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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 • Page 29 The key to daily news in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US. ThE CBFCA notes with interest the comments (AirCargo, No. 234, Dec 2014- Jan 2015) from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s (ACBP’s) national manager Anthony Seebach “to dismantle networks and business structures”, with a particular reference to the freight forwarding and Customs braking sector, to enforce border laws. While the CBFCA fully supports legislative compliance, it may have been of interest to readers if the ACBP could have comment- ed on ‘fraudulent Customs refunds” and detail as to the ACBP’s refund process. For the CBFCA, the key aspect appears more about the authority of the third party to seek the refund(s) on behalf of the importer of record (one would expect an appropriate authority to act was in place which had been verified by the ACBP) and also an authority to pay being held by that party and verified as needs be by the ACBP. So is the issue more about misappropriation of funds, deception and/or conversion? To the CBFCA it appears there was a lack of appropriate ACBP check and balance in relation to the refund application process and this may have been relevant in the discussion, particularly where the CBFCA had referenced to the ACBP deficiencies in this process by not linking the service provider to the client (in the electronic process) to ensure, at least in the first instance, that the service provider had an authority to act on behalf of an importer. Intelligence-led risk assessment would certainly have addressed the issue raised by the CBFCA as to a system deficiency. After all the ACBP, particularly in relation to individual and corporate Customs brokers, oversights these entities by way of So is it more about a flawed ACBP refund system, failure of reg- ulatory oversight, human greed or a combination of all of these? Regardless, as reported in the article, Customs brokers and freight forwarders have been “warned”. This is however not the first time that the ACBP has made provocative comments as to the integrity of service providers in international trade logistics and supply chain management. The CBFCA position is that it would be more advantageous for the parties to work on remedial outcomes rather than making bellicose statements. Stephen Morris, executive director, CBFCA LETTERS ACBP could help industry by putting more focus on remedies instead of faults Lan carries 200 million blooms for Valentine’s Day SOUTH America’s Lan Cargo and its affiliates transported more than 16 million bouquets (a total of 200 million flowers) during the four-week rush that led up to St Valentine’s Day, when flower exports annually reach their peak. During the period, companies typically transport around 30 per cent of the total flower market in the region, equal to around 10,400 tons. Between January 19 and February 8, the busiest weeks of the season, approximately 170 Lan Cargo and Lan Cargo Colombia freighters (10 per day) took off from Ecuador and Colombia, triple the monthly average. The Bogota-Miami route, which regularly transports 720 tons of flowers per week, generated 2,100 tons per week during the Valentine’s period. Freighters took off from Bogota, Medellin (Colombia) and Quito (Ecuador) and flew mainly to the United States and the Netherlands. The majority landed in Miami — one of the world’s most important distribution hubs — where the carrier owns the largest cold-storage warehouse operated by a for- eign air carrier at an airport in the US. “Flowers are transported during the entire year, however there are two key dates — St Valentine’s and Mother’s Day — around which we focus all our energy and work jointly to cover sharp increases in demand. This means moving three times more cargo than regularly,” said Cristian Ureta, chief executive of Lan Cargo. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, the company will have transported 10,400 tons of flowers for Valentine’s, a three per cent increase compared to 2014, when 9,104 tons were shipped. The more-than 200 million stems transported by the airline were enough to give a flower to every woman in the United States, with some to spare. The main varieties transported were red roses (more than 60 per cent, with producers tripling production for this sea- son), carnations, pompoms and chrysanthemums.