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Page 14 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC APRIL-MAY, 2018 Law change to secure Australia’s biosecurity risk info is tipped to boost effectiveness three ways AUStRALIA’s federal parliament has been working for the past year to make amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015 and make gathering crucial import information (after the goods are in country) easier, faster and potentially more accurate than is possible at present. the Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Meas- ures) Bill 2018 sponsor is David Littleproud, minister for Agricul- ture and Water Resources. Queens- lander Littleproud took over the portfolio from Barnaby Joyce. the principal act came into effect in 2016 and work on the amendment began not long after- wards as Australia moved to tighten biosecurity provisions further. the minister pointed out that “one of the key challenges we face in the effective management of bi- osecurity risk is collecting the nec- essary information we need about goods after they have entered the country. this can occur particularly when a good is imported, and later in time importation of that same good is suspended or prohibited based on an updated biosecurity risk assessment”. the bill aims to address this difficulty by providing informa- tion-gathering powers that allow for faster and more accurate iden- tification of ‘at risk’ goods. “these powers will enable the di- rector of biosecurity or the direc- tor of human biosecurity to issue a general requirement for persons in possession of goods that have been released from biosecurity control to provide information to the rel- evant director about those goods - su ch as their current location.” Having this information would then enable a ‘secure’ direction to be issued regarding the goods which could prevent their further movement and support targeted operational responses to control biosecurity risks. “When used with existing pow- ers in the Biosecurity Act , the new information-gathering powers con- tribute to a more robust biosecuri- ty system,” said Littleproud. “Further, this bill will allow for the gathering of information about goods imported into Australia that may have breached import condi- tions, so that the department can assess and if required, manage biosecurity risk.” the bill also enhances Australia’s ability to update alternative im- port conditions quickly and easily in response to changes in biosecu- rity risk. new regulations for importing fresh cut flowers and foliage, which came into effect 01 March, have been touted by the Depart- ment as a prime example of this. Importers now have to meet strengthened conditions to safely import fresh cut flowers and foli- age into the country. Goods are required to be pest-free before being exported from their country of origin. transitional arrangements have been in force for importers to give them time to adjust to the new conditions. Full details are availa- ble on the department’s web site. David Littleproud XPO launches voice-activated Echo, Home delivery tracking XPo Logistics, which claims to be the largest provider of last- mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in north America, has introduced delivery tracking using Amazon’s Echo and Goog- le Home speakers. XPo believes it is the first company of its type and size to offer consumers delivery track- ing updates (or to schedule and reschedule deliveries), using smart speakers. the voice-enabled technology will be available from May 2018. the innovation comes as XPo promises to open 85 more USA warehouses by year end, helping it deliver about 35,000 items a day. Alexa and Google Assistant will use voice commands from the customer to link to XPo’s internal logistics tracking and dispatching software. the new delivery time will be reflected on the delivery truck driver’s mobile app.