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Page 12 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOV 2015 Scorpion traders stung by French Customs’ seizure Tiffany makes history Tiffany the dog has become American Airlines Cargo’s first ever live animal movement between The Netherlands and the USA. Tiffany – a Dutch Smoushond - became an animal VIP when specialist animal movements’ forwarder Animals to Fly used AA Cargo to organise her transport to Philadelphia. Smoushonds are extremely rare and Tiffany is only a puppy, so required additional specialist handling and care. AA Cargo’s GSA in The Netherlands – FlyUs – assigned animal loving team members Patrick Smidt and Benny Bekker to take care of this very special passenger. The night before her flight she was brought to the Animals by Air facility where she slept overnight and on the morning of departure she played happily and had a walk before being taken to the aircraft. As a very unusual breed she created quite a stir during the check-in process. Safely loaded onto the B757 aircraft for the flight Tiffany was re-united with her delighted owners just nine hours later. Dept Ag gives industry a break on changes timing CITING stakeholder requests for more time to finalise arrange- ments for the revised biose- curity and export certification charges, the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources has postponed implementation until December 1. And the Department is also extending – to December 16 – submissions on the draft BIRA Regulation 2015 - BIRA is Biose- curity Import Risk Analyses. Jo Evans, the department’s deputy secretary explained it re- ceived “comments on the draft fees and charges during the public consultation process and we have worked through these with stakeholders to finalise the arrangements. “We also listened to feedback from stakeholders that they needed enough time to make changes to their own systems and processes.” Evans said the department wanted “to provide all users of the biosecurity and export certification with as much time as practical to understand the changes and systems and inform their clients where needed”. Following the release of the draft BIRA guidelines recent- ly, the Department has given more time for feedback on the regulation. The BIRA guidelines are an administrative document that provides further information on the regulated BIRA process and matters to be taken into account when conducting a BIRA under both the Biosecu- rity Act 2015 and its proposed risk analysis regulation. They are designed to replace the current Import Risk Analysis handbook as a simpler to read document including more of the informa- tion requested and feedback provided from the examina- tion of the import risk analysis process, known as IRA for short. On the web: www.agricul- ture.gov.au SCORPIONS have always had a bad press but the reality is many varieties are only mildly harmful and make good pets. They also travel well by air, albeit in the freight hold rather than business class. Some, including the sizable Pandinus dictator variety are pro- tected under the CITES conven- tion which means that their illegal sale – largely via internet sites – has become a very profitable trade. Customs officers at Paris CDG Airport recently seized two shipments of live Pandinus dictator scorpions, originating in Cameroon and headed for a US consignee. Some were tucked away in plastic boxes containing most- ly centipedes. The majority were alive and in reasonable shape. Documentation claimed the creatures were intended for medical research, but investi- gations showed the intended recipient was well known for selling ‘new animal compan- ions’ through the internet.