Impact Publications : AirCargo-261
AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • SEPT, 2019 • Page 27 uberchat... Snow, ice and a whole lot of shaking going on THERE’s nothing even remotely funny about meth and it’s a great pity when this and other evil substances are trans- ported by air cargo. Fortunately, at least some attempts are thwarted by the Australian Border Force and its coun- terparts elsewhere. But one of the ABF’s recent swoops was mildly amusing, given meth is available in powdered form and is common- ly known as ‘Ice’. They discovered liquid meth concealed in a consign- ment of snow globes, sent by air cargo from Canada. (Why anyone would send ‘legitimate’ snow globes to Australia is mystifying in itself - and indeed, we were amazed they were still in production.) Now, where in the world? ONE ‘plus point’ for Australia is that it’s so darned large that nobody (well, almost nobody) leaves it off the map. Not so our neighbour to the east (the country Australi- ans will be grizzling about come the Rugby World Cup in Japan), which quite often is omitted. That’s bad enough, but now Atlas Air has, on its impres- sive on-line map of freighter stations, shown AKL sited in Australia. It’s in good company. Atlas also placed PPT in Australia. Anyone want a freighter? AIR Chathams is just about to launch scheduled passen- ger/cargo services to Norfolk Island from Auckland. It’ll be using the veteran but super-dependable CV580. The car- rier already has a track record of freighter and passenger charters to the ‘Australian’ (cue swear words in Norfolk dialect from some locals) outpost. Meantime, Air Chathams has been trying to rid itself of a CV580 hull stripped of essentials. It has had a long run, flying earlier with Air Freight NZ and in Canada where it was converted long ago after starting life back in 1953 with United Airlines. The idea was that a buyer would haul it away to use as a tiny house, food truck or whatever. This proved easier said than done, despite lots of interest and media attention. PVl code helps importers avoid duty interest NZ Customs www.customs.govt .nz has sent reminders to companies using the provisional values scheme to include the code PVL in the information field (also known as the OINF field) when lodging provisional import declarations. “Customs can only treat your final Customs value as a provisional value if you indicate so on your import declaration. The PVL code can be included on the whole import declaration, or on specific lines within an import declaration,” says the agency. “If you forget to enter the PVL code, then you cannot include those import declarations or lines in your final value calculations. You may also be subject to compensatory interest when you amend the value on your import dec- larations, or when Customs identifies a shortfall.” The provi- sional values scheme allows some importers to use a provisional value in their import declaration when they cannot determine the final Customs value of their imported goods at the time of importation or know that the customs value is likely to change after importation. By the end of the importer’s next financial year, all provisional values are finalised by providing one confirmed value for the previous financial year. The provisional values scheme is for imports only, not exports. The benefit of using provisional values is that if the final value is more than the total provi- sional values, then the importer is not charged compensatory interest on the additional duty owed.