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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Seeking Efficient, Secure Air Cargo Supply Chains

Efforts to streamline and strengthen the air cargo supply chain make up one focus of activities at the 38th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is underway in Montreal. The event began on Sept. 24 and runs to Oct. 4. More than 1,400 attendees are expected.

ICAO is working with leaders of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Air Cargo Association, and ICAO’s Air Transport Bureau to improve air cargo supply chain technical assistance and cooperation notably in developing countries, where global demand for goods is growing, and in high-risk areas.

One goal is to assure that air cargo fits seamlessly with other modes of transportation so that goods reach distant markets in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Protecting the integrity of supply chains and facilitating trade is a growing concern to stakeholders worldwide, especially with ICAO forecasting that air transport traffic will double by 2030. According to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 35 percent of global cargo by value is transported every year by air. This represented $6.4 trillion of goods in 2012, or one-third of all goods by value transported globally on ships, trucks, rail, and other modes.

ICAO and WCO have already held a strategy session this year with the International Maritime Organization in London. Developments from the ICAO assembly will be reported here on IMT Procurement Journal as they occur.

The ICAO is a special agency of the United Nations, which promotes cooperation among the 191 members of the U.N.


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