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Page 16 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • August-September, 2018 Trusted Trader scheme has 200- plus members and ‘going great’ FIVE further exclusive trade facil- itation benefits were announced at the 2018 Australian Trusted Trader Symposium at which par- ticipants heard the ATT scheme was ‘going from good to great’. It was the third such symposi- um, held in Melbourne. Angus Taylor, the then federal minister for law enforcement and cyber security, addressed the symposium dinner along with the ABF’s commissioner, Michael Outram. They presented 45 ATT globes to businesses accredited in the past 12 months. “More than 200 business and service providers have now been accredited as trusted traders, rep- resenting A$55 billion of Austral- ia’s two-way trade value,” Taylor told the diners. “The benefits implemented dur- ing 2017-18 are collectively worth almost A$350 million to trusted traders, a tenfold increase on the previous financial year.” Two weeks later Taylor resigned as minister to support Peter Dutton in his bid for party leader- ship and the pm’s job. Tay- lor was later appointed minister of En- ergy by pm Scott Morrison, who characterised him as the ‘minister for reducing electricity prices’. The scheme remains open for trader accreditation – information and application procedures are on www.abf.gov.au/trustedtrader The application process has recently been simplified and streamlined; it can take as little as four hours. The five new exclusive facilita- tion benefits for trusted traders announced at the symposium are: Duty deferral, ATT origin advance ruling, implementation of the MRA with the Republic of Korea, trader identification numbers, and ‘an even lighter touch at the border’. Trusted traders participated in an interactive session during the symposium to learn how to best access these new benefits and discussed potential future bene- fits and operation of the program. The new features complement existing program benefits which include a dedicated ABF account manager, access to MRAs, stream- lined access to the temporary skilled shortage visa, streamlined access to the APEC Business Travel Card, consolidated cargo clearance and fee-free monthly reporting. U-Freight sees AOG logistics services ‘soar’ HONG Kong-based freight for- warder and logistics company, U-Freight reports its aim to ex- pand its presence in the global aviation and aerospace supply chain management market is beginning to take shape. Most recently, it has been working on a worldwide basis with Soar LP, a company pro- viding services for emergency repairs for large aircraft on ground (AOG) events, as well as scheduled airframe repairs. Among these projects is the crating and shipping of full size mobile aircraft hangars to various locations, with recent activity primarily in Asia. The hangars, which are used to protect an aircraft in situ whilst under repair, are based globally and have been used most recently in Indonesia, The Netherlands, The Philippines and Portugal. The hangars are able to hold an aircraft as large as a B747 to protect it from the elements. The hangars are moved in a disassembled state in up to six 40 ft high-cube con- tainers, depending upon size and mission. The company is also respon- sible for moving the tooling required for each of these projects from the USA to the different project locations and also for returning them to the USA for refurbishment.