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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DECEmbEr - JANuAry 2016 • Page 5 KErry Logistics has opened its first IT Development Centre in Penang, malaysia. The new facility will operate as an offshore support centre to share resource amongst different offices globally, in a bid to increase operation- al efficiency at lower costs. Penang’s economy has been de- veloping at a strong rate for the past 10 years, making it one of the fastest growing states in malaysia. At the opening ceremony, George yeo, chairman of Kerry Logistics, said: “The Penang Government has played an important role in promoting the IT development of this city, making it one of the preferred Asia technology bases of many international IT giants. Establishing our IT Centre in Penang will provide us readily available local IT resources, a strong pool of multilin- gual talents, and good infrastructure support.” Ibm want to do as our vendor, and sometimes having somebody who is neutral is a good thing.” The Labour Party was having none of that. Customs spokesman rino Tirikatene claimed JbmS was costing the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars. “The delays and debacle are so bad that the old import-export sys- tem continues to be used in many circumstances. This week Treasury la- belled the Customs project ‘high risk’ and potentially ‘unachievable’ while behind the scenes mPI is suggesting the new system may not be need- ed after all, with more than millions already spent.” mPI – which is headed by former Customs chief, diplomat (he was NZ high commissioner to Australia) and senior army officer martyn Dunne - wisely kept out of the fray but industry support for JbmS does not appear have been dented. The Customs brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation (CbAFF) was quick to come to the defence of NZ Customs. JbmS delays were not having any adverse effect on the industry, said ex- ecutive director rosemarie Dawson. “Customs keep us fully updated re- garding progress of the JbmS. “While introduction of the second phase has been slower than expected, we have not heard of any adverse im- pacts on our member businesses or any outages in the supply chain.” From page 3 cember 11. Some 20 pilot companies have gone through the validation and received their AEO Compliance certifi- cations. AEO Compliance will have two tiers and a range of new facilities offered for all stakeholders of the supply chain. “The AEO brazil benefit package is one of the best in the world so far,” claimed Karlsson. “Compared with the present process this will have a huge impact on the import and export for AEO companies and for brazilian trade. This is a very big positive change for brazil and is timely, taking into account the challenges for the brazilian economy right now.” In 2016 the AEO brazil project will continue with a third phase, merging with a SW program. There will also be a pilot for a specific AEO SmE track to ease the way for more small and me- dium-sized companies to join the AEO program. A new innovative SmE AEO solution is planned to be introduced, making brazil one of the first countries in the world to do so. On the web: www.kghborders.com New airport no risk to firefighting Claims that the new Western Sydney Airport could hamper aerial firefight- ing or back-burning activities in the blue mountains have been pooh-poo- hed by infrastructure minister Warren Truss. “In fact, an airport this close to the blue mountains would help firefight- ing by providing refuelling services and a long runway close to where the aircraft may be needed.” The new airport is expected to be used heavily for air cargo operations, including freighter traffic. The minister noted that Australian flight rules give priority to any aircraft engaged in fire and flood relief, search and rescue or medical evac- uation. Airservices Australia worked closely with emergency service agencies, Truss said. “There is absolutely no question that aerial firebombers engaged in the serious business of protecting lives and property will have priority, and other aircraft will be diverted around the area of operations. “Emergency services aircraft and commercial air traffic routinely operate safely and efficiently all over Australia. Sydney has already seen firefighting aircraft operate effectively around the flight paths over Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and royal National Park without being constrained by Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport—Australia’s busiest airport.” Australian and NZ teams working on the MRA MRA letter of intent...