Global Shippers’ Alliance aims to amend slots policy which is “detrimental to freighters”

posted on 20th March 2019 by Justin Burns
Global Shippers’ Alliance aims to amend slots policy which is "detrimental to freighters"

The Global Shippers’ Alliance (GSA) yesterday (19 March) agreed on various priorities including to help alleviate reduction in freighter slot restrictions at airports around the globe.

Members met in Amsterdam for their annual meeting and agreed in 2019, they will use their influence to amend IATA’s slots policy, which they say is “detrimental to freighters”, and willl inform them about air space constraints caused by geopolitical situations.

The GSA also agreed to optimise the mobility of air cargo through a better supply chain collaboration, digitalisation, and increased efficiency of land operations and services; to advocate the implementation of single windows and the connectivity between their platforms; and build up a positive image of air cargo among policy makers and society at large.

Members said they are aiming strengthen global cooperation amongst shippers joining efforts with Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF). They also discussed issues on maritime transport, e-commerce, and environment.

On e-commerce, GSA agreed to support AAEI’s work in the World Customs Organisation to facilitate trade taking into account such challenges as safety and security, harmonisation of import procedures, data sets, including levying import taxes and VAT.

As for the environment members agreed to support the promotion and implementation of the GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Accounting and Reporting in collaboration with Smart Freight Centre to improve the efficiency and to reduce the carbon footprint of logistics worldwide.

During the meeting, the GSA members openly shared the developments in their respective regions and countries and agreed to continue further their cooperation also engaging other stakeholders to bring efficiency to global trade. GSA said it will start an open dialogue with GSF to agree on a common agenda.