E-Flash No 28 - 5 July 2011

World Congress News - Early Bird Registration pushed back to 31 August, 2011

Please note that due to the late distribution of hard copy Congress Brochures, EIFFA in co-ordination with FIATA has decided to extend the deadline for early bird registration for the 2011 FIATA World Congress to 31 August 2011. We encourage all our Members to complete registration before the 31 August in order to take advantage of reduced registration fees.

For more information regarding new updates on the 2011 FIATA World Congress registration fees and newly updated early bird registration, please visit the website at: http://www.fiata2011.org/

Afghanistan and Pakistan reach Transit Trade Agreement

A newly established Trade Agreement has been cemented between Afghanistan and Pakistan replacing an out-dated agreement dating back from 1965. The Afghanistan –Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) will provide a boost to the economies of both countries by reducing costs and delays in transport between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The agreement also seeks to reduce cross-border smuggling which has been an on-going issue throughout the Afghan and Pakistan borders. Through legitimate trade both government should experience a growth in revenue and supporting services. For more information regarding the APTTA please visit: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/166078.htm

Important – New EU Regulation taking effect 1 July 2011

On 1 July, 2011, the European Union (EU) Commission and Member States will become far stricter when enforcing EU Regulation 1875/2006. The EU Regulation, which was established 1 January 2011 but not h3ly enforced by the commission, specifies that goods entering the customs territory of the EU must be declared electronically 24 hours before loading the cargo on a vessel that will call at an EU port. If shipping within short sea traffic, the goods must be declared two hours before entry at its first EU port.

We h3ly encourage FIATA Members to be aware of this new regulation as failure to provide complete and accurate information could result in cargo being delayed or rolled to the next available vessel increasing costs to the exporter. Forwarders are expected to submit an ENS form which will be sent to the Customs office of the first port of entry in the EU. The Customs office will then carry out a security risk assessment in which if a risk is identified subsequent ports and port of loading will be informed.

For further information on the contents of the ENS form or other regulatory requirements please visit the European’s commission website at http://ec.europa.eu/ecip/help/faq/ens7_en.htm.

The European Union to join first international transport organization

The European Union (EU) has decided to attend the Convention for the International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and chosen to join the intergovernmental organisation managing the convention – OTIF. The agreement will come into effect 1 July 2011 and will help the EU have a greater influence on the matters regarding international rail transport.

The EU said “accession to the COTIF would facilitate the development of a uniform legal system applicable to the international carriage of passengers and freight by rail across all member markets”. To read more regarding this newly adopted agreement please visit: http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/eu-joins-its-first-global-transport-group/20017883842.htm

FIATA Working Sea Transport Meeting held in Chinese Tapei – 17 June 2011

For the first time in 85 years, members of the FIATA Working Group Sea Transport attended a meeting in Chinese Tapei held on 17 June 2011 to discuss items such as the world wide security issues C-TPAT, the ENS 24 rules and initiatives in other parts of the world, the NVOCC tariff filing in the United States and China, the Application of the new INCOTERMS 2010 and finally the initiative of the WSC and ICS on container weighing.

The discussion and meetings were followed by a visit to the Chinese Tapei newly installed international port terminal 6 in Kaohsiung. The international port was deemed extremely efficient operating under an electronically remote controlled system.

The 5th Annual RAP Field Meeting held in Conjunction with UNESCAP – Reporting from Bangkok, Thailand from 22 – 24 June 2011

The meetings were held from 22-24 June with the first day consisting of RAP Field Meetings where 60 delegates from 10 countries in the Asian Pacific regions discussed issues such as the River Transport Accidents, handling of container deposits, conditions of Chinese sea-rail multimodal transportation, infrastructure and building connectivity in Asia and vocational training.

The second and third days consisted of UNESCAP meetings mostly addressing the core issues regarding the draft guidelines for minimum standards and code of conducts of freight forwarders, NVOCC and Multimodal Transport Operators. The UNESCAP presented their draft which was well received and allowed for feedback to be provided in the coming month. For more information regarding the UNESCAP meeting please visit: http://www.unescap.org/ttdw/Index.asp?MenuName=FFForum2011

Further Reporting on the RAME Field Meeting in DOHA/Qatar on the 5-7 June 2011

The RAME meeting attracted 120 delegates from 14 countries tackling different topics from the Africa Middle East regions. The meetings reassured the delegates that the 2011 FIATA World Congress in Cairo was proceeding as scheduled and is providing features such as the ability to schedule meetings using the Congress Website.

More news revealed that the future of freight forwarding in RAME looked very promising as five participants from different countries submitted their bid for a YIFFY Award. Also, Nigeria touched on the issue of Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) with more specific details to be examined in Cairo. Further topics discussed included customs duties and taxes in the state of Qatar, foreign investment rules and the possibility of FIATA’s Train the Trainer (TOT) program coming to East Africa and Afghanistan.

5 July 2011

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