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June 17, 2014: Qatar Airways Cargo sponsored the opening ceremony of the Qatar Solar Energy factory and research facility in Doha last week. The facility which can produce solar panels, capable of generating as much as 300 megawatts of energy annually, is located in Doha's new industrial area.

QatarIn alignment with Qatar's National Vision 2030, Qatar Solar Energy's mission is to help Qatar take a significant and strategic step towards establishing itself as a global and renewable energy technology development and research hub.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, said: "Qatar Airways Cargo operates from its Doha hub to more than 130 destinations worldwide, offering freight forwarders access to one of the youngest airline fleets, as well as a truly global network. "We look forward to working with Qatar Solar Energy, and supporting them in shipping solar panels, and other leading-edge equipment, around the world.

"Qatar Airways takes its takes corporate social responsibility very seriously, and is committed to protecting the environment," added Mr. Ogiermann.

"Qatar Solar Energy is dedicated to democratizing sustainable energy by delivering environmentally responsible solutions to the world's pressing energy challenges. By lowering the cost, our technology will empower individuals and businesses with affordable electricity in developed and emerging markets," said Salim Abbassi, CEO of QSE. "This is a significant milestone for Qatar and proves that the region can be on the leading edge of an industry that will secure sustainable energy for future generations."

QSE also announced that it signed agreements with Jermyn Capital to supply 150MW of solar power to the Japanese market and additionally with Power Capital to supply 150MW to the Thailand market. QSE was chosen as the solar provider of choice for its ability to deliver higher efficiency solar solutions at lower costs with plans to work together into the future with both companies on a range of solar power initiatives.

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June 16, 2014: Etihad Cargo, a division of UAE national airline, Etihad Airways, has enhanced its cargo services to and from Switzerland and the United States (US), by offering bellyhold cargo capacity on flights between Abu Dhabi and Zurich and Los Angeles respectively.

Etihad Airways launched daily flights to both cities on 1 June, bringing the total number of Swiss destinations flown direct from its Abu Dhabi hub to two, and raising to four its network of direct US cities.

The airline already flies from Abu Dhabi to Geneva in Switzerland and to Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. in the US.

The new Abu Dhabi-Zurich services offer cargo customers 260 tonnes of weekly bellyhold uplift capability while flights between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles will offer 130 tonnes of weekly bellyhold volume.

Etihad Airways is deploying an Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi-Zurich route, with services to Los Angeles initially being operated by an Airbus A340-500 aircraft, before switching to a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft from 15 July.

Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Switzerland and the US are key markets for us, and our new services to Zurich and Los Angeles provide shippers with convenient, daily access to points all across our global network.

"In total, we now offer just over 510 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity to and from Switzerland, and 940 tonnes to and from the US, with unique access out of both countries to the Gulf region, the Indian subcontinent market, Africa and many parts of Asia.

"Our new cargo capability to Zurich and Los Angeles will appeal particularly to the valuable goods, pharmaceutical, textile, machinery and fresh produce sectors, and we look forward to working with our customers to facilitate more trade across our network."

The increase in cargo capacity comes against a background of rising tonnage flown by Etihad Cargo. In 2013, Etihad Cargo carried more than 6,700 tonnes of goods to and from Switzerland, up 21 per cent on 2012, while tonnage to and from the US over the same period rose 54 per cent to 36,000 tonnes

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June 16, 2014: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations to start three weekly services to Madrid, Spain starting from 2 September 2014.

Ethiopian flights to Madrid will be operated through Rome and will bring the number of the airline's international destinations across five continents to 83. The flights will provide the best connectivity options between Spain and East and Southern Africa.

Madrid, the political, economic and financial hub of Spain, is the country's biggest and Europe's the third largest city. It also houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization and numerous major corporations.

ethiopian airlines"We are very pleased to announce to our esteemed customers that Ethiopian will start services to Madrid, bringing the number of our European destinations to ten. The continued expansion of our network in Europe will enable our customers to enjoy wider choice of connectivity options when travelling between Europe and Africa. Spain is a major tourist originating and destination country. Our new route to Madrid will create opportunities for further strengthening the investment, trade, and tourism ties between Spain and 49 destinations in Africa with convenient and seamless connection through our main hub in Addis Ababa.", said Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam.

Passengers to and from Madrid will enjoy convenient connections to destinations in Ethiopian wide route network such as Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salam, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lusaka, Luanda and Johannesburg.

