Obituary: Vid Rapsys

We learned today that IACAC President in 1968, Vid Rapsys, passed away last weekend. On a personal note, he worked at Kintetsu alongside my father back in the 70's. I remember Vid by name and reputation even if I don't remember him by face. Visitation and services are this weekend.

Vidmantas "Vid" Rapsys Died February 19, 2017, in his home in Naperville, IL, ten days short of his 77th birthday. Lived long years in Chicago and Downers Grove, IL, and lately by Paw Paw lake, Coloma, MI. He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Feb. 29, 1940--a Leap year baby. Vid and his family came to the United States in 1949, after witnessing the horrors of WWII in Germany. The family settled in Chicago, where two uncles and an aunt awaited them. Vid graduated in 1958 from the prestigious Marianapolis Academy in Thompson, Connecticut, then attended the Illinois Institute of Technology for two years. Vid was a pioneer in the then emerging air cargo industry. He started his career in 1960 with Circle Airfreight Corp. in Chicago. Later, also in Chicago, he worked many years for the Japanese corporate giant Kintetsu, as chief air cargo representative in the United States. He also supervised air cargo agents in West Germany, Hong Kong and South Africa. In 1973 Vid almost singlehandedly set up the highly successful Kintetsu pavilion at the international air cargo expo at Navy Pier. In 1977 he opened his own air cargo agency: Amber Air International, Ltd., with warehouses and offices next to O'Hare airport in Rosemont, IL. His air freight ranged from small packages of life-saving drugs to gigantic machinery for gold mines. He was a member of the International Air Cargo Ass'n of Chicago and Rotary Int'l, under whose auspices he was invited to lecture on air cargo themes worldwide. In business travel alone, he visited more than 60 countries. For a time, he worked enthusiastically with Boy Scout troops in Chicago and was a graduate of the renowned Gilwell program for Scout leaders. (He became a Cub Scout in Germany, back in 1946.) Vid was also a lifelong golf enthusiast. Visitation Friday, February 24, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Petkus & Son Funeral Home, 12401 S. Archer Ave., Lemont, IL. (1-800-994-7600).

After 11:00 a.m. funeral Mass on Saturday, February 25, Divine Savior Church, 6700 Main St., Downers Grove, IL, Vid will be laid to rest next to his wife, Anne Dunne, and his parents in the St. Casimir's Cemetery, 111th St. and Pulaski Rd., Chicago. Surviving in grief are son, Vidmantas Thomas and family (wife, Laura, son, Michael, daughter, Jessica); son, Ryan; brother, R. John Rapsys; nephews, Anthony Rapsys and family, Aldis Rapsys; niece and goddaughter, Ramona (Rapsys) Toner and family; nephews, Ryan and Robin Rapsys and their families; nephews, Steven and Brian Krieger and their families; niece, Laura Krieger; three cousins in Michigan; and two cousins in Lithuania.

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 23, 2017

White papers published by NCBFAA on ACE

As part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate the implementation of ACE, the NCBFAA recently provided the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with white papers addressing ACE Development and ACE Functionality.
In its paper entitled, "Status of Ace and Single Window Development And Impact to the Trade Community," the NCBFAA points out that full realization of ACE and the single window includes all transaction types and variations, a reliable system with optimal productivity, disciplined adoption of PGAs and collaborative development of added functionality. The NCBFAA notes that the realization of a fully operational state-of-the-art system will facilitate legitimate trade into and out of the United States and be a model to other border administrations worldwide.
The second paper, "Functionality Under Development But Not Complete Or Not Functioning As Intended And Functionality Not Under Development,"offers readers an itemized list of "core" functionality in ACE and the NCBFAA's opinion that completion and stabilization of this "core" functionality must occur before any new processes divert needed resources from these priorities.
The NCBFAA encourages its members to review these documents as well as visit the "ACE Helpful Links" site on the NCBFAA website.

Chairman’s Letter: March, 2016

I can definitively say that this is the last one of these you'll see with my name on it. We're electing a new President this month and have a whole bunch of other things going on as well.

Special IACAC Presidential Election.

In November, we elected a President, Sam Krouse, formerly of DGM. By January, Sam had accepted a position with a shipper in Ohio and had left Chicago and the industry and relocated his family out of state. Our by-laws dictated the path we had to follow, so earlier this month we voted to accept his resignation as a board and call for a special election to fill the vacancy created by his departure.

Two candidates have entered their names for consideration, Brian Bartolotta of BCS Placement and Herman Ruiz, Jr., of Channel Distribution. You can read their bios and find out more about the voting process here. We ask that all members take a moment to cast their ballots. Think of it as good practice for later in March for the primaries and in November for the general election.

Luncheon news: March, April and a change in May.

What didn't most folks find under their trees this past holiday season? Self-balancing scooters. Mostly because they either caught fire or the CPSC got their hands on them before Santa could put them under a tree and then the house would catch fire. Importers and Customs brokers draw the most attention from the agency in cases like this, but believe it or not, those of us who carry, transport or store these things have been dragged into the discussion as well.

