The Relationship Between Airline Cargo Carriers and Port Health Authorities

Thakker, Amit (2012) The Relationship Between Airline Cargo Carriers and Port Health Authorities. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Over the past few years, UK has seen a steep increase in the demand for imported perishable items, particularly food such as meat and fresh produce. Reports have suggested that the ratio of imports to exports of perishable items in the UK is at 2:1. Significant amounts of these imports are from countries outside the European Union.

Many environment and health related events in the last decade, such as the Foot & Mouth disease epidemic in 2001, followed by numerous instances of food contamination in imports from third countries and similar events resulted in Governments heavily regulating international trade in environment and health sector.

As a result, businesses have been imposed with a huge pile of regulations to comply with. Regulations include controls imposed by the UK Government as well as by the European Union. This increase in red tape and burden of compliance coupled with high value and time sensitive nature of perishable items has put logistical functions under tremendous pressure. Moreover, distant relationship between businesses and Government Authorities, existence of manual processes and gaps in Information Technology systems have resulted in increase in time and costs of compliance for businesses.

This sets out a research agenda that considers studying the relationship between airline cargo carriers and the Port Health Authority in the UK. Understanding various aspects of this relationship is necessary to ensure that UK airports such as Heathrow, which handles most of the perishable cargo movements in the UK, remain competitive and attractive to business organisations in comparison to other airports in the EU. This research, largely exploratory draws on information from policy manuals; regulations and legislations; process walkthroughs; interviews with manager of perishable handling centre; community service providers; Port Health Authorities and airline cargo carriers. The latter two are of in central focus while studying the relationship between business and government actors.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2013 13:10
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2016 21:42

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