e-Flash No. 145 - 27 February 2017

 

ASSOCIATIONS’ AFFAIRS

 

1. FIATA’s Membership Continues Strong in Early Part of 2017

Looking at January 2017, FIATA welcomed 22 new members. We wish all these new FIATA members, as well as the thousands of others who make up the large FIATA membership base prosperity and much success in business. We look forward to working with them throughout this year and having them be an active part of FIATA’s work.

For more details on our new members please visit: http://fiata.com/media/press-releases/2017/08-february.html

 

2. 2017 RAME Field Meeting Registration Open – May 4-6th Casablanca, Morocco

RAME’s 17th annual conference will be held between 4th - 6th of May 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca, Morocco – organised by The Association of Freight Forwarders of Morocco (AFFM). This meeting will enable freight forwarders to establish contacts and develop regional business relationships. This edition will be under the theme “Connect and Achieve with Efficiency and Sustainability”.

For more details on the conference and to registration please visit the meeting’s website at: http://rame2017.com/

 

3. FIATA Participates in UNCTAD’s 1st International Forum for Trade Facilitation Committee

More than 300 participants from some 70 countries attended the week-long meeting. The participants represented public sector agencies such as the Ministry of Trade and the Customs Authority as well as the private sector. Women represented one third of participants. FIATA’s Customs Affairs Chair, Mr. Stephen Morris participated on a panel underlining that a change of mind-set is needed on who to involve in trade facilitation discussions. He also stressed that NTFC-members need further training on the TFA and its benefits for driving economic growth.

To read the final report of the meeting can be accessed at:

http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/Report_NTFCForum_Geneva_en.pdf

 

4. FIATA Public Statement Advocating Free Trade

FIATA has responded to the recent rise of protectionism by highlighting the value of free trade, trade facilitation, and trade development − which will be the themes at this coming annual 2017 FIATA World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Stressing that the forwarding industry’s services are “the backbone of international trade” FIATA’s newly published position paper emphasises that losing faith in international cooperation leads to futile contemplation and sterile fire-fighting from one insurgence to another.

To read the paper please visit:

http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/The__Building_Blocks__of_Free_Trade.pdf

 

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

5. WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22nd of February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the agreement from its 164 members needed to bring the TFA into force.

To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news17_e/fac_31jan17_e.htm

 

6. WTO – DG Azevêdo: Work to Cut Trade Costs in Africa

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was in Dakar, Senegal, on February 16th 2017, for meetings with President Macky Sall, Trade Minister Alioune Sarr and other high-level government representatives. As part of his visit, the Director-General also spoke at the “Forum des Ports Africains”, where he highlighted the importance of modernising and harmonising port procedures in Africa to support the process of economic integration across the continent.

To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news17_e/dgra_16feb17_e.htm

 

7. WCO Partners with WTO to Help National Committees on Trade Facilitation

The French session of the WTO Advanced Course for Chairs of National Committees on Trade Facilitation (NCTFs) was held from 30th of January to 10th of February 2017 at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The course benefitted over 23 government officials from 20 French-Speaking countries and from the secretariat of the Central Africa Monetary and Economic Community. The WTO invited the WCO to co-facilitate this workshop in partnership with the World Bank Group, World Economic Forum, UNECE, UNCTAD, ITC and IATA.

To read more please visit: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2017/february/wco-partners-with-the-wto-in-building-capacities-of-chairs-of-national-committees.aspx

 

8. WCO Explores Further Cooperation with COMESA and Examines Zambia’s Progress

At the invitation of Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya visited Lusaka, Zambia on 8-9th of February 2017 to discuss the progress of Customs reform in Zambia and seek more cooperation with COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa). Secretary General Mikuriya visited the COMESA headquarters to explore further cooperation, using the political impetus of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and ongoing economic integration initiatives in Africa.

To read more please visit: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2017/february/wco-acknowledges-zambia-progress-in-customs-modernization_explores-further-cooperation-with-comesa.aspx

 

9. UNECA - African Corridor Management Alliance to Strengthen Economic Corridors

The Economic Commission for Africa, through the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is holding a meeting in collaboration with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and other Corridor Management Institutions (CMIs) to establish the African Corridor Management Alliance.

