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The Airforwarders Association (AfA) is a global alliance of indirect air carriers, cargo airlines and affiliated businesses. The association represents member companies, ranging from small businesses to those with over 1,000 people, dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain.

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Airforwarders Association has appointed senior lobbyist, Michael Taylor, Managing Partner, Diakon Partners.

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AIRFORWARDERS ASSOCIATION APPOINTS SENIOR LOBBYIST TO HELP SECURE US CONGRESS COMMITMENT TO VITAL AIR CARGO INVESTMENT


Growing concerns for members to maintain highly efficient cargo operations in the face of crumbling infrastructure leads AfA to ramp up pressure on Congress for action

Washington, D.C., USA, Thursday 23rd March 2023: The Airforwarders Association has appointed senior lobbyist, Michael Taylor, Managing Partner, Diakon Partners, to help maintain its pressure on US Congress for urgent investment in air cargo infrastructure at US airports.

Taylor will represent the interests and concerns of both AfA and partners the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), having been set three key objectives, including the education of key Members of Congress about the economic importance of air cargo, the critical need for investment in air cargo at US airports, recommended actions, and the costs of inaction.

“AfA’s engagement of Mr Michael Taylor in this critical role will greatly enhance our efforts to convince members of Congress of the urgent need to strengthen US air cargo, to enable it to thrive as the critical link it is in the global supply chain and to protect the many thousands of jobs it creates,” said Brandon Fried, Executive Director, AfA.

“Both AfA and the NCBFAA set up the Congestion Committee in 2022 to conduct an inquiry and its findings were conclusive that investment in air cargo infrastructure at federal level across the US was vital.”

In addition to educating congress on the importance and value of the US air cargo industry, Taylor will be campaigning to gain support from influential Members of Congress sitting on the Appropriations Committees to be champions in support of the effort to relieve airport cargo area congestion.

Taylor has more than 30 years of government and public affairs experience at the international, federal, state, and local levels, along with more than 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation policy.

“Over the past decade, one of the primary financial mainstays of the aviation industry, has been air cargo: this has never been more clear than in the face of the COVID pandemic,” said Fried.

“Having sustained the aviation industry and, in large measure, regional economies and the morale of the population, both AfA and NCBFAA members are reliant on investment if air cargo infrastructure is to be able to support the demands of the sector for the future.”

In 2022 AfA, NCBFAA and the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) formed the Airport Congestion Committee (ACC) to focus on developing solutions in the areas of: technology and automation; service standards; airport facilities and infrastructure; staffing and hours of operation; and regulatory and paperwork challenges.

The five critical issues were identified following a survey of airport cargo stakeholders resulting in a Recommendation Paper for private, public, and government entities highlighting challenges and suggesting solutions for cargo congestion issues at airports.

About Airforwarders Association

The AirForwarders Association represents hundreds of U.S companies dedicated to moving cargo through the supply chain on all modes of transport.

AFA has been supporting member companies of all sizes for 35 years, acting as the voice of the industry and lobbying legislators to help drive sustainable practices and ensure resilient, safe, secure supply chains.

As an alliance of indirect air carriers, cargo airlines and related businesses operating across the global transportation community, we represent member companies dedicated to moving air cargo through the supply chain.

Our members include not only air forwarders, but truckers, airlines, warehouse operators and businesses delivering a range of supporting services including technology, training, compliance, insurance and legal, just to name a few industries.

From campaigning for better national infrastructure to opening discussions about carbon reductions and digitilization – AFA has promoted hundreds of its members and streamlined business models to continue the growing industry.

For more information: airforwarders.org


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AIRFORWARDERS ASSOCIATION APPOINTS SENIOR LOBBYIST TO HELP SECURE US CONGRESS COMMITMENT TO VITAL AIR CARGO INVESTMENT

Growing concerns for members to maintain highly efficient cargo operations in the face of crumbling infrastructure leads AfA to ramp up pressure on Congress for action

Washington, D.C., USA, Thursday 23rd March 2023: The Airforwarders Association has appointed senior lobbyist, Michael Taylor, Managing Partner, Diakon Partners, to help maintain its pressure on US Congress for urgent investment in air cargo infrastructure at US airports.

Taylor will represent the interests and concerns of both AfA and partners the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), having been set three key objectives, including the education of key Members of Congress about the economic importance of air cargo, the critical need for investment in air cargo at US airports, recommended actions, and the costs of inaction.

“AfA’s engagement of Mr Michael Taylor in this critical role will greatly enhance our efforts to convince members of Congress of the urgent need to strengthen US air cargo, to enable it to thrive as the critical link it is in the global supply chain and to protect the many thousands of jobs it creates,” said Brandon Fried, Executive Director, AfA.

“Both AfA and the NCBFAA set up the Congestion Committee in 2022 to conduct an inquiry and its findings were conclusive that investment in air cargo infrastructure at federal level across the US was vital.”

In addition to educating congress on the importance and value of the US air cargo industry, Taylor will be campaigning to gain support from influential Members of Congress sitting on the Appropriations Committees to be champions in support of the effort to relieve airport cargo area congestion.

Taylor has more than 30 years of government and public affairs experience at the international, federal, state, and local levels, along with more than 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation policy.

“Over the past decade, one of the primary financial mainstays of the aviation industry, has been air cargo: this has never been more clear than in the face of the COVID pandemic,” said Fried.

“Having sustained the aviation industry and, in large measure, regional economies and the morale of the population, both AfA and NCBFAA members are reliant on investment if air cargo infrastructure is to be able to support the demands of the sector for the future.”

In 2022 AfA, NCBFAA and the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) formed the Airport Congestion Committee (ACC) to focus on developing solutions in the areas of: technology and automation; service standards; airport facilities and infrastructure; staffing and hours of operation; and regulatory and paperwork challenges.

The five critical issues were identified following a survey of airport cargo stakeholders resulting in a Recommendation Paper for private, public, and government entities highlighting challenges and suggesting solutions for cargo congestion issues at airports.

About Airforwarders Association

The AirForwarders Association represents hundreds of U.S companies dedicated to moving cargo through the supply chain on all modes of transport.

AFA has been supporting member companies of all sizes for 35 years, acting as the voice of the industry and lobbying legislators to help drive sustainable practices and ensure resilient, safe, secure supply chains.

As an alliance of indirect air carriers, cargo airlines and related businesses operating across the global transportation community, we represent member companies dedicated to moving air cargo through the supply chain.

Our members include not only air forwarders, but truckers, airlines, warehouse operators and businesses delivering a range of supporting services including technology, training, compliance, insurance and legal, just to name a few industries.

From campaigning for better national infrastructure to opening discussions about carbon reductions and digitilization – AFA has promoted hundreds of its members and streamlined business models to continue the growing industry.

For more information: airforwarders.org