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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 • Page 23 event EXPRESSTM Do you really want a native Event App but think that your deadline is too tight? We’ll have it ready in for you. 10 days www.eventapps.com.au Find out more at... invisage your satchel in your hand branded for your event network with social timelines attendee profiles instant messaging developed and supported in australia engage with beacon and geofence messaging Schiphol cargo checks faster A NEW on-line Compliance Checker, developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Main- port Program, is speeding cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills. Developed as part of the European Green Fast Lanes Project, the system automatically inspects the content and format of a shipment’s data. Current trials on the truck lane from Frankfurt (Germany) to Amsterdam and beyond on air cargo shipments from Schiphol have been successful. The system, developed by Cargonaut, checks air waybill data and sends automatic alerts when information is not correct. This prevents delays caused by sending non-compliant cargo to Customs. RF NSW to ask for new port tax to be delayed A SECOND stevedore port tax im- posed on carriers using Austral- ia’s Sydney terminal is yet another blow to hard-working trucking operators, says Road Freight NSW (RF NSW) – and it will lobby gov- ernment to delay it. Patrick has announced that from 10 July, a levy of A$25.45 per container will be imposed for transport movements at the Port Botany terminals. The company claims increases in rent, land tax and council rates are a “cost bur- den” on operations which it “can no longer absorb”. Carriers will be invoiced through the 1-Stop Vehicle Booking System with 30- day terms. This latest price hike follows DP World Australia’s “infrastructure surcharge” of A$21.16 per con- tainer, which was introduced in April. RF NSW general manager Simon O’Hara described Patrick’s new levy as blatant cost-shifting. “When DP World Australia im- posed its tax back in April, RF NSW was extremely concerned that it was only a matter of time before other stevedores got in on the act. Unfortunately, our warnings have come true,” he said. “Patrick blames rising termi- nal costs for this new unilateral charge, but surely they can look at improving their own operational efficiencies, rather than cynically shifting costs on to carriers? “We believe the tax will prob- ably be used to offset the costs of ongoing privatisation of the terminals. “There is little doubt this addi- tional tax will hit many smaller, family-owned trucking companies that already suffer as a result of the DP World Australia levy and other cost pressures, like rate changes to the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD). “Patrick even acknowledges this in its letter announcing the levy, saying it ‘recognises these charges may impact our transport and logistic customers’ working capital requirements’. “When the DP World Austral- ia tax was introduced, some of our members reported that they stood to lose up to A$150,000 per year. We dread to think what this latest charge is going to do to their operating margins.” O’Hara said RF NSW had sought a meeting with Patrick and will be calling on the NSW government to stop the new tax being imposed until consultation is undertaken with industry.