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GENEVA: November 16, 2016. IATA has launched an Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment tool to help defeat smugglers of endangered species.

UNITED for Wildlife 1The launch, announced at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi this week, follows an event in March this year when members of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce signed the Duke of Cambridge's Buckingham Palace Declaration.

The group, including airlines, logistics organizations, NGOs, U.N. and government agencies, have agreed to collaborate in a fight against the illegal trade in wildlife valued at up to US$20 billion a year - the fourth most lucrative global crime after drugs, humans and arms.

The IATA Assessment Tool will be piloted with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) at Maputo International Airport this month with a global launch planned for 2017. It is the latest development in the air transport industry's efforts to eradicate trafficking.

By using the tool airports will be able to assess their supply-chain security, intelligence and risk management, staff awareness, reporting processes, and the effectiveness of air cargo and passenger screening.

"The illegal trafficking of wildlife products, including many iconic and endangered species, is an issue which the aviation industry takes very seriously," said IATA's director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. "It will take a team effort to combat this deplorable trade. We are working in close partnership with USAID Routes, WCO, CITES and other organizations to make the world a much more difficult place for wildlife traffickers."

Read more on the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife at: http://www.freightweek.org/mag/issue11-15/files/4.html

Vladimir ZubkovMIAMI, FLORIDA: November 16, 2016. Vladimir Zubkov will replace Doug Brittin as TIACA's secretary-general at the end of this year. He will formally take over as secretary general in January, while Brittin remains in an advisory capacity during the handover.

A former vice president of the Volga-Dnepr Group, Zubkov has spent over 40 years working in the air transport industry, including director of ICAO's Air Transport Bureau and its Planning and Global Coordination committee.

Starting his career at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, he worked for Aeroflot for 10 years and since 2011 has been a member of the TIACA Board and is currently the chairman of the Industry Affairs Committee, member of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group, and IATA's Industry Affairs Committee.

Zubkov said he was "honored to be leading the only organization that represents all parts of the air cargo supply chain," and added: "Building on Doug's successes with the regulators and key international organizations, we will continue to work closely together with ICAO, IATA, the World Customs Organization, freight forwarder organizations, Airports Council International (ACI), and all other partners, to ensure that the new regulations are implemented in a uniform way across the industry."

TIACA has plans to extend its presence in areas where it is currently under-represented such as the Far and the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

"Vladimir's wealth of experience in both the private and regulatory sectors will prove invaluable to TIACA, whose mission is to bring the entire global air cargo community together," said TIACA chairman Sanjiv Edward.

LONDON/FRANKFURT: October 18, 2016. UK prime minister Theresa May has indicated her preference for a third runway at Heathrow although the green light is unlikely to be granted before 2018, according to reports.

The delay could be good news for the 100-strong Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) that is calling on the German government to ensure a complementary logistics infrastructure to support "the world's leading export nation".

LH FRABARIG said it reacted with "incomprehension" to a planned noise limit at Frankfurt by the Hessian Ministry of Economy and Transport which, if implemented, will lead to a "massive endangerment of the international competitiveness of Germany's largest air traffic hub – leading to long-term negative effects also on economic power, jobs and mobility in the Rhine-Main area and Germany as a whole".

The association has responded by saying air cargo has no future in Germany without a rapid improvement in infrastructure: "Further obstacles shall not be placed in the path of airlines. New bans on night fights, additional noise intermissions or noise ceilings imply obvious and more operational restrictions for airlines harm the business location Germany [sic]," declared BARIG secretary general Michael Hoppe.

Noting an increasing number of forwarders are trucking air cargo from Germany to the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Belgium, Hoppe said it is because the cost advantage is "so massive" and without action the trend will continue to grow at the expense of German exporters.

In an echo of UK aviation industry leaders lobbying for an expanded Heathrow, Hoppe concluded: "If we miss out on laying the fundament for a prosperous future today, Germany will continue to lose ground in international competition, thereby putting its important position in scheduled, charter and cargo fights at risk. This in return would have serious consequences for economy, jobs and consumers."

Meanwhile May has indicated that Boris Johnson and any other government minister opposed to a third runway at Heathrow is permitted to express his or her opposition "for a set period".

NEW YORK: October 12, 2016. A survey of its 250 corporate members by BSR, the sustainability business network, says Europeans have a more comprehensive approach in managing their supply chains compared to their peers in North America and "Others" worldwide.

Top of the priority list among all respondents regardless of region is implementing a supplier code of conduct – with 89 percent in Europe, 84 percent in North America and 78 percent for the rest of the planet. Apparently the least important imperative among BSR members is setting sustainability goals for suppliers at 40/31/37 percent respectively.

The same criterion measured by industry sector suggests food, agriculture, technology, manufacturing and media consider a supplier code of conduct the most important and again, sustainability goal-setting the least relevant to their business.

