Death of Daniel Edward Mahal; services planned for Wednesday

We received the following sad news about the passing of Dan Mahal, brother of Steve Mahal of RAM International. Dan's career in the industry took him to three places, Northern Airfreight, Hellmann Worldwide and Expeditors International. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

His wife passed away before him and they leave behind two daughters without parents. Hug your kids a bit tighter today.

Daniel Edward Mahal, age 52, of Lombard

Daniel Edward Mahal, age 52, of Lombard died July 17, 2015.

A Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Daniels’s Memorial Mass will be Thursday at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard.

Daniel is survived by his two daughters, Miranda and Janah; his mother, Virginia; and his two brothers, Rick and Steve.

Daniel is preceded in death by his wife, Adriene.

Daniel lived life to the fullest and helped others with his contagious optimism. He valued his family above all. Daniel added to it when he married the love of his life, Adriene and had two daughters, Miranda and Janah. Now he is reunited with Adriene in Heaven.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Don’t miss the Traffic Club’s Transportation Night October 8th.

Held annually, the Traffic Club of Chicago does a tremendous job bringing together the major trade associations in our industry to give job seekers a way to learn about everything involved in supply chain and logistics and where they can get more involved. IACAC has been a proud exhibitor at the event in past years, and you'll find us there again this year.

As usual, the event will be held at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont. There is no admission, there will be appetizers and a cash bar. It is from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.

We would love it if you would attend and support these great organizations. Click on the flier below for more details.

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ICAO agrees to prohibit lithium metal batteries on passenger flights.

With thanks to Brandon Fried and the Airforwarders Association, please find below a report about lithium metal batteries carried on aircraft.

Provided by the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council, a meeting took place in Montreal to seek harmony in the rules that ban bulk shipments of lithium metal batteries in the United States, but permit them internationally.Lithium Metal Battery


The DGP agreed to adopt a prohibition of lithium metal batteries carried as cargo on passenger aircraft, but this does not include:

  • those packed with or contained in equipment, or
  • those carried by passengers in the cabin of the aircraft.

The report of the meeting should be available on the ICAO website sometime this week.  This decision is expected to be approved by the DGP's parent committee, the Air Navigation  Commission (ANC) at its scheduled meeting later this month.  Please note, the ANC may adopt the DGP's decision but has within its prerogative, the option of amending/extending it.  The actual text of the decision, including associated consequential amendments, can be expected towards the end of May.

Some key points to consider:

Will there be an approvals process, that is, will Special Provision A1 be applied?   The Panel voted to apply A1, but only by a simple majority and it was clear that this is one area where the ANC may adopt the stricter criteria of the Exemptions process.  My recommendation is that industry should look at the implications of these two options very carefully.

Second, the effective date was discussed, albeit very briefly.  Industry made the observation that this represents a substantial change and as yet no text of the requirements is available, therefore, a considerable transition period would be required.  As discussed, the effective date would be January 1, 2015, but this date could be moved up or pushed back depending on the discussion and decisions of the ANC.

AfA reports surge in membership

Brandon Fried of the Airforwarders Association is an annual guest at our luncheon meetings and does a tremendous job summarizing what is happening in Washington, DC, that impacts the air freight industry.

Over the course of the last year they have worked very hard to bolster their membership and this press release supports their success.  We're proud partners with AfA in representing IACAC's interests nationally and Brandon is always a resource that we're able to draw on when needed.

(WASHINGTON) - The growth in the number of freight forwarding companies joining the Airforwarders Association (AfA) has reached unprecedented levels, with the organization's regular membership rolls expanding by nearly 25 percent over the past year, the AfA announced today.


More than half of the increase in the association's regular membership - which is comprised of freight forwarding companies that focus on air cargo - has come in just the past few weeks. The AfA now represents 230 such enterprises in addition to more than 120 other businesses and organizations, including major airlines, that work with or serve freight forwarding operations.


