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MIAMI: The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) says the air cargo sector is facing a future with the challenges of digitalisation, sustainability, safety and security, liberalisation and the need for partnerships.

As IATA reports a nine percent increase in air cargo traffic in February compared to the same month in 2019, noting last year was “distorted” and not normal market behaviour, TIACA director general Glyn Hughes said his organisation is well positioned to unite all sectors of the supply chain in a post-COVID global economic recovery.

“The industry has demonstrated over the last 12 months, how effective it can be when all the supply chain partners unite around a common objective, supporting the global community through the pandemic,” he commented.

In a call to action, Hughes said efficient and effective supply chains now require harnessing the power of data to modernize processes and provide transparent quality services.

Recognising the need for the air cargo industry to reflect the global society it serves, he noted this could happen by “ensuring we implement environmental responsible solutions designed to protect the planet today and for generations to come”.

Acknowledging the protection of the supply chain and its employees - as well as regulatory compliance - are critical components of future success, Hughes said governments and industry must work together to ensure regulations are relevant and workable in tackling counterfeit and non-compliant shipments.

On the subject of liberalisation, the new TIACA head said fair and liberal trade policies would ensure the continued growth of the global economy and its reliance on effective air cargo networks.

Commenting on the need for partnerships he added: “Success can only be achieved through effective collaboration between supply chain partners, supply chain customers and those who regulate the industry. We as an industry must unite around a common vision for an efficient, effective, sustainable global supply network established through strong community relations.”

TIACA’s next Sustainability webinar is on April 21 and includes a panel discussion on net-zero aviation, offsetting, the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), embedding sustainability in a business framework and smart regulation compliance.

The organisation has also launched its annual Sustainability Award with a submission deadline of August 15. Candidates will need to demonstrate their solutions and practices for making positive change in supporting social welfare (people development, social programs, equal opportunities); economic development (business efficiency, optimization, trade development); environmental impact (green logistics, reduced carbon footprint); innovation (technology, automation, AI, data, unmanned vehicles, ULDs); and partnership (uniting the industry, common achievements, building back better together).

Sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems, the winners will be announced at TIACA’s executive summit September 21-24 with a first prize of US$10,000 and two runner-up awards of US$2,500 each.
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