Read more at: http://www.uneca.org/stories/african-corridor-management-alliance-strengthen-economic-corridors

 

10. Japan and EU Confirm Commitment to Conclude EU-Japan FTA Negotiations

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida met last week in Bonn to discuss the way forward for the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan. Both parties reaffirmed their commitment to reach a highly comprehensive and ambitious agreement as early as possible. Both parties also confirmed their commitment to concluding in parallel a Strategic Partnership Agreement, to ensure that the whole EU-Japan relationship is consolidated and made fit for current challenges.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1625

 

11. European Commission Welcomes Parliament’s Support of Trade Deal with Canada

Last week the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level. CETA creates new opportunities for EU companies. It will save EU businesses over €500 million a year currently paid in tariffs on goods that are exported to Canada. Almost 99% of these savings start from day one.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1624

 

12. UN Regional Commissions Launch Second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation

The second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation will be carried out until the end of March 2017. It is jointly conducted by the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) - ECA, UNECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA.

To provide your input to the survey by 31st of March 2017:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UNRCs_Global_Survey_2017

Detailed information on the survey is available at:

https://www.unece.org/tradewelcome/outreach-and-support-for-trade-facilitation/joint-unrcs-approach-to-trade-facilitation.html

 

 

SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS & CONNECTIVITY

13. UNESCAP - Business Sector Essential Partner in Achieving Sustainable Development

Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development counts on the Asia-Pacific region developing new forms of partnerships with businesses that go beyond the delivery of traditional government-to-government official development assistance and technical support, according to the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) at the thirteenth Asia-Pacific Business Forum (ABPF).

Read more at: http://www.unescap.org/news/business-sector-essential-partner-achieving-sustainable-development-un-forum-concludes

 

14. UNFCCC – COP 23 Website Launched

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6th  to 17th  November at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat. The Conference will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji. The event website has been launched and information will be continuously updated. To reach the website please visit: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop-23-bonn/

 

15. UNFCCC - Countries Show How They Are Implementing Climate Policies

In a fifth round of transparent sharing of updates on achieving their 2020 emission reduction targets, 18 developed countries will present their achievements in implementing climate policies in May.Among the 18 countries that will present updates are the United States of America, France and the Russian Federation are (full list of countries can be found here). Additionally, a number of Parties like the EU and Australia stated that they are on track to exceed their 2020 targets.

To read more please visit: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/new-round-of-implementation-assessments-in-2017/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSOCIATIONS’ AFFAIRS

1. FIATA Individual Membership on the Rise, Listen

A warm welcome to all new FIATA members starting with the 36 new members who joined us at the beginning of this year. We look forward to working with them and having them actively engaged in FIATA’s work and with one another. Every month we publish a Press Release listing our new members, this is January: http://fiata.com/media/press-releases/2017/12-january.html

Listening to our members is bread and butter for us each and every day. Some asked for guidance on how to interact with each other.  The FIATA website shows all active members here http://fiata.com/membership/individual-members/members-directory-submit/members-directory.html - you can search by country, by town and by name or in combination of these elements; each ember has full style data and is therefore listed as the service provider of reference in its country or territory. The list is used and useful for other members, as well as for customers and other service providers. The service is there and it is a significant part of the FIATA’s value proposition to its members, use it!

 

2. 2017 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award News

21 nominations have been received for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2017. Four regional finalists will be selected and invited to the FIATA World Congress taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October.

Past winning dissertations are accessible on the FIATA Website: http://fiata.com/learning/yiffy-award/dissertations.html on this website you can also see the 2016 winners in action, look out for the videos: http://fiata.com/learning/yiffy-award/recent-yiffy-award-winners.html

 

LEARNING WITH FIATA

3. FIATA Logistics Academy Bringing MIT to YOU

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FLA presents a promotional code for 10% off the Supply Chain MicroMasters courses which include: Supply Chain Analytics, Supply Chain Dynamics, Supply Chain Design, Supply Chain Fundamentals, and Supply Chain Technology. Use the code 3TMSGT4522NE4RM5 or use the URL:https://ecommerce.edx.org/coupons/offer/?code=3TMSGT4522NE4RM5 to register with a discount.

