Join IACAC and YFFA for our March Madness Networking Event

Who doesn't love a little college basketball? Behind the Superbowl, it's the second most heavily-wagered on event.  And this one has all the elements of randomness that makes it so excited. How does it usually turn out? The college hoops junkies watch their brackets get blown up by upsets and somebody who knows nothing about the sport winds up taking home the trophy.

Whether you're a bracketologist or not, we want you to join us the evening of March 20th from 6 - 9 PM for an event that we are co-sponsoring with the Young Freight Forwarders of America (YFFA).  It's at the Wyndham Gardens at 2550 Landmeier Rd. in Elk Grove Village.  We're providing the appetizers and it's a cash bar.

Click here to register.

Mingle and meet your fellow freight forwarders, warehouse operators, airline reps, truckers and make some new friends and business connections.

This event is in lieu of our monthly luncheon which will be on April 8th.  Watch this space because starting in April, we're going to allow people to register and pay on line in advance of arrival at the event.  Not that we don't like seeing you all and swiping your card through our Square dongle, but you'll now be able to pay in advance.

And if you're not a member of IACAC, join now for the low rate of $50 for individual memberships and $100 for a Corporate membership for up to two members.

NUTC Executive Program Freight Transportation and Logistics

Hope you enjoy the summer, but if you relax a bit too much the next few months, attend this program in September to get back into the swing of things!

NUTC Executive Program Freight Transportation and Logistics
A specially designed executive program for professionals in both the private and public sectors looking to enhance their knowledge of freight transportation and logistics taught by both academic thought leaders and experienced practitioners.


Full details here!

IACAC Membership Roster & Member Organization Links

The IACAC membership roster for 2013 is now available on the Membership page of the website!

To protect the privacy of our members, the roster is protected by a password, which will be emailed to all active members by end of day on Friday, May 17th.  We ask that you refrain from sharing this password with anyone outside the organization.

If the password is changed, members will be notified via email.  If you lose or forget the password, please email for a reminder.

Links to our members' corporate website have also been posted on the Links page.  Please note that only members who included their organization's website on their membership enrollment form have been listed.  If you would like to add your organization's web address, please send the link to with "Add Website" in the subject line.

Industry News: Boom Times Gone For Good?

Published: 25th April 2013

Boom times gone for good?

Shippers have permanently turned their back on airfreight as the sophistication of their supply chain grows, reveals Robert Mellin, head of supply and logistics at Ericsson.

Boom times gone for good?

Speaking at the TIACA Executive Summit in Dallas, Mellin revealed the telecommuni-cations giant had a target this year of sending 80 percent of its products by surface freight, instead of the 20 percent it used to a decade ago.

"We achieved that last week," he said. Looking around the delegates, he added: "I cannot see any smiling faces here."Over 70 percent of Ericsson's logistics spend is on airfreight, despite it only accounting for 20 percent of its volumes. "Those numbers speak to me," said Mellin. "As a shipper, you are suicidal if you do not get rid of airfreight."

He explained the source of the company's shift: the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in 2010. "I loved that volcano. We had to go from air to surface in one day. It forced us to think differently, to look for ways to go under the cloud. It forced us to find a new solution and forced the customer to have a dialogue with us about lead times. It worked. Then we realised we could swap between different modes without constraints and that gave us flexibility to adapt to other situations."

For the full story read the 29 April issue of Air Cargo Week (Link:  April 29 ACW)

Export Documentation Course- Harper College

Harper College will be offering an Export Documentation course for credit (MKT 190 - #92099).  The course will provide students with an understanding of the procedures and necessary documentation for exporting both goods and services.  Course content covers shipping documentation as well as insurance, banking and
finance and governmental forms.

The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:10pm, May 20 - July 14; fee is $326.

For more information or to register please email

Harper College, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL

Industry News- Potential Impact of Sequestration on CBP Operations




Our friends at the National Retail Federation and Airlines for America have shared a communication received this morning from Customs and Border Protection on the potential impact of sequestration on CBP operations.  CBP will be posting additional information on its website.

I spoke with Doug Brittin at TSA on Friday who said at this point, the sequester will have little impact on the agency's air cargo security division with validation and audit activity conducted as usual.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

To access the document, please clink here.



The Airforwarders Association

(202) 393-2818

Industry News- AfA Executive Director Brandon Fried Appointed to Committee Advising Homeland Security and Treasury

AfA Executive Director Brandon Fried Appointed to Committee Advising               Homeland Security and Treasury; Visible and Prominent Stage for AfA

The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) has announced that Brandon Fried, Executive Director of the The Airforwarders Association, has been appointed to serve for two years on the thirteenth term of the Committee.

This twenty member Committee advises the secretaries of the Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security on the commercial operations of CBP and related DHS and Treasury functions.

"Advisory groups, such as COAC, are crucial to the quality of business-governent dialogue, which is essential to confronting challenges that face the United States in the international trade and homeland security arenas," wrote Neal Wolin, Acting Secretary of the Treasury and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Brandon's confirmation letter.

Allowed to serve a maximum of two, two-year terms, individuals on this Committee are selected from the private sector supply chain, including importers and exporters, Customs brokers, freight forwarders, lawyers, sureties and financial institutions involved in trade.  The 12th Term included two previous Commissioners of Customs who are now employed in the private sector.

"It is an incredible honor to have been selected to be part of COAC," said Fried.  "When you look at previous members and the organizations they represented, the chance to insure that air freight forwarders are considered key participants of the supply chain as a whole is tremendous."

COAC has several subcommittees and Brandon serves on two, Trusted Trader and Global Supply Chain.  They meet quarterly around the United States and the meetings are open to attendance in person or via the Internet.

The first meeting of this term is on March 6th in Washington, DC.


Details of the meeting can be found on CBP's website.


A copy of Brandon's letter is available here.

INDUSTRY NEWS- Potential Sequester on Cargo


I wanted to let you know about the impact of a potential sequester on cargo from what I have learned so far.

The sequester is a package of automatic spending cuts that is part of the Budget Control Act which was passed in August 2011. The cuts are projected to total $1.2 trillion and are scheduled to begin this Friday. Barring any compromise by Congress to avoid the cuts, the ones scheduled for 2013 totaling $109 billion will begin then.

So far, the TSA has not announced how the cuts will affect air cargo security enforcement. However initial predictions are that we will ultimately see its impact as passengers clearing security lines at airports.

CBP has been more active in communicating its planned cuts and says that they will be made equally across the agency with no preference by port of arrival. The first and most immediate cuts will be curtailing overtime for clearance personnel and then furloughs totaling 12 to 14 days that would begin after the first 30 days. The estimated cumulative impact could potentially be five-hour delays at land border crossings, passenger processing time may increase by about 50% and there will likely be an additional 5 days added to cargo inspections at ocean ports of entry.

CBP says that antiterrorism and security efforts will not be impacted. Passenger clearances will remain the first priority followed by cargo. Agricultural exams for incoming shipments should continue as usual. Also, there may be more risk-based calls made regarding other inspections and exams with less impact to trusted travelers and trusted traders. C-T PAT members will continue to receive priority treatment for exams when possible.

Non-mission critical expenditures such as travel and training for CBP employees will be curtailed but at this point we have received no information that this will have any impact on CBP and TSA leadership attending the upcoming air cargo 2013 conference.

I will keep you updated as new information is learned and hope that you will feel free to call me with any questions or comments.

Brandon Fried

The Airforwarders Association