E-Flash No 54 - 28 March 2013

1. Istanbul to host the 2014 FIATA World Congress

Uluslararasi Tasimachilik Ve Lojistik Hizmet Uretenleri Dernegi (UTIKAD), one of FIATA’s Association Members in Turkey, will play host to the FIATA World Congress in 2014. FIATA is pleased to announce the return of the World Congress to Istanbul after 12 year. The 2014 FIATA World Congress will be hosted 13-18 October 2014 at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center. Further details will be provided soon by the FIATA secretariat.

2. FIATA World Congress 2013 in Singapore

The annual congress of FIATA will be held in Singapore 15-19 October 2013. All information regarding the upcoming event can be found on the following dedicated website: www.fiata2013.org. Online registration is also possible on the website.

3. The 5th Rail Market Place Seminar in Vienna: 18-19 April 2013

The 5th Rail Market Place Seminar will be held in Vienna on 18-19 April 2013 and will focus on: “Intercontinental corridors – New opportunities for Rail Freight?” We encourage all interested parties to attend this interactive and unique event.

More information can be found at: http://marketplaceseminar.org/.

4. RAME Field Meeting in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: 19-21 June 2013

Registration instructions and all information regarding RAME’s Field Meeting in 2013 can be found at the following web address:  www.rame2013.co.tz. We encourage all members with interests in Africa and the Middle East to attend this meeting and to make use of this unique opportunity to get first-hand information about regional issues and enjoy the excellent networking opportunities during the event. The 3 day event will also showcase a logistics industry exhibition.

5. ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme

Dangerous goods training certificates, issued by FIATA recognised training centres, under the ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme, are accepted by various international bodies including IATA. These certificates meet the requirements of IATA’s Cargo Agency Programme (Minimum Staff Requirement). The latest IATA Cargo Agency Conference Resolutions which came into effect on 1 October 2012 reflect this fact. A special edition of co-branded ICAO Technical Instructions (TI’s) is produced by ICAO for this purpose. This is available to FIATA Members and FIATA recognised training centres at a heavily discounted price. To find out more about how you can become a FIATA recognised training centre and offer this cost effective ICAO FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme within your country, please contact training(at)fiata.com or pande(at)fiata.com.

Having Issues? In their endeavour to offer the ICAO FIATA dangerous goods training to the freight forwarding community in their respective countries, the FIATA recognised training centres are fully supported by FIATA’s Air Freight Institute (AFI). Recently an issue faced by a FIATA recognised training centre with one of IATA’s regional accreditation offices was swiftly resolved with the intervention from AFI’s office bearers and a positive response from IATA Cargo’s leadership.

6. Warning – High Risk Season for Asian Gypsy Moth Approaching

All sectors of the logistics industry should be made aware of the upcoming Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) high risk season (1 March - 15 October 2013). AGM regulations for vessels arriving at North American ports have been issued by the US Department of Agriculture and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

During this time it can be expected that Port State inspectors will increase their efforts to prevent the spread of this invasive species, especially on the North American continent. Failure to follow these procedures can result in port of entry refusal causing costs and delays. See the USDA website for further information:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/gypsy_moth/agm-background.shtml

7. HS Code on Transport document for maritime shipments to the European Union

The current EU law requires either a plain language description of the goods or the 4 digit CN (HS) code. The Communication of the European Union Commission characterises the EU’s current cargo risk assessment strategy as “not sufficient”, and makes a number of recommendations for the future. One of these recommendations concerns the introduction of a mandatory HS code, at least for commercial consignments. Dissatisfaction with the plain language goods description is not new.  The shipping lines – in contrast to the airlines and express operators – generally advocate for a mandatory HS code limited at the first 6 digits. It seems that Germany does not accept proper plain language description and requests that the CN (HS) Code is mentioned on transport documents. Members should be thus guided, discrepancies should be reported to the Secretariat.

8. General Review of the Rules on General Average

At the Plenary Session of 2012 the Chairman of the International Working Group on General Average of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) recommended a general review of the York-Antwerp rules on General Average to Executive Council that be conducted. We take this opportunity to remind all our members that General Average and Salvage are two risks that marine insurance coverage includes. Many forwarders are unaware of these risks and the consequences, due to the rather limited occurrences of General Average or Salvage. FIATA strongly recommends that all transport be covered by appropriate insurance and that members alert their customers about the eventuality of indemnity claims.

9. Weighing of Containers

India

FIATA has been informed that containers arriving at the Port of Chennai must be weighed before customs clearance. This regulation should have come into force in 2009 as a reaction to the arrival of incorrectly declared container bills of lading and was combined with investigations on pilferage or other illicit. On 2 November 2012 the Deputy Commissioner of Customs gave instructions that the weighing of containers for imports be done without any further delay.

The Netherlands

FIATA took note that the Dutch government has dropped its plan to introduce mandatory pre-shipment weighing of containers. FENEX, an affiliate of FIATA, has been instrumental in the latest European Shippers' Council proposal to institute a legal deadline for shippers to enter shipping details, including correct container weight. The Dutch government could now take a different stand at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Special Feature

Highlights of the 2013 FIATA Headquarter Session in Zurich, Switzerland 14-16 March

A record setting 311 participants from 64 countries registered for the event, a positive sign from the membership, which showed appreciation for the exceptional value FIATA membership fees afford. Detailed proceedings will come via the FDDS as usual and summaries will be contained in the next FIATA Review, which will also be our first edition released only electronically.

