E-Flash Nbr 4 - 18 December 2009

The US Department of Homeland Security rolls back 100 percent scanning to 2014

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will push back by two years the deadline for scanning all U.S.-bound ocean-shipping containers at foreign ports, as permitted under the 2007 law that included the requirement.

The DHS head cited lack of available technology and software that can automatically detect suspicious anomalies in containers, logistical challenges and a shortage of DHS manpower to view images as key reasons for seeking the time extensions. In order to implement the 100 percent scanning requirement by the 2012 deadline, DHS would need significant resources for greater manpower and technology, technologies that do not currently exist, and the redesign of many ports.

FIATA will keep you informed on further developments on this item.

Import Cargo into Pakistan (Reminder)

The Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) in Pakistan published a decision, with the declaration provisions of the SRO.450 (I) 2001, that all import cargo shall be accompanied with a copy of the packing list and commercial invoice(s). This is valid for all import cargo entering the customs area for clearance, and shall be handled in the following manner:

- In case of containerized full container load (FCL) cargo, the documents shall be taped on the inner side of the door of the container.

- In case of one consignment in multiple containers, each container shall have such documents pertaining to its goods inside the container, taped on the inner side of the door.

Furthermore, for consolidated cargo and less than container load (LCL) cargo the documents shall be visibly attached to the goods or package. Each such container shall also have a consolidated packing list.

IATA - Ending an Annus Horribilis US$5.6 Billion loss expected in 2010 -

IATA Cooperate Communication informed: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its financial outlook for 2010 to an expected US$5.6 billion global net loss, larger than the previously forecast loss of US$3.8 billion. For 2009, IATA maintained its forecast of a US$11 billion net loss.

"The world's airlines will lose US$11.0 billion in 2009. We are ending an Annus Horribilis that brings to a close the 10 challenging years of an aviation Decennis Horribilis. Between 2000 and 2009, airlines lost US$49.1 billion, which is an average of US$5.0 billion per year," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

"The worst is likely behind us. For 2010, some key statistics are moving in the right direction. Demand will likely continue to improve and airlines are expected to drive down non-fuel unit costs by 1.3%. But fuel costs are rising and yields are a continuing disaster. Airlines will remain firmly in the red in 2010 with US$5.6 billion in losses," said Giovanni Bisignani.

FIATA World Congress 2010 in Bangkok

TIFFA (Thai International Freight Forwarders Association) will be the Co-host for the FIATA 2010 World Congress in Bangkok between the dates of 4th and 8th October 2010. The venues of the Congress are ideally located in the centre of the city and easy to reach from the Congress Hotels.

"Thailand - Logistics Hub for the GMS (Greater Maekhong Sub Region)" is the title of the Main Forum which will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Conventional Centre on October 5th in the morning and will be attended by approximately 600-700 delegates from all over the world.

The Congress Brochure containing full details of this event will be on the way to you early next year.

FIATA Training initiative for the transport of Dangerous goods by sea

From January 1, 2010, Amendment 34-08 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code requires that all shore-side staff, encompassing shipping line booking staff, container packers, shippers, forwarders and other port staff involved in dangerous goods transportation undertake mandatory training.

End of October, FIATA Advisory Bodies Dangerous Goods (ABDG) and Vocational Training (ABVT) in a joint approach investigated on the training requirements for seaborne shipments of dangerous goods with the Association Members of FIATA. The bodies are currently analysing the feedback received so far and the results will be published in due course. The aim of this study is to gather tangible information on the need of assistance from FIATA's side to build up practical training according to the new IMDG Code regulations. Some of the larger organisations have introduced training for dangerous goods transports by sea since quite some time and IMDG Code e-learning is already in use by many shore staff employed by ocean carriers, ferry companies, freight forwarders and shippers.

87th Session of the UNECE Working Party 15 (WP.15) on transports of Dangerous Goods

Mr Frank Huster, Chairman ABDG attended the 87th Session of the Working Party 15 (WP.15) at UNECE, Dangerous Goods Section, Geneva. The meeting dealt with items such as Carriage in limited quantities, Certificate of driver's training, Instructions in writing, Safety in road tunnels and others.

Agenda, working papers and reports of the WP.15 meetings can be found on the UNECE webpage (Dangerous Goods).

Seasons’ Greetings

The FIATA Secretariat would like to thank you for all your support and commitment over the past year and looks forward to
continue to work closely together in the future.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous year 2010!

18 December 2009

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