1. Have you registered? – 2015 FIATA World Congress is your priority now!
The World Congress, set to kick off on September 8th in Chinese Taipei, is about to start, in-depth discussions and actions from our industry together with the elections of the new Extended Board and Presidency will take place in Taipei 8th till 13th of September. Before we run out of places, please hurry to be part of this historic moment by easily registering online at http://www.fiata2015.org/Registration.
For any questions about visas or hotels, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly member (ops(at)fiata2015.org or registration(at)fiata2015.org) at FIATA World Congress 2015 Organising Committee who are hosting the event this year.
2. Registration for the 7th FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar
The registration is open for the FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar titled "RAIL CROSSROADS". The seminar will be held in Antwerp, Belgium on 24th and 25th of September 2015, with the goal of bringing together railway undertakings, terminal operators, freight forwarders and customers. The seminar fee is EUR 290.00 and includes the full seminar programme as well as a gourmet dinner on 24th of September 2015 and a technical visit to the port of Antwerp on 25th of September 2015.
A meaningful exchange of views requires limiting the event to a maximum number of participants and this is the organisers cannot guarantee access if your booking is late. If you are interested in attending, please register as early as possible on the special seminar website: www.marketplaceseminar.org
3. The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award winners are public now
TT Club and FIATA believe the annual award and the associated entry process is crucial in identifying, recognising and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world.
The four regional finalists, selected this year from among 16 entries representing national forwarding associations are:
Region Africa/Middle East Mrs Daniella Smal, Zambia
Region Americas Mr Kaya Karakaya, Canada
Region Asia/Pacific Mr Madi Kassabekov, Kazakhstan
Region Europe Mrs Jennifer Taylor, England
The high standard work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it.
4. IATA CASS Governance actions
IATA informed FIATA about their temporary move to fortnightly remittance for CASS Greece starting with the sales period of 1st till 15th of July 2015. This move was made based on the autonomous authority granted by IATA Resolutions to the Agency Administrator. IATA CASS Greece will move back to monthly remittance once the Greek banking system returns to normal service. The carriers remain able to opt for monthly remittance as per the current IATA CASS calendar if they so choose.
5. EU extends Iran sanctions' suspension for six month
On 15th of July the EU Council opted to prolong the suspension of EU's Iran sanctions for six month. The information was sent the day after a group of six nations led by the United States reached a historic agreement last Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. The time will be used by the EU to make the necessary arrangements and preparations for the implementation of the new Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Factsheet the Joint Plan of Action with Iran of 24 November 2013:
6. Sanctions Compliance in the maritime transportation sector
There is an increasing expectation that freight forwarders, carriers, financial service providers and port operators have sanctions compliance programmes in place. Best practices are set out in a recent UN Security Council report "Sanctions compliance for the maritime transportation sector": http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2015/28 drafted with the help of the Alpha Project at King's College, London.
Sanctions change regularly in response to international developments or other factors. Such changes can open up new markets. They can also make life difficult for companies wishing to compete while remaining compliant with the changes.
The Alpha Project, a member of FIATA, offers bespoke services and training to support the compliance programmes of maritime transportation sector companies:
7. U.S. Customs and Border Protection - ACE and Automated Systems
USCBP automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.
CBP has established the following mandatory dates for transitioning to ACE:
1 May 2015 – Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic manifest filing
1 Nov 2015 – Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic cargo release and related entry summary filing
1 Oct 2016 – Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process
For interested readers, the following link shows ACE Basics:
8. Brokers/Filers Are Responsible to Maintain their ACE Account Information
U.S. CBP requires all Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal users to maintain their Point of Contact, Address, Telephone Number, and Email Address information. Brokers and Filers are reminded to regularly review and update their account information in the ACE Secure Data Portal to avoid delays in important communications between CBP and the account.
Source: Cargo Systems Messaging Service
The enforcement of Notice no. 5 of 19 February 2015 from the Angolan General Tax Administration to release shipments without presentation of original Bills of Ladings has finally been revoked with immediate effect. The shipping community has successful contested the ruling number 003258/DNPA/DSA/AGT/2015. As a result, the releasing processes in Angolan ports is back to international standards and import containers/cargoes will only be released against presentation of original Bills of Lading.
10. Brazilian government changes rules on concessions
FIATA received information that the Brazilian government is looking at changing the rules for port concessions. Interested members are invited to read the article from its source.
Source: Port Strategy
11. Nepal, Fund donations still open
FIATA recently announced its initiative which aims to collect proceeds for the situation in NEPAL providing the opportunity for members to contribute donations to the following account:
CH90 0070 0130 0085 2975 2
SWIFT/BICC code: ZKBKCHZZ80A
Mentioning: FIATA NEPAL FUNDRAISING
The proceeds of your donations will be transferred to Médicines sans Frontières and the Red Cross/Red Crescent to alleviate the situation in Nepal. There is a similar arrangement to the global success story of the EBOLA fund, which raised in excess of 100,0000 USD.
Please note donations are open for everybody.
17 July 2015