U.S. President Biden signed into law legislation aimed at tackling airport truck congestion, which is sponsored by the Airforwarders Association (AfA) working with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA).

The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization legislation (FAA), which aims to modernize the U.S aviation system, authorizes more than USD105 billion in appropriations for the FAA for the next four years, including USD19.35 billion for airport infrastructure improvement grants to support more than 3,300 airports across the U.S.

The AfA has repeatedly called on the Biden administration to invest in national infrastructure to improve the U.S. supply chain and reduce unnecessary delays and costs for the public.

AfA members (pictured) sponsored the FAA Reauthorization Act 2024, signed into law by the Biden administration

“This legislation is music to our ears. We have been working relentlessly with our members and the NCBFAA to make sure it is supported and passed,” said Brandon Fried, Executive Director, AfA.

“Unnecessary costs from delays and inefficient loading bays ripple down the supply chain to our local stores and shoppers, which means prices are increasing because of tired infrastructure that needs a 21st century refit – this is the first step on the long road ahead.

“Our members are working around the clock to make sure we stay competitive and have a world-class logistics and supply chain industry, and we need Capitol Hill to invest as well, to keep prices low and our sector efficient.

"This is a major step forward in addressing the cargo congestion problem that has existed for quite some time at many airports across the country," said Bob Imbriani, President, AfA.

"The AfA is proud to be the primary sponsor of this legislation and it is only through the support of our members and the hard work of our Executive Director, Legislative Consultant, Industry Partners and Board of Directors that we can successful in addressing issues such as this that are of vital concern to our industry."

Both the AfA and NCBFAA represent members of the freight forwarding industry, including the trucking industry in the U.S. that was valued at USD875.5 billion in 2021.

Under the new law, the General Accountability Office will begin a large-scale assessment of air cargo operations across the U.S. with a section dedicated to the issues with truck delays and lacking infrastructure.

This gives the current administration a year to carry out this investigation and take the necessary steps to tackle this problem.