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   Vol. 19 No. 51
Sunday July 12, 2020
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TIACA Can Wait For 2021

     Undaunted by the global COVID-19 pandemic that once again is sweeping across Florida, TIACA Air Cargo Forum apparently is still planning its Miami, debut November 10-11 with Messe München organizing the event, and a couple of industry publication partners, handling sales.
     In early July, looking over the event website at the booked booths reveals (minus a small army of publications) maybe 30 exhibitors, but less than a half dozen airlines.
     The airlines, their sales agents and airports have always been the meat and potato sponsors at this event.

First Test New Partnership

     TIACA, which partnered up with Messe München after its last event in Toronto two years ago, in 2020, is hawking and insisting on an exhibition at the time of widespread world tragedy.
     Right now, it seems to us these people should step back a bit and take a deep breath.
     We are still very much living inside the fog of a pandemic that continues to put a permanent dent in all of our lives.

Lost In The Sauce

     The Miami ACF from the looks of it, no matter how well intentioned, will appear for a few days as a diminutive presence inside a mammoth, newly refurbished Miami Beach Convention Center.
     Why not pause this year’s event, as FIATA World Congress, IATA World Cargo Symposium, CNS Partnership Conference, and almost every other major industry gathering has done, postponing its 2020 events?
     Now seems like a time for people to get their lives back together, get the children back in school, and to take measure of what’s left of air cargo, regroup and then get back to trade shows and face-to-face networking next year.

No Way Out?

      “We have tried to cancel our participation due to the fact that we are stuck at home and most of the world is still in semi lockdown,” an exhibitor at ACF 2020 told FlyingTypers.
     “We have been told that if we cancel there will be no refund.”

Stuck In The MuC

     “We were told if we don’t pay our invoice and honor our commitment, we will not be granted admission or be permitted to exhibit at any other Messe München events worldwide,” another source exclaimed.
     Having recently acquired air cargo shows in Africa and India, and ACF Miami added to their stable of Air Cargo Europe Munich and Air Cargo China, MuC in 2020 dominates the air cargo trade show circuit.
     During a time of great turmoil and change, words of understanding, caring and comfort are needed here and might help pave the way to a better future all around.

The Year From Hell

     Face it, 2020, the year from hell has bent and even broken some legendary companies and airlines, and in case you are counting, 2020 is only a few days past being half over.
     COVID-19 has destroyed lives, torn apart the hopes and dreams of tens of millions of people worldwide and caused pain, suffering and loss, unequalled in decades.

The Demon Is Back

     Right now, less than four months from the event, the entire State of Florida is experiencing an uptick in the spread of COVID-19 pandemic virus and in some cases has headed into reverse in terms of openings.
     In terms of conferee and exhibitor attendance, apparently the biggest airline in the world and the major tenant at MIA, American Airlines is not even listed as exhibiting.
     Also notably absent are Lufthansa, British, LAN and other regional and Latin American carriers, and forwarders and support companies in our industry that regularly attend these types of events.
     So where is the logic of having this event at a time when other means of contact are holding sway, when IATA and others have taken a moderate approach toward resuming industry gatherings during the first quarter of 2021?
     And who does TIACA/Messe München expect to show up as attendees at this event?

One More Thing

     Interestingly, the TIACA Forum 2020 in addition to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 will be taking place in South Florida during a time which the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has predicted as “a busy hurricane season for 2020,” through November 30.
     We were reminded of that as an early season tropical storm ripped up the east coast of the USA and lashed New York City Friday with several inches of rain and sixty mile an hour wind gusts.
     OK, we get it. South Florida is always a sweet spot for storms during November, but enough is enough.

Force Majeure May Pull The Trigger

     One theory we have heard is that maybe TIACA /Messe München is waiting for some time in the early Fall 2020 when “Force Majeure” (FM) might kick in and mitigate their exposure.
     FM gets everybody off the hook to play another day.
     “The FM strategy frees all parties from liabilities or obligations when extraordinary circumstances take place,” Wikipedia explains.
     If that is the case, we can only wonder even more about the aforementioned “pay up or else” gambit.

The Reality Check

     Time to stop thinking about who will sponsor the masks and hand sanitizer and start to consider the efficacy of actually looking out for the greater good.
     We cannot allow the interest of a few to dictate how we proceed for the remainder of 2020.
     If the lesson of the China CCP covering up what has become a devastating worldwide pandemic has taught us anything, it is that gathering in a large group anywhere is a foolhardy proposition until a vaccine appears or this viral infection of COVID-19 subsides.
     Moreover, it is absolutely ridiculous to ignore our intuitive feelings about self-preservation.
     Do not put yourself at risk.
     It’s great to be alive right now, a little weird, but we will get through it.
     Resist and stand up for common sense.
     There will be many meetings and advancements we can share online, and sooner than you might expect, we’ll be together once again like we were.
     We just have to get through this together.

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How TIACA Began

     The birth of TIACA took place after the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) decided to withdraw their sponsorship of the International Air Cargo Association’s (IACA) biennial trade show called Air Cargo Forum (ACF).

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     The last IACA ACF that took place in New York City was in 1982 at the Hilton Hotel.
Julie Kupersmit     I remember Bill Boesch and the late Julie Kupersmit (right), the container genius that headed up Containair, sitting inside a can on the show floor debating the various aspects of ULDs.
     Shortly after that a group of concerned air cargo executives started the new organization TIACA, which held its first board meeting at The In & Out Club in London. We were there.

Bob Arendal A Genuine Hero

     TIACA moved center stage with its first Air Cargo Forum (ACF) 1992 in Luxembourg thanks to Bob Arendal and Cargolux.
     That takeoff stalled a bit when TIACA went to Seattle in 1994.

Ram Put TIACA Into The Big Time

     It was Ram Menen, who convinced Prince Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates to sponsor the 1996 TIACA event in Dubai.
     TIACA hit the big time in the UAE as a money-making, landmark event. And the rest, as they say, is history.

TIACA Is The Hope
     As we have declared here in the past and still today, we believe that TIACA is the last, best hope for an impartial air cargo industry organization to work, educate, and sponsor the causes of the entire logistic supply chain.
     TIACA was created as a meeting place for people that are air cargo minded.
     TIACA may be a bit messy for some, but that is because an international and diverse organization of many peoples and cultures from around the world will always have to work to achieve a consensus.
     Unlike dispassionate exhibition companies, trade groups and publications that seem to want to dominate trade shows today, TIACA can truly say that it represents organized cargo.

All The Rest Are Pretenders

     Air cargo is awash with private interests that either espouse their own vision for things in air cargo or, worse, appear as quick buck artists that e-mail blitz everybody nearly to death and then put on noise events with all kinds of artificial, non-performing meaningless stimuli like industry awards and over the top gala dinners.
     These quickie two or three-day events deliver little value for money.

TIACA Should Be Supported

     TIACA should be attended and deserves industry support. TIACA is not perfect but neither is air cargo, or any of us, when you think about it. TIACA ACF Miami can wait for 2021.

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