As this will be my last message in which I contribute a message to the Friday Flyer prior to my retirement at year-end, I wish to voice my pleasure with the tremendous experience it has been to work with such fine, dedicated industry professionals for the past 36 years.
We have come a long way in the past few years, building upon the solid foundation and reputation TIACA has established in the past. We’ve become a recognized global leader and voice of the full spectrum of industry interests, especially in the global regulatory arena, which itself is becoming increasingly complex and inter-related
We’ve continued to add new members in a time when industry conditions warrant a close look at how money for such activities is spent is even more closely monitored. Our Forums and Executive Sessions have received strong praise for the high level of topical and relevant content.For ACF 2018, we’ve already announced our partnership with the new Multimodal Americas event at the same venue, bringing to the floor an even wider range of new exhibitors and participants.
And although we’ve heard of it for a long time, I feel that we have done a tremendous job in ensuring that complicated ideas that have evolved from ACAS to a global PLACI, have not been implemented without the engagement of industry leadership. Holding off until we get it right, is by far the most important thing we have done in this area!
This past week, my successor Vladimir Zubkov accompanied me to meetings with the Transportation Security Administration to discuss ongoing regulatory challenges as well as how to improve collaboration with industry leaders to ensure a better future for the global air cargo community.This will, of course, be an ongoing effort with regulators around the world.
Vladimir has committed to continue working closely with the regulators and key international organizations, including ICAO, IATA, the World Customs Organization (WCO), freight forwarder organizations, and all other regional and global industry partners, to ensure that the new regulations are implemented in a uniform way to the greatest extent possible, which is no small challenge as we know.