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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 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. THE AUSTRALIAN Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has welcomed the release of the Com- petition Policy Review Panel’s final report. “This is a very important report. It sets out many pro-competitive reforms which, if adopted, could sig- nificantly enhance economic produc- tivity over the years ahead,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. “The Panel’s recommendations to expose more sectors of the Austral- ian economy to competition show considerable scope for reform. The ACCC particularly supports the Report’s findings on roads, shipping, intellectual property and parallel imports.” “The ACCC also supports propos- als to make the misuse of market power provision workable, to intro- duce a prohibition on concerted prac- tices (to tackle cartel-like conduct that may otherwise be permitted) and to improve merger assessment processes.” The Panel’s recommendations to simplify the Act and make it easier for businesses to understand their obli- gations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 are commenda- ble, Sims said. “However, the ACCC is concerned that changes to the law should not weaken Australia’s cartel laws. Any amendments should not fundamen- tally alter the existing scope of the prohibitions,” said Sims. “Some of the proposed Part IV changes will require further consider- ation of the fine detail. “While the report’s recognition of the need for continuing advocacy in support of competition and the need for a market studies power is pleasing, we need to further consider why we do not follow the approaches being taken to handle these issues in other countries, where they are func- ACCC backs Competition Policy review, but flags increased costs of two regulators tions of the competition regulator.” The ACCC has already signalled important questions over proposals to break up the ACCC. “The ACCC considers there are considerable synergies between competition law enforcement and economic regulation, which would be lost. Apart from the increased over- heads from having to run two organ- isations rather than one, there would be very real costs for businesses in having to deal with two regulators, who may have conflicting views. “Breaking up the ACCC would also go against the international trend, which is towards agency consolida- tion,” added Simms.