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Bali Cargo news – Another pair of scalps for the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday with the news that Ulrich Ogiermann and Robert Van de Weg, two executives from Luxembourg carrier Cargolux Airlines International S.A., have received jail terms of thirteen months each for their parts in the air freight cartel activities which have scandalised the industry, after personal indictments against them to which they entered guilty pleas.

Cargolux, from the Grand Duchy and the largest European all cargo airline, has been quick to accept responsibility for its actions, pleading guilty in May 2009 and agreeing a fine of $119 million for its role in conspiring with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and coordinating surcharges, including security and fuel surcharges, charged to customers located in the United States and elsewhere for air cargo shipments.

According to the indictment, Ogiermann, a ‘special advisor’ to the Company and a former president and CEO, participated in the conspiracy from at least as early as October 2001 until at least February 2006, and Van de Weg, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cargolux, participated in the conspiracy from at least as early December 2003 until at least February 2006. Under their plea agreements, Ogiermann and Van de Weg have also each agreed to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and to cooperate with the department’s ongoing investigation.

Including Ogiermann and Van de Weg, a total of 22 airlines and 21 executives have been charged in the Justice Department’s continuing enquiries into price fixing in the air transportation industry. To date, more than $1.8 billion in criminal fines have been imposed and four executives have been sentenced to serve prison time. The two men were charged with price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum fine of $1 million and up to 10 years in prison. The maximum fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine.

Unlike many of those found guilty of the charges against them Cargolux has been open about the actions it took at the time. The company has stressed that neither man was accused of making any personal gains from their actions and, while expressing its regret for the executives personally, the company views their decision to plead guilty as a way to finally bring this matter to a controlled close both for them and the company. A search of our archives (type key words like cartel or anti trust in the News Search Box) will reveal the extent to which the freight and logistics sector walks a fine line between cooperation and collusion and this situation extends throughout the entire industry from freight forwarders to ocean container fleets.

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British Airways World Cargo launches commercial operations of the world’s most advanced freighter at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The British Consulate-General will be present at a special event at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday marking British Airways World Cargo’s first ever commercial operations on US soil of their newly acquired Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft.

Mayor Kasim Reed, will join British Airways staff and customers, together with airport officials in celebrating this occasion, in conjunction with the formal launch of the British Airways World Cargo North America  HQ, recently relocated from New York to Atlanta.

The British Airways World Cargo announcement is a further demonstration of the continuing investment by British business in Georgia and the importance of Atlanta as the logistical hub of the Southeast. There are approximately 500 British companies located throughout Georgia providing around 30,000 jobs. The UK is also a major export destination for Georgia and other South East states and the newly launched British Airways World Cargo B747-8F freighter service will bolster this important trade route as well as trade with many other important global markets.

“I am delighted to see the UK’s flagship carrier expanding their North American Cargo activities from their new Atlanta HQ.  British Airways is a world leading air services provider, and their cargo services are known for the high quality service they provide in the air and on the ground.  Mayor Reed visited British Airway’s cargo facilities at Heathrow last year to view their state of the art logistics and handling operations” said British Consul General Annabelle Malins.

Head of UK Trade and Investment in Atlanta, Rebecca Mowat, said “The new freighter is most impressive and its arrival in Atlanta is a fitting way to mark the opening of British Airways World Cargo headquarters in Atlanta – one of several new British business investments in Georgia this year.  My highly experienced team here in Atlanta are in strong demand to support UK and US companies with international business growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

KOMPAS.com – Direktur DHL Express, Rocky J Pesik menyebutkan, dari sisi volume pengiriman cargo melalui udara memang terbilang sangat kecil, yakni kurang dari 1 persen. Namun, nilainya mencapai 40 persen dari perdagangan dunia.

Hal ini disampaikan oleh Rocky dalam forum Indonesia Logistics Summit 2011 , di Jakarta, Kamis ( 10/11/2011 ). “(Sebesar) 99 persen volume cargo bergerak melalui laut karena transportasi cost (biaya) paling murah, jauh lebih murah dari cargo darat,” ujar Rocky sebagai alasan dari mengapa pengiriman cargo melalui laut lebih dominan ketimbang udara dan darat.

Namun demikian, dengan hanya mempunyai pangsa satu persen, pengiriman cargo lewat udara terus tumbuh. Menurut Rocky, volume pengiriman cargo lewat udara bertumbuh 20 persen pada tahun 2010 . Sementara untuk tahun 2011 ini, ia menyebutkan volume bisa tumbuh minimal 10 persen. Itu termasuk perhitungan kondisi krisis global.

Sementara itu, berdasarkan regional, terang dia, pertumbuhan trafik cargo udara intra ASEAN mencapai 22,5 persen pada Januari-November 2010 dari periode yang sama tahun sebelumnya.

