In order to improve the level of aviation security, Hong Kong has followed the International Civil Aviation Organization’s global air cargo security policy guidelines and tightened export measures. From July 2021, 100% security inspection arrangements for export cargo will be implemented, requiring all air cargo exported through Hong Kong All goods must be inspected by X-ray equipment. The rising time and cost of security inspections poses challenges to the logistics industry. The “Third-party logistics service provider subsidy pilot scheme” launched by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in October 2020 (Part 2 (called the “Pilot Scheme”), subsidizes the logistics industry to apply technology to improve efficiency and productivity. It also covers the purchase of facilities required to set up controlled air cargo security inspections, and security inspection equipment that meets the standards of the Civil Aviation Department, including X-ray inspection equipment and explosives Trace Detection Device (ETD).
The “Pilot Scheme” accepts applications throughout the year and provides each eligible third-party logistics service provider with a total subsidy of up to HK$1 million on a one-to-one matching basis. It also accepts applications from enterprises for October 2018. X-ray inspection equipment and ETD ordered between June 30 and June 30, 2021 apply for funding. The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is the implementing agency of the “Pilot Scheme”, and each application will be reviewed and approved by the Management Committee established by the Transport and Housing Bureau.
Upgrade software and hardware to develop logistics digitalization
The funding scope of the “Pilot Program” covers various projects that use logistics technology or information systems to enhance productivity. Through this program, the logistics industry can optimize and improve software systems, improve fleet and warehouse management and other issues, thereby enhancing the industry’s competitiveness. . “The logistics industry is a tough job. It is cumbersome and not very profitable. If it can be digitized and use advanced equipment or software systems to improve business processes and reduce costs, it can bring great help to the industry.” Zheng Mr. Wang urged the industry to make good use of the funding from this program to enhance competitiveness and open up a better future for the logistics industry.