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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 • Page 21 ALC calls on new government to commit to national freight/supply chain strategy THE EFFICIENCY and safety of Aus- tralia’s national supply chains should be the focus of the Coalition govern- ment to drive national productivity and deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community, according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC). Michael Kilgariff, the ALC managing director, has called on the Liberal/Na- tional Party coalition (returned to gov- ernment following the recent election) to focus on improving the efficiency and safety of Australia’s supply chains via a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. “This would incorporate the various, interlinked components of our national and international supply chains and was one of the high-level recommen- dations contained in Infrastructure Australia’s 15-Year Plan released earlier this year,” said Kilgariff. “It should be viewed as the next step of the economic reform agenda and in the same context as the white papers that have transformed many of Aus- tralia’s economically critical industries. “The need for such a long-term, visionary approach to national sup- ply chains is underscored by an ALC report that found the industry rep- resented 8.6 per cent of the national economy and that a one per cent increase in supply chain efficiency can deliver a A$2 billion benefit to Austral- ia’s economy. “The efficiency of Australia’s supply chains is critical to Australia’s future economic prospects, whether it be getting our exports to our ports, con- sumer goods to our supermarkets or delivering products to our doors. “The volume of freight going through our ports and airports will continue to grow, with Infrastructure Australia predicting a 165 per cent increase in containerised trade from 2011 to 2031. “ALC encourages the government to respond to the Infrastructure Aus- tralia 15-Year Plan within its first 30 days of government, and to provide the necessary resources to develop the proposed National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy,” he said. “We would like to see the pro- posed Strategy developed like a Productivity Commission White Paper and for industry to be closely involved in its development. “The Strategy would map nation- ally-significant supply chains and their access to supporting infra- structure, and recommend a series of reforms and investments to enable the more efficient movement of freight. “Such an approach would cover issues such as improved corridor pro- tection, rail freight, improving heavy vehicle safety through a focus on technology and progressing reforms to heavy vehicle pricing and invest- ment. “We cannot expect to achieve the economic and social dividend unless we have a comprehensive national plan that sets out a long-term frame- work for future investments and reforms,” said Kilgarriff. Air France - KLM open JKF cargo facility Air France – KLM Cargo has opened a new state-of-the-art cargo handling facility at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport. “This new facility was designed to accommodate handling all types of cargo, from specific attention cargo like pharmaceutical or live animals to express cargo requiring quick transit and general cargo,” said Andy Newbold, regional director for AFKLMP cargo The new facility offers split cool chain enclosures, 2-8°C with storage capability of 72 cubic metres, 15-25°C storage capability of 108 cubic metres; and 10 Active container charging points and a strong room for precious cargo. For the transportation of live animals the carriers opened a special facility called the Ark in October offering the highest levels of service and care for all types of live animals including boarding, kennels, quarantine, import, export and transportation. Additional services will include transportation in dedicated climate controlled vehicles from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities and other airport locations. Newbold says the Ark will set new global airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kennelling and quarantine services. A ‘roll-through’ option allows super-fast acceptance and processing of Unit Load Devices for all shipments. “Our efficiency will greatly improve due to 50 per cent more truck dock doors and ample space for 16.15 metre trailers to manoeuvre, dock and park on the landslide area of building 78,” Newbold said.