1. Trade Facilitation included in OWG’s list of 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): A milestone for FIATA’s advocacy work as much work lies ahead
The co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development have, in preparation of the 12th OWG meeting (June 16-20, 2014), published a document, which for the first time lists 17 SDGs supported by a wide range of targets.
In parallel to OWG’s work, FIATA has been advocating to the OWG and international community for the need to include logistics connectivity in the design of the Sustainable Development Goals resulting in enhanced trade facilitation. With the release of the 17 SDGs, a milestone was attained as trade facilitation has been included in proposed goals and targets 8.12, 17.23 and 17.25 in the newly published document. The goals focus on enhanced connectivity in order to facilitate trade. FIATA still has much work ahead as it continues to advocate the OWG to ensure that trade sits at the heart of SDG design.
For a more in-depth look at the proposed goals please click the below:
2. Update on 100% Container Scanning in US ports
According to various reports and further enquires by TIA, the US freight forwarders’ association, it seems that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr Jehovah Johnson, has delayed for two more years the new rules requiring all cargo containers entering the US to be security scanned prior to departure from overseas amid questions over whether this is the best way to protect US ports.
The SAFE Port Act of 2006 requires all maritime cargo containers admitted into the U.S. to be scanned through non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection equipment in a foreign port prior to being loaded on a US-bound ship. The original deadline for achieving this goal was July 1st, 2012, but DHS invoked a two-year waiver on the grounds that compliance with available resources and technology was virtually impossible. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will instead aim to increase the percentage of containers scanned abroad, with the emphasis on high-risk cargo, thought to represent less than one per cent of US-bound containerised cargo.
3. RAME field meeting in Victoria Fall, Zimbabwe – June 18-20 2014
Do not miss the last chance to register:
RAME's annual Field Meeting will be held June 18-20, 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at the Elephant Hills Hotel. The Shipping and Freight Agents' Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) and the FIATA RAME organisational group expect that the conference will attract many delegates from the public and private sector. Participants will include senior managers and decision makers in various fields ranging from NGOs, companies, and government.
For more information and instructions for registration, please visit the dedicated event website at the following link: http://www.rame2014zimbabwe.co.zw/
4. EU economic sanctions on Syria extended until June 1st 2015
The Council of the European Union has agreed to continue the economic sanctions placed on the Syrian government. These sanctions include several restrictions on import and exports as well as investments and financial activity in the transportation sector.
View the full press release here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/142976.pdf
5. World Trade Organisation’s 2014 Annual Report
The WTO has published their Annual Report for 2014. The report is split into three main sections. The first contains a message from the WTO Director General, Roberto Azevedo. The second section provides a brief overview of 2013 and some background information on the WTO. Finally, the third has more in-depth information on topics such as capacity building, dispute settlement, trade negotiations, etc.
Click the following link for the electronic copy of the WTO’s 2014 Annual Report: http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/anrep_e/anrep14_e.pdf
6. Changes to the UNECE Glossary for Transport Statistics
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Transport Statistics in their 65th session has published updated definitions for several transport terms. This is a process that began in 2013 with consultations with transport experts before moving on to accept suggestions from Member States. The updated terminology from the UNECE WPTS can be found at the following link: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2014/sc2/ECE-TRANS-WP6-2014-01e.pdf
For more information on the activities of the UNECE and their work in the area of transportation, please visit: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/wp6/wp6.html
7. 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC 2014) to be held from June 23-25 2014 in
This year’s Global Rail Freight Conference will be focused on the theme ‘Seamless Transport Chains through Harmonization’. This international event, which has become a worldwide reference for all actors and decision-makers involved in rail freight and logistics business, is jointly organised by UIC, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), and Rail Cargo Group (Member of ÖBB).
The GRFC 2014 will feature many high level expert speakers, including FIATA’s very own President, Dr Francesco S. Parisi.
For more information on the GRFC 2014 follow the link to their press release: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Meetings/Press_release_GRFC14.pdf
Additional information can be found at the GRFC website: http://grfc.uic.org/
8. EU Commission confirms P3 Alliance
The P3 Network – the long-term operational vessel sharing agreement proposed by MSC, CMA CGM, and Maersk Line is subject to regulatory review in jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Asia.
On June 3rd 2014, the European Commission informed the P3 Alliance that the Commission will not open proceedings in connection with P3 Network. The Commission will follow the P3 Alliance to ensure it remains in compliance with EU competition law.
For more information visit the following site: http://www.maerskline.com/en-us/countries/int/news/news-articles/2014/06/p3-partners
06 June 2014