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   Vol. 23 No. 23

Thursday May 9, 2024


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Luiz Gustavo Cavallari, Amar More, Eric Hartmann, Marianna Perez and Cortney Robinson

     Somebody once said “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
     We are living in a era of vast change, in fact if you hear one phrase more than any other these days it’s “nothing is the same”.
     So now it’s all about getting smarter post pandemic in what adds up to a whole new world of possibilities.
     Just in case you missed it here is an important session by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to advance air cargo that took place Monday May 6th with some great people in Lima, Peru.
     ICAO SAM (South America) Regional Cargo Workshop featured from left Luiz Gustavo Cavallari Aviation Security Specialist, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, (Civil Aviation Authority, Brazil-ANAC); Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, India; Eric Hartmann, TIACA Regional Representative, Latin America; Chile Marianna Perez, Aviation Security and Facilitation Specialist, COSESNA, Costa Rica and Cortney Robinson, Air Transport Officer, Air Cargo at The International Civil Aviation Organization, Canada.
     This kind of gathering gets little to no coverage but ICAO is out there advancing the conversation along with some well-known thought leaders, including Amar More who discussed the importance to move freight faster with the innovative Airport Community Systems (ACS) program.
     “Thank you, ICAO,” said Eric Hartmann Regional Representative in Latin America for The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).
     “Special thanks goes to Mr. Fabio Rabbani, (left) ICAO’s South America Regional Director for the initiative to include air cargo during these meetings in Lima.
     “ICAO with a specific workshop focused on steps to move forward with liberalization and digitalization, highlights the importance of regional regulators’ participation.
     “Our wide-ranging conversations importantly addressed cargo security and the sharing of experiences throughout the region.
     “ICAO is a welcome venue that moved the marble toward better understanding through face-to-face contact,” Eric Hartmann declared.”
     The ICAO initiative underscores the need to have continued contact for air cargo free of commercial pressures.
     Apropos of this, coming in June is a brilliant initiative from fellow panelist Amar More, founder and President of Kale Logistics Solutions.
     CLEAR VIEW Americas is scheduled to take place on June 19-21, 2024, in Cancun, Mexico at the Hilton Hotel.
     “CLEAR VIEW stands as a global beacon for the air cargo industry, gathering 20 plus esteemed leaders and CXOs to engage in meaningful discussions on the most pressing matters facing our industry,” Amar declared.
     “Previous editions in UAE, Greece, Thailand, and South Africa have witnessed the convergence of influential figures from IATA, TIACA, global regulators, leading airports, airlines, and airport operators,” the young executive stated emphatically.
     “This year, in Mexico, we eagerly anticipate the invaluable contributions of industry voices in shaping the future of our industry,” Amar More concluded.
     We like Amar More and his Kale Logistics Solutions. This company from India burst upon the scene a couple years back and dramatically changed the air cargo business at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Kale Logistics Solutions partnered with ATL to develop North America's first Airport Cargo Community System.
     The platform ensures transparency and reduction in dwell time, logistics cost and efforts.
     But More is not satisfied to sit on his duff, awaiting the next success.
     He’s got a message of collaboration and hope and is out there all over the western hemisphere and elsewhere searching and finding answers to the most basic and continually unanswered question of our industry: ”Where’s my cargo?”
     “Success in 2024 is all about cooperative solutions. To find answers and advance, we need a strong agenda when we meet,” says the founder of Kale.
     The idea to intellectualize the air cargo business with a mutually beneficial discussion for a couple days in June at Mexico City next month offers hope for all of us.
     Importantly by contrast, this gathering comes after seasons when hope at other commercial industry events seems a bit tired and goes to bed upstairs early at the hotel.
     Check out CLEAR VIEW, an invite only event June 19th-21st.

Bob Arens

     We bid a fond farewell to this kind gentleman with the wonderful face, Robert Nicholas Arens, who died Monday, May 6, 2024 at age 82.
     We knew Bob for a number of years as a force for good and a genuine nice guy when he worked for Icelandair’s Al Shea at JFK.
          At the time we were building our brand, we would see him at work in one of those now long-gone cargo sheds that used to surround Cargo Building 80 (also long gone at JFK) where the Customs Brokers and some forwarders lived at the airport.
     Bob and I would banter about our last names being so familiar at a time he was dealing with the paperwork of air cargo and we were lugging around A VW Microbus full of newspapers, whixh we delivered college campus style to the cargo area on and off the airport.
     Sometimes we would go take coffee at Greg and Paul Poulos’ Sky Deli in Building 110, where all the cargo people hung out and we kept our newspaper rack filled with papers for the airlines, forwarder and brokers.
     We recall being really green in the air cargo business and Bob Arens extending a gentle helping hand and actually coming in with us and helping our small newspaper Air Cargo News for a time.
     Bob Arens always made us feel that the big, and at times, impersonal airport cargo business was manageable.
     Bob was also an advocate and active supporter of the JFK Air Cargo Association and served as an advisor for many years.
Bill Birnbach, Mort Downey, Bob Arens, Frank Otto, Larry Fleischer, Jim Larsen
     His friend Jim Larsen (Ex-Seaboard World Airlines), himself a legend of the formative days of air cargo, during the 1970s, when JFK International handled more than 70% of all the international air cargo moving in and out of the U.S., recalls his good friend Bob Arens.
     “I first came to know of Bob Arens at JFK. I’m sad to hear of his passing. Too many old friends have passed recently.”
     Bob was born March 8, 1942 in Richmond Hill, New York, son of the late Edward and the late Veronica (Donohue) Arens.
     He is survived by his beloved wife, Bernice (Piranio) Arens and his three loving sons, Michael E. Arens, Richard Arens and Daniel Arens and their extended families.
Services at Rocky Point Funeral Home, 603 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. Celebration of the Mass of Christian burial will be held 9:30 am on Friday, May 10, 2024 at St. Anthony Of Padua R.C. Church, 614 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Knights of Columbus Services 7:30PM and Wake Prayers offered at 8:00PM at the Rocky Point Funeral Home, 603 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. An online guestbook can be found at www.rockypointfuneralhome.com.

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