Following the amalgamation of AFIF and CBFCA in July 2020, the International Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) now has a single voice representing members in Australia. IFCBAA’s goals are to consolidate its membership, increase interaction with government officials, their departments, and the many service providers the association interacts with.
In 2021, IFCBAA looks forward to hopefully holding a face-to-face national conference later in the year, but this will subject to state border restrictions. In the meantime, IFCBAA continues to offer their members the advantages of one-stop shopping for all their training needs – both from a custom and forwarding perspective.
Czech Republic, SSL
In 2021, the Association of Forwarding and Logistics Czech Republic (SSL) will celebrate 30 years of existence. With about 185 members, SSL was founded to protect the newly reborn private forwarding industry in the country and continues to do this today. SSL has a longstanding relationship with FIATA, as Czechoslovakia was a founding member of FIATA.
SSL is currently participating in the ABIT working group leading the digital library project and is active in the working group sea.
Hong Kong, HAFFA
Over the past year, businesses in all sectors across Hong Kong and the globe was badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to falling shipper confidence and trade protectionism, companies have also had to face enormous challenges amid subdued economic conditions. The Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding & Logistics (HAFFA) very much wishes to stand with the industry and do everything it can to get through the current difficulties together.
HAFFA will continue to explore ways to tap into the opportunities provided by the new normal, and will enhance its services to help members weather the storm and be primed for the return of better days to come.
The Asociación Méxicana de Agentes de Carga (AMACARGA) understands that cargo agencies are an essential component of the development of a country's economy. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, AMACARGA has set new objectives in 2021 to create a stronger freight forwarder guild through capacitation programmes. This will help foreign trade activities and ensure the functioning of the supply chain. AMACARGA will also continue promoting its partners by bringing them closer to new clients, markets, and links with foreign trade organizations.
Last January, Ole A. Hagen started as the new Business and Policy Director of the Norwegian Freight Forwarders Organization (NHO). Mr Hagen is a former FIATA Vice President and is now engaged in the Multimodal Transport Institute, in regard to rail transportation. “I am looking forward to this new role”, said Mr Hagen. “We have great challenges ahead of us, including the shift toward sustainability and innovation, and the need to enhance trade policies and e-commerce in a world post-pandemic”.
The European Commission formally launched in January the European Year of Rail. Therefore, one of the main goals of the Associação dos Transitários de Portugal (APAT) is to work on rail transport and explore how cargo transport by rail can be optimized.
In 2021, APAT looks forward to strengthening existing relationships and establishing new ones to seek solutions for the transport chain and export/import in a more competitive way. In this new digital era, it is important to also consider new problems that may arise, namely in relation to certain criminal acts enabled by a greater use of the internet. APAT therefore plans to work closely with its members to ensure they are protected.