Air Cargo Industry Responds to Earthquake Tragedy, but Support Needed From Partners


The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) praises the immediate and collaborative responses demonstrated by the entire air cargo industry following the tragic events in southern Turkey and northern Syria, From the establishment of humanitarian air bridges to making staff and capacity available to international agencies and NGOs.

Delivering vital medical supplies, blankets, food and other lifesaving equipment is critical in effectively dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and over 100 subsequent aftershocks.  The impacted area extends to a diameter of over 500 kilometers with infrastructure such as roads and airports affected. With nighttime temperatures dropping to freezing levels the speed of aid delivered is crucial to support the communities dealing with such horrific loss of life, with tens of thousands dead or injured.

Air cargo demonstrated once again it is on the front line of humanitarian response and TIACA wishes to acknowledge the great supporting efforts of the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which issued Syria General License (GL) 23, which authorizes for 180 days all transactions related to earthquake relief that would be otherwise prohibited by the Syrian Sanctions Regulations (SySR).

The blanket General License authorizes earthquake relief efforts so that those providing assistance can focus on what’s needed most: saving lives and rebuilding.

This will facilitate aid to flow much quicker to the affected area. 

With this obstacle removed, TIACA calls upon the insurance markets to relax some of the stringent procedures and financial penalties in place when flying to Syria as a sanctioned state considered as a war zone. 

Flights need to get as close as possible to where the aid is needed, therefore flying to Damascus or Aleppo is vital to support Syrian relief efforts but with current Hull war risk premiums in place, the financial impact is often too much for humanitarian agencies to bare.

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We urge the insurance markets to follow the lead of the US Treasury department and remove the current penalty for a limited time period to support relief efforts.

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Devender was born in the year when the Beatles Group was formed. He holds two master’s degrees in English Literature and Public Administration. He also has an Honors degree in English Literature and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. He was closely associated with the Indian State Transport Undertakings and Ministry of Transport in his role as Corporate Communications and PR specialist for over two decades handling domestic and international organizations. He ventured into business forming his own Media House, Profiles Media Network Private Limited which is now a twenty years old company. Excelling as an editor, Marketing, PR, Anchor, and Advertising specialist, he is now expertly navigating the world of social media. A widely traveled professional internationally, Devender has a deep understanding of the Air Cargo, Cargo Business, Cargo Airports, Freighters and Cargo Industry at large.