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Page 10 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 comment Big guns say Australia needs to face facts and accept financial reforms A LOT of Australians – perhaps even the majority – seem to feel that regardless of the economy, they will still be able to buy on line and have their purchases delivered promptly and securely. Speedy delivery of imported goods from overseas is entrenched in the national economy, creating high expectations as well as delivering solid satisfaction. Air cargo is the key to this although, as we’ve discussed in the past, most of the public have only a hazy understanding of air cargo beyond what happens to their holiday suitcases. This quick-gratification expectation might be the case today, but econo- mists are suggesting it is not necessarily sustainable. We all might have to tighten our belts – and by more than just a notch. Both the Reserve Bank’s governor and the head of Treasury have warned that Australia might take a very long time to get back into budget surplus if the government’s spending cuts continue to be blocked. The two leaders delivered a series of predictions that indicate the national budget position could continue to worsen without significant structural reform. Newly-appointed Treasury secretary John Fraser and Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens recently delivered their briefing to the Australian cabinet. They said that even with economic growth of three per cent annually – a planning stance which itself might be a tad wobbly – the budget would stay in deficit well beyond the 10-year prediction outlined in last year’s government forecasts. The briefing itself was highly unusual: Stevens hadn’t previously briefed cabinet in eight years as Reserve Bank governor. As usual with cabinet deliberations, few people outside the room know exactly what was said. But comments from ministers have suggested it was a stark presentation, even for an administration which is already aware of the deeply unpopular need for financial constraint. Even little NZ, so long living in Australia’s economic shadow, is in better shape and may, ironically, show its bigger trans-Tasman brother how to climb out of the slough of despond. NZ government and commercial books are fiscally in good shape, the outlook is stable if not entirely rosy and business confidence is high. NZ companies are looking to invest more in Australia. The Fraser/Stevens briefing is believed to have confirmed at least some of the warnings from Treasurer Joe Hockey that spending restraint is of absolute and immediate importance, not an option. That’s of concern regionally, not just for Australia. Any erosion of economic stability in Australia will have a flow-on effect in NZ, the Pacific nations and in Asia, where bilateral trade links are an economic mainstay. Whoever delivers the 2015 federal budget will have to face this reality and cope with the political flack. Hockey has been calling for a non-partisan partnership to at least set a good foundation for the future, warning that without this Australia might “never get back to surplus”. Hyperbole, perhaps. One hopes it is, because the partnership is unlike- ly. - Kelvin King Bangkok’s largest handler joins forces with WIN to grow e-AWB IN an effort to increase transmission of electronic AWB data in Thailand, Bangkok Flight Services, the largest handler at the country’s Bangkok main cargo airport and WIN, an e-platform for independent for- warders, have joined forces. Some of the main challenges to e-AWB adoption in Thailand arise from the current state of air export processes. Agents deliver cargo to the handler’s warehouse to obtain a paper ‘weight slip’ showing actual ‘pcs’, ‘wgt’ and ‘dims’ which the driver brings back to the office for the forwarder to update their system, print the AWB/docs and return them to the warehouse. Then the handler manually enters the Master and any House bills into the carrier’s system. The result is that Thai forwarders miss the opportu- nity to take advantage of lower charges on house bill entry fees, drivers queue in lines and paperwork is moved multiple times per consignment. Inefficiency is passed straight up the chain. Using the new automated process, the forwarder loads a draft AWB into WIN (using simple web-servic- es to transfer the data from their own AWB system - or alternatively it can be entered on line) and sends the cargo. BFS transmits the e-Weight Slip to WIN seconds after weighing. The forwarder is alerted that their draft AWB is updated (in WIN and their own system) with actual pcs, wgt and dims for them to quickly review and then send the electronic AWB data to the airline which in turn copies in the handler. All this takes a few minutes electronically so that the final AWB data is loaded into both the airline and the handler’s systems in short order. Excel, one of the leading agents in Thailand, has used WIN for several hundred British Airways ship- ments over the past eight weeks and is pleased with the efficiency gain. Ceva wins Malaysia phone contract Ceva Logistics has won a new contract with Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer, to operate their warehouse and distribution in Malaysia. Under the terms of this contract, Ceva will manage the 1,500 sq m e-commerce distribution centre which holds Xiaomi’s handsets and accessories. Services provided include receiving, checking, storage, orders picking process, packaging and orchestrating all shipping and administration across the country.