Graduates of the IATA-FIATA international training programme pose with officials of the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding Agents (HAFFA) which awarded 19 diplomas last week. Jointly established by HAFFA and the Vocational Training Council in 1990, the programme was developed to enhance the standard of freight forwarders in Hong Kong. Last week HAFFA said it planned to build a freight centre away from the new Chek Lap Kok airport because of the heavy rentals expected at the airport. Rents at the new airport were expected to be about $27 per square foot. HAFFA chairman Walther Nahr said those rents were far above the $15 indicated by the Provisional Airport Authority last year before it did a survey of the freight forwarding industry. By comparison, warehouse rentals ranged from $15 to $17 in Kowloon Bay and $7 to $10 in Yau Tong, near Kai Tak airport. HAFFA's more than 250 members account for more than 90 per cent of the out-bound cargo handled at Kai Tak. Mr Nahr said the Chek Lap Kok space was a pure leasing arrangement, while if the association built its own facility members would have the option to buy or lease.