E-Flash No 27 - 10 June 2011

Talks of increased Regulations in Australia

There is discussion of new reform of Australia’s coastal Shipping regulation with the purpose to boost national fleet. Freight forwarders and shippers are against this reform claiming such regulation could discourage the use of coastal shipping and inflate international trading costs. It is suspected that this reform could result in higher labour costs, reduced port calls and introduction of new surcharges. This would also push coastal containers to pursue road shipments and may result in an increase in imports replacing domestic goods. For more information regarding coastal reform in Australia please visit http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/australia-fights-new-cabotage-rules/20017874993.htm

Merhaba – Welcome to the FIATA WORLD CONGRESS 2011 in Cairo – News update

We are pleased to inform you that the organizers of the forthcoming FIATA WORLD CONGRESS have received an official letter from the Ministry of Civil Aviation giving full support to the FIATA 2011 Congress and confirming to provide FIATA Help Desks in all arrival terminals.

We also have confirmation that the Cairo Airport police will aid in the security and transportation of all delegates at arrivals and departure terminals. For more information please visit the Congress website at: http://www.fiata2011.org/

Going Live – Online solutions improving the exports of Goods

A new online wave is being introduced by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) when processing certificates of origin for the export of goods. Their newly administered online service, “ecert”, allows exporters and freight forwarders to submit and receive documents online when processing certificates of origin.

It is expected that this new online tool will reduce courier charges and processing times creating a more efficient exporting system. MAC’s new online certificate of origin program is also approved by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) adhering to international guidelines. The online certificate of origin program is evidence of an industry evolving to adopt technology in its everyday operations. If you are interested in discovering more information on “ecert”, please visit MAC’s website at http://www.metroatlantachamber.com/content/IntPage.aspx?Id=334&SId=9

Australia offering Forwarding Diploma

For the first time in Australian Freight Forwarding History, the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) will offer the Diploma of International Freight Forwarding which is nationally recognized comprising of 14 units of study taken over 2-3 semesters. The course is tailored for managers covering transport modes air, sea, road, and multi-modal as well as providing an in-depth study of the legal and documentation requirements for international freight forwarding.

In addition, the CBFCA’s courses have been validated by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) for the awarding of the prestigious FIATA Diploma. For more information regarding Australia’s new Diploma please visit their website: https://cbfca.com.au/TrainingDetails.aspx?EntityId=577241

May - A Difficult Month for Freight Forwarders

According to the Danske Bank European Freight Forwarding Index, the month of May was not a great month for freight forwarders as the index fell from 67 in April to 63 in May. June expectations remain the same while July expectations have dropped.

The report showed that road freight remained fairly stable but air and sea freight expectation were significantly down. IATA expectations for cargo growth have also dropped from 6.1% to 5.1% for the year 2011, blaming rising oil prices, political unrest and natural disasters. For more information please visit the websites below: http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/may-a-less-positive-month-for-freight-forwaders/20017877402.htm and http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/06/airline.industry.outlook/

IMO Set to Rule on Mandatory Container Weighing

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed to examine how to solve the problem of mis-declared container weights. “At a meeting last week, the UN shipping body’s Maritime Safety Committee agreed to a proposal from the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia to address the issue of incorrectly declared containerised cargo and to take other measures to improve the safety of container stowage and ship operations”. The news was welcomed and supported in a joint statement by the World Shipping Council (WSC) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The two bodies look forward to assisting the “IMO” in creating a new set of requirements. In 2008 an attempt to resolve the issue was proposed but a solution was not met. The FIATA WG Sea will discuss this topic at the next meeting in June 2011. For more information please visit: http://www.ifwnet.com/freightpubs/ifw/article.htm?artid=20017874995&src=rss

ICC Immediate action to prevent Piracy Attacks off the Coast of Somalia

At the Annual International Transport Forum in Leipzig Germany, the International Chamber of Commerce urges governments to take action on piracy attacks occurring off the cost of Somali.

According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau, there were 219 attacks in 2010 in which 49 vessels were hijacked and 1,016 crew members taken hostage. These piracy attacks have resulted in increased use of private security firms to protect seafarers and ships.

In 2010, the One Earth Foundation estimated the economic cost of piracy on the supply chain to be between US$7-12 billion. You can the read the call of action at:


DOHA/Qatar plays host to this year’s RAME (Region Africa Middle East) Field Meeting

The meeting provided an opportunity for delegates to interact and discuss topics of current interest in the freight forwarding industry in the regions of Africa and the Middle East. The meeting attracted 120 delegates from 14 countries. Among those in attendance were his Excellency Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the Vice Chairman and President of the Quatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mr. Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Towar Bin Al Kuwar and Eng. Ali Bin Ahdualtif Al Baluch.

FIATA representatives included RAME acting Chairman Mr. Issa Baluch, RAME Manager Peter Maegerle and FIATA current President Mr. Jean-Claude Delen. This marked the first time that a RAME meeting was attended by a FIATA current President.

10 June 2011

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