Airforwarders Association calls on Congress, White House, to provide critical financial and operational support to forwarders and truckers

Executive Director Brandon Fried lays out specific steps to take in response to COVID-19 pandemic for association's members through legislation, regulation and policy suggestions.
By: The Airforwarders Association
 
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Airforwarders Association
Airforwarders Association
WASHINGTON - March 23, 2020 - PRLog -- On behalf of the membership of the Airforwarders Association which represents stakeholders across the air cargo supply chain, Executive Director Brandon Fried has provided a list of written suggestions critical to the survival of the air cargo industry. This letter has been delivered the White House, Majority and minority leadership in the House and Senate and the respective Committee chairs and ranking members with jurisdiction over the industry.

The AfA recommends the following:
  • Domestic travel must not be interrupted or suspended and international services must be restored as soon as possible.
  • "Shelter in place" orders by cities and states must not shutter freight forwarders, warehouses and truckers.
  • Financial relief should include access to low-interest loans, working capital and delayed or deferred government-mandated deadlines.
  • Urge airlines to consider scheduled freight-only flight operations to ensure an adequate supply of affordable air cargo for shippers.
In the letter, Fried reminds legislators and the White House, "Our members are freight forwarders who play a vital role in the nation's commerce, moving essential shipments such as medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, fresh food and manufactured goods by air and by truck day and night. We utilize the domestic and foreign passenger airlines and trucking systems as our primary means of transportation."

Financial support is critical because forwarders are primarily a pass-through business with finances, receiving payment from shippers and remitting funds to the asset-owning companies who operate planes, trucks and warehouses.

"While some of our members are large, global companies, most are small to medium sized enterprises, independently owned and operated and in need of the financial support that Congress must act upon immediately. Freight forwarders collect money from shippers and remit to underlying service providers such as airlines, express carriers, truckers, warehouses and other companies within the supply chain. Their position as an industry which passes through the majority of the funds they receive places them in a position of extraordinary exposure to payments which decrease or are not made."

About The Airforwarders Association:

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 275 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost-efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at www.airforwarders.org.

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