E-Flash No. 99 - 19 June 2015

1.   Have you registered? – 2015 FIATA World Congress right around the corner

The World Congress, set to kick off on September 8th in Chinese Taipei, is sure to attract high level speakers, in-depth discussions and infuse action from our industry. Hurry to take advantage of the early bird price and be a part of this historic moment by easily registering online at http://www.fiata2015.org/Registration.

For any questions about visas or hotels, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly member (ops(at)fiata2015.org or registration(at)fiata2015.org) at FIATA World Congress 2015 Organizing Committee who are graciously hosting the event this year.

2.   OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators – New Tool For Governments

To help governments improve their border procedures, reduce trade costs, boost trade flows and reap greater benefits from international trade, OECD has developed a set of trade facilitation indicators that identify areas for action and enable the potential impact of reforms to be assessed.

Estimates based on the indicators provide a basis for governments to prioritise trade facilitation actions and mobilise technical assistance and capacity-building efforts for developing countries in a more targeted way. To examine the new tool please visit: http://compareyourcountry.org/trade-facilitation?cr=oecd&lg=en

3.   Help arriving in Nepal, but logistics overwhelm government

Large parts of Nepal are hard to reach at the best of times, but after the 25thof April earthquake and its aftermath, terrain has become the most challenging obstacle to get urgent relief supplies to the communities in the 15 mountainous districts.

The World Food Program (WFP) is employing hundreds of trekking porters, mule trains and mountaineers to repair trails and get to even more remote areas where helicopters cannot go because of monsoon weather and blocked roads. For more information on the situation please visit: http://nepalitimes.com/blogs/mycity/2015/06/14/its-all-logistics/

If interested in getting more involved, FIATA recently announced a new initiative which aims to collect proceeds for the situation in NEPAL providing the opportunity for members to contribute donations to the following account:

CH90 0070 0130 0085 2975 2



The proceeds of your donations will be transferred to Médicines sans Frontières and the Red Cross/Red Crescent to alleviate the situation in Nepal.

4.   African officials pledge to create a free-trade zone

African officials pledged to create a free-trade zone across half of the continent, a bold commitment to dismantle long-standing hurdles to investment in the fast-growing but fragmented region.Leaders from 26 countries across Africa’s eastern half from Egypt to South Africa agreed Wednesday to work toward a free-trade zone that would remove tariffs and customs between them.

Their common market, encompassing more than 600 million people today, would link three existing trade zones in southern and East Africa with a combined gross domestic product of $1.2 trillion. To read more please visit: http://www.wsj.com/articles/african-leaders-pledge-to-create-free-trade-zone-1433941858

5.   International Conventions: increased limits of liability for maritime claims enter into force under 1996 LLMC Protocol on 8 June 2015

Amendments to increase the limits of liability in the 1996 Protocol to amend the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (LLMC Protocol 1996) enter into force on 8 June 2015.

Raising the amount claimable for loss of life or personal injury on ships (not exceeding 2,000 gross tonnages) to 3.02 million Special Drawing Rights (SDR), up from 2 million SDR (additional amounts are claimable on larger ships). To read more on the IMO’s website please visit: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/24-LLMC-limits.aspx

6.   Gas and low-flashpoint fuels code adopted by IMO

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization’s London headquarters for its 95th session from 3 to 12 June 2015.

The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships’ routeing measures and approved a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the sub-committees.  To read more please visit: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/gas-and-low-flashpoint-fuels-code-adopted-by-imo/

7.   Ocean freight emissions could increase 250pc

Carbon emissions from international maritime shipping could increase by 250 per cent if left unchecked, according to the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), following an assessment by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Methodology developed for measuring, reporting and verifying carbon emissions should be used by the EU and IMO as a starting point for their regulatory initiatives. To read more please visit: http://www.logisticsmanager.com/2015/06/ocean-freight-emissions-could-increase-250pc/

8.   Beijing plans policies to develop logistics sector

The Chinese government has turned its attention to the logistics sector, which has undergone rapid growth thanks to the booming e-commerce but has been mired in price competition and low efficiency, Shanghai's National Business Daily reports.

The Ministry of Commerce is consulting other ministries on a draft plan to encourage development of e-commerce and logistics. This comes after the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Land and Resources and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development announced in May a trial program of logistics industrial parks. To read more please visit: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150617000055&cid=1202

9.   China Launches long Freight Train Route

China launched a freight train route which links the city of Harbin in northeast China with the German city of Hamburg, via Russia’s Trans-Siberian line. The new route is 9,820 km long with a journey that takes 15 days, passing through Mongolia, Russia, Belarus and Poland.

According to the Chinese website CRI, the new train route will transport cargoes worth over 4 billion yuan (over $650 million) a year. To read more please visit: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/china-launches-freight-train-service-connecting-europe/article7312957.ece

10. Russia re-opens 34 border-crossing points to TIR

Further to the announcement of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF) last week, 34 border-crossing points with Azerbaijan, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland and Ukraine are now re-opened to TIR. 

The final list of Russian border-crossing points is still being worked out by FCS RF in Russia thus practical difficulties cannot be totally excluded at this stage. To remain updated please consult the IRU website: https://www.iru.org/en_iru_tir_news

11. USA: Backers of Fast-Track Trade Bill Take New Tack

House Republican leaders Tuesday (June 16th) were preparing to try again to push through Congress fast-track trade legislation thwarted last week by House Democrats, using a new strategy to cobble together enough support for a top legislative priority of President Barack Obama.

The leaders are hoping to bring up a stand-alone bill granting Mr. Obama fast-track authority to expedite a trade deal with 11 other nations around the Pacific, according to GOP aides. To read more please visit: http://www.wsj.com/articles/house-gives-itself-until-july-30-to-reconsider-trade-legislation-1434478467

12. EPA of USA Takes Aim at Airline Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday took its first step toward regulating carbon emissions from airlines, one of a string of actions by the Obama administration expected this summer to address climate change with rules covering swaths of the U.S. economy.

Aviation today represents about 2% of total global carbon emissions, and global air travel is growing at about 5% each year, according to Boeing Co., outpacing industry improvements in reducing its carbon footprint. The U.S. is the largest contributor to global aviation greenhouse gases. To read more please visit: http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-administration-to-take-aim-at-airline-emissions-1433946834

13. Freight Forwarders roar over new port charges in Ghana

Freight Forwarders in Ghana are kicking against the latest hike in Port charges. Starr Business a few day ago broke the news that charges at the ports are being increased between 5 to 20 percent from July 1.

The Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has attributed the increase to rise in operational costs, especially petroleum and utility tariffs. To read more on the situation please visit: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/artikel.php?ID=361178

14. Switzerland donates CHF 50,000 for LDCs’ participation in Ministerial Conference

Government Switzerland has contributed CHF 50,000 to support the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in the 10thWTO Ministerial Conference in December 2015 at Nairobi, Kenya. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/pres15_e/pr745_e.htm



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