 

4. FLA has Partnered with Bis

To offer you the opportunity to earn your degree or professional certificate online. Now is the time to invest in your future, just as many of your colleagues are doing. Take control of your career and empower yourself by earning a degree or professional certificate from an accredited university.  Collaborating Universities include Villanova University, University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, Florida Institute of Technology and others:

https://www.bisk.com/mini-sites/corp/fiata/

 

5. World Bank Offers Free Online Course on Trade Financing

The World Bank Group is offering a free online course on financing for development which starts on March 1st. Registration is here:https://www.edx.org/course/financing-development-unlocking-wbgx-f4d01x

The four-week online course – entitled “Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities” - will discuss approaches currently being considered by global leaders to finance the sustainable development agenda. Key concepts, terminology, sources of development finance, and the need for increased use of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and innovative financing solutions will be covered.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

6. FIATA Conducts Survey on eCommerce

FIATA is conducting its own survey to assess the impact of eCommerce on freight flows and highlighting bottle necks. Early findings reveal that freight items are being posted more often through eCommerce platforms, which presents an opportunity and a challenge for forwarders coping with the ever changing demands of new trading environments. Results wil be made available to the public and to institutions soon.

Members interested in accessing FIATA’s 5-minute survey, please visit

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PY3BLVZ

 

7. UNCTAD - "Make trade facilitation a reality" - Officials meet at the first UNCTAD-hosted forum to prepare for new global trade facilitation agreement

With a major global agreement on making international trade "faster, easier and cheaper" due to take effect in the early weeks of 2017, more than 300 officials from some 70 countries gathered for the first time at an UNCTAD-organised forum in Geneva on 23rd of January. FIATA was invited to participate in the discussions and SVP Badat and CAI Chair Morris represented FIATA. An interactive map showed users which National Trade Facilitation Committees have already been formally established and the legal instruments they used such as decrees, ministerial decisions, and terms of references, among others.

To read about FIATA’s position in regards to facilitation please visit:

http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Position_Papers/TFA_Main_instrument_of_development_for_better_global_trade_Public_statement_.pdf

For more information on the tools and the event please visit:

http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1420&Sitemap_x0020_Taxonomy=UNCTAD%20Home;#1721;#Transport;#1921;#Transport Infrastructure and Services;#510;#Trade Facilitation;#1450;#Technology and Logistics

 

8. TIR soon to be Operational in Pakistan

A guarantee agreement on TIR was signed on 27.1.2017 at the Custom House in Karachi, bringing operations of the global transit system ever closer for Pakistan. The agreement demonstrates the required level of understanding reached by the main TIR players in the country and paves the way for the system to start moving goods across Pakistan’s borders, saving time and money for transport operators and Customs authorities.

This important new milestone establishing a solid base for the successful start of TIR implementation in Pakistan. For further information please refer to:

 https://www.iru.org/resources/newsroom/tir-soon-be-operational-pakistan

 

9. UNCTAD – Global foreign direct investment fell 13% in 2016, but modest recovery expected in 2017 - new figures

Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 13% in 2016 to an estimated $1.52 trillion as global economic growth remained weak and world trade volumes posted anaemic gains, according to the latest UNCTAD Global Investment Trends Monitor.

To read about UNCTAD’s report and findings please visit: http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1437&Sitemap_x0020_Taxonomy=UNCTAD%20Home;#6;#Investment and Enterprise;#1618;#Investment Trends and Policies Monitors

 

10. UNCTAD – Small Businesses in Egypt to Benefit from eCommerce

Just one in 10 small handicraft businesses in Egypt currently use the Internet and even fewer sell their products online, but this will change quickly according to UNCTAD.

To read more about UNCTAD’s study conducted in Egypt please visit:

http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1430&Sitemap_x0020_Taxonomy=Information%20and%20Communication%20Technologies;#2094;#ICT Policy Reviews;#20;#UNCTAD Home

 

11. New Investor-State Arbitrations in 2016, ISDS Navigator Updat

UNCTAD has completed its regular update of the Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator. The ISDS Navigator is now up-to-date as of 1st of January 2017. In 2016, investors initiated 62 known ISDS cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs). This number is lower than in the preceding year (74 cases in 2015), but higher than the 10-year average of 49 cases (2006-2015). The update of the ISDS Navigator covers new cases as well as new information on existing case entries. To read more please visit: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=d604c2bc59&e=9edbed2164

 

12. WCO - Oman's AEO Programme Launche

The Omani Customs made impressive progress over recent years in incorporating WCO standards and best practices in its procedures, acceding to the Revised Kyoto Convention in 2015 and the Harmonized System Convention in 2016. Last week they celebrated the launching of their AEO program at the International Customs Day at the WCO in Brussels.

