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Secretary General's Update - ACF Brief

Tuesday, December 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Secretary General's Update


Vladimir Zubkov




Dear readers,


Today you have received the 100th edition of the Friday Flyer. It’s coming out two business days late in order to accommodate the decisions on some ACF related issues taken by the Management group last Friday.


To celebrate this landmark I have selected the theme of our major event – the Air Cargo Forum, and within it one of the major purposes for organizing this event, which is the NETWORKING.


TIACA is unique in many ways, but perhaps the most notable one is that we are representing all the players in the air cargo supply chain, this is why when we talk about the Air Cargo Forum or ACF for short, we imagine representatives of all the businesses mingling together, exchanging views, business cards and ideas. This is what we have seen and enjoyed over many years of TIACA existence.


You can expect the same in the ACF 2018 in Toronto, but to make it even more useful for the participants we are including new elements. Some of them stem from our continuous efforts to expand the geography of participation and to involve more shippers and freight forwarders.


Let me share some points which may attract your attention.


  • You are already aware of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association – CIFFA ( ), as well as Multimodal/Clarion ( the exhibition hall and some of the events with TIACA. It’s a solid partnership.


  • We are expanding collaboration with several shipper organizations in Europe. Their representatives have been very active in discussing joint initiatives with the TIACA Board during our Executive Summit in Miami.


  • The Airforwarders Association of the United States ( sent their Board representatives to the Executive Summit in Miami. We have reached a good understanding on the importance of attendance at each other’s events. We should expect them in Toronto as well.


  • Following on the earlier contacts during events in Africa: ICAO/TIACA Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and most recently at the AFRAA AGM in Kigali, Rwanda (see earlier FF articles) we have offered the African organizations space for creation of an African pavilion.


  • We are signing an agreement with Cargo Logistics Canada within days ( , the Association connecting freight owners with freight movers; fostering multimodal synergy between diverse stakeholders in import and export, which would be the basis for interaction at the level of the Association and their individual members. We have set up a TIACA panel on air cargo issues at their conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada on February 6-8, 2018. They in turn will have their membership representation at the ACF in Toronto.


  • We are opening up new avenues for collaboration with the Latin American entities:


- ALACAT – Cargo Agents and International logistics operators of Latin America and the Caribbean -


- AGUNSA– Specialized logistical service provider (Multimodal) -


- Americas Alliance srl (Freight Forwarder Network) -


Agreements and the Memoranda of understanding are on the way. In order to make it more comfortable for the Spanish-speaking world to follow TIACA plans and developments we have introduced Spanish language version on our website. The emphasis is on facilitating their decisions on attendance at the ACF 2018 and establishing wider network with the TIACA members.


It may sound surprising – but we have decided against the sit-down luncheons at the ACF. From our experience the participants prefer to intermingle with the exhibitors and amongst themselves during the coffee and lunch breaks. It is also difficult to compete with the succulent snacks and even hot dishes from different parts of the world served along with French, Italian or Spanish wines, Belgian beers, scotch, vodkas and whiskey – just to name a few.


Additional good news – we decided to make forum participation less expensive this coming year. It will be US$600 for the TIACA members and US$750 for those who are not.


So, the objective is for all of us to get together and benefit from being together. I’m sure that those who will decide to take part in the ACF 2018 will find it both professionally useful and socially entertaining.


Will keep you informed about further developments.


Vladimir Zubkov

TIACA Secretary General

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