BSR surveyThe energy and extractives, healthcare, financial services and logistics sectors are lumped together under the ubiquitous "Other" and also rate a supplier code of conduct the most important and setting supplier goals the least.

According to Laura Gitman, BSR vice president and former Deloitte consultant, 49 percent of the companies questioned say sustainability is among their CEO's top five priorities, an increase of 35 percent since 2015.

This year's survey sees human rights and climate change as the two most important priorities among respondents followed by workers' rights and sustainable consumption.

However a survey by the Pew Research Center published at the same time as the second U.S. Presidential debate, concludes that only 15 percent of Trump supporters care about climate change while 49 percent don't – perhaps reflecting Trump's belief that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. This contrasts with 56 percent of Clinton supporters who "care a great deal" about the climate issue and 34 percent who "care some".

Hurricane Matthew, estimated by Goldman Sachs to have cost the U.S. economy US$10 billion, also closed the port of Savannah, America's fourth largest container port, for several days – an inconvenient truth for logistics companies during the run-up to North America's peak retail season.

"Despite great progress, we may have reached a plateau," declared Gitman in reference to the latest BSR survey: "The global agreements on climate change and sustainable development reached in 2015 provide a new direction for global ambition—and it is time for companies to be bolder in their corporate commitments, actions, collaborations, and leadership," she added.

While Clinton, with the recent support of Al Gore, has published a modest sustainability plan, Trump has declared a different leadership approach: more fossil fuel production, a closing down of the EPA, tax breaks for oil companies, and revocation of the just-ratified Paris Climate Agreement.

LONDON: August 18, 2016. The UK Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) says 6,000 immigrants massing at the Port of Calais trying to get into Britain is a "substantial problem" for fresh food imports from Europe according to Federation CEO Chris Sturman.

Chris Sturman CEO FSDF"This issue is not going away any time soon. With the threat of the end of the Le Touquet agreement and migrants looking at other opportunities to enter the UK, there is a lot of uncertainty and the industry has to adapt alongside the increasingly risky, dangerous and desperate attempts by the migrants to get onboard their vehicles," Sturman (left) declared.

The Le Touquet agreement allows Britain to place border controls at Calais rather than at Dover. Last month French and British leaders agreed to continue the arrangement for the time being, despite Brexit.

Sturman said the situation is forcing transport companies to find alternative routes to cross the Channel: "We've had members who have made the decision to stop receiving any goods through Calais – a decision they have made because of the disruption caused when vehicles arrive at their inland distribution and packing centres, and illegal immigrants are found in the backs of the vehicles."

With some migrants sitting on the food, the shipment is then rejected by the consignee to avoid contaminating the UK food chain.

"It is an ongoing process which we cannot see an end to at this point, and FSDF is working with the Home Office, UK Border Force, Food Standards Agency, Fresh Produce Consortium and other industry bodies to find solutions and avoid further UK food supply chain disruption."

Sturman added his members were very grateful for the UK Border Force efforts to find a solution to the problem and noted the UK Vehicle Accreditation Scheme would require all drivers to "hit that high standard" to be effective. He said collaboration between shippers, receivers and operators would be a key factor to help achieve this result.

LONDON: October 12, 2016. News that the value of Sterling fell to a record 168-year low against a basket of other currencies this week, follows an announcement by four heads of leading UK industry associations that adopting World Trade Organization (WTO) rules in a post-EU environment "would do serious and lasting damage to the UK economy".

In an open letter to the British government, Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI); Terry Scuoler, CEO of The Manufacturer's Association (EEF); Chris Southworth, secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce UK (ICC); and Julian David, CEO of technology association techUK said they respected the public vote to leave the EU, but not if it causes living standards to decline.

Carolyn Fairbairn CBI"The way in which we leave the EU and on what terms is of critical importance to jobs and investment in the UK," they said.

The four leaders, representing a significant majority of British employers, said Theresa May's government must deliver "a barrier free access to the EU's Single Market, which is vital to the health of the UK economy, especially to our manufacturing and service sectors".

They also called for maintaining uninterrupted market access for the country's financial services sector, saying it was critical to growth and job creation among small, medium and large British, and international businesses.

If Britain left the EU without any preferential trade arrangement and defaulted to standard WTO rules, 90 percent of UK merchandize trade with the EU would be subject to new tariffs, the group said. This would result in a 20 percent increase in costs for the UK's food and beverage industry and 10 percent rise for car manufacturers.

"Every credible study that has been conducted has shown that this WTO option would do serious and lasting damage to the UK economy and those of our trading partners. The government should give certainty to business by immediately ruling this option out under any circumstances," the industry leaders added.

