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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 • Page 17 Poultry export markets expand as Australia moves deeper into Asia IT is proving to be a good year for the Australian poultry sector. In January a large consignment of fresh Australian eggs was delivered to Taiwan. And now Thailand and Indonesia have given the thumbs up to import- ing a variety of poultry products from Australia. Agriculture minister (and deputy prime minister) Barnaby Joyce said the latest agreements extended what was already a growing trade in Asia. “Indonesia and Thailand have each agreed to health conditions that will allow Australian exporters to send a range of poultry products into these new markets. “These agreements allow for the ex- port of hatching eggs and live day-old chickens to Thailand, and live day-old chickens to Indonesia. “Trade in these products helps sup- port genetic improvement in overseas flocks, gives more choice to Australian exporters and offers new opportunities to grow their businesses.” Joyce pointed out that “Australian companies already export breeding poultry to many countries throughout Asia, and the Australian government has, since 2013, negotiated techni- cal access to 16 markets for these products. “In 2014 the trade was worth more than A$1 million, with Australia send- ing fertilised eggs and live fowls to countries including Malaysia, Myan- mar, Vietnam and the Philippines,” he said. The January delivery of 21,000 eggs to Taiwan followed approval by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, which worked closely with its Australian counterparts to facilitate a certifica- tion process. The eggs came from Sunny Queen, a major supplier to the domestic mar- ket which is also building substantial export markets. Joyce said he hoped “to see Taiwan become one of our key egg and egg product export markets, alongside Singapore and Hong Kong”. No, I’m not a chicken....Barnaby Joyce with Joyce the alpaca SITA digitise ground operations via AirsideApp AIR TRANSPORT IT company SITA has launched a mobile application for ground operations at airports. Called the AirsideApp, it works on phones and tablets and can also be used hands-free with wearable com- puting devices. Microsoft and SITA jointly developed AirsideApp to replace the current paper-based manual processes by integrating multiple airline, airport and ground handler systems used during ground operations. The app collects and shares information in real time and presents an interface on Windows 10 mobile devices and tablets for ground agents. In addition, notifications and status updates can be provided, allow- ing for hands-free updates on the go. “The AirsideApp opens the possi- bility of digitising additional ground processes from any location, on any mobile device,” said Dan ebbinghaus, senior vice president, Communications and Infrastructure, SITA . “It enables real-time monitoring of events and pro- cesses from teams and third parties. All activity recorded and collected by mobile users, such as fuelling, clean- ing, catering deliveries, gate openings and passenger check-in, are displayed for supervisors on a clear business intelligence dashboard. In addition, by enabling better information sharing and communication across mobile users, it improves collaboration across various groups to provide better real-time visi- bility of events and improve disruption management.