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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Global Affinity Alliance takes second annual conference to Las Vegas!

The Global Affinity Alliance’s Las Vegas conference was a successful second meeting for some 109 delegates. Four days of valuable networking coupled with lots of great evening entertainment made for a meeting to remember. “I want to start by thanking all of the GAA members who attended our 2nd annual meeting in Las Vegas,” said Brian Majerus, Director of Global… Read more »


Friday, July 1st, 2016

It’s July 1st – SOLAS day! Try INTTRA’s VGM submission tool free for 30 days.

We’ve been talking about it since 2014, and now the day is finally here. Global implementation of the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement is in place and shippers are required to provide carriers with this information as required by the Safety of Life at Sea Act, or SOLAS. Country-by-country regulatory agencies and carriers have been attempting to reach workable solutions…. Read more »


Friday, May 13th, 2016

Cuba removed from the sanctions list.

In our news post from September 1st, we indicated that Cuba was on the sanctions list. Today, we’re happy to report that is no longer the case and that Gold Medallion coverage is available to shipments to and from Cuba.


Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Thoughts on our inaugural meeting.

The inaugural Global Affinity Alliance meeting in Abu Dhabi was a success; for those who were in attendance I hope your follow-up work has been both fruitful and stress-free. For those of you who could not attend, here is a break down of what you missed! We kick-started the three-day conference with team building exercises. Members were placed into groups… Read more »


Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Gold Medallion Coverage Exemptions – September 1 update adds Nigeria, Angola

The Global Affinity Alliance is proud of our member-to-member protection program that provides $50,000 coverage in network and $25,000 between the GAA and other WCA networks. However due to restrictions, sanctions or market conditions, we must make changes to our coverage policy. As of today, our Gold Medallion Financial Protection Plan coverage is suspended for transactions in Nigeria and Angola…. Read more »


Monday, August 31st, 2015

Markets and Networks; Hedging the Volatility

As markets falter, being in GAA protects you. This week we saw a tremendous crash in the Chinese markets, two weeks after the Chinese government devalued the yuan by 3% to boost exports by lowering stock prices. Combining the crash with slowed growth in Latin America turns the logistics market trepidatious this year. A solid freight network provides safety for… Read more »


Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

GAA inaugural conference in Bangkok cancelled for safety reasons.

On Monday, a bomber remotely denoted a backpack at the Erawan Shrine in the middle of downtown Bangkok, causing loss of life, injuries and property damage. Global Affinity Alliance and the WCA are concerned first and foremost with the safety and security of our members who travel to our conferences, regardless of where in the world they are held. It… Read more »


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Why belong to a freight network?

By its very definition, logistics is an industry of location and information. Anyone can easily ship a package to another person in the world, but what we actually sell is information, access, and accountability. There are obvious financial benefits of being part of a strong freight network, or of partnering with a stable base of operations in market, including the… Read more »


Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

GAA increases minimum requirements for Risk Managed designation

The Global Affinity Alliance has created a higher-tier of trust within the group, the Risk Managed Program. We have recently enacted changes to the program raising insurance policy requirements for companies who wish to participate and who are permitted to use and display the RM logo. The reasons for this change are two-fold. First, we wish to strengthen the program…. Read more »