As the last quarter of 2020 approaches, FIATA continues to prove its resilience to the freight forwarding industry. Despite facing a challenging year, going through a major organizational restructure shaped by the move to Geneva and experiencing extraordinary circumstances triggered by COVID-19, FIATA continues working to deliver to its members by bringing them together like never before. Over the past year, numerous meetings have taken place with members and leadership to ensure that FIATA is an organization that will remain fit for future challenges. The opportunities for members to discuss with each other pressing issues in the logistics industry and connect with one another, through the support and platforms provided by FIATA, has reached an unrivalled level in FIATA's memories. Similarly, collaboration with relevant stakeholders has intensified through FIATA’s presence in Geneva, contributing to the pursuit of FIATA's objectives in areas such as trade facilitation, digitization of the freight forwarding sector, promotion of sustainability and safety in supply chains, and the fight against abusive competition and dominant positions for market efficiency.
For more insight on FIATA’s work on these and other topics, members and the public are encouraged to read the September issue of the FIATA Review, which is a reflection of the organization bringing value to its members.
The Working Group Sea Transport recently launched a global survey on container surcharge practices to better understand what are perceived to be the most unfair container surcharges around the world. FIATA is pleased to see a fantastic response rate so far, and continues to encourage its members to complete this form and to share it within their national contexts to ensure that FIATA can receive a comprehensive set of results.
FIATA is currently participating in the resumed 53rd session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL), in which work is underway to develop better harmonization and modernization of legislation on key topics for the industry. In the context of its ongoing collaboration with UNCITRAL, FIATA was pleased to deliver a statement to support UNCITRAL's work to bridge the various railway conventions, and the possible future development of a new international instrument on multimodal negotiable transport documents that can help to facilitate the development of railway transport.
FIATA continues to ensure that its institutes are able to come together to update on recent progress and discuss the latest industry developments at this critical time, with regular virtual meetings over Zoom. In addition, despite the postponement of this year's FIATA World Congress (FWC) in Busan, Republic of Korea, FIATA is currently planning the meetings of the Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI) and the Airfreight Institute (AFI) to coincide with those that would have taken place at the FWC this autumn. Further details will be provided on this shortly.
The FIATA Head Office met with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) last week and exchanged on the challenges in the area of sustainability for the industry in the near future. The priorities set by the presidency for the Working Group Sustainable Logistics create avenues for future collaboration with TIACA and other industry associations to take into consideration the multimodal dimension of logistics.
The exchanges highlighted the importance of industry associations collaboration for pragmatic and efficient sustainability initiatives, as well as the key role of industry associations in being a platform allowing exchanges on best practices and supporting, in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises in their sustainability endeavours.
As a first step of this collaboration, FIATA Professional Development and Sustainability Officer, Dr Nina Eggert, will join a panel of industry experts to discuss decarbonizing air cargo on a SUSTAINABILITY4CARGO webinar organized by TIACA on 17 September 2020.
The last Working Group meeting on 14 September 2020 discussed standards related to the digital identity. OpenID Connect and SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management) are of particular interest for the FIATA digital identity project, as they are international and widely recognized standards that respectively provide solutions to authenticate users and provision and manage identities. OpenID Connect enables the creation of federated identity systems where a common extendable set of identity attributes can be used to authenticate an entity to several software/platforms, whereas SCIM defines methods to create, update and delete identities.
The Working Group also discussed the different types of profiles that could be created (legal entities/individuals/systems) and their relationship with national associations. Further research and analysis will be conducted in the upcoming weeks and a first draft of the FIATA digital identity solution will be presented during the next Working Group meeting, which will take place on 7 October 2020.
The FIATA World Congress (FWC) in Busan, Republic of Korea, has officially been rescheduled to 13-16 September 2022 – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next in line is the FWC in Brussels, Belgium, which will take place from 26-29 October 2021.
Learn more about the upcoming congress in an interview with the 2021 FWC Chair, Marc Huybrechts, featured in page 22 of the latest FIATA Review. For more information on the congress, visit www.fiata2021.com.