(WASHINGTON DC) – June 13, 2018 – The Airforwarders Association held its quarterly Board of Directors meeting last week at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, OH. During the meeting, board members discussed important issues to our industry and how we can best serve and advocate for our members. Specifically, how AfA members wishing to participate in e-commerce related activities can do so on a level playing field, without regulatory obstacles burdening shipment customs clearance and delivery times.
The event was hosted by a Platinum Member of the Airforwarders Association, Rickenbacker international Airport. With nearly 50% of the U.S. population within 500 miles of the airport, Rickenbacker is a key player in the air freight supply chain infrastructure. Between sessions of the meeting, airport executives invited the board to tour the Rickenbacker area, demonstrating how air cargo logistics have evolved to meet a growing demand. As a benefit of its Platinum Membership status, representatives from the airport were invited to attend and discuss policy during the Quarterly Board Meeting.
As a part of the meeting itinerary, Board members (sometimes Board is capitalized, sometimes not. Update for consistency) were invited to attend events hosted by members of the Airforwarders Association. During both the evening reception hosted by the Expediting Company and the breakfast hosted by Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA), which operates Rickenbacker International Airport, members of the board had the opportunity to meet with association members and influencers in the industry to discuss the state of supply chain logistics in Ohio, innovative solutions for enhancing air forwarding operations and priorities for expanding in the market.
“These meetings are critically important to The Airforwarders Association, not only because they give us the chance to discuss pressing issues to the air freight community, but also because they provide an unparalleled opportunity to network with our members,” said Brandon Fried, Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association.
“We were honored to host The Airforwarders Association for their quarterly meeting,” said David Whitaker, Chief Commercial Officer for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.“Recent investments in expanding our infrastructure and operations, coupled with our proximity to major hubs around the country, have placed Rickenbacker in an advantageous position for the future. We are now poised to take on an even more commanding role in both national and international supply chain logistics, and we look forward to working closely with The Airforwarders Association as we continue to expand Ohio’s role as a gateway for national and international shipping.”
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About The Airforwarders Association
The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 275 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost-efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at www.airforwarders.org.