Airforwarders Association FORWARD Magazine, Fall 2018

Chairperson’s Corner 8 Forward Magazine Q Fall 2018 Airforwarders Association B e it weather, politics, holiday or business, the seasons are upon us. The traditional ball will soon be dropping in Time Square at the stroke of midnight, with many of the same problems from 2018 rolling into 2019. With this said, we have learned to expect the unexpected as the new reality. Road and Airport Infrastructure, as well as Cargo Security, continue to be topics of focus. The effects from trade policy and trucker liability regulations seem to be front and center in the year ahead at both the state and federal levels. Regardless of the speed, our mission is still the same. Your AfA Advances the Forwarder and Logistics Community through Advocacy and Education. As the dust settles on the recent changes in the US House of Representatives, the association will re-engage leadership in whatever way, shape or form it takes to drive home a pro-business environment on behalf of our members. We will keep an open ear to understand your concerns regarding all segments of the cargo transportation chain. An open mind as we advocate for sensible changes within the “system” is a must. A direction is more important than speed at this point. AfA Executive Director Brandon Fried continues his positive rapport with TSA, CBP, and different government agencies. He engages in a proactive form of advocacy and awareness on behalf of our members; serving as the industry’s voice in contributing industry information to regulatory agencies, lawmakers, shippers, and allied trade groups. Your AfA will continue to work hard to further our industry’s recognition while providing a united voice on common issues and concerns important to our respective companies. Air Cargo 2019 is set for February in Las Vegas!! It’s a great opportunity to network with similar minded people in a fun pro-business environment while trying to learn something along the way. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are starting to sell out so if interested, I highly recommend reaching out before the end of the year. The AfA Regional Meetings will continue in 2019 as the AfA works to blend networking, localized concerns with state and national policy updates closer to your door step. As we all take one foot in front of the other into 2019, your AfA invites you and your staff to let us know about their concerns no matter what level of government. I also urge that your organization takes advantage of the educational and networking opportunities through our webinars and forward the AIRMAIL blast within your organizations. Just remember, strength is in our numbers. Collaboration is a good thing. Forward Thinking! Global Focus! Regards, Christopher A. Connell Chairperson - AfA Is Direction is more important than speed?