October 07, 2014: The air cargo industry must work closely with regulators to deliver safe, reliable, efficient global trade, delegates at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)'s Air Cargo Forum (ACF) heard today.
TIACA took to the stage with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to pledge closer collaboration at the opening session of the three-day Forum and Exposition.
"The industry is facing unprecedented challenges and unprecedented opportunities, we must face them together," said Oliver Evans, TIACA Chairman (second from the right). "Collaboration is key. It is a long road, but it is an exciting one and one we can be proud of."
Evans was joined by WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya and ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin (second and third from the left) at the plenary session, the first of eleven workshops and panels covering issues from advance data to security and training. "Airtrade is an essential enabler of global connectivity, but we need to forge practical partnerships and solutions, " Benjamin told delegates.
Mikuriya and Benjamin met with the TIACA Board yesterday as part of a continued collaboration between the organizations. "Getting information at an early stage, preferably pre-loading, is vital to deciding what approach is needed to high-risk cargo," said Mikuriya. "That is why we have started working closely with the industry and ICAO and we are trying to find synergies to avoid duplication between supply chain partners."
The conference was opened with a speech by SUH Seoung-hwan, Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, Korea, and a welcome from Wan-su PARK, the newly appointed president and chairman of ACF host Incheon Airport.