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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER • Page 13 working wage to produce cheap- er goods for those in developed economies. The UK has specific legislation against modern slavery and Australia is considering the same even as Us border agen- cies seize goods believed to have been produced under adverse conditions in North Korea. There is also the reality that politics and perceived national interests influence the trade liberalisation debate. The impact of the Trump administration was immediate as the Us ditched the TPP, sought re-negotiation of NAFTA and is looking closely at overturning the relaxation of trade sanctions with Iran. The re-election of the Abe Government in Japan supports its liberalisation agenda although the result of the NZ election has clouded NZ’s previous aggressive trade agenda, especially taking into account the proposed re- strictions on foreign ownership of residential land in NZ. The antic- ipated completion of ‘TPP 11’ at the November APEC meeting may now be in doubt as NZ considers its position and completing ‘TPP 10’ without NZ at APEC seems an outcome beyond even the most agile negotiators. The position of the Australian Government has been to continue to press its own free trade agenda and try and strike new partner- ships in the absence of the Us and the uncertainties occasioned by Brexit. Along with existing nego- tiations, the new TPP opportunity and new negotiations with the Pacific Alliance, the Australian Government hopes to complete a deal with Indonesia by the end of November. The importance of the trade agenda has been reiterated by both sides of politics includ- ing a compelling presentation by assistant Trade minister Keith Pitt at the recent CBFCA national conference. Even so, the political parties seem to be diverging on how our trade agenda should be pursued with the ALP releasing de- tails of a new approach to review- ing the benefits and outcomes of our FTAs through review by the Productivity Commission before entry into force and then during the course of the FTAs. That ap- proach seems to have been well received, although it would be limited to direct, measured bene- fits and may not take into account indirect benefits which could not be measured such as the improve- ments to trading rules and im- provements to the supply chain. however, the ebb and flow of the public debate does not neces- sarily assist in the immediate need of exporters, importers and their service providers to secure a full understanding of the current FTA regime and to take advantage of the benefits provided by those FTAs. That process is of primary importance once the deals have been completed and there is al- ways room for improvement. To that effect I was involved in presentations to the CBFCA and its members on those deals as they were negotiated and completed. DFAT and Austrade also presented on these issues at the CBFCA state Conventions throughout 2017. Following on from that focus, the CBFCA was successful in an application for funding to Austrade to provide additional education training to those in the supply chain and their clients, sessions I will be delivering in November 2017. These will be conducted along with the usual member forums I conduct for CBFCA members but the FTA ed- ucation sessions will be open to all those in the supply chain and their clients and contacts. We are keen to reach to as many interested parties as possible so please apply through the CBFCA web site at http://www.cbfca.com.au/CBFCA/ Events/Event_list/CBFCA/Event_ List.aspx It’s a great opportunity to show clients and contacts how they can improve their business with your assistance. Of course - if pain persists, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Liege Airport to invest EUR20 million in added cargo facilities sTRONG growth of its freight clients has seen Liege Airport in Belgium invest EUR20 million in new warehouses and handling facilities. For more than 12 months, cargo activity at Liege Airport has been undergoing major structural growth. The companies on the site have opened new routes, integrated new aircraft and intensified their activities. since June, Air China Cargo, the largest Chinese cargo company, has been running a weekly flight between shanghai and Liege and it will increase its rotations in 2018. More- over, in early October, Air Bridge Cargo decided to es- tablish its main hub at Liege Airport. “First, the global cargo business is undergoing general growth driven by good economic perfor- mance in Europe, but also by the emergence of new niches driven by e-commerce,” said Luc Par- toune, chief executive of Liege Airport. “And the saturation of Amsterdam airport has changed the situation.” “In 2018 nearly 20,000 square metres of additional warehous- es and equipment are planned, representing an increase of 30 per cent of our cargo-handling capacity. The first hall of 6,000 sq metres will be available in January 2018 and the other warehouses will be operational by the end of 2018.