Air cargo association woos shippers

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The International Air Cargo Association is inviting shippers to join the organisation free of charge.

TIACA said the initiative recognised the importance for air cargo service providers to gain a more complete understanding of the needs of shippers. It plans to provide a forum to shippers to get closer to existing and prospective air logistics partners to exchange ideas, discuss changing needs and challenges, and to develop new business opportunities.

The free membership offer defines shippers as a manufacturer, wholesaler/distributor, retailer, or the ultimate importer/original exporter. The association plans to approach shippers around the world to ensure it attracts global representation of their views and needs.

They will be offered the opportunity to participate in TIACA events, starting with the International Air Cargo Forum & Exposition in Amsterdam between November 2nd 4th, 2010. Dedicated shipper presentations will form part of the conference.

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Ulrich Ogiermann, chairman of TIACA (above), said: “Our industry talks about the importance of listening to customers but we are taking action that makes that even easier. Similarly, shippers often claim that their voice is not heard by airlines and forwarders so I hope they will take this opportunity to become members of TIACA and to participate proactively in the Association. I am confident it will bring measurable benefits to their business. By extending our shipper membership, we also hope more freight forwarders will see greater value in joining TIACA. Based on our discussions so far, we are extremely encouraged by the response of shippers to our initiative, which is open to all shippers as individuals and companies.”

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