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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC 2017- JANUARY 2018 New cargo timeliness facility added to ICS THE AUSTRALIAN Border Force has added a cargo timeliness report to the Integrated Cargo System in a bid to ensure data is keyed in accurately within the legislated timeframes limit. Customs notice 2017/28 says that voluntary compliance with the legislated requirements for cargo reporting “remains a key area of focus”. Reports lodged outside the timeframes “limit the ABF’s ability to undertake effective risk assessment and can lead to delays in clearance”. Mandatory reporting time- frames are specified under sec- tion 64AB of the Customs Act 1901 and sections 15 and 21 of the Customs Regulation 2015. Air cargo reports must be lodged at least two hours prior to the estimated time of arrival of the aircraft specified in the im- pending arrival report. The new timeliness report within ICS provides a facility for cargo reporters to monitor their individ- ual reporting performance includ- ing incidences of late reported cargo. It includes both summary and detailed information for late reported cargo reports and an industry average benchmark for comparison. ABP says it will enable cargo re- porters to compare their perfor- mance with the industry average. “This will also assist cargo report- ers to improve business practices and to monitor trends relating to the lodgement of cargo reports in accordance with legislated time- frames.” It can be run for any time period and provides filtering options to assist with analysis. The report is available, via the reports menu, to any reporter with access to the ICS. ABF points out the introduction of the new report facility does not change existing legislated require- ments for cargo reporting. -KK Researchers target airport pavements AUSTRALIA’s University of the Sunshine Coast has launched a collaborative five-year research program to advance airport pavement technologies and practices across the country. The A$2.85 million program is a partnership with the Australian Airports Association (AAA), De- partment of Defence, Perth Air- port and Sunshine Coast Council and Airport. Further airports are likely to join. Program director, USC re- searcher and airport pavement engineer doctor Greg White said: “This is the first national- ly-funded, co-ordinated research program into airport pavements since Australia’s major airports were privatised in the 1990s, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for USC to innovate in collaboration with industry and Defence. “There are plans for the con- struction of five new runways across Australia in the next decade including one on the Sunshine Coast so it’s a great time to undertake this research and support its implementation at major airport developments.” Frankfurt cargo throughput in November up nearly 5pc GERMANY’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) cargo throughput (air- freight + airmail) increased by 4.9 per cent year-on-year in November to 200,827 tonnes. Accumulated maximum take- off weights (MTOWs) also climbed - by 12.7 - per cent to about 2.5 million tonnes. Aircraft movements rose by 16.6 per cent to 39,124 takeoffs and landings. Taking into account the num- ber of strike-related flight can- cellations in November 2016, aircraft movements in the re- porting month saw an underlying increase of 8.2 per cent. In November 2017, the air- port served more than five million passengers, achieving an increase of 21.1 per cent year- on-year. However, November 2016 was characterised by a large number of strike-related flight cancellations. Adjusting for the strikes’ effect in 2016, it still recorded noticeable passenger growth of 11.8 per cent, attribut- able to the significant expansion of flights for the winter schedule 2017/18.