E-Flash No 69 - 31 March 2014

1. Accuracy of FIATA Membership Information

The FIATA Secretariat kindly requests that all FIATA Members double check the accuracy of their contact information in the Member Directory on the FIATA webpage. If there is a need to update your company’s information please kindly email the Secretariat at info@fiata.com

2. FIATA Membership Input to the UNSD – your action is REQUIRED

On September 8, 2000, the United Nations Millennium Summit concluded with the adoption of the Millennium Declaration as a global vision for the future and followed up by developing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Sustainable Development (UNSD) has now opened the door to allow for input by key stakeholders on the review of the development goals. FIATA would like to take this opportunity to encourage our members to submit FIATA’s view on the implementation used for MDGs and the need to create facilitated engagement for relevant NGOs.
FIATA’s message to the UNSD is:
The MDGs had insufficient focus on trade as principal creator of prosperity and peace, with insufficient participation from relevant partners in logistics during the creation and implementation processes of MDGs. Logistics connectivity is essential to national and international trade and it is a driver for prosperity. The introduction of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post 2015 development agenda is the perfect opportunity to take account of the lessons learnt in the last 14 years and fill the gap. FIATA Members strongly urge the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development to allow for facilitated participatory mechanism that will provide FIATA and other logistics stakeholders a platform to shed light on the need to include logistic connectivity in the design of the upcoming SDGs. Overlooking the importance of connectivity in logistics can hamper the ability for SDGs to seize this historical opportunity. FIATA and all its members are fully committed to this important agenda.
To submit FIATA’s view please visit: www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/3rop_inputs.asp
Please copy the above text, past it as appropriate and submit your views by latest April 2, 2014.

3. 2014 Logistic Performance Index Published

The World Bank has published its Logistics Performance Index for 2014. FIATA is honoured to have collaborated with the World Bank in producing the LPI. To view the Index for 160 countries around the world, please visit the following site: lpi.worldbank.org/about

4. AFI’s 90th Meeting’s “hottest” issues IATA - FIATA matters

“The air cargo industry has undergone significant changes over the last 30 years, including the emergence of new business relationships. Today’s freight forwarders, conduct business as customers, instead of as agent of the airline, which was the case over 50 years ago when the current programme was introduced.” The delegates of the 90th Airfreight Institute meeting endorsed the continued support for the establishment of new IATA/FIATA air cargo programme, one which recognises the principal to principal relationship between airlines and forwarders, and the need to replace the current IATA Agency agreement with an IATA/FIATA Forwarders agreement. FIATA strongly encourages all members to read the detailed reports that will be featured in the FIATA review and the full perusal of the minutes, for greater detail.

5. ICAO - FIATA matters

AFI was honoured by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Transport Development Manager, Mr Frederic Malaud’s attendance and his presentation on Air Transport Connectivity.

As to the continued development of cooperation FIATA/ICAO that goes beyond the ICAO/FIATA Air Dangerous Goods Programme and its global recognition by regulators and operators. Mr Malaud and Mr Gottlieb mentioned both FIATA and ICAO’s advocacy cooperation which includes FIATA’s official participation, support and sponsorship that readers will find announced on the FIATA websites events section. www.fiata.com/index.php

6. Banking Commission Annual Review 2013

The European Central Bank has released its annual review of accounts for the year 2013. To read the report in full please visit the following site: www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/annrep/ar2013annualaccounts_en.pdf

7. The 2nd Joint Conference of ICAO and the WCO on Enhancing Air Cargo Security and Facilitation

The 2nd Joint Conference of ICAO and the WCO will be held on 16-17 April, 2014 in Manama, Bahrain.
The conference will heighten awareness amont aviataion security authorities, customs adminstrations and stakeholders of the challenges facing the global air cargo industry as well as their possible solutions. Participants can look forward to gaining an in-depht understanding of current international aviataion trade issues, emerging security protocols and ways that stakeholders can work together to enhance aviation security and trade facilitation. FIATA is also honoured to have two speakers present at the conference.

For more information please view the official flyer or visit the ICAO website:

8. Japan’s Advance Filing rules presentation available

During the Headquarters session in Zurich, FIATA’s new members association JIFFA Chairman Mr Masaharu Nozawa comprehensively informed the CAI delegates of the specifics of Japan’s Advance Filing rules. The rules went into effect earlier this month and Mr Nozawa’s presentation is available on the FIATA website at: www.fiata.com/index.php

9. ALACAT Congress 2014

ALACAT is holding its annual Congress from 4 to 7 of May, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. The congress will connect logistics and transport providers from around the world. For more information on the conference and to register, please visit: www.alacat2014.com/congreso.html

10. Kazakh Freight Forwarder Day

April 2, 2014 is the day of the Kazakh freight forwarder. This event, held in Almaty, is in celebration of the 10,000th FIATA Diploma issued by KFFA. The FIATA Secretariat congratulates KFFA on their momentous accomplishment!


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