TIACA promises ‘dynamic advocacy’ for air freight

The new leaders of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) have pledged to drive the air freight advocacy agenda, boost the association’s membership base, and grow its education program, delegates at the association’s Executive Summit (ES) heard.

TIACA must take centre stage to ensure that regulators have essential input from the industry as they take decisions that affect all sectors of the air freight supply chain, according to Sanjiv Edward, chairman, and Sebastiaan Scholte, vice chairman. Their day jobs, respectively, are head of cargo business at Delhi Airport and CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics.

“TIACA has an essential role to play as the only association which truly represents every segment of the air cargo supply chain,” said Edward, speaking at this week’s ES and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Miami. “We must embrace change and work together to overcome the many challenges facing us and ensure a bright future for our industry.”

Scholte said that with Edward, he would work closely with members to guarantee a healthy, stable future for the association, deliver a “compelling value proposition”, and launch new initiatives to bring on the next generation of industry leaders.

“We will grow the membership base and further develop our education programme,” he said. “We must encourage and help develop young talent, and we will be looking to new ideas to do this.”

Edward and Scholte formally take over from Oliver Evans and Enno Osinga at TIACA’s ES and AGM this week. Over 200 air freight decision makers from across the globe are taking part in the event, attending a series of panels and discussions focused on supply chain strategies for Latin America, as well as workshops looking at key industry issues including impending new advance data regulations.

“TIACA has a bright future and we are delighted to be handing over to Sanjiv and Sebastiaan at this exciting time for our Association,” said Evans. “We have been honored to lead the Association over the last two years."

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