On October 20-21, the Shenzhen Airport Group, AmCham China’s Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), and Boeing hosted the International Aviation Logistics Safety Forum in Shenzhen, China. The event welcomed over 200 attendees from Chinese airlines, airports, regulatory organizations, and other stakeholders.
The two-day Forum included featured presentations from CAAC, FAA, TSA, US CBP, and other industry leaders. Notable speakers included, ACP Co-chair and Boeing China President Sherry Carbary, CAAC Air Transport Dept. Director General Yu Biao, CAAC Aviation Security Bureau Deputy Director General Li Tong, and Shenzhen Airport Group Chairman Chen Jinzu. Also joining the event were CAAC’s Central and Southern China Regional Administration DG Ma Bin, and DDG Chen Wei.
The agenda included presentations from over 35 experts on topics on including subjects as Aviation Logistics Transportation Development and Trends; Cargo Advanced Screening; Customs and, Dangerous Goods Transportation Standards and Regulations, and Safety Management Systems. In addition to the speakers, there were four panels with engaged audience participation. The event was also virtually attended by representatives from TSA, FAA, IATA, TIACA and Anchorage International Airport.
The Forum’s success was due in large part to the terrific organizational and participation support from Shenzhen Airport Group, TSA, and FAA. Chairman Chen, of Shenzhen Airport Group, said that “this event is very inspiring and helpful to promote international aviation logistics development.” Sherry Carbary reflected that the event is a prime example of the work ACP does to promote aviation safety, security, and efficiency.
Air cargo has played a significant and positive role as the aviation industry continues to recover from COVID-19. The Forum provided an excellent opportunity for US and China air cargo transport stakeholders to discuss air cargo best practices in pursuit of best-in-class industry standards in security, safety, and efficiency. TSA China Representative Sherrie Soto said that “this work is a mutually beneficial collaboration between US and China aviation industry to raise the aviation security baseline.”
We are pleased to hear so much positive initial feedback from Forum participants, and suggestions to make the event an annual occurrence. One attendee said, “It established an excellent platform for all stakeholders to discuss the prime issues and challenges confronting them.”
As, Carbary said during her day-one closing remarks, the event confirmed the interest and importance of collaboration to further aviation safety and security. The ACP remains committed to working with Shenzhen Airport and others to organize future activities like this one. Click here to learn more about the ACP.