FIATA driving collaboration and advancing the industry forward

FIATA e-flash
12 June 2024

ūüööFIATA President drives collaboration at¬†IRU General Assembly: On the road to logistics excellence

On 6 June 2024, FIATA President, Turgut Erkeskin, attended the World Road Transport Organisation (IRU) General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which gathered key players from the international road transport sector to discuss the industry's future.

President Erkeskin emphasised the pivotal roles of freight forwarders as architects of logistics, engaged in various critical functions:

  • Coordination and Planning: Ensuring efficient logistics management.
  • Documentation and Compliance: Facilitating smooth international shipping.
  • Risk Management: Mitigating disruptions to enhance reliability.
  • Cost Efficiency: Optimising shipping costs for sustainable operations.
  • Capacity Management: Predicting and managing volume for seamless operations.

He also highlighted the importance of cooperation between road carriers and freight forwarders to ensure the seamless movement of goods:

  • Long distance transport: Trucking is one of the most accessible and tailored service to the immediate needs of the shippers.
  • Last-Mile Delivery: Road transport operators play a crucial role in the last-mile delivery of goods. Effective coordination between freight forwarders and road transport operators ensures timely and efficient delivery to the final destination.
  • Flexibility and Adaptibility: Road transport offers flexibility in routes and schedules, which is vital for accommodating changes in demand and handling unforeseen disruptions.
  • Real-time Communication: Effective communication between freight forwarders and road transport operators is necessary for real-time updates on shipment status. This communication helps in proactive decision-making and resolving issues promptly.
  • Minimising empty returns: By optimising routes, predicting demand, forming partnerships, and utilising technology, freight forwarders can significantly reduce empty mileage, enhance road carriers‚Äô operational efficiency, and improve overall profitability.

Collaboration between these stakeholders, he stressed, is indispensable for ensuring the seamless flow of goods, particularly in response to dynamic market demands and unforeseen disruptions.

"The role of freight forwarders in the supply chain is indispensable, and their cooperation with road transport operators is essential for achieving enhanced visibility. By integrating technology, sharing data, and leveraging collaborative platforms, these stakeholders can improve decision-making processes, leading to greater efficiency, better customer service, and a stronger competitive position."

- FIATA President, Turgut Erkeskin

President Erkeskin's message resonated beyond the assembly halls, encapsulating the shared vision of FIATA and IRU in driving industry innovation and resilience. As they collectively navigate challenges such as driver shortages and digital transformation, illuminating the path towards a future where logistics transcends expectations. Together, they forge ahead, united in their mission to overcome challenges and unlock new frontiers of possibility in the dynamic realm of logistics.

ūüď£Important: FIATA's Statutory GM and Test Session Details

FIATA would like to remind you that the 2024 FIATA Statutory General Meeting (GM) will bring FIATA Association and Group Members together online on 

Friday 28 June 2024 from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST

The FIATA Headquarters is organising two test sessions, with schedules adapted to the different timezones of the four FIATA Regions

These test sessions are planned ahead of the Statutory GM, for Association and Group Members and their voting delegates, to familiarise themselves with the online platforms (Teams) and ensure a seamless experience on during the Statutory GM.
To register for one of the test sessions, please click on the date of your choice: 

Associations must appoint one voting delegate, who must be registered by Thursday 20 June. If an Association is not able to join, a proxy can be appointed by Thursday 20 June, and FIATA must be informed.

FIATA Headquarters remains at your disposal to provide additional guidance and information at¬†[email protected]¬†and looks forward to welcoming you to the Statutory GM on 28 June 2024.

ūüöĘDemurrage Demystified: Key FMC Rule Changes

The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Final Rule on Demurrage and Detention Billing Practices came into effect on 28 May 2024! To assist the industry in understanding its impacts and how to comply with the regulation, FIATA has published a quick guide for freight forwarders.

This new regulation is aligned with FIATA's recommendations and feedback, and marks a significant step towards ensuring fair and fit-for-purpose demurrage and detention practices, promoting supply chain fluidity, and creating a level playing field.

Key takeaways from the Final Rule include:

  • Requirement of specific information to be included in the demurrage or detention invoices.
  • Clarification on the possible billed parties.
  • Clear procedure for NVOCCs transmitting demurrage or detention invoices received to their¬†customers.
  • Timeframe for demurrage or detention invoices to be issued, contested, and disputed.

No obligation to pay in case of lack of minimum required information or disregard of applicable timeframe for issuing the demurrage or detention invoices.

Click here to access the Quick Guide to the US FMC Final Rule on Demurrage and Detention Billing Practices

Other FIATA Guidance Notes can be found here.

ūüď£Stay Ahead with FIATA's PLACI Webinar Series!

If you haven’t yet registered to the Live Webinar Series on PLACI, you still have a chance to do it!

Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of regulatory changes and ensure your operations are compliant and efficient. Secure your spot as soon as possible and gain valuable insights from industry experts.

Upon demand, participants of the four webinars can receive a certificate of attendance.

Register NOW!

Meet our speakers!

Webinar 1: Understanding PLACI Regimes
13 June 2024, 13:00-14:00 CEST

  • Andreas Wilhelm, Head of Corporate Security, Kuehne+Nagel
  • Michiel Van Overbeke, Regional Operations Programs, DHL
  • Fatema Alzaabi, Head of System Support Section, UAE National Advance Information Center (NAIC)

Saeed Alkhlaifi, Head of Operation Support Units, UAE National Advance Information Center (NAIC)

Webinar 2: Implementation Strategies for ICS2 Release 2 and 3

18 June 2024, 13:00-14:00 CEST

  • Renata Pauliukaityte, DG TAXUD, European Commission
  • Lydia Thater, Global Regulation Manager, Kuehne+Nagel
  • Anton Kunze, IT Head, Dakosy


  • FIATA Members: Free of charge
  • Indirect Members (Members of a FIATA member): CHF 40 per webinar / CHF 140 for the entire series
  • Non-members: CHF 80 per webinar / CHF 280 for the entire series

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to your participation!