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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • MAR-APR, 2019 • Page 15 to influence the outcomes. In those circumstances, the best that parties can do is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Such preparations could include the following: • Remain alert to developments, including steps taken by governments to address the issue for their importers and exporters. Some examples are as follows: • The Australian Government has entered into agree- ments with the UK Government designed to ‘protect’ existing trade. One agreement replicates the existing EU-Australia Wine Agreement so that the UK Government will accept Australian labelling standards, certification procedures and winemaking practices. • A second agreement is the new ‘Australia - Britain Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assess- ment’ that provides that a drug, car or medical device can be certified against British Standards before leaving Australia for export to Britain and vice versa. That allows pre-shipment testing and approval. New Zealand report- edly has a similar agreement. • In the UK on 4 February 2019, the HMRC issued a letter to companies registered for VAT in the UK announcing ‘Transitional Simplified Procedures’ (TSP). The TSP will allow those companies to move goods into the UK from the EU with deferral of full documentation and payment of duty until the following month. • Map out which goods being exported to the UK rely on EU standards or approvals as they may now require an entirely new approval regime. It will be important to en- sure that whenever those border issues are resolved that compliance takes place as soon as possible. • Carefully review material and advice being provided by Governments. For example, NZ has appointed a rep- resentative in the UK to deal with Brexit. Further, the UK, New Zealand and Australian Governments already pro- vide significant guidance on their web sites. • Move more goods now into the UK for stockpiling - although storage space in the UK is becoming more limited. • Review agreements - would Brexit constitute a ‘Force Majeure’ to terminate or renegotiate existing agree- ments? • Get good advice - in Australia, in the UK and the EU as to developments and what can be done to preserve the legal position and to facilitate trade. I am already work- ing with a variety of colleagues overseas to assist where possible. Remain calm There is no question that the current impasse is not an ideal situation. The international supply chain relies on certainty and predictability and the move towards Brexit appears chaotic. Hopefully, some form of accommoda- tion is achieved quickly even if that denies us some of the entertainment value of the UK Parliament. Oman Air inks deal with AVS GSA in Malaysia OMAN Air Commercial Cargo division has ap- pointed AVS GSA (ECS Group) in Malaysia to assist its growth in south east Asian markets. The new partnership will assist Oman Air to further strengthen its position, with two daily flights departing from Kuala Lumpur operated by A330 and B787 aircraft. The main routes to be marketed under the agreement are the Middle East for oil, gas and perishables and Europe for electronics, with an expected 7,000 tons of goods to be carried annually. Mohammed Al Musafir, senior vice president - Commercial Cargo, Oman Air said: “The expan- sion in the volume of business from Malaysia since the beginning of Jan 2019, when AVS GSA was appointed gsa for Oman Air Commercial Car- go, prompted us to award the Sales and Services agency to them.” The ECS Group has been representing the Oman Air cargo business in Indonesia and Singa- pore for many years. As a result, AVS GSA – which recently became a subsidiary of ECS Group – is positioning itself as a major player in the GSSA sector in Malaysia. Changi results show only small changes SINGAPORE Changi Airport reports it handled 5.63 million passenger movements in March 2019, a 1.4 per cent year-on-year increase. Aircraft movements were stable at 32,400 landings and takeoffs, while airfreight throughput dipped 1.5 per cent to 185,000 tonnes for the month. In March, while growth was observed for most regions, Southeast Asia traffic dipped two per cent. This was offset by North Asia traffic which increased five per cent, boosted by growth for China and Japan. For the first quarter of the year, Changi Airport registered 16.4 million passenger movements, four per cent higher than the same period last year. Aircraft movements were stable at 95,000, while airfreight movements registered a 3.8 per cent decline for the quarter, totalling 493,000 tonnes. Due to a slowdown in global trade flows, all cargo flows – exports, imports and trans-shipments – have weakened.