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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DECEmbEr - JANuAry 2016 HKG pair host Chinese imports issues seminar THE HONG Kong Shippers Council and the u-Freight Group (uFL) recently hosted a seminar to examine the logistics, Customs and fiscal issues associated with the huge demand from mainland Chinese consumers for imported goods bought via overseas online shopping or overseas agents. Keynote speaker Joey Cheung, assistant general man- ager of uFL Hong Kong shared his experience about the practical operational issues with delegates at the ‘Cross-border E-Commerce Import business in China: Logistics Solutions’ seminar. Cheung said: “The regulations for e-commerce inbound into China are new and could be the cause of some confu- sion. “u-Freight already has a system that can connect e-com- merce / e-shop platforms with China Customs / CIQ that delivers data transparency, which is a requirement of the Chinese authorities.” Delegates learned that in order to protect consumer in- terests, strengthen monitoring of product safety and safe- guard national tax receipts, the Chinese government is im- plementing relevant inspection and quarantine mechanisms aimed at strengthening market regulation and standardising procedures. It has set up cross-border e-commerce import service pilots in several mainland cities. meanwhile, free trade zones and qualified cities can also conduct cross-bor- der e-commerce import business. “According to estimates from the China E-Commerce research Center (CECrC), the number of people carry- ing out overseas online shopping in China will rise from 18 million in 2014 to 35.6 million in 2018, while the value of overseas online shopping transactions will jump from CNy150 billion to CNy1,000 billion. “In light of the rapid development of cross-border b2C e-commerce in China, many cross-border e-commerce im- port services platforms are proactively looking for foreign goods suppliers, agents and brand owners in order to meet the demand from mainland consumers for new brands and new products,” said Cheung. “u-Freight has accumulated years of experience co-op- erating with foreign traders. We are knowledgeable about foreign products and also have a good understanding of the demand from mainland consumers. We want to work with Hong Kong traders, importers and agents to bring foreign goods to the mainland market,” added Cheung. Drug criminals assessing best transport modes EVEN the most ardent supporter of air cargo as a mode ac- cepts there are horses for courses: Sometimes sea, road or rail or an inter-modal cocktail is best. but while most shippers think of legitimate consignments, the dark world of drugs has also been weighing up the options. The Australian border Force recently jumped a criminal syndi- cate with links in China and Australia after surveillance showed experiments with a variety of Australian border entry points, us- ing air and sea cargo to assess which delivered the best results. AbF seized two consignments of the prohibited precursor drug ephedrine, one of approximately 25kg and the other 15kg. Several people were arrested, two of them from the People’s republic of China. An illegal immigrant from Indonesia also was picked up in the raids and will be deported. Aloha Air Cargo goes very pink LOTS of airlines get involved in health promotions, especially in support of issues such as breast cancer, where early identifica- tion can be a lifesaver. However, few get into it with as much gusto as Hawaii’s Aloha Air Cargo, which supported a breast cancer initiative by going pink in a big way. Several tractors, forklifts and other equipment went pink, arousing a lot of airport interest and media coverage through- out the island state as well as on the uS mainland. Pink symbols also appeared on some of the aircraft fleet while staff wore pink apparel and added pink prominently to office décor. Aloha Air Cargo recently bid aloha ‘oe (farewell) to its origi- nal 737-200C, Ho’omaka’ana Hou which has gone into storage in Arizona.