E-Flash Nbr 13 - 10 September 2010

Latest news FIATA World Congress 2010 in Bangkok

With immediate effect every Friday an updated participant list will be available on our congress website www.fiata2010.org. Also the on-line registration for the "One-to-One" networking is now available on the same website. Take advantage of the "One-to-One" networking pre-booking and make sure you fix your appointments well in advance.

For registered participants important information like transportation from and to the airport, how to use the fast track lane (available for FIATA Congress participants only) for easy passport control, the FIATA welcome desk at the airport, etc. are also available at the above mentioned website.

See you soon in Bangkok, and have a safe journey to Thailand!

US take on Rotterdam Rules

A recent posting to the Rotterdam Rules Discussion Group on FOB is by Thomas Belknap of Blank Rome, who writing in the firm's Mainbrace webzine says:

I certainly won’t promise it, but I will predict that the U.S. will ratify the Rotterdam Rules. The U.S. took a leading role in the negotiations, and the positions taken by the U.S. delegates were generally widely backed by interested industry representatives. Much of the Convention tracks a similar effort initiated in the U.S. several years ago by its Maritime Law Association to remake the United States Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”), and although that statute was never enacted, the final agreed upon language submitted to Congress was generally viewed as a reasonable compromise among the various U.S. shipping interests.

In fact, the U.S. view probably leans a bit towards the cargo interests’ side; we are obviously a major importer and exporter of cargo, but largely as a result of our tax and employment laws there is little in the way of an American-flagged shipping fleet-with the exception of coast-wise trade. Still, the large commercial interests had significant input into the Convention and it appears there is general consensus (if, perhaps, not uniform excitement) about the Convention as ultimately adopted by the United Nations. Moreover, it seems clear that the time is ripe to update COGSA, which was enacted in 1936 - long before containers, electronic waybills, and multimodal transport were even imagined -and which is viewed by many as an impediment to international uniformity of the law.

Read the whole piece here:


FIATA at TIACA Air Cargo Forum on 3-5 November 2010 in Amsterdam

FIATA President Jean-Claude Delen will chair the opening session of the three-day Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition on November 3, 2010. He will present the freight forwarder’s perspective on logistics and supply chain issues. The session will focus on the front-line role of freight forwarders when it comes to satisfying the ever-demanding needs of shippers for improved service levels, real-time shipment information, regulatory changes, innovative supply chain management and the constant pressure to deliver greater cost efficiencies.

Further information on the TIACA Air Cargo Forum and Exposition, including details of all sessions, can be found at www.tiaca.org.

EU 24-hour security rule

Exporters to the EU should be gearing up for the European 24-hour advanced manifest rule to be enforced from 31 December 2010 in all 27 EU member states.

As with the US 24-hour rule, the primary purpose of the new regulation is to ensure that a security risk analysis is performed on all goods before they arrive in the EU. Norway and Switzerland have the same status as EU member states. The provision has been in force since 1 July 2009 but until 31 December 2010 this advance declaration remains an option for traders and not an obligation.

For all cargo entering the EU, the shipping line must submit an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the vessel’s first port of call in the EU. For a vessel which is bound for an EU port, the ENS transmission must be carried out no later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of vessel loading in the non-EU load port.

For "short sea" shipments, the ENS transmission must be carried out no later than two hours before arrival of the vessel at the first port of entry in the EU.

In order to comply with the deadlines set by the EU customs authorities, shipping lines will need shippers to submit complete and accurate customs declaration information and shipping instructions – well within time. While a third party may submit their own ENS, this can only be done with the prior knowledge. Indeed, a written consent from the shipping line is most likely to be required when a freight forwarder wants to file the ENS.
In case of non-compliance, the most serious consequence would be halting of loading or unloading and the consequent disruption of cargo flows and supply chains. Furthermore, customs authorities will impose fines or other penalties on the carriers and other parties responsible for the submission of cargo declarations.

More information about the EU advanced manifest rule is available at


FIATA bodies will discuss this important topic during the FIATA World Congress in Bangkok

Amendments ADR and RID

The next amendments of the ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) and the RID (Regulation concerning the carriage of Dangerous Goods by rail)will be entering into force on 1 January 2011. There are general transitional measures until 30 June 2011 with the possibility to apply for longer transitional measures for specific technical issues.

The amendments touch on the following subjects:

  • New definition and obligations for "unlades"
  • Complete reformatting of LQ (Limited Quantities) provisions
  • Transport document : Change of sequence of entries for dangerous waste
  • Transport document : New entry (“environmentally hazardous substances”)
  • Retention of dangerous goods transport information
  • Change of Instructions in Writing
  • ADR driver training – change of system and certificate

Documents can be downloaded under the following link:


The FIATA Advisory Body Dangerous Goods (ABDG) will be pleased to answer questions referring to the ADR/RID Regulations.

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