E-Flash No 52 - 21 January 2013

1. FIATA Headquarters Session 2013

FIATA will host its annual Headquarter Session in Zurich, Switzerland from 14 to 17 March 2013. We extend an invitation to all to attend this gathering. All attendees must register by the registration deadline – 1 February 2013 at the following link: www.fiata.com/index.php

2. FIATA World Congress 2013 in Singapore

After a recent site visit, FIATA is happy to announce that the host of our World Congress in 2013, the Singapore Logistics Association, is well prepared and ready to host the event later this year. Venues, hotels, tours and all components of the congress have been thoroughly thought through and are of the best quality available. We look forward to another successful and eventful congress in Singapore from 16-19 October. For any information, queries and registration please visit the dedicated Congress website: www.fiata2013.org

3. RINA Group Supports New UAE Class Society

RINA Group has been chosen as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) partner to support the development of Tasneef, a new classification society for the United Arab Emirates. Tasneef has been established in Abu Dhabi and plans to expand with future worldwide offices. Working in partnership with RINA, the goal is to develop Tasneef as an international classification society capable of meeting the technical and classification needs of the region's maritime industry, the UAE flag and international commercial shipping.

Tasneef and RINA Group will also support this region, which is becoming a world hub for the maritime industry where more than 60 per cent of the world’s shipping either operate or pass, especially after establishing Khalifa Port which increases the shipping capacity of this region.



4. EU Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and its impact on international forwarders

Three European Institutions (Council, Parliament and Commission) have reached agreement on Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). This agreement will impact all forwarders with consignments bound for EU member states.  The new regulation proposal aims to improve the effectiveness of customs controls to prevent illegal or dangerous products from entering the EU while setting rules on the detention of infringing goods and stipulations on new principles on who should bear the burden of proof, and pay the costs of their destruction.

FIATA and CLECAT had jointly adopted appropriate instruments to convey their views to the EU institutions and one may say that our organizations’ position papers contributed to making this complex issue’s approach more manageable for our industry.  For more specific information we draw your attention to the following link:

5. GACAG Releases e-Freight Roadmap

A roadmap for paperless air cargo aimed at accelerating the industry’s adoption of e-freight next year has been created by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG). GACAG has a vision of an end-to-end paperless transportation process for air cargo and the new e-freight roadmap outlines the approach, scope and overall plan the members intend to promote, to bring that vision to reality.  For the first time, the roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach with clear leadership roles and is built around three core components.

William Gottlieb, past President and present Treasurer of FIATA, and former chair of the GACAG e-commerce task force commented: “The industry is now comprehensively united in its objectives and timelines for e-freight and e-AWB. This sends a huge message to all industry participants and I am comfortable that this will lead to significant acceleration in adoption of e-freight in 2013. FIATA is one of the four founding members of GACAG, along with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

6. EU Council adopts ambitious external aviation policy to enhance relations with non-EU

The Council on 20 December 2012 adopted conclusions providing guidelines for policy-making both at EU and national level on aviation relations with non-EU states. These guidelines will direct developments in aviation relations between EU and non-EU states.  Endorsing the key elements of the Commission's September 2012 Communication, the Council stresses the importance of a competitive aviation sector in the EU and the need to place aviation relations with third countries on a sound legal basis, taking into account the particularities of the partner countries. Whilst recognising the progress made, the Council calls for a more ambitious policy based on the principles of reciprocity and open and fair competition with third countries. In this light future steps taken within the EU may impact other markets outside the Union.  Finally, the Conclusions underscore the key role of ICAO in developing a more appropriate economic regulatory framework for global aviation and in addressing greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation.

See also: EU MEMO 12/1016 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-12-1016_en.htm

Conclusions - http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/12/st17/st17558.en12.pdf

Communication - http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/12/st14/st14333.en12.pdf

7. Strengthening the security of the international supply chain – EU Commission adopts strategy

The EU Commission recently adopted a Communication on Customs Risk Management and the security of the Supply Chain. It sets out a strategy to enable customs to better tackle risks associated with goods being traded in international supply chains. Following a preliminary assessment of initial implementation of the new legislation made with the Member States’ customs authorities, the Commission inducted a more in-depth study of EU risk analysis and targeting capabilities. The study concluded that several issues require urgent action, including the issue of data quality.

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8. Survey on the TIR procedure

FIATA has been asked by IRU to participate in a survey on the TIR system. The online survey on intermodal aspects of the TIR procedure may be of interest to FIATA members.

The TIR Executive Board (TIRExB), the inter-governmental body supervising the application of the TIR Convention, has shown a growing interest in the intermodal application of the TIR procedure. Such intermodal application is possible according to the Convention, in particular for containerized transport, but seldom used in practice.

The survey is available at www.research.net/s/5DLN9M2. It will be officially launched today and will be online until 1st March 2013. It takes about 3 to 5 minutes to fill in the survey. FIATA encourages ist members to respond to this survey.

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