Without making everybody's heads implode from a regulatory onslaught, we've asked Guadalupe Whyte, CPSC's Compliance Investigator, to come and tell us just what they do, how they do it, how we're involved and give us some great examples about their enforcement activities. We'll be at the Wyndham on March 8th and attendance is limited to the first forty registrants. Don't miss your chance - seats will go quickly.

In April, we are thrilled beyond words to feature Bruce Campbell, Chairman, President and CEO of Forward Air Corporation. Bruce has been with them for more than two decades in a number of capacities and oversaw their acquisition of Towne Air Freight. Details to follow, but mark April 12th on your calendars.

Finally, starting in May, we've increased the price for walk-ups to our luncheons to $35.00 from the current $30.00. We have had a number of embarrassing situations in the past several years where we relay the number of online reservations to the venue only to have the number exceeded by two or sometimes three times. This really makes me mad. We look foolish to the hotel, we look foolish to the speaker, we inconvenience everybody by making a room more crowded and worst of all, we run the very real risk of running out of food.

The board voted to implement a change beginning in May that walk-ups without a reservation will now pay $35.00 to attend. We could have gone higher, but wanted to make the point to people that all you have to do is register. You can still pay at the door, but make a reservation to let us know you'll be there. Reservations stay open till midnight the day before, so it really isn't that inconvenient to take two minutes to share your planned attendance with us.

Tentative annual March Madness outing back in 2016.

We've done it the past few years with the Young Freight Forwarders Association (YFFA) and it has been a tremendous amount of fun. Continue to watch our site and your inbox for the details, but we're planning on holding the event on Thursday, March 17th.

Golf Outing confirmed and sponsorships selling quickly.

Tuesday, August 9th - we've even got a placeholder page here on the website. We've got multiple sponsorship opportunities including breakfast, lunch, the beverage carts, holes and this year plan to offer a whole-hole sponsorship package that includes the chance to be on the tee with a table and chairs and have a flag with your logo for the hole as well.

The Golf Committee is also looking for help as well to solicit sponsors, promote the event and help execute a lot of the behind-the-scenes planning including securing items for the luncheon raffle that benefit our IACAC Scholarship Fund.

To participate, send me an email and we'd be happy to have your involvement.

Renew your 2015 IACAC membership now!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Last year was one of the most successful years on record for the IACAC in terms of membership, funds raised for our scholarships and engagement in our social and professional activities.

Let's make 2015 even bigger.

The way that happens is with the continued participation and engagement of our existing members and adding to that base as well.

Our dues are EXTREMELY reasonable and we welcome forwarders, airlines, individuals, ground handlers, truckers, sureties...anyone involved with, or who has an interest in supporting, the business of air cargo.

We have two tiers of membership that you can see on this page.

Membership rates are very simple:

INDIVIDUAL: $50.00 per year
CORPORATE: $100.00 per year (this covers two people per company who wish to be involved including the right to vote, benefits that are extended to IACAC members, etc.)
CORPORATE EXTRA: $30.00 per additional named member

Note that for companies this is not the number of employees you have, but rather the number of employees you envision participating in our events on a regular basis who would like to accrue the benefits of membership.

Three ways to pay your membership:

IACAC Website:

Visit this page and follow the process and it'll take you into Paypal for the checkout.

Credit card via Paypal:

If you're already a member, we've created this simple Paypal button for you to select your membership type. Note if you're doing corporate for more than two people, select the "Continue Shopping" button which will send you back to the site and select the additional people from the drop down menu. You will then be taken back to your cart where you can add the necessary number of additional people and then finish checking out and paying.

Select 2015 IACAC Membership Level

Download and print the paper application:

For those who do not wish to pay online and would rather pay by check, you can download the form here. Fill it out, attach your check payable to IACAC for the appropriate amount and then you can either a) mail it to the PO box on the bottom of the form or b) send it via Airsped or messenger of your choice to either me at Basic Enterprises, 2567 Greenleaf Ave., Elk Grove Village, or to Maureen Schmitt of Mallory Alexander, 873 Cambridge Dr., Elk Grove Village.

Passing of Sue Kuzan

Me &  SueWe are sad to share with you the news that Sue Kuzan, a licensed Customs broker and longtime member of the Chicago Customs brokerage community, passed away on April 9th of a heart attack at the age of 49.

Our condolences are extended to her and her family, especially her sister Sharon Roman of Quick Caller Directories who has been a long supporting member of the IACAC.

There will be a memorial service on April 26th from 9 AM - 1 PM at:

Oaks Funeral Home

1201 E. Irving Park Rd.

Itasca, IL  60143

The family has requested no flowers.


Former IACAC member Kevin Koerner passed away.

KJKoernerIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of Kevin Koerner.  Kevin lost his battle with leukemia last Tuesday, February 11th. Kevin's industry career spanned many companies in Chicago, including Airport Distribution, SEKO, USF Holland, Concert Group Logistics and most recently RR Donnelly. His obituary has not yet been published, but we have been told that the details for his services are as follows:

Friday, February 28, from 4:00-8:00pm

Visitation and Reception

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights

302 N. Dunton Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Saturday, March 1, 10:30am

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights

302 N. Dunton Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL 60004