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Page 4 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JUNE, 2019 Australia-Singapore MRA will ease red tape for trade between the two – more to follow THE AUSTRALIA-Singapore mutual recognition arrange- ment (MRA) on authorised economic operator (AEO) came into effect May 15. Under the MRA, secure trade partnership (STP) companies certified by Singapore Customs as having robust security practic- es and lower risks can now avail themselves of facilitated Cus- toms clearance for goods export- ed to Australia. Likewise, Australian companies certified by the Australian Bor- der Force under the Australian trusted trader (ATT) program will enjoy similar facilitation for goods exported to Singapore. Singapore Customs has ad- vised STP-Plus and STP compa- nies importing from or exporting to ATT companies to obtain the relevant AEO code and declare it in the TradeNet declaration. STP-Plus and STP companies should provide their STP code to business partners in Austral- ia. Those partners need not be ATT-accredited companies. Singapore Customs’ direc- tor-general Ho Chee Pong met with an ABF delegation led by the commissioner, Michael Outram, prior to the MRA coming into effect. The two sides had what was described as ‘an insightful dis- cussion on trade digitisation strategies and plans to leverage technology and automation to streamline trade processes’. Singapore Customs shared updates on the Networked Trade Platform and how it enables a seamless and secure flow of goods and services by connect- ing parties along the trade value chain. Also covered in discussions were ways to enhance bilateral and regional customs coopera- ABF and Singapore Customs get-together. tion as well as views on strength- ening trade security, facilitation and enforcement. TIACA launches sustainability program working group - with an annual award THE INTERNATIONAL Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has estab- lished a new working group to define and deliver a Sustaina- bility Program for the air cargo industry. One of the highlights of the project is launching a yearly Air Cargo Sustainability Award, starting at TIACA’s Executive Summit (ES) later this year. The main objective of the competition and the TIACA Air Cargo Sustainability Award is to generate ideas and appreciate and stimulate sustainability initi- atives in the air cargo sector. The winner will be announced in November 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. The recognition will be on a global level and will be a first for the industry. To accomplish that, TIACA will work with members, partners and industry representatives to establish a common vision on sustainability. “Sustainable development means being able to meet the business needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to find solu- tions to their own commercial challenges,” said Steven Polmans, incoming chairman of TIACA and director Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport Company.