Facing the threats

In the cover story of this issue we take a look at the health of the industry after listening to the debates at two key, nearly back-to-back, industry events which included the annual World Cargo Symposium.


Facing the threats


In the cover story of this issue we take a look at the health of the industry after listening to the debates at two key, nearly back-to-back, industry events which included the annual World Cargo Symposium. Perhaps not so much a temperature reading, as everyone in the industry knows the ‘health’ of the patient, as it is a possible recovery regimen. In actual fact the patient not only seems to be stabilised, but showing some signs of recovery, according to the latest IATA statistics for February. In actual fact what is new are really developments of existing issues, but important ones at that – modernising the industry and bringing it into the digital age, AKA e-Freight was starting to look a bit like the proverbial flogging of the dead horse – at least up until now.

A new agreement, which turned what was looking like a lame-duck e-AWB into something truly useful, giving it wings so-to-speak, came into being after one year of labour in the form of the Multilateral e-AWB. This will certainly pave the way for greater e-Freight take up which the industry desperately needs. The other step forward is still a work in progress – a much needed modernisation of the Cargo Agency Program – which will see the relationship between freight forwarders and carriers updated to reflect the true reality of that relationship.