THE Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) has welcomed the decision by an airline to scrap a planned security fee hike, originally to be introduced on March 20, and has voiced its "heartfelt gratitude to the Hong Kong SAR Government for its support".
"The substantial security charge increase from a major airline would have placed an additional burden on the industry, further damaging trade at a time when it faces unprecedented challenges brought, in part, by the China-US trade war and the Covid-19 pandemic," a HAFFA statement said.
When the price increase was announced by the airline on March 6, HAFFA immediately commenced a campaign, joining forces with the Hong Kong Shippers' Council to communicate members' concerns to the Hong Kong government, and lobbied to appeal to the airline to revoke the decision.
Commented HAFFA chairman Brian Wu: "Security charges have been a long-standing issue for our members, and have a very negative impact on Hong Kong's competitiveness. The security charge increase would have had a detrimental impact on both our members and on overall trade.
"We are delighted to have succeeded in making the airline shelve the planned hike, and will continue to utilise every method available to us to protect the best interests of HAFFA members. We thank the Hong Kong SAR Government for its valuable support in this matter.
"The freight logistics industry is now facing unprecedented challenges, only close cooperation and industry joint actions we can overcome the difficulties together."