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TIACA Appoints Jury for the 2022 Air Cargo Sustainability Awards


Miami, October 4, 2022

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has appointed a group of six industry leaders, visionaires and sustainability champions to review and evaluate the 2022 TIACA Sustainability Awards submissions. The Awards, run in partnership with one of the leading industry IT solutions providers CHAMP Cargosystems, is now in its third edition. The Awards aim to recognize outstanding businesses and industry initiatives to make air cargo more sustainable.  There are two categories being judged, one for Start-Up/Small Business and the second for Corporate and established businesses.

The jury composition;

  • Chris McDermott, Chief Executive Officer, CHAMP Cargosystems
  • Liana Coyne, Director, Coyne Airways
  • Andrea Tang, International Trade Lawyer, FIATA
  • Patricia Varela, Assistant Manager Operations Innovation & Change Management, IATA
  • Hendrik Leyssens, Vice President, Global Operations, Cargo, Swissport
  • Ariaen Zimmerman, Independent Advisor, Industry Thought Leader

These jurors are tasked with independently evaluating the submissions as to whether the proposed project maximizes the goals of sustainability that will positively impact the air cargo industry. The jury will then select three of the Start-up/Small Business submissions as finalists and one Corporate submission as the 2022 Corporate Air Cargo Sustainability Award winner.

“The word Sustainability has now achieved a level of recognition, challenging us to consider our impact on the planet and our stewardship for future generations. We therefore look forward to seeing how companies can respond to this challenge in this year’s TIACA Sustainability Awards, which we are delighted to sponsor for a third successive year,” states Chris McDermott, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems, the Exclusive Sponsor of the Awards.

The three finalists in the Start-up/Small Business category will be asked to share their initiative with the audience during the Air Cargo Forum in Miami, November 8-10. The audience will then participate in the decision as to which initiative will receive the first-place prize of $10,000 USD and the two runner-up prizes of $2,500 USD each.

The winner in the Corporate category will be announced ahead of the event and recognized for their efforts in making air cargo more sustainable.

“2022 has proven to be a year of innovation and change for the industry with eyes focused on ensuring a sustainable path for the next generation of air cargo leaders and the application received this year reflect this progressive spirit. I am sure it will be challenging for our jury to select the winners. We have to thank CHAMP Cargosystems for their continued support as the exclusive sponsor of this award, without them we would not be able to formally recognize these efforts.” Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.

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Notes to editors: 

TIACA is The International Air Cargo Association, based in Miami, Florida. TIACA is the unique international not-for-profit association representing and uniting all parts of the air cargo industry: shippers, forwarders, ground handlers, airports, airlines, manufacturers, IT providers. TIACA members are traditional players and new entrants, small, medium, and large companies with regional and global reach.

TIACA’s vision is a safe, profitable and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.

TIACA’s mission is to support, lead and unite the industry to achieve that vision; promote and encourage business, social, and technological innovation; protect the interests of its members with one voice on common interests; disseminate and enhance knowledge amongst members and the air cargo industry.

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About CHAMP Cargosystems:

CHAMP Cargosystems provides the most comprehensive range of intergrated IT solutions and distribution services for the air cargo transport chain. The portfolio spans core management systems, messaging services, and eCargo solutions. These include applications to meet customs and security requirements, quality optimization as well as e-freight and mobility needs. The products and services are well known under the Cargospot and Traxon brands.

The company serves over 200 airlines and GSAs, and links these with some 3,000 forwarders and GHAs worldwide. CHAMP’s solutions help its customers and their clients adapt to critical and continuous changes in air transport logistics to meet global trade demands.

CHAMP Cargosystems is headquartered in Luxembourg and operates offices in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Manila, Singapore and Atlanta.

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