Noting the government's announcement of triggering Article 50 to leave the EU by 2019, they claim negotiations will not be completed within the expected two-year time frame: "Many areas of regulation now up for discussion are highly complicated; whether in financial services, data protection regimes or the interconnection of energy supplies," declared Fairbairn (above) together with her peers.

"The government should therefore secure agreement of a transitional period, to ensure that businesses can continue to operate with no 'cliff edge' change to current circumstances until regulatory and legal changes can be implemented," they continued.

Responding to media reports that some UK government ministers are indifferent to the advice of trade experts, the group said it was vital "that the on-the-ground expertise of British and international business is used to increase confidence that these complex decisions are taken on the basis of fact and a genuine understanding of the economic implications".

The open letter follows a 19 percent drop in the value of Sterling against the US Dollar and a recent KPMG study that concluded many UK firms are now considering relocating operations or headquarters away from Britain as a result of the Brexit vote.

WASHINGTON, DC: June 23, 2016. A method to calculate the carbon footprint of the complete logistics supply chain has been released by the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC).

Greenhouse protocolGLEC was established in 2014 as a partnership between leading businesses, associations and logistics industry experts. Members include DB Schenker, Deutsche Post DHL, Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne+Nagel, Maersk, SNCF, BNSF, TNT, CLECAT, IATA, TIACA, the European Shippers Council, UK FTA and the Global Shippers Forum.

“For the first time, emissions can be calculated consistently at a global level covering road, rail, inland waterways, sea, air and transhipment centers,” said Sophie Punte, executive director of Smart Freight Centre, a global non-profit organization that leads the GLEC.

The GLEC ‘Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies 1.0’ is available here. Promotion events to raise awareness are scheduled for Singapore on September 07 and in Brussels on November 15 2016. 

“[The] new emissions framework will help HP calculate our GHG footprint consistently across our global supply chain while improving reporting processes and business decisions,” noted Mike Passon, senior director for HP Global Logistics Procurement & Partner Management.

Roger Libby, head of Corporate Public Policy at Deutsche Post DHL added the GLEC Framework is an essential tool in its progress toward improving carbon efficiency 30 percent by 2020 from a 2007 baseline.

ALEXANDRIA, VA: September 14, 2016. The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) says cold storage capacity has risen 8.6 percent since 2014 to reach a total of 600 million cubic meters this year, with much of it from new construction in emerging markets.

During the last two years the GCCA says approximately 11 million cubic meters of additional reefer capacity has been added to the market from South Korea, Peru, Mauritius, Ecuador and Kenya.

Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and CEO said: "We have been watching the shift in capacity as a product of middle class growth in emerging markets like China and India even as consolidation occurs in other developed markets."

LH Perishables FRAVictoria Salin, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, noted construction also occurred in markets that previously had little cold storage capacity including Uzbekistan and Turkey.

"Having tracked the trends in refrigerated warehousing for several years, we are now able to establish that large-format supermarket retailing is a leading indicator of warehousing in nearly all countries (India is the exception)," Salin commented. "In countries where the rate of supermarket expansion exceeded 25 percent per year, the refrigerated warehouse market penetration per capita grew by 20 percent or better."

GCCA represents more than 1,300 companies in 75 countries by who provide temperature-controlled supply chain services to the global food industry. Over 40 percent of its members are outside North America.

Meanwhile in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Cargo and its 4,600 sq.mt. cool chain center (right) have been certified an IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in pharma logistics.

"In achieving IATA CEIV pharma certification across its global network, Lufthansa Cargo joins an elite group of six airlines whose customers can have even more confidence that their pharmaceuticals will be delivered in impeccable condition," said Glyn Hughes, IATA global head of Cargo. "IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals."

The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center includes four cold-storage rooms kept at different temperatures as well as a deep-freeze room. "Pharmaceutical shipments are extremely challenging and demand maximum reliability from airlines. Adhering to the required temperature is crucial to ensure medication can be used as planned following shipping," said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo head of Product and Sales.

MIAMI: April 21, 2016. The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has called on Customs authorities to bring together rights holders, service providers and regulators to combat a growing trade in counterfeiting estimated by the International Chamber of Commerce at over US$1.7 trillion in 2011.

The move follows a decision this month by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) to create a new membership category for intermediaries to join the organization's 250 members in over 40 countries.

IACC report"The problem of counterfeiting is too pervasive and complex for any single company or industry to combat on its own. By bringing intermediaries to the fold, we are offering our current membership a new way to work with them directly on this issue while coordinating a collective effort to developing solutions to global counterfeiting and piracy," said Bob Barchiesi, IACC president.

Last year the IACC cited an Associated Press report that Chinese banks "were a haven for web counterfeits". More information: http://www.iacc.org/media/chinese-banks-a-haven-for-web-counterfeits

In announcing the Alibaba Group had become its first Intermediary member, the IACC said the new category would be available to companies "not directly or substantially impacted by counterfeiting, but whose industry position or policies make them a potential partner with the IACC in its mission to combat counterfeiting and piracy".

