E-Flash No 74 - 23 May 2014

1. New FIATA Website

The new FIATA website as well as the new member registration system is now online. Please visit the new site at www.fiata.com.

If you encounter any issues with the new website please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at info(at)fiata.com.

 

2. EU and China sign landmark mutual recognition agreement

On May 16th 2014, the European Union and China signed a historic agreement recognising each other’s certified safe traders. According to EU sources this agreement will make customs proceedings much easier, cheaper, and faster for trusted operators. The same sources reveal that Customs authorities are now able to focus their resources on real risks, thus making the supply chain safer and more efficient on both sides.

In addition to this agreement, the EU and China signed two additional agreements. The first is a Strategic Framework for Customs Cooperation. The second being an action plan on Intellectual Property Rights.

For more information on these EU-China agreements please view the full press release from the EU Commission here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-555_en.htm

 

3. Container Weighing - IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation

In September 2013 the IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers Committee gave its support to the proposal on the verification of container weights prior to shipment, amending the so-called SOLAS convention. On May 19th 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Safety Committee finally approved. The amendment to SOLAS still has to be adopted by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at the meeting in November 2014. If adopted in November, these measures will enter into force in July 2016.

The FIATA Multimodal Transport Institute Chairman Mr Robert Keen will provide an article on this issue in the next FIATA review (July 2014 edition). For members’ additional information and a short review of FIATA’s views, please reference the circular which was published on the FDDS.

 

4. Cote d’Ivoire begins enforcement of shipment directives

The Ghana Shipper’s Authority (GSA) on Friday cautioned shippers, transit operators, hauliers, freight forwarders and the shipping community of the enforcement of non-ECOWAS cargo destined to Côte d’Ivoire. A statement to the GSA said the government of Côte d'Ivoire had begun enforcing an existing directive requiring all cargoes originating from non-ECOWAS countries and destined to Côte d’Ivoire to be cleared only at the seaports of Côte d'Ivoire.

The Ghanaian shipping community may take note of the directive to avoid a situation where trucks loaded with such cargoes are held up at the land borders. The statement said GSA was collaborating with the Ministry of Transport and other Ivoirian authorities to find a lasting solution to the problems that might emanate from the enforcement of this directive.

For more information: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/artikel.php?ID=309625

 

5. Cargo Transport Unit Code

The MSC (IMO Maritime Safety Committee) approved on May 19th 2014 the new Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs), including intermodal shipping containers. The new CTU Code, which will replace the current IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines for packing of CTU, has already been approved by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and will now go to the ILO (International Labour Organisation) for approval.

For more information please visit: http://www.unece.org/trans/wp24/guidelinespackingctus/intro.html

 

6. Changes to Vietnamese law governing weight limits in road transport

The Vietnamese government introduced a new law effective April 1st 2014 applicable for inland road transportation. The law states the total weight for containers (20ft + 40ft) must not exceed 20 tons including tare weight of the container. These weight restrictions are based on structural defects of the bridges and streets.

The Vietnamese authorities are serious about the law change as mobile weighbridges have been deployed on highways across Vietnam as of April 1st 2014 and around 800 trucks have been fined for carrying overloads.

 

7. Bahrain joins the Carnet ATA System

The Kingdom of Bahrain becomes the 84th country/territory to join the ATA Carnet system effective June 1st 2014. Bahrain joins four other Middle Eastern countries that are members: Lebanon, Iran, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. Armenia, Turkey, and Cyprus are also members from that region. In addition, Saudi Arabia is in the process of joining the ATA Carnet system.

The full story is available here: http://www.atacarnet.com/blog/bahrain-joins-ata-carnet-system-june-1-2014

 

8. Updated ECMT Multilateral Quota User Guide published

The European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) multilateral quota user guide has been jointly released by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The guide lists all documents required on board a vehicle performing transport operations under an ECMT multilateral licence.

The new edition of the user guide reflects the introduction of the EURO VI Lorries into the system from January 1st 2014 and provides a set of mandatory certificates for the latest categories of vehicles operating under the ECMT Multilateral quota.

For additional information and to download the guide please visit: www.internationaltransportforum.org

 

23 May 2014