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 HAFFA Annual Spring Dinner Party 2017  

Chairman of the Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Limited (HAFFA), Mr. Cliff Sullivan, called upon members to unify, take advantage of the industry’s inheritance, and pragmatically build a bright future together as the Association embarks upon its sixth decade as a crucial industry voice. 

Speaking at the annual HAFFA Spring Dinner, held on February 9 at the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC), Mr. Sullivan thanked the HAFFA Members, Board and Secretariat, government and industry partners for their support during what he noted had been a challenging and busy year for both the air and sea freight sectors. 

The evening was attended by a number of distinguished guests including guest of honour, Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-Leung, and guest speaker, the Honourable Frankie Yick Chi-Ming, Legislative Council Member for Transport.  

In his address, Mr. Sullivan noted that, despite the encouraging increase in air freight in 2016, the industry as whole faced a multitude of challenges, with the cargo fuel surcharge and security and safety issues topping the SAR’s cargo business agenda. 

In what was a particularly active year for HAFFA, the Association tackled a wide range of issues affecting the industry, and was vociferous on behalf of its members in a number of key areas. The Association organised several joint seminars, particularly on the subject of numerous changes to the shipment of lithium batteries, after which, together with the Carrier Liaison Group, it published a set of Lithium Batteries Best Practice guidelines. 

HAFFA fully supported the Airport Authority Hong Kong’s (AAHK) drive for an end-to-end solution in response to the rising regional demand for temperature controlled air cargo and transshipment, and was an active participant on the AAHK Task Force. 

Amongst a multitude of operational issues which HAFFA worked hard to resolve on behalf of its members during 2016 were the reduction in passenger flights due to the introduction of the new Air Traffic Management System, challenges brought about by the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, and matters relating to the carriage of lithium ion batteries.  

In the sea freight sector, factors such as the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirements, which came into effect in July and for which HAFFA established three sets of Best Practice guidelines to assist its members, and the receivership of Hanjin Shipping, marked a year in which both the importance of unity within the industry and the crucial role of the Association were highlighted. 

As well as championing its members’ interests at home, HAFFA also plays an important role in representing their views at international level, and Mr. Sullivan noted extensive work relating to IATA’s Annual Financial Review, and the major strides made by the new joint IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program.

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