Disclosing its roadmap for 2022 before the world through media, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) specified digitalisation, sustainability, partnerships, safety and security, liberalisation and strengthening air cargo as the key areas where considerable attention will be focussed. As of now, Steven Polman is the chairman and Glynn Hughes is the Director General at TIACA. The media gathering took place as on February 24th when the association proudly revealed its strength and wide associations as 187 freight forwarders, 44 airports and 30 airliners while some new members have been baptized recently.
Among these, 143 members are from Europe, Asia gave 91, 33 came from the middle east, 89 are given by North America, 22 belong to Latin America while Africa bagged 23.
During the media meet, the spotlight was on Sustainability and United Cargo was declared as the winner for 2021 in the Corporate category and Mission Go, Waves and Xfret were awarded as the finalists under start-ups and SMBs category.
The report cited a growing pressure put upon the concerned personnel of air cargo to adhere to the pledge of sustainability. Such is pressure is mostly from America (61%) and then Europe (60%).
Ironically, the report notified positive impact left by coronavirus pandemic in terms of sustainability agenda of the industry. The report says, “Air cargo recorded an exceptional year 2021 with an 18% growth in demand year on year. Despite supply chain issues, continuing travel travel restrictions due to the global pandemic, the industry had a healthy year 2021. The survey respondents confirmed it had a positive impact upon the sustainability agenda with an exception of Africa and North Asia”.
TIACA made a declaration to this effect, as “Countries with developed air cargo connections and smarter borders are more integrated into global value chains reaping the associated benefits, such as local income growth and poverty reduction”.
As for the technologies, TIACA remarked that the companies should continue to experiment with new technologies with a view of bringing forth operational efficiencies and to get digitized at length.
TIACA emphasized, “Industry needs to continue pushing forward as industry standards, modern and robust, are now available. Legacy players have transformed into digital companies and successful digital native companies are challenging the status quo and introducing modern practices. It is time for the 34% who are not yet adopting digital processes to accelerate the pace”.
Truly, seeking and retaining prime talent and upskilling them has been the need of the hour for every industry and air cargo is not aloof and TIACA acknowledges this. Going by the TIACA estimates, 73% of enterprises spend in training and education, 71% strive for employee experience, 67% vouch for diversity while 53% support air cargo as a professional choice.
TIACA also indicated its plan for 2022 and an exclusive training portal would be set up with a relevant repository.
Air cargo members were prompted by TIACA to hunt for new possibilities to strenthen safety, security, efficiency and innovation.
They declared,”TIACA calls upon states to take action against rogue shippers who continue to manufacture counterfeit lithium batteries”.
Diverse skills and a wealth of experience is expected gthrough these members in a range of areas such as airport, airline and handling sectors, when such would team-up in Directors Board.
Such a broadening of Board of Directors spanning industry sectors is to confirm that every field gets a fair share in the group.
New brains are Kai Domscheit, CHI Handling; Dan Sheehan, UPS; Tushar Jani, Cargo Service Center India; Kamesh Peri, Celebi Ground Handling; Roos Bakker, Schiphol Airport and Massimo Roccasecca, Verona-Brescia Airport
Kai Domscheit is the Chief Executive Officer of CHI Deutschland Cargo Handling – CHI Deutschland Cargo Handling offers forwarding and airline handling; trucking and air cargo security in the largest airfreight hub in Europe, Cargo City South, Frankfurt.
Dan Sheehan is the Director of Industry of UPS – UPS’ comprehensive hub-and-spoke network provides you with access to key transportation centers across the U.S. and beyond.
Tushar Jani is the Chairman of Cargo Service Center India – Cargo Service Center India is an end-to-end cargo handling group that handles both general, sensitive, as well as perishable cargo.
Kamesh Peri, is Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Airport – Celebi Ground Handling is a ground handler offering Ramp, Passenger, Cargo Handling, Warehouse Management, Bridge Operations, Trucking, General Aviation, Airport Lounge Management, and Premium Services
Roos Bakker, Director of Business Development for Airline Route and Network Development, Schiphol Airport – Schiphol Airport is renowned for its collaborative model. Schiphol Cargo successfully brings together our logistics community, Dutch Customs, and academia.
Massimo Roccasecca, is the Group Cargo Director for the SAVE Group. The SAVE Group is the managing company for Venice, Verona, Brescia, and Treviso Airports.
In regard to such appointments, a declaration was made by TIACA as, “With the appointment of the six latest Members, we have continued our commitment to expand the Board of Directors across the industry sectors to ensure every sector’s view is well represented within the group. We look forward to the perspective and experience that each of these Board members will bring to the table,”