Air transport

As a multimodal global shippers' organisation, the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF) has been active on air cargo issues since the formation of the Tripartite Shippers' Group (TSG) in 1994.

At its annual meeting in Macau in September 2010, GSF held a seminar in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to discuss the current air cargo issues as they affect shippers. The seminar identified a number of policy areas of importance to shippers, including aviation security and service performance.

Follow-up discussions with IATA and other air cargo interests, including The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the Federation Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimiles (FIATA) - the international freight forwarders organisation led to agreement for the world’s main global organisations representing all elements of the air cargo supply chain to establish the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG).

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group

For the final principles and terms of reference agreed by GSF, IATA, TIACA and FIATA, together with the work programme and priorities, view our GACAG document.

Read our press release on GACAG urges U.S. customs to work with industry on advanced air freight screening pilot programs

Read our press release on E-commerce is essential to the overall success of the air cargo supply chain

Read our press release on founding members sign basic principles for new GACAG

Read our press release on GACAG calls for ICAO WCO and national regulators to adopt a standard consignment security declaration

Read our press release on Air Logistics Management

Visit Global Air Cargo Advisory Group website

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GACAG Steering Committee

Photo: (right) GSF signs basic principles for the creation of GACAG

The GACAG Steering Committee has established four Task Forces to pursue air cargo key issues identified by GACAG members as being critical to the enhanced performance of the air cargo supply chain. The issues include: aviation security, e-commerce, customs and documentation and environmental sustainability. GSF has played a key role in developing the Task Force agenda's and setting terms and conditions for the Task Forces.

Peter Reynolds from GE Health Care will represent GSF on the e-commerce Task Force. Peter Gatti from NITL will represent GSF on the Security Task Force and Chris Welsh, Secretary General of GSF, will be represented on the Sustainability Task Force.

Details of the Task Force terms and conditions are set out below. A full report on progress will be given at  GSF Atlanta Annual Meeting. If you would like to know more about GACAG or would like to be involved contact Chris Welsh on +44 (0) 1892 552352.


GACAG Customs And Trade Facilitation Task Force

GACAG E-Commerce Task Force

GACAG e-freight Roadmap

GACAG Security Task Force

GACAG Sustainability Of The Air Cargo Industry Task Force

Position Paper on Customs Harmonization