E-Flash No 53 - 22 February 2013

1. FIATA Headquarter Session | Zurich, Switzerland | 14-17 March 2013

We continue to encourage all delegates wishing to participate in the FIATA Headquarter Session to visit the FIATA website and complete the registration forms confirming their attendance at this year's session in Zurich.

FIATA now has 256 participants from 55 countries that have registered and confirmed their attendance at this year's Headquarter Session. For more information and to access the online registration form please visit the FIATA website at the following link: http://www.fiata.com/events

2. FIATA invoices issued electronically

This year, in our attempts to increase efficiency, and keeping in check with our commitment to the environment, we have issued all invoices for FIATA membership as PDF files and these PDF files have been sent via e-mail to all our members.

We are pleased that the transition from a paper-based process to an entirely paperless process has been smooth and we have received positive feedback regarding this change. If your company has not yet received its invoice, kindly send an e-mail to info(at)fiata.com and we will forward your relevant invoice(s) via e-mail as soon as possible.

3. Call for Applications for 2013 Transport Achievement Award

The Call for Applications for the 2013 Transport Achievement Award was launched in November as part of the run-up to the International Transport Forum's 2013 Summit on Funding Transport. The 2013 Transport Achievement Award will honour a project, initiative or product that through innovative pricing and funding arrangements addresses one or more of today's  transport focal issues – quality infrastructure or service, congestion, safety, environmental protection, and enhanced accessibility.

Applications for the Award are open to all modes of transport: operators, service providers, authorities, and suppliers and/or manufacturers, within International Transport Forum member and observer countries. It will be awarded in the presence of Transport Ministers from around the globe at the International Transport Forum's Annual Summit to be held 22-24 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. The International Transport Forum at the OECD is offering this prestigious award.

FIATA encourages all its members to apply where appropriate, or forward this information to persons they deem relevant. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 15 March 2013.

For more information, please refer to the Call for Applications at the following link:

http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/2013/pdf/TAA-call.pdf

4. ICAO temporarily restricts carriage of lithium ion aircraft batteries

Pending the outcome of the investigation being carried out presently in the United States and Japan, the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has provisionally approved an interim amendment that will prohibit the carriage of lithium ion aircraft batteries as cargo on passenger planes. The final approval of the amendment from the ICAO Council is expected when it returns to Session later this month.

The new amendment will rescind ICAO's recent inclusion of lithium ion aircraft batteries up to 35kg in Special Provision A514 to the UN aviation body's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. Special Provision A51 is designed to provide airlines with the operational flexibility to transport aircraft batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft in special circumstances. The inclusion of lithium ion aircraft batteries in A51 had only become effective on 1 January 2013.

"This amendment to Special Provision A51 is a temporary measure, taken to ensure that safety considerations remain paramount while the related investigations in the United States and Japan remain on-going," stressed ICAO Council President, Roberto Kobeh Gonzáley. "Safety is the number one priority of the aviation community and we are very confident that this situation will eventually be resolved in a manner that further supports air transport’s admirable safety performance while addressing the concerns of all stakeholders impacted by these events."

ICAO reiterated that the new amendment did not affect the carriage of other aircraft battery types on passenger planes under A51, nor will it place additional restrictions on lithium ion aircraft batteries being carried as cargo on cargo aircraft. Similarly, it will have no impact on the extensive requirements in the ICAO Technical Instructions governing the carriage of other types of lithium ion batteries.

5. XML is the future of air cargo messaging

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has decided to build upon XML as the strategic direction for the air cargo industry electronic messaging as it can:

  • Reduce the message transaction costs by transmitting messages over the internet directly between parties without the use of third party service providers where feasible; 

  • Reduce implementation and maintenance costs due to its flexibility; and 

  • Increasing adoption of electronic messages by stakeholders including Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

In March 2010, the IATA Cargo Services Conference (CSC) and Cargo Agency Conference agreed that IATA will stop maintaining Cargo-IMP standard messages by end of 2014, and maintain only Cargo-XML standard messages. This will not prevent anybody from continuing to use Cargo-IMP but no new Cargo-IMP versions will be released. This endeavour had been previously supported by IFCC.

The following link is a communication on the importance of moving to the latest version of Cargo-IMP or to Cargo-XML:

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/workgroups/Documents/moving-to-latest-version-cimp-or-to-cxml.pdf

IATA has prepared a Cargo Messaging Survey for Freight Forwarders which has already been completed by airlines and ground handlers. It is a very basic online survey with only 11 questions, designed to understand the current industry status of cargo messaging implementation and plans for the future of XML.

Please take the survey at the following link: http://s.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22D5Y9E3C2B

6. 7th RAP Field Meeting

The 7th meeting of FIATA Association Members in the Region Asia/Pacific will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5 June 2013. The venue for the proceedings will be announced shortly as well as accommodation options and details. The RAP Field meeting will be held in conjunction with UNESCAP meetings (6-7 June 2013) giving delegates the opportunity to combine neighbouring interests. FIATA encourages all delegates from the region to attend this meeting as well as those of UNESCAP, if they so choose, as it is an opportunity to address specific and relevant regional topics.

7. USDA considers changes to plant import rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proposed to make several changes to "update and streamline" its rules for plant imports. Some of these proposed changes include requiring permits for the importation of certain coated or pelleted seeds, and providing for an alternate additional declaration on phytosanitary certificates that accompany plants from countries known to have potato cyst nematodes. The proposed regulations also change provisions specific to certain countries, to ensure they reflect the latest information regarding quarantine pests detected in various places.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2013/02/plant_import_regs.shtml

22 February 2013

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