The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) reached in Bali in December 2013 is a major step forward in the facilitation of global trade.
A harmonised, forward looking and compliant implementation of the TFA's provisions will be a key factor of sustainable growth in the countries that will swiftly implement the agreement, by promoting simplification of Customs procedures globally with a win-win collaborative approach among contracting parties.
FIATA is pleased that advance information for safety and security was put forward by the WTO as a facilitation aspect, now awaiting economies which have not yet availed themselves of this instrument and are WTO members to work in this direction.
At its annual FIATA Headquarters Session's Customs Affairs (CAI) meeting in Zurich, March 2015, CAI Chairman Stephen Morris encouraged FIATA members to be proactive in addressing their respective ministries on the need to create a National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTA) in a timely manner.
Morris said: "Make sure that logistics and supply chain related services are appropriately represented in the Facilitation Committees, for the improvement of the regulatory interface and with the aim of fostering the fruitful, swift and efficient implementation of the agreement as widely as possible in the world."
FIATA appeals with this public statement -
THE TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT
- Main instrument of development for better global trade -
To the WTO member states competent authorities to be engaging with their countries FIATA Association Member. FIATA Association members are the centres of competence for Freight Forwarders, Customs and Logistics Service Providers, who have unique expertise in all modes of transport and are main providers of trade facilitation for their shipper customers.
Marco Sorgetti, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
13 May 2015