Pengiriman cargo lewat udara inilah yang dimanfaatkan oleh industri pengiriman ekspres. Ini karena, terang dia, ada segmentasi barang yang dikirim lewat udara dan laut. “Karakter barangnya beda, value (nilainya) beda,” sebut dia. Misalkan, saja kalau komoditi beras tentu akan melalui cargo lewat laut, sedangkan barang berteknologi tinggi biasanya akan melakukan pengiriman lewat udara. Ini karena barang teknologi dinilai  lebih berharga.

Oleh karena itu, sebut Rocky, industri layanan pengiriman ekspres memiliki karakter cepat, handal, aman, hingga mempunyai jaringan yang luas. Dengan ciri ini industri pengiriman ekspres menggunakan 70 persen dari total pengiriman cargo udara. “Jadi industri pengiriman ekspres ini penting di dunia perdagangan,” sebut dia.

Ini ditandai dengan besaran industri pengiriman ekspress di dunia mencapai 175 miliar dollar AS per tahun 2008 , dengan memperkerjakan sebanyak 1,4 juta karyawan. Pelanggan industri ini didominasi oleh sektor pelanggan di bidang teknologi tinggi dengan persentase 29 persen dari keseluruhan pelanggan. Pelanggan sektor jasa berada di urutan kedua dengan 21 persen.

Bali Cargo : Regulator penerbangan RI akhirnya memberlakukan inspeksi pengiriman barang untuk kargo internasional mulai hari Minggu (16/10/2011).

Pemberlakukan inspeksi oleh regulated agent (RA) tersebut dilakukan sebelum Uni Eropa akan melakùkan peninjauan implementasi keamanan kargo di Bandarà Soekarno Hatta, Cengkareng beberapa hari lagi.

Juru bicara Kementerian Perhubungan, Bambang S Ervan mengatakan, RA untuk pengiriman internasional tersebut sesuai dengan jadwal yang ada.

“Saat pertemuan terakhir regulator dengan pengusaha, pelaksanaannya paling lambat tiga bulan.  Saat itu ditunda karena belum ada kesepahaman tentang mekanisme pemeriksaan antara Ditjen Bea cukai dan Ditjen Perhubungan Udara (Kemenhub).  Saat ini sudah ada kesepahaman tentang mekanisme pemeriksaan,” kata Bambang di Jakarta, Senin (17/10/2011).

Menurutnya,  pihak bea dan cukai sudah paham pentingnya proses pemeriksaan kargo internasional melalui RA, begitu juga sekitar 80-90  pengirim pabrikan (known shipper atau known consignor).

Inspeksi kargo internasional ini bagian dari penilaian Komisi Eropa terkait keselamatan penerbangan di Indonesia. Jika tidak dijalankan, jelasnya,  bisa saja ada dampak larangan terbang ke Eropa.

Berdasarkan surat edaran yang dikeluarkan oleh Direktur Keamanan Penerbangan Ditjen Perhubungan Udara, M. Fuschad pada Jumat (14/10) terungkap untuk jenis kiriman barang kargo/pos yang dikirim oleh pengirim pabrikan dari kawasan berikat dapat langsung menuju daerah kemanan terbatas area gudang kargo (lini 1).

Untuk jenis barang kargo/pos yang dikirim oleh pengirim (un-known shipper atau un-known consignor), pemeriksaan keamanan dilakukan untuk sementara waktu dilakukan di lini 1 oleh RA. Dampak dari hal ini adalah Angkasa Pura II yang selama ini melakukan pemeriksaan di lini 1 diminta untuk menghentikan kegiatan pemeriksaan.

UE, jelasnya, pada Selasa (18/10) akan hadir di Indonesia. “Mereka akan rapat dengan dirjen (Perhubungan Udara, Herry Bakti Singayuda Gumay). Setelah itu baru melakukan inspeksi di Cengkareng,” ujarnya.

PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA) menyatakan telah menerima pesawat B737-800NG yang ke-48 atau pesawat B737 series yang ke 123.

Direktur Utama GIAA, Emirsyah Satar mengatakan pesawat ini dilengkapi dengan teknologi Boeing Sky Interior” yaitu teknologi pencahayaan yang lebih cerah dan menghasilkan berbagai macam suasana warna (colour schemes).

“Melalui program Quantum Leap, hingga tahun 2015 perseroan merencanakan akan menambah armada dari yang saat ini berjumlah sebanyak 84 pesawat menjadi 154 pesawat,” ungkapnya yag dikutip dari imq21.com di Jakarta, Selasa (18/10).

Teknologi Boeing Sky Interior seperti warna biru angkasa yang lembut dan warna suasana matahari terbenam yang membuat relax (a relaxing pallet of sunset colors).

Penambahan armada tersebut lanjut Emirsyah, terdiri dari B737-800NG untuk domestik dan regional, A330-300/200 untuk jarak menengah dan sedang serta B777-300ER untuk jarak jauh dengan rata – rata usia pesawat 5 tahun.

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