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Conference Program

Tuesday October 29

 
7:30 a.m.  Americas Networking Breakfast Sponsored by: GRU Airport (Sao Paulo International)
   
8:45 a.m. 

Welcome Remarks & Conference Opening  

9:00 a.m. 

Call to Order

9:00 a.m. 

Trade Trends in the Americas (East Hall)

Topic:  The panelists will present their views on current trends in trade, especially the effects of e-commerce on the supply chain and transportation, as well as, their visions, strategies and forecasts for the growth of the air cargo in the Western Hemisphere for the next two years. The panelists will provide forecasts on several trade markets.

Moderator:

  • Richard Roffman, Publisher, Coral Gables Magazine and Host of Syndicated Radio Talk Show “Made in America” 

Speakers:

10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments
   
10:30 a.m.

Overview and Update on Special Cargos Handling Programs (East Hall)

Topic The panel of experts will provide an overview and updates on the various programs designed to work together with governments to cut the red tape and facilitate faster, cheaper and easier trade; certification of Centers of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for the handling and air transport of perishables, pharmaceuticals and live animals; the issue of electronic shippers declaration of dangerous goods and their verification; and the issue, use and acceptance of electronica air waybills.

Moderator:

  • Jimmy Nares, Section Chief Aviation Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Speakers:

  • Dina M. Amato, Director, Agriculture and Prepared Products Center for Excellence and Expertise, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Timothy S. Norton, Director, Business Development, Digital & Integration Solutions, Smiths Detection 
  • Ted Poplawski, Division of Import Operations,U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Filipe dos Reis, Head of Airport, Passenger, Cargo Security of the Americas, IATA
  • Kemisha D. Sherrell, Assistant Port Director for Trade Operations, Miami International Airport, U. S. Customs and Border Protection
12:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens

Wednesday October 30

 
8:00 a.m. Americas Networking Breakfast
   
9:00 a.m.

Call to Order

9:00 a.m.

Is Air Cargo Adjusting to the Rapid Growth of E-commerce?  (East Hall)

Topic:  The dynamic and ever-changing e-commerce market is having an ongoing influence on air cargo and transportation; the panelist of experts will provide their insight on:

  • Escalating customer expectations on fast, flexible and predictable delivery.
  • Options for reverse logistics (return of purchases).
  • Airlines’ and air freight forwarders need to upgrade their traditional systems.
  • Logistics and transportation cost expectations.

 Moderator:

  • Emir Pineda, Manager Aviation Trade & Logistics Marketing Division, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Speakers:

  • Olivier Bijaoui, Chairman, International Airport Services
  • Mark Erickson, Sr. Business Development Director,  Reverse Logistics Association 
  • Mirja Nissen, Managing Director eCommerce, WCA
  • Jaime Silva, VP Business Development IBC LATAM, International Bonded Courier
10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments
   
10:30 a.m.

China – Latin America E-commerce (East Hall)

Topic As more people in Latin America each day are purchasing online across borders, what impact is the growth of e-commerce having on Latin America.  Our panelist will provide us their views and perceptions of the impact on air cargo, airports, customs and logistics services in their respective areas, as well as, what is being done to address and meet the needs of e-commerce and logistics services.

Moderator:

  • Emir Pineda, Manager Aviation Trade & Logistics Marketing Division, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Speakers:

12:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens

Thursday October 31

 
8:00 a.m. Americas Networking Breakfast
   
9:00 a.m.

Call to Order

9:00 a.m.

Are Cargo Security Programs Keeping Up with the Ever Changing Security Landscape?   (East Hall)

Topic: Are airlines and air freight forwarder keeping up with the implementation of new and more effective air cargo screening technics such as the use of computed tomography (CT), K9s and other emerging technologies.  The panel of security experts will provide updates on security challenges and the programs and technologies established to address the ever changing threats to air transportation in The Americas.

Moderator:

Speakers:

10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments
   
10:30 a.m.

Innovations and Technology Advancements in Air Cargo (East Hall) (Sponsored by: PayCargo LLC)

 Topic:  The need to obtain real-time information, optimization and minimization of costs is a constant in being competitive; the panelists will address innovations and new technologies developed and being developed for freight transportation and logistics operations, such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Drones
  • Internet of Things (I.o.T)
  • Robotics

Moderator:

Speakers:

12:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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