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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC ‘16 - JANUARY 2017 • Page 23 uberchat... Dates, venue confirmed for Air Freight Logistics Vietnam The VieTnAm Logistics Business Association (VLA), the civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (cAAV) and the Vietnam Logistics media will hold the 3rd, Air Freight Logistics Vietnam 2017 conference and exhibition at Pullman Saigon hotel on 15-16 April 2017. ‘Voluntary disclosures’ have to be what it says on the tin - Department The DePARTmenT of immigration and Border Protection says that while it encourages voluntary disclosure of errors in customs documentation as part of its policy of enhancing compliance, it is important that shippers and the cargo sector understand that there are both limitations and responsibili- ties. in a recent advisory the department explained that “volun- tary disclosure must disclose fully, truthfully and of your own accord, the details of the relevant import or export declara- tion/s and the nature of the error/s. if the disclosure results in additional duty and taxes, the outstanding amount must be paid. “if you make a voluntary dis- closure, you are protected from offences in sections 243T and 243U of the customs Act 1901 that relate to false or misleading statements.” however, it notes that “an error notice is not taken to be voluntary if given after an officer exercises a power under a customs-related law to verify the information in the state- ment (such as a 214AD notice); an infringement notice for an offence against sections 243T or 243U is issued in relation to the statement; or proceedings have commenced against an offence within sections 243T or 243U in relation to the statement”. An error notice can be made by amending a declaration in the ICS or through a written declaration to an ABF officer outlining the nature of the errors and the relevant decla- rations. Depending upon the nature of the error, omission or adjustment, a company might also be asked to provide additional information to assist in the processing of a volun- tary disclosure. customs brokers have particular obligations: “if a holder of the broker’s licence becomes aware that information that has been provided to the department by or on behalf of a client of the broker is false, misleading or incomplete, the broker must, as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the error or omission provide written particulars of the incident.” more information on voluntary disclosures is available on- line at www.border.gov.au/voluntarydisclosures Doggone! It’s all the rage moVe over cute kitty pics, the trending interest in animal news is lost dogs – especially those lost when being carried as air cargo. And especially where the carrier turns to social media to discover where the heck its missing charge has gone. Latest in quite a long list of escapees from the logistics chain is a cute bitch (as in lady dog) by the name of mika. heading with her owners to houston from mexico city, she got away when interjet ground handlers accidentally dropped her cage. Both interjet (a major carrier, with a 70-strong fleet and growing) and the owners – who flew back to mexico city to help with the search – turned to social media as well as posting reward flyers in the area around the airport. A happy ending: mika was found by another dog lover, well cared for and returned to her ‘parents’. Big ups to mika too for not closing down airport opera- tions while ground staff pursued her, unlike at least three of her predecessor escapees. Dlophins freed in Solomons AiR cargo has its dark side, such as in the haulage of arms and endangered species. now, just as memories are fading of those murky freighter flights from Honiara carrying captured dolphins to a life of servitude in amusement parks and private pools of the mega-rich, it’s all blown up again. But at least this time the national and provincial govern- ments of the Solomon islands are not showing the hesi- tation to act that was evident last time around, prompting allegations of corruption. A veterinarian has been arrested and charged with oper- ating a captive breeding facility for dolphins on mbungana island, central Province. The vet reckons he was doing nothing illegal and that the Fisheries ministry knew what he was up to. meanwhile, thankfully, the dolphins have been freed. A notable cargo drop WheRe’s the money? in the hold of a Western global Air- lines mD11 freighter, delivering new banknotes to nZ from a production plant in ottawa. The mD11 sat at Auckland international while Tasman cargo Airlines’ distinctively-hued B752 freighter shuttled the banknotes to the Reserve Bank in Wellington. Wellington Airport’s short runway is not suit- able for a heavy freighter. All done under very, very tight security, of course. enquiries were not welcomed.