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About Air Cargo Day

Air Cargo is a trade facilitator, providing critical connectivity for the global economy, transporting 35% of global trade by value, equating to a value of goods in excess of USD5.5 trillion. As airfreight continues to grow and develop, so do the landscape of air transportation, where there is a need for supply chain stakeholders to adapt to the challenges brought about by these changes. And with industry at the crossroads on the face of these challenges, the local stakeholders should unite and look at addressing these issues as a community.

Air Cargo Day 2017, with the theme “Airfreight Frontiers – Breaking Barriers”, will look at issues that impact local cargo processes and identify potential opportunities for the market to target.

Registrations are currently open!

Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to expand your network and get insights into the latest industry trends and developments.

Who you will meet

  • Airlines
  • Associations and Embassies
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Government Agencies
  • Ground Handlers
  • International Organizations
  • Regulators
  • Shippers

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Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations

Note that the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel (Singapore) is the only official hotel associated with this event. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering accommodations for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

Digital Cargo Transformation

Transporting cargo by air is information intensive, and it doesn’t help that the industry still relies largely on paper. Even when electronic processes are already in place, they are still subjected to many limitations such as poor data quality, lack of common data standards, use of legacy technology and standards, etc. An efficient air cargo industry is all about adopting full paperless processes and smart data sharing, enabling innovative and value-added services for its customers. Modernization of air cargo standards, driving change with industry projects and exploring new technologies to assess their potential impact and use within the air cargo supply chain are imperative to effect this digital cargo transformation.

Panel Discussion: Role of Airfreight in Airline Security – Strengthening Air Cargo Security

Security is a critical element in the air cargo supply chain. Regulators and industry are working together to further secure the supply chain, safeguarding the flow of commerce all the while, and ensuring the experiences and constraints of the airline industry are considered in the development of effective security regulations. To support regulations and strengthen supply chain security, IATA and the industry are working together on key initiatives such as: (a) the standard Advance Cargo Information (ACI) which precedes the arrival of goods and aids processing and clearance of cargo; (b) the standard Consignment Security Declaration (CSD) which provides an audit trail of how, when and by whom cargo has been secured along the supply chain; (c) a Cargo Security Capacity Building program to ensure air cargo is protected from unlawful interference across the whole supply chain; and (d) compliance with a ACC3 Validation process.  The panel will focus on the potential implementation of stricter air cargo security/screening and how the market should evolve to adapt to these changes.

Panel Discussion: Lithium Batteries in Air Cargo – Ban at expense of Trade

Advancement in technology continues to evolve at unprecedented levels, with the entry of self-powered gadgets that have assimilated into everyday processes, both at the workplace and in homes. This in turn has led to an exponential growth in the manufacturing of lithium batteries for powering these tools. With the evolution in e-commerce, changes in supply chain management and increased consumer demand, the market has become a target for counterfeit and poor quality lithium batteries. This has in turn impacted effective Cargo Border management on the transport of lithium batteries, and dangerous goods in general. The panel will focus on programs that will help improve safety and consumer confidence on their online purchases, without sacrificing safety nets in protecting the supply chain.

Guaranteeing Market Access – Leveraging on Singapore’s Free Trade Agreements Network

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are treaties between two or more economies to reduce or remove trade barriers and bring closer economic integration. FTAs encourage and promote businesses of all sizes to trade both regionally and internationally without prejudice. Singapore has a network of 20 implemented FTAs, facilitating international business for Singapore-based exporters. Beyond import duties, FTAs can allow increased export quotas, giving a greater advantage to exporters. With regional economic growth expected to sustain/accelerate trade, the State needs to leverage its existing FTAs to continuously attract investors.

