Hong Kong's logistics industry needs more support from the Government if it is to achieve the critical mass necessary for it to be competitive, according to an industry body. Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding Agents chairman Anthony Lau Siu-wing called for a range of government measures to help the SAR industry grow more rapidly. He attacked as insufficient plans by the Airport Authority to build two logistics centres at Hong Kong International Airport. 'If the Airport Authority only wants to build two centres, I don't think the industry can reach the critical mass needed to boost the sector,' he said. More land should be provided to those interested in developing logistics facilities at the airport at reasonable terms and conditions, he said. Hong Kong was lagging far behind Singapore, which had a three to five-year head start in logistics development. Depreciation periods for cargo facilities at the airport should be extended to at least 40 to 50 years to enable investors to lower rentals, Mr Lau said. He was optimistic the Government would extend the lease periods of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, Asia Airfreight Terminal and Air Freight Forwarding Centre (AFFC) so that they could lower rentals. Mr Lau, who is also chairman and chief executive of Baltrans Holdings, said the Airport Authority had yet to act on its recent announcement that it would extend the 20-year lease held by AFFC. Baltrans, which is leasing 30,000 square feet at the centre at $16.50 per square foot, wanted swift action. 'If AFFC's lease can be extended to 40 to 50 years and the rentals reach $5 to $7 per square foot, only then can we be competitive,' Mr Lau said. Off-airport cargo facilities in Kowloon City and Kwai Chung are available for between $4 and $7 per square foot.