E-Flash No 25 - 15 April 2011

FIATA World Congress 2011

The occurrences during the past months in Egypt have induced the FIATA Presidency to carefully review the situation regarding the carrying out of the FIATA World Congress 2011 in Cairo. An evaluation of the situation has taken place as safety and security of the congress participants is considered as of utmost importance. After the political changes in Egypt, FIATA is confident that the problems will be tackled in a democratic and peaceful manner, which will ease the return to a normal situation. The FIATA Presidency therefore has decided to continue with the preparation for the congress 2011 in Cairo as originally foreseen. This decision is fully supported by our Association member EIFFA who have worked hard over the last couple of years to make this congress a big success.

In order not to interfere with the elections for the new parliament in September in Egypt, the congress dates have been shifted from mid September to new 16 to 21st October, 2011.

The Congress Brochures and Registrations forms will soon be available and be sent to all our members. Furthermore, a special Congress Website will also be ready and available for further information and on-line registration for the congress.

ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) E-learning Programme on INCOTERMS 2010

In view of the actuality of the subject, FIATA Association Members probably already offer training courses on the new INCOTERMS® 2010 in their respective countries.

Should this not be the case, you may be interested to know that ICC HQ in Paris offers a cost effective Online Training course. Further information can be downloaded from The Incoterms® 2010 online training.

The course is designed to fully prepare users for the updated Incoterms® 2010 rules which came into effect on 1 January 2011. The six hours training has been written by three of the world's leading experts, Professor Jan Ramberg, author of the ICC Guide to Incoterms® 2010, Vincent O' Brien, international trade specialist and Gary Collyer, Technical Adviser to the ICC Banking Commission.

RAME (Region Africa/Middle East) meets in Doha, Qatar

This year’s RAME field meeting will definitively be held in Doha,Qatar from 5 to 7 June 2011. Venue and hotels will be selected by our colleagues from the Qatar Association member, assisted by NAFL from Dubai, U.A.E. Detailed information will soon be provided by Mr. Mohamed Soliman of the Qatar National Association of Freight & Logistics.

Looking forward to seeing you soon in Doha!

WCO invites FIATA Members to “Open Day for Trade”

FIATA received an invitation letter signed by the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO). Mr. Kunio Mikuriya is inviting the members of FIATA to participate at the “WCO Open Day for Trade” to be held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on the 27 - 28 June, 2011 (1 ½ days). FIATA already informed its Association Members last week.

The WCO Open Day for Trade is bearing the motto

Sharing Knowledge to Strengthen the Customs-Business Partnership

This important event will allow private sector participants to meet and learn more about the dynamics of WCO initiatives, activities, tools and instruments. The audience will comprise global, regional and national economic operators, trade associations and chambers of commerce, research institutions, consultancies, legal representatives and other interested international trade stakeholders.

WCO experts will brief participants on the Organization's work programme and strategic direction while highlighting some of the key challenges facing international trade. These sessions will be interspersed by presentations from WCO's six regions which will provide insight into regional developments and include keynote addresses from top business leaders and WCO partners that will add exceptional value to the event.

The event is open to all interested participants. Registration is free, no fees are payable and simultaneous interpretation into English and French will be provided, as well as lunch and a networking cocktail.

To consult the programme or to register online, visit ttp://www.wcoomd.org/event_factsheet.htm

or send an e-mail to openday2011@wcoomd.org for more information.

Volcanic Ash Disruption: One Year On and Crisis Preparedness

One year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, a wide range of follow up measures have been taken on the basis of proposals by the Commission – at international, EU and national level to improve crisis preparedness in aviation, particularly in relation to volcanic ash. The European Commission has provided an update at the following link:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/235&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

(Source: CIFFA eBulleting 13 April, 2011))

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