Silk Road: China’s One-Belt One-Road Program

Silk Road was an ancient trade route that once ran between China and the West during the Roman Empire, tracing how the oriental silk made its way to Europe. China has resurrected the initiative with a double trade corridor to reopen channels between the State and its western neighbors in Central Asia, Middle East and Europe. The program will encompass both land (“Belt”) and maritime (“Road”) routes with the goal of improving trade relations in the region through infrastructure investments. However, the project has received mixed reviews and is deemed vast, expensive and controversial. Whether it would usher in a golden age of commerce or not, air transport stakeholders would need to prime itself for the impact the initiative could have on the industry and adapt to realize its full potential.




Registration Open

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome and Introduction

Rodrigo REYES (APCS Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific, IATA)

PAULINE TOK (Executive Director, SAAA@Singapore)

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome Address

Steven LEE (Chairman, SAAA@Singapore)

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Address

Ms Sim Ann (Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry)

09:40 – 10:00

Digital Cargo Transformation

Sophie Bellin (IATA Aviation Environment Team, IATA)

10:00 – 10:20

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Sophie Bellin (Wildlife Program, IATA)

10:20 – 10:50

Networking Break

10:50 – 11:30

Track 1: Understanding Air Cargo Security and Safety

Panel Discussion: Role of Airfreight in Airline Safety - Strengthening Air Cargo Security


Nathalie Herbelles (Assistant Director, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Asia Pacific)


Douglas Yeo (Senior Deputy Director, Ministry of Transport)

AC Cheong Chee Ming (Singapore Police Force)

Jonathan Capel (Director, Ministry of Home Affairs)

11:30 – 12:10

Panel Discussion: Lithium Batteries in Air Cargo -Aviation Sector Safety in Focus; Ban at Expense of Trade


David Brennan (Assistant Director – Cargo Safety & Standards, IATA)


Vincent Koh [Covering Head (Dangerous Goods), Airworthiness/Flight Operations Division, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore]

Alexander Cornelius (Manager, Singapore Airlines Cargo)

Abbas Ismail (Course Manager, Temasek Polytechnic)

Jan Geder (Head of Energy Storage Systems Laboratory, VDEISE)

12:10 - 12:20

Gold Sponsor Presentation

12:20 - 14:00

Networking Lunch



14:00 - 14:30

Track 2: Maintaining a Competitive Edge

Changi Airport: The global air cargo hub that takes you further

Jaisey Yip (Associate General Manager, Changi Airport Group)

14:30 – 15:00

Guaranteeing Market Access - Leveraging on Singapore's Free Trade Agreements Network

Boon Ho Toh (Divisional Director, IE Singapore)


Track 3: Breaking Barriers -Relationships via Collaborations and Connections

Silk Road: China’s One-Belt One-Road Program

Vivienne Chee (Director, HKTDC Limited Singapore Branch)

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Break

16:00 - 16:50

Panel Discussion: Breaking Barriers


Steven LEE (Chairman, SAAA@Singapore)


Glyn Hughes (Global Head of Cargo, IATA)

Vivienne Chee (Director, HKTDC Limited Singapore Branch)

Thitinuntana Tonsrisakul [Minister Counsellor (Commercial), Office of Commercial Affairs, Singapore, Royal Thai Embassy]

Glenn G. Penaranda (Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Phillipines)

Law Chung Ming (IE Singapore)

16:50 - 17:00

Event Recap & Closing Remarks

Vinoop Goel (Regional Director, Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security, Asia Pacific)


Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia's most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities from which to choose. A full calendar of traditional festivals and holidays celebrated throughout the year adds to its cultural appeal. In addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great shopping! The island nation of the Republic of Singapore lies one degree north of the Equator in Southern Asia. The country includes the island of Singapore and 58 or so smaller islands. Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and is a model to developing nations. The capital city, also called Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island.

Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore's tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round. The island republic's excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary.

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Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport, named 2016's World's Best Airport Hotel by London-based Skytrax, is located within the immediate vicinity of Singapore Changi Airport. Linked to Terminal 3 via covered walkways. Guests can also reach Terminal 1 via Changi Airport's automated People Mover System comprising ten train services and Terminal 2 by foot via a mezzanine linkbridge.

