Auckland hosts 39th annual FAPAA meeting

The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand (CBAFF) hosted the 39th Executive Council Meeting and AGM of the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Association (FAPAA) in New Zealand for the first time in the 27-year history of FAPAA.


Auckland hosts 39th annual FAPAA meeting


The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand (CBAFF) hosted the 39th Executive Council Meeting and AGM of the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Association (FAPAA) in New Zealand for the first time in the 27-year history of FAPAA. The FAPAA meeting, held over two days at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland, was attended by delegates from 14 of the 19 member countries and regions of the Federation, who were able to join together with delegates attending the annual national conference of the local organisation – CBAFF at the functions arranged concurrently. The large combined gathering proved to be a great networking opportunity for the freight forwarding industry members of New Zealand and other Asia Pacific nations. FAPAA brings together the members from within the region once a year, to the annual meeting which provides the opportunity to learn from one another on latest developments and to share information on important practical and technical aspects of the air freight forwarding industry. The FAPAA meetings were opened by chairman Paul Tsui on 11 May who praised the international associations for making the time and effort to travel from all parts of the Asia Pacific to this important meeting. “We are delighted to be hosted in Auckland by the CBAFF in the beautiful country of New Zealand for our latest FAPAA meeting” said Tsui. Members of FAPAA received detailed information and updates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), on the project to implement the electronic airwaybill (e-AWB) globally by 2014, this would result in a similar sized progressive step as did e-ticketing for passengers and the FAPAA chairman shared some important information on the experience of their local organisation – HAFFA in the early implementation of the e-AWB in Hong Kong through Cathay Pacific Airways. Discussions around the more extensive e-freight project were also held and the members shared their experience and views but agreed that that e-AWB was more relevant and achievable in the short term, subject to carrier readiness to implement The necessary technology and systems. Delegates were also provided with updates to various regional and global air cargo security programs and Stephane Parrenin – cargo manager, Australia for IATA – delivered a detailed presentation on their ‘Secure Freight’ Project. Security is always high on the agenda at the FAPAA meetings as it is an essential part of the Freight Forwarding business operations. FAPAA was pleased to welcome a three-person high level delegation from CIFA, the China International Forwarders Association, who attended as observer with an expression of interest to join the Federation once they received the necessary Government approvals. FAPAA is always looking to encourage new memberships from the countries in the Asia Pacific Region and to facilitate greater communication amongst the Freight Forwarding Associations.