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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC ‘16 - JANUARY 2017 comment Kelvin King writes. WFS’ Batten to join industry’s Cargo IQ Board WoRLDWiDe Flight Services (WFS) will be represented by interim chief executive europe John Batten on the Board of cargo iQ. Batten, who has 35 years’ experience in the air cargo industry, was previously an observer to the cargo iQ Board of 12 airline and forwarder representatives. Cargo iQ is a not-for-profit membership group sup- ported by the international Air Transport Association (iATA) with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the world-wide air cargo industry. “cargo iQ has a vital role to play in con- tinuing to drive improvements in the industry,” said Batten. “it is an exciting time to be joining the Board as we take next steps towards the launch of our Smart Data project, and new audit and certification scheme and I am looking for- ward to working with the team for the roll out of these important developments.” Batten began his career in air cargo with TnT, where he was managing director – global network and Air cargo Sales for more than 25 years. he also was senior vice president cargo for Qatar Airways, before moving to Swissport as executive vice president, cargo. more than 80 cargo iQ members worldwide, including airlines, forwarders, ground handlers, iT companies and airports collaborate to measure and improve the value of airfreight. The group collects over 130 million lines of data a year on its members’ shipments for 11 milestones from airport-to-airport and five more from door-to-door. The group’s Smart Data project will allow members to generate customised reports to compare their perfor- mance with the industry. Cargo iQ already offers customised certification for members on shipment control, quality management, and compliance to its standards. This year will see the launch of its new audit and certification scheme. John Batten Uncertainty, yes, but the trade also has lots to be optimistic about When we look back on 2016 we might see it in terms of something epic such as the so-called munich Agreement, when politicians sought to convince their constituents a World War II flashpoint had been avoided. Death and destruction on an unprecedented scale followed. That’s not going to happen in 2017, but we are definitely entering a period of who knows what length when things will be extremely uncertain. That’s not great for trade and what’s not great for trade impacts the cargo sector, especially air freight which is more susceptible to trends and changes than its marine counterpart. Just take a look at recent on line coverage on the impact of rail services between china and europe. Basically, things changed fundamentally in 2016. Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the US president were headliners but behind these lurked much more significant shifts: A fast-spreading distrust of the political, business and social ‘elites’; an even more virulent distrust of the mainstream media and of the big-name polls; a growing feeling that there are credible alternatives to long-estab- lished governance norms from the local to the Un; and the insidious cancerous tunnelling of fake news into the public consciousness. however one views the US election, the American people had their say under the electoral structure the USA has espoused for genera- tions. There is a new president, one who claims not to believe in inter- national free trade and plumps publicly for near-isolationist policies. That these may morph into something more realistic is starting to show up as his cabinet nominees begin the confirmation process, They are describing things a tad differently to the boss and the boss isn’t contradicting, other than the occasional late-night Tweet. While the TPP may be dead, trade relationships with the US are still showing signs of life. Those who hope to revive TPP should perhaps pause and ponder whether it’s a good idea to take on the baggage of US-dictated provisos, some of them unrelated to trade, that generated so much public opprobrium, ill-informed as that was. Better surely a series of new Australia/nZ agreements with the eU and the UK (both looking achievable) and others, plus a strengthen- ing of agreements with china, progress on indian links and a more enthusiastic look towards South America. And possibly a fresh deal with the US. While political pontificating and obfuscation will continue as it has done since the days of the Roman empire we will need in 2017 to be on our guard against the fake news which tainted the US presidential election and which seems to be creeping into the mainstream media. Whether this be driven by bloggers, lobbyists, foreign govern- ments, imbedded moles or the once-trusted media groups it is something we need to root out like noxious weeds.