China’s biggest forwarding body joins FAPAA

In a clear demonstration that patience and persistence pays off, the Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA) has after five years of courting, signed up the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) for membership in the regional freight forwarders association.


China’s biggest forwarding body joins FAPAA


In a clear demonstration that patience and persistence pays off, the Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA) has after five years of courting, signed up the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) for membership in the regional freight forwarders association.

FAPAA was formed in 1985 and has grown steadily to include 20 countries and/or regions within the Asia Pacific Region, from Japan across to Pakistan and New Zealand up to China.

When asked of the significance of CIFA’s joining, FAPAA president Willie van Heusden said: “This is a big occasion for FAPAA, given the strength and size of the Chinese airfreight market its reassuring to finally admit CIFA as a member. The significance of Chinese participation cannot be overlooked and it lends further strength to FAPAA’s aim of promoting and protecting airfreight interests in the region.”

CIFA is China’s largest freight forwarding association representing some 600 members, or an estimated 15 per cent of the 4,000 registered air freight forwarders in the country and is the only association in the country that is also a member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) – the global forwarders body. The addition of CIFA serves to fill a key void that has existed in the association, despite the fact that Macau and Hong Kong are both members. CIFA has attended FAPAA’s annual meeting as an observer three times over the course of the last five years.