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 81 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

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June 13, 2014: Etihad Cargo will commence a weekly freighter service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today, Friday 13 June 2014. On the return sector to Abu Dhabi, the freighter will also stop in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's biggest city - is a major industrial and economic centre in East Africa, and following the first Etihad Cargo flight today, all subsequent weekly freighter services will operate every Monday to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

Etihad Cargo will deploy one of its three Airbus A330-200 wide-body freighters on the route, offering customers heavy uplift capability of up to 64 metric tonnes.

Initially, the UAE airline expects the service to carry heavy electronics, medical equipment and food items to Dar es Salaam, with primarily perishable goods destined for the Gulf region and Europe loaded for the return flights.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: "Tanzania is a new market for Etihad Cargo, and our weekly Abu Dhabi-Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Abu Dhabi routing will allow us to capitalise on the strong import and export demand to and from one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.

"This Dar es Salaam service will facilitate trade between the UAE and Tanzania, in addition to offering customers across the Middle East, subcontinent and Europe bidirectional maindeck cargo solutions to and from a major trading centre on the African continent."

Etihad Cargo is the fast-growing freight business of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, offering services to 103 destinations internationally. The carrier operates a fleet of nine freighters, consisting of three Airbus A330-200F, three Boeing B777F, and three Boeing 747F.
Later this month, Etihad Cargo will take delivery of one new freighter, an Airbus A330-200F.

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June 13, 2014: Today, CLECAT and FIATA, representing freight forwarders on the European and international level, presented their views on the "Role of freight forwarders and logistics in intermodal transport chains" at a workshop of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted by the Government of Belgium in Brussels.

CLECAT and FIATA thanked UNECE for hosting a debate on freight logistics, a sector providing jobs to millions and crucial in terms of added value. Logistics has a key role to play in increasing the competitiveness of states' economies in a sustainable way.

CLECAT and FIATA have pointed out to authorities that logistics must be seen as a business: a really important one for their counties' prosperity. The associations believe logistics should figure more prominently on the political agenda. Ensuring convenient access to global trade by proving the indispensable logistics connectivity is the best political investment policy makers can make in this day and age.

CLECAT and FIATA recognise the importance of transport policy in providing the appropriate regulatory framework, adequate investments in transport infrastructure and ensuring that the required skills are available. So long as these imperatives are properly satisfied transport policy can provide a fair base for efficient, sustainable, safe and secure freight transport and mobility.

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT, noted that many policies – such as those of modal shift in the EU - have demonstrated that efforts trying to artificially force change by placing restrictions or penalties will inevitably fail and become ineffective, whilst providing incentives and facilitating the move to more sustainable options (e.g. through the removal of regulatory barriers) will be a success.

Freight transport policy should make the industry more attractive for younger people and people re- entering the labour market. This awareness raising and the launch of capacity building campaigns can help improve the image of logistics, a sector always failing to reap the recognition of its merits.

Marco Sorgetti, Director General of FIATA noted that "a lack of investments often appears to be the reason for insufficient progress" and "logistics makes prosperity possible through trade and this is a convenient truth to remember". He eyes the Sustainable Development Goals under the post-2015 agenda as a unique opportunity to promote logistics connectivity among the priorities for sustainable development.

"A rare opportunity for governments to seize", Sorgetti said, and "FIATA will help policymakers who try to remove regulatory barriers, and make appropriate investments in transport infrastructure and trade facilitation. FIATA has instruments both in facilitation tools and in training programmes that can be readily deployed." The FIATA DG also noted that "the WTO agreement on trade facilitation has the potential to give international trade a boost and FIATA is anticipating on its implementation by making all its resources available."

Ms van der Jagt concluded that "a continued commitment of our sector to work in partnership with governments and civil society will lead to tangible benefits for the continued economic and sustainable growth."

 

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June 16, 2014: Aramex, the leading global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced its acquisition of Mail Call Couriers, a leading courier service in metro express deliveries in Australia. The new acquisition strengthens Aramex's Asia-Pacific proposition and provides Aramex with important, technology-driven delivery capabilities in Australia. The acquisition is part of the company's aggressive expansion strategy in global growth markets.

