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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2015 • Page 7 Page 14 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • MAY 2012 • Cargo 2000 compliant pro-active • eBookings direct to airline systems, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Host-to-Host connections and web based solutions master and house waybill data submission (FWB & FHL) to airlines and CTOs • Message reporting tools • Interactive flight schedules real time • Track and trace shipments multiple carriers at one time from one place • Cargo 2000 compliant pro-active shipment monitoring ONE NETWORK, GLOBAL REACH FIRST quarter gains this year have softened a cargo dip at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s top two markets. The gains have resulted in the airport’s total cargo throughput holding up well, to end three per cent below the 2011 figure of 358,220 tonnes. Asian traffic for January-March this year was down 15 per cent on the same period in 2011 at 129,974 tonnes. Although the region continued to dominate Schiphol’s traffic, its share of the total fell from 40 per cent throughout 2011 to 36.3 per cent in this year’s first quarter. Meanwhile, But cargo tonnages between Schiphol and the European, Middle East and Latin American markets all showed healthy growth in the first quarter of 2012, largely offsetting the weak performance elsewhere. European imports and exports rose 53 per cent to 29,223 tonnes, while Middle East cargo totalled 43,973 tonnes - up 5.1 per cent - and Latin American tonnages in- creased six per cent to 44,139 tonnes. Freighter aircraft movements through Schiphol from January to March grew to 3765 - up two per cent on 2011. This was despite the cessation of Jade and other carriers’ freighter services in December and January. “Weakness in Asian traffic, which is our largest market, continues to impact overall tonnages through Schiphol,” said Enno Osinga, Schiphol Cargo senior vice president. “However, we have made good gains on other routes, and this growth has largely offset the 15 per cent decline in Asian business - resulting in a more respectable dip in total tonnage.” “Our aim for 2012 is to spread our business base more evenly, so that falls in individual markets have less impact. We are also examining ways of encour- aging increased export business in collaboration with our cargo commu- nity,” said Osinga. “Despite a poor start to 2012 with traffic down 11 per cent in January, we have now made up most of the lost ground, and beaten our strong 2010 results by a small margin. But, with continuing market unrest in Europe and the US impacting global air cargo flows, we are expecting the year to continue as it has started, with throughput slightly down on 2011.” Asia and America down, but other Q1 markets improve for Schiphol North American traffic, down three per cent to 66,045 tonnes, took second place with 18.4 per cent of the total. Weakness in Asia traffic hurting Schiphol. NORAD-funded program rolled out in Timor-Leste A CAPABILITY-building support mis- sion under the auspices of the World Customs Organization took place in Timor-Leste last month. Several Customs agencies, including those of Australia and NZ, are active in helping Pacific Island nations build their customs systems and enhance staff professionalism. The WCO-administered scheme is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation known as NORAD ( not to be confused with the US/Canadian aerospace defence command!) The Timor-Leste mission was designed to strengthen the Customs service revenue collection capacity through implementation of improved working practices and procedures in the areas of Customs valuation and tariff classification. One aspect was a ‘train the trainers’ program to ensure senior staff can deliver basic and intermediate training in future. CBFCA has stressed to the ACBP “that a process of relying heavily upon referees’ submissions to determine acquired experience needs to be rigorously enforced by the regulator as to the bona fides of these referees’ reports. “This is important if the process is to provide confidence to industry that standards for licensing will not de- cline,” he said. CBFCA stands by its decision to axe the national examination and focus on the diploma, says executive director Steve Morris. The national exam, which Morris notes was for all-comers and “not locked away for our members,” was a tough deal which sometimes saw only 18-23 per cent of students achieving its pass mark of 75 per cent, well up on the TAFE’s 50 per cent. Some people sat three to four times. Combined with equally-rigorous test- ing of acquired experience, it ensured that few if any duds slipped through the system and those who passed could be proud of their achievement. On the other hand, Morris noted, many would-be brokers began to won- der whether it was worthwhile taking this difficult pathway if Customs was putting more emphasis on acquired experience. And it was expensive to run, partly because CBFCA was “ultra-fair” about it. If a student failed by only a little, for instance, the exam script was sent for independent reassessment. Further details on acquired expe- rience for Customs broker licence applications can be found at: http:// www.customs.gov.au/site/BrokerAppli- cation.asp And a warning from Bill Murphy for referees thinking of gaming the system: “False and misleading statements made in support of an employee’s application for a licence are punishable by imprison- ment of up to 12 months.” Continued from page 3. CBFCA calls for ‘rigorous referee checks’ ...