Sharjah Customs Participates in
Air Cargo Forum (Partnering your Success
Sharjah International Airport organized an Air Cargo Forum (Partnering your Success) on May 14 2012 held at the Sharjah Airport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation Department building.
The event was attended by the cargo community of senior representatives of local and international cargo agents, freight forwarders, consolidators and cargo airlines.
The forum was attended by Dr. Ghanim Al Hajiri, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, Mr. Ali Salem AL Midfa, Director General of Sharjah Airport Authority and Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qasimi, Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah along with other Police Officers and top officials in Sharjah.
During the first session, Dr. Al Hajiri presented a paper stipulating the present scenario of Sharjah International Airport proposing a road map towards the future of the Airport.
The presentation focused on the services, facilities, procedures and regulations implemented presently at the Sharjah Airport, along with the challenges of increasing costs, competition and red tapes legislations and regulations facing the cargo industry today within the global economic downturn.
Al Midfa, in his opening remarks, greeted the attendees and thanked them for their participation in this forum. He stated: “today the decision makers and top officials in the cargo community of Sharjah are present under one roof, you are well aware of the many good aspects that Sharjah International Airport is renowned with being efficient in operations and speedy process, but there is always scope for improvement. Undoubtedly we are today faced with many challenges, rising costs, increased competition, economic downturn, increased regulations and such like, which are all obstacles to the growth of the industry”.
He also stated: “We need to confront these challenges, and wherever possible we need to find answers, and so if these matters are professionally discussed with this ultimate aim in mind of building the cargo business here in Sharjah, we will find the solutions. The management at Sharjah prides itself on its open door accessibility, and this forum is an extension of that philosophy”.
The Department of Seaports and Customs, Sharjah Aviation Services and National Air Flight League also in their turn made their presentations and to the audience portraying the valued additions of their services to the cargo industry.
The second session was mainly an A & Q transparent session between operators and official representatives, in which various issues related to the improvement of Sharjah product were discussed.
Mr. Mohammed Meer and Mr. Mathew Qurain represented Sharjah Customs and answered questions of the audience.
Several officials of Department of Seaports and Customs attended the forum including Mr. Ahmed Al Oud, from SIAF Customs Center and G. Sunil from Sharjah Ports Authority.