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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2015 ASIA-PACIFIC Print Post APProvAl PP665002/00123 AirCargo Asia-Pacific is published by imPAct PuBlicAtions ABn no 70 257 512 639 54 Harborne Street, Wembley WA 6014 Australia. PO Box 1035, West Perth WA 6872. Tel: (08) 9382 8388 Fax: (08) 9380 9974 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.aircargo-ap.com.au or www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo Proprietors: Chris Hurd, Sofia Hurd. Managing Editor: Chris Hurd. Email: email@example.com Editor: Jack Handley Editorial Contributors: Kelvin King, John Newton and Ian Jarrett. Advertising Director: Sofia Hurd Business Development: Sandra Lewington. Contributors in: ■ NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC ■ sinGAPorE ■ usA/CANADA ■ HONG KONG ■ UK/EUROPE ■ INDONESIA All Advertising enquiries to Australia Tel: +61 8 9382 8388 Fax: +61 8 9380 9974 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org AirCargo magazine is published 6 times a year and is emailed in pdf to subscribers. 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The reader should not rely (or invite others to rely) upon the contents of this publication as a basis for taking or refraining from any action, or rearrangement of their affairs (financial or otherwise). And AirCargo Asia- Pacific and its contributors, shall not be liable for any economic or other loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of such reliance. When two countries compete, both are better off Worrying drop for Australia as IMD points to ‘prosperity’ as key measure of sustainable success AUSTRALIA’s continuing slide in global competitiveness - as measured by the influential and widely-respected IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzer- land - is a cause of real concern for the country’s international trade. Its latest competitiveness yearbook, published in late May, shows Australia ranks 18th, one place down from last year and a continuation of a six year slide. In 2005, Australia was ranked fifth in the world. New Zealand has moved upwards significantly, from 20 to 17 and some commentators think it could improve further over the next few years, given its structural reforms. While Australia’s slide began under the former Labor administration, it is a blow to the current LNP government. PM Tony Abbott vowed to make infrastructure one of his priorities but while there have been some moves forward they have mostly been small, tentative or long-term. Projects such as the new western Sydney airport are still a long way from delivering economic benefits. The significance of competitiveness is explained by Professor Arturo Bris, director of the IMD World Competi- tiveness Center: “There is no nation in the world that has succeeded in a sustainable way without preserving the prosperity of its people. “Competitiveness refers to such an objective. It determines how countries, regions and companies manage their competencies to achieve long-term growth, generate jobs and increase welfare. Competitiveness is therefore a way towards progress that does not result in winners and losers. “When two countries compete, both are better off.” The United States remains at the top of the 2015 ranking, but two Asia-Pa- cific economies – Hong Kong (2) and Singapore (3) – have moved ahead of the previous runner-up, Switzerland, which is now fourth. Others in the top 10 are Canada, Luxembourg (up 5), Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany (both down 4). As Bris noted when introducing the latest edition, the Asia-Pacific region fared patchily. Malaysia dropped from 12 to 14, Japan 21 to 27, Thailand 29 to 30 and Indonesia 37 to 42. Increases were achieved by Taiwan (13 to 11), China (23 to 22), Republic of Korea (26 to 25) and the Philippines (42 to 41). The competitiveness ranking was expanded this year to incorporate Mon- golia (at 57) whose economy offers opportunities for Australia and which is looking increasingly to air cargo to service its resource boom. BRIEFLy EFFECTIVE 01 June Qatar Cargo removed its fuel and security sur- charges. Rates will be “all in” (HAWB reporting fee will still apply). GARUDA Indonesia have reduced their AWB fee. EFFECTIVE June 16 Thai Cargo – will increase its fuel surcharge. BKK/ASIA/ Indian Sub Continent – 0 .34c per kg on actual weight TC1 and TC2 areas – 0 .40c per kilo on actual weight.