1. FIATA Hosts Side Event at the 2015 WTO Public Forum
October 1st, 2015 – A WTO Public Forum working session to remember with an engaging audience and an all-star panel line consisting of the ICC, ITC, UNCTAD, WCO, WTO, and obviously FIATA: discussions were firing on all cylinders of critical topics surrounding local industry’s engagement in the implementation of the WTO TFA.
FIATA had previously already released a document through its policy statement, confirming its Association Members are ready to assist locally and prepared to work with WTO signatory countries competent authorities (e.g. Customs, Department of Trade, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, etc.) to ensure the effective implementation of the TFA.
The side event reassured the need for close collaboration between states and industry to understand the need for policy and the appropriate measures for implementation, highlighting he importance of the cooperation between governments and the Private Sector, freight forwarding and logistics in particular.
2. WTO: EU Council approves protocol on trade facilitation
On 1 October 2015, the Council adopted a decision approving, on behalf of the EU, the conclusion of a WTO protocol establishing a trade facilitation agreement.
The purpose of the agreement is to simplify and modernise procedures for the movement of goods, including import and export procedures. The aim is to help smaller businesses exploit export opportunities and to facilitate developing countries' participation in international trade.
The trade facilitation agreement will enter into force once two-thirds of WTO members have completed their domestic ratification processes and the step taken by the EU Council brings in a group of 28 countries in one single leap. To read more please visit:
3. The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2016 Contest is Open
The contest is open to young freight forwarders whose age will not be over 32 in the competition year; 2 years full-time forwarding work experience would be preferable but not mandatory.
The international award comprises two weeks of practical and academic training which are provided by the TT Club, the main sponsor of the award. One week’s of academic training in London and one week's practical training based in one of the TT Club’s regional centres, London, Hong Kong or New Jersey; one year’s free subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ), Switzerland crown the package. However it must be said that the prestige and opportunities that this award opens to the winders are behind the enthusiasm behind the many applications.
Each FIATA Association Member is entitled to present one candidate; the deadline for nominating candidates is 15 January 2016. For more information please contact Ms Verena Schaer schaer(at)fiata.com.
4. The ABVT calls for FIATA Diploma applications for its 39th Validation Session
To keep up with our rapidly evolving economic environment and the introduction of advanced technical procedures, it is absolutely essential that the freight industry is able to rely on skilled and appropriately trained talent. The ABVT has constantly worked to build up a solid reputation as a major contributor to the development of training in the freight forwarding industry.
The Working Group Validation of the Advisory Body Vocational Training calls all FIATA Association Members that have not yet validated the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding or the FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management to validate their training programmes. The 39th Validation Session will take place on 16 March 2016. A new Validation Guideline and Questionnaire are available to FIATA Association Members providing a comprehensive explanation of all deliverables. For more information please contact Ms Verena Schaer: schaer(at)fiata.com.
5. Forging a Path for Business in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now ratified this past week in New York, the focus will shift on implementation for which the private sector will play a critical role. There is however the concern that private sector is not aware of the critical role they will play or have an understanding of the SDGs.
The UN has therefore prepared a platform which breaks down what are the SDGs and how the private sector will participate. For a better understanding of the SDGs and a look at how our members can do their part, please visit: http://www.businessfor2030.org./
6. Global CEOs sign on to new UN goals at United Nations Private Sector Forum
More than 300 CEOs, Heads of State, UN and civil society leaders today attended the United Nations Private Sector Forum (PSF) to discuss the role of business in implementing the world's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On 25 September, Heads of State and Government engaged in a General Assembly plenary that gave final approval to the SDGs, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) in January 2016. The result of extensive inter-governmental negotiation and input from the private sector and civil society, the overarching purpose of the SDGs is to eradicate poverty and combine elements of economic, social and environmental action, including climate change. To read more please visit:http://www.unicef.org/media/media_85649.html
7. Official release of the ICC Global Survey 2015: Rethinking Trade and Finance
The 7th edition of the ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance uncovers patterns in business and trade, helping ICC Banking Commission members and various industry players make sense of these changes and their implications. An accurate snapshot of market trends, the survey enables bankers, traders and government officials to gauge global trade expectations. Read more:
8. Azevêdo: WTO and UNCTAD are united in supporting development
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in a speech to the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board on 21 September 2015, said that the WTO and UNCTAD are united in placing development “at the heart of all of our work”.
“We are committed to enhancing the partnership between our organizations,” he continued, and “we want to make sure that trade and development go hand-in-hand”. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/spra_e/spra80_e.htm
9. ICAO Says Progress On Black Sea Air Corridor
ICAO said there has been progress in its talks with Ukraine and Russia toward allowing air traffic to resume in international airspace over the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and that work was continuing to find a solution.
That airspace, managed by Ukraine, is off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year. The area has been a no-fly zone for international air traffic since April last year. To read more please visit:http://news.airwise.com/story/icao-says-progress-on-black-sea-air-corridor
10. EC releases Statistical pocketbook 2015
A statistical pocketbook for 2015 on various segments of the transport industry has been released by the European Commission and made available publically. The statistics examines freight performance, safety, infrastructure, environment and much more.
To access the statistic pocket book please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/facts-fundings/statistics/pocketbook-2015_en.htm
11. BMI's Freight Transport Reports – Discount for FIATA Members
The BMI Freight Transport Reports provides information on each country’s freight transport sector, with key sub-sector analysis and forecasts for the next 5 years. FIATA Members are eligible to receive a discount depending on the report purchased in which country.
For further information on the discounted reports, please visit http://store.bmiresearch.com/. If interested in purchasing a report, please contact Ioana Iscu at Ioana.Iscu(at)bmiresearch.com with copy to eid(at)fiata.com confirming your membership with FIATA to receive a discounted rate. Only companies listed as members on the FIATA website are eligible to benefit from the preferential rates.
12. Fake 3D printed security seals used to mask pharmaceutical heist
A report out of Europe has revealed that cargo thieves have found a way to clone security seals using 3D printing technology, and have used the method to successfully hijack cargo from a pharmaceutical shipment. FIATA would encourage all its member associations to make their members aware of this latest issue and to be diligent in checking seals
According to Swiss shipping and logistics association SpedLogSwiss, which reported the incident, the cloned seals were so well executed that the hijackers even matched the identification numbers on the originals, making it nearly impossible to notice the scam without close inspection. SpedLogSwiss also notes that fake seals can be 3D printed in as little as 10 minutes depending on the printer. To read more please visit: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150908-fake-3d-printed-security-seals-used-to-mask-pharmaceutical-heist.html
13. OECD-IEA Inventory of Fossil Fuels Support Measures
On 21 September 2015, OECD Secretary Angel Gurria will launch the organisation's 2015 Inventory of Fossil Fuel Support during a press conference in Paris. You can watch the event live on the web starting at 11:00 Paris time on the 21st.
The inventory takes stock of almost 800 spending programmes and tax breaks that governments in OECD and BRICS countries use to encourage the production or use of fossil fuels, with the bulk of the support benefitting the consumption of refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene.
14. California Restores Rule to Cut Carbon in Fuel by 10%
California regulators on Friday voted to reinstate a rule to require a 10% cut in the carbon content of transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it would raise gasoline prices.
The California Air Resources Board voted 9-0 to move forward with the state’s low-carbon fuel standard, which was the first regulation of its kind in the U.S. when it was established in a 2007 executive order by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. To read more please visit: http://www.wsj.com/articles/california-restores-rule-to-cut-carbon-in-fuel-by-10-1443219215
2 October 2015