Industry-Related Updates & Resources
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic continues to spread and cause disruptions to many Airforwarders Association members and their families. We are working to provide as much information about news and resources available to members to use as we navigate through this challenging situation.
In addition to keeping members informed, AfA is working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the White House in asking for financial assistance for our members through possible cash disbursements, payroll tax relief, income tax deferrals and relaxation of government-mandated deadlines. We hope that the resources on this page provide information and guidance to our members during this time of crisis.
We are receiving significant feedback from our members and encourage more so please let us know how the coronavirus situation is affecting your company. In the meanwhile, we will continue to monitor the situation and report significant developments to you.
AfA Statement to The White House and U.S. Congress
Executive Director Brandon Fried lays out specific steps to take through legislation, regulation and policy suggestions.
Washington, DC - March 23, 2020
On behalf of the membership of the Airforwarders Association which represents stakeholders across the air cargo supply chain, Executive Director Brandon Fried has provided a list of written suggestions critical to the survival of the air cargo industry. This letter has been delivered the White House, Majority and minority leadership in the House and Senate and the respective Committee chairs and ranking members with jurisdiction over the industry.
The AfA recommends the following:
- Domestic travel must not be interrupted or suspended and international services must be restored as soon as possible.
- "Shelter in place" orders by cities and states must not shutter freight forwarders, warehouses and truckers.
- Financial relief should include access to low-interest loans, working capital and delayed or deferred government-mandated deadlines.
- Urge airlines to consider scheduled freight-only flight operations to ensure an adequate supply of affordable air cargo for shippers.
In the letter, Fried reminds legislators and the White House, "Our members are freight forwarders who play a vital role in the nation's commerce, moving essential shipments such as medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, fresh food and manufactured goods by air and by truck day and night. We utilize the domestic and foreign passenger airlines and trucking systems as our primary means of transportation."
Financial support is critical because forwarders are primarily a pass-through business with finances, receiving payment from shippers and remitting funds to the asset-owning companies who operate planes, trucks and warehouses.
"While some of our members are large, global companies, most are small to medium sized enterprises, independently owned and operated and in need of the financial support that Congress must act upon immediately. Freight forwarders collect money from shippers and remit to underlying service providers such as airlines, express carriers, truckers, warehouses and other companies within the supply chain. Their position as an industry which passes through the majority of the funds they receive places them in a position of extraordinary exposure to payments which decrease or are not made."
Following are the COVID-19 related AfA member AIRMAILS distributed since March 3. If you are not receiving our member AIRMAILS in your inbox, please email Ann Crampton or call AfA headquarters at 202-577-9536.
How are you feeling now? Second AfA Coronavirus Impact Survey (March 30, 2020)
AfA response to passage of $2.2 trillion COVID CARES Act (March 27, 2020)
Reminder: How is the Coronavirus Situation Impacting Your Company? (March 20, 2020)
CBP Hosts Association Call on Another Virus Impact to Trade & Cargo (March 19, 2020)
SBA Responds to AfA Financial Resource Inquiry (March 18, 2020)
Coronavirus Situation Impact Survey Reminder & Other Topics (March 17, 2020)
How is the Coronavirus Situation Impacting Your Company? (March 16, 2020)
CBP Hosts Association Call on Virus Impact to Trade & Cargo (March 13, 2020)
Thursday Update on Presidential Proclamation (March 12, 2020)
Update on Presidential Proclamation on Passenger Travel Suspension (March 11, 2020)
IATA Releases January Air Cargo Market Analysis (March 4, 2020)
COVID-19: Health & Legal Issues for AfA Members to Consider (March 3, 2020)
Link to Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Treasury Department's PPP information sheet for borrowers
Treasury Department's PPP information sheet for lenders
SBA and Treasury Department initial guidance on PPP
SBA COVID-19 Response additional information
SBA Economic Industry Disaster Loan Application
Banks May Sit Out Rescue Plan (Reuters, April 1)
Update from the US Chamber of Commerce (March 27)
Statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf on extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by one year due to COVID-19. The new enforcement deadline is October 21, 2021. Click here to view all of DHS’s recent statements related to coronavirus response (March 26)
Best Practices for Freight Forwarders: Mitigate Losses Due to COVID-19 (Roanoke Trade, March 23)