Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association represents nearly 400 member companies employing tens of thousands of employees and dedicated contractors. Our members range from small businesses employing fewer than 20 people to large companies employing well over 1,000 and business models varying from domestic to worldwide international operations. Additionally, a few of our members operate their own aircraft.  Membership in the AfA offers companies a wide range of opportunities to network with their industry colleagues, to monitor and help drive public policies that affect their businesses, and to increase their knowledge of industry standards, practices and ongoing developments.

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September 17, 2015-Mercury Air Cargo's John Peery, Janel Group's Vince Iacopella, AfA's Brandon Fried, A4A's Liz Merritt & AfA Chairman Chris Connell paticipated at the LAX Forwarder Regulatory Issues Panel in September where over 100 were in attendance to hear what's coming in regulations from Washington for forwarders 

US Forwarders Urge US DoT to Think Freight When Awarding Cuba Licenses

Washington, D.C. March 4, 2016- The US Airforwarders Association (AFA) has urged the country’s Department of Transportation (DoT) to assign Cuba routes to US passenger airlines that also offer air cargo service.The AFA said a total of eight US carriers had applied to operate routes from between the US and Cuba, but only five of those airlines — Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines — offer cargo services.  AFA executive director Brandon Fried said: “The opening of Cuba to travel is about more than just moving people, it will also be about trade.

ICAO Places Interim Ban from April on Lithium-ion Cargo Shipments on Passenger Aircraft
The 36-State ICAO Governing Council has adopted a new aviation safety measure which prohibits, on an interim basis from April 2016, all shipments of Lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.

Airfreight Forwarders applaud advancement of vital trade facilitation bill  
Washington, DC, December 14, 2015 - The Airforwarders Association applauded Congressional action to advance the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) toward enactment by the end of this year. Continued customs modernization is essential to providing U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the necessary resources required to safeguard America’s borders while enhancing the flow of commerce in an out of the United States.

Obama Signs $305B Highway Bill  
Washington, D.C. December 10, 2015- President Obama signed into a law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on Friday, with just hours to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit spending. The new law, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It also reauthorizes the controversial Export-Import Bank’s expired charter until 2019. 

Airforwarders Association Applauds Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement 
(WASHINGTON) - The Airforwarders Association (AfA), representing 360 companies and more than 300,000 employees who move air cargo through the supply chain, today applauded the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement at the ministerial meeting in Atlanta.The agreement includes a series of member agreements to lower tariffs, modernize their customs border clearance and ensure a level playing field for competition. “Lowering tariffs and streamlining customs border clearance operations are music to our ears as this will spur increased trade both to and from the United States,” said Michelle Halkerston, CEO of Hassett Express and Airforwarders Association Board President. “As freight forwarders, we recognize that liberalized trade agreements are critical to business both large and small that seek to expand their markets,” added Halkerston.

U.S. Customs Moves Back Compliance Deadline (September 2, 2015)
Freight forwarders were relieved to learn yesterday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would be delaying its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) implementation.The change in schedule was in response to concerns of industry readiness for the transition, say CBP spokesmen.CBP had originally set November 1 as the mandatory date for electronic filing of all cargo release and entry summaries including those requiring participating government agency data sets. While CBP is still encouraging shippers to file entries into ACE as early as possible,  the new deadline has now been set for February 28, 2016. “This is good news as several functionality issues still exist requiring more testing and resolution,” says Brandon Fried, the executive director of the Airforwarders Association, (AfA). Read more...

Airforwarders Association Cheers Passage of Critical Trade Bill
(WASHINGTON) - The Airforwarders Association, representing 360 companies and more than 300,000 employees who move air cargo through the supply chain, today commended the U.S. Senate for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  "As freight forwarders, we know precisely what it means for the United States to be the world's largest importer of goods and services, and how critical that is not only to our own industry, but to maintaining and enhancing America's standard of living, economic growth, job creation and global leadership," said Brandon Fried, the AfA's Executive Director.  Read more...

Airforwarders Association Applauds Confirmation of Peter Neffenger to be the New TSA Administrator - (June 22, 2015) - The Airforwarders Association has welcomed the confirmation of U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to be the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.   “We were impressed with Vice Admiral Neffenger during his confirmation hearings and believe that he will bring much needed management experience and leadership to the TSA,” said Brandon Fried, the AfA’s Executive Director, who noted the critical role that TSA plays in assuring the safe, secure and efficient movement of air cargo.  Read more...


AfA in the News

 Airforwarders Cheer Passage of Trade Facilitation BillAmerican Journal of Transportation, February 11, 2016
Cargo shipments surge at O'Hare,  Crain's Chicago Business, May 6, 2015
Obama’s TSA pick praised, The Hill, April 30, 2015
Shippers grapple with delays at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, Journal of Commerce, April 2, 2015
Southwest Cargo Earns Industry-Leading Awards Aviation Pros, March 10, 2015 
How to respond when the feds come knocking Air Cargo World , March 3, 2015
Strong air freight demand to remain as US port backlog cleared Journal of Commerce, February 24, 2015
West Coast slowdown could help PortMiami Miami Herald, February 24, 2015
Air cargo conference examines urgent congestion issues Logistics Management, February 19, 2015

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