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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER • Page 23 Key statistics in brief Air cargo traffic: World-wide airport cargo increased 4 per cent in 2016 to 110 million tonnes, with mixed levels of growth across all six regions. hong Kong (hKG) and Memphis (MEM) take the first and second ranks respec- tively for the busiest air cargo airports with 4.6 and 4.3 million tonnes in 2016. Airports in the Asia-Pacific region han- dled the largest amount of air cargo during 2016: - Asia-Pacific (43.4 million tonnes, up 5.4 per cent over 2015) - North America (30.8 million tonnes, up 2.4 per cent over 2015) - europe (20.1 million tonnes, up 5 per cent over 2015) - Middle east (8.8 million tonnes, up 2.7 per cent over 2015) - Latin America-Caribbean (5.1 million tonnes, up 0.9 per cent over 2015) - Africa (2.1 million tonnes, up 1.3 per cent over 2015). the world’s fastest-growing airports handling over 250,000 tonnes of air cargo during 2016 are: 1) Moscow (sVo) (256 thousand tonnes, up 28.8 per cent over 2015) 2) Doha (DoH) (1.76 million tonnes, up 20.8 per cent over 2015) 3) Hanoi (HAN) (566 thousand tonnes, up 18.2 per cent over 2015). the world’s busiest airports in interna- tional freight traffic are: 1) Hong Kong (HKg) (4.52 million tonnes, up 3.2 per cent over 2015) 2) incheon (iCN) (2.60 million tonnes, up 4.5 per cent over 2015) 3) Dubai (DXB) (2.59 million tonnes, up 3.4 per cent over 2015). the world’s busiest airports in domes- tic freight traffic are: 1) Memphis (MeM) (3.80 million tonnes, down 6.1 per cent over 2015) 2) Louisville (sDf) (1.91 million tonnes, up 3.3 per cent over 2015) 3) Beijing (PeK) (1.14 million tonnes, down 1.2 per cent over 2015). AUsTRALIA’s Road Freight NsW (RFNsW) has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ac- knowledgment that infrastructure taxes imposed by DP World and Patrick “raise a number of issues for the port supply chain”, leaving transport carriers with higher operating charges and the inability to switch to other stevedores. Releasing its 2016-17 Container stevedore Monitoring Report, the ACCC said the taxes “could earn DP World and Patrick a com- bined A$70 million in revenues, which would be equivalent to a five to six per cent increase in unit revenues.” According to the report: “It is concerning that truck and rail op- erators face these higher charges but are limited in their ability to take their business elsewhere.” The stevedores announced the new taxes earlier this year with- out consulting RFNsW. The stevedores justified the charges by claiming increases in rent, land tax and rates saying they were a “cost burden” they could not absorb and that the new sur- charges would be used to fund new infrastructure. But the ACCC report noted: “however, overall unit costs for both stevedores remain stable. The ACCC will be interested to see whether these infrastructure charg- es are used to improve landside facilities beyond business as usual levels.” After reviewing the report, RFNsW general manager, simon O’hara, said he welcomed the ACCC’s acknowledgment that the port taxes were an issue for hard-working transport carriers. “We are pleased that the ACCC has listened to concerns raised by RFNsW about the effect port taxes are having on our RFNsW members,” said O’hara. “It’s encouraging that the ACCC has acknowledged the taxes are an issue for the port supply chain and that it will fully examine the impact of the charges in its 2017-18 stevedore report.” Simon O’Hara ACCC to examine added DP World, Patrick taxes E-W airfreight rates back at 2016 September level AFTER remaining flat through August, east-west airfreight rates have shown their highest average rate since January at Us$2.68 for september, according to Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price Index. This is ‘within a penny’ of where they were a year ago. Drewry research analyst shakin Praveen said the firm also ex- pects airfreight rates to increase further in November.