History

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Tracing back year 1980 dated April 18, a small group of airfreight forwarders formed an organization through the leadership of Mr. Pepe Ungson, the recognized Father of Aircargo Forwarding of the Philippines. The gathering allowed the group to establish the Aircargo Forwarders of the Philippines (AFPI) with 20 companies to support the cause.

The formation of AFPI paved way to start-up forwarding and co-load groups in strengthening their role in the industry. Despite challenges in the late ’80s and ’90s, AFPI became an avenue for camaraderie among forwarders and airline executives in the Philippines.

On August 17, 1993, AFPI formed the Asean Federation of Forwarders Association for the benefit of the air freight, sea freight, trucking, brokerage, and customs bonded warehouse sectors.

In November 1993, AFPI gained an international recognition by hosting the Federation of Asia-Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA) conference for the first time.

In 1996, AFPI started its fund raising projects for the organization’s financial improvements. Through AFPI’s enriched institutional capacity, the organization was able to build stronger ties with government agencies and private institutions.

Guided by the noble mission to uplift the logistics industry, AFPI founded the Ateneo FEDFAP Institute of Logistics and Transportation Management which pioneered the workshop on Corporate Governance and Code of Ethics where incumbent and former AFPI officers and executives graced the event.

Furthermore, the established AFPI Training Center stood proud as an IATA Dangerous Good Accreditation School and a trainer for Management Facilitations in Trade Management and Integrated Logistics.

In May 2008, AFPI initiated the National Conference on Safe Trade and Authorized Economic Operators which harmonized the customs procedures in compliance to the World Trade Organization Revised Kyoto Convention.

AFPI proves its purpose in enriching the community by being one of the partners of Gawad Kalinga, a non-government organization that builds houses for the lower sector for the society.

The 32 years of AFPI lives to its mission of providing the aircargo logistics industry with leadership and direction in enhancing its global competitiveness.

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