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CATA delays forwarding reforms


China Air Transport Association (CATA) has announced it will extend the period earmarked for air freight forwarding reform from two to five months, but also tightened standards by raising qualification levels and also implemented supervision of performance, according to the Shipping Gazette. 
CATA, an industry association with regulatory powers, will also tighten qualifications to prevent smaller companies with low-quality services from entering the industry.
The reform scheme, reports Xinhua, comes in the wake of a fire on a flight of China Southern Airlines in November caused by four freight forwarders' flouting regulations in consigning banned goods.
CATA is said to have given the "heaviest penalty in history" to these companies and cancelled the second category freight forwarder qualification of two express companies involved, Yunda and YTO Express. The association at the meantime initiated a rectification of safety measures in the industry.
CATA said the reforms would take place between November 23 - January 23, but as the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is also launching its own industry reform ending on April 30, CATA decided to keep pace with the national CAAC programme.
CATA deputy secretary general Duan Kaihong said a credit system for freight forwarders is being built to guard the safety operation of the industry. It is also a cargo tracking system to find out whether the freight forwarders have broken the regulations, said Mr Duan, adding that all forwarders will be compelled to join the new system.

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