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IATA World Cargo Symposium 2023

The World Cargo Symposium (WCS) is the largest and most prestigious annual event. The 2022 edition brought 1400 delegates to London, England.

The WCS 2023 will continue offering plenary sessions, specialized streams, workshops and executive summits, tackling aspects related to technology & innovation, security & customs, cargo operations and sustainability.

Speakers & Sessions

Willie Walsh, and Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo will be speaking at the event along with:

Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines
Mehmet Tevfik Nane, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Pegasus Airlines and Chair of the IATA Board of Governors
Kendra Kincade, President and CEO, Elevate Aviation
Marco Bloemen, Managing Director Accenture and Head of Seabury Cargo
Steve Smith, President & CEO, Airlink
Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Airlines

Session tracks will cover several key aspects of safety, sustainability, and digitalization:

Lithium batteries
ULD and operations
ESG reporting in air cargo
Reducing plastic waste in the air cargo industry
Attracting and retaining talent
Air cargo market dynamics
Digital distribution and booking
Digital Cargo and ONE Record

Air Cargo’s Humanitarian Efforts

The WCS program will also include a special session on the vital role of air cargo in humanitarian efforts. This session will have a particular focus on recent efforts to deliver aid to the people of Türkiye and Syria affected by the devastating earthquakes in the region.

“Air cargo plays a critical role in delivering aid to those in need. The industry’s recent mobilization to provide support to the people of Türkiye and Syria affected by the tragedy is the latest example. With this year’s WCS being hosted in Türkiye, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the role that air transport plays so that airlines are even better prepared for the next humanitarian crisis,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

The WCS program will be complemented by a series of workshops, including:

The benefits of competency-based training through IATA’s Competency-Based Training and Assessment Center (CBTA Center) and how it helps to improve workplace safety and performance.
Improving performance on key market segments using IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators CEIV programs (CEIV Pharma, CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Lithium Batteries and CEIV Fresh).
How DG AutoCheck, CargoIS, Net Rates and CO2 Connect, are assisting the industry in decision making and cargo compliance, towards improving safety and efficiency.
An interactive E-Commerce Think Tank to identify how more transparency in e-Commerce would benefit stakeholders.
Building the next generation of talent at the Future Air Cargo Executives Summit (FACES)

IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2023

The winner of the fourth edition of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards which recognizes new solutions, concepts and ideas that contribute to air logistics’ digitalization, sustainability, safety and security will also be decided at WCS.

Three finalists will be invited to present their projects during the conference. Delegates will then vote for their preferred innovation and the winners will be announced at the closing plenary of WCS.

WCS is open to accredited members of the press.

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Apr 25 - 27 2023


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Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Merkez, Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Silahşör Caddesi, Şişli/İstanbul, Türkiye


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