Airfreight Institute

For over five decades, the Airfreight Institute (AFI) has actively pursued its mandate to define, craft and promote the role of the forwarder in international air cargo.

To further its mission, AFI has developed ongoing relationships with numerous stakeholders in the air transport industry, beginning with FIATA’s own national forwarding Association Members, but inclusive of a wide spectrum of others ranging from non-governmental organizations, special interest groups, government bodies, regulators, carriers, shippers, consignors, customs groups, legal specialists, cargo risk underwriters and technology providers.

AFI’s has a proactive posture on issues which may impact the international forwarding community and has reputation within the global transport industry as the go-to group for consultation and action on air cargo issues. AFI has demonstrated a tradition of delivering reasoned and reasonable approaches and solutions to industry challenges and issues. It acts as both a driver and a conciliator, to find workable resolutions which benefit all parties in the logistics chain.

AFI's chair directs a core group of volunteers, active forwarders from a mix of geographical regions, including 'local heroes' to large multinationals. They bring the experience, knowledge and expertise that only hands-on professionals can. The core group is supported by a working group, including a more diverse range of active forwarders as well as national association members, legal and technical specialists. FIATA members are encouraged to submit nominations of practicing forwarders interested in becoming involved in AFI.

AFI’s areas of focus include:

  • Leadership (by maintaining close relationship with international organizations such as IATA, CNS, ATA, ICAO, ECAC, ICC, UNESCAP, UNECE, WCO, WTO and OECD);
  • Security (by informing and assisting members regarding the various national government security programmes and IACO/IATA recommendations).

AFI meets twice a year at the HQ Meeting in March and FIATA World Congress in September/October. 

For questions related to air cargo training, for example dangerous goods or cargo introductory courses, please contact the FIATA head office.

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