E-Flash No 68 - 14 March 2014

1. Registration for the 6th FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar

The registration is still open for the FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar titled “Strategic Interchange between Sea and Rail Freight: What’s new?”
The seminar will be held in Trieste, Italy on 2 and 3 April 2014, with the goal of bringing together railway undertakings, terminal operators, freight forwarders and customers.
The seminar fee is EUR 290.00 and includes the full seminar programme as well as the dinner on 2 April 2014 and a technical visit to the port of Trieste on 3 April 2014.
A meaningful exchange of views requires limiting the event to a maximum number of participants. If you are interested in attending, please register as early as possible on the special seminar website: www.marketplaceseminar.org
FIATA would be glad to welcome you to Trieste. 

2. UK HGV Levy from 1st April 2014

On the 1st April 2014, the UK will be introducing a new time based user charge for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), which ensures that for the first time foreign HGV’s using the UK road network will have to contribute to the cost of maintaining them. The charge is aligned with EU legislation regarding road charging often referred to as a Eurovignette, and is based upon vehicle weights and axle configuration. There are seven levy bands which align with UK’s domestic vehicle excise duty bands.
As advised last year, Northgate Public Services has been awarded the contract to develop and manage payments made by foreign operators. The aim is to allow foreign truck operators or drivers to purchase the Levy in advance of entering the UK via the internet, telephone or terminals. The system will create a database to enable the identification of hauliers who have not paid.
If you are using overseas truckers we would suggest that you make them aware of the introduction of this Levy.
To access Northgate’s site and commence registration processes: www.northgate-ispublicservices.com/uk-hgv-levy.aspx
More information can be obtained at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/hgv-road-user-lev

3. Early bird rate for the FIATA World Congress extended

The last day for the special early bird rate for the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey has been extended from 31 of March to 30 of April, 2014.
For more information about the World Congress and to register please visit: www.fiata2014.org

4. ICAO FIATA DG Training kicks off in Pakistan

The newly accredited Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA) has been working hard to prepare the ICAO-FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Program to meet the local requirements of their regions.
The four day consecutive course, recently launched this month, covers topics in Classification of Dangerous Goods, Shipper’s and operator’s responsibility, Packing of Dangerous Goods, Markings and Labeling, Documentation requirements and Handling of dangerous goods. Graduates of the course will be fully accredited with ICAO FIATA DG Training Certificate. For more information on PIFFA’s recently released course please visit: www.piffapk.com/icao-fiata.php

5. FIATA at the World Cargo Symposium

FIATA is honoured to have recently participated in IATA’s 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles, US. The two day symposium consisted of several tracks focusing on the hot-button topics in the transport and logistics industry.
The Director General of FIATA, Marco Sorgetti, was the chairman and moderator of the e-Business track of the symposium. The track produced a great discussion on the key components of e-Cargo and how are they integrated, the roadblocks and how will they be overcome, shipper’s expectations, using innovation and new technology to accelerate the shift, and the next steps for the industry. In addition, David Fielder (Chairman of FIATA’s ABSM) was invited to take part in the Regulations track of the symposium as a panellist during the discussion of the topic ‘implementing pre-departure security requirements’. 

6. Request for member’s input from OECD

The Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD is requesting input from FIATA members to help shape the discussion of their upcoming conference, International Business Dialogue on 14 April 2014. The theme is ‘Better Regulation to Enhance Trade’, the way the rules of the game for business, investment and trade are designed and enforced is of critical importance for the performance and competitiveness of countries.
In order to contribute, please complete the short survey here:
If you are interested in participating in the meeting or receiving more information please visit:
Or email: James.MESSENT@oecd.org

7. Summary of the Consultation Day with International Organisations is now available

The summary record of the International Transport Forum’s Consultation Day with International Organisations, held on 31 January, is now available on the Summit’s website. The summary itself can be accessed here:
Also available on the website are many excellent position papers as well as other materials relevant to the Consultation Day, including: the list of participants, the presentations used, some photos and a short video with interviews


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