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Facts & figures of the 6th World Cargo Symposium

World Cargo Symposium is the cargo industry event, attracting representatives from the entire supply chain and delegates from all around the world. This year the event gathered more than 900 delegates in Kuala Lumpur for three intense days of discussions and networking.

Diverse decision makers in attendance

The event attracts a diverse set of stakeholders from the supply chain: signifying its relevance for decision makers that, together, can set a path forward for a safer, secure, reliable and efficient industry:

Impressively, almost half of the participants were Director-level or above and 40% were manager-level professionals, making the symposium a hallmark event where the supply chain decision makers and industry experts come together.

At the Cargo Executive Summit, about 70 heads of cargo from airlines, ground handling agents, and freight forwarders brainstormed on how to grow the air cargo business and how to move faster to e-Cargo.

In addition, 23 sponsors and over 40 exhibitors were present during the three day conference, with 164 solution providers in the areas of aircraft manufacturing, ULDs, security, IT and messaging, cold chain, dangerous goods, revenue management, and ground handling.

Industry speaks to the Industry

This year the World Cargo Symposium truly became a comprehensive industry event: non-IATA speakers made up 79% of all presenters. This sets the WCS apart as platform where the air cargo professionals can come together and address key challenges facing the entire supply chain.

Another major success was a significant increase of regulators who came from all the regions of the world to speak and to listen, representing such institutions as US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), UK Department for Transport (DfT), European Commission, World Customs Organization, national Customs and Civil Aviation Authorities.

The conference received wide media attention and was covered by local press and by 16 media partners, including Air Cargo World which produced an electronic Daily Digest during the three-day event. Two press conferences were held and were open to all 36 media representatives. The first one included Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Des Vertannes, IATA Global Head of Cargo and Brian Pearce, IATA Chief Economist. The second press conference was held with Des Vertannes, Aleks Popovich, Senior Vice President, IDFS, IATA and Ram C. Menen, Divisional Senior Vice President of Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo.

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