E-Flash No 34 - 28 October 2011

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided not to proceed with their December 31, 2011 deadline for 100% screening of inbound cargo to the US

The TSA announced their decision on 4 October to not enforce their December 31st 2011 deadline for 100% screening of cargo on international passenger aircraft bound for the United States.

This decision was positively received by the entire air cargo industry including FIATA and its Airfreight Institute.

The U-turn was the consequence of TSA’s careful consideration of industry comments and a thorough examination of the unique challenges facing international cargo screening. TSA will continue to work towards meeting the statutory requirement for 100% screening but TSA representatives were optimistic that they will soon have agreements with nations that ship more than 90% of air cargo to the U.S. For more information on TSA 100% screening initiative please visit: http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/article.htm?artid=20017909532&src=rss

Danske Bank’s Freight Forwarding Index results for the month of September

According to Danske Bank’s Freight Forwarding Index, which was up to 53, from 46 in August, the European Freight Forwarding sector saw modest growth in September. Both sea and road freight saw an increase in volumes handled in September, indicating an increase in demand.

The air freight index also improved: although at 47, it indicates lower volumes handled in September than two months ago. The country breakdown for September saw Germany gain a significant increase in current volumes (42 in August to 69 in September), as well as expectations. The UK saw volumes remain almost flat and expectations decline while Switzerland saw a significant fall in both current volumes (57 in August to 40 in September) and expectations. For more information on Danske Bank’s Freight Forwarding Index and expectation please visit: http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/modest-volume-growth-in-europe-last-month/20017908812.htm

U.S Navy Admiral James Stavridis addresses piracy policies off the coast of Somalia and around the world

Following open letters between the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and SHAPE’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, US Navy Admiral James Stavridis was welcomed by the ITF to give his comments regarding future policies for dealing with the ever worsening piracy situation both in the Indian Ocean and across the world.

The Admiral assured that they are doing all they can with the assets that NATO members have allocated to the NATO counter-piracy task force. Regarding the detention and prosecution of suspected pirates, Admiral Stavridis stated that NATO Headquarters is attempting to negotiate a number of arrangements to facilitate the transfer to and from some regional states. For more information regarding the Admirals words and NATO’s piracy initiatives please visit: http://www.handyshippingguide.com/shipping-news/hope-promised-to-freight-interests-as-piracy-of-shipping-continues-unabated_3185

The European Union warns Dar es Salaam’s port in Tanzania of potential business losses

The European Union has warned the Tanzania Port Authorities (TPA) that they stand to lose business if they do not take measures to fast track cargo clearance at their port. One issue is that operations at the port are not fast enough in processing imported cargo. Diane Louise Corner, British High Commissioner, recommended streamlining the procedures so that goods clearance can move faster at the port.

Acting TPA Director General Julius Mfuko stated that in order to remove all bureaucratic inconveniences they plan to form a single window system whereby all clients will apply for all the services from one center electronically. For more information regarding Tanzania future plans for a single window initiative please visit: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=34738

IATA releases the 53rd edition Dangerous Goods Regulations. What’s inside?

This 53rd edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR) will reflect the addenda issued by ICAO which revised the 2011-2012 edition of the Technical Instructions, as well as changes agreed by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board.

Changes in the 53rd DGR include: additional recommendations to operators regarding documented policies, incorporation of new special provisions that reinforce that certain substances and articles must be packed in UN specification packaging and the DGR also revises packing instructions applicable to lithium batteries. For a complete list of changes in the 53rd edition of the DGR, please visit the FIATA website under IATA Downloads: http://www.fiata.com

28 October 2011

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