"As they contemplate increased business in an improving economy, forwarders are likely realizing that the regulatory framework for air freight and other commonly used modes is now more extensive and complex than ever. So they want to make certain their voice is heard in Washington and that they have a way to keep current on regulatory and industry developments," said Brandon Fried, the AfA's Executive Director.


As an alliance of indirect air carriers, airlines, truckers and affiliated businesses located throughout the global transportation community, the AfA currently represents companies ranging from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large global enterprises employing thousands of people, as well as business models varying from domestic to worldwide logistics operations.


Fried pointed out that that much of the cargo handled by the nation's air freight forwarders is transferred across two or more modes of transportation between shipper and receiver.  Accordingly, he said, the AfA has become increasingly active in legislative initiatives and regulatory issues that are present across the broad range of transportation modes, including trucking, shipping and railroads as well as air freight.


The association also represents air freight forwarders across more than a dozen government advisory boards and industry councils, including the Department of Homeland Security Aviation Advisory Committee and its Critical Infrastructure Protection Air Cargo Security Working Group, the Transportation Security

Administration Aviation Security Advisory Committee and the TSA Known Shipper Users Group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commercial Operations Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the US Chamber of Commerce Global Supply Chain Security Group.

GAO report on FMCSA Safety Measurement Score – AfA analysis

From our friends at the Airforwarders Association (have you registered for AirCargo World 2014 yet?):

Yesterday, the General Accountability Office issued its long-awaited report criticizing FMCSA's Safety Measurement Score methodology as limited because of insufficient information, which reduces the precision of SMS scores.  Based on GAO's analysis of available information, most regulations used to calculate SMS scores are not violated often enough to strongly associate them with crash risk for individual carriers. Second, most carriers lack sufficient safety performance data to ensure that FMCSA can reliably compare them with other carriers.FMCSA_logo

The Airforwarders Association became concerned with this issue because increasingly, SMS Methodology is being used by the plaintiff's bar to sue shippers, brokers and forwarders up the supply chain as well as to seek punitive damages from carriers large and small.  There is good indication that our opposition to SMS methodology was prophetic and that more and more segments of the industry are coming to understand the problem.

GAO recommends that FMCSA revise the SMS methodology to better account for limitations in drawing comparisons of safety performance information across carriers. We hope the FMCSA responds to these recommendations by revising the program and implementing GAO's suggested changes.

Forward Air to acquire Central States Trucking

Content courtesy Forward Air:

Forward Air Corporation To Acquire Central States Trucking
GREENEVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2014-- Forward Air Corporation(NASDAQ:FWRD) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the stock of Central States Trucking Company and Central States Logistics, Inc., (collectively referred to as “CST” in this release), from Central States Inc. Founded in 1980, CST provides industry leading container and intermodal drayage services primarily within the Midwest region of the United States. CST also provides linehaul service within the airport-to-airport space, as well as, dedicated contract and Container Freight Station (“CFS”) warehouse services.CST has a seven terminal network with approximately 500 office employees and drivers. Headquartered in Bensenville, IL, CST had 2013 unaudited revenues of approximately $66 million. The purchase price will be $95.6 million, which is approximately eight times 2013 adjusted EBITDA. CST will be acquired on a cash-free, debt-free basis with an adjustment for working capital. Forward Air also anticipates approximately $15 million in net present value of expected cash tax savings as a result of the transaction. The transaction will be funded by Forward Air’s cash reserves and is expected to be accretive to its 2014 earnings.

The closing of the transaction is subject to various customary conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”), as amended, and compliance with the covenants and agreements in the definitive agreement in all material respects. It is anticipated that the transaction will close in the first quarter of 2014.

Bryan Grane, President and CEO of CST, said: “We are extremely pleased to join the Forward Airteam. We feel that combined with Forward Air’s strengths in expedited linehaul and final mile LTL solutions, our new partnership will allow CST to more quickly achieve our corporate vision to be the market leader in international supply-chain trucking and warehousing. With the combined entity offering over 90 terminals and 40 CFS stations, we will be able to provide our international air and ocean customers with greater supply-chain flexibility, scale and continuity.”

