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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY 2017 • Page 17 The key to DAiLy NEWs in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US. NZ tightens rules on high- power lasers IN company with Australia and many other countries, NZ has been plagued by the misuse of high-pow- ered laser pointers. And as Australia has done in recent years NZ has been cracking down on both importing and illegal use. The latest move is gazetting the Custom Import Prohibition (High-power Laser Pointers) Order 2017, which restricts the importa- tion of high-power laser pointers to those people who have obtained au- thorisation from the Director-Gener- al of Health. The controls apply only to laser pointers with an output power great- er than 1 milliwatt (mW). NZ Customs has warned that any units which arrive at the border with- out the required consent are forfeit. The Ministry of Health www. health.govt.nz has details on line of how to apply for consent. Freight forwarders and Customs brokers should familiarise them- selves with this if they have clients likely to be interested in such im- ports. This matter is of particular im- portance to the air transport sector because of the number of times high-powered pointers have been shone at aircraft flight decks, often at particularly vulnerable times in a landing or take-off sequence. In- cidents have included night-time cargo flights. UPS expands its delivery options for wine, spirits UPS has expanded its alcohol beverage shipping service, which can now deliver to customers in nearly 60 countries as well as to retailers and distributors in China and Macau. The Asia Pacific region is particularly well represented in this spe- cialist cargo service. Coverage also includes Australia, NZ, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Viet- nam. UPS offers a variety of alcohol beverage shipping products. These and shipping advice are outlined in a handy guide available on line at www.ups.com. Wine and spirit shipment by air cargo is increasing steadily, espe- cially in the Asia Pacific region as more consumers become attuned to high-end wines and spirits. While lower and mid-range wines and spirits are likely to be moved mostly by sea because of the quan- tities and weight involved, smaller consignments – from single bottles to multiple pallets – carry sufficient margins for air cargo movement. Some mid-value wines are also handled because of time issues, the annual Beaujolais distribution being a high-profile example. As we have reported in recent years, a number of carriers includ- ing Cathay Pacific have developed containers and other products to support alcohol beverage freighting with consideration for fragility, temperature control and security. It’s a facet of our industry that is likely to grow steadily.