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Page 26 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 Thai Airways acts to help ivory ban THAI Airways International has joined the campaign against the illegal trans- port of ivory and is supporting the Thai government’s policy of stopping its sale. Poonsak Chumchuay, Thai managing director Cargo and Mail said the import and export of ivory and ivory products are strictly prohibited under the Conven- tion on International Trade in Endan- gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The airline is working closely with the Customs department and other author- ities at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with strict inspection of flights and transit shipments on routes to and from risk areas. Other countries also are working to- wards protecting wildlife, which includes the illegal trade of ivory. A$3.035m more for Hobart airport plan PNG acts to head off EU fish sales veto AMENDMENTS have been made to PNG’s National Fish- eries Act to avoid losing lucrative premium fish sales to Europe that mostly are hauled by air. Mao Zeming, PNG’s minister of fisheries and marine resources, said that if compliance issues involving ille- gal, unregulated and unreported fishing practices were not addressed, an EU ban could soon be forthcoming Most of the issues had been addressed and the legis- lation was a signing off, he explained. Mao said the EU had issued a ‘yellow card’ warning and given PNG eight months to sort things out. Failure to do so “would render PNG being red- flagged or banned from exporting any fish or fishery products under the duty-free and quota-free Economic Partnership Agreement signed between PNG and EU.” Mao Zeming 757F to operate on APA’s Guam fleet Honolulu ruote ASIA Pacific Airlines (APA), corporate headquarters in California and with an operational base in Guam, is adding a B757- 29J freighter to its fleet. The former Nordwind Airlines (Russia) aircraft is undergoing P2F conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions. The 757 will initially be used on Guam/ Honolulu high traffic operations. APA is also giving some consideration to a US West Coast link in the longer term. Acquisition of the 757 is the first step in a fleet renewal program. APA has long operated a fleet of three B722 freighters. APA is owned by Saipan-based Tan Holdings Corporation and operates primarily to and within Micronesia. It should not be confused with Austral- ian carrier Pacific Air Express which pro- vides Pacific regional freighter services from its Brisbane base using Airwork 737F equipment from its Brisbane base. EXPANSION of Hobart International Air- port’s runway has moved closer with the approval of A$3.035 million in Australian government funding for the project’s planning and development. This is part of the Australian government’s A$38 million spend on the project. Deputy prime minister and minister for Infrastructure and Regional Devel- opment Warren Truss said: “Tasmania thrives on tourism and this project will improve the airport’s capacity to handle inbound passengers, bringing substan- tial economic benefits to the State’s economy.” “Extending the runway by 500 metres will mean the airport can operate direct flights to China and other emerging markets in Asia. “Upgrading the airport’s infrastructure will help lure more visitors from major markets such as Asia, which in turn will deliver a substantial boost to the State’s tourism industry.” Weekend no-no for credit cards NZ Customs says brokers, forwarders and importers need to be aware that im- port entries made on weekends cannot be paid on line by credit card until Monday. The on line payment service is designed for goods sent by mail - as soon as an online payment is processed, an electronic release is sent to NZ Post advising that the goods can be delivered. NZ Post checks these notifications and delivers the packages on weekdays. NZ Post’s tracking status ‘Held for clearance’ is not updated until the parcel is physically moved for delivery. Customs also points out that for goods that do not arrive by mail, a copy of the payment confirmation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the email address. One business day (Monday to Friday) should be allowed for processing. Credit card payments can be made using Visa or MasterCard.