoing engagement with airports on the truck congestion issue throughout the country.
     “I plan to discuss the topic at the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association's monthly luncheon on March 7th and again at the JFK Air Cargo Association's Air Cargo Expo on March 28th.
     “Afa is also planning a Town Hall meeting in Los Angeles on September 24th that will work to advance solutions to truck congestion and other issues challenging air cargo at LAX,” Brandon promised.

Chuckles For Feburary 26, 2014

Dhaka Garment Business

Here in New York City, the wholesale end of ready-to-wear clothing is affectionately referred to as “The Rag Business” or at least it was when I worked there in the late 1960s, just back from the Vietnam War.
     Today, piece wear manufacturing (garment pieces that were stitched together) has moved from the garment district between 34th and 42nd Street on the West side of Manhattan to Asia and India.
     But as the constant is always in some kind of change, RMG (readymade garments) may be moving again, as TG reports from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

     Bangladesh has been facing serious problems in the export of readymade garments (RMG). For the small nation, it is a huge problem simply because it is the second biggest manufacturer of RMG.
     The biggest hindrance export cargo from Bangladesh faces is not merely the lack of flights from Dhaka airport, otherwise known as Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), but the fact that the airport has often been scored for its lax security.
     To further complicate matters, the airport faces capacity constraints, which lead to higher shipment costs.

Dhaka Not Cargo Friendly

     Dhaka Airport, according to local freight forwarders, receives more than 1,000 tons of goods a month, mostly garments.
     However, airlines can only lift 700 tons. As a result, there is always a huge backlog of garments.

Kolkata Cleaning Up

     Security at HSIA has improved considerably over the years. There are reports that the recent security audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) found no major security loopholes.
     The high cost of exports from Dhaka has forced exporters in Bangladesh to seek alternative gateways like the one in neighboring Kolkata, India to send out their goods.

Dhaka Price Restrictive

     According to reports from Dhaka, while it costs Tk 5 per kilo ($1 is equal to Tk 84) to send goods by air from Bangladesh to Europe, it costs only Tk 3.5 per kilo to use the Dhaka-Kolkata-Europe route.
     This involves goods travelling from Bangladesh (by road) to the border, physically transferring to trucks on the other side of the border before reaching a foreign airport, and then being airfreighted to European destinations.
     A successful pilot was carried out by the Colombo-based EFL. Talking about the move, a spokesperson from EFL said that, “the idea to handle the cross-border transshipment of cargo from Dhaka to New Delhi via Kolkata originated when the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) initiated the Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) agreement on June 15, 2015.”
     India later initiated discussions to facilitate the free movement of vehicular traffic between the four countries under the BBIN project. After the first trial run piloted by the EFL group, Bhutan and Nepal opted out of the agreement.

The Third Country Via India Scheme

     “With the continuous challenges faced at Dhaka airport including space constraints, EFL conceptualized this idea and was able to facilitate a successful pilot run of cross-border transshipment to a third country with support from several government officials in India including the Indian and Bangladeshi customs,” said a spokesperson from EFL.
     What made the move easy was the fact that regular Imports/Exports take place between India and Bangladesh through Petrapole in India and Benapole in Bangladesh, by road.
     This prompted EFL to extend support to “our global customers in moving their cargo from Bangladesh to a Third Country via India as transshipment cargo.”
     It was back in August 2016 that EFL liaised with government authorities in India and Bangladesh to facilitate the pilot run. At that time, a bonded cargo truck with an electronic seal from an authorized vendor of customs (Asian Development Bank) departed from EFL's Tongi warehouse in Bangladesh.
     It moved to India after clearing Customs at the Benapole-Petrapole border. The truck then continued to travel for more than 1,500 km before reaching its final destination, Delhi.
     Once this trial run was completed, EFL continued discussions with Indians officials and succeeded in carrying out transshipment for a third country.
     The Kolkata trip was the latest move. EFL said that cargo movement was generally governed by factors such as supply and demand, capacity at Kolkata airport and the turnaround time for Customs clearance procedures.

Growing Business

     At present, EFL handles a total volume of 50-60 tons per week. Given the current landscape with the entry of a few more freight forwarding players in the market, the tonnages are expected to go up to 500-600 tons a month.
     Further, the EFL spokesperson commented that once all exporters from Bangladesh and other global customers importing RMG for their global distribution become fully aware of the facility, tonnages would go up significantly.
     Also, as awareness increases, high volumes on this route could be expected since international airlines operating from Kolkata would view this as an additional business opportunity.
     EFL presently sends out three cargo flights a week to Europe—mostly Emirates and Qatar Airways—that will be later ramped up to six flights a week.

Siddiqur RahmanU.S. Plan

     There are plans to send apparel cargo to the U.S. if it is commercially viable. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have welcomed EFL’s success in the transshipment of RMG.
     BGMEA President, Siddiqur Rahman said that the move was like “opening up a new window for us.” According to officials in Kolkata, the program will run for the next six months on a pilot basis after which some regulations might come up to check diversion of cargo.

Meet Me In The Lobby

     For its part, EFL has been lobbying with the governments of Bangladesh and India to introduce truck services between Dhaka and Delhi. That will help goods to be sent to Europe from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
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