Mail Call CouriersMail Call Couriers is a leading express courier company in the metropolitan markets in Australia. It has a strong brand and has built a reputation for developing innovative customer-focused technology and providing fast and efficient services. Founded in 1982, Mail Call, in the last few years has been the benchmark for innovative e-commerce solutions in the Australian logistics market, with its unique 'WantItNow' delivery solution. The solution incorporates groundbreaking count-down technology and unparalleled 3 hour and evening e-commerce delivery offerings.

Australian consumers are purchasing an increasing number of goods and products from overseas through e-commerce, with a recent study showing that only 53% of online consumers buy domestically from Australian retailers. The Australian e-commerce market grew from $30billion in 2011 to over $37billion in 2013, with Australian consumers increasingly sourcing goods and products from the Asia Pacific region.

Australia is now the fourth largest e-commerce market in the Asia-Pacific region, providing significant opportunities for Aramex to expand its e-commerce proposition across the region to take advantage of the increasing demand from Australian consumers for online shopping delivery solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Hussein Hachem, Chief Executive Officer of Aramex said: "We are delighted to be adding Mail Call Couriers to Aramex's global network. The company has a very strong track record and an excellent management team and we are excited to support its next phase of growth. Mail Call Couriers is an excellent strategic fit for Aramex, with suitable, scalable synergies with Aramex's own global infrastructure, enabling us to play a key role in providing important delivery solutions to our customers in metropolitan markets in Australia.

"We will be taking Mail Call Courier's specialized 'WantItNow' technology and applying it to our other ecommerce markets across the globe. This deal also offers some exciting opportunities to further develop and grow our global e-commerce proposition across the Asia Pacific region. We intend to offer Shop and Ship to our Australian customers, enabling them to shop from the US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. We will be looking to make a significant contribution to the development of Australia's e-commerce sector, drive innovation in the industry and help open up its markets to increased cross-border e-commerce."

Emma Cronin, Joint Managing Director of Mail Call Couriers said: "We are very proud of the business we founded and have built up over 32 years. The investment we have made in the company through our technology-driven solutions and our premium service proposition, particularly in the e-commerce space in recent years, has resulted in significant competitive differentiation for our business and brand. Following the acquisition, our customers will now be able to benefit from Aramex's global network, international expertise and scale, whilst still being able to enjoy our personalised, tailored services."

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June 11, 2014: American Airlines Cargo today begins cargo service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong (HKG), the world's largest air cargo hub, and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Shanghai (PVG), the world's third largest air cargo airport. Service departing Hong Kong begins June 13, and service departing Shanghai begins June 12.

The Hong Kong service is a first for any U.S.-based carrier, and it opens up an extensive market to customers in both South America and Asia. The non-stop service will be operated with a B777-300ER, the airline's first use of the long-range aircraft in Asia.

The new Shanghai service will be operated with a B777-200 aircraft and will provide customers with a third gateway to and from Shanghai. Currently, American offers service between Shanghai and Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD).

"This is a major milestone for us," said Jim Butler, president of American Airlines Cargo. "Building our presence in Asia is a key component of our long-term network strategy. Including these two new routes, we're now able to connect Asia to 68 different cities across Latin America, creating hundreds of routes where shipments can start and end their journeys."

Outbound from both Hong Kong and Shanghai, American is targeting customers with traffic destined for Dallas/Fort Worth as well as those with freight continuing to Central and South America.

The primary exports from Hong Kong are expected to be electronics and computer parts. The primary exports from Shanghai are expected to be electronics and mail. Machinery and equipment and manufactured goods are expected to be the primary imports into Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In Hong Kong, American will be handled by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) and represented by GSA Antares International. In Shanghai, American will be handled by Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd. (PACTL) and represented by GSA Pan Asia Express.

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Cargolux ZhengzhouJune 16, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced the launch of scheduled services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou after obtaining all necessary permits from the relevant authorities. Today's inaugural flight was operated with one of the airline's advanced Boeing 747-8 freighters.

Flight CV9746 departed from Luxembourg at 8:00 p.m. and will arrive in Zhengzhou at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday June 15th (all times local). Cargolux will initially operate twice weekly services to CGO, departing Luxembourg on Thursday and Saturday each week.

From July 2014, the airline plans to operate 4 weekly services while an additional 2 weekly frequencies will be added from September this year.

The implementation of regular air freight services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou is a major element of the commercial cooperation agreement between Cargolux and HNCA.

In addition to Zhengzhou, Cargolux also operates all-cargo flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen in mainland China.

