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Page 20 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • FEB - MARCH 2017 Ground infrastructure still a weakness for African air cargo. Meeting hears calls for additional investment Lychees held a deadly secret THE RED coffee borer might have a mellifluous name, but it is a serious pest that does not confine itself to coffee shrubs. It has the potential to devastate crops and has already done so in parts of Asia. Australia has in the past been in jeopardy of becoming a host to this dangerous little creature. Fortunately, the vigilant team at the new Mickleham post entry quarantine centre discovered the borer inside a batch of 300 lychee plants from Taiwan. A team of horticulturalists and Panellists at Air Cargo Africa, photo STAT Trade Times AN ‘INTERACTIVE dialogue’ at the recent Air Cargo Africa 2017 con- ference and trade fair in Ekurhu- leni, South Africa was clear in its findings: The continent’s air cargo infrastructure is in good heart with strong potential for growth, but being hindered by ground infra- structure limitations. With a young and expanding population, Africa is well placed for e-commerce customers as well as an educated and motivated future workforce. Mobile ownership is very high and technology adopted enthu- siastically, making Africans more than ready for e-commerce. But while Africans are ready, said one panellist, Africa itself isn’t despite the evolution of air cargo. Weaknesses in road transport, logistics, governance, credit card penetration and local regulations are proving obstacles to opening up the potential of e-commerce and its associated air cargo growth. Panelists and audience also agreed that security was affecting ‘final mile’ couriers who, without an adequate payment struc- ture, were forced to carry large amounts of cash, which put them in a vulnerable position. The dialogue discussed ways to drive advocacy and collabora- tion to shape policies addressing challenges on the ground. It also called for investment in ground infrastructure. Air Cargo Africa was organised by the Mumbai-based STAT Media Group. plant pathologists who inspect- ed the new arrivals at the PEQ became suspicious when they noticed significant borer holes and infestation on the stems and leaves. Live mites and fungi were also found on the lychee plants. After forwarding specimens to the Department’s entomology team, the pest was identified as red coffee borer. The voracious beast from Asia feeds on a range of plants includ- ing grapes, citrus, apple, coffee, avocado, walnut and cotton. If it had entered the country, the consequences for Australian agriculture – and to the freight sector - could have been devas- tating. The importer was given the option of destroying the plants or exporting them immediately; all the plants were destroyed. Dangerous borer found at PEQ centre Ceva extends Mercedes Benz contract - plus GLOBAL supply chain manage- ment company Ceva Logistics, has consolidated its partnership with Mercedes-Benz in Brazil by renew- ing its existing business partnership and the awarding of additional contracts. Under the renewed contract, in-house logistics services at the customer’s plant in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, will be maintained and renewed for an additional three years. This operation encompasses materials handling, line feeding and external warehousing. In addition, two new agreements have been reached with Mercedes Benz which will ex- tend elements of the contract for three and five years respectively.