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The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), in partnership with Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. (FCBF) and Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), co-sponsored a Security and Theft Prevention Seminar on February 8 for close to 100 local cargo owners, warehouse operators, customs brokers, freight forwarders and carriers who operate cargo through Miami International Airport. The seminar, held at Miami Dade College’s West Campus, helped attendees learn best practices regarding cargo logistics and eliminating security vulnerabilities from the supply chain process.

Participants also learned the latest cargo theft trends and what actions have been taken recently to deter criminal activity at MIA, the busiest U.S. airport for international freight. Seminar speakers included industry experts such as: MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph F. Napoli; MDAD Assistant Aviation Director and Chief Security Officer Mark O. Hatfield, Jr.; MDAD Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering Carlos E. José; Miami-Dade Police Department Airport District Lieutenant Antonio Rodriguez; and Transportation Security Administration Assistant Federal Security Director Juan D. Salgado.

Maintaining the safety and security of our passengers, property, and business operations will always be our highest priority. We are investing heavily in facility improvements to meet the growing needs of our cargo partners and to remain America’s cargo gateway to the world.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González

In 2016, MDAD launched a multi-million dollar facility improvement program at MIA that includes new surveillance cameras and lighting throughout the airport’s cargo area to improve already vigilant security monitoring, situational awareness, crime deterrence, and overall safety of MIA and cargo partner property. The Department has also developed the Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a long-term concept to modernize MIA’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.

To request materials in accessible format, Sign Language Interpreters, CART services and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) public meetings and events please email the ADA Office at or call the office in 305-876-7747 five days in advance to initiate your request. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).