Multimodal Transport Institute

Worldwide surface transportation is the key issue for those operating in this area of freight forwarding. The Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI) consists of four working Groups:

  • Working group sea transport, which meets three times a year
  • Working group road transport, which meets twice a year
  • Working group rail transport, which meets twice a year
  • Working group sustainable logistics

The working groups address 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.

MTI's purpose 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 keeps the freight forwarding industry up to date concerning ongoing talks with and the decisions of these bodies e.g. ICC, UN, UIC, IRU. MTI is also involved in policy making. MTI may ask for a body’s advice and, having received it, initiate policy decisions, advocate with international organizations, and formulate papers. To be effective, it is important that MTI and its working groups have active participation from specialists in surface transportation from around the world.

Any FIATA member who has a surface transport issue of concern to forwarders, would first advise the head office - who upon consultation with the working group(s) concerned - will determine whether the matter should be referred to one of the working groups for consideration.

MTI meets twice a year at the HQ Meeting in March and FIATA World Congress in September/October.

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 whose members focus 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, are ready to contribute to the changing landscape of the industry process and provide their support.

Within the climate change pillar of the sustainable development goals agenda and the UNFCCC COP21 agreement, freight transport has come to light being given a large role to play in ensuring the world moves away from the projected 4-6 degrees temperature level down to 2 degrees as targeted. Therefore, the working group 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.

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