The 2018 Paris-Charles de Gaulle Cargo Forum took place on 12 December at the Parisian airport’s Environment and Sustainable Development Centre at the invitation of Marc Houalla, Head of Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

A dynamic, competitive sector

 “In 2017, we kept our global 10th position in the ICA ranking of freight tonnage with 2.8% growth (2017/2016) and 2.19 million tonnes of cargo traffic in 2017, ranking as the n°1 airport in Europe, just ahead of Frankfurt.” Marc Houalla, Executive Director and Director of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport

Marc Houalla mentioned the dynamic growth of the sector and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s position as European leader, and talked about Groupe ADP’s partnerships with key players in global cargo: the official ACFA launch (4 April), the partnership with Hong Kong (21 June), and the signing of a 100% cargo agreement with Dallas Forth Worth airport (17 October).

The Cargo City of the future 

“Local and international competition has made it necessary to take a new look at our property situation and develop an offer to match these challenges.” Edouard Mathieu, Head of Property Development, Groupe ADP

At the beginning of 2011, the Freight area was refurbished as Cargo City, a unique 60,000 sq.m platform for setting up new 100% cargo programmes, which is entirely utilised. Held up as an example by Edouard Mathieu, the DUO project encompasses different levels that ‘verticalise’ 36,000 sq.m of general warehouse space and 3,500 sq.m of operational office areas.

Next, Grégoire Soulié, in charge of the G1XL freight centre at Air France Cargo, explained the focal work areas to form the industrial base for the cargo business: reinforcing the infrastructures of the Hub by increasing flow for instance through a multi-purpose entry dock, adding 2 exit docks, making the exit docks reversible, and an automated conveyance system at the entry. “G1XL’s automated machines will also be improved according to the ‘waze’ principle to use the shortest route depending on current operations.”

Luc Larrieu-Sans, Head of International Transport at La Poste, in turn referred to the key role that La Poste has to play in the rapid global expansion of e-commerce. La Poste will continue in 2019 to adapt its infrastructures by specialising its 3 facilities at CDG (PIAC, HUB and Cargo 8). PIAC (plateforme industrielle d’appui courrier or industrial platform for mail support) / IMPORT / 10,000 sq.m – Roissy HUB / EXPORT / 60,000 sq.m – Cargo 8.

Squadron Leader Christophe Grenèche, GTA Commander for Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget, spoke about the teams under his responsibility and mentioned the increasingly important role of the GTA in the cargo area. The GTA (Gendarmerie des Transports Aériens) currently has 210 airside staff (compared to 1,000 GTA in total) for 3 brigades. Since 1 July 2017, the GTA has been in charge of the freight area both airside and landside: administrative policing (security at screening points (PIF) and road inspection points (PARIF)) as well as criminal police tasks (TA, theft, investigations, etc.).

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Prepare for Brexit with Customs

Rachel Bellegy, Brexit adviser to the General Director for customs and indirect taxation, explained how custom authorities and public stakeholders are getting ready for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement, whatever the scenario might be at midnight on 29 March 2019 (Brussels time). The ratification of the withdrawal agreement stipulates how custom operations will be handled, in particular if there is an 18-month transition period during which the UK, once outside the European Union, will continue to benefit from the customs union and internal market. In the opposite event, the UK will leave the EU and become a Third Country pending a possible free-trade agreement.

Ready on D-Day Customs, as the guarantor of community rights requirements (duties), started well in advance to prepare for the agreement, to be able on D-Day to open a streamlined, efficient border that will ensure the safety of the national custom territory, consumers and financial interests of the EU. It has also undertaken to support economic players in sea, road and air transport (airport = transit zone for passengers from third countries), providing institutional information on inter-ministerial websites and as from 1 December, on: Brexit pratique

The Government’s role in cargo actions

The last speaker, Alan Huet(*), reiterated the key role that the Government has in developing air cargo in France, which is the European leader in goods exported by plane (30% of all exports in France) as well as the transport of luxury goods, animals and high-tech products with high added value.

The Government’s tasks in terms of air cargo include:

– safety and security (local)
– economic regulation (national)
– distribution of traffic rights (international)
– limiting of noise levels

These focal areas allow the Government to address a wide range of issues, from local to geostrategic (traffic rights) or environmental, with its actions to limit noise levels for local résidents. ACFA decidedly looks like the ideal mouthpiece to defend the industry’s interests with public authorities.

“Limiting noise pollution from night flights is an integral part of developing freight business.” (*) Alan Huet, Bridge, Water and Forest Engineer at DGAC.