E-Flash No. 93 - 30 March 2015

1. A brief look back at a successful FIATA Headquarters Session

This year's HQ Session, held March 19th to 21st in Zurich, was a resounding success and featured not only discussions of the most pertinent topics in the global industry but also engaging high level speakers as well. Most notable of which was Dr Ian Norton from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who gave a scintillating presentation to the Advisory Body Safety and Security on the Ebola situation in West Africa and the logistical hurdles involved in rapid disaster reaction.

Another notable event occurred during the FIATA Logistic Academy meeting, where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CIFFA and FIATA to make CIFFA's online Lithium Battery Training Course available on the FLA’s online platform. The course is available online through any Member Association who partners with the FLA.

Also a main feature of the final day was an important member-lead discussion on the future of the Association.

Stay tuned! More in-depth reporting on the entirety of the FIATA 2015 HQ Session will be featured in the next edition of the FIATA Review.


2. 2015 RAME Field Meeting – Registrations Open & Details Available

The registration and programme details for the 2015 Region Africa Middle East (RAME) Field Meeting to take place in Dubai from April 19-20 have now been released. We advise you take advantage of the early bird registration and register before March 31st to receive a discounted registration. For more information on the speakers, registration forms, visa inquiry and all other matters please visit the 2015 RAME Field Meeting website at http://rame2015.ae/#tile_tickets.

This meeting is planned to be a lot different than the others as invitations have been extended to all logistics players and freight forwarders in the South Asian subcontinent, with a focus on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The business environment between these regions is vibrant and full of opportunities.

For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact NAFL directly at info(at)rame2015.ae.


3. Registration for the enlarged meeting of the Permanent Contact Group UIC/FIATA 

The meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria on April 23rd -24th 2014, with the goal of bringing together railway undertakings, terminal operators, freight forwarders and customers. The key aim of the meeting is to provide a lively exchange platform for railway undertakings and freight forwarders to create an opportunity to brainstorm on effective transport solutions and Railway transport attractiveness.

UIC and FIATA will discuss such significant topics as:

  • Market Challenge: How to open the rail market to more customers and increase its potential?
  • Development in infrastructure, legal environment and unification as a factor to increase the rail market.
  • Border crossing procedures and trade facilitation

A meaningful exchange of views requires limiting the event to a maximum number of participants. For further enquires or registration, please contact Mr René Zimmermann at the FIATA Secretariat:

E-mail: zimmermann(at)fiata.com

4. Andrew Kemp is honoured as the first FIATA Fellow

Starting at the FIATA Headquarters Session the Members of the FIATA Presidency have decided to adopt the habit of congratulating eminent personalities who have been significantly beneficial for FIATA with the title of "FIATA Fellow".

The first distinction of this kind will be granted to a personality that has shaped the Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year Award (YIFFYA), Mr Andrew Kemp, Regional Director Europe, Middle East and Africa at Thomas Miller Group / TT Club. With this award FIATA recognizes Mr Kemp for his longstanding successful dedication: For eight years, he was Chairman of the Steering Group of the Award. Under his tutelage, the award developed into a valuable and extremely successful program on its own.   

For more information please view the full press release available on the FIATA website: www.fiata.com


5. The week of e-commerce – assessing its impact

Electronic commerce is transforming the way businesses, consumers and governments buy and sell products and services. During E-Commerce week at UNCTAD, experts will look at how developing countries can benefit from the information society.

The meeting titled Enhancing e-commerce laws and regulations for inclusive growth and development will take place in Geneva from 23-27 March 2015. Big topics will include data harmonization and security as expert panel engage in discussions in an attempt to pin point upcoming challenges and plausible solutions.

For more information visit www.unctad.org/e-week2015  


6. UN Releases New Website - 2015: Time for Global Action

The UN Department of Public Information has released a new website titled "2015: Time for Global Action." This website will serve as a source of news, as a portal to UN system websites, and as the anchor for a social media campaign.

It will also link to the extensive civil society mobilization under way through the concurrent Action 2015 campaign.

The new website is now available in English, soon in all 6 official UN languages at the web link below: www.un.org/action2015 


7. IATA and Shanghai Customs cooperating to promote e-Freight in China

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines, and Shanghai E-port have signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.

Under the terms of the LOI, the six organisations will cooperate to:

  • Improve efficiency and reduce costs in existing processes by phasing out the need for a security check stamp on paper air waybills
  • Eliminate the need for paper air waybills and facilitate the implementation of paperless customs clearance at Shanghai Pudong Airport.
  • Optimize and streamline data sharing between the parties


For more information please visit: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2015-03-10-02.aspx


8. 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    

BICC/SWIFT CODE:                            


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


9. Please avoid paying by cheque

The FIATA Secretariat has been notified by the bank that the presentation of cheques or other bills in paper format will be subject to a service fee of CHF 50.00.

This is an amount which FIATA cannot absorb and we shall therefore be obliged to invoice the corresponding amount to those members who choose to pay by cheque, draft or other bills.

Thanks for your kind understanding.


30 March 2015


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