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ASM appoints Ray Beeks to board of directors

AGENCY Sector Management (ASM) has appointed Ray Beeks, operations manager of Concordia International Forwarding to its Board of Directors replacing Brian Drakeley who has retired. “It’s a privilege to be part of the team and I am excited to be associated with ASM who have been respected throughout the industry for many years,” said Beeks. “I am hoping to help play a part in ASM finding resolutions for the future challenges our industry faces.” Beeks said he is particularly interested in the problems and solutions to the current issues of Customs Declaration Service (CDS) and Brexit. “We are delighted to welcome Ray as a director and look forward to having his knowledge and expertise on the ASM team,” said Peter MacSwiney, ASM chairman. “A big thank you to Brian for all his work and insight as a director at ASM and we wish him a happy retirement.”

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Go West! Sydney’s cargo future

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estern Sydney International Airport will have the potential to handle 1.8 million freight tonnes a year in the 2060s, after entering memoranda of understanding with 12 major international cargo companies to collaborate on the design of the new freight precinct. Marise Payne, the Senator for Western Sydney, said that when the $2.7 billion airport opens in 2026 it will have capacity for around 220,000 tonnes of freight a year. Toll Group and dnata are the latest freight companies to sign MOUs with Western Sydney Airport. They join Australia Post (with Star-

Track), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap, who signed up in August last year. Payne said: “Expanding the capacity of the freight network through the delivery of a cutting-edge freight precinct will help connect consumers with more goods from across the globe.” Mathias Cormann, the Australian Finance Minister, said that partnering with leading international freight companies provides valuable insights into the optimal design of a freight precinct. “These partnerships help pave the way towards a genuinely world-class facility. Ongoing discussions with freight companies about potential operations will be focused on

maximising efficiencies delivered by the new airport,” Cormann said. Alan Tudge, the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, said Western Sydney International’s freight capacity would contribute significantly to the tens of thousands of jobs generated by the new airport. “Western Sydney International will provide an important freight hub in Sydney, with the advantage of 24 hour air operations meaning that perishable or time sensitive Australian products could leave Sydney at night and arrive in Asian markets in time for sale the following morning,” Tudge said. The airport, at Badgerys Creek, is expected to support almost 28,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2031.

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Rhenus buys logistics specialist LTK THE Rhenus Group has launched operations in the aeronautics market through its acquisition of Spanish logistics specialist, LTK. LTK, an integrated supply chain specialist, has a number of locations across Spain. With its headquarters in Madrid, LTK’s additional business sites can be found in Álava in the Basque region, Andalusia, Seville and Cádiz. The business, which was founded in 2002, has more than 26,000 sq m of warehouse

capacity available in the region. LTK specialises in providing logistics solutions for the aerospace and automotive sectors, with its customers including the Airbus Group and Alestis Aerospace. Andreas Plikat, managing director of Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Europe, said: “LTK’s warehouse sites will form the basis for the further expansion of Rhenus Warehousing Solutions in Spain.“

PML achieves BRC global standard PML, the global perishable cargo specialist, is celebrating an unannounced audit for its packing facility which has resulted in the company achieving a rating of AA+ under the new BRC Global Standard Issue 8 for Food Safety. The in-depth audit was carried out over two days and the updated BRC Global Standard for Food Safety takes into consideration new risks and revised legislation and practices intended to improve food safety. PML provides a packing service at its ideal-

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ly located Heathrow headquarters, designed to follow the important protocols associated with packing temperature sensitive goods. Commenting on the accreditation, sales director Nick Finbow says, “Customers like to access our in-house packing facility as it represents a route to streamlining the supply chain, reducing road miles and cutting CO2 emissions, allowing their goods to pass directly from our packhouse to a regional distribution centre.“

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ACW 17th February 2020  

ACW 17th February 2020