July 2021 Luncheon feat. ICAO and Canine Screening

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  • July 2020 IACAC Luncheon
    July 13, 2021
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Topic: ICAO and Canine Screening

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) changes governing cargo screening change beginning July 1st. Airlines, forwarders, and ground handlers are seeking ways to meet the mandate’s requirements for screening while ensuring cargo is not delayed pending screening by any one party.

With all this uncertainty, what are companies doing throughout the air cargo supply chain to keep up?

Join the IACAC for our July luncheon (this time with a boxed lunch) at the Chicago Department of Aviation to hear from three stakeholders who will share their early perspectives and what they are seeing in their own businesses.

This session will not be SSI-only, so specific questions regarding compliance with a TSA-governed IAC program cannot be discussed in an open session.

Our presenters include:

  • Husmira Mrzljak, Lufthansa Cargo
  • Stephanie Abeler, Lufthansa Cargo
  • Bill Gerst, PTS Logistics
  • Jeff Koehl, Global K9 Protection Group
We look forward to having a great discussion with our attendees on what they are seeing and perhaps can share some early best practices and ideas to ensure that the challenges and bottlenecks on import cargo do not manifest themselves with export cargo as well.



Meet our July speaker, William Gerst of PTS Logistics

I am a logistician with 20+ years experience in the Chicago air freight market and have been Business Development Manager for 12 years with Innovative Transport Solutions (ITS) & now also PTS Logistics (PTSL) in Wood Dale, IL 60191.

Career background in air, ocean, warehousing, domestic trucking (asset-based & non-asset based), rail & intermodal transportation. Concentration in best practices for loading/unloading cargo from 20'/40'/45'/53’ ISO containers & 53’ Dry & Refrigerated Vans.

Manufacturer & distributor offering material handling equipment such as the Portable Roller Bed System (PBS) for the air-ground transport market (18 airfreight markets) and the Mobile Transport Tray (MTT) for door-to-door-intermodal services throughout North America and the ocean freight transportation market around the globe.

Meet our July speaker, Stephanie Abeler of Lufthansa

Lufthansa. Abeler is part of Lufthansa Cargo’s Management Team responsible for the US- Midwest.
Stephanie has more than 15 years of experience in the aviation industry. She has held operational and strategic management positions within the Lufthansa Group. Before moving to Chicago, Stephanie was responsible for the IT department of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines in Frankfurt Stephanie holds an MBA, centralizing in aviation management. She also completed the international leadership education program at Lufthansa.

Meet our July speaker, Husmira Mrzljak of Lufthansa

Husmira Mrzljak is the head of Safety and Security for Lufthansa Cargo in Chicago. She has over 20 years of operational experience in the Air Cargo Industry.
She was previously leading a team of 100+ staff members in the Documentation and Warehouse area.
Husmira is the Security and ACMR trainer for Lufthansa Cargo in the Midwest.


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