E-Flash No 48 - 28 September 2012

ASEAN state members adopt WCO Data model for faster goods clearance

In the 1st ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting the member states agreed to adopt WCO’s Data Model and will include it in their future work and collaboration with the WCO. The WCO Data Model is based on the Revised Kyoto Convention which requires customs administrations to request minimal data to ensure compliance with customs laws.

The WCO Data Model is an optimized electronic data exchange providing a global standard for cross-border data requirements for the release and clearance of goods. This procedure aims to cut costs and time for both government and stakeholders. For further information on the WCO data model and its recent adoption by ASEAN state members please visit:
http://customs.gov.ph/news/2012/09/12/asean-customs-adopts-wco-data-model-to-fast-track-clearance-of-goods/

ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme

The ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme has generated considerable interest around the world. Seven schools have been recognised so far and an additional five are at various stages of the approval process. The certificate issued under this programme is accepted by various international bodies including IATA meeting the full requirements of IATA’s Cargo Agency Programme.

Our Association Member, CIFFA, in Canada has already trained more than 200 students under this programme with many more to come. ISELOGIS, the training arm of our Association Member AMACARGA, delivered its first course under this programme at the beginning of September 2012. The course is delivered using a special edition of the co-branded ICAO Technical Instructions (TI’s) produced specifically for the course. The ICAO technical instructions are available at a heavily discounted price for FIATA Members.

To know more about the ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme and to find out how you can benefit from this cost effective alternative, please contact training(at)fiata.com or pande(at)fiata.com. If you are attending the forthcoming FIATA World Congress in Los Angeles in October 2012, please contact any member of the FIATA Secretariat who would be pleased to discuss this with you personally.

ICAO adopts modernized screening plan matching IATAs

At the High-Level Conference on Aviation Security this month in Montreal, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approved the adoption of a plan to modernize airport screening that closely matches the Checkpoint of the Future concept unveiled last year by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA).

The plan is a recommended tool for states to use as they develop future screening within their countries. It has earned endorsement from various industry groups and governments, including the U.S. and China. For more information on ICAO’s newly adopted plan please visit: http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_09_24_2012_p0-499349.xml 

FIATA receives a valuable tool from the United Nations to distribute to freight forwarders

FIATA has recently received 50 copies of the Trade Facilitation Terms: An English-Russian Glossary (revised second edition) from the United Nations. We would like to thank United Nations for their kind generosity.

The text offers concise definitions of trade facilitation terms in English and Russian. It has been developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Commission of the Customs Union in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. This text will prove valuable to the Russian speaking forwarder or those dealing with Russian speaking countries. Copies will be available at the FIATA World Congress in Los Angeles next month and at the FIATA Headquarters Session in 2013.Should you be interested in receiving a copy, please visit the FIATA booth while supplies last.

2012 FIATA World Congress headed for 800 registrants

The FIATA World Congress in Los Angeles is growing at an exponential pace. This year’s organizers, the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), in close collaboration with FIATA have secured so far 757 delegates from 78 countries for the event taking place in October.

The 2012 FIATA World Congress takes place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from 08-12 October 2012. This year’s World Congress will carry the banner “Logistics Moving the World”. If you are interested in a last minute registration for the 2012 FIATA World Congress please visit: http://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/23377/Register/ 

ABVT Forum held Thursday Oct 11th from 1300-1500 at FIATA’s World Congress in L.A.

You are cordially invited to attend the Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT) Forum taking place during the FIATA World Congress in Los Angeles on Thursday the 11th Oct 2012 1300-1500 hours. The venue for the forum is the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Constellation Ballroom.

The ABVT Forum is an ideal platform for sharing knowledge and best practices concerning vocational training, as also for a common learning experience by sharing one another’s knowledge. A number of speakers from FIATA’s Member Associations from around the world will be discussing their experiences and initiatives. For more information please contact pande(at)fiata.com

Transport Security Expo 2012 - 14-15 November - London Olympia

Transport Security Expo brings airports and airlines, port and vessel operators and mass transit companies together annually, in a unique high level and secure conference, workshop and exhibition environment, devised to promote close cooperation on security issues across these globally strategic domain spaces. Transport Security Expo will next convene on 14-15 November 2012 at London Olympia.

FIATA members receive 40% discount off the full conference price. To receive your discount please contact Bassil Eid at eid(at)fiata.com. He will provide you with an insert code that you must input upon registration of the expo.

For more information and to register upon receiving your insert code click here: https://secure3.eventadv.com/Niche/Registration/VisitorLanding.aspx

Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide

The guide introduces key governmental organisations that work in the field of trade facilitation, either through setting rules and standards, providing technical assistance, or by doing research. It gives an overview of who the organisations are and what they do. Complementary materials include a “Train the Trainers” package and a set of “Case Stories” on trade-facilitation efforts around the world which complement the Guide. This was developed by the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), with the support of its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), and with funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA. A large team of high-level experts from different technical areas and parts of the world were involved in its preparation. This may be a precious instrument for those of you who are working in advocacy in the trade facilitation domain.

FIATA was present at the launch of the Guide during the latest UNCEFACT sessions in Vienna. More information is available at: http://tfig.unece.org/  or  http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trade/TFImplementationGuide/TFIG_Flyer.pdf

28 September 2012