Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI)

Worldwide surface transportation is the key issue for those operating in this area of freight forwarding. The MTI consists of four Working Groups; Working Group Sea Transport which meets three times a year, Working Group Road and Rail Transport which meet twice a year, and Working Group Sustainable Logistics. The Working Groups deal with all issues concerning the respective bodies and the impact of international organizations, governments, and transport operators thereon, all of which affect the freight forwarding industry worldwide.

The purpose of the MTI is to keep freight forwarders advised of legislative developments and their implementation where it may impact their activities. MTI represents the global freight forwarding industry to international organizations and furthermore, keeps the freight forwarding industry up to date concerning ongoing talks with and the decisions of these bodies (e.g. ICC, UN, UIC, IRU). The MTI is also involved in policy making. The MTI may ask for a body’s advice and, having received it, initiate policy decisions, lobby international organizations, and formulate papers and press releases. It is important that the MTI and its Working Groups have active participation from specialists in surface transportation from around the world in order to be effective.

MTI meets bi-annually at the Headquarters’ Session in Zurich and at the Annual World Congress. The MTI agenda addresses all surface transport issues that are of concern to the freight forwarding industry and reports on the work of its Working Groups.

Any member who has a surface transport issue which they believe is of concern to forwarders in general, would first advise the Secretariat, who, upon consultation with the working group or groups concerned, will decide whether the matter should be referred to one of the Working Groups for consideration.

For further Documents relating to Multimodal Transport please look up under Downloads.



Working Group Sustainable Logistics

With two pivotal agreements set for implementation, the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and the climate change agreement at the UNFCCC COP21, there is vast importance to firstly inform industry, governments and all stakeholders of the role they must play and secondly to ensure they are ready to play it.

FIATA has therefore created a high powered Working Group on Sustainable Logistics (WGSL) whose members focus in particular on the topic of sustainable transport. The Working Group members, consisting of a unique body of decision makers from a wide range of countries within the Private Sector, ready to contribute to the changing landscape of our industry process and provide their support.

Within the climate change pillar of the SDG agenda and the UNFCCC COP21 agreement, freight transport has come to light being given a large role to play in ensuring we move away from the projected 4-6 degrees world temperature level down to 2 degrees as targeted. Therefore the working groups has established good relations with UN bodies such as UNFCCC, UNEP, ITF and other public and private stakeholders working towards climate change and emission policy reforms.

For further information on WGSL, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Bassil Eid.

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