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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY, 2018 • Page 13 paying these charges and a lot of work is focused on what is seen as a massive and unrea- sonable cost to industry. • the debate on the impact of ‘modern slavery’ has taken on significant impact, with studies showing that much of the supply chain producing seafood in South East Asia is operating in conditions that could be described as mod- ern slavery. the textiles and footwear industries may also be guilty of similar offences. Even though the provisions only directly affect large companies, those companies will pass down the obligations and expectations to smaller parties who supply to them. • After a brief (three-day) ‘dalliance’ with the idea of re - joining the CPtPP, the trump administration now seems set on not joining that alliance and is pressing its nAFtA partners on renegotiation of that deal. nAFtA seems the most press- ing of issues, consistent with the promises made during the election campaign. Ultimately the sense is that we should continue to press our own interests and com- plete as many other deals as possible as the US looks to have vacated its leadership role and is continuing to follow an increasingly insular agenda. So, even though we cannot ignore US actions and its responses, we have little real ability to impact those actions and we should contin- ue to progress our own agen- da with trade partners from whom we can receive a higher level of certainty. In the US, in- terests are looking with some envy on proposals to develop FtAs with the EU and the UK. oh - and if pain persists, con- sult your friendly neighbour- hood trade lawyer as well as considering a ‘trade psychic hotline. Everest marathon is one way industry sponsors can help Heart Kids New Zealand raise more funds CoLIn Chapman, a director and major shareholder in new Zealand’s 360 Logistics Group, has a passion for adventure racing and has entered the highest marathon in the world - on Mount Everest. In addition to the challenge of the marathon itself, Chapman and 360 are using the event to raise funds for their chosen charity, Heart Kids new Zealand. Chapman and three friends will depart new Zealand on 14 May destined for Lukla Airport in nepal. From there, they face a 10-day trek to Everest Base Camp at 18,000ft before the marathon begins on 29 May. this date is sig- nificant as it commemorates the first ascent of Everest by Sherpa tenzing norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. “We are using the adventure to raise money for Heart Kids and have set ourselves a target of nZ$250,000. the Heart Kids char- ity was set up nearly 40 years ago to help the 12-13 new Zealand ba- bies (and their families) who are born every week with life-threat- ening heart complications tragi- cally, 3040 babies a year become heart angels. “We have come up with a unique way of fundraising and are seeking to sell 42 ‘wish flags’ for a mini- mum of nZ$3,500 each (after tax deductions, a net cost to compa- nies of nZ$2,520). the team will take 42 individual wish flags with them to Base Camp on Everest and will fly them on the eve of the marathon. “Each wish flag represents one kilometre of the marathon we’ll be competing in,” said Chapman. Readers can support Chapman and his team by purchasing one or more ‘wishes’ to be taken on this journey with their company logo printed on the flag along- side the child’s wish. After the wish flag returns from Everest, it will be framed along with a photo of it flying at Base Camp and sent to the sponsor. “Please visit www.runningever- estforheartkids.co.nz and click on the supporter’s page for to get an idea of the challenge as well as photos, training updates, details on the fundraising cam- paign and most importantly, to donate!” added Chapman. WCA appointed FREIGHtSnAP Asia Ltd. has inked a manufacturing and distribu- tion deal with independent freight forwarder network WCA for its products in Asia. An American system, FreightSnap designs and builds package and pallet dimension- ing solutions used by shippers, carriers, 3PLs and freight for- warders of all sizes.