HAFFA said in a statement that 2020 had been an extraordinarily busy year for the association. 'When COVID-19 vaccines became available at the end of 2020, HAFFA immediately called on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAD) to prioritise the facilitation of charter applications for the transportation of vaccines. HAFFA stressed the unique challenges, time pressures and potential scope of Covid-19 vaccine deliveries, and CAD pledged its full support to the industry in this regard.
Other achievements during the year included successfully appealing to the government for mitigating measures to solve carriers' manpower allocation issues when members reported a significant capacity reduction and freight rate rise following further tightening of isolation measures for air crew. 'As a result, the Government agreed to exempt fully-vaccinated local freight crew from the mandatory quarantine requirement, with the exception of those arriving from Group A specified countries.'
At an international level, HAFFA remains the only recognised body representing members' interests at meetings of major global and regional industry organizations, including IATA, FIATA, IFGB and the Federation of Asia-Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAP).
New chariman Mr Lau commented: 'Looking ahead, in the near-term I hope to see a resumption of local business operations, including a reopening of the border allowing a gradual recommencement of regular cross-border business. Cross-boundary e-commerce, high-value cargo and fast-growing temperature-controlled cargo all represent major opportunities as the industry enters a new supply chain pattern.'
Other principal officers of the 2021/2023 HAFFA executive committee are: vice chairman, Ronnie Leung (AE Cargo Services Limited); vice chairman, Chandler So (Combined Logistics (Hong Kong) Limited); vice chairlady, Elsa Yuen (Korchina Logistics (HK) Limited); honorary secretary, Janet Ng (Trimanson Express Limited); amd honorary treasurer, Patrick Yip (RCS Logistics Limited).