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Air cargo leaders call for collaboration

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 in Seoul, Korea.

TIACA took to the stage with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to pledge closer collaboration at the opening session of the three-day forum and exposition.

TIACA chairman, Oliver Evans, explains: “The industry is facing unprecedented challenges and unprecedented opportunities, we must face them together. 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, at the plenary session, the first of 11 workshops and panels covering issues from advance data to security and training.

“Air trade is an essential enabler of global connectivity, but we need to forge practical partnerships and solutions, ” Benjamin told delegates, before he and Mikuriya met with the TIACA Board yesterday as part of 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. 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,” Mikuriya notes.

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.

Over 120 exhibitors are set to welcome thousands of delegates during the ACF.

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