FIATA signed Agreement with WCO to Cooperate in Training and Education

Zurich, 11 October 2018: FIATA Presidency Member and Rapporteur for Training and Education, Mr. Francesco Parisi, and Mr. Luc De Blieck, Deputy Director Procedures and Facilitation, World Customs Organization (WCO), signed a historical agreement aimed at enhancing collaboration in training and education. The agreement was signed at the FIATA World Congress 2018 in New Delhi, India.

Mr. De Blieck also attended and addressed the opening ceremony of 2018 FIATA World Congress. He reflected on the key drivers that are defining the global Customs agenda and are driving the discourse on the future of international Customs. Mr. De Blieck highlighted that trusted partnerships between Customs and businesses are the cornerstone for tacking future challenges.

The FIATA World Congress serves as an international platform where stakeholders in global logistics gather to voice their opinions and concerns and speak for their sector. It is the best place to discover and discuss the latest developments in international logistics and the freight forwarding industry, new legislations, technologies, and updated guidelines.

The agreement was signed on Thursday, September 27, 2018, during the session “FIATA Logistics Academy (FLA) & Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT). The purpose of the agreement is to initiate cooperation between WCO Academy and the FIATA Logistics Academy in the establishment of joint training courses. One of the main objectives is to cooperate towards disseminating Customs e-learning courses, offered by the WCO Academy, to the international logistics community through the network and the website of the FIATA Logistics Academy. A major part of the cooperation between WCO Academy and FIATA Logistics Academy will be directed towards providing Customs e-learning to FIATA’s association members. Among others, there is also a mutual intention to organize joint webinars, as well as to offer joint certificates.

The 2018 FIATA World Congress theme was “The Future Starts Here” and this is also certainly valid for the newly established cooperation in training matters, between WCO and FIATA. We are looking forward to the 2019 World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa where you will hear about further developments in this area.


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FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 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, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, 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.

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