Dear Esteemed KALA members,
Happy New Year! Greetings from Andrew Seo, serving as the fourth president of KALA since 2016. With the start of the 2019, I hope and pray for your health and prosperity of your business. I sincerely hope that you will continue to work diligently and proactively to overcome these worsening economic conditions and achieve all your business goals.
KALA has steadily grown over the years to become an organization that is influential not only in the Korean logistics industry but also in the mainstream logistics industry in the U.S. I believe KALA’s status today has been made possible by the first president Hang-Duk Lee’s dedication and leadership, the second president Han-Jung Choi’s great initiatives and expansion efforts, and third president Joon-Seung Baik’s passionate execution of meticulous planning and strategies. Above all, this would not have been possible without all the help and support of all the members that belong to KALA.
As the 6th president, I spent the first year of my term resolving in my heart to humbly do my best to serve KALA, so it can become a competitive, prestigious, and internally stable association. However, whenever I look back on last year, I still feel that I was inadequate and lacking in many areas. So I ask for a great deal of encouragement and support from you this year.
The year 2016 was without a doubt a difficult and painful year for all of us in the freight forwarding industry, what with the Hanjin bankruptcy and Long Beach port situation. The collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the pride of our Korean ocean shipping history, came especially as a shock to us, and many of our member companies suffered serious monetary losses as a consequence. Learning a painful but important lesson, we must rally from this event and recover together to become stronger in the future.
We were able to complete 3 meetings of KALA CEO Forum inaugurated last year. We will continue to hold and support this year our traditional programs such as the KALA golf tournament, terminal tours, DG training, logistics academy, economic conferences & seminars, and year-end party. I invite all of our member companies to participate in these events.
This year the world economy is viewed as somewhat hopeful with the start of Trump’s new administration. However, many uncertain aspects still remain and even the U.S. economy is expected to have a low-level growth. In this challenging environment, I hope that our KALA members cooperate and pool our resources to get through and overcome these difficult times. Larger companies, for their part, could collaborate together to procure business from mainstream companies, and smaller ones, on the other hand, can help one another to make freight rates more competitive and cut unnecessary costs. In this way, I hope we can create a symbiotic relationship as members of KALA.
For this purpose, I promise to serve you with all my heart and strength. Once again, I sincerely request your full participation and guidance. Thank you.