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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 The key to daily news in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US. The 71,000m2 Toll IPEC warehouse under construction at Melbourne Airport’s business park will be the largest freight sorting facility of its kind in Australia. The external structure and internal concrete floor slab are complete, while construction of the mezzanine level and fit-out of the internal areas is under way. New substations have been installed and construction of the central mezzanine is underway. The project is on schedule for completion in late 2015. Airlines ask court to dump Schenker case AIR France and two other European airlines have asked a New York court to dismiss Deutsche Bahn unit Schenker’s multi-million antitrust suit. Air France, KLM and Martinair say the US case is not needed because a parallel action is pending in a Dutch court. “Here, (in the USA) where a foreign corporation seeks to litigate against exclusively foreign parties in the United States for the specific purpose of pursuing treble damages, and its claims are based on the same alleged global conspiracy that is the subject of two actions currently pending in Europe - the ‘exceptional circumstances’ test (which would allow the case to be dis- missed) is easily met,” the airlines said. Schenker lodged its lawsuit in August 2014, claiming a group of airlines had conspired to set fuel charges from 1999 to 2006. Schenker, which carries more than a million tons of air freight a year, filed the US law suit against Air France, KLM, Martinair, Cargolux, Qantas and All Nip- pon Airways, accusing them of co-ordi- nating surcharge pricing for shipments to, from and within the US. The New York court, Schenker says, should exercise its jurisdiction over the case because for US courts to abstain in deference to a foreign proceeding requires truly parallel actions, which these aren’t. In lieu of a dismissal, the airlines have asked for a stay pending a determina- tion of the merits of the Dutch action. volume of low cost goods that can easily be traded on the black market. Nonetheless, we are encouraged by the response from law enforcement agencies across the region, and by government ministries and the Euro- pean Commission, which recognise that this is a growing trend causing a significant economic threat and it must be addressed.” TAPA is leading the response from industry to eradicate cargo crime and to help its members achieve supply chain resilience by using security standards, training, intelligence and networking opportunities to enhance their own in-house security programs. As a result, analysis shows that TAPA members are three times less likely to be victims of cargo crime. Thorsten added: “We are working to ensure the wider implementation of TAPA Security Standards to protect high value, theft-attractive cargo in facilities and during the road transport process, and pushing for investment in more secure truck parks on trunk routes across Europe. TAPA EMEA is also committed to ensuring legislators understand the real cost and impact of supply chain crime.” The Association is working in- creasingly closely with the European Commission, INTERPOL, Europol, the World Customs Organization, national government ministries, law enforce- ment agencies and the insurance industry to identify the most effective ways to support supply chain resil- ience. Continued from page 10. Industry gears up to tackle cargo crime...