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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY 2017 Emirates launches new perishables suite EMIRATES SkyFresh - a suite of services that help maintain the freshness of perishables and fresh con- sumables during transportation, has been launched by Emirates SkyCargo. SkyFresh brings together the carrier’s state-of-the- art infrastructure at its hub in Dubai, with a range of innovative cool chain systems including its new Venti- lated Cool Dolly. SkyFresh features three levels - Emirates SkyFresh, Emirates SkyFresh Breathe and Emirates SkyFresh Ac- tive - offering varied levels of cool chain protection for different kinds of perishables. The basic solution, SkyFresh, is geared towards temperature-tolerant fruits and vegetables and will of- fer quick ramp transportation and thermal protection through the carrier’s White Cover blanket. SkyFresh Breathe provides protection for temperature sensitive perishables such as fresh cut flowers, ready-to-sell cut fruits and vegetables and fresh fish. Unique features will include prioritised ground handling as well as the use of the Ventilated Cool Dolly. SkyFresh Active will offer the highest protection for perishables that cannot withstand any temperature deviation using specialised temperature controlled containers during transportation. The SkyFresh Ventilated Cool Dolly is the airline’s latest cool chain protection product and helps preserve the freshness of perishables that require constant circulation of fresh cool air. It not only maintains a constant temper- ature while transporting cargo, but also has a ventilation system that allows it to bring in fresh air from outside. The fresh air is then cleaned using custom-built filters, cooled and then circulated inside the refrigerated interi- or where the temperature-sensitive perishable cargo is stored. The Dolly features aluminium and PU insulated panels, can carry a weight of up to 16 tonnes and can fit a variety of belly hold/ lower deckULDs, including pallets, in its interior. In 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported nearly 400,000 tonnes of perishables across its global network. This included products as diverse as salmon from Nor- way, strawberries from California, flowers from Ecuador, meat from Australia, mangoes from the Indian subconti- nent and wine and cheese from France. Since 2015 the carrier has carried more than 20,000 tonnes of perishables from the US to the rest of the world. Some of the most important exports from the United States include cherries from Seattle, lobsters from Boston, fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and av- ocadoes and asparagus from California, meat from Texas and fruits such as oranges from Florida. Similarly, the carrier helps Australian food exporters bring a range of Australian products from meat to cheese to the Middle East and other parts of the world. Over 4000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables are uplifted from India every month and brought to the Middle East and beyond on Emirates SkyCargo. Freighters bring fresh cut flowers from Nairobi in Kenya and Quito in Ecuador to Amsterdam. QF terminal service fees updated, new US charge QANTAS Freight introduced a new schedule of international terminal service fees on April 24, en- compassing both consignments hauled on QF flights and those for carriage on airlines handled by Qantas Freight. For the most part the fees and charges listed are simply an update of earlier arrangements. However, the schedule also features an additional piece-level security fee for US-bound cargo which will come into force on July 1. This is for mandatory piece-level screening in accordance with TSA, OTS and other regulators or as specified by the carrier. Other fees and charges in the schedule include those for export storage, export documents, export livestock acceptance, export terminal handling and security, import storage for general and specialised cargo, international terminal fee, an industry fee for the preparation of an export air waybill, and an import handling charge. These are subject to variation with a minimum of seven days’ notice. General practice is to keep them steady until the next overall schedule is published although as always fees are vulnerable to external decisions by governments, airports and non-Qantas carri- ers.