Air Cargo Belgium looks back over a great first year

On 4 September Air Cargo Belgium celebrated its first birthday with more than 180 guests. In the past year thirty projects have been started and eleven work groups formed focussing on, amongst others, niche markets Pharma, Fresh, Avi and e-commerce. “We are delighted in the continued interest for Air Cargo Belgium”, says Geert Keirens, the industry association’s director. “Air cargo companies increasingly see the added value of membership of ACB. We are the first organisation specifically representing the whole cargo community at BRUcargo. By participating, companies can actively participate in the development of the airport and contribute to strengthening BRUcargo as the preferred cargo gateway.” The industry association already has over 130 members from all sectors of the air cargo industry. ACB formulated ‘Vision 2022’ aiming to digitalise processes and communication for the air cargo sector and its partners. To this end ACB will realise projects to the value of €5 million in the next five years.

ACB strives to represent the complete air cargo industry and make BRUcargo the most attractive, efficient, innovative and successful logistical platform. Geert: “You can only do this if you work together and speak publicly with one voice. In June, for example, ACB signed an agreement with the Belgian Customs. The aim of this intensive cooperation between business at BRUcargo and
Customs is for procedures to run more smoothly, processes to be simplified and business to be increasingly digitalised. The next step after signing is the formulation of a communal vision and
strategy for the future.

Active club
ACB organises numerous activities. “We are most certainly not a passive meeting club”, says Geert. “ACB takes part in international cargo exhibitions, organises workshops and takes the lead for various gatherings. A good example of this is ‘Cargo Talks’, an informative session with trendsetting keynote speakers.” The third edition of Cargo Talks will take place in November. The ‘cherry on the cake’ was the first ACB Summer BBQ linked to an innovative event.

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