1. 2015 FIATA World Congress – The Industry's Gathering in Taipei
This year's World Congress attracted almost 1000 delegates gathering in Chinese Taipei with a wealth of interesting agenda topics on hand. The sessions engaged delegates gathering panels with high level speakers which produced concrete results through the establishment of working groups, agreements and clear actions. It was immediately evident that the congress was FIATA's standing point for the industry to stay completive in a constantly changing environment.
At the height of the congress was the election of Mr. Huxiang Zhao, from China as the new President of FIATA. At the General Meeting in Taipei, Mr. Zhao presentation highlighted collaboration among members as a means to take the industry to new heights. His appointment was applauded by all delegates who approached him afterwards with congratulatory remarks. The new Presidency of FIATA represents all four regions of the constituency, thus showing the truly global nature of FIATA.
2. FIATA announces winner of forwarder award
FIATA celebrates the achievements of young freight forwarders at its Annual Congress every year. This year was no exception as the numerous attendees at the Taipei Congress applauded the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award, the charming Daniella Smal of Zambia, who gave FIATA delegates a convincing presentation after being awarded the prize.
Insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club is proud to have sponsored this award for each of its seventeen years and Claims Manager, Mike Yarwood, was ready to rejoice with all four regional winners. The YIFFYA is really the sight into our future; it contributes to making our ranks forward looking and capable of taking present and future challenges with confidence.
3. Last chance to register for the 7th FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar bearing the theme "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 the 24th and a technical visit to the port of Antwerp on the 25th.
The detailed programme and the registration form can be found on the special seminar website: www.marketplaceseminar.org
4. FIATA Payments no longer accepting bank draft payments
As announced in previous e-flash issues, FIATA had advised of a new service when making payments through bank drafts. FIATA is now receiving issues with the receipt of payments for bank drafts from the banks. Therefore, the encashment of bank drafts and cheques is suspended; FIATA in general can no longer accept payments by bank drafts or cheques. FIATA accepts all credit cards and welcomes bank transfers, but is unable to accept cheques and drafts for payment of fees. Members should be thus guided.
5. UNWTO and ICAO enhance cooperation in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have announced a new joint strategic statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development (Medellin, Colombia, September 14, 2015).
It highlights the potential of air transport and tourism to improving socio-economic prosperity and promote sustainable development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) expected to be agreed at the United Nations SDG Summit next week in New York. To read more please visit: http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-15/unwto-and-icao-enhance-cooperation-support-un-sustainable-development-goals
6. UNCTAD Secretary-General proposes four "action lines' to help end poverty and meet new development goals
As governments across the globe prepare to adopt 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi presented to United Nations member States in Geneva his report to the fourteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV) taking place in Lima, Peru, on 14–18 March 2016.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require resource mobilization on an unparalleled scale, he added. "Developing countries alone will need to invest $ 3.3 to 4.5 trillion per year in basic infrastructure, food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, health and education," leaving "a gap of $2.5 trillion annually in real terms". To read more please visit: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Home.aspx
7. Road, Railways and Ferries closed as immigration flood overwhelm transport
Borders are being closed and major European Union (EU) treaties are being suspended as tens of thousands of migrants swarm across Europe, overwhelming national forces. The resulting bottlenecks are causing significant trouble for European transport infrastructure. Major road and rail closures are now familiar, for example, to Britain and France, as migrants risk their lives to make it from France to the United Kingdom by way of the Channel Tunnel. But the immigrant blockage is now filtering back through Europe. If in doubt on the travel and border crossing conditions, we recommend taking contact with our association members active in the different countries, published on http://fiata.com/membership/association-members.html
8. First new international rail crossing for decades
The first new international rail crossing between the USA and Mexico since 1910 was recently inaugurated by US and Mexican government officials. Known as the west rail bypass international bridge, the crossing Brownsville TX, with Matamoros, the neighbouring city across the Mexican border.
The crossing is designed to alleviate urban congestion and address safety concerns by re-routing rail traffic out of the most populated areas in Brownsville and Matamoros, while expanding regional transportation capacity. Goods worth nearly USD 1.5 billion per day flow between the USA and Mexico, 80% are sent via road and rail.
17 September 2015