Does the international community not care enough about air cargo? This is the question that Air Cargo World contributor Ruwantissa Abeyratne asks in a recent opinion piece on the site.
Abeyratne discusses the recent Sixth Worldwide Air Transport Conference, held at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters in Montreal, Canada. With more than 1,000 delegates from 131 countries and 39 international organizations, the conference was the ideal place to discuss issues of import to the air cargo industry.
However, Abeyratne criticizes the conference for failing to take the initiative to "facilitate further liberalization" of air cargo. He argues that while the ICAO has made some statements to that effect, no real action has been taken.
He adds that there will be another ICAO event in late September and early October, and urges the conference to take action then.
"There will be a whole new resolution requesting that the ICAO Council ensure that standards on facilitation address the requirements of member countries with respect to administration of border controls, cargo and passengers and advances in technologies," Abeyratne writes. "The resolution also urges countries and operators to make all possible efforts to speed up the handling and clearance of air cargo, while ensuring the security of the international supply chain."
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