ICAO and FIATA announce new Dangerous Goods by Air Programme

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) have signed an agreement on a new ICAO/FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme.

FIATA will offer a training programme to our members backed by ICAO’s vast technical knowledge and regulatory experience. The two organisations are also looking at extending their partnership to include air cargo security and to establish a related programme for freight forwarders in the near future. For more information please visit FIATA’s website: http://www.fiata.com/

Insurance Industry’s response to Piracy

Piracy remains a daunting issue in the freight forwarding industry as in the last six months 32 ships have been seized by pirates and 19 are currently being held for ransom. Utilizing heavy weapon machinery, piracy is most evident off the coast of Somalia but attacks have also been spotted in the Gulf of Guinea, south East Asia and off the northern coasts of South America.

These attacks have led insurance companies to revisit their policies regarding piracy. Marsh, a worldwide insurance advisor, has prepared a white paper setting out the insurance implications of piracy that will apply in July 2011. The white paper discusses such issues as loss of damaged goods, payment of ransom, marine war, use of armed security etc. To view the white paper please visit: http://uk.marsh.com/Insights/articles/ID/5056/Piracy-The-Insurance-Implications.aspx

Registration for the Qatar Single window e-service is now open

Qatar has recently launched its new Customs Clearing Single Window e-service which allows authorized users to complete customs procedures electronically for goods entering and exiting Qatar ports. Qatar authorities are hoping this will facilitate the inflow and outflow of goods reducing customs inspections to only 5% on all imports.

Users of the single window systems will be able to submit and modify customs data and manifests, make payments, request for duty refund, apply for temporary entry, look up tariff codes and even have access to a duty calculator. For information and application forms please visit: https://www.ecustoms.gov.qa/qccsw/jsf/common/custExternalHome.jsfhttps://www.ecustoms.gov.qa/qccsw/jsf/common/custExternalHome.jsf

Regional Winners of the YIFFY award have been announced

Four regional Finalists from the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Hong Kong and Ireland prepare to travel to Cairo where at the World Congress one of them will be named the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) receiving the price of hands on training with the TT Club’s regional center in London.

This year attracted the highest number of participants in the Award’s thirteen year history whereby each participant was required to write a dissertation on considering the complexity of the issues of importing and exporting. FIATA would like to congratulate Mr Niranjan Venkatesh, United Arab Emirates, Ms Rosa Maria Gallardo Reyes, Mexico, Mr Lai Kin Wong, Hong Kong Region and Ms Silvia Valles Barrera, Ireland.

Welcome to the Market Place Seminar, organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA)

This fourth edition Market Place Seminar follows on the success of past seminars. The Seminar will be held in Hamburg, Germany at the Hotel Hafen on 27-28 October. The Seminar will bring together railway undertakings, forwarders and clients on the same platform, creating a unique opportunity for increased cooperation and business development within the railway sector.

This year the seminar will focus on rail hinterland transport and efficient connections to the world. Come and join the discussions, we look forward to meeting you during our seminar. For more information regarding the overview of the seminar please visit:

http://www.marketplaceseminar.org/Introduction.htmlhttp://www.marketplaceseminar.org/Introduction.html

26 July 2011

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