E-Flash No. 57 – 5 July 2013

1. Finalists announced – Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award

The four regional winners of this exciting industry award have been chosen! They are:

Region Africa/Middle East:

Mr Mohamed Samy, Egypt

Region Americas:  

Mr Kaloyan Petrov, Canada

Region Asia/Pacific:  

Mr Prabhjot Singh, India

Region Europe:  

Miss Janna Marie van Burgeler, Germany

FIATA gladly congratulates these four regional champions who are invited to the FIATA World Congress in Singapore to receive their regional certificates and trophies, where the overall winner and Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year will also be announced. But until then, we must wait in suspense!

2. FIATA captive insurance company – Reminder to take our 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. We have received almost 200 responses thus far but need more opinions for a decision of the scale to be taken. If you have not already done so, please take our survey and let us know what YOU think:

3. High ranking speaker at this year’s World Congress in Singapore

FIATA and the Advisory Body Security Matters is proud to announce this year’s high ranking speaker Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Professor of Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, who will deliver a much anticipated presentation at this October’s meeting of the Advisory Body Security Matters on Thursday, the 17th. His topic will address the changing face of terrorism and its implications on the forwarding and logistics industry. Prof. Rohan Gunaratna is a specialist in the global threat environment, with expertise in threat groups in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is also Head of Singapore's International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), one of the largest specialist counter terrorism research and training centres in the world. The ABSM will be happy to welcome a large delegation from all over the world as this is a session not to be missed.

4. FIATA’s Region Asia Pacific meets in Sri Lanka

The annual field meeting of FIATA’s Region Asia Pacific was this year held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in conjunction with UNESCAP meetings, from 5 to 7 June 2013. Some 40 participants from 15 countries and territories in the region were in attendance. The Sri Lankan Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA) played an excellent host and a special word of thanks is extended to them. Both FIATA and UNESCAP have endorsed the decision to hold next year’s meetings in conjunction in Beijing, China.

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

Visit the dedicated FIATA World Congress 2013 website at www.fiata2013.org to register and take advantage of the SGD200 discount off the on-site registration fee now. This year’s World Congress will feature a few keynote speakers, to mention but two: Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International, and Dr Wolfgang Baier, Group Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Post, who will provide insights on internationalisation strategies for success. For the first time, the congress will present forums on current and emerging global trends covering customs affairs, multimodal transport, air freight, legal matters, security matters and vocational training.  Early birds will also get to register for The Young Logistics Professionals Forum where seats are limited. Access the weekly updated participant list at the following link:

6. FIATA’s Region Africa Middle East meets in Tanzania

The annual field meeting of FIATA’s Region Africa Middle East (RAME) was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 19 to 21 June 2013 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Oyster Bay under the theme "Towards More Sustainable Regional Freight Forwarding Partnerships in the Region Africa and Middle East”. This year’s field meeting was attended by more than 200 delegates representing around 20 countries. Never in RAME history has its field meeting been attended by such high ranking officials as the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Mohamed Ghalib Bilali, and the Tanzanian Minister of Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe. A special word of thanks is extended to the Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association for their efforts. A full report will be published in the October issue of the FIATA Review. For a variety of material from this exciting event please see the FIATA website:

7. IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement

The new multilateral e-AWB agreement (IATA Cargo Services Conference Resolution 672) is effective 18 April 2013 and provides a single standard agreement which airlines and freight forwarders can sign once with IATA and start using e-AWB with all other parties to the Agreement. Within 70 days of its entry into effect, 74 parties, including 24 airlines and 50 freight forwarders, have already joined the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement, and many more are expected to join soon. The Multilateral e-AWB Agreement has also been endorsed and supported by global and regional industry associations. We encourage all our members to sign-up for this initiative taking air freight into the future. For a complete list of participants and a detailed overview of all components of IATA’s Multilateral e-AWB Agreement visit the following link:

See IATA-FIATA Joint Statement on the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement:

See also e-AWB Guide for Freight Forwarders:

8. Increased use of counterfeit bills to and from Iran

The ICC-International Maritime Bureau has uncovered a number of documents, via their Bill of Lading check service, that have sought to deliberately conceal their links to sanctioned countries and have found that the port of loading and discharge as per the referred document often does not match the movements of the physical shipment. It has been the Bureau’s experience that it is documents issued by freight forwarders and NVOCCs that most often seek to wilfully conceal the true origins or destination of cargoes in order to circumvent certain sanctions. FIATA encourages our Members to issue their FBLs correctly to avoid coming into confrontation with sanctions. For more information on the FIATA Bill of Lading please refer to the following link: 

9. South African importing and exporting in the absence of customs registration

On May 10, 2013 an amendment to the Customs and Excise Act (91/1964) was published in the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Government Gazette 36433, which 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 SARS, 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 (i.e. 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.

For further informationon this topic please see Gazette 36433:

10. Hong Kong and Spain join the EU-China Smart and Secure Trade Lanes Pilot Project (SSTL)

On 27 June 2013 the Smart and Secure Trade Lanes Pilot Project between EU and China was extended to the ports of Barcelona and Valencia, Spain, as well as Hong Kong. The SSTL Pilot Project has been developed to test the customs to customs pillar of the WCO's SAFE Framework of Standards. The objective of SSTL is to strengthen end-to-end supply chain security based on multi-layered risk management. Controls performed at export are based on joint risk assessment rules, allowing Customs to better target dangerous traffic at the beginning of the supply chain. Thus safe consignments can be identified and trade facilitation benefits can be provided to legitimate trade. SSTL is also highly valuable for the future development of Globally Networked Customs (GNC) by establishing global standards for customs information exchange.

See EU Press Release:

See also more details on EU and China Trade Facilitation:

11. Croatia Becomes 28th Member State of the European Union

On Monday the 1st of July 2013 Croatia joined the European Union. It is effectively the Union’s 8th enlargement and will increase the number of the EU member states to 28.This means that all goods in free circulation in Croatia before that date will also be in free circulation in the EU after that date. As such, after the accession date, these goods can be dispatched to other EU Member States without customs duties being owed. This also applies to goods that are currently in free circulation in the EU and that will be dispatched to Croatia after 1 July 2013.

12. New legislation in Ghana

A new legislation has come into force in Ghana that aims to stop the collection of unauthorised fees for accelerated transactions. The Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has set a fixed tariff for goods leaving the country with the aim to lower costs for port traders and boost their competiveness. The new directive also features a mechanism for unsatisfied parties to seek compensation.

5 July 2013 

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