1. Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation: 2014-2015 - Call for Input from FIATA's Membership
The United Nations Regional Commissions including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in collaboration with OECD, Oceania Customs Organisation Secretariat (OCO) and UNCTAD, are conducting a global survey to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from their respective member states.
They have invited experts interested in sharing expertise and knowledge on different aspects of trade facilitation and paperless trade to participate. FIATA encourages input from its membership by completing the below online survey. Your responses will enable the countries to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making and highlight the needs for capacity building.
For access to the survey please click the link: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Global-Survey-on-Trade-Facilitation-and-Paperless-Trade-Implementation
2. Attend the FIATA Headquarters' Session 2015 from March 19th to 21st
As in every year, FIATA will host its annual HQ Session at Swissõtel, in Zürich. Participation of FIATA Members is very valuable as it makes it possible for FIATA to continuously improve its work and, in that process, build new opportunities.
To ensure that there is adequate time for visa requests and to ensure appropriate accommodations please register as soon as possible.
The registration form, hotel booking forms and the Swiss special rate code are available online under this link: http://fiata.com/events/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html.
We look forward to seeing you there!
3. Discount on air fare for the HQ Session
As official carrier to FIATA HQ Session 2015, March 19th to 22nd Swiss International Air Lines offers you the best booking flexibility together with Swiss product and service quality, all at a significantly discounted price. As the national airline of Switzerland, they offer event participants a reduction of up to 10% off regular fares.
Discounted congress fares are specifically marked as special rates and make it possible for you to rebook flexibly or cancel if necessary. Reductions depend on the fare type, routing and availability and are valid on the full SWISS network for flights to Switzerland, including flights operated by one of their partner airlines with an LX flight number. These fares are bookable with immediate effect for the travel period 14 days before and after the event (March 5th to April 5th).
To take advantage of this offer, book simply and conveniently on swiss.com via the following link: www.swiss.com/event
Please provide your e-mail address and the event code: 7868-2378-8433-1759
SWISS is already looking forward to pampering you with typical Swiss hospitality on board.
4. FIATA Fund for Ebola Relief remains open for donations
The Fund, established at the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul, has been busily receiving donations from FIATA Members around the world and is still open. The Secretariat would also like to make it known that the fund is open to all, not just the entities that made the initial pledges.
If you would like to contribute to the fund and help fight the dangerous Ebola outbreak in West Africa,
Please use the following bank information to make your contributions:
US Dollars Account Number:
CH92 0070 0130 0083 3435 8
Reference: EBOLA FUND
CH 8302 Kloten
Or please contact Matthew Huston in the FIATA Secretariat: Huston(at)fiata.com
5. FIATA Foundation conducts Train-the-Trainer Programme in Chile
The FIATA Foundation for Vocational Training chose a fine way to start this year, sponsoring a Train-the-Trainer course in Santiago de Chile from January 2nd to 16th, 2015. During the two weeks, 13 course attendants obtained professional training in a condensed fashion. The FIATA Foundation’s reputation as an educational powerhouse is well-deserved – as can be inferred from some of the participants' feedback.
Thanks to ALOG's (Asociación Logística de Chile) proactive participation in the programme design, local facilitators were also engaged. Successful TOT graduates will receive a Train-the-Trainer Certification that validates them as official FIATA Foundation Trainers. ALOG lies at the forefront of a determined education agenda – collaborating with national universities a course will be launched in Chile in March this year.
Aware of the strong need for differentiated development options in the transportation and logistics industry, the FIATA Foundation is planning two further TOT Programmes this year, one in Zimbabwe and another in Cameroon.
6. 2015 ALACAT Congress in Honduras - May 18th to 20th
For its strategic location and importance for international trade, Honduras was selected as host country for the thirty-second edition of the Congress of the Federation of National Associations of Freight Forwarders and International Logistics Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean (ALACAT).
The XXXII ALACAT 2015 Congress is being organized in this occasion by the Honduran Association of Freight Forwarders and International Logistics Operators (AHACI), becoming Honduras first Central American country to host the ALACAT Congresses.
For the full Congress programme and to register please visit the following site: http://www.alacat2015.com/en/
7. 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:
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
8. Canada bans lithium metal cargo on airliners
While most passenger airlines in Canada have already voluntarily banned lithium metal batteries as cargo, the ban comes into effect on January 1, 2015, to comply with the ICAO ban. It will apply to all shipments of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft within Canada.
See more: http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2014/12/federal-government-bans-shipments-of-lithium-metal-batteries-on-passenger-flights/
9. DoC - UNCTAD sign pact to introduce fully automated customs system
Department of Customs (DoC) has signed an agreement with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for upgrading Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) into ASYCUDA World in order to make the customs clearance process easy and transparent.
See more: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=89731
10. Canada's "COOL" ties with the U.S.
Such is the case with Canada and its largest trading partner, as our battle against the U.S.'s Country of Origin Labelling scheme (COOL) continues with seemingly no end in sight. An American initiative which, by some estimates, has cost beef and pork industries in Canada over $1 billion.
See more: http://lethbridgeherald.com/commentary/opinions/2015/01/03/canadas-cool-ties-with-the-us/
30 Januar 2015