June 10, 2014: Cargolux would like to confirm that none of its aircraft were involved, damaged or destroyed in the terrorist attack at Jinnah international airport in Karachi this weekend, contrary to rumors published on a variety of websites.

Cargolux would like to further state that none of its aircraft were positioned in Karachi at the time of the attack. The airline operates one weekly flight to Karachi on Tuesdays with flight CV7822 routed from Luxembourg to Sharjah via Karachi.

Due to the developing situation, the Karachi stopover has been cancelled until further notice.

 

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June 11, 2014: ADPC, the master developer of ports and industrial zones, has awarded an AED 20 million contract to Alba Tec; a construction company specialized in pre-engineered building, to manage the second phase development of Marfa Port in the Al Gharbia Region of the Abu Dhabi emirate.

Akram Chalich, Managing director of "Alba Tec Construction and Development", and Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of ADPC (right, below), met at ADPC's headquarters to formally seal the agreement and sign the contract.

The development work in Marfa Port has been split into two phases. The first phase of development represented an investment approximately of AED 17 million, this together with the second phase will total an investment of more than AED 40 million.

Commenting on the signing of the contract, Capt. Al Shamisi said: "The development of Marfa Port is one of our most important projects in the Al Gharbia region. Established in the 1970s, Marfa has been a fishing port and a location for pearl diving. It is a beautiful location for tourism and substantial development is planned for the area, as part of the 2030 Economic Plan. The investment in port facilities and improved infrastructure will support and facilitate this development in the years ahead."

Akram Chalich, Managing director of "Alba Tec Construction and Development", added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank ADPC for awarding Alba Tec this, the second phase of the design, build and development of Marfa Port.

"We are committed to delivering the project on time and to the highest quality standards. All of the buildings will be sustainable, meeting the ESTIDAMA Pearl 2 rating standards using green materials and savImage 2ing energy.

"It is Alba Tec's great honour to be part of ADPC's development and investment project at Marfa, and to support the UAE's wider tourism and commercial goals as part of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Plan."

The first phase of development which is almost 95% complete focused on improving the port facilities.

The second phase of the development will focus on the landside infrastructure and new marina facilities. These will include an administration building, a fish-market, a supermarket, café and new restaurant building. There will be retail units for boat maintenance businesses and dry boat parking.

All of the projects and the new buildings will be Estidama compliant, with two pearl rating, meeting the Government's environmental and sustainability regulations.

ADPC has four ports in the Al Gharbia region; Marfa, Al Sila, Mugharrag, and Delma. ADPC is leading a programme of investment in each area designed to boost local business and industries, and increase the maritime facilities to support forthcoming infrastructure development.

As the master developer and regulator of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADPC's core objective is to facilitate the diversification of the economy by stimulating development and trade, following Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030. ADPC manages nine commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, including its flagship state-of-the-art, deep-water Khalifa Port. ADPC supports partners' infrastructure projects and sets up new companies and joint ventures in the ports and industrial zones sectors.

ADPC is also developing Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). Located adjacent to Khalifa Port, Kizad serves a range of logistics and manufacturing investors, and will grow into one of the world's largest industrial zones.

The company's AED 24.2 billion (USD 6.5billion) flagship Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) has been designed to be flexible to reflect market needs.

Kizad was launched to market in 2010, and the whole of Khalifa Port was inaugurated on 12/12/12 by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The port's semi-automated container terminal was launched on 1 September, 2012 and is now handling all of Abu Dhabi's container traffic, after its transfer from Zayed Port, the historic port in the city centre.

Phase One of Khalifa Port has a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, plus 12 million tons of general cargo. Further phases of development will occur as market demand requires. With all phases complete, Khalifa Port will be able to handle 15 million TEUs and 35 million tons of general cargo per year.

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June 12, 2014: With the support from the Flemish government, Brussels Airport, Voka and Nallian are launching a unique platform which will enable the various players at BRUcargo to securely exchange information. Basetechnology, the Cargo Community System (CCS) will enable the various players in the cargo zone to exchange information faster and more efficiently.

With its Strategisch Actieplan voor de Reconversie en Tewerkstelling (START - Strategic Action Plan for Reconversion and Employment) in the airport region, the Flemish government wants to recharge the airport region and provide it with new socio-economic incentives. In 2012, as part of this framework, Brussels Airport, the private players at the airport and Voka started BRUcargo Secured Gateway; a research project in cooperation with and led by the VIL (Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek). The objective was to develop BRUcargo into the most efficient and safest cargo airport in Europe.

