E-Flash No. 90 - 18 February 2015

1. Attend the FIATA Headquarters' Session 2015 from March 19th to 22nd

As in every year, FIATA will host its annual HQ Session at Swissôtel, in Zürich. Participation of FIATA Members is very valuable as it makes it possible for FIATA to continuously improve its work and, in that process, build new opportunities.

To ensure that there is adequate time for visa requests and to ensure appropriate accommodations please register as soon as possible. Final deadline for registration is March 4th.

The registration form, hotel booking forms and the Swiss special rate code are available online under this link: http://fiata.com/events/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html.

We look forward to seeing you there!


2. Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation: 2014-2015 - Call for Input from FIATA's Membership

The United Nations Regional Commissions including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in collaboration with OECD, Oceania Customs Organisation Secretariat (OCO) and UNCTAD, are conducting a global survey to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from their respective member states. 

They have invited experts interested in sharing expertise and knowledge on different aspects of trade facilitation and paperless trade to participate. FIATA encourages input from its membership by completing the below online survey. Your responses will enable the countries to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making and highlight the needs for capacity building.

For access to the survey please click the link: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Global-Survey-on-Trade-Facilitation-and-Paperless-Trade-Implementation


3. Latest statistical trends in the air cargo industry published by the International Transport Forum

The latest update of global freight data has been published. Some of the highlights include.

  • Air freight volumes in tonnes of goods moved have recovered above pre-crisis peak in the United States and EU-28.
  • Exports to BRICS and Asia remain primary driver of global growth.
  • Rail freight volume slows down in China.

For the full report please visit the ITF website available here:



4. WTO Members begin to implement Bali measures on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Waivers

On February 5th, member nations discussed measures which would support the growth of services trade in LDCs by providing their services exports with preferential treatment.

This was an important step in implementing a key Bali decision in support of LDCs, which aims to enhance their participation in world services trade.

For the full article please visit: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/serv_05feb15_e.htm


5. Discount on air fare for the HQ Session

As official carrier to FIATA HQ Session 2015, March 19th to 22nd Swiss International Air Lines offers you the best booking flexibility together with Swiss product and service quality, all at a significantly discounted price. As the national airline of Switzerland, they offer event participants a reduction of up to 10% off regular fares.

Discounted congress fares are specifically marked as special rates and make it possible for you to rebook flexibly or cancel if necessary. Reductions depend on the fare type, routing and availability and are valid on the full SWISS network for flights to Switzerland, including flights operated by one of their partner airlines with an LX flight number. These fares are bookable with immediate effect for the travel period 14 days before and after the event (March 5th to April 5th).

To take advantage of this offer, book simply and conveniently on swiss.com via the following link:


Please provide your e-mail address and the event code: 7868-2378-8433-1759

SWISS is already looking forward to pampering you with typical Swiss hospitality on board.


6. European Union publishes new guidelines for road cargo security

The new European Guidelines on Cargo Securing for Road Transport provide basic practical advice and instructions to all stakeholders involved in loading, unloading and cargo securing, including carriers and shippers.

Available in 22 languages, the European Guidelines will also be useful to enforcement bodies performing inspections in accordance with the European Directive on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles.

To purchase the guidelines please visit the following website:



7. FIATA Fund for Ebola Relief remains open for donations

The Fund, established at the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul, has been busily receiving donations from FIATA Members around the world and is still open. The Secretariat would also like to make it known that the fund is open to all, not just the entities that made the initial pledges.

If you would like to contribute to the fund and help fight the dangerous Ebola outbreak in West Africa,

Please use the following bank information to make your contributions:

US Dollars Account Number:
CH92 0070 0130 0083 3435 8



Reference: EBOLA FUND

Bankers' Address 
Zürcher Kantonalbank
Lindenstrasse 1
CH 8302 Kloten

Or please contact Matthew Huston in the FIATA Secretariat: huston(at)fiata.com


18 February 2015

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