E-Flash No 40 - 10 February 2012

FIATA Headquarter Session Update in Zurich, Switzerland on March 15-18, 2012

We continue to encourage all delegates wishing to participate in the FIATA Headquarter Session to visit the FIATA website and complete the registration forms confirming their attendance at this year session in Zurich.

FIATA has now 193 delegates from 54 countries that have registered and confirmed their attendance at this year Headquarter session. For more information regarding the Headquarter session, please visit the FIATA website http://www.fiata.com/events/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions

Updates on Trade and Policy Embargo

Please refer below to recent updates in Iran and Syria regarding measures being in force adopted by Council Decisions made in the framework of the Common Foreign Security Policy (CFSP) and related legislative measures.


Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 54/2012 of 23 January 2012 implementing Regulation (EU) No 961/2010 on restrictive measures against Iran.

Council Regulation (EU) No 56/2012 of 23 January 2012 amending Regulation (EU) No 961/2010 on restrictive measures against Iran.

Council Decision 2012/35/CFSP of 23 January 2012 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran.


Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 55/2012 of 23 January 2012 implementing Article 33(1) of Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Syria.

Council Implementing Decision 2012/37/CFSP of 23 January 2012 amending implementing Decision 2011/782/CFSP concerning restrictive measure against Syria.

New ISO mechanical seal standard to be effective March 1, 2012


Effective March 1, 2012, the current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO / PAS 17712) will be replaced with a new ISO standard – ISO 17712:2010. The new standard has the following compliance requirements:

1) Testing to determine a seal’s classification for physical strength (as barriers of entry)

2) Process auditing of the manufacturer’s security-related business practices

3) Testing (and PASS grade) of a seal’s ability to indicate evidence of tampering

4) A new 18mm minimum width diameter for bolt seals

The new seal standard requires documentation of compliance by properly accredited test laboratories or business process auditors, which must have ISO 17712 included in their scope of competence.

We encourage our members to utilize their existing seals already in stock and to carefully plan future seal purchases to ensure that seals affixed to containers as of March 1, 2012 are compliant with ISO IS 17712:2010. For more information, please visit the World Customs Organization (WCO) website at www.wcoomd.org or contact the PIP program at PIP-PEP(at)cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Opening of new UNCITRAL Regional Centre in South Korea

On January 10, 2012, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) opened their first regional office in the Asian Pacific Region choosing the Republic of Korea as their destination.

The new Regional Centre, located in Incheon, is the first one of its kind for UNCITRAL and will disseminate information on international trade norms and standards and deal with requests for technical assistance in the Asia-Pacific Region, which have been increasing steeply in recent years. For more information on the newly established regional center, please visit: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/pressrels/2012/unisl159.html

Nominations for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2012

The nominations for the 2012 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award were confirmed by the Award Administrator and the TT Club and are broken down by country as follows:



Region Africa/Middle East

Egypt, South Africa

Region America

Canada, Columbia

Region Asia/Pacific

Australia, Indonesia, Singapore

Region Europe

Austria, Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

There were 17 nominations throughout the four regions. FIATA would like to congratulate all the nominees and will be presenting the award at this year’s Headquarter Session in March.

Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA) opens training institute

TAFFA is making final preparations to open its own training institute. The institute, which would initially offer one-year certificate level training, will commence mid-next month and requires its incoming students to have passed their Ordinary Level of Secondary Education Certificates in order to be accepted into the program.

The institute, which is located in Dar es Salaam, is expecting 70 students in its first intake and enrollment levels to increase in future years. FIATA is also in discussion with TAFFA regarding the possibilities of implementing a Trainer-the-Trainer course. For more information on TAFFA’s new training institute please visit: http://thecitizen.co.tz/business/13-local-business/19578-clearing-and-forwarding-field-wants-trained-staff.html

Lack of email responses from FIATA due to Spam Filters

FIATA’s e-mail addresses are quite popular in the spamming community and we need to defend ourselves in order to continue our work. For this reason, FIATA has implemented a spam filter system. We are continuously fine-tuning its features, but it is far from perfect. If your email/message to us does not receive attention within a reasonable time period, please do not hesitate to call us and repeat your request by telephone. Thank you for your understanding.

10 February 2012

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