World Cargo Symposium
The World Cargo Symposium is the largest and most prestigious annual event of its kind. Mark your agenda for next year's edition and plan to join over 1,000 air cargo leaders in Berlin for this action-packed event next year.
Registration will open in September. In the meantime, you can find here the proceedings from the 2015 event, which took place in Shanghai.
March 15 - March 17, 2016
Open to all
Highlights from WCS 2015
Over 1000 delegates came together in Shanghai to explore this year's Symposium's theme of Improving the Customer Experience.
Day 1 - 10 March 2015
The Symposium kicked off on the 10 March with keynotes from:
- Jiang Zhuoqing, Vice Mayor of Shanghai
- Liu Shaoyong, The Board Chairman, China Eastern
- Jing Yiming, President, Shanghai Airport Authority
- Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization
- Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO IATA
Other morning highlights included a look at the prevailing economic climate and what it means for the air freight industry; a review of the industry scorecard while examining challenges and success of the past 12 months. Closing the morning session, Tony Tyler, Kunio Mikuriya, Yi Xiaozhun (Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization) and Andrew Herdman, (Director General of Asia Pacific Airlines Association) took the stage in an executive roundtable to discuss trade facilitation through the trade agreements, and the how harmonized customs regulations, was an important factor in increasing the speed of air cargo shipments.
The afternoon, focused on customer expectations and examined the results from the global shipper survey. Shippers voiced their expectations and demanded better information sharing, better data and cloud based systems.
Day 2 - 11 March 2015
Delegates were provided with a wide array of specialized tracks to choose from. Morning sessions included; Pharmaceuticals Management Track, Pushing Technology Boundaries, Security, Supply Chain Management and e-Cargo in China (in Chinese). A second set of tracks kicked off In the afternoon with Regulations, China Logistical Challenges, Industry Trends and Perishables Management. That evening, over 700 guests attended an unforgettable Gala dinner, hosted by China Eastern, with Chinese hospitality, culture and entertainment.
Day 3 - 12 March 2015
A series of specialized tracks continued during the morning of Day 3, e-Cargo Track, Cargo Operations & Handling, China International - Entering the Chinese Market and Dangerous Goods Track.
The afternoon Plenary session focused on the future and innovation in Cargo. Kicking off with a panel session on FACES the audience heard from past participants about their experiences through the FACES program, and how it has been developed to assist in attracting the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. This highly motivated group also shared their perspectives on how they see the industry today and how they perceive it unfolding. When discussing the future, innovation plays a fundamental role in how the future of air cargo will unfold.
This year's event saw the first Innovation Awards in the air cargo industry being awarded. A distinguished jury panel comprised of experts from the across the air cargo industry, academia, venture capital and entrepreneurs evaluated 25 project submissions and chose three finalists. CanTrack (Floris Kleijn), Clive (Niall van de Wouw) and Cargo Claims (Kiona van de Burg) took the stage and presented their proposals to the audience. Participants then took to the ballot boxes and cast their votes, rewarding the "smart" ULD, CanTrack (Floris Kleijn) as the winner.
Closing this 9th edition of the Symposium, and highlighting the outcomes from the three intense days, Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo at IATA, announced Berlin, Germany as next year's venue for the 10th edition of the highly acclaimed World Cargo Symposium!