E-Flash Nbr 3 - 23 November 2009

FIATA invited by UN-ESCAP to support workshop

FIATA has been invited by UN-ESCAP to delegate an expert to their Train-the-Trainer workshop on 16-19 November, 2009 in Bangkok. The programme has brought together trainers from nine countries to review the foundation course in multimodal transort and logistics. The programme has also considered learning pathways beyond the foundation course to the structuring of several certificate courses and a Diplma which as aligned to the FIATA Diploma syllabus.

The Chairman of the FIATA Advisory Body Vocational Training, Mr Thomas Sim from Singapore, has represented FIATA at this important regional workshop.

Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2010

Bangkok 2010 - Give this unique opportunity to young professional of the industry up to the age of 30, to become a regional or even the overall winner of the "Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award" and participate at the next FIATA World congress in Bangkok free of charge! The overall winner 2009, Mrs Alina Wenzel (Germany) said in Geneva "...winning this Award is definitely a step in the right direction. I met so many people from all over the world... Furthermore my name appeared in professional jounals in many different countries, so I have a good reputation. A lot of customers call an tell me that they have read about my success...".

We look forward to many nominations (one candidate per country) from Association Members until latest 15 January, 2010. Thank you! For details please contact the FIATA Association Member in your country. You may also contact YIFFYA Administrator at yiffa.admin(at)thomasmiller.com or the FIATA Secretariat at schoeni(at)fiata.com directly.

Rail Market Place in Istanbul

On 22-23 October, 2009 UIC and FIATA Working Group Rail Transport jointly organized a Market Place Seminar "Rail Transport Connecting Continents" in Istanbul, Turkey. Almost 100 participants from 15 countries attended the event in order to learn more about the current and future rail situation in South Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The conclusions from the sessions were that Turkey, ideally located between Europe, Asia and Middle East, has the potential to become a major rail logistic hub. The market is constantly expanding and their trade balance with Central Europe has nearly been equalised, which enables the development of efficient railway products involving goods in both directions of traffic. Discussions between participants at the seminar were very productive it became obvious that railways' competitiveness and service level must be improved before greater volumes can be transported by rail. These are the absence of liberalisation in some countries, and the lack of infrastructure. Market liberalisation enables competition which in turn facilitates the development of more attractive railway products, such as one-stop-shopping.

Finally, participants expressed their interest in continuing this activity. For this reason UiC and FIATA wil work towards organizzing a further Market Place Seminar in 2011.

For more information please contact the FIATA Secretariat at zimmermann(at)fiata.com

CORRECTION: New liability limit for transportation subject to the Montreal Convention (1999)

AFI informed in our FIATA e-flash of September 2009 and through the FDDS under DOCUMENT AFI 330/331 about the MC99 and its new liability limit of 19 SDR per kilogramme, to become effective as of 1 January 2010.

As by the latest information FIATA received from IATA, the ICAO Secretariat considers 30 December 2009 as the effective date for the entering into force of the revised liability limits. IATA apologizes for the confusion.

FIATA Headquarters' Session 2010

We like to advise you that next year's Headquarters' Session will be held on 19 60 21 March, 2010 at the SwissĂ´tel in Zurich-Oerlikon. the final program will be available in January, 2010.

23 November 2009

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