The FIATA Presidency is pleased to deliver a Progress Report on the 'reset programme' - an organizational initiative endorsed by the Extended Board in 2019 and set to prepare FIATA for future industry challenges. Despite facing unprecedented times caused by the health crisis, FIATA has already accomplished numerous activities since kicking off the reset programme in January 2020. The head office has been restructured and moved from Zurich to Geneva to increase advocacy and place it in the heart of the capital of international trade. Under the presidency's leadership, a new Director General and staff are conducting the work to reposition FIATA as the key global freight logistics organization. The FIATA Logistics Institute was born to bring all education and training activities under one umbrella, and a digital strategy has been developed and is in motion to help freight forwarders enter the world of digital supply chains. FIATA has also worked to protect and leverage freight forwarders intellectual property and to modernize its communication to engage younger professionals in freight forwarding.
At the last Extended Board meeting on 27 August, FIATA also decided to launch a new internal newsletter dedicated to members to provide an overview of the logistics news landscape, as well as relevant news from international organizations related to trade and logistics. Under the guidance of the FIATA Extended Board, the ‘Logistics Spotlight’ newsletter will be published every two weeks, alternating with the e-Flash.
From 1 September 2020, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for 2020-2021 will apply to goods arriving in Australia and New Zealand. The types of goods and countries to which this applies remains unchanged, however, the classification of risk goods is different between the two countries and should be verified. It should be noted that any vessel that berths at, loads or transships goods from the countries in scope are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance. Non-target goods are not subject to BMSB measures, unless they are part of a consignment/container that contains target high risk and target risk goods.
For more details, please consult the information published by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment in Australia, and the official website. Don’t forget to watch out for more such key news updates from the FIATA Extended Board in the upcoming ‘Logistics Spotlight’ newsletter.
Following the election of the new chair of the FIATA Working Group Sustainable Logistics (WGSL) at the 2019 FIATA World Congress, the presidency proposed some areas of focus for WGSL based around three areas of activities. This includes the development of a repository of emission calculators (highlighting the advantages and limits of the existing tools and the aspects to be taken into consideration when choosing one), and a platform of best practices to inform the industry and accompany small and medium-sized enterprises on developing and implementing sustainability initiatives – and depending on identified needs of the industry – development of an emission calculator.
These should help Association Members and companies in their journey to a sustainable industry, as logistics can contribute to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) through its participation in trade and transport. The WGSL is now integrated within the Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI) reflecting the cross-sectional and intermodal nature of logistics contribution to sustainability in general and the SDGs in particular.
FIATA members and industry stakeholders can now find out more about the digital strategy on the FIATA website through its new dedicated webpage.
The page will be regularly updated with information related to the development of the different projects and will feature short videos explaining key aspects of the strategy. It also includes a section with Frequently Asked Questions, which addresses the different topics raised so far and will also be regularly updated. Should you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIATA also takes the opportunity to highlight a member event from the Association of Forwarding Companies, Air Cargo Agents, Customhouse Brokers and Intermodal Operators (ACTC) in Brazil. ACTC is holding its 1st Virtual Business Roundtable for freight forwarders on 17-18 September from 9:00-19:00 (Brasilia time). The session is presented by SINDICOMIS and ACTC and supported by ALACAT and FIATA. For information on how to sign up for the networking event, please contact email@example.com.