E-Flash No 46 - 17 July 2012

Regional Winners of the YIFFY award have been announced

Four regional finalists from South Africa, Canada, Australia and Germany prepare to travel to Los Angeles where at the World Congress one of them will be chosen as the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY). Apart from the trophy, the winner will also receive other valuable prizes such as “hands on training” with the sponsor TT Club at one of its regional centers.

This year attracted 14 participants. FIATA would like to congratulate Mr Daniel Terbille, South Africa, Mr Salman Ali, Canada, Mr Christopher Yabsley, Australia and Mrs Nadine Baumgarten, Germany.

RAME Field Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 25th and 26th

The Field Meeting of FIATA’s Region Africa and Middle East (RAME) was held in Johannesburg/South Africa on the 25th and 26th of June 2012 and was attended by 70 delegates representing 15 countries.

The Regional Meeting and its rotational attributes provide such platform since its inception some 12 years ago. The South African Chamber of Commerce stressed the importance of the Freight Industry in South Africa, a series of important announcements were made by the Chairman; more information on the RAME field meeting is listed at: http://www.fiata.com/media/press-releases/2012/2-july

ICAO’s group the IVATF have developed new tools to mitigate future volcanic ash events

In response to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, The International Volcanic Ash Task Force (IVATF) has delivered a series of practical tools and recommendations to significantly mitigate the impact of future volcanic events on international aviation operations.

The new measures include a new publication of specialized ash-related flight operations guidance, a template for Air Traffic Management (ATM) Volcanic Ash Contingency Plans and recommendations for new technologies and system requirements pertinent to ground-based. For more information on IVATF’s mitigation measures please visit: http://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/ICAO-and-Industry-Develop-New-Tools-to-Counter-Future-Volcanic-Ash-Events.aspx

Joint Conference on Enhancing Air Cargo Security and Facilitation – Synergy Through Cooperation; Singapore, 5 - 6 July 2012

The Singapore Ministry of Transport and Singapore Customs convened a two-day conference at the Orchard Hotel on 5 and 6 July 2012, in cooperation with ICAO and WCO. FIATA was invited and represented at top level: iinternational government institutions and industry stakeholders are involved in the process of developing air cargo security measures to achieve practical and effective solutions.

Some highlights: the need for cooperation and coordination between agencies at national, international level, and between ICAO, WCO and the UPU multilaterally; the need for harmonization and clarity of standards, rules and processes; the importance of quality data delivered at the right time in order to support supply chain security, which is not the responsibility of any single agency. For more information, please consult the communiqué: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/JointConferenceEACSF/Pages/default.aspx

The FDA is aiming to start a supply chain security programme

The FDA has submitted a formal application to start a supply chain security pilot programme for overseas manufacturers of finished pharmaceuticals and active substances. The goal is to select 100 applicants to participate in the two-year pilot and examine their ability to maintain tight control over their products from the time of manufacture through to entry into the US. After approval by the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), companies in the pilot would enjoy expedited entry into the US for their medicines or active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). For more information on the pilot programme please visit: http://www.inpharm.com/news/173160/fda-looks-start-supply-chain-security-programme

CBSA eManifest Information for All Stakeholders

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has relayed important information to Members, their clients and trade chain partners about the eManifest initiative.eManifest requirements for highway carriers to transmit cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA before goods arrive at the border are mandatory beginning November 1, 2012.

All eManifest data transmission methods are now available for highway carriers, including: the Internet-based eManifest Portal and the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) options (Value Added Network, Customs Internet Gateway, Direct Connect to the CBSA and Third Party Service Providers).

Several resources are available on the CBSA Website to help clients prepare for mandatory eManifest requirements and for use when informing stakeholders.For more information on requirements please visit the CBSA eManifest website: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/manif/menu-eng.html

The World Bank logistics performance index 2012

The World Bank thanked FIATA members for their cooperation in the preparation of 2012 index. Among the 115 countries ranked for logistics performance, Finland finished first in the Baltic Sea and ranked 3rd overall behind Hong Kong, who finished second, and Singapore which topped the list. The "logistics gap" between high and low income countries continues to remain wide. For a complete list of the World Bank’s LPI please visit this link: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/TRADE/Resources/239070-1336654966193/LPI_2012_rankings.pdf

17 July 2012

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