1. RAMNS – Region Americas North/South

A small but enthusiastic group of freight forwarders from the Region Americas North/South (RAMNS) attended the regional meeting. Thorny issues faced by the countries in the region such as container examination, authorities’ continued preference for paper documents, the impact of budget sequestration, 100% screening of cargo, etc., were animatedly discussed. The latest information about IATA’s e-AWB project and FIATA’s participation in GACAG (Global Air Cargo Advisory Group) was given. The delegates felt that there was an urgent need for harmonising the rules governing the carriage of Lithium batteries by air on US domestic and international routes. The President of ALACAT cordially invited all to the ALACAT 2013 Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador on 20-22 May 2013.

2. RAP – Region Asia Pacific

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Forwarders Association (SLFFA) presented his country’s logistics infrastructure and his association.  All RAP delegates were invited by the RAP Chairman to register for the upcoming 7th RAP Field Meeting. The meeting will be held in Sri Lanka on 5 June 2013 followed by UNESCAP meetings (6-7 June). FIATA encourages all delegates from the region to seize this valuable opportunity to network and to address specific and relevant regional topics. For more information about the venue and for registration details, please visit the following link:

http://www.fiata.com/events.

3. REU – Region Europe

Delegates were updated on the goal of TEN-T to create a comprehensive EU transport network as road and rail networks were historically developed independently of one another without the idea of a continental network. TEN-T aims at eliminating the resulting bottlenecks at the national borders through the implementation of new technologies into the rail sector. The 4th railway package was published on 30 January 2013 and it was noted that CLECAT has welcomed the publication. However, they were disappointed that the Commission has backtracked from its initial intention to impose separation of the infrastructure management and railway operations. Items of the EU Air Cargo Security programme as well as the Airport Package were debated. Cargo flying from third countries into the EU needs to come from an ACC3 and needs to be screened or come from a secure supply chain.

4. ABLM – Advisory Body Legal Matters

A progress report was received from the Ad Hoc Working Group Cargo Releases Best Practises (in the US). The announced White Paper for the FMC stimulated floor discussion. Updates on the regulation of forwarders’ services in China, introducing a new development in the VAT reform, and paperless customs clearance, was provided by the ABLM Vice-Chair. This report is available on the FIATA website: http://www.fiata.com/downloads. The insurance industry committee report by Mrs Helen Arabanos (TT Club, London) and Mr Mike Brown (Avalon Risk Management, USA) focused on the problem of incorrectly declared container weights in light of the issue of the Container Weighing IMO initiatives.  The ABLM Chairman introduced the new co-opted ABLM Member, Mr Tommy Pilarp, who has been elected as the new chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group Air Cargo Legal Issues.

5. ABSM – Advisory Body Security Matters

The renewed US Safe Ports Act has passed the US Senate, and the issue of scanning and screening is still a very important topic in the US. Trucking companies are facing very big problems with hijacking while ‘jamming’ techniques (the interference of communications/surveillances) are used. The EU Commission is working with CLECAT on this issue. A comprehensive discussion around the EU 859 implementation gained significant attention during the proceedings. The information provided by Ms Kirsty Westra (EU Commission) followed this discussion and was provided by the Chair.

6. ABVT – Advisory Body Vocational Training

The ABVT Chairman lauded the commitment of FIATA Association Members towards vocational training and informed delegates that since its launch in 1996, over 8200 freight forwarding professionals from around the world had been successful in obtaining the prestigious FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding.  Currently FIATA Association Members in 52 countries offer FIATA vocational training programmes. At the FIATA World Congress (www.fiata2013.org) the appeal of the freight forwarding industry to attract young talent to a rewarding career will hit the headlines.

7. AFI – Airfreight Institute

7.1 Multilateral e-AWB Agreement

AFI Vice-Chairman announced a break-through in the multilateral e-AWB agreement, which was made possible the endorsement of the IATA/FIATA Consultative Council in February and the approval in Doha at Cargo Services Conference (CSC), as IATA CSC Resolution 672. A joint IATA-FIATA Press Release is published today, see www.fiata.com – press releases.

7.2 Cargo Modernisation Programme Working Group

An IATA/FIATA Air Cargo Programme operating outside of the IATA conference structure is in the making. The programme will be administered by a global IATA/FIATA governance board, with equal participation of carriers and forwarders. This includes collaborative approaches and procedures in the field of data interchange, DGR compliance, etc. Mr Tommy Pilarp, Secretary General and Senior Legal Counsel of the Swedish International Freight Association (SIFA), has joined the ad-hoc Working Group.

8. CAI – Customs Affairs Institute

The CAI Chairman highlighted regulators’ lack of harmonisation to reach uniformity and consistency in international trade logistics and supply chain management. The Director General of CLECAT delivered an informative presentation on security Advance Cargo Data in the European context. The Executive Director of CIFFA presented her topic: Advance Commercial Information, namely e-Manifest, based on CIFFA’s cooperation with Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA). These presentations showcased the analogies and, sometimes, the difference inherent in the different systems.

9. MTI – Multimodal Transport Institute

On 13 February the U.S Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) approved for public comment a proposed rule that would require foreign-based unlicensed NVOCCs to register with the Commission and expand the current tariff rate publication exemption. This would allow foreign-based, unlicensed NVOCCs to enter into Negotiated Rate Arrangements in lieu of publishing rates for cargo shipments in its tariff. According to the proposed rules, foreign Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) will then be able to enter into negotiated rate agreements (NRAs) in lieu of publishing their rates. This topic has been dealt with for years and in July 1990 the first NVOCC tariff exemption petition was filed on behalf of FIATA by TIA:
http://www.fmc.gov/assets/1/News/StatementonServiceContractReview2-13-13.pdf
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Apart from the recurrent item of maritime security, the topic of mandatory container weighing was discussed and FIATA has taken the view that profiling of shippers and cargo would make more sense than mandatory weighing. The review the 1997 edition “Guidelines for Packing of Cargo Transport Units” was noted; FIA