As vaccination campaigns are being rolled out worldwide, FIATA released considerations for freight forwarders on the effective delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines. As deemed essential services, the freight forwarding and supply chain community will play a pivotal role in the efficient and timely distribution of the vaccines. From learned experience in the distribution of personal protective equipment, FIATA and its members are committed to deliver on this critical humanitarian mission in again meeting their social responsibility, noting the specific challenges involved. FIATA continues to collaborate closely with partner organizations to bring together expertise across the supply chain, including contributing to IATA’s Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution and working with the World Customs Organization on its COVID-19 vaccine distribution initiative.
FIATA will also participate in this year’s digital Swiss Shipper’s Forum on 27-28 January. Under the theme ‘The new normal – What does the future hold’, FIATA Director General Stephane Graber and Working Group Sea Chair Jens Roemer will address the digital bill of lading and how to ensure a fair playing field in maritime logistics, respectively. See the full programme of the event and register to attend.
Important: For members, please be advised that the invoices for the 2021 FIATA membership fees will be issued during the month of January.
The Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) is preparing feedback to the World Customs Affairs Organization (WCO) on the WCO Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Implementation and Validation Guidance. This guidance will be crucial to facilitating the successful implementation and mutual recognition of AEO programmes around the world, and to ensuring that companies can reap the full intended benefits of AEO status. Such benefits include: reduced levels of control, simplified procedures, reputational benefits, and cross-border facilitation benefits. This work forms part of one of CAI’s ongoing key priorities as to trade facilitation. Such work will continue to be part of CAI’s priorities for 2021, together with e-commerce, digitalization, advance information exchange and supply chain continuity.
The start of 2021 also marked a new era for the UK’s relationship with the EU, following its formal exit at the end of 2020. At present, and notwithstanding the impacts to those operating in the UK and the EU, FIATA does not observe any other major changes for FIATA’s non-EU members around the world. It is noted that UK freight forwarders will encounter changes in their representation capacity with the UK customs authorities, as reflected in the new edition of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) standard terms and conditions for its members. This may have some indirect impacts on the manner in which business transactions are managed in future.
The course ‘Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking’ launched by FIATA and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is now available free of charge in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish).
In 2019, FIATA and TRAFFIC teamed up to deliver a three-module digital course to raise awareness of wildlife trafficking and its impact on the supply chain. The course equips freight forwarders with the skills to fight this illicit trade by providing essential information to detect, respond to, and report instances of wildlife trafficking. The translation of this course into multiple languages will allow a broader reach of the topic to the global freight forwarding community. Read the full press release and register to take the course.