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Page 4 • aircargo asia-Pacific • APRIL-MAY 2016 TIACA moves on IPR problems with paper calling on Customs authorities to take action THE INTERNATIONAL Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has condemned the growing problem of goods that infringe Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and has called for Customs authorities to bring together rights holders, service providers and regulators for a working dialogue in a new ‘position paper’. Goods that infringe IPR account for a growing proportion of inter- national trade, estimated at over US$250 billion by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). TIACA’s position paper ex- plains that the air cargo industry plays a vital role in the interdic- tion of counterfeit shipments and in investigations of illicit trade and that as intermediaries, the industry’s role is distinct from that of other parties. The air cargo industry should be recognised as one piece in a three- pronged approach to combating goods that infringe IPR, working along- side rights holders and Customs authorities. “The industry’s co-operation with law enforcement agencies contrib- utes to the increase in seizures by government agencies,” said Doug Brittin, secretary general, TIACA. “However, each party needs to acknowledge its role and limitations. Air cargo industry members are not law enforcement agencies, and our role is necessarily limited by this reality. “Any potential liability for air cargo industry members should be limited to instances where air cargo operators have actual knowledge of receiving or handling IPR-infringing goods and have failed to take action based on that knowledge.” NZ talks up JEV move with China Continued from previous page... Recently Roman Quaedvlieg, commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF), hosted a visit to Canberra by his Indonesian counterpart Heru Pambudi and a delegation of senior officials. They signed a Trusted Trader statement of in- tent covering mutual technical assistance, capacity building and exchange of information on the coun- tries’ respective authorised economic operator programs. “This important step strengthens our fundamen- tal partnership with Indonesia,” said Quaedvlieg. “We are working closely with Indonesia to stream- line trade and enhance supply chain security.” The Indonesian delegation also made some front line investigations including at Sydney Air- port and the National Operations Training Centre. ABF and NZ Customs teams have also been visiting each other while working towards a mu- tual recognition agreement (MRA) on the Secure Exports Scheme and Trusted Trader. “Potential MRA partners must observe each other’s validation processes to ensure compatibil- ity between programs,” said NZ’s chief Customs officer Leonie Hale. “It is important that Customs agencies have confidence in the security process- es of a potential MRA partner – reciprocal on-site visits are a key step to formal recognition. “Each agency also compares each other’s relevant documents – our security control and risk document records all security information supplied by an SES applicant and the Australian Trusted Trader equivalent is their self-assessment questionnaire.” Meanwhile, NZ is launching a joint electronic verification (JEV) scheme with China to streamline and accelerate Customs clearance procedures. “Exporters will need to enter their unique certificate of origin reference number on their electronic export documents, which will then be matched to the electronic data shared between the two agencies,” explained NZ Customs minister Nicky Wagner. “Moving to an electronic verification system will make goods trade between our countries even easier, while significantly reducing the risk of NZ goods being held up at the Chinese border because of minor technical issues.” The first scheme of its kind involving China and another country, the JEV is expected to come into effect later this year. NZ pipfruit industry in biosecurity move NZ’s pipfruit sector has welcomed a government initiative to ensure it and other stakeholders have a greater role in biosecurity management. As we report from time to time, outbreaks of pests in Australasia jeopard- ise export sales of horticulture and other produce, some of it transported by air cargo. A joint government/industry agreement on readiness and response is expected to further enhance what is already seen as an effective system by improving collaboration. Pipfruit NZ ceo Alan Pollard said grow- ers were making it a priority to counter risks from fruit flies, the brown mar- morated stink bug and other dangerous intruders. The fruit fly operational agreement provides a template for industry/govern- ment partnerships.