Bruce A. Campbell, Chairman, President and CEO of Forward Air Corporation, said, “We are very excited about the acquisition of CST. For a number of years we have had the desire to enter the drayage space via purchase of a company with a scalable platform. CST not only provides that platform, but does so while achieving the high margins and low asset intensity that our shareholders have come to expect from us.”

Continuing, Mr. Campbell said, “Over time, we feel confident that Bryan and his team of seasoned transportation professionals will give us the ability to duplicate their approach to the drayage space on a nationwide scale.”

In closing, Mr. Campbell said, “We look forward to the addition of this newest service offering to our airport-to-airport network, TLX full truckload, Complete pick-up and delivery, Solutions final mile and TQI temperature-controlled services. Undoubtedly, there will be both cross-selling and operational opportunities for our combined teams to take advantage of as we move forward.”



FDA limited service on Friday due to passing of Izzy Antczak

We received the following sad news from the Food & Drug Administration's Chicago District office.  Hug the ones you love a little tighter when you see them tonight:



The import office will be processing entries on a very limited basis Friday and will be processing entries remotely on Saturday. If you have an urgent import issues please call (630) 860-1307 x 1109.


It is with deep sadness that the FDA Chicago District Office shares the passing of Izabela ‘Izzy’ Antczak, 27, from a sudden brain aneurism. Izabela was an entry reviewer working in our import office. She is survived by her two children Victoria, 5, and David, 8.


The funeral is scheduled for January 31, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at:

Saint Konstance Church

5843 West Strong Ave

Chicago, IL 60630


Her family requested any cards or gestures be sent to Izabela’s sister during this difficult time. Her address is as follows:


Aleksandra Wojtach

3254 N. Oconto

Chicago, IL 60634


Our thoughts are with Izabela and her family.

America’s Intermodal Freight Network

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For Immediate Release:                                                   For More Information:
October 31, 2013                                                              David St. John

New Report from Congressional Panel a Key Step in Right Direction for America's Intermodal Freight Network, Airforwarders Say  

(WASHINGTON) - The Airforwarders Association, representing nearly 400 companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain, has welcomed a set of recommendations from a special congressional panel on ways to improve the nation's freight transportation system.


The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, established earlier this year by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, this week released its final report on the current state of the system and suggestions for improving it.


Among the recommendations are for the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy, designate a national multimodal freight network and identify and develop sustainable sources of revenue across all modes to fund improvements in the network's condition and performance.  The report called for relevant government departments to develop specific funding and revenue options for freight transportation projects prior to Congress' consideration of the surface transportation reauthorization bill in 2014.

"We commend members of this special, bipartisan panel for pointing the way toward what needs to be done to maintain and improve America's freight transportation network, which is so critical to our future competitiveness," said AfA Chairman Richard Fisher of Falcon Global Edge, a Boston-based international freight forwarding company, who testified at one of the panel's hearings in Washington in June.

"In our view, the panel was right on the money in recommending that the first step is to recognize the interconnectedness of all modes of freight transportation, followed up by a course of action to identify and raise the revenues that will be needed to assure our intermodal network is second to none," he said.

During his testimony in June, Fisher noted that the majority of freight moves through two or more modes as it goes through the supply chain.  He also emphasized the need to address important security concerns in ways that keep freight moving efficiently, as well as aging roads, bridges and other transportation facilities that are vital to cargo delivery.

"With this report and the praise it is winning from T&I Committee leaders, it looks like we are off to a great start in the process of developing the workable funding mechanisms to improve our intermodal freight network and thereby support economic growth and job creation far into the future," said Fisher.  "We urge the full Committee, the Congress and the Administration to move swiftly to act on these recommendations and put our freight infrastructure on course for the future."

The special panel, led by Chairman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), was established in April by T&I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV).

About the Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents nearly 400 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