Young professionals from six companies in the Netherlands have completed a program of visits aimed at improving collaboration across the air cargo supply chain.

Staff from companies including AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo, Jan De Rijk Logistics, Tosoh Corporation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Agility, and Swissport visited each other’s sites to gain a better understanding of processes and explore new ways of collaborating.

The initiative was launched by TIACA, with the help of Air Cargo Netherlands, as part of the Association’s commitment to training and supporting the next generation of air cargo leaders.

‘This initiative will hopefully be the start of many more to follow, where we can develop young talent to be the leaders of tomorrow,’ said Sebastiaan Scholte, Chief Executive Officer, Jan de Rijk Logistics, and Vice Chairman of TIACA.

‘It is a unique program as it involves a vertical integration of the supply chain with complete openness and transparency.

‘It is more and more difficult to discover and develop talent, especially in small and medium-sized companies.

‘Ideally, we would like to see this develop into an internship scheme, so we not only prepare our future talent but also improve cooperation in the supply chain.’

TIACA’s Education and Research Committee members will be discussing next steps for the scheme at their Board meeting.

 ‘We have gained an understanding for each of the partners’ activities in the air cargo supply chain,’ said Jeroen Leemans, Sales Manager, Jan de Rijk Logistics, who participated in the initiative last week.

‘What we have found is that by working closely together there is a lot to gain every step of the way.

‘Currently, we optimise our own processes and we do a good job, but issues arise around the transfer of information as well as the physical hand-over process.

‘For the air cargo supply chain to grow, we need to understand how to work better together with our partners.’

TIACA has developed a Professional Development Workshop Program aimed at growing management skills for air cargo professionals. The next workshop takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, from 29 August to 1 September 2017.

The program, designed by Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI), gives participants an appreciation of the entire air cargo supply chain and the component sectors by encouraging discussion and the sharing of perspectives, as well as providing practical advice and insight.

For more information on TIACA’s training initiatives, contact Warren Jones, Executive Director, TIACA on +1 786 265 7011 or email at


Photo courtesy of Ben Radstaak, Managing Director, Air Cargo Netherlands

Left to Right: Stefan de Jong, Air Export Clerk, Agility, Max Oorschot, Distribution Analyst, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Jeroen Leemans, Sales Manager, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Danny Moraal, Team Leader – Supply Chain EMEA, Tosoh Corporation, Diarto Aalders, Training Coordinator Cargo, Swissport, and Paul Crombach, Team Manager Product Engineering, AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo