Shipper heavyweights join TIACA advisory committee

Industry association TIACA is expanding its Shippers’ Advisory Committee by appointing a cross-section of influential global air cargo customers.
Representatives from Chanel Fragrances and Beauté, Ericsson, and Sandvik Machining Solutions will join the committee, which is chaired by Lars Droog, manager of supply chain and general affairs with Tosoh Corp, the Japanese chemical conglomerate.
Marine Harvest RMT and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries are also now members, with shippers from the automotive and flower sectors “to be announced soon”.
The new shippers on the committee have been named as Pascal Meyer, Head of Transportation and Customs, Chanel; Robert Mellin, Strategy Development Manager, Industry & Society, Ericsson; Tom Erling Mikkelsen, Site Manager & Operational Manager Air, Marine Harvest; Alex Nieuwpoort, Order to Delivery Director, Sandvik Machining Solutions; and Yoram Eshel, Senior Director Head of Global Transportation & Logistics, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
Said Droog: “We have representation from a wide range of industries who ship a significant amount by air globally to bring insight into shipper challenges, so that the industry can better collaborate and work towards slicker, safer supply chains.”
The enlarged committee complements existing shipper organisations by expanding the opportunity to include all sectors of the global air cargo community, according to Doug Brittin, TIACA secretary general.
“TIACA represents all sections of the industry and we feel it is very important to provide this platform specifically for shippers to bring their concerns to the discussion table,” said Sanjiv Edward, TIACA chairman and head of cargo business, Delhi International Airport.
Edward added: “Collaboration is key to ensuring we add value to the industry.”
TIACA also announced the launch of a new improved advocacy knowledge bank on its website.
The information will be sorted by topic, including Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI), dangerous goods, security programmes, research and development, e-commerce, as well as market access and trade facilitation.
Each topic will be fully described and easily searchable so that industry segments can determine how it may affect them.
“We want to ensure that we deliver timely, relevant information to our members so that they can be ready for new legislation and take action where necessary,” said Brittin.
TIACA’s three-day executive summit brought together over 170 delegates from across the globe to network and take part in discussions and workshops on topics from e-commerce to PLACI.

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