BAFI is structured into different committees, real task forces, dealing with every aspect that affects the international movement of airfreight. (Details see committees) Each task force has a Chairman and meetings are held when necessary The Institute, managed by the Board of Administrators, which usually meets 9 to 10 times per year, carries out the technical and political work of the Federation. (List of board members: see below) As a member of CEB (Confederation of Belgian Freight Forwarders), BAFI is represented within National: BITO (The Belgian Institute for Transport Organizers) The National Employers' Organizations The Ministry of Transport- services for the Intermediaries in the transport of Goods The Ministry of Finance- National Forum of Customs Directorate General of Civil aviation- aviation inspectorate: air cargo security International: CLECAT- grouping the national European organizations, being the "liaison committee" between the freight forwarding associations and the EU-authorities. All professional issues on EU-level are tackled here. FIATA the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association- a non-governmental organization, representing approx. 35.000 forwarding companies, employing more than 8 million people. FIATA has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the United Nations and UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The influence of FIATA is worldwide. Important mandates within FIATA are performed by some of the BAFI board members. BAFI has been recognized by IATA (International Air Transport Association) as the only spokesman of the Belgian airfreight forwarders
Further, BAFI is also in close cooperation with Air Cargo Belgium, where it represents more than 50 companies active in Brucargo, hundreds of employees and the majority of the tonnages handled by forwarders. In this context, a memorandum of understanding was signed, aiming at growing this cooperation and ensuring the value of the forwarding community is recognized. David Bellon, 1st Vice-President of BAFI, represents BAFI within Air Cargo Belgium as permanent member of the Daily Board in the role of Vice-chairman. BAFI is also represented in the Board of Directors of Air Cargo Belgium by Alain De Heldt, its 2nd Vice-president.
A first Belgian Airfreight Committee has been founded in the year 1961 by late Lucien Halbart. In 1964 it has been recognized by FIATA In 1966 the organization changed its name into BELAFFA. When FIATA suggested, in 1974, to modify the Airfreight Committee into Airfreight Institute, BELAFFA became BAFI, the Belgian Airfreight Institute. Since 1992 BAFI has been recognized as a professional union by the Belgian State Council.
Nowadays BAFI has grown into the most important conciliator between the different actors of our industry and the official bodies. Special efforts are made for the TRAINING. BAFI continuously pushes the development of CTC, the Cargo Training Centre at BRUCARGO. Besides of the actual DGR courses (IATA approved), other issues can be treated according to the needs of the members and/or the industry, inhousesessions included. If you would have suggestions, please do not hesitate to send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to represent its members in organizations where BAFI is an important stakeholder as well as to concentrate its activities around specific topics relevant to its members, BAFI has organized itself in various committees, each of them chaired by one or more active Board Members. These committees will hold regular committee meetings in which the topics will be discussed from a forwarder perspective. The necessary representations in other organizations will be decided and where needed a position formulated and presented. BAFI members will have access to the meeting minutes and activities of each of the committees. Also, BAFI members are at any point allowed to present candidates to become part of any of the committees. The more input BAFI receives from its member base, the more value the discussions will have. Candidates to one or more committees can present themselves at email@example.com or directly with one of the chairmen of that respective committee below described.
This committee is responsible for all communications aspects of the organization (website, social media, flashes) as well as representing BAFI in other industry organizations such as CEB, Secorex, CLECAT, etc.
BAFI holds an important position within different industry organizations providing expertise specific to the air cargo forwarders community. Membership of organizations like CEB/Secorex and Clecat is crucial to ensure the interests of air cargo forwarders are protected.
The BAFI Security committee handles all aspects with respect to security matters in the air cargo supply chain. Security rules and regulations and the application of them in our industry is a very relevant topic to our members. Through regular meetings, workshops and discussions with authorities and other stakeholders, this committees provides frequent feedback to the BAFI community.
Out of this committee, two BAFI representatives will be part of the Air Cargo Belgium Security Workgroup.
This newly created committee will handle specific operational requirements related to air cargo in the field of Pharmaceuticals / Dangerous Goods / Live Animals and Fresh Cargo. They are defined as ‘Special’ cargo as specific regulations (both from IATA and legal) are often applicable for which a certain expertise is required.
BAFI will delegate two representatives in each of the following workgroups of Air Cargo Belgium: Pharma, Fresh and Avi.
As air cargo forwarder the day to day operations involves interactions with airlines/handling agents/trucking companies/government authorities. The operational workflow is subject to many changes, certainly in view of the growing role of technology. The role of this committee within BAFI is to listen to the members’ concerns, list the challenges experienced and express the different needs to the stakeholders directly or through other working groups active in our industry.
This committee will appoint two delegates of BAFI in the Air Cargo Belgium working groups Operational Efficiency / Digitisation / E-freight and Innovation.
Customs procedures and regulations represent a significant portion of the day-to-day activities of a forwarder. Recent changes in the customs administration as well as the permanent evolution towards electronic interchange of data require a strong working committee within BAFI. This working committee has representatives talking to the customs authorities both directly as through the Nationaal Forum and the customs working group in Air Cargo Belgium. Customs procedures are predominantly an issue of air cargo forwarders.
BAFI has two representatives in the Air Cargo Belgium working group Customs. This working group is also chaired by one of our board Members, Alain De Heldt.
In this committee forwarder specific topics are tackled with respect to social legislation (union negotiations, paritaire comités) and training (Cargo Training Center).
Our future generation, the young talents of the air cargo industry, find their way to our Young Forwarders Committee.
This is one of the most active committees of our organization, bringing together a large group of young talents at Brucargo. It holds monthly meetings where operational topics are discussed for further escalation through other committees in BAFI. On top it organizes events whereby the young generation can network and are given opportunities to get to know each other better (example the Brucargo Football Cup).
BAFI believes this committee is crucial for its future. Our president Geert Torfs (firstname.lastname@example.org) will personally cooperate with the Young Forwarders chairman Stefaan De Decker (Stefaan.email@example.com) to ensure proper support is given to its success.
Should any of our members have youngsters eager to network in our industry, pleas have them contact one of the above.
G.Torfs / K+N
T. 0032 2 752 29 59
M. 0032 473 870 406
D. Bellon / DHL Global Forwarding
T. 0032 2 752 03 70
M. 0032 475 500 501
A. De Heldt / Geodis
T. 0032 2 753 56 60
M. 0032 475 49 63 82
M. Van Corenbergh / DHL Global Forwarding
T. 0032 2 752 02 45
M. 0032 495 580 243
P. Daelemans / Herfurth Logistics
T. 0032 2 752 89 31
M. 0032 475 977 706
G. Moriau / Hazgo
T. 0032 2 253 69 00
M. 0032 475 851 994
H. Van Praet / Rhenus
T. 0032 2 752 15 51
M. 0032 477 961 535
S. Lacante/ Hartrodt
T. 0032 2 753 08 12
M. 0032 497 45 51 92
W. Van Bever / Bolloré
T. 0032 2 752 22 11
M. 0032 475 636 838
K. Somers/ Ceva Logistics
M. 0032 492 46 28 35