E-Flash No 56 - 7 June 2013

1. Warning! Fraud e-mail alert

We would like to remind all our members that fraud emails in the name of FIATA are in circulation. Please be aware that FIATA uses only one domain and this is fiata.com. Any emails from any other domain names should be disregarded immediately. Please note that our bank details have not changed and remain the same as before.

2. FIATA Captive Insurance Company – Take our online survey!

FIATA is considering the provision of a financial protection mechanism for its members, pursuant to the recent decision taken by the Presidency to explore this avenue. Such a mechanism would provide insured members with compensation, should a FIATA individual member fail to pay another FIATA individual member.  The mechanism might be expanded in future to cover other parties.

A survey has been published to establish the demand for such financial protection among FIATA's members, to discover possible alternatives, and to determine to what extent our members agree that FIATA funds be spent on a feasibility study for this project. If you have not already done so, please take our survey and let us know what YOU think:

3. FIATA RAME Field Meeting 2013 in Dar es Salaam

The Region Africa/Middle East will meet later this month in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during their annual field meeting from 19 to 21 June 2013. Avail of this top-notch networking opportunity and get first-hand accounts and information regarding the status of our industry in this region. Please visit the dedicated website for more information and for registration instructions at: www.rame2013.co.tz

4. FIATA World Congress 2013, Singapore, 15-19 October 2013

We are pleased to inform you that from 7 June 2013 a weekly updated participant list will be uploaded to the dedicated FIATA World Congress 2013 website: www.fiata2013.org

5. U.S. State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2012

The U.S. State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 on 30 May. This report, an annual assessment of international terrorism trends and events, focuses attention on the continuing threat that international terrorism poses to the national security interests of the United States and its partners, and looks at what the international community is doing in response.

The Europe overview notes that various terrorist groups continued to plot against European targets and interests in 2012.  European security services continued their effective efforts to counter terrorism through close cooperation among countries and with the United States, and through the use of the sophisticated technical capabilities available to most partner states, the report says.

(This information was provided to FIATA by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels; useupressteam(at)state.gov)

6. Israel looking to reform seaports

Israel Katz, Israel’s transport minister, has announced that two tenders for private companies to build a new port will be published on 1 July 2013. This move forms part of an initiative which aims to increase competition between Israeli ports and improve accessibility of larger ships to the nation’s transport infrastructure. Currently, Israel’s main ports include Ashdod and Haifa.


7. Brazil New Customs Regulation

FIATA has been informed that Brazilian Customs have excluded the requirement for the importer to present the original bill of lading, for release of cargo by consignee to cargo depositary (terminals and customs bonded warehouses). This change has been brought about by the new instruction “Instrução Normativa” no. 1365 published on 3 May 2013.

However it is still required that all freights and charges be settled and original BLs presented to the local port agency or shipping line. The local agency will add its authenticity seal on the original BL after confirmation of payment of freights and charges. The consignee will then be able to present the original BL with the seal to the terminal or bonded warehouse for release of cargo. In the meantime the agency will update the customs system “SISCOMEX Carga”, enabling the client to proceed to the port operator for completion of the clearance process of the goods.

Few shipping lines inform their customers that with immediate effect, the procedure related to customs clearance and delivery of the cargo is exempting importers (consignee) from presenting the original bill of lading for releasing the shipment and they ask for the following clause on the original bill of lading: “Carrier’s liability ceases after discharge of goods into Customs custody and Carrier shall not be responsible for delivery of cargo without the presentation of the original Bill of Lading, as per Brazilian Customs Regulations."

8. Trade & Customs - South Africa: Importing and exporting in the absence of customs registration

The South African government recently published an amendment to the Customs and Excise Act (91/1964). The amendment concerns an increase to the threshold for importation and exportation in the absence of customs registration.

General Registration Code 70707070 may be used by a party that is not registered as an importer or exporter with the South African Revenue Service, but wishes to import or export goods, provided that the following requirements are met:

  • The goods have a value of less than R50,000 per consignment, subject to a limitation of three such consignments per calendar year;

  • The goods are declared for home consumption (ie, consumption or use in South Africa) or temporary import or export;

  • The importer or exporter is a natural person located in South Africa; and

  • The importer or exporter states its identity number or taxpayer reference number on the customs declaration form.


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