ACB Gazette 3  |  19 January 2022                                                       View this email in your browser
Since the beginning of this year, Flightwatch is located at BRUcargo. By opening an office at Brussels Airport, they hope to connect even better with the airlines and handling agents. Welcome to Brussels!
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Congratulations to Ziegler
User of the month December

Our congratulations go towards Ziegler for being the Digital Green Lane user of the month December! They received a beautiful award and a delicious gift box for their efforts in Digital Green Lane.

Cathy Clerbois: "Teamwork and a lot of trial and error to find the right balance in the different types of slots has led us to where we are today in the DGL story. It's nice that our hard work is rewarded."

After a record year in 2021 (+30%), cargo traffic saw an 8% drop in its volumes in 2022, with a total of 776,000 tonnes carried

In 2022, the cargo volumes at Brussels Airport totalled 775,721 tonnes, down by 8% compared to 2021 and up by 16% compared to 2019. Flown cargo volumes fell by 7% compared to 2021 and increased by 24% compared to 2019. This decrease compared to 2021 is explained by a record year in 2021 (+30%) for the Brussels Airport cargo area.

In the full freighter segment, we also saw a 13% downturn compared to the same period in 2021 but a 78% increase compared to 2019. Belly cargo on the other hand increased by 27% compared to 2021 (but remains down by 22% on the 2019 figures), due to the continued increase in the number of passenger flights. Finally, the integrator segment fell by 13% compared to 2021, but was still 24% up compared to 2019. In general, cargo volumes were under pressure all year round due to ongoing geopolitical tensions, lockdowns in China, the threat of a recession and its impact on e-commerce. 

In December, cargo transport at Brussels Airport dropped by 7% compared to December 2021. Downturns were also recorded in the full freighter segment (-9%), in the integrator segment (-12%) and in the trucked cargo segment (-9%). Due to the gradual increase in the number of passenger flights, the cargo volumes on board these aircraft increased by 9% compared to December 2021.

In 2022, the number of cargo flights decreased by 10% compared to 2021. 
Pramit Basu
- Interim Cell Head of the Plant Department
You work at the FAVV, could you explain what they do?
The FAVV is an organization mainly responsible for the control of the safety of the food chain. We try to prevent incidents from happening and ensure that safe products are delivered to the market. At the airport, mainly an import control is performed on animal products, live animals, plants, and food products of non-animal origin.

How did you end up at BRUcargo?
I’ve always worked as a chef in restaurants, where I regularly saw food inspectors passing by. I was interested in how they did their job, following all these regulations. So I decided I wanted to do something similar and started following Biochemistry in evening school. My particular field of interest is microbiology. After my graduation, I began working in a microbiology lab where we regularly received samples from the FAVV. I started thinking about the complete process from the moment the products are imported until it reaches the consumer and found it intriguing if such products could be analyzed by the FAVV at the first point of entry. To realize this dream, I applied for a job at the FAVV, where it is my ultimate goal now to analyze samples at the starting zone.

What is your job function at the FAVV?
I started this job in 2019 as an inspector and now I am the interim cell head of the plant department here in Brucargo. This is mostly the audit of plants, flowers, and plant-based products such as vegetables and fruits. We check mainly for pesticides and quarantine organisms which could prove to be harmful for our environment. For example, if beans from Kenia are imported, we check a certain percentage of this shipment for pesticides. Europe has set regulations on what is allowed and what is not, and it happens regularly that a shipment must be declined due to it not meeting the EU standards. A very important aspect of our job is the constant monitoring and interception of quarantine organisms from third countries that can be harmful for our environment.
If a quarantine organism is found, the shipment is indefinitely detained and placed in quarantine where the importer is provided with options to either destroy the shipment or return it to the country of origin.  There have been many cases where a harmful organism passed through and caused serious damage to not only the environment but also causing economic damages up to millions of euros. For example, the Gastropodas (snails) in Spain.

Is a shipment always destroyed when something is found?
No, there are three options: destroy the shipment, return it back, or process the shipment so that it can be accepted. Sending it back almost never happens luckily, because if we find something damaging in the products and send it back, we are not sure what happens with it eventually.

What products must be kept a close eye on, and are regularly being destroyed?
The frequency of declined shipments is mostly seasonal. We had to destroy a lot of mangoes last year, because we found fruit fly larvae in them which can destroy multiple fields here in the EU. These mangoes come from Africa, and we communicate every interception to the EU commission, who in their turn communicates this constantly with Africa. The interceptions this year were comparatively lower than last year, we believe the EU commission has clearly conveyed the message to Africa. In my opinion, this is very important, as we not only protect our borders but also help improve the quality of the food in Africa. Europe has strict regulations, and therefore, other countries must follow if they want to trade with us.
What is the most fun part of your job?
Definitely the inspection aspects of the shipments, performing the physical inspections of the shipments in particular. The icing on the cake, as weird as it sounds, is to find infected shipments. This means that we are doing our job correctly, ensuring that only safe products and healthy plants free from diseases, pesticides and infestations are delivered to the consumers, however at the same time I feel bad about the shipments that do get rejected and are destroyed.

Register for the BRUcargo jobfair

On March 9, 2023 Air Cargo Belgium and Aviato will join forces to organize a special edition Job fair, for BRUcargo only. This will be a restricted job fair, with a few preselected potential candidates based on the available vacancies within the community. Please keep in mind that the candidates might not yet have experience in airfreight administration.
The job fair will take place from 14h00 until 17h00 in Building 54 (Ringlaan 68, 1831 Machelen). The companies present will be given a table, and the potential candidates will join one by one and move on to other companies under the form of a 'speed dating' principle. We have in mind to welcome an average of 10-12 companies. Aviato screens the candidates beforehand and organizes the matching.
To qualify, companies must:
  • Have at least one open vacancy, published on the Aviato-website
  • Take into account that we will most likely find people without experience at BRUcargo
Are you interested in taking part? Register below with your name and name and email address, and we will contact you. We will work under the motto "first come, first served", so the first companies signed up will be given priority. Should the measures become more flexible by then, we can expand the audience.

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Below, you may find an overview of training courses that we offer in cooperation with Aviato Academy.
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