1. Update on the ongoing Chinese VAT Reform
The FIATA Secretariat has received the following quote from our Membership in China regarding the ongoing process of Chinese VAT Reform.
"On July 4th, China State Administration of Taxation announced that from September 1st, 2014, international freight forwarding services and shipping agency services indirectly provided by pilot taxpayers through other agents, are entitled to VAT exemption in accordance with Notice  No. 106, provided that all the agency income is settled through financial institutions. And so is the freight forwarding services indirectly provided by pilot taxpayers for the cargo transportation between Mainland China and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan."
For further information, please contact the Secretariat at info(at)fiata.com
2. European Council adopts new rules for electronic identification
On July 23rd, 2014 the Council of the European Union announced its adoption of new guidelines that set conditions for the mutual recognition of electronic identification as well as other factors governing electronic transmissions.
One of the aims of the regulation is to create easier and more secure cross-border transactions.
It provides a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between businesses, citizens and public authorities. Member states may join the mutual recognition system as soon as the necessary implementing acts are in place, which should occur in the second half of 2015. The mandatory mutual recognition is expected to kick off in the second half of 2018.
For more information on the new rules, please refer to the full press release here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/trans/144112.pdf
3. Videos on the Hazards to Flight Safety from the Improper Carriage of Lithium Batteries
In collaboration with the United States Federal Aviation Administration, the United Kingdom CAA has produced a series of free internet-available videos highlighting the hazards to flight safety resulting from the improper carriage of lithium batteries. The videos are intended to raise awareness of the hazards from lithium batteries and the importance of ensuring they are transported in accordance with the Technical Instructions, both as cargo and by passengers.
The videos are available on the UKCAA’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/UKCAA
To read the entire Information Notice please click: http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/InformationNotice2014117.pdf
4. The International Transport Forum publishes new Statistical Brief
The July 2014 issue of the Statistics Brief contains the most up-to-date data on global trade.
This update, from data collected through March 2014, shows diverging trends for developed and developing economies:
The brief is available here: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/statistics/StatBrief/2014-07-Freight-Diverging-Trends.pdf
To download all Statistical Briefs from the ITF, visit the following website: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/statistics/statbriefs.html
5. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announces new Facility to provide support to Developing Countries
On July 22nd 2014, a new initiative was unveiled which will help developing countries and least-developed countries reap the benefits of the WTO's new Trade Facilitation Agreement, which was agreed at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013.
The new Facility will complement existing efforts by regional and multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, and other stakeholders to provide Trade Facilitation-related technical assistance and capacity-building support. It will act as a focal point for implementation efforts. It will become operational when the protocol to insert the Trade Facilitation Agreement into the existing regulatory framework is adopted by WTO Members.
For the full announcement, including the full details of the new Facility and DG Azevêdo’s speech, please visit the WTO’s website, accessible by clicking the following link: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/fac_22jul14_e.htm
6. ICAO Air Development Forum
On September 2nd to 5th 2014, ICAO, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the People’s Government of the Henan Province, will host an air cargo development forum in Zhengzhou, China.
The Forum will present recent trends in the delivery of air cargo services and the regulatory framework to be implemented for the sustainable development of air cargo. An outlook of the challenges preventing the air cargo industry from reaching its potential will be provided in relation to specific areas, such as liberalization of air cargo services, the development of an air cargo security system, the enhancement of air cargo facilitation and the air cargo hub and its value chain.
For more information on the event please visit the following webpage: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/AirCargoDevelopmentForum-2014/Pages/default.aspx
7. Special offer to attend the Global Customs and Trade Facilitation Summit in Dubai, UAE
The Global Customs and Trade Facilitation Summit, part of the Global Trade and Development Week, is an interactive event for Governments, Customs Authorities, private sector economic operators, and advisors. The event will be focussing on the role of customs in enhancing international competitiveness, trade facilitation, and trade security across borders and between government agencies to get trade moving.
As FIATA is a supporting institution of the Summit, a 10% discount on registration has been made available for all members of FIATA. Upon registration use the code GTDW=FIATA
More information about the Summit and how to register is available through the FIATA on the move page: http://fiata.com/events/fiata-on-the-move.html
Or the Global Trade and Development Week website: http://www.kwglobaltrade.com/emea/home.html
Note: Please note that the publication of the FIATA E-Flash during the month of August will not be completely regular and will follow the influx of information that we will receive.
25 July 2014