Transportation Experts Support Commercial Best Practices In Government Shipping

Thu Jul 9, 2009 2:12pm EDT

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Christopher Alf and Other Industry Experts Herald Efficiency through
Mode-Neutral Approach

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher Alf (Chris Alf), co-founder
of National Air Cargo, along with other transportation industry experts,
heralded the passing and signing of the Duncan Hunter National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA). Chris Alf is quoted as stating the law requires
changes to conflicting government regulations that had been causing
inefficiency and the potential waste of government funds. In addition to Chris
Alf, also active in the campaign to get the law passed was the Air Forwarders
Association, American Trucking Association, and multiple independent freight
forwarders. 

Industry media outlets wrote about the need to clarify the conflicting
regulations as well, which include the Air Mobility Command Freight Traffic
Rules Publication 5 (AFTRP 5) and Department of Defense regulations. 

For example, Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor of Logistics Management wrote
that "As a consequence of shipper initiatives and input, the U.S. Department
of Defense has clarified some nettlesome--and very expensive--procedures for
transporting military cargo." 

Air Cargo News summed up the issue by stating that "the legislation is the
result of a bitter dispute over conflicting regulations governing the
transportation of military cargo. On one side, the 'Defense Transportation
Regulations' requires best practices based on a mode-neutral approach. This is
at odds with the stance adopted by the USAF Air Mobility Command, which issued
its own set of rules a few years ago called (AFTRP 5). The latter state that
shipments tendered to air carriers for service must move all or in part via
air - unless extreme conditions... warrant the use of surface transportation
instead."

An example of the potential waste in government funds noted by Christopher Alf
as a result of these conflicts is explained in an Air Cargo World article
entitled "Why Air When a Truck Will Do?" It states "... the U.S. House of
Representatives Committee on Armed Services cited one example.... Where the...
(AFTRP 5) air requirement nearly doubled the costs for one shipper moving
freight from Corpus Christi, Texas. The result was an additional bill to the
government of $173,140."

Christopher Alf is quoted in the same Air Cargo World article stating that
"The company (National Air Cargo) helped save a third of shipping costs to
military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq through the United States Central
Command Tender Express program."

In March of 2009, Logistics Today ran an article by Brandon Fried of the
Airforwarders Association entitled "Faster, Cheaper and Safer: Making Best
Practice Legal." The article quoted Fried stating "despite valuable lessons
from the past, the government hasn't always kept up with commercial best
practices. That's why it was a noteworthy shift in government policy when...
the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act was signed... The new law
[was] considered by many in the industry to be a triumph for military vendors,
personnel and taxpayers."

Chris Alf is quoted in Air Cargo World as saying that "most forwarders have
adopted a mode-neutral approach all along and moved much of the AMC traffic by
truck." 

Despite the industry support for best commercial practices and a mode-neutral
approach, some experts (including Brandon Fried and Christopher Alf) do not
believe that the conflicts in the regulations have been fully resolved.

National Air Cargo was founded by Christopher Alf (Chris Alf) along with his
wife Lori Alf, and continues to contract with the government for the delivery
of cargo for the Department of Defense. National Air Cargo's web site is
www.nationalaircargo.com. 



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