Industry group The Express Delivery and Logistics Association (XLA) has merged into the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA) in a move to create a single voice to expand both groups' advocacy abilities on regulatory issues, CLDA said yesterday.
The CLDA is a professional association that represents 3,500 providers of time-critical logistics, delivery,and express air cargo logistics services. The XLA covers similar ground, advocating for companies engaged in providing and procuring services within the global air express cargo and logistics industry.
Both groups represent their members before regulatory bodies such as state and federal governments, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Customers and Border Patrol (CPB).
Following the Jan. 21 merger, all former XLA members will become full members of the CLDA, and three members of the former XLA will sit on the CLDA board, including one on the CLDA executive committee.
"With this merger, we will enhance our advocacy efforts in Washington and state capitols around the country," CLDA President Chuck Moyer said in a release. "We will be representing, under one roof, the entire express air cargo logistics and logisticschain, including shippers and carriers. By joiningtogether we have a stronger voice to address critical regulatory issues and promote the continued growth of our industry. That will be of special importance particularly when dealing with Congress, the TSA, DHS and CPB."
By joining up, the two groups say they can also help enhance their members' bottom lines by presenting them with increased business opportunities to work with some of the biggest shippers in the air cargo segment and the members of the final mile industry that deliver for them, he said.