ACB Gazette 42  |  24 November 2022                                                       View this email in your browser
The students Supply Chain Management of Thomas More left earlier this week on a trip to the Middle East. Have a pleasant trip!
Share your BRUcargo pictures with us! Each week we'll pick one and share them in our Gazette.

MORA visited Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport

On Thursday the 1st of December Tim Buyse, Secretary General of the MORA and his team visited Brussels Airport and Air Cargo Belgium. The MORA is the advisory board for the Flemish government related to mobility issues and Strategy. ACB is represented in the MORA-Logistics, so this visit allowed us to show our sustainability and digital roadmap and realizations and to highlight the importance of Air Cargo for the airport and Flanders.

Flight watch opens office in Brussels

Ostend based aviation services company Flightwatch will start the new year 2023 by opening a new branch at Brussels Airport. For them, the openings of a new office in Brussels fits into their mission to constantly strive for improvement.

Read the full press release here.

Day of the Truck Driver

Today is Day of the Truck Driver. To thank the truckers for their hard work, we handed out soup to them today.

Keep up the good work!

Industrial Action Day - December 16th

Unions are planning an industrial action day on December 16th. Impact is also expected for the operations at BRUcargo. We would like to ask you to inform us if you have an idea of the impact on your company.

Sinterklaas visited BRUcargo

On Tuesday Sinterklaas visited BRUcargo. He went to several companies.

But did everyone behave well this year? Fortunately, so Sinterklaas left some candy at the visited companies on behalf of ACB!

Warmste Week - Scan Global Logistics

Scan Global Logistics Belgium walks & runs for charity, to raise some funds for the Warmste Week.

From Monday, Dec 19th till Friday Dec 23rd, some of their team will walk/run in the respective participating city of this event.
Are you interested in participating yourself or would you like to sponsor ? Let them know!
Does your company also have an initiative planned for the Warmste Week? Let us know so we can promote it in the ACB Gazette.
Today is the Day of the Truck Driver. Since truck drivers play an important role in our cargo community, we want to bring extra attention to their job today. We had the opportunity to talk to Kurt De Smet, truck driver at TVP.
Kurt De Smet, truck driver
@ Transport Van Praet
How did you become a truck driver?

I started applying everywhere and kept getting no for an answer because I had no experience. At TVP, they gave me a chance. I applied here almost 19 years ago, with no experience, and I wanted to drive abroad. I already felt it wasn't going to work out, and said: if you don't let me drive, I can't get experience either. Then I was allowed to visit them, and after an interview they hired me. It was for the inland area, they said, because I lacked experience.

The following Monday I started my first day, and in good spirits I drove with my boss to DHL in Grimbergen to load. My boss spent two days demonstrating how everything worked, I remember well that I was shocked by all that paperwork. Wednesday I was allowed to load myself, which turned out to be a big disaster, I didn't manage to put myself against the dock. The following days I tried again and again, and my boss always had to take over. By Friday night I was completely exhausted from the week, I started thinking about how it was that I just couldn't manage to maneuver correctly.

For a whole weekend I mulled over that, until it was Monday. I had to go to DHL again, and I thought: now I can do it. And indeed, from the first try I put myself right against the dock. My boss didn't believe it, so I had to drive a tour and do it over. And again, I succeeded, he then said to me: from now on you can drive alone. A week later I was scheduled to go to Paris, and from there to England, so all of a sudden I was allowed to start internationally.

That first time England was very exciting, because you must drive on the left. I ended up driving abroad for 7 years: in Spain, Germany, France, England, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. Norway I really loved the most, there I stopped along the side to take a picture of the Fjords. TVP really gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and now 19 years later, I still work here with full enthusiasm.
Now you mostly do domestic rides again, how come?

When I was doing foreign rides, I was only home 3-4 hours a week. After 7 years that started to weigh down. I have a wife and kids, and so she had to do everything on her own that period. After a while I said 'I quit' so I could spend more time with my family. My wife has always left the choice to me, and I'm glad I have her. One week later, I started doing inland transports.

What products do you transport at TVP?

I mainly transport products as tabacco and tech data for food stores. We are actually active all over Belgium. A few years ago, we also did the transports for the Covid vaccine. Here I had to transport the vaccines with police and security escorts. I remember well that once, I was allowed to pass an entire traffic jam. The police ordered the vehicles to make space, and I was able to skip the whole line.

What do you find the biggest challenge as a truck driver?

Traffic is the biggest challenge, especially in Belgium. I prefer to leave very early so I already have enough customers done before I get into traffic jams. Traffic really is a total disaster, especially when it's school. It's usually quieter during the vacations, though.

You’ve told us some interesting stories, what fascinates you most about being a truck driver?

It's a cool profession, having a though image. On top of that, it's the freedom it gives me. I just have to see that my job is done, that my truck is unloaded. You get in the truck and you start driving with your schedule. It involves irregular hours, but the feeling that my truck is completely unloaded at the end of the day is amazing to me. After 19 years, I have no regrets knocking on the door at the family Van Praet.

ACB's New Year's reception

Please mark January 12th, 2023 in your calendar because that is when ACB's New Year's Reception will take place. Together we will raise a glass to a new cargo year!

Subscriptions: via our website
Location: Building 54, Ringlaan 64, 1831 Machelen - Easily accessible by bus from BRUcargo
Date: Thursday, January 12th

Interested in sponsoring this event? Please let Pauline Van Dun know.

Fairs 2023: registrations are open!

The fairs we attended in 2022 were a great success. We hope to maintain that success in 2023 by going to several international fairs again together with our community with the Brussels Airport booth.
You'll find more practical information and prices on the two-pager.

Is your company interested in attending one of the following fairs? Please, let Pauline Van Dun know.
Fruit Logistica
Location:               Berlin, Germany
Date:                      8 - 10 February 2023
Conference info:  Fruit Logitica website
Main focus:           Perishables
Air Cargo Africa
                Johannesburg, South Africa
Date:                       21 - 23 February 2023
Conference info:   Air Cargo Africa website
Main focus:            Perishables, air cargo in general
Air Cargo Europe
                Munich, Germany
Date:                       9 - 12 May 2023
Conference info:   Air Cargo Europe website
Main focus:            Perishables, pharma, air cargo in general
Below, you may find an overview of training courses that we offer in cooperation with Aviato Academy.
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