E-Flash No 65 - 17 January 2014

1. Warning: fraud e-mails illicitly sent in the name of FIATA

The FIATA Secretariat has been informed that fraud e-mails have been sent to some of our members, in the name of FIATA, allegedly asking for the payment of unpaid invoices with FIATA. Kindly be informed, that e-mails from the following e-mail addresses and with the following subject titles are fraudulent (these are only those that we are aware of, and there may indeed be others):
accounts@fiatapayments.com or clearinghouse@fiatapayments.com with the following subject title: FIATA PENDING INVOICES; or any other addresses from the fiatapayments.com domain.
Please do NOT answer such e-mails and delete these emails immediately. In case you may receive invoices showing different bank accounts, please contact us before proceeding with the payment.

In case you have any doubts kindly contact the FIATA Secretariat directly by emailing info@fiata.com.

2. Upcoming FIATA article in the special transport and logistics edition of Inside Industry magazine

Please find a preview of the new FIATA article that will be published in a special transport and logistics edition of Inside Industry magazine here: www.insideindustry.com/19206987/786543/fiata/index.html
The editors have extended an invitation to all FIATA members to participate in the edition. If you are interested, please contact Inside Industry Managing Director, Mr John White, by email at jw@insideindustry.com or by telephone at +44 (0) 1502 566216.

3. FIATA participated at the UN 7th Session Open Working Group on Sustainable Development

(New York, January 7th) FIATA was present in New York for the 7th Session Open Working on Sustainable Development. FIATA joined other major stakeholders with the common goal of ensuring that logistics and transport were given focus when drafting SDGs for the post 2015 development agenda.
The session was very engaging and active. FIATA met delegates who shared common goals and similar view points. We utilized the session as an opportunity to collaborate with other stakeholders on how to achieve SDGs focused on logistics connectivity. FIATA was also pleased to take note of the enhanced level of attention of other transport related bodies such as the IRU and the UIC. For more information on the 7th Session Open Working on Sustainable Development please visit: sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php

4. United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a Safety Alert regarding Bakken Oil

Due to several derailments and fires in both Canada and the United States, a safety alert has been issued to make shippers and carriers aware that Bakken crude oil may have a lower flashpoint than regular crude oil, making it more flammable and dangerous. Proper identification of hazardous characteristics of Bakken crude oil will have impacts on its classification and transport methods utilized. For more information on the PHMSA's activities and to read the Safety Alert in its entirety please visit:
phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/1_2_14%20Rail_Safety_Alert.pdf

5. The EU successor to the TEN-T EA began operations on 1 January 2014

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has come online with the start of 2014. The INEA is the successor agency to the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA). The INEA has an expected budget of €37 billion and is responsible for managing parts of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Horizon 2020 programme. For more information on INEA and its roles, please visit:
inea.ec.europa.eu/en/news__events/newsroom/introducing_inea_innovation_and_networks_executive_agency.htm

6. Law from Sri Lankan Government concerning THC charges now in effect

The Government of Sri Lanka is disallowing THC or other charges, apart from the agreed all-inclusive freight. As of Jan 1st, 2014, Shipping Lines are not allowed to collect THC from shippers. In addition, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared additional surcharges as illegal. In future, only all in rates are allowed. The law is titled: The Licensing of Shipping Agents, Freight Forwarders, Non-vessel Operating Common Carriers and Container Operators Act, No. 10 of 1972.
For more information on the new law, please view the document in its entirety here: documents.gov.lk/Extgzt/2013/PDF/Dec/1842_16/G%201897%20%28E%29.pdf
Source: Rohan Induruwa, Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders' Association

7. Disputes continue to plague Panama Canal renovation project

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has stressed its commitment to the completion of the expansion programme despite the failure of talks with the Spanish government. The Spanish-led construction consortium, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), has threatened to suspend work due to the USD 1.6 billion in overage costs incurred. To read more about the ongoing dispute over the Panama Canal please visit:
online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303933104579306753166192902

 

 

17 January 2014

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