April 18, 2016: Air Cargo Belgium, new air cargo community organisation launched at Brussels on April 18. This new organisation groups all companies at BRUcargo as well as any related stakeholders or official organisations, with the clear aim to further professionalise and improve the cargo environment at Brussels Airport to the benefit of all companies.
Next to Brussels Airport and the existing organisation of forwarders (BAFI), airlines (ACMAB) and handlers (CCAB), several companies have already joined the new organisation as a member or as a member of the board. More companies are expected to join very soon. The new organisation will create working groups on topics such as digitisation, operational efficiency and pharmaceuticals in addition to lobby to government, deal with customs and civil aviation authority.
The chairman of the new organisation will be Steven Polmans (Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport), supported by vice chairman; Alain De Heldt (current chairman of BAFI, the forwarders organisation) and Bas van Goch (current chairman of ACMAB, the cargo airlines organisation).
“Brussels Airport, since a few years, participates actively in improving the cargo at the airport. Although we facilitate were possible and try to take the lead in several topics, it is the cargo community and the different companies at BRUcargo that make the difference. Without them, nothing happens. With this new organisation, we can work even closer together in improving our cargo area to the benefit of all,” says Polmans.
Alain De Heldt, chairman of Belgian Airfreight Institute, states, “it is a great to see that with ACB, we are strengthening our forces in all aspects, respecting the full air cargo community, sharing the same agenda and bringing added value to the market. I feel confident that we are just at the beginning of a great development where quality and expertise are key. If we strive for “best in class”, cargo-volumes will come automatically”.
“ACMAB believes in a strong bond between Airport, Forwarders, Handlers and Airlines. Together we can tackle the challenges that we have, for example E-AWB and Ready for Carriage delivery. Geographically we are in the middle of ‘Airfreight Europe’, with several airports very close to us. If we all come together, with a joint target, we can make sure to keep Belgium as a center for air freight, both for on-line and off-line airlines,” continues Bas van Goch, chairman of ACMAB, the Air Cargo Managers Association Belgium.
In its mission statement, the organisation expresses its ambition to represent the entire air cargo community and make BRUcargo the most attractive, efficient, innovate and successful logistical platform.