Recent statements of some airlines freight divisions announcing their policy to return to a simplified "all-in" rate structure that eliminates the various surcharges e.g. fuel, security etc., is welcome.
The simplification of rate structures will be a significant benefit to forwarders and shippers alike.
Forwarders have for a very long time desired these surcharges be removed as they are opaque and complex and thereby making it difficult to quote a definite price for air cargo transportation, which the shippers are able to understand.
The fuel surcharge has come under significant criticism in recent months as fuel prices continue to fall.
Rodolfo Sagel, FIATA's Airfreight Institute Chairman believes this is a long-awaited move in the right direction that may be supportive of transparency.
Transparency in the entire Supply Chain is generally applauded by FIATA, its members and by the International Freight Forwarders client.
FIATA believes that this may be the precursor to many other airlines following suit.
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
15 January 2015