E-Flash No 84 - 5 November 2014

 

1. USA and EU sanctions and export controls against Russia expanded

FIATA Members should be aware of the constant changing nature of the economic sanctions between Russia, the United States, and the European Union.

Up-to-date information is available from the International Law Office at the following link: http://www.internationallawoffice.com/Newsletters/Detail.aspx?g=ab19fa95-1e73-4fb2-ba93-1775ea9cd772&redir=1


2. International Chamber of Commerce creates new trade facilitation resources

With the aim of supporting the implementation process, ICC has created a compilation of guides for businesses to better understand the Agreement and key trade facilitation measures.

Despite the current TFA impasse, many WTO member countries are pressing ahead with plans to implement the agreement. To increase understanding of the benefits of trade facilitation for business, ICC has created a comprehensive resource centre on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The ICC resource centre is available at the following link:

http://www.iccwbo.org/global-influence/world-trade-agenda/trade-facilitation-resources/


3. A new Working Group is born at FIATA!

Speaking at the FIATA World Congress 2014's ABVT Forum, Issa Baluch made a passionate, motivating case for FIATA to take training development seriously and inaugurated a new Working Group, the FIATA Logistics Academy (FLA). It is these new technologies, he says, that will close the gap between capacity building in the freight logistics industry as it is and as it should be.

The FLA was founded to pursue the broad objectives of FIATA in positioning training, development, and research in freight logistics as amongst the top priorities of FIATA’s deliverables. At this early stage, Association Members are encouraged to contribute ideas or suggestions to FLA. Please send a one pager describing current status of your:

  • training programs,
  • methodology,
  • number of students and
  • plans for digitization. If already digitized and on-line, please include details.

Email: ibaluch(at)post.harvard.edu, ibaluchtl(at)att.net, and schaer(at)fiata.com


4. FIATA Fund for Ebola Relief established

What started as an off-the-cuff comment in the Advisory Body Safety and Security Meeting at the FWC2014 about the devastating Ebola situation in West Africa grew into a full-fledge fund garnering vast support and enthusiasm. Evidencing this was the manner in which the fund was announced at the FWC2014 Gala Dinner. Within sixty minutes of announcing the FIATA Fund for Ebola Relief, over US$100,000 was pledged by FIATA Members around the world within a very short period of time, all of them standing and coming up onto the stage with their pledges. By the end of the evening the money pledged exceeded US$100.000.

This will be transferred and donated to the Red Cross/Red Crescent and Médecines Sans Frontières in equal portions.

If you would like to contribute to the Fund, please contact info(at)fiata.com to request more details.


5. October 17th - United States and Mexico sing cross border trade agreement

Top officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico's Tax Administration Service signed an agreement Oct. 17 aimed at accelerating secure trade through each country's "trusted trader" programs which includes CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and Mexico's New Certified Companies Scheme.

The goal of the arrangement is to provide program members with fewer examinations when shipping cargo, a faster validation process, common standards, efficiency for customs and business, transparency between customs administrations, business resumption, front-of-the-line processing and marketability. For more information on this newly struck agreement please refer to the link below:

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/42780?c=infrastructure_protection


6. Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code)

The International Marine Organisation (IMO) is developing a mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters relevant to ships operating in the inhospitable waters surrounding the two poles.

The Code would require ships intending to operate in the defined waters of the Antarctic and Arctic to apply for a Polar Ship Certificate, which would classify the vessel as into three categories based on its ability to operate in various ice conditions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/HotTopics/polar/Pages/default.aspx


7. Sri Lanka and United States sign trade agreement

The agreement was signed during the Eleventh Joint Council Meeting, October 14th - 16th, under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in Colombo, with the goal of expanding trade and investment between the US and Sri Lanka.

Bilateral trade in goods has grown nearly 60 percent year-over- year from June 2010 to June 2014, but the United States believes that more can be done to boost trade.

For the full article, please visit: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/17-Oct-2014/sri-lanka-us-sign-trade-agreement


8. 2015 International Transport Forum Awards: applications open

The application process for the 2015 ITF Awards was opened on November 4th, as part of the lead-up to the International Transport Forum's 2015 Summit on Transport, Trade and Tourism. Through its awards, the ITF recognises leading examples of achievement, innovation and research that have positively and significantly changed the transport industry, or have the potential to do so.

The 2015 ITF Transport Awards are awarded in three distinct categories:

  1. Transport Achievement Award - Recognising excellence in transport
  2. Promising Transport Innovation Award - Recognising innovation in transport
  3. Young Researcher of the Year Award – Recognising the importance of research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation

The closing date for applications for all three awards is Friday, 30 January 2015.

For more information on the Awards:  www.internationaltransportforum.org/2015/awards

 

5 November 2014 

 

 

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