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No question that expresses ecommerce air cargo is the fastest growing segment of our industry. All of the global volume and load data confirms that fact. However, the really exciting aspect is that all definitive studies of ecommerce fulfillment agree that there will be continued exponential growth in the coming years.

Your Association has developed a focus on this market through the establishment of our Cross Border E-commerce Committee. The Committee, comprised of XLA members with significant ecommerce business, met recently in Miami to provide XLA with strategic direction and advocacy focus.

The Committee tasked the XLA to attack barriers –regulatory and otherwise – which inhibit ecommerce fulfillment growth. Regulatory examples include the consent to screen requirement, ID checks, airline certs and KSMS issues as it relates to the option of loading on PAX rather than be regulated strictly to an all-cargo carrier. Other issues include IT security “blacklisting”, CBP duties on returned inbound goods and “duty free” zones.

Importantly, our Committee has also approved a special XLA Ecommerce Certification of Excellence for member companies that have exhibited both experience and expertise in cross border express fulfillment shipping logistics and delivery. If approved, each company will receive a Certification with XLA seal, and the XLA Ecommerce Excellence Certification logo which can be used on company communications. This could be a very helpful marketing tool for our members. We will be sending out an application to our members who wish to be considered for the Ecommerce Certification of Excellence standards.

Finally with our focus on Ecommerce for this EXPRESS edition, we are very pleased that XLA Board member Tim Byrnes has shared with us two well written and insightful articles on this subject from his Jetworldwide files. Thank you Tim!

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