The BRUcargo Secured Gateway project revealed that a CCS was imperative to arrive at the desired short and long term process optimisation. The CCS enables an easier, clearer, more reliable and faster (real time) exchange of information between the various players (industrial shippers, operators, truckers, handling agents, airlines, Brussels Airport Company, Customs and the FAVV (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain). The physical handling of the cargo will be improved and costs saved by this way of operating. The CSS enables continual process optimisation and provides the following benefits:

  • flexible response to current and prospective market developments;;
  • readily taking advantage of new technological evolutions;;
  • remaining ahead of the competition from other cargo airports.

Steve Polmans BRUcargo"Nowadays, an efficient cargo community system is indispensable for the development of any logistics cluster and certainly for BRUcargo" states Steven Polmans (left), Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport. "We see an enormous increase in information in logistics; both in the available information and the need for information. The challenge that lies ahead is managing and steering this properly and we believe that, in Nallian, we have found the right partner to achieve this."

The project, of which the first results are expected within 6 months, is a global premiere. The CCS is technology. In addition to CEO Jean Verheyen, there are various captains of industry behind the company, including Peter Hinssen and Jan De Schepper. data sharing technology enables companies to cost-effectively share information with all their business partners while maintaining full control of who can see what and under which conditions. This approach offers users and the Flemish government an integrated picture of the total value chain and strengthens the position of Flanders as Slimme Draaischijf van Europa (Europe's Smart Logistics Hub).

According to Paul Hegge, General Director of Voka Halle Vilvoorde: "The CCS offers the industry and region the possibility of valorising existing competencies, enabling the existing industrial and logistic sectors to become more flexible, more competitive and more appealing. We are happy to be able to support our members in this and will facilitate the continued roll-out of the platform."

The Flemish government's investment in soft infrastructure will also have a clear leveraging effect on the existing logistics "hard infrastructure". In the short term this investment will lead to concrete results and will support all players at the airport with the flows of cargo through this important logistics hub. This platform will certainly be exportable once established, whether or not in combination with the international expansion of its air- and seaport activities.

 

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June 11,2014: Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (PACTL) has successfully gained certification according to the Freight Security Requirements (FSR) of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). The type "A" classified certificate recently issued to PACTL proves that the company meets the highest TAPA requirements for activities related to the security of freight in transit. It is valid for three years.

A TAPA-approved authority carried out the audit under the terms of the 2011 TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR). This process included various areas such as an assessment of the perimeter fencing, the accessibility of thePACTL control office area, the facility dock and the warehouse – and an inspection of the security systems, security procedures and truck control processes.

"The fact that we've successfully passed the TAPA-audit proves that PACTL's security system meets the requirements of the industry for safe and secure handling and storage of high-value products. This further benefits the operational processes and therefore the success of our customers' business", says Yong Zhang, Head of Security of PACTL.

TAPA's Building Classification Assessment is designed to categorize storage, warehouse and distribution facilities in one of three categories; "A" represents the highest security level and "C" the lowest. TAPA is a widely accepted standard in North America, Europe and Asia.

PACTL is a Sino-German joint venture based at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). It brings together three shareholders – Shanghai Airport (Group) Co., Ltd (51%), Lufthansa Cargo AG (29%) and JHJ Logistics Management Co. Ltd (20%). PACTL offers handling services to airlines and forwarders transporting domestic and international air-freight via Pudong. Founded in 1999, the company has become one of the leading cargo terminal handlers in the world and has played a key role in establishing Pudong as one of the major cargo hubs in China. Based on recent figures, PACTL employs 2,200 people and serves 47 permanent customers and several charter operators. PACTL handled about 1.3 million tonnes of air-freight in 2013.

Founded in 1997, TAPA is an association of security professionals and related business partners from high-tech and high-value companies. They have joined forces to address the emerging security threats that are common to high-value industry supply chains. TAPA’s Freight Security Requirements (FSR) were set up to ensure the safe and secure in-transit storage and warehousing of any TAPA member’s assets throughout the world. It is an internationally recognized organisation designed to prevent the theft of any cargo of value such as electronics, pharmaceuticals, clothing, high-end foodstuffs, auto parts and building supplies.

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