At the ordinary General Meeting held on 25th September, 2009 in Geneva, the delegates unanimously elected Jean-Claude Delen as FIATA?s new President. Mr Delen is CEO of DHL BeNeLux & France and Managing Director of DHL Belgium and Luxembourg. For the next two years the FIATA Presidency is composed of President Jean-Claude Delen (Belgium), Immediate Past President William Gottlieb (Canada), Treasurer Stanley Lim (Singapore), Secretary General Heiner Rogge (Germany), and the three Senior Vice Presidents Sarosh Nagarvala (India), Francesco Parisi (Italy), and Suwit Ratanachinda (Thailand).
The Mongolian National Freight Forwarders Association (MNFFA) and the Shipping and Forwarding Agents? Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) have been admitted by the General Meeting in Geneva as new FIATA Association members. Including these new associations today?s FIATA membership totals 110 Association members and approx. 5?800 Individual members in over 150 countries or regions ? truly the global voice in freight logistics!
On 23rd September, 2009 the ?Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea? (designated as ?Rotterdam Rules?) was initially signed by 16 states at a ceremony held in Rotterdam/Netherlands. The signatory states were The Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Togo and the United States. In the meantime Armenia, Cameroon and Madagascar have also signed the convention. Signing the treaty is the first step towards enforcing the convention, which has first to be ratified by each national government. The Rotterdam Rules will only come into force once at least 20 countries have deposited their ratification documents with the United Nations.
The Airfreight Institutes (AFI) of FIATA has received several inquires by our members regarding the subscription renewal notices sent out by IATA, Netherlands in recent days. The renewals indicate that IATA is introducing a new TACT CD as an alternative to the Hard Copy Manuals in 2010. Considering the price of the new TACT CD of EUR 564.00 (in Europe EUR 532.00) members are questioning the value of the TACT in the current air cargo environment where the majority of rates are agreed bilaterally between carriers and forwarders. FIATA?s AFI suggests that each member forwarder review their requirements for the TACT information in light of their operational needs in their country of domicile. This should be done prior to 1st November, 2009 deadline to confirm your subscription. If subscribers to not contact IATA-TACT prior to 1st November with any changes, your subscription will automatically renew.
Markus Schoeni, Manager ABVT at the FIATA Secretariat, attended an Awarding Ceremony of the Estonian Freight & Logistics Association (ELFA) on 7th to 9th October, 2009 in Tallinn. Seven graduates received their FIATA Diploma. Further meetings took place at the Tallinn University for Applied Sciences (provider of the FIATA-based training on behalf of ELFA), Port Authorities of Sillamäe and Tallinn, Ministry of Economic Affairs (Vice Chancellor), the Board of Estonian Railways and local Freight Forwarders. A round table discussion on transports of Dangerous Goods (DG) in Estonia with participants from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Maritime Department, Law Enforcement (Police), Port Authorities, Road Haulier Association, Railways, DG Training providers and representatives of the industry highlighted various aspects on DG carryings with all modes of transport and gave an appreciated opportunity to present the activities/involvement of FIATA (ABDG) in this particular sector.
15 October 2009