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Air Cargo Forum 2016: Aiming for new peaks in air cargo

We’re now in the final countdown to TIACA’s 28th International Air Cargo Forum, which promises to be the most important cargo event of the year.

Hosted by Aéroports de Paris and Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, innovation will top the agenda in the event held October 26-28 at Porte de Versailles in Paris, France.

Over 3000 supply chain decision makers are expected to visit and take part in a series of interactive discussions and workshops aimed at tackling the issues affecting us all.

A panel of specialists, drawn from across the logistics industry, will lead debates on subjects ranging from how the industry is gearing up to meet the changing needs of customers, to reducing red tape and achieving faster door-to-door time for air cargo.

With challenging market conditions, another one of the key themes at ACF 2016 will be discussions on how we can work together to achieve new peaks in air cargo in the future.

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This was a theme our CEO Russi Batliwala looked at in a recent blog post:

“Some of you will remember the days when scheduled service providers and charter operators would plan on making up for the slow year with the traditional last quarter upturn in business. The final three months of the year would see retailers increase their inventories to meet soaring consumer demand, while shippers vied for additional capacity on an almost global scale.

Unfortunately those days are long gone and today’s “peak period” hopes are largely based on port strikes or shipping companies going bankrupt. However, it’s not all bad news for freighter operators and certain markets such as perishables have developed additional capacity requirements in the lead up to the year’s end.

As a sign of the increased flexibility of some freighter operators, new routes and trends have also appeared and there is a growing willingness to adapt schedules and business models to take advantage of market changes.

Freighter operators in general must be versatile enough to accommodate a broad variety of requirements, and alert to the challenges and opportunities that may arise at short notice.

As an industry we need freighter operators that are proactive, creative and flexible, and in this way we can positively counter some of the doom and gloom surrounding the business.”

Free delegate registration ends this week, so if you haven’t already signed up head to the Air Cargo Forum 2016 website. aircargoforum.org.

TIACA champions every size of business, and helps shape the policy which affects all its members, providing a unifying voice for the industry, working for global standards, and raising the profile of air cargo. For more information visit tiaca.org.

If you’re attending Air Cargo Forum 2016 you can visit the Chapman Freeborn team at booth #1431. To set up a meeting in advance, or to find out more about our award-winning air cargo charter and on board courier (OBC) services please contact our team: cargo@chapman-freeborn.com.

We hope to see you in Paris!