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Busy end of the year for FIATA members

Photo from Silje Vhile Braaten, Norwegian Logistics and Freight Association

Brazil, ACTC

The Associacao Nacional das Empresas Transitarias de Carga Aerea, Comissarias de Despachos e Operadores Intermodais (ACTC) launched in November a new advisory service for national and foreign companies called ‘Global Mobility, Migration and Corporate Affairs’. It is intended for companies wanting to expand their business to Brazil; as well as companies needing to relocate their staff from abroad. For more information, contact [email protected].

Estonia, ELFA

The Estonian Logistics and Freight Forwarding Association (ELFA) elected a new management board in November. ELFA has specialists graduated with FIATA diplomas working in their companies, and unites 51 companies engaged in international transport and freight forwarding or the provision of other logistics services. New board member Herkki Kitsing will take over ELFA duties and the new council will consist of six members: Andres Matkur, Remo Kirss, Toomas Orutar, Rainer Rohtla, Joel Timm, and Raul Toomsalu.

Ethiopia, EFFSAA

For the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), the past two months were remarkable in creating strong ties with reputable international institutions. EFFSAA has signed Memorandum of Understanding with China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) and International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (ITTLLDC) to collaborate in areas of mutual interest. The cooperation will have great significance on the recent logistics activities of the second most populous landlocked nation of the African continent.

Honduras, AHACI

The Asociacion Hondurena de Agencias de Carga y Logistica Internacional (AHACI) has received international recognition for work carried out with public institutions, such as the Honduran Customs Administration as highlighted by the World Customs Organization in the November edition of its publication for work related to modernization and strengthening the control and facilitation of trade. AHACI is a member of the National Logistics Council and the National Trade Facilitation Committee and works to fulfill key functions for the economic and social development of the country.

Hong Kong, HAFFA

The Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) is organizing a large-scale webinar on 15 December 2020 to raise the awareness about safety in air cargo transport and maintain Hong Kong’s air cargo good reputation. The webinar – jointly organized with partner actors – is taking place in view of the latest changes in the requirements of shipping dangerous good, including lithium battery by air (effective from 1 Jan 2021), and with the support of the Civil Aviation Department. For more information, visit www.haffa.com.hk/portal

India, FFFAI

Customs Brokers in India have worked around the clock during COVID-19 to keep the critical supply chain working. The Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) was instrumental in getting the paperless process notified and implemented during the pandemic. FFFAI also elected Shankar Shinde as the new Managing Director at the International Federation of Custom Brokers Association.

Norway, NLFA

The Norwegian Logistics and Freight Association (NLFA) selected Margrethe Bårdsen (DHL Express AS, Norway) as the winner of this year’s young talent competition in Norway. As part of the price, the winner is given the opportunity to represent Norway in FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. Other finalists were Pauline Engwall (Schenker AS) and Giedre Pabreziene (DHL Express AS, Norway).

Singapore, SLA

FIATA dedicates a special congratulations to Stanley Lim, FIATA World Congress Chair, for receiving the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat – BBM). Awarded by the President of the Republic of Singapore, the BBM recognizes Mr Lim’s contribution to the logistics industry and long-term service to the Singapore Logistics Association (SLM). This is Mr Lim's second Singaporean award, the first one being the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat - PBM) received in 2001. 


The International Ocean Freight Forwarders & Logistics Associations, Taiwan (IOFFLAT) organized in November a seminar on the ‘Opportunities and challenges for Taiwan’s industries in the COVID-19 pandemic period and after the US presidential election’. The seminar had nearly 100 attendees, including IOFFLAT Chair, Wood Chen, and FIATA Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region, Adelaide Yang.

Turkey, UTIKAD

The Association of International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers (UTIKAD) is conducting vocational training activities for the establishment and development of the logistics culture in Turkey. The training lessons (available in Turkish) will be held online between 7 November 2020 and 26 June 2021, on Saturdays for 6 hours. Participants who successfully complete the training will be entitled to TIO-UDY exemption under the Regulation of Freight Forwarders and receive the Logistics Specialization Certificate issued by Istanbul Technical University.

Vietnam, VLA

Early in 2020, the Vietnam Business Logistics Association (VLA) had prepared to host the Regional Pacific Meeting in Danang but this was cancelled due to COVID-19. VLA has therefore changed their event format from onsite to online, attracting many members to participate. VLA also keeps in touch with several international organizations to bring high-quality webinars to the participants.

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