Airforwarder Association says forwarders must prepare for airfreight volume crunch driven by lack of ocean capacity

0
185
Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association (AfA) (left) with Michael Yu, President, Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA) (right).

The forecasted surge in demand for US air cargo capacity will be largely driven by a lack of sailings with ocean suppliers

Air forwarders Association members can rise to the challenge of an impending surge in demand for US air cargo capacity through better communication, Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association told members of the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA).

The capacity crunch will be driven by a perfect storm of cancelled China to US sailings, congestion at US airports, warehouse scarcity, labor shortage, and rising inflation, he said.

“The challenges for ocean carriers are well documented and we understand that they are looking after profit margins, but air capacity is already constrained by multiple factors,” said Fried.

“Congestion at major airports is exacerbating the strain on supply chains across the US. “To rise to these challenges, the air forwarding community must better communicate with each other and learn to be adaptable. “AfA is already meeting this challenge, driving the debate and developing new strategies to help the industry unite and find a common voice.”

Last month, AfA launched its Airport Congestion Committee (ACC) as a key example of the Association’s proactive stance.

Set up to find realistic solutions to relieve airport congestion, the ACC will present findings to private, public, and government entities as workable policies for urgent new legislation.

“The air cargo community, and the transport industry at large, has been served up an alphabet of disasters over the past few years but AfA has continued to support its members and campaign for the air cargo community at large,” said Fried. “We do this not only through lobbying on behalf of our members but also by actively creating solutions to speed up the passing of necessary legislation by the US government.”

Fried was speaking at the LAACA June meeting at The Belamar Hotel, Manhattan Beach, California.

xyz xyz
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.