TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all the major segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry – combination and all-cargo airlines, forwarders, airports, ground handlers, road carriers, customs brokers, logistics companies, shippers, IT companies, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, trade press, and educational institutions.
TIACA’s objectives include:
- facilitating and monitoring the implementation of e-commerce practices throughout the air cargo supply chain;
- supporting security measures that are effective, workable, and affordable, and that create minimal disruption to the vital flow of air cargo, which essentially relies on speed;
- developing and promoting strategies and principles that address legitimate public concerns for sound environmental policies;
- reforming and modernizing customs practices and raising industry performance standards;
- increasing market access by the elimination or reduction of constraints imposed on air cargo by its current dependence on bilateral traffic rights agreements; and
- representing the interests of the air cargo industry before relevant regulatory bodies, at the national and multinational levels.
To accomplish its mission, TIACA engages in activities that seek to improve industry cooperation, promote innovation, share knowledge, enhance quality and efficiency, and promote education. TIACA aims to inform both the public and its membership about the role and importance of air cargo, industry developments and technical trends.
TIACA engages with relevant authorities, and publishes position papers on industry issues and the TIACA Times newsletter. The TIACA website is a valuable industry resource which contains a fully searchable database of information on industry issues. TIACA has developed research relationships with several universities through joint projects and student scholarship programs.
Organization & Administration
TIACA is truly global in scope and outlook. Its members represent all geographical regions of the world. The Association is governed by its Trustee members, which represent many of the world's major companies in the air cargo industry. The Trustees in turn elect the Board of Directors to manage the organization's affairs and establish its policy.The Board of Directors directs and administers the organization, manages the committee structure and exercises executive authority over the International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition. The Association has four officers; the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary General who are elected by the Board of Directors for two year terms. The Board of Directors, which is elected by the Voting Members to four year terms has a maximum of 16 members. TIACA's Secretariat is located in Miami, Florida USA, and is responsible for global operations and communications, and ongoing daily administration of the Association.TIACA accomplishes much of its work through an active committee structure which oversees policy and performance in several service areas. TIACA's active committees are; Compensation, Chairman's Council, Education & Research, Events and Business Development, Finance, Industry Affairs, Membership Engagement and Nominations.
TIACA is committed to representing and advocating the interests of the air cargo industry at meetings of relevant regulatory bodies including the WCO, ICAO, UNCTAD, OECD and others that are open to trade observers.
November 2010, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the International Air Transport Association, (IATA), and the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF) agreed to form a new advisory group to ensure the air cargo industry had a strong, unified voice in its dealings with worldwide regulatory authorities and other bodies whose decisions directly impact on air cargo.
The International Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition
TIACA’s biennial International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition is the premier air cargo industry event. This world-class event rotates every two years between Europe, the Americas and Asia. Air cargo decision-makers from around the world gather at ACF to network and address current industry challenges and opportunities.
The annual Executive Summit (ES) provides a platform for top logistics executives from multi-national companies in key industry sectors, plus leading representatives from the global air cargo community to hear experts address current industry topics as well as participate in these discussions. Its casual setting promotes dialogue and meaningful conversations. TIACA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in conjunction with the Executive Summit and brings together its diverse membership to discuss Association matters and deepen closer ties between individual members.
Recognition of Industry Excellence
Through peer nomination and evaluation, TIACA recognizes and honors air cargo professionals for excellence and outstanding contributions, achievements, performance and innovation through the prestigious annual Air Cargo Hall of Fame award.
The board has directed that TIACA proactively develop education programs that benefit all members of the worldwide air cargo community. TIACA recognizes that current information, analysis and knowledge of an educated and competent workforce are essential for success of the air cargo industry and wants to ensure recognition of its significant contribution to business competitiveness, world trade, and economic development.