YLP Regional winners accounced, container surplus hurdles, and EU-CBER review

FIATA e-flash
22 July 2022

The much-anticipated reveal of the 2022 Regional YLP Award winners is finally here!

FIATA, alongside TT Club, is very pleased to reveal the winners of this year’s Regional Young Logistics Professional Award winners:

  • Region Africa and Middle East: Ruvimbo Gukwe, SFAAZ, Zimbabwe

Dissertation: Growth by COVID

  • Region Americas: Karina Daniela Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada

Dissertation: Resilient Solutions: The Future of Freight Forwarding and Logistics

  • Region Asia-Pacific: Avishkar Srivastava, FFFAI, India

Dissertation: Sustainability through efficiency Decarbonising trade lanes through sustainable logistics

  • Region Europe: Maximilian Druschler, DSLV, Germany

Dissertation: Logistics’ crucial role in the battle against the UN Global Issues

FIATA Director General, Dr Stéphane Graber, shared his congratulations to the four regional winners: “The YLP Award is of utmost importance for FIATA. It aims at developing the youth’s interest in the industry but also the soft skills that are crucial in the daily work of our demanding sector. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the YLP Award 2022 candidates and most particularly to the four regional winners for their impressive dissertations. They have managed to put into words complex processes of the global supply chain while taking into account diverse parameters. The future of logistics is in the youth’s hands, and I could not be more proud.”

Both FIATA and TT Club are thrilled to continue recognising the inspirational and dynamic minds of the young logistics professionals’ community. As we slowly move away from the pandemic, FIATA and TT Club are looking forward to returning to the physical competition format. This year, and if the conditions allow, the four regional winners will present their dissertations at the FIATA World Congress in Busan, South Korea, during a dedicated session with the final judging and announcement of the YLP Global Winner 2022. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the regional winners to fully immerse themselves in the freight forwarding community and meet their counterparts in Korea's marine capital city. Stay tuned!
For the full press release, please click here.

FIATA engages with ITF-OECD Performance of Maritime Logistics authors in preparation for EU-CBER review

An interaction with Olaf Merk (OECD-ITF) and Antonella Teodoro (MDS Transmodal), authors of the important report on the performance of maritime logistics was organised by CLECAT. FIATA participated alongside other supply chain stakeholders including GSF, FEPORT, UIRR, EBU, ETA, ESC, amongst others.

The report makes extensive policy recommendations to regulators to promote a fair, affordable, transparent supply chain. The abuse of dominance by shipping carriers towards various actors in the supply chain is outlined along with the decrease in efficiency and quality of service while prices skyrocketed. Participants from port authorities, tuggers, shippers, forwarders and other stakeholders associations affected by the ocean liners hegemonic ways, agreed on the findings of this independent study. 

Olaf Merk and Antonella Teodoro pointed out that contrary to the objectives of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (EU-CBER), enhanced capacity from cooperating carriers is being diverted away from the EU to more profitable trade routes. They underlined the dangers of such diversions to the most profitable routes, which would leave many countries behind without sufficient access to global supply chains. 

Participants noted that if the EU-CBER was working properly, one would not see such kinds of supernormal net profits recorded by carriers while the world reeled with the shocks of the pandemic. Participants hoped that this timely publication, coupled with the work of the US Federal Maritime Commission and recent American shipping law reforms (OSRA 2022), as well as actions in India, China, Korea and others, would change the EU regulatory body’s position of inaction on the matter in the upcoming review of the CBER. 

July FIATA Review OUT NOW!

In case you missed it, FIATA invites you to take a look at the latest FIATA Review, which features a special tribute to the 2022 FIATA HQ Meeting, including key takeaways of the exciting sessions that took place, and with special post-event interviews with some of the top experts participating in the event.

Find out more from FIATA Members in their latest news and the 2020 Young Logistics Regional winners who presented at the 2022 HQ Meeting, and anticipate the upcoming 2022 FIATA World Congress in Busan in September with key figures and experts behind the World Congress this year.
In our new section 'Industry Voices', read from experts on the freight forwarding outlook and statistics of recent months. All of this and more in this July issue of the FIATA Review to keep the freight forwarding actors at the forefront of the industry’s concerns.

Read the FIATA Review

Don't miss one of FIATA's flagship events of the year: the 2022 FIATA World Congress on 12 – 16 September!

If you have not yet registered to the event, we invite you to do so through the official website of the Congress on the dedicated registration page.

Key highlights include:

  • Monday, 12 September to Tuesday, 13 September: Meetings of Institutes, Advisory Bodies and Standing Committees (for FIATA members);
  • Wednesday, 14 September: Young Logistics Professionals (YLP) session;
  • Thursday, 15 September: Regions meetings, followed by the 2022 FWC Opening Session
  • Friday, 16 September: topical panel discussions discussing important current topics including digitalisation in the logistics sector, the maritime crisis, trade facilitation and workforce shortage will be discussed.

More details on the programme of the event can be found here.

If you experience any issues with registration or your accommodation selection, please contact the 2022 FWC host team at: [email protected] 

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Latest FIATA guidance on the US shipping reforms echoes industry concerns of competition authorities' inadvertent role in supply chain disruptions

FIATA's latest Guidance Note on the US Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022 (OSRA 2022), provides information on the key impacts for the freight forwarding industry. The Act gives forwarders an ideal yet limited time window to strengthen their position in the supply chain and reins in the ocean carriers with increased oversight, with no phase-in period included within its provisions, meaning that any violations by carriers will result in immediate refund orders and even civil penalties. The Act also mandates minimum service standards to be provided to the customers of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators.

It should be noted that the OSRA 2022 did not address competition aspects or ocean carrier use of their antitrust immunity, despite concerns raised. A recent article from The Loadstar notes that global competition authorities have inadvertently facilitated the disruption in global supply chains by producing “a supportive legal framework for alliances and consortia” to manage global rates. The International Transport Forum (ITF), which is a think tank that is politically independent but administratively integrated into the OECD, concludes in a report that global regulation has failed shippers and forwarders by creating a situation in which shipping lines can legally ‘manufacture’ capacity shortages.

The report calls for competition authorities, including the Federal Maritime Commission in the US and the European Commission’s Competition Directorate, to “limit the possibilities of joint capacity management in order to introduce more real competition between carriers”.

For more essential information on the topic, please refer to the latest FIATA Guidance Note on what OSRA 2022 means for forwarders. 

Container surplus leads to raised concerns of transported diseases and invasive species

'A renewed focus on equipment has seen a pandemic-driven growth in the number of containers circulating; but also a warning about the dangers of invasive species carried on internationally transported boxes.' according to a recent Loadstar article about the current 6m surplus of containers in circulation.

Due to the increased number of containers, there is an increased risk of transporting pests and exotic insects and plant material. Though the increased number has taken pressure from the strained waiting times in ports in Europe and the US, it brings with it other issues. Increased resources are required for the thorough cleaning of the containers and invasive species can become attached to those which are poorly cleaned as such, to which the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures has raised attention.

According to UN numbers, plant pests and diseases are responsible for the loss of up to 40% of global food crops, causing trade losses and leading to an annual bill of $22bn. FIATA recently joined the Cargo Integrity Group, with a number of other key freight forwarding stakeholders including the Global Shipping Forum and BIC. The aim of this group is to bring together industry stakeholders to collaborate on improving cargo safety and security, as well as the environmental footprint of the sector.

The Group also aims to:

  • Work to improve regulatory requirements such as the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, and
  • Work towards strengthened cargo screening processes and more effective container inspection regimes.


Upcoming events:

12 - 16 September ¦ FIATA World Congress