Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), in partnership with Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. (FCBF) and Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), co-sponsored a Security and Theft Prevention Seminar on February 8 for close to 100 local cargo owners, warehouse operators, customs brokers, freight forwarders and carriers who operate inbound and outbound cargo through Miami International Airport. The seminar, held at Miami Dade College’s West Campus, helped attendees learn best practices regarding cargo logistics and eliminating security vulnerabilities from the supply chain process.
Participants also learned the latest cargo theft trends and what actions have been taken recently to deter criminal activity at MIA, the busiest U.S. airport for international freight. Seminar speakers included industry experts such as: MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph F. Napoli; MDAD Assistant Aviation Director and Chief Security Officer Mark O. Hatfield, Jr.; MDAD Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering Carlos E. José; Miami-Dade Police Department Airport District Lieutenant Antonio Rodriguez; and Transportation Security Administration Assistant Federal Security Director Juan D. Salgado.
“Maintaining the safety and security of our passengers, property, and business operations will always be our highest priority,” said MDAD Director Emilio T. González. “We are investing heavily in facility improvements to meet the growing needs of our cargo partners and to remain America’s cargo gateway to the world.”
In 2016, MDAD launched a multi-million dollar facility improvement program at MIA that included new surveillance cameras and lighting throughout the airport’s cargo area to improve already vigilant security monitoring, situational awareness, crime deterrence, and overall safety of MIA and cargo partner property. The Department has also developed the Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a long-term concept to modernize MIA’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.