ACB Gazette 45  |  15 December 2022                                                       View this email in your browser
Last Thursday, the YAN quiz took place. 14 BRUcargo teams competed against each other, but the win was clinched by Qatar Cargo.
Share your BRUcargo pictures with us! Each week we'll pick one and share them in our Gazette.

National Action Day - December 16th

We would like to share that Friday, December 16th, national unions are organizing a national action day.

As a consequence, inconvenience is expected for airside checkpoints:
WP 9.2: closed, between 6h and 21h30. 
WP 9.1: partially closed, only lane 1 is open. 
WP 10.1: open.

An impact on cargo upload on pax aircraft is expected. Please contact your airline for more information on a possible cargo embargo.

We also expect some disruptions at public transport companies De Lijn and NMBS.

We will communicate as soon as we receive updates.

Air Cargo Belgium signed the Waste Charter

In 2019, 25 companies signed the Waste Charter, a project initiated by Brussels Airport. However, due to the pandemic in 2020, this charter was put on hold until last Tuesday, where the Waste Charter was re-launched!

All previously engaged companies were invited to a kick-off meeting at Compass where they got the chance to re-sign the charter. It was remarkable how much the topic is alive among the community, and so, as proposed by BAC, working groups were set up to cover specific problems concerning waste at the airport. A dedicated cargo working group will be formed.

In collaboration with Fostplus and OVAM, the Waste Charter was and is based on following 5 pillars:
  1. We strive for circular entrepreneurship to prepare ourselves for the economy of the future.
  2. We have a shared vision of a circular economy.
  3. We will work together with all partners, and with the driving force and expertise of Fost Plus and Brussels Airport, to be an inspiring example to others.
  4. We will inform, train and encourage employees and passengers to cleverly use materials and to sort correctly.
  5. We will work hard to make sure that all waste is sorted correctly by 2030.
If you are interested in getting more information about this Waste Charter or in attending the working group on waste at BRUcargo, you can contact Caroline Bossuyt or Marie Maes.

Welcome to our newest member

We are happy to announce a new membership. Road Air Cargo recently joined our community organisation.

Road Air Cargo Europe is an independent transport company specialized in transporting air cargo on the road throughout Europe.
Additionally they offer Aircraft On Ground (AOG) services and Aviation & aerospace logistics.
A warm welcome and we look forward to working together!

Implementation ICS/2 - PN/TS @ Brussels Airport

We want to share with you some more information about the implementation of ICS/2 – PN/TS at Brussels Airport.  
After the Belgian air cargo industry (the community from Brussels Airport, together with these of Liege Airport and Ostend Airport) shared its concerns about the start of ICS/2 – PN/TS with customs, we recently received some feedback.
Based on our requests, customs agreed to:
  • Postpone the implementation of ICS/2 with three more months to June 30 next year (official confirmation of the European Commission is still pending). PN will also be required from that moment on.
  • Start with TS only at the end of next year, 31st of December 2023.
  • Form a working group to work together on the implementation of ICS/2 – PN/TS. Representatives from the communities of the three airports should be included.
A diverse group of stakeholders – representing the whole air cargo transport chain – has been brought together in the working group and a first meeting has been scheduled already later this month.
Relevant information and/or outputs being discussed in this working group will be shared with the BRUcargo community via the different clusters, via the Customs Steering Group and/or by dedicated communication to the whole community. 
In case you have any questions and/or remarks, you can contact Thomas Van Asch.

Cargo volumes are down on last year (-7%), but up 13% compared to 2019

In November, cargo transport at Brussels Airport fell by 7% compared to the same period in 2021 and increased by 13% compared to 2019.
Air cargo volumes decreased by 9% compared to last year to 52,104 tonnes, mainly due to a particularly prosperous 2021 for the Brussels Airport cargo area. In the full cargo segment, we are also seeing a decline of 24%.

Belly cargo on the other hand increased by 4%, due to the increase in the number of passenger flights. Finally, the express segment grew by 3%. In general, cargo volumes are under pressure due to persistent geopolitical tensions, lockdowns in China, the threat of a recession and its impact on e-commerce. 

Trucked air cargo volumes decreased very slightly (-1%). 

Asia remains the largest import and export region, although volumes are slightly lower than last year due to the temporary effects of Chinese lockdowns. Africa is the second largest region in terms of imports, followed by North America. On the export side, North America ranks second ahead of Africa. 

The number of cargo flights decreased by 9% compared to 2021. 

Schedule customs - Christmas period

On behalf of customs, we want to inform you about their schedules during the Christmas period. Most importantly, not much will change during this period and the regular way of contacting customs should be applied as much as possible. However, for our airport and in case of an emergency, following customs officers (A-level) are physically present at the airport and may be reached during the period 27/12 and 30/12: 
In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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 on 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 - 17h30-21h30

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

Fairs 2023: registrations are open!

The fairs ACB attended together with its members 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 this 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
Confirm before:    23 December 2022
Air Cargo Africa
                Johannesburg, South Africa
Date:                       21 - 23 February 2023
Conference info:   Air Cargo Africa website
Confirm before:    23 December 2022
Air Cargo Europe
                Munich, Germany
Date:                       9 - 12 May 2023
Conference info:   Air Cargo Europe website
Confirm before:    31 March 2023
Below, you may find an overview of training courses that we offer in cooperation with Aviato Academy.
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