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Page 16 • aircargo asia-Pacific • JUNE-JULY 2015 New Fast Logistics ‘biggest in UAE’ with 40 offices in Africa, Asia – and India to come Conditional means, well, conditional DUBAI-based Fast Logistic Solutions Group will merge its freight forwarder divisions Fast Forward Cargo and First Priority Cargo from July 1. FLS claims the new entity, Fast Logis- tics, will be the largest local freight forwarder in the UAE with annual air cargo volumes of around 50,000 tonnes and ocean freight at about 20,000 TEUs. Fast Logistics will have a network of 40 offices across UAE, Africa and Asia. A new head office for international operations will be opened in Bangalore. “In less than three years Fast For- ward and First Priority have success- fully grown to market leadership in the emerging UAE trader market to Africa and Indian sub-continent,” said FLS ceo Peter Scholten. “By merging the two companies into Fast Logistics we will eliminate internal competition and further strengthen our market position. With the new international division headquartered in Bangalore, we aim at expanding our office network in India, Saudi Arabia and several coun- tries in Africa.” On the web: www.fls-g.com NZ’s Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) has issued a “friendly reminder” to importers of prescribed foods re- quiring regulatory sampling and test- ing that a conditional release permit only allows the relevant consignment to be moved to a holding facility. It does not release the food for sale. “Prescribed foods must not be moved from the premises, distributed or sold prior to a final food safety clearance/release by MPI,” notes the trade advisory. “This is not the same as a biosecurity authority/clearance certificate. “Prescribed foods should be stored separately and/or be clearly labelled that the consignment must not be distributed until it has received food safety clearance by MPI.” Labelling must be in English and the Food Act officer (FAO) must be able to easily identify the product. Receiving lab results does not mean the products can be released. Importers must receive a release from an MPI FAO. UPS carries Olympic flame UPS Airlines landed at Athens International Airport 18 May to collect the Olympic flame for delivery to the USA. The Special Olympics will take place in Los Angeles 25 July - 02 August. These summer games are expected to attract some 7000 competitors with intellectual disabilities. The flame travelled to the UPS hub at Cologne Bonn airport and then to Philadelphia. UPS Airlines landed at Athens International Airport 18 May to collect the Olympic flame for delivery to the USA. The Special Olympics will take place in Los Angeles 25 July - 02 August. These summer games are expected to attract some 7000 competitors with intellectual disabilities. The flame travelled to the UPS hub at Cologne Bonn airport and then to Philadelphia. Biosecurity levies to cost more in NZ NZ’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is introducing new biosecuri- ty system entry levies from July 1. These are charged by MPI for securi- ty screening of imported goods. The new rates will be NZ$19.98 (in- cluding GST) on import entries and NZ$15.12 (including GST) on inward cargo reports, both air and sea. The entry fee is payable on every entry on which an import entry transaction fee is payable while the reports fee is payable on submission of the reports. Customs collects the fees on be- half of MPI at the same time as the relevant Customs charges. Ceva inks Valiram deal SUPPLY chain company Ceva Logis- tics has inked a deal with specialist retailer Valiram Group in Southeast Asia, to manage their warehousing and distribution in Indonesia and Thailand. Under the terms of the new contract, Ceva will handle the warehouse management, value added services such as care label, price tagging and bundling, reverse logistics and time specific delivery to their retail stores in the cities for the two brands’ beauty, accessories and lingerie products. TIACA picks Toronto ThE INTERNATIONAL Air Cargo As- sociation (TIACA) will hold its 2018 Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Canada. The 2018 ACF will take place from the 17th to the 19th of October at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. TIACA’s next ACF takes place in Paris, France, 26-28 October 20163.