E-Flash No 44 - 25 May 2012

TSA sets December deadline for 100% air cargo screening

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it has set a December 3, 2012 deadline, which requires passenger air carriers to conduct 100 percent cargo screening on international inbound flights into the U.S.

This initiative is mandated as part of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act and requires all air cargo to be screened at the piece level prior to transport on a passenger aircraft for flights bound for the United States. Included in this endeavor is TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program, which enables Indirect Air Carriers (IAC’s), shippers and Independent Cargo Screening Facilities (ICSF’s) to screen cargo for flights originating in the U.S.

For more information on the TSA’s new initiative please visit


EU and U.S sign mutual recognition customs deal

Starting on 1 July 2012, the EU and U.S will formally recognise each other’s trusted traders’ programmes, a move that will subject certified companies to faster controls and reduced administration for Customs clearance. To date, Brussels has allegedly authorised 5,000 companies as Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs); Washington, for its part, has allegedly certified 10,000 companies under the US Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

According to the European Commission, the deal will allow EU- and US-certified traders to “enjoy lower costs, simplified procedures, and greater predictability in their transatlantic activities.” For more information on this new mutually recognized agreement please visit http://www.ictsd.org/i/news/bridgesweekly/132867/


Tanzania prepared to receive upcoming Train-the-Trainer (TOT) course

FIATA targets Tanzania for its next TOT course and has agreed to pledge 90% of the total funds (approx. $ 25,000) necessary to deliver the two week long training course scheduled for August 1st, 2012. The course expects to reach out to 30 freight forwarding trainers building on skills such as Multimodal Transport, Warehousing and pedagogy.

FIATA foundation manager, Sabrina Bonacker, visited Tanzania last week stating that FIATA is planning to bring four teachers from Singapore, Germany and Hong Kong to deliver the TOT course. TAFFA, the Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association is well prepared, highly motivated and certain that the course will lead to a sustainable education program in their new training center. FIATA looks forward to a very successful TOT in Tanzania.

FIATA e-Learning platform training update

FIATA has enrolled 12 Association Members and 22 individuals into the Moodlebites training program offered by FIATA in cooperation with Enovation Solutions. The members currently enrolled are learning how to create their own online training programs from assignments, quizzes and uploaded lecture notes.

Beyond simply learning functionality, the members are also learning the theory behind online pedagogy and how to deliver an online training course. Currently in week 5 of 8, members have been given access to a test site where they apply their knowledge and utilize functionality to create courses. At the end of course, members will have learned how to create an online training program and will be ready to implement their programs on FIATA’s E-learning platform. It is essential for Members to realise that the outcome of these pilots will be examined by FIATA to decide on future steps. For more information regarding E-learning please contact Bassil Eid at eid(at)fiata.com


Effective July 1st, 2012, the IATA Time and Temperature Sensitive label will become mandatory for the transportation of healthcare cargo shipments, pursuant to the Cargo Services Conference Resolution Manual Resolution 607, Section 1.

You may find an IATA information notice under this link:


The 15th CIT meeting held in Bern, Switzerland on 27 March, 2012

At CIT fifteenth meeting on 27 March 2012, the CIT’s CIM Committee approved a number of changes to

CIT freight documentation:

1. New design for the CIM Consignment Note for Combined Transport/CUV Wagon Note for Combined Transport

2. Update of various provisions concerning customs procedures in CIT freight documentation

3. Clarifying CIT freight documentation

4. Details of the documents attached in box 9 of the consignment note

These changes will come into effect on 1 July 2012 with the exception of those described in point 1 above. The new design for the CIM consignment note for combined transport/CUV wagon note for combined transport will come into effect on 1 January 2013 and it will be possible to use stocks of consignment notes for combined transport/wagon notes for combined transport to the existing design until 31 December 2013.

The new editions of CIT manuals will soon be available on the website at


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