E-Flash No. 96 - 8 May 2015

1.    Nepal Earthquake Response Challenges Logistics Experts

"Logistically, this particular disaster—because of the geography and the mountainous terrain and poor roads—is probably the most difficult response I have ever had to implement," said Alex Marianelli, senior logistics officer for Asia at the United Nations World Food Program.

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We use this hands-on introduction to announce the creation of a FIATA led fund-raising initiative that will parallel last year’s extremely successful EBOLA Fund initiative.  The official announcement will be made soon as the bank account for donations is about to be made available to all.  A special note will be sent to all Members in due course.

2.    UN Agencies Strengthen Cooperation for Trade Facilitation Implementation

Three key UN agencies (UNCTAD, ITC and UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22 April 2015 to strengthen their support for developing countries as they implement the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).

The three agencies emphasised their longstanding work in the simplification and harmonization of international trade procedures. Read more on the recently struck MoU here: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=39503

3.    Centre for International Transport Agreements - UNECE Transport Division

The UNECE Transport Division, centre for international transport agreements provides a platform for intergovernmental cooperation to facilitate and develop international transport which covers:

  • Sustainable transport development
  • Road traffic safety
  • Global warming and transport
  • Vehicle regulations
  • Intelligent Transport Systems(ITS)
  • Dangerous goods and special cargo
  • Transport infrastructure development
  • Transport economics
  • Statistics
  • Border crossing facilitation


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4.    Internet of things in logistics

There will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today, says an Internet of Things trend report, released by DHL and Cisco. For any organisation with a supply chain or logistics operations, IoT will have game-changing consequences, from creating more 'last mile' delivery options for customers, to more efficient warehousing operation.

According to Cisco's economic analysis, IoT will generate $8 trillion worldwide in value at stake over the next decade. This will come from five primary drivers: innovation and revenue ($2.1 trillion); asset utilisation ($2.1 trillion); supply chain and logistics ($1.9 trillion); employee productivity improvements ($1.2 trillion); and enhanced customer and citizen experience ($700 billion). Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/article/management/internet-of-things-in-logistics-115050300638_1.html

5.    Air-safety experts weigh rules for battery cargo on jets

In first week of May, ICAO's dangerous goods panel is set to consider, and possibly suggest new restrictions, on the shipment of lithium batteries. Boeing and Airbus have come out in support of tightening the rules, while the rechargeable battery lobby group, PBRA, has opposed some of the safety measures under consideration.

Many airlines, including Cathay, Air France-KLM, United and Qantas, however, have taken matters into their own hands and imposed their own bans on shipping lithium batteries either in passenger aircraft, or at all. Read more: http://theloadstar.co.uk/air-safety-experts-weigh-rules-for-battery-cargo-on-jets/

6.    Appeal to bring freight to Humber ports

Freight shippers will be urged to make more use of the Humber ports to help drive regional growth across the north at the country’s premier logistics event next week. A powerful delegation representing the Humber Port partnership will present the region's case at the industry gathering, aiming to showcase the capabilities of the UK’s busiest ports complex.

The port is an open gateway to the Northern powerhouse, creating a "golden corridor" of trade which stretches across to Liverpool and which is vital to the growth of the region and which serves the growing trend of manufacturing and distribution centres moving further north. Read more:


7.    Chinese to invest abroad in free-trade zone trial

China may launch a trial scheme soon that would allow Chinese individuals in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone to invest in overseas markets directly for the first time, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

The programme, known as the Qualified Domestic Individual Investor programme, or QDII2, is among measures jointly proposed by the Shanghai government, the central bank and regulators to promote capital account convertibility and greater international use of the yuan. Read more: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1781240/chinese-invest-abroad-free-trade-zone-trial

8.    Dubai introduces virtual freight and logistic corridor

Dubai Customs and the Department of Economic Development in Dubai have unveiled a "Virtual Corridor" to enhance the overall trade sector and facilitate goods movements. This corridor is a virtual freight and logistic passage to connect seaports, airports and free zones in Dubai on a single platform

Cargo will be moved in under four hours without the need for a client to submit a cash bond or bank guarantee, as it is the minimal procedures. Dubai Customs will grant clients virtual financial guarantee for each consignment to be transfer among customs centres in Dubai. Read more here:


9.    Trucking - Driving the logistics industry in Georgia

The Georgia Legislature passed one of the most sweeping transportation funding bills ever, the $900 million House Bill 170. With a combination of new taxes and fees, the bill will raise nearly $1 billion a year to fund repairs to our state’s ailing network of roads and bridges.

This news was most certainly welcome to Russell Mc Murry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, who noted at the summit that Georgia has the 10th largest transportation system in the nation with nearly 18,000 miles of centreline miles of roadways and more than 3,000 miles of interstate and freight corridors. Read more: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-04-13/keene-trucking-driving-logistics-industry-georgia



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