Close to the Singapore Expo, business parks, golf courses and East Coast Park Beach, one of Singapore's most popular recreational spots and coupled with easy downtown access by MRT or expressway, guests alike will find Crowne Plaza Changi Airport the perfect hub for corporate or social meetings. It is less an airport hotel than a superbly comfortable and stylish hotel in an extremely convenient location - a contemporary urban resort 'Where the world meets Singapore'.


Directional Information for Local Guests

Directions from City to Hotel

Located conveniently beside Changi Airport Terminal 3, the hotel is easily accessible by a host of transportation options.

By Car
Park in Terminal 3, car park 3B and take an escalator up to Arrival Hall located on Level 1. Follow the
directional sign indicating our hotel and access the hotel via a link bridge located beside the escalator.
Alternatively, follow the directional sign indicating the hotel and travel via the link bridge located near
Skytrain Station B on Level 2.

By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Alight at Changi Airport MRT station and take an escalator or lift up to Arrival Hall located on Level 1.
Follow the directional sign indicating our hotel and access the hotel via a link bridge located beside the
escalator. Alternatively, follow the directional sign indicating our hotel and travel via the link bridge located
near Skytrain Station B on Level 2.

By Bus
Take either Bus no. 24, 27, 34, 36, 53 or 858. Alight at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Bus Terminal and take an
escalator or lift up to Arrival Hall located on Level 1. Follow the directional sign indicating our hotel and
access the hotel via a link bridge located beside the escalator. Alternatively, follow the directional sign
indicating our hotel and travel via the link bridge located near Skytrain Station B on Level 2.

By Taxi
Alight at the entrance of our hotel.

Directional Information for Overseas Guests

Directions from Airport Terminals to Hotel
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is seamlessly connected to Terminal 3 of Changi Airport via 2 link bridges on
both Arrival Hall (Level 1) & Departure Hall (Level 2) of Terminal 3.

Direction to Crowne Plaza from Terminal 1 or 2
If you are arriving from Terminal 1 or 2, please proceed to the Departure Hall (Level 2). Follow the signs
leading to the Sky Train station and take the skytrain to Terminal 3. Upon arriving at Terminal 3, take the
glass lift to arrival hall (Level 1), exit turn left and enter the hotel via the link bridge.

Direction to Crowne Plaza from Terminal 3
If you are arriving from Terminal 3, you will have direct access to the hotel through the link bridge located on
the Arrival Hall (Level 1).

Should you require any further assistance in direction, please contact us at +65 6823 5300.

Directions from Hotel to City
The following ground transportation services are available around the hotel that will take you to the city.

Shuttle Bus service is available 24 hours for pick up from the hotel lobby to any city location (except
Sentosa). Charges are S$9.00 nett per trip for adult & $6.00 nett for children below the age of 12. The shuttle
bus is running on 24 hours service, departs from the hotel every half an hour.
Pre-arrangement is required for this service. Kindly contact our Concierge through the phone in guestroom for this arrangement. Please note that there is no commitment on the expected time of arrival for any destination (estimated 30-45 minutes) and exact cash is required upon boarding.

Taxi is available outside the hotel lobby that will take you to directly into town. The journey should take
around 25 minutes and cost around S$25-S$30 including surcharges. Please approach our concierge desk to
arrange one for you.

Train (MRT) station is located at basement 2 of Terminal 3. Walk across the linkbridge of the hotel to
Terminal 3 and take a lift to Basement 2.
The first train arrives at around 0530hr and the last leaves at 2318hr. You need to change to another train at
Tanah Merah Interchange to get to the city.
A single fare to the city costs about S$2.70 (inclusive of S$1.00 refundable deposit) and takes approximately
30 minutes. Tickets are available at the station. For more information about getting to your destination or
places of interest via train, please feel free to approach our concierge team.

Public Bus service 36 goes to the city. The first bus arrives at around 0600hr and the last leaves at midnight.
A single fare costs below S$2.00 and takes about an hour. Bus stops are located under Terminal 3. Please
prepare the exact fare as no change will be given.



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