FIATA General Meeting gathers almost 200 participants

NEWS FROM FIATA

The FIATA General Meeting was held virtually on 7 December due to the pandemic and was attended by almost 200 participants. The General Meeting approved reports from the Presidency on 2019 activities and financial matters, including the adoption of the budget for 2021, and elected two new chairs for the FIATA Logistics Institute and Advisory Body on Safety and Security. Two new Association Members were also welcomed, the Turkmen Logistics Association and Transportation and Logistics Federation of Iran. Congratulations to all of them. Read the full press release.

A keynote address was given by Adam Roark, Worldwide Transportation and Logistics Industry Lead at Amazon Web Services, where he discussed topics impacting the supply chain today such as streamlining data and enabling digitalization. Watch the full video interview

Annual report 2019

As part of FIATA’s 'reset programme', the content and format of the Annual Report have been revised. The Annual Report 2019 covers key events such as the HQ Meeting and FIATA World Congress, and provides an overview of the different bodies’ main activities, FIATA publications, and governance structure. The Annual Report 2020 will be made available in the spring of 2021.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND LAW

New FIATA Best Practice Guide on Abandoned Goods

FIATA’s Advisory Body on Legal Matters (ABLM), together with the input of the Customs Affairs Institute (CAI), have put together a Best Practice Guide on Abandoned Goods. The guide provides information on how to reduce the risk of being left with abandoned goods, including practical tips on due diligence and management control. In the unfortunate event that a freight forwarder is in a situation of abandoned goods, the best practice guide also puts forth considerations that may help forwarders to more effectively manage the situation and prevent costs from skyrocketing. For more information, read the full news story.

LEARNING AND SUSTAINABILITY

New FLI and ABSS chairs elected

The General Meeting appointed Stephen McDermott (left) from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) as the new Chair of the FIATA Logistics Institute (FLI), and Niels Beuck (right) from Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik (DSLV) as the new Chair of the Advisory Body on Safety and Security (ABSS). Mr McDermott is CIFFA’s Director of Education and Marketing and drives a digital learning transformation in the organization. Mr Beuck is a qualified lawyer and has been a member of ABSS for many years.

FIATA also bids farewell to Dr Nina Eggert, Professional Development and Sustainability Officer, and Stephen Morris, Interim Chair of the FIATA Logistics Institute. Dr Eggert joined FIATA in April to manage the FIATA Logistics Institute (FLI), Advisory Body on International Affairs (ABIA), Advisory Body on Safety and Security (ABSS), and Working Group on Sustainable Logistics (WGSL). Mr Morris took the lead of the newly created FLI back in January to build this new institute until a chair would be elected. FIATA thanks Dr Eggert and Mr Morris for their outstanding contribution to the learning programmes and organizational support. Their work in building the new FLI will be certainly be an asset to the new chair. Taking over the management of the aforementioned bodies is Dr Frédérique Roche, FIATA’s new Professional Development and Sustainability Officer.

DIGITAL TRENDS

Proof of concept for FBL

FIATA is successfully concluding its two digital working groups this week. Thanks to the very active participation of industry experts, it was possible to define on time the business requirements for both of the first two projects that are part of the digital strategy. A combined proof of concept for both projects was also approved by the FIATA presidency and its implementation will start early 2021.

The proof of concept will focus on the restauration and development of FIATA’s Bill of Lading (FBL) integrity and traceability, through its digitalization. FIATA will make its bill of lading standard available to software providers to enable its members to issue FBLs through their everyday tools. Each document will be ‘stamped’ with a unique FIATA tracking code which will certify the validity of the document as well as the identity of its issuer, as it will be linked to the digital identity profile of the FIATA member issuing the document. This stamping process will also allow FIATA, as well as all stakeholders interacting with the document, to have access to a full audit trail for each document issued.

More information about this proof of concept will be shared in this month's edition of the FIATA Review out on 14 December and continued progress will be reported on next year.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Register for the 2021 FWC

Registration for the 2021 FIATA World Congress (FWC) opens today. Join an exciting event, unveiling a new congress programme for the 2021 FWC where no session, apart from the regional meetings, will overlap one other. This will allow anyone participating in the FWC to attend all sessions.

The Young FORWARD Committee of the Belgian Forwarding Association is also putting together something special for next year’s FWC and the Young Logistics Programme (YLP): A Hackathon Day. A hackathon is an event where young people will work together for a short period of time and will provide a creative solution for a specific business case. The event features a business case linked to one of the following Sustainability Development Goals: quality education, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, responsible consumption and production or climate action.

The YLP and its Hackathon Day are an opportunity for companies in the logistics sector to be showcased in front of an international, young and innovative community. To send a business case, or for any inquiries, please contact dutertre@fiata.com.

Finally, a reminder for Association Members to send in their letters of intent to host the 2024 FIATA World Congress by 31 December 2020 to dutertre@fiata.com.

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