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BRUSSELS: June 07, 2017. Belgian Customs and sector representative Air Cargo Belgium have agreed to "execute a common vision concerning the optimization and digitalization of the airfreight industry".

Kristian Vanderwaeren, administrator-general of Belgian Customs and Air Cargo Belgium chairman Steven Polmans signed an agreement to collaborate.

Brussels Airlines A330Air Cargo Belgium, supported by the Flemish agency for innovation and entrepreneurship (VLAIO), already works with Belgian government agencies including the Federal Agency for Safety in the Food Chain and Customs.

Polmans said the new accord ratifies the existing collaboration and establishes a new structure to make the airfreight industry a [more] attractive, efficient and successful logistics sector: "As [an] umbrella organization representing the entire airfreight supply chain, Air Cargo Belgium is the ideal partner for the Customs authorities to work closely together on different projects, which benefits a great variety of companies."

Chairman of the Air Cargo Belgium Customs working group Alain De Heldt added: "The collaboration with the Customs authorities happens on a constructive base, taking into account the market's needs. We strive towards solutions which benefits every party, and which optimizes our individual and common competitive advantage."

Vanderwaeren noted "structural meetings" with the private sector are important for his organization and regional consultations have begun in Antwerp, Bergen, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Liege and Leuven that have already produced "operational solutions for common problems".

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