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February 18, 2015

Final Preparations Underway for Air Freight Industry Conference in New Orleans 

(WASHINGTON) - More than 800 professionals from across the air freight supply chain will gather in New Orleans in two weeks to discuss trends, challenges, opportunities and the future of the air cargo industry at the industry's premier conference and trade show, AirCargo 2015. The event, which brings together airlines, airport authorities, freight forwarders and expediting companies, along with the vendors who support them, will take place March 1-3 at the Sheraton New Orleans.  Read more...


Air Freight All-Star Jim Crane, Owner of the Houston Astros, to Keynote  AirCargo 2015 Conference  - (November 17, 2014)  Jim Crane, the Houston Astros owner who built his wealth and success on revolutionizing air cargo, will give the keynote address at AirCargo 2015, the premier trade show and expo for the air freight industry, scheduled for March 1-3 at the Sheraton New Orleans.  During his presentation to more than 900 expected attendees from across the freight forwarding and air cargo industries, Crane will discuss his cutting-edge strategies for moving freight and building enormously successful companies that do it.  Read more...

JFK Upgrade Spurs Backlash Over Moving Freight Upstate - (Chicago Tribune from Bloomberg News, October 30, 2014)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to make New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport more passenger- friendly by cutting out most cargo facilities risks backfiring, a shipping-industry group and analysts say.  Shippers say moving any part of the industry will wreck a business that carries 1.3 million tons of goods through JFK annually, making it the seventh-largest U.S. cargo airport.  Read more...

Allow Privately Trained Dogs to Screen Air Cargo at Off-Airport Facilities, Airforwarders Urge Congressional Panel   (June 24, 2014) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) should move toward permitting private contractors to train explosive-sniffing dogs and make them available for use at government certified cargo screening facilities, the Airforwarders Association (AfA) urged a congressional panel in testimony today.  Appearing before the U.S. House of Representatives' Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, AfA board member Chris Connell urged TSA to finalize its efforts to develop a program for private companies to use their own canines, certified to TSA standards, to meet federal air cargo screening mandates. Currently, TSA permits only the use of the agency's dogs in cargo screening, and only at on-airport facilities.  Read more...

Airforwarders Hail Enactment of Ports and Waterways Legislation  (June 10, 2014) The Airforwarders Association (AfA) today welcomed the enactment of federal legislation authorizing new projects to improve the nation's ports and to strengthen its water transportation networks.  The bill, the Water Resources Reformand Development Act (WRRDA), was signed into law by the President today after receiving overwhelmingly bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.  In addition to authorizing federal spending on a broad range of ports and waterways infrastructure projects, it also cuts red tape and bureaucracy in order to accelerate their completion.  Read more...

Coalition of Air Freight Forwarders Urges Feds to Resolve Small Business Issues Before Implementing New International Air Cargo Data and Screening Rules (June 4, 2014)   A coalition of associations representing air freight forwarding companies is calling on the federal government to solicit input from small and medium sized forwarders before expanding the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program.  The program, which analyzes advance data on inbound air shipments to the U.S. to assess risk, is currently in pilot phase, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has signaled that they intend to expand it to apply to all inbound air cargo via a rulemaking.  Read more...

Airforwarders Association Reports Surge in Membership Growth (January 23, 2014) - The growth in the number of freight forwarding companies joining the Airforwarders Association (AfA) has reached unprecedented levels, with the organization’s regular membership rolls expanding by nearly 25 percent over the past year, the AfA announced today.  Read more...


AfA in the News

West Coast slowdown could help PortMiami Miami Herald, February 24, 2015
Air cargo conference examines urgent congestion issues Logistics Management, February 19, 2015
Dual Customs Facility at Lambert Gets Key Support  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 3, 2014
Hey Romeo, Thank these Guys for Bringing the Roses Associated Press, February 13, 2014

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