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TIACA calls for recognition of air cargo's role in anti-virus fight

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has joined the "ICAO Technical group on joint actions related to COVID-19", other members of which are the WHO, IATA, ACI and GEA, said an association press release.

TIACA said its aim is to draw attention both to the fundamental role that the air cargo industry plays and to the need to protect its continued existence and vitality.

"In the current major crisis, air freight is essential for the transport of food, basic necessities and health-related products - in other words, everything necessary for people to survive. The global economy also needs air freight to continue to supply businesses and factories," said its press release.

In addition to the recognition of its vitality, the way the industry operates must be clearly understood. In this crisis situation, multiple financial issues are emerging.

Said TIACA Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov: "TIACA sees its role in the ICAO Technical Group as using ICAO's mechanism to reach out to governments and remind them that air cargo is a significant contributor to the global economy and international trade, and that it plays a very important role in preventing and battling the disastrous effect of coronavirus."

Said TIACA chairman Steven Polmans. "We support IATA's appeal to have air cargo recognised as vital in the fight against COVID-19 and for action to be taken - in particular, removing all travel restrictions on air cargo operations and taking all necessary measures to allow air cargo to continue to circulate around the world."

Source: Shipping Gazette

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