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TIACA grows reach in LATAM after signing agreement with Mexico’s AMACARGA

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is to work closely with the Mexican Association of Freight Forwarders (AMACARGA) to grow the association’s presence in Latin America (LATAM) and support the air cargo community in the region.

As part of the partnership, the two organizations will cooperate on their signature events including TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum 2018 and 2020, as well as explore joint training and networking initiatives.

AMACARGA will send a delegation to the 2018 ACF this October in Toronto, Canada, to promote trade links and the air freight industry in Mexico, whilst also looking to have a key presence at the 2020 event, being held in Miami, Florida, USA.

“Mexico is a very important country which has seen rapid economic growth in recent years, and we are keen to forge closer links with the region to help promote and represent its expanding air cargo community,” said TIACA secretary general, Vladimir Zubkov (pictured left).

“We believe closer collaboration will help exporters and importers in the region find new markets and will encourage the development of new airfreight links both within Latin America and between the rest of the world.”

The association is keen to build its presence in Latin America as part of its increased focus on areas which are outside the major air freight markets, aiming to support the growth of airfreight and unify global standards throughout the world.

TIACA already partners with other Latin American organizations such as the Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Americas Alliance (AA), Bogotá, Colombia-headquartered Federation of National Associations of Cargo Agents and International Logistical Operators of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALACAT), and Santiago, Chile-based logistics provider AGUNSA – all of whom are participating in the ACF 2018.

AGUNSA has also been appointed as TIACA’s sales agent for LATAM to encourage companies in the region to attend and exhibit at TIACA’s events and to grow membership.

AMACARGA was established more than 30 years ago and now has almost 300 members throughout Mexico.

“Our exciting partnership with TIACA demonstrates the commitment of Mexico’s cargo community to engage with the rest of the world, and to nurture the growth and demand of the logistics industry in our country and beyond,” said AMACARGA president, Gaby Altuzar (left).

“Technological advances and new developments such as logistics 4.0 have encouraged AMACARGA to seek out strategic alliances, to find new ways of improving our industry as well as training the next generation, to help us meet the challenges that these emerging trends set – which is why we established our partnership with TIACA.”

Mexican air freight traffic is growing faster than average at 9.5 per cent in the year to May 2018 compared with 5.3 per cent global average growth, and both parties believe there is a lot of potential throughout the region to expand airfreight services and develop new markets for exports.

The focus on LATAM will be emphasized at TIACA’s 2020 Air Cargo Forum, co-located with both Multimodal and Supply Chain Americas in Miami, USA.

Miami International Airport is recognised as the world’s largest gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, handling 83 per cent of all air imports and 79 per cent of all exports to/from the region.

TIACA’s 29th Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition takes place in Toronto, Canada from 16th to 18th October at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.