E-Flash No 31 - 2 September 2011

TOT Programme pays off as Associations approach Validation Committee in Cairo

As a direct and positive result of the Train-the-Trainer (TOT) courses delivered by the FIATA Foundation to the Ethiopian Freight Forwarder and Ships Agent Association (EFFSAA) in 2010 and to the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA) Lahore Branch (2011) and Karachi (2006). Both Associations will be submitting their respective training programmes at the 30th Validation/Re-Validation Session in Cairo on 15 and 16 October 2011 for approval by the Validation Committee (Advisory Body Vocational Training).

FIATA Foundation appreciates the efforts and continuous work made by those members, to introduce Vocational Training in Ethiopia and Pakistan in order to strengthen the local industry and enhance stakeholder’s value to their respective Associations.

Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year 2011 – Update

As already announced in our

E-Flash No. 29 - 26 July 2011

the four regional winners from Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates will travel in October to the FIATA World Congress in Cairo where, after a final assessment of their dissertation, one of them will be named the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year 2011.

In the next days, the invitations and papers for participation at the 2012 competition will be sent out to all FIATA Association Members with a similar topic as the one in 2011. The Steering Group looks forward to many nominations from all regions of the world and warmly thanks the Associations and its local members for selecting and announcing a young professional for this prestigious Award. Nominations will have to reach the Administrator (TT Club) by the latest 15 January 2012.

E-Learning programmes increasing in popularity amongst Association Members

E-learning is quickly becoming popular amongst our Associations Members with programmes already established in Canada, Australia, Serbia, Singapore, Ireland, Bulgaria and France. In a survey conducted by FIATA in June 2011, our results revealed that 94% of our Association Members were interested in implementing an E-learning programme in their respective countries.

FIATA has taken these results into consideration and have begun moving forward to establish a large scale E-learning platform that would be accessible by all Association Members wishing to implement E-learning. Further information on the FIATA E-learning Platform will be discussed at the FIATA World Congress in Cairo.

Southeast Asian Nations prepare for the implementation of their Single window programme

The Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had a meeting in Singapore on 19 August which included thirty trade and customs officials discussing the implementation of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) programme. ASEAN Members agreed to establish their National Single Windows (NSWs) by 2012 and to connect it through a regional Single Window, a cornerstone of establishing the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

The ASEAN Single Window will also have great benefits to traders submitting forms electronically as it only involves one submission which is processed and cleared by multiple government agencies in a single integrated process. The ASW will provide a secure architecture that will allows NSW to exchange cargo clearance data electronically. For more benefits of ASEAN Single Window please visit:

http://www.asean.org/26600.htm

Is the Freight Forwarding Industry becoming more consolidated?

According to a study conducted by Transport Intelligence (TI), the freight forwarding industry shows trends of consolidation. Using a system of measurement called the ‘Herfindahl-Hirschman Index’, they were able to identify that larger firms are gaining more market share meanwhile smaller firms are quickly losing theirs.

TI suspects the reasons for this consolidation is mainly due to large forwarder’s ability to invest heavily in information technology and their flexibility to respond to short-term changes in the market. For more information regarding the consolidation of the freight forwarding industry please visit: : http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/big-freight-forwarders-capturing-market-from-smaller-firms/20017900514.htm

2 September 2011

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