To read more please visit: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2017/january/oman-s-aeo-programme-launched-during-international-customs-day-celebrations.aspx

 

13. WCO - Thai and Korean Customs Administrations Sign AEO MRA

Thai Customs has established its Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in accordance with the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade. Thai Customs undertakes to establish international AEO partnerships by means of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). In 2014 Thai Customs signed an Action Plan with its Korean counterpart to develop cooperation. This has now led to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement. To read more please visit:

http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2017/january/thai-and-korean-customs-administrations-sign-an-aeo-mutual-recognition-arrangement.aspx

 

14. EU and Mexico Agree to Accelerate Trade Talks

The European Union and Mexico will hold two additional negotiating rounds before the summer as part of an accelerated negotiation schedule for a new, reformed Free Trade Agreement. Between 2005 and 2015, the yearly trade flow of goods between the two partners more than doubled (from €26 billion to €53 billion), against the backdrop of the existing Free Trade Agreement.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1617

 

15. EU and Indonesia Accelerate Trade Talk

The European Commission published on February 7th nine initial European proposals for the trade agreement under negotiation with Indonesia. Together with the proposals, the Commission has made available the report from the second round of talks that took place in Indonesia between 24 and 27 January. The texts now made available represent the EU's initial negotiating position, and its publication is part of the Commission's commitment for a more transparent trade and investment policy.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1621

 

AIR FREIGHT

16. IATA, UNCTAD Collaborate to Boost Global Adoption of Cargo Messaging Standard

IATA and UNCTAD announced that IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into ASYCUDA World, the UNCTAD automated customs management system used by 90 countries worldwide for their Customs procedures. The integration of Cargo-XML in ASYCUDA World standardises the electronic communications between airlines and Customs authorities using the program

To read more please visit: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2017-01-25-01.aspx

 

17. IATA - Air Cargo Ends 2016 on a Positive Note

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 3.8% in 2016 compared to 2015. This was nearly double the industry’s average growth rate of 2.0% over the last five years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), increased by 5.3% in 2016.

To read the full analysis please visit: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2017-02-01-01.aspx

 

SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS & CONNECTIVITY

18. ICAO Secretary General Contributes Aviation Perspectives to Davo

ICAO perspectives were well reflected in the WEF Board of Stewards’ recommendations on the design and implementation of a pilot trusted-traveller programme, one which would employ technology-based security solutions based on harmonised international standards and integrated digital identity principles. On the topic of clean mobility, the Stewards’ Board specifically referenced the ICAO CORSIA agreement as a benchmark for further mobility climate initiatives globally.

Read more at: http://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/icao-secretary-general-contributes-aviation-perspectives-to-davos-mobility-discussions.aspx

 

19. UNFCCC – Developing Countries Urgently Need Finance to Green Power Sector

Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean urgently need financial support to green their power sectors and thereby implement their national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This is a key finding of a survey conducted by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which looks at what is required so that countries can implement the “Nationally Determined Contributions” (NDCs) they have submitted. 

Read more at: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/developing-countries-urgently-need-finance-to-green-their-power-sectors/

 

20. ITF - CO2 Mitigation Measures for Transport Will Not Achieve Climate Ambitions

Current and foreseeable policies to mitigate carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from global transport activity will not suffice to achieve the international community’s climate ambitions, a new study published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) finds. Continued strong growth in demand for mobility means that even in the most optimistic scenario, transport CO2 emissions in 2050 will still be at 2015 levels of around 7.5 giga-tonnes, according to projections published in the ITF Transport Outlook 2017.

The read FIATA’s position paper on mitigating carbon footprint please visit: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Position_Papers/FIATA_Statement_-_The_Need_to_Assess_Connectivity_Measure_for_Freight_Transport.pdf

To review the article please visit: http://www.itf-oecd.org/node/20868

 

21. UNEP - Financial Institutions Set Standards for Financing Sustainable Development

Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totalling $6.6 trillion in assets, launched today the Principles for Positive Impact Finance - a first of its kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable.

 

To read more please visit: http://www.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/news-and-updates/launch-of-new-standards-for-financing-sustainable-development

 

 

 

 

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