Tunis hosts RAME Field Meeting

Tunis/Tunisia was the host city in June for a RAME (Region Africa Middle East) Field Meeting. The event was organized by the local FIATA National Association Member “Chambre de Discipline des Commissionaires en Douane” in cooperation with FIATA’s Past President Abdelmalek Dahmani from Tunisia.  

It was held under the patronage of Mr. Taoufik Bel Hadj Sliman, President of the Chambre de Discipline des Commissionaires en Douane. Special attention was given to the automatic system for customs procedure (which will be soon implemented), the EDI cooperation between customs, customs brokers and freight forwarders, the maritime transport in Tunisia, and also to detailed information about the Arabic Free Trade Zone.  

The conference was attended by some 60 delegates from 15 countries and was chaired by Capt. Mansoor Y.A. Ghafoor from the United Arab Emirates. Also participating were high ranking representatives from the Tunisian Government and Commercial Trade. It provided a perfect setting for different presentations, such as on Saudi Arabia or by the President and Director General of Tunisian Trade Net, the Director General of Customs, and the Director General of Marine Trade (all from Tunisia).

RAME Chairman Capt. Mansoor announced that Mauritius and Tanzania are back to the FIATA RAME Family and that in Saudi Arabia as well in Jordan ambitious efforts are made to form a national association. A representative from Libya announced that their freight forwarders association is presently preparing the application for FIATA membership, and hopes that it will be approved at the FIATA World Congress 2006 held from 18-21 September in Shanghai, China.  

FIATA was represented at this Field Meeting by RAME Chairman Capt. Mansoor and RAME Manager Peter Maegerle.

20 June 2006

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