Airforwarders Association FORWARD Magazine, Fall 2018

7 Fall 2018 Q Forward Magazine Director Glen Hall and counterparts from the NCBFAA cited several technical challenges our members are experiencing with the systems and recommended that TSA sponsor an industry group composed of individuals who have daily operational exposure to these systems to exchange ideas and provide feedback on their operation. In a move uncharacteristic of Washington's slow pace, the TSA quickly responded by awarding a contract to commence the transition of its technology portfolio of its Air Cargo Management Systems which includes KSMS and IACMS to new software and cloud technologies. The development will be a multiyear endeavor resulting in a modernizing of both systems and according to TSA, enhancement of operations, security, efficiency, speed, and functionality. Another sign of bipartisan cooperation in Washington is the recently passed FAA Reauthorization legislation for funding the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. Every few years, Congress is required to enact legislation that sets the FAA's funding levels and policy priorities, which is known as "reauthorization." The law not only covers typical FAA needs such as air traffic control, airports and drone regulations but actually re-authorizes the TSA as well and specifically, provisions that will have an impact on our members. After years of research and debate, the FAA legislation bolsters the TSA's private canine screening initiative by codifying the program as a requirement. While the agency had been processing its policy for certification of entities, the new law now promises to have privately supplied certified canines screening cargo by the end of December of this year. The new law also forces an assessment of the Certified Cargo Screening Program, directly with TSA administrator to review the program and its effectiveness at fully addressing evolving threats to air cargo and reporting back to Congress. The review also includes a mandate to assess information sharing between the program participants and to make improvements through rulemaking if necessary. The FAA reauthorization legislation also orders the TSA administrator to direct the agencies Aviation Security Advisory Committee (on which the Airforwarders Association holds a seat) to review the Known Shipper Program. This mandate will explore the notion of removing Known Shipper as a requirement or making changes to the program to make it more efficient and practical given today's commercial realities. Finally, the FAA legislation extends the TSA administrator’s term to five years, reestablishes an air cargo division within the agency and mandates the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) initiative as a required program. We have believed that effective air cargo security begins with a multilayered approach and remain enthusiastic about the ACAS requirement as an enhancement that will, through advanced submission of the bill of lading data, allow information targeting to be as crucial as physical screening itself. Your Board of Directors had a very productive meeting in Toronto in conjunction with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) during its biannual Air Cargo Forum. The meeting took place in the Toronto Convention Center and served as a perfect prelude to a successful convention during which our Board members attended informative, educational sessions and networked with other industry professionals in the large exhibit hall. Our alliance with TIACA continues to thrive, and we look forward to enhancing this initiative to the benefit of both organizations. The midterm elections recently took place with significant changes in the US House of Representatives and the Airforwarders Association will continue to monitor the new Congress for changes that impact our members. As of this writing, it's also election time for our association as members are choosing leaders for the next four-year term of our Board of Directors. We look forward to welcoming a few new members as well as those incumbents who gain reelection as well. Preparations are well underway for the upcoming AirCargo 2019 conference, February 10-12 in Las Vegas. Attendee registrations, exhibition sales, and sponsorship are at unprecedented levels compared to previous years for what promises to be an informative and exciting event. We hope you will plan to join us and if so, urge you to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush. The annual conference is a bright spot in the industry, promising to provide the best networking and educational opportunities available in our business. We look forward to seeing you there!