Airforwarders Association Calls on Biden Administration to Commit to Long-Term Logistics, Transportation and Infrastructure Support

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Prominent association cites critical priorities that must be addressed to maintain the integrity of the US supply chain and promote national economic development

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) today announced that it has called on the federal government to provide essential support regarding several issues that impact the greater transportation and supply chain industries in a letter sent to President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Transportation. The Airforwarders Association is a diverse coalition representing more than 275 companies with over 500,000 employees dedicated to moving cargo quickly and efficiently throughout the supply chain.

Policy announcements from the new administration, including the recently unveiled COVID-19 Relief Bill, President Biden’s proposed “Build Back Better” plan, and various legislative priorities from government agencies outline lofty goals for modernizing the national infrastructure. However, without considerable support from the government, many of these initiatives will be unachievable.

In response to recent policy directives, and in advance of further action towards a legislative agenda, the Airforwarders Association has called on government leaders to support commerce, trade, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The letter called out key priorities including: Infrastructure, Supply Chain Security, Classification of Forwarders and Transportation Workers as Essential Employees, Trade Facilitation, and Regulatory Reviews. The full text of the letter can be found here.

“The issues being deliberated on Capitol Hill today, and the resulting decisions, will have a significant and lasting impact on our country,” said Brandon Fried, Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association. “It is our concern that without immediate action from the Biden Administration regarding these priorities, the cumulative impact of the ongoing health crisis will threaten the longevity of significant players in the transportation industry, and in turn have an adverse impact on the economy. Forwarders provide the essential service of moving goods such as medical equipment, fresh food, and manufactured products around the country, and the trickle-down effect of neglecting the considerations we have shared will reach citizens at every level.”

About the Airforwarders Association
The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 275 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost-efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at http://www.airforwarders.org.

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