The FIATA Membership Certificate
Every Individual Member of FIATA receives an official membership certificate upon payment of the annual subscription fee. The FIATA Membership certificate may carry a value that results from the vetting process for admission. Save where Association Members do not exist, only perspective Individual Members whose applications are endorsed by the Association Members in their specific countries or territories can be admitted as FIATA Members. This indirectly ensures the regularity of the application and it is a strong indication that the company operates according to the applicable legal requirements and it naturally inclined to maintain a compliant behaviour. This is one of the elements that may compose the business reputation of a company and has a recognised value in public; it could also be a decisive element when a customer has to choose between a certain number of competitors in contracts and/or procurement allocations.
Use of the FIATA Logo
Individual Members of FIATA are permitted to display the FIATA logo on their office signboards and company vehicles, and to print the logo on their company stationery and business cards (but not on transport documents).The use of the FIATA logo is an immediately perceptible sign of distinction. FIATA is a protected trademark and we register with a certain degree of satisfaction that all recent attempts at infringing this rule have been discouraged to the point of cessation.
Entry in the FIATA Members Directory and Networking
The Individual Member’s name and address is published in the unique FIATA Members Directory on the FIATA website. This directory of freight forwarders and logistics providers is continuously updated and can be freely consulted. The FIATA website listing could carry an immediate commercial benefit for the Individual Member, which comes at no additional cost. The website is however not the only networking opportunity: a dedicated session during the World Congress multiplies these commercial opportunities and all Individual Members are invited to participate in the Headquarter Session in Zurich in the springtime which is hosted by FIATA with compliments. This item alone is worth the entire membership fee expenditure.
Advertising in the FIATA Members Directory
Only Individual Members of FIATA have the opportunity to advertise their services (in addition to their regular entry) in the FIATA Members Directory. This is an additional option to increase the visibility of the Individual Member and it is awarded at discounted prices to Individual Members only.
FIATA Review and Information (FIATA e-Flash)
Individual Members of FIATA receive their own individual copies of the FIATA Review, which is published five times a year and contains reports on FIATA’s activities, our Congresses and Headquarter Sessions, as well as other information from the Federation. Many articles have a very highly informative technical content and are referenced around the world. 3 FIATA publishes a fortnightly electronic newsletter (the FIATA e-Flash) which contains momentous information pertaining to logistics, Customs, trade and even specialised areas of interest such as security. The e-Flash is also sent with compliments to all Individual Members.
Special Rates for FIATA Publications and Articles
Individual Members of FIATA can obtain FIATA publications, such as the FIATA Code of Abbreviations, the FIATA Glossary of Transport and Forwarding Terms, the FIATA Customs Clearance Manual, as well as FIATA articles at special, discounted rates. The list of publications is periodically updated; it is therefore advisable to check on the FIATA WEBSITE for new listings. The new website that will be introduced later this year will also contain an e-shop where members will be able to purchase information and business material at discounted rates, and then pay and print their invoices directly on line.
FIATA Arbitration Code
FIATA is offering its Individual Members an arbitration code, which will permit legal disputes between forwarding agents to be settled at very low cost without going through the law courts. This service is exclusively available to Individual Members of FIATA and has an extremely important intrinsic value.
The Secretariat’s Assistance
FIATA is also offering its Individual Members an online service, where they can write their questions and receive the Secretariat’s professional staff’s attention in a short time frame. Whilst this is not a legal service, which falls outside the scope of FIATA, and it is also not a matchmaking service, experience tells us that an increasing number of Individual Members appreciate the option of “asking FIATA first”. This service is exclusively available to Individual Members of FIATA and has an extremely important intrinsic value.