E-Flash No 60 - 04 October 2013

This is the last e-Flash that you will receive before the Congress; hence it is somewhat longer than usual and reflects the flourishing activities of our policy agenda. We hope that you will find its content useful. The next issue will be published after the Singapore Congress and will contain some highlights from the Congress as well as other news.

IMPORTANT NOTICE 

The World Bank invites FIATA’s members to participate in the 2013/2014 Logistics Performance Index survey

The World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is a comprehensive index of logistics performance in 155 countries. The next edition of the index will be published in February 2014. The LPI is based on a survey where logistics operators express their views on several logistics dimensions, such as efficiency of the clearance process, quality of transport-related infrastructure or the ability to track and trace consignments. As in previous years, the World Bank has partnered with FIATA to ensure broad participation from the freight forwarding community. Completing the survey should only take around 15 minutes. The last day to take the survey will be November 26, 2013. Questions on the LPI? Send us an email at lpi@who-needs-spam.worldbank.org. If you are working at a freight forwarding company dealing with international shipments, we cordially invite you to take the survey at:
http://lpisurvey2014.worldbank.org?comp=FIA

1. LAST MINUTE from Singapore for the upcoming FIATA World Congress 15-19 October 2013

The FIATA World Congress in Singapore is approaching fast. This year’s organizers, the Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), in close collaboration with FIATA, have secured almost 600 delegates from 67 countries for the event taking place this month. The 2013 FIATA World Congress will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 15-19 October. This year’s World Congress will carry the banner “Springboard to Asia, Connecting the World…” If you are interested in a last minute registration for the 2013 FIATA World Congress please visit:
http://www.fiata2013.org/apps/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=15&Itemid=15

1.1. Daily and individual event tickets - FIATA World Congress Singapore

Daily and individual event tickets to the upcoming FIATA World Congress have been made available as from Thursday, 26 September. Online registration is already available. Perspective participants now have the opportunity to attend the FIATA World Congress in the following capacities:

  • 1-Day Pass                     (S$450)

  • Welcome Reception        (S$150)

  • Singapore Night              (S$220*)

  • Gala Night                       (S$280)

For updated information regarding online registration visit:
http://www.fiata2013.org/apps/index.php?option=com_jumi&view=application&fileid=48&Itemid=104

To register or view additional items to purchase visit the following link:
http://www.fiata2013.org/apps/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=15&Itemid=15

2. FIATA and CLECAT seek global Solution on Aviation Emissions

FIATA and CLECAT are united in advocating for a global emissions solution that allows the airfreight market to look forward to a more predictable and sustainable business environment in future. ICAO’s 191 member countries will finally agree on the details of a global market-based measure during the ICAO General Assembly, which opened in Montreal on September 24, 2013. The EU’s recent attempt to include international aviation in its Emissions Trading System (ETS) has been placed on hold. Governments need to keep this in mind and seek to settle differences in order to avoid further regional legislation. Under the current EU one-year ‘stop-the-clock’ derogation, intercontinental flights to and from European airports are exempted from the EU ETS. However under the draft resolution, which is up for agreement by ICAO, the EU would be permitted to re-include intercontinental flights. This would include those to and from third countries, although the emissions covered would be restricted to those in EU airspace, rather than the whole flight, as directed under the original EU legislation. Despite the much lower environmental integrity of the reduced EU ETS scope, the European Commission has accepted the compromise under the draft ICAO resolution, in hopes of a final global deal. For the full press release on this subject, visit the following link:
http://www.fiata.com/press-release

3. Concluding 20 years of work, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development held its final meeting, with FIATA in attendance, in New York on September 20th

The concluding session commenced with opening remarks from the CSD‐20 Chairperson, H.E. Mr. Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, Vice-Minister of Environment Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Commission meeting continued with high-level dialogue on lessons learned from the CSD and the way forward, and closed with a brief outline of the work done by the Commission on Sustainable Development and adoption of the report of CSD 20. FIATA was present to propose that more emphasis and focus be put on logistics connectivity within the main goals for sustainable development of the United Nations. Logistics connectivity is a policy area that has gained significant importance to be inserted among the main sustainable development goals at the global level. FIATA published an open letter in conjunction with the event that is advocating for placing logistics connectivity higher on the political priorities of governments to ensure sustainable growth and development in future:
http://www.fiata.com/fileadmin/light_author/dateien/UN_Commission_on_Sustainable_Development_Open_Letter_-_Logistics_connectivity_on_the_main_goals_for_sustainable_development.pdf

4. FIATA at the ICAO/McGill University Pre-Assembly Symposium: Facilitating Air Transport-Passengers, Cargo, Technology and Profitability

FIATA attended the symposium on 21-22 September. Held every three years, ahead of the ICAO General Assembly, the symposium aims to address key issues identified by ICAO and McGill University in the air transport economics and navigation fields on operational, management and policy levels.

The session was moderated by Mr Boubacar Djibo, Director, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO. A total of eight panel discussion sessions took place across two days covering a wide range of topics from governance, technology and convergence. A full report on the outcome of the event will be released in the coming days by the Secretariat.

5. ICAO/CAAC Symposium on Low Cost Carriers 5 - 6 November, 2013, Beijing, China

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), will convene a Symposium carrying the theme Development and Future of Low Cost Carriers in China. The symposium will be held in Beijing, China on 5-6 November 2013. The symposium will provide a forum for government policy makers, regulators, the airline industry and other interested stakeholders to review and exchange on trends as well as developments of low cost carriers (LCCs) in emerging markets like China. For more information on the forum and registration please click on the following link:
http://www.icao.int/Meetings/Regional-Symposia/LCC-China2013/pages/default.aspx

6. Israeli 24-hour rule

FIATA has been informed by the Israeli National Federation of International Freight Forwarders & Customs Clearing Agents (IFFCCA) that the head of the Israeli Customs Directorate, has postponed the application of the Advanced Foreign Trade System to October 10th, 2013. The basic requirements of the Advanced Foreign Trade System will be to present the customs authority with a clear identification of the importers, foreign suppliers as well as an accurate description of imported goods on the transport related import documents (ocean bill of lading, air waybill, international transportation certificates and import manifest).

7.  WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2013

"Expanding Trade through Innovation and the Digital Economy" – October 3rd, 2013 in Geneva

FIATA was in attendance at the 2013 WTO Public Forum on October 3rd, 2013 in Geneva. This year’s Public Forum looks at the future of trade in an era of innovation and digitalization. The Forum provided a great opportunity for FIATA to listen and exchange views with NGOs, academia, the private sector, and many others who are increasingly participating in shaping the world’s economic and political environment.

FIATA attended numerous meetings, where our Members’ view were appropriately conveyed and appreciated throughout the forum, which included panellists from the European Commission, International Chamber of Commerce, OECD, and many industry representatives. For more information on the programme of the Forum please visit:
http://www.wto.org/english/forums_e/public_forum13_e/programme_e.htm

8. Invitation to a welcoming reception with the new Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi

FIATA was warmly invited to meet the new Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi at a welcoming reception and to have an informal exchange on Thursday, 3 October at 5.00 p.m.at the Palais des Nations. This was his first interaction with civil society organisations as the Secretary-General of UNCTAD. It turned out to be a great opportunity for FIATA to exchange issues of interest at the very start of his term. Dr Kituyi has spoken of his desire to work closely with civil society and of the key role that civil society organizations play in development. A meeting is scheduled later this year for FIATA and UNCTAD to review their agendas and further increate the opportunities to cooperate in future.

04 October 2013

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