E-Flash No 64 - 20 December 2013

1. Deadline extend for the World Bank'’s Logistic Performance Index survey

The World Bank's Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is a comprehensive index of logistics performance in 155 countries. The next edition of the index will be published in February 2014. The LPI is based on a survey where logistics operators express their views on several logistics dimensions, such as efficiency of the clearance process, quality of transport-related infrastructure or the ability to track and trace consignments. As in previous years, the World Bank has partnered with FIATA to ensure broad participation from the freight forwarding community. Completing the survey should only take around 15 minutes. The deadline has been extended and the last day to take the survey is December 31, 2013. Questions on the LPI? Send us an email at lpi@worldbank.org. If you are working at a freight forwarding company dealing with international shipments, we cordially invite you to take the survey at: lpisurvey2014.worldbank.org

2. FIATA Congratulates the WTO on the First ever Multilateral Trade Pact – Worth 1 trillion

On Saturday December 7th, a deal was struck by the 159 Members of the WTO on the island of Bali, which analysts estimate could be worth $1 trillion to the world economy. Building off the bullet points from the Doha agenda, the agreement centers around trade facilitation by introducing measures to reduce trade costs and cutting red tape in customs procedures. It must be noted that this agreement has a binding character for Members.
The agreement was signed with the purpose to make trade easier, faster and cheaper; provide efficiency and transparency and reduce bureaucracy and corruption. FIATA will provide its assistance and support to the WTO as they implement this agreement throughout their states and will report on issues that will affect our members. FIATA is also working very closely with the WCO, whose contribution to the implementation appears to be crucial. For more technical information on the new trade pact please visit mc9.wto.org/system/files/documents/w8_0.pdf

3. Commission proposes a common approach to violations of EU customs law

EU customs legislation has been fully harmonised in a single legal act since the beginning of the EU’s Internal Market. However, 28 different legal approaches of EU Members States are forming a patchwork approach to punishment of rule-breakers. Recently, the EU Commission proposed a framework to align the all 28 member states in regards to customs infringement enforcement.
For more information: europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1244_en.htm

4. Upcoming FIATA article in the special transport and logistics edition of Inside Industry magazine

Please find a preview of the new FIATA article that will be published in a special transport and logistics edition of Inside Industry magazine here: www.insideindustry.com/19206987/786543/fiata/index.html
The editors have extended an invitation to all FIATA members to participate in the edition. If you are interested, please contact Inside Industry Managing Director, Mr John White, by email at jw@insideindustry.com or by telephone at +44 (0) 1502 566216 before January 17th 2014.

5. Council adopts new regulations on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

The Transportation, Telecommunication, and Energy Council of the European Union has adopted the CEF, which is the funding instrument for the trans-European networks. The CEF's overarching objective is to help create high-performing and environmentally sustainable interconnected networks across Europe, thereby contributing to economic growth and social and territorial cohesion within the Union. For more in-depth information: www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/trans/139932.pdf

6. A special issue of the International Trade Forum’s Statistical Brief has been published

This latest edition might be of interest to various FIATA members as it throws a data-based spotlight on some of the annual trends for passenger and freight transport across the different modes. You can download the PDF from www.internationaltransportforum.org/statistics/statbriefs.html
For those interested in more in-depth analysis of some of the issues touched upon, this Brief is best read in conjunction with the 2013 ITF Transport Outlook. The Outlook can be browsed for free online
or downloaded via the ITF website’s publications page at: www.internationaltransportforum.org/Pub/new.html

7. Update on the TIR CARNET in Russia

The Russian Federal customs service (FCS) announced on 2 December 2013 that the application of the TIR procedure in Russia will continue. The announcement revises an earlier FCS statement according to which TIR would no longer be accepted anywhere in the Russian Federation as of 1 December 2013 due to the termination of the agreement between FCS and its national guaranteeing association ASMAP. According to the statement issued on 2 December 2013, the termination of the agreement has been postponed until 1 July 2014. For more information please visit the International Road Union’s website: www.iru.org

8. Council adopts guidelines for development of trans-European transport network

The Transportation, Telecommunication, and Energy Council of the European Union has adopted new guidelines defining a long-term strategy for the development of a complete trans-European transport network (TEN-T), consisting of infrastructure for railways, maritime and air transport, roads and inland waterways. Please find the complete brief here: www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/trans/139931.pdf

9. IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

During the 28th session of the International Maritime Organization Assembly held at IMO Headquarters in London, a new council of forty Member States has been elected for the 2014-2015 biennium. For more information, please see the full article here: www.maritimeprofessional.com/News/361608.aspx

10. Registration for FIATA Headquarters Session

The invitation for the 2014 HQ session, held 20-23 March in Zurich, is now available on the FIATA website. This includes registration forms for the visa, hotel forms and information, and further information about the session. www.fiata.com/index.php

11. Important information from the Secretariat

The FIATA Secretariat would like to bring to your attention the following important and helpful information:
Address changes - To keep the FIATA Members Directory updated at all times the FIATA Secretariat depends on immediate notifications from our Members regarding changes to their address details. Please send the details regarding your address changes to info@fiata.com.
Invoice distribution in 2014 - All invoices for FIATA Membership Subscription 2014 will be issued in Swiss Francs (CHF) as usual and sent by e-mail to all FIATA Members by mid-January 2014. The invoice is payable by 31 May 2014 at the very latest. When processing your payment please always use your invoice number as reference. In addition an emailed copy of your remittance advice will greatly aid the identification of your payment. Your certificate will be sent by regular airmail as soon as the payment has been received and matched with your record.
Contribution towards FIATA Foundation - Since 2009, FIATA has included an amount of CHF 25.00 on its invoices, in addition to the annual membership subscription, as a contribution to the FIATA Foundation. Please note that this amount is optional as explicitly noted on our invoices. We extend our sincerest thanks to all individual FIATA members who have paid their contribution to the FIATA foundation. Your donations are indispensable in our efforts to promote knowledge and learning tools in the areas that most need it.


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