As intermediaries, TIACA said the air cargo industry plays a vital role in the investigation and interdiction of counterfeit shipments and as such should be part of a three-pronged approach with rights holders and Customs authorities to fighting the trade.

Doug Brittin, TIACA secretary general commented: "Each party needs to acknowledge its role and limitations. Air cargo industry members are not law enforcement agencies, and our role is necessarily limited by this reality.

"Any potential liability for air cargo industry members should be limited to instances where air cargo operators have actual knowledge of receiving or handling IPR infringing goods and have failed to take action based on that knowledge," he added.

LONDON: September 12, 2016. In its first forecast since the Brexit referendum, the 52-strong British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) expects the UK economy will shrink £43.8 billion by 2018.

The BCC has downgraded UK GDP growth from 2.2 percent to 1.8 percent in 2016; from 2.3 percent to 1.0 percent in 2017; and from 2.4 percent to 1.8 percent in 2018.

The organization, whose members employ five million workers throughout the UK, said the Conservative government's inability to explain a post-Brexit strategy, its plans for implementation and a timeframe, is the reason for the country's weakest growth forecast since 2009.

Heathrow T2 constructionUK business investment is expected to fall by 2.2 percent in 2016 and a further 3.4 percent next year. This compares to a pre-referendum growth forecast of 4.5 percent in 2016 and a further 7.4 percent in 2017 and 2018.

Despite the fall in the benchmark value of Sterling against the U.S. Dollar, UK export growth will halve from 4.8 percent to 2.3 percent this year and grow 3.0 percent next year and 4.0 percent in 2018. As a result there will be a slowdown in employment growth as "uncertainty weighs on recruitment intentions," according to the BCC.

Adam Marshall, BCC acting director general said: "Aside from a clear timetable for negotiations with the EU, ministers must act to support business investment and confidence. They should start with the long list of business-boosting infrastructure projects that have been put on hold for far too long - including a firm decision on a new airport runway, new nuclear investment, and road and rail schemes.

"We also need to see policies to encourage business investment, such as revisions to our outdated business rates system, which penalizes companies for investment in plant and machinery, and hits firms before they have even turned over a penny," he added.

Marshall's comments follow Brexit advocate and current UK government trade minister Liam Fox's description of British businesses as "fat and lazy".

Meanwhile the UK's GMB labor union has called on the government to make a quick decision on constructing Heathrow's third runway saying: "An estimated 370,000 tonnes of UK steel will be used to expand [it], nearly 10 percent of the total steel produced in the UK for domestic use in 2015." (Pictured: Heathrow Terminal 2 steel construction).

With Tata Steel reporting a loss of £370 million on the sale of its UK long products business to Greybull Capital, the GMB said a decision to go-ahead with Heathrow would secure the jobs of 700 steel industry workers between 2021 and 2026.

OEGSTGEEST, Netherlands: April 07, 2016. Bolloré Logistics, with a presence in 102 countries, is to certify all its offices with the Transported Asset Protection Association's (TAPA) Facility Security Requirements.

Christian Teillet, corporate director of Quality, Health, Safety & Environment at Bolloré said: "TAPA certification is more and more required by our customers during tender activities. We see clients paying more and more attention to their subcontractors in the security chain of their goods.

TAPA banner 2016"The main benefits of TAPA's security standards are they require you to have in place robust processes to continuously ensure a secure environment and they give confidence to our clients in our ability to manage their goods in a secure way," he added.

Six months after it launched an awareness campaign, TAPA said 463 logistics facilities and trucking operations have achieved certification to its security standards in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region – a rise of 14 percent.

The companies include Alha-Air Lines Handling, Aramex, Bos Logistics, CEVA Logistics, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DPDgroup, DSV, Flextronics, Gebrüder Weiss, Georgi Transporte, Ingram Micro, LOG-IN, Nightline Group, Nippon Express, Panalpina, DB Schenker, TNT Express, UPS, Van der Valk Transport, Verhoeven International Transport and VVT Europa.

Thorsten Neumann, TAPA EMEA chairman Thorsten Neumann commented: "This is a very positive start but it is only the beginning. The major global logistics service providers operate hundreds of locations each and we hope they will continue to grow their TAPA certification programmes at a faster rate.

Neumann added that virtually all products moving in supply chains are now at risk of theft. Last year TAPA EMEA recorded 1,515 new cargo crimes, a five-year high, in 29 countries including 70 crimes involving losses in excess of €100,000. The association said a study carried out by the European Parliament suggested cargo crime costs businesses €8.2 billion a year. http://www.tapaemea.org/

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