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Threat to ban lithium batteries

IATA dangerous goods labelGENEVA: August 15, 2016. IATA is demanding governments apply fines and prison sentences to "rogue" shippers and intermediaries who flout safety regulations in the carriage of lithium batteries.

In an open letter to government and civil aviation leaders in the world's largest manufacturing and export countries, IATA has joined a chorus that includes the US Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), the European Advanced Rechargeable and Lithium Battery Association (RECHARGE), the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), in a call to enforce safety regulations at the point of origin that would include the original shipper and battery manufacturer.

The letter also calls for the implementation of cooperative enforcement initiatives between jurisdictions to address situations where lithium batteries manufactured in one state are driven over a border to be flown from another state.

"Safety is aviation's top priority. Airlines, shippers and manufacturers have worked hard to establish rules that ensure lithium batteries can be carried safely. But the rules are only effective if they are enforced and backed-up by significant penalties," said Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO. "Government authorities must step up and take responsibility for regulating rogue producers and exporters. And flagrant abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations, which place aircraft and passenger safety at risk, must be criminalized," he added.

IATA said the lack of enforcement is increasing pressure on airlines and regulators to unilaterally ban all forms of lithium battery shipments from aircraft. It noted this would add to the cost of global supply chains and consumer goods, and encourage those who flout the law to increase the mis-labeling of batteries, further increasing safety and security risks.


IAG Cargo adds freighter capacity

LONDON: August 18, 2016. This month IAG Cargo will begin twice weekly A300 freighter services linking Madrid with Amsterdam and a weekly operation between Frankfurt and London Luton via Paris.

The Madrid – Amsterdam service that began on August 18 replaces a current truck operation and is designed to augment LATAM services from Amsterdam to South America.

"This European capacity expansion comes as a direct result of customer demand and complements upgrades made to the Milan and Oporto services at the beginning of 2016," said Camilo Garcia, IAG Cargo head of Sales. "The new Madrid – Amsterdam service in particular will enable highly efficient access to and from the growing Latin American pharmaceutical market, while the new Paris, Frankfurt, London 'triangle' enables us to offer important capacity in two key European markets," he declared.

The company said the Madrid-Amsterdam service will operate on Thursday and Saturday and the flight linking Paris with Luton every Wednesday.


APL launches Oman joint venture

SINGAPORE: August 15, 2016. APL Logistics and Arab Global Logistics have set up APL Logistics Oman, a joint venture to develop Oman as a regional logistics hub for local and international customers in the Middle-East and East Africa.

The new Muscat-based joint venture company will focus on APL Logistics' expertise in the Automotive, Consumer, Industrials and Retail sectors and provide inbound and production logistics, finished vehicle logistics, multimodal transportation, consolidation, order management, Customs brokerage and packaging.

Joerg Granzow, APL Logistics regional leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: "We are excited about the compelling growth prospects in Oman and the Middle East, with rising consumption and rapid diversification of economic activities. We chose Oman for its strategic location within the region, well-established infrastructure and highly capable workforce."


Cargojet 767Cargojet turns profitable

MISSISSAUGA, ON: August 15, 2016. Overnight express carrier Cargojet has reported a 20.8 percent increase in revenue to Can$156.2 million for the first half of 2016 (H1) and a net profit of Can$8.2 million from a loss of Can$14.4 million for the same period last year.

Revenue for the second quarter (Q2) ending June 30, 2016 rose 5.5 percent to Can$79.3 million and resulted in a net profit of Can$.3.8 million compared to a loss of Can$6.1 million in Q2 2015.

In June Cargojet began an ACMI contract with Air Canada to operate two flights per week between Canada and Mexico, and one flight per week between Canada and Colombia and Peru with a B767-300 freighter – of which it has eight. The following month the airline was able to cancel a Can$20 million of letter of credit to Canada Post under the terms of its Master Services Agreement, after successfully meeting specified performance critieria.

"Our record financial and operating results for the quarter reflect our fleet optimization efforts and the elimination of one-time transition costs as we successfully completed the transformation to our new overnight network." said Ajay Virmani, president and CEO. "While organic growth remains flat, we are encouraged by the improvements in yields and continued prudent management of our operating costs including ongoing capacity management," he added.


 

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