e-Flash No. 139 - 25 November 2016




1. FIATA’s ABVT 41st Validation/Re-Validation Session

Association Members intending to validate their training programmes or subject to revalidation are invited to submit their instruments to validate their training programmes leading to the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and the FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management.

The instruments’ submission’s deadline is February 1st 2017. Please contact Ms Verena Schaer schaer(at)fiata.com for more information.




2. FIATA invited to participate in UNCTAD’s eTrade for All.

Unlocking the Potential of eCommerce in Developing Countries being the motto, eCommerce can become a powerful driver of economic growth, inclusive trade and job-creation across the developing world. While some developing countries have made significant inroads into eCommerce, the vast majority is still lagging behind. The UNCTAD-led initiative entitled "eTrade for All" aims to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly Least Developed Countries, to use and benefit from eCommerce. As freight items become ever more prevalent on eCommerce platforms, FIATA has been invited to participate in the initiative on behalf of its members.

To read more please visit: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/STI_and_ICTs/eTrade-for-All.aspx


3. OECD - Estimating the Transport and Insurance Costs of International Trade

A new OECD Database on International Transport and Insurance Costs (ITIC) provides potential new insights on the role distance, natural barriers such as mountain ranges, and infrastructure, play in shaping regional (and global) value chains.

To read more please visit: https://issuu.com/oecd-stat-newsletter/docs/oecd-statistics-newsletter-11-2016/15?e=19272659/40981228


4. WTO-UNCTAD launch new guide to trade policy analysis

A new book on trade policy analysis was launched today (15th of November) by the WTO and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). “An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model” outlines one of the most successful tools for the analysis of trade policy and provides practical guidance on how to apply this tool to trade policy making.

The book is a follow-up to “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis”, which was published in 2012. The series aims to help researchers and policy makers enhance their understanding of economic methods and data sources for trade policy analysis. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/rese_15nov16_e.htm


5. Chile, Swaziland Ratify WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Chile and Swaziland have ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Their submission of the instruments of acceptance to the WTO on 21st of November means that nearly 90 per cent of the ratifications needed to bring the TFA into force have now been received.

The implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement is said to have the potential to increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion per annum. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/fac_21nov16_e.htm


6. EU - Invitation to civil society: EU-Colombia-Peru Trade Agreement - 8/12/2016

European Union, Colombian and Peruvian officials from the Trade and Sustainable Development Sub-Committee under the EU-Colombia-Peru trade agreement will debrief civil society representatives on the outcome of their meeting and matters related to implementation of the Title on Trade and Sustainable Development of the agreement, covering in particular labour and environment issues related to trade.

In order to facilitate interaction with civil society representatives outside Brussels, in particular in Colombia and Peru, it will be possible to view the meeting via the internet and send questions or comments can be submitted in English or Spanish on the day of the meeting. 

Read more at: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/events/index.cfm?id=1582




7. WCO supports the East African Community Region to review AEO Manual

The review of the programme manual and procedures was conducted by the National Project Managers, Single Customs territory experts and regional legal experts from the 5 EAC Partner States as well as the EAC Secretariat, with the support of a WCO AEO expert.

The review was carried out to realign the regional AEO program Manual and Standard Operating Procedures, including benefits and criteria, with the SAFE Framework of Standards (FoS), EAC legal provisions and the Single Customs Territory Procedures.

To read more please visit: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2016/november/wco-supports-the-eac-region-to-review-the-regional-aeo-program-manual-and-procedures.aspx


8. Iran becomes the 68th Contracting Party to the WCO Istanbul Convention

On 21st of November 2016, H.E. Mr. Peiman Seadat, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as well as to the European Union, deposited his country’s Instrument of Accession to the Istanbul Convention with the WCO Secretary General Dr Mikuriya. The Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention) is an international instrument that combines all existing conventions on temporary admission.

To read the notice please visit: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2016/november/the-islamic-republic-of-iran-becomes-the-68th-contracting-party-to-the-wco-istanbul-convention.aspx




9. 1st UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference – Ashgabat, 26th - 27th November 2016

Recognising the fundamental role of sustainable transport in fighting climate change and achieving sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will convene the first ever global conference on sustainable transport, on 26th and 27th November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The Global Sustainable Transport Conference will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organisations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasises the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

To read more please visit the host country’s website at: http://globaltransportconference.gov.tm/index.php


10. UN in Marrakech: Revolutionising Transport is Gaining Momentum

Efforts to revolutionise transport around the world are gaining momentum with more Governments and businesses exploring possibilities for electric vehicles and low-carbon emissions transport systems, said transport experts attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22). Over the last 12 months, the “MobiliseYourCity” initiative secured 35 million euros in funding and announced the start of developing Sustainable Urban Mobility plans in Morocco and Cameroon. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) is supporting an additional 40 countries to realise the financial, and CO2 benefits of improved vehicle fuel economy. The Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme now has 173 certified airports worldwide, including 26 carbon neutral airports.

To read more please visit: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55543#.WDW_PeYrKwc


11. UNCTAD: Policymakers Use Trade fighting Climate Change

National governments should look at the ways in which trade can help spread the use of green technologies and therefore tackle climate change, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said last week. Liberalising the trade of green goods by dropping tariffs and addressing non-tariff measures would facilitate access to these goods and their use.

To read more please visit: http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1376&Sitemap_x0020_Taxonomy=UNCTAD%20Home;#1637;#Trade, Environment and Development;#1385;#International Trade and Commodities

To read FIATA’s position on sustainable transport please visit: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Position_Papers/FIATA_Statement_-_The_Need_to_Assess_Connectivity_Measure_for_Freight_Transport.pdf


12. COP22: ICAO Secretary General Emphasises Next Steps for CORSIA

ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu participated at the COP22 in Marrakesh last week, taking advantage of the opportunity to discuss the near-term priorities the UN aviation agency will be pursuing to implement the historic Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) which was agreed at its recent 39th Assembly. The measures cover four approaches, namely new and innovative aircraft technologies, operational improvements to reduce aircraft fuel burn, the development and wider deployment and use of sustainable alternative fuels, and the global market-based measure, CORSIA.

To read more please visit: http://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/cop22-icao-secretary-general-emphasizes-next-steps-for-crosia-.aspx


13. IATA - Infrastructure Unlocking Benefits of Aviation in Latin America

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to work with industry to make infrastructure a priority in unlocking aviation’s economic and social benefits. In Latin America there is a huge opportunity for a government-industry partnership to create value by addressing the region’s many infrastructure deficiencies.

Read more at: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2016-11-14-01.aspx


14. ADB Project to Improve Maritime Transport in Tuvalu

A $13.3 million Asian Development Bank-supported project to build better maritime facilities on three of Tuvalu’s outer islands will make shipping to and from the capital safer and more efficient. The Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project will construct a small harbour on the island of Nukulaelae, rehabilitate boat ramps on Nanumaga and Niutao, build capacity to maintain maritime infrastructure, and develop a master plan for future harbour developments.

Read more at: https://www.adb.org/news/adb-project-improve-maritime-transport-tuvalu


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