The cargo industry’s representation on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) has been expanded to assist the Australian Government to manage biosecurity risks of imported goods without impeding business activity.
The appointment of five new members to the DCCC is seen as a benefit by both government officials and industry stakeholders, who say they share the goal of working collaboratively to build a strategic environment for Australian businesses.
Industry membership of the DCCC is drawn from the aviation, shipping, cargo handling, importing, freight forwarding, express carrier and customs brokering industries.
DAFF’s First Assistant Secretary (Border Compliance Division) and DCCC Chairman Tim Chapman said the new representatives were appointed to complement the contributions of existing members.
“Industry representatives work with DAFF officials to ensure businesses have access to efficient import processes, while we safeguard against biosecurity threats.
“Every DCCC member wants to deliver mutually beneficial, long term solutions. As Chair of the Committee, I am looking forward to working closely with current and new committee members to progress solutions that work for all of us.”
The DCCC meets for the first time under new governance arrangements today, 29 August 2012, in Sydney.
The new members of DCCC are:
• Mr Michael Kilgariff, Australia Logistics Council
• Mr Stephen Kelson, Asciano Limited
• Mr John Begley, Ministerial Freight Advisory Council (Victoria)
• Mr John Warda, International Cargo Handling Coordination Association
• Mr David Anderson, Ports Australia
They join the current DCCC industry members:
• Mr Brian Lovell, Australian Federation of International Forwarders
• Mr Llew Russell, Shipping Australia Limited
• Mr Stephen Morris, Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc
• Mr Tony Beaver, Food and Beverage Importers Association
• Mr Geoff Clark, Confederation of Asia Pacific Express Carriers
• Ms Leigh Bryant, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
• Mr Hart Krtschil, Industry Working Group on Quarantine
• Mr Craig Birchall, Board of Airline Representatives of Australia Inc
30 August 2012