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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOV 2015 • Page 23 challenges existing business, consum- er, trade and service provider models. the Australian Border force (ABf) has attracted criticism from some quarters for significantly ramping up its powers in line with a claimed greater threat to national security. is the power justified? ABF officially came into operation 01 July 2015 and as such it is a work in progress. We do see some issues that need to be addressed in terms of its compliance monitoring in relation to trade. The commissioner spoke at the CBFCA national Conference on how he perceives his administration should work with the trade. His philosophy was that the ABF policy will work effectively with those genuine businesses that can be trusted; those that are recidivists and in the margins... well, the ABF will take a very different view. There are some areas in the DIBP/ ABF where performance improvement is needed, such as in the tariff conces- sion and tariff advice ruling areas, but performance is mixed; it is difficult melding different thoughts and cul- tures and getting the concept right. fiAtA recently concluded its World Congress in taipei. CBfCA appears to be closer to the world body. You have retained the chair of the Customs Affairs institute. What are your aims and objectives during your next term? My key message and focus in 2016 as Chair of CAI is about having FIATA members participate in national committees on trade facilitation; we need to be in the lead of that process rather than mere bystanders. We also have some interesting challenges ahead, particularly on the air cargo side as to future pre-loading advice similar to the UCBP Importer Security Filing Requirements. All these changes could improve border protection from a Customs and bio-security point of view. My aim as chair will be to ‘up tempo’ people’s attention on trade facili- tation and work with our mem- bers to achieve better facilitation and more cost efficient and cost effective process- es. A lot of FIATA members deal with their Customs ad- ministrations to the detriment of deal- ing with their Foreign Affairs and Trade departments where they need to have an interface to better understand how to improve trade. By improving trade we will improve economies and make better fiscal returns . In terms of FIATA itself, director gen- eral Marco Sorgetti, myself and two other FIATA members of the Extended Board have been tasked with looking at the future of FIATA through an in- ternal review that was approved by the FIATA presidency, the Extended Board and the members. Like everything in life while we believe FIATA is performing well, the question is could it do it better? The CBFCA has a strong interest in what FIATA can deliver for its member associations. We note and applaud the work of the other Australian member of FIATA and its work on FIATA com- mittees such as the Airfreight Institute the key to daily news in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US.