US forwarding chief predicts end-of-year upturn

The air cargo industry should expect a strong peak season in the fourth quarter despite lower Q1 volumes, said executive director of the US-based Airforwarders Association (AfA), Brandon Fried. According to World ACD, global air cargo chargeable weight flown in Q1 2023 was down 11% compared with a year earlier, but Fried attributes recent lower volumes to post-Covid normalization rather than decline. “We’re coming down from the lofty volumes seen during the ... [+]

Airfreight industry calls for crisis funding

The Airforwarders Association in the US and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America are calling for a State or Federal-backed ‘Air Cargo Support Fund’ to tackle the crisis in the US industry. The recommendations form part of a whitepaper following a survey of 400 air cargo stakeholders in ... [+]

Forwarders need to be convinced of digitisation benefits, says industry chief

Forwarders are ready to digitalize but need clear evidence of its value, says Airforwarders Association executive director Brandon Fried. He said his members were ready but needed to better understand its worth beyond regulatory or customer requirements, Brandon Fried told delegates at the CNS Partnership Conference in Phoenix on 25 May. “There ... [+]

US forwarders get together to tackle airfreight issues

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) is driving an initiative to help tackle airport congestion in the US. AfA’s Airport Congestion Committee (ACC) recently met and agreed to focus on developing solutions for: technology and automation; service standards; airport facilities and infrastructure; staffing and hours of operation; and regulatory and paperwork challenges. The five ... [+]

Platinum plaudit for IAG

IAG Cargo has become the world’s first international carrier to gain Platinum membership of the Airforwarders Association (AfA). As a Platinum member, IAG Cargo will help to shape AfA policy and engage in advocacy on key legislation that affects the cargo industry, freight forwarders and airlines, making it an influential ... [+]

We’re not ready for screening scheme, say US forwarders

The US freight industry is calling on the Federal government to allow more input from freight forwarders, especially small and medium-sized operators, before expanding the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program. The program to risk-assess advance data on inbound air shipments to the US to assess ris, is currently in pilot ... [+]

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