14th World Cargo Symposium 2020

Istanbul, Turkey
10 - 12 March
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti

The health and safety of our delegates are of the utmost importance to us. Our Emergency Response Plan has been activated as we closely monitor developments in the Novel Coronavirus situation.  Our approach is to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) and local authorities recommendations. At this juncture, no concern has been raised with Istanbul or Turkey and there is no travel or trade restrictions in this region. We are preparing to welcome the delegates of the World Cargo Symposium (March 10-12) and are looking forward to seeing you all in Istanbul. All necessary precautions will be taken to provide a safe and conducive business environment to our delegates.  Please refer to our FAQ for further information.

The World Cargo Symposium (WCS) is the largest and most prestigious annual event of its kind and the only one to bring together key stakeholders from the entire air cargo supply chain. Learn more about IATA Air Cargo now!

Join over 1,000 air cargo leaders and more than 40 exhibitors, for this action-packed World Cargo Symposium.

Conference Highlights

 

WCS 2020 will continue to move the industry from talk to action with this 14th edition.

The Symposium will feature plenary sessions, specialized tracks, workshops and executive summits, tackling aspects related to Technology & Innovation, Security & Customs, Cargo Operations and Sustainability.

Why should you attend?

  • Unique business, networking and branding opportunities with 99% satisfaction rate
  • Engage with over 1000 senior experts and decision makers across the entire supply chain
  • Debate and influence the future of Air Cargo
  • Hear world class speakers talk about the latest trends and issues impacting Air Cargo
Join the conversation using the hashtag #IATAWCS

IATA Launches Global Air Cargo Photo Contest 

 

With the 14th edition of the WCS just around the corner, we want to recognize the essential role of air cargo in global trade and invite you to submit a picture of your favorite cargo aircraft.

Photo theme/criteria: From now until the 6th March share a photo with us of your favorite cargo aircraft. Your photo should capture the dynamism of the industry.The picture that demonstrates this the best will be judged the winner and the entrant awarded $100 worth of Amazon Vouchers.

WCS 2019 Closing Video

Who will you meet?

  • Airlines
  • Solution providers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Airports
  • Ground handlers
  • Regulators
  • Media

Testimonials

"WCS is the best event I have attended so far (and not only in Air Cargo): excellent organization, large turnout, relevant topics discussed."
Nathanaël de Tarade, Wiremind
 
"The WCS is a mesmerizing event where you get easily embraced by the magic and willingness of industry passionate people to move things."
Franco Nanna, Cargolux
 
"Fantastic event offering great networking opportunities and inspiring talks from industry leaders. I will be back ! "
Filip Vande Cappelle, Animal Transportation Association
 
"The perfect event to turn trends into reality."
Dr. Harald Sieke, Aviation Logistics Fraunhofer IML





Roadmap and App

The WCS 2020 Roadmap (pdf) and App are now available.

Attending Companies and Sponsors

 

Have a look at the WCS 2020 Attending Companies (pdf) and Sponsors & Exhibitors (pdf).

Monday 9 March

Tuesday 10 March

09:00-16:00

Wednesday 11 March

09:00-12:30

14:00-17:30

Thursday, 12 March​​​​

09:00-12:30

14:00-16:30

Registrations are now open!

Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to expand your network and get insights into the latest industry trends and developments.

Find out what precautions to take regarding Coronavirus & communicable diseases (pdf).

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of the IATA World Cargo Symposium with special discounts offered for all delegates. To proceed with the online booking tool, please visit the Turkish Airlines promocode website and use the event code 033TKM20 under the Promotion code section.

 **Important: Please make sure to enter in the promotional code first and then click “confirm.” Once you click “confirm” you will be able to enter in your arrival/departure airports and travel dates.

Thank you to our official airline

Should you have any questions, please email: iatawcs@mcveigh.com

The World Cargo Symposium continues to be the best opportunity to showcase your products​ and solutions to the cargo community. Find out what kind of privileges we can offer to our sponsors and exhibitors!

Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact

Mike Huntington​
Director Sponsorships & Exhibitions
Tel.: +1-203-563-8170 Mobile: +1-514-240-2844​​

Join IATA's Strategic Partnership Program and benefit from discounts on sponsorship and exhibition rates. Get on Board​!

From cradle of civilization to modern trade and technology metropolis

 

Istanbul is the confluence of east and west, the only city in the world to straddle two continents. Its long and venerable history, at the meeting point of land and sea trade routes, has made it the center of Turkey’s economic life and a highly cosmopolitan city. With the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, it will become a connecting point for much of the world’s air travel, and is poised to play an increasingly active role in the future of aviation and global transport.

Istanbul is also, of course, a center for tourism. Home to three empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, it has an impressive history and remnants of all three cultures. The eighth most visited city in the world in 2016, and European Capital of Culture in 2010, it is also a city for the foodie. Turkish food is reputed to be one of the great cuisines of the world, and can be found in abundance all over the city, alongside international restaurants.

Over 15 million inhabitants, about 20% of the total population of Turkey, make Istanbul the country’s richest city, bringing in 40% of taxes. It is home to almost one third of all Turkish commercial firms. As the financial capital of the country, the Istanbul Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the biggest companies in Turkey can be found there. As the industrial center of the country, it is responsible for 38% of industrial output, transforming cotton, olive oil, fruit, silk and tobacco grown in the surrounding countryside, and producing pharmaceuticals.

Such vibrancy, coupled with the trade advantages Istanbul’s unique location offers, has attracted foreign interest. The textile manufacturing operations of worldwide apparel companies are situated here, as well as the Turkish main offices of major international banks.

And it’s not just traditional industries that have benefitted from foreign investment. Istanbul has birthed many technology startups, in a wide array of activities including e-commerce and payment, entertainment and video platforms, and increasingly cloud, mobile and big data solutions for B2B. Foreign investment has kick-started the sector, but it is now also a focal point for over 40 local venture capitalists. Additional support for budding entrepreneurs comes from the well-developed co-working infrastructure.

Visa Requirements

 

If you are not sure about your visa requirements to enter Turkey, the IATA TravelCentre provides passport, visa, health advice, and much more. Visit the IATA TravelCentre

The 13th edition of the WCS brought over 1200 cargo experts from accross the globe to Singapore, 12th - 14th of March 2019.

Photos

Have a look at the photos taken during the WCS 2019.

The IATA WCS Daily Report

Agendas and Presentations 2019

WCS 2019 Highlights

 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Host Airline

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors


Track Sponsors

Media Partners



Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

​Thank you to our Sponsors!

Host Airline

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Track Sponsors

Principal Media Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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