Air Cargo Priorities: Trade, Global Standards and Modernization

Published on : Thursday, March 14, 2019

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and the air cargo industry to focus on three priorities to accommodate the expanding demand for air cargo and ensure the economic and social benefits of aviation can be maximized.

 

The three priorities are;

 

The call came during the opening address by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, at the 13th World Cargo Symposium.

 

The operating environment for air cargo is increasingly challenging.  Demand for air cargo grew by 3.5% in 2018, a significant deceleration from 2017 which saw extraordinary growth of 9.7%.  Weakening global trade, sagging consumer confidence and geopolitical headwinds contributed to a general slowdown in demand growth commencing in mid-2018. And January 2019 saw a year-on-year contraction of 1.8%.

 

Modernization

IATA called for the modernization of industry processes. This will be critical to efficiently meet the doubling of demand expected over the next two decades. And it is already being called for by customers of the industry’s most promising growth markets—e-commerce and the transport of time – and temperature-sensitive goods such as pharmaceuticals and perishables.

Aligned with a resolution on modernizing air cargo from the 2017 IATA Annual General Meeting, IATA called for faster progress on the digitization of the supply chain and more effective use of data to drive improvements in operational quality. The industry’s digital vision is focused on four areas:

 

 

IATA also called for modernization of air cargo facilities. “The e-commerce world is looking for fully automated high-rack warehouses, with autonomous green vehicles navigating through the facility, and employees equipped with artificial intelligence and augmented reality tools. The average cargo warehouse today is an impressive sight. But there is a huge gap to fill,” said de Juniac.

 

“The problem is not technology. The problem is the speed to market. It’s exceptionally tough to drive change in a global industry with a huge number of stakeholders where safety is top priority. But it is not mission impossible. I challenge stakeholders to find ways to drive critical change at the speed our customers expect,” said de Juniac.

 

Global Standards
IATA urged governments to ensure that global standards are consistently implemented and enforced when necessary. In this regard, de Juniac highlighted two examples:

 

 

Borders that are open to trade

IATA urged governments to keep borders open to trade.  “Protectionism, trade friction, BREXIT and anti-globalization rhetoric are part of a genre of developments that pose real risk to our business and broadly across the economies of the world. We need to be a strong voice reminding governments that the work of aviation—including air cargo—is critically important. Trade generates prosperity. And there are no long-term winners from trade wars or protectionist measures,” said de Juniac.

 

The need to keep the world trading aligns with the theme of the 13th World Cargo Symposium—Enabling Global Trade. “Enabling global trade is a mission of great importance. It helps economies to grow. And in doing so it promotes better livelihoods and a better quality of life for real people in every corner of the planet. This is an integral part of why we call aviation the Business of Freedom. And nothing should stand in the way of air cargo delivering its unique contribution to the prosperity of our world,” said de Juniac.

Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 07 thehotelshowsaudiarabia 2019
  • 07 WTM Africa 2019
  • 09 travelmeetasia 2019
  • 10 Asia Pacific 2019
  • 10 Hotel Management Thailand 2019
  • 11 Bar and Restaurant Investment 19
  • 11 Digital Travel 2019
  • 12 kitf 2019
  • 12 Routes Europe 2019
  • 13 Food Hospitality2019
  • 14 SWTF 2019
  • 15 PATA 2019
  • 17 AITF 18
  • 17 getglobal 19
  • 17 itehk 19
  • 18 UITT 2019
  • 30 PATA

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

    1. ibtm ARABIA

      March 25 - March 27
    2. Medical Travel & Wellness Conference 2019

      March 26 - March 28
    3. Deluxe Travel Market Ukraine

      March 26
    4. UITT 2019

      March 27 - March 29
    5. HEAVENT MEETINGS

      March 28
Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com