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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 IAG to carry exhibition pieces to UK IAG Cargo is the official logistics partner for the British Museum’s new exhibition the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation. The carrier will transport nine irreplaceable indige- nous artefacts from Australia to London that have been loaned to the British Museum by the National Museum of Australia and Museum Victoria, Melbourne. The BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation will run between the 23 April and 02 Au- gust 2015. The exhibition includes over 170 items that reflect art, indigenous culture, colonial history and the struggle for recognition and rights. HK has secure future as an aviation hub CATHAY Pacific and Dragonair have welcomed the commitment made by Hong Kong ceo CY Leung in his annual policy address that the government will continue to enhance the status of Hong Kong as an international aviation and logistics hub. “We are encouraged by the govern- ment’s support for the development of a third runway at Hong Kong Interna- tional Airport, which is crucial for the sustainable growth of Hong Kong’s aviation industry and maintaining Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s premier avia- tion hub,” said Cathay ceo Ivan Chu. “The planning and development of land reserved for cargo use at the air- port island will also consolidate HKIA’s status as the world’s number-one hub for international air cargo.” Chu also welcomed initiatives to develop the East Lantau Metropolis and Tung Chung New Town exten- sion after completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and other key transport links. Dragonair ceo Albernon Yau added his praise of the government’s plans for the third runway, expansion of Hong Kong economic and trade offic- es and development of Tung Chung as a transport hub and labour accommo- dation centre. CY Leung at APAC Innovation Summit Five licences suspended, an importer is being prosecuted - and ACBPS warns the crackdown will continue FORWARDERS, Customs brokers, shippers and others in the supply chain are being told the crackdown on unscrupulous players in the sector is working and it very definitely is not going to ease up. “The service is targeting high-risk elements in the supply chain. We are also appreciative of tip offs about dishonest behaviour from concerned and law abiding members of the trading community,” said Anthony Seebach, national manager special investigations and programs Austral- ian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). “As we continue these investiga- tions, it would be foolish to think anyone can wait us out or fly under our radar.” In recent weeks, ACBPS has suspended a Customs warehouse licence, a corporate Customs broker licence and three Customs broker licences belonging to individuals. The service also has begun pros- ecution action against an importing company, its director, and three individuals associated with a freight forwarding company. Charges relate to the importation of goods subject to anti-dumping du- ties and include obtaining a financial advantage by deception, the use of fraudulent documents and giving false or misleading information to ACBPS. That case dates back to August 2013 when ACBPS investigators executed warrants at two addresses in Queensland. This resulted in the seizure of electronic and documenta- ry evidence. Further investigation then led to the range of charges being laid against the importing company and the four individuals. In January, ACBPS executed war- rants at a Lane Cove, NSW address as- sisted by the Polaris Joint Waterfront Taskforce. Examination of evidence seized during these warrants is still in progress. The matters under investigation include the alleged delivery of import- ed goods without ACBPS authority and alleged fraud associated with the embezzlement of Commonwealth revenue. Seebach said additional Customs brokers may yet have their licences suspended or cancelled and loss of work, pecuniary penalties or gaol time could be the result.