E-Flash No. 102 - 31 July 2015

1.     WATCH OUT! Fraudulent emails sent to FIATA's Membership

Please be advised of fraudulent emails being sent out to FIATA Members. The fraudulent email message contains text suggesting your company is late in meeting its financial obligations with FIATA. It may be signed so as to suggest it actually comes from this office as follows:

Mrs Barbara M. Wieser
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
FIATA Secretariat
Schaffhauserstr. 104
P.O. Box 364
CH-8152 Glattbrugg

Please always double check with our office, if you have received requests of such generic nature. FIATA does not send any messages without precise references and all the required information. If you receive any such message, kindly discard the email and do not reply by clicking the "reply" button, but please inform us by sending your note to info(at)fiata.com


2.     2015 Annual ITF Summit - Highlights in Pictures: Transport, Trade and Tourism

In May FIATA was among the 1'100 participants from around the world who attended the 2015 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, on "Transport, Trade and Tourism". At the Summit FIATA organised a side event on Logistics Connectivity and Trade Facilitation in conjunction with CLECAT. The ITF recently released a publication that strives to capture the spirit of the event: The 2015 Summit Highlights in Pictures brochure shows the event in all its diversity.

This brochure is available in electronic format from the link http://2015.internationaltransportforum.org/node/1456651,   and can be viewed at the following link:  http://issuu.com/00716/docs/2015-07-08_highlights_bd-page____pa


3.     WTO members move close to deal on ITA expansion

Negotiators from 54 WTO members edged close to agreement on 18th of July on an accord which would expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and eliminate tariffs on an additional list of roughly 200 products valued at about $1 trillion in annual trade.

The products covered by the extension include new generation semi-conductors, GPS navigation equipment and medical equipment, including magnetic resonance imaging products and ultra-sonic scanning apparatus. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/ita_20jul15_e.htm

4.     Regional Connectivity, Pakistan accedes to the TIR Convention

Last month Pakistan Government approved the ratification of the TIR Convention and started the submission process, as referred by SVP Mr Babar Badat, who is also Chair of the TIR Commission of PNC-ICC in Pakistan. Mr Badat said this is an important decision which will support growth of the national transport industry, a fundamental requisite of regional connectivity.  

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, issued the following depositary notification:


on 23 July 2015, informing that on 21 July 2015 the Government of Pakistan had deposited its instruments of accession to the TIR Convention, 1975.

In accordance with its Article 53, paragraph 2, the Convention will enter into force in Pakistan on 21 January 2016. With the accession of Pakistan, the TIR Convention will then have 69 Contracting Parties.


5.     ACAS Pilot Project Extension through to July 26, 2016

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is extending the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program through July 26th, 2016, and reopening the application period to accept applications for new ACAS pilot participants through October 26th, 2015.

In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo. CBP regulations implementing the Trade Act of 2002 specify the required data elements and the time frame for submitting them to CBP.  For further information on ACAS and participation requirements please visit: http://regulations.justia.com/regulations/fedreg/2015/07/27/2015-18287.html


6.     USA East Coast Ports Face Warehouse Crunch

USA East Coast ports are falling behind on supplying warehouse space to meet booming container traffic, real estate brokerages say. The expansion of the Panama Canal is reshaping seaports up and down the U.S. East Coast, as local governments spend billions to deepen harbours, raise bridges and make other infrastructure improvements in anticipation of larger ships.

But data show that East Coast ports are not meeting demand in one key area: the supply of warehouse space at or around marine terminals. To read more about the current warehousing challenging please visit the source of the information: http://www.wsj.com/articles/east-coast-ports-face-warehouse-crunch-1438116467. To read the full details on the port expansion please visit:https://blueprint.cbre.com/the-post-panamax-effect-how-the-panama-canal-expansion-is-reshaping-americas-ports/


7.     NUS & Georgia Tech Launch Centre For Next-Gen Logistics

The newly launched Centre for Next Generation Logistics will receive US$0.88 million over the next two years to work closely with government agencies and the industry to perform cutting-edge research in logistics and supply chain systems.  For a start, the Centre's research will focus on two areas, namely pre-competitive, mission-focused knowledge discovery such as models for evaluating the value of information in supply chains; and company-specific research for enhanced competitiveness.

To read more please visit: http://www.asianscientist.com/2015/07/academia/nus-georgia-tech-center-generation-logistics/



31 July 2015

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