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Successful collaboration is cross-disciplinary

As the global voice of freight logistics, FIATA has a central role within the supply chain. Collaboration and partnership with key industry organizations is crucial to ensure alignment with all modes of transports and supply chain actors.

FIATA’s move to Geneva in 2020 as part of its ‘reset programme’ therefore brings it closer to key international stakeholders and allows it to reposition itself as a decisive actor in the supply chain as the leading voice of freight logistics.

Despite the constraints brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, this strategic move is now bearing fruit. FIATA has increased its visibility and strengthened its collaborations in a fully cross-disciplinary approach, both externally and internally, with international partner organizations as well as FIATA institutes and bodies. The following list provides an overview of some of FIATA’s key current collaborations.

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)

Description

The DCSA aims to enable a digitally interconnected container shipping industry through the creation of open-source standards.

Collaboration with FIATA

Collaboration (in discussion) on digital standards interoperability.

Scope of the collaboration

This collaboration seeks to ensure the interoperability of the respective eBill of Lading standards and to possibly further collaborate on the creation of new digital standards, considering the needs of the industry at large, as well as facilitating the adoption of standards by both parties’ members.

GS1

Description

GS1 establishes supply chain standards to identify, capture and share information.

Collaboration with FIATA

GS1 advises and helps implement standards for FIATA digital solutions.

Scope of the collaboration

GS1 actively participated in FIATA’s Working Groups to help define the eFBL standard and tracking solution. Two GS1 standards will be used as part of the eFBL solution. The tracking QR code follows the GS1 QR code standard and each eFBL will be uniquely identified through a GDTI number.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Description

IATA represents the global airline industry and works towards the development of global commercial standards and policymaking on critical aviation issues.

Collaboration with FIATA

FIATA and IATA aim to encourage and facilitate collaboration on matters pertaining to air cargo. Establishment of crucial mechanisms to enable freight forwarders and carriers to have dialogue and to represent the views of freight forwarders in important decisions impacting on the industry, including the IATA-FIATA Consultative Council, which was constituted to initiate, consider and make recommendations to IATA Cargo Agency Conferences on issues affecting the carrier/agent relationship.

Scope of the collaboration

FIATA continues to cooperate closely with IATA on matters impacting on the air cargo industry. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, FIATA collaborated with IATA on its guidance on vaccine distribution. More recently, the IFCC/82 session was held virtually, in which representatives discussed, among other things, the digitalisation of the supply chain and the exchange of data between stakeholders; the distribution of Dangerous Goods Manuals; and some regional specificities, such as the implementation of a new Air Cargo Programme in Latin America. In the context of the recent reconfiguration of IATA staff, including a new Director General, FIATA looks forward to reinvigorating the relationship and looking for new areas of cooperation to add value for FIATA members.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Description

The ICC Digital Trade Standards (DTS) initiative seeks to coordinate and promote the work done by different industry organizations in developing open-source standards to promote interoperability. ICC DSI aims to promote greater adoption of technology within the trade ecosystem and facilitate greater inclusiveness for small businesses.

Collaboration with FIATA

Promotion of FIATA standards through ICC website and network/membership.

Scope of the collaboration

ICC DSI promotes existing standards rather creating new ones. Through its various tools (website, webinars, etc.), ICC will help promote FIATA standards to the different industry stakeholders (developers, executives, policymakers), ensuring they have easy access to relevant information and encouraging standards usage/adoption.

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)

Description

The ICHCA is dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement of goods by all modes of transport.

Collaboration with FIATA

Memorandum of Understanding to encourage and facilitate collaboration to ensure the safety and efficiency of today’s increasingly complex freight chains.

Scope of the collaboration

Following the speech of the Head of ICHCA International at the 2019 FIATA World Congress on the practical applications of the CTU Code, FIATA and ICHCA have decided to revisit their MOU. They will finalise it with a signing ceremony, to be held in June 2021, and will work towards establishing common projects focusing on, among other things, the engagement of all actors in safety and security-related topics, the digitalisation of the supply chain and the improvement and reinforcement of operational efficiency.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Description

ICAO seeks to achieve the sustainable growth of the global civil aviation system.

Collaboration with FIATA

Delivery of a joint training programme on dangerous goods by air.

Scope of the collaboration

Since 2011, FIATA has collaborated with ICAO to deliver the ICAO-FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Programme. This industry-specific training is primarily geared towards the staff of freight forwarders, utilising ICAO’s vast technical knowledge and regulatory experience, in conjunction with FIATA’s global reach in vocational training. In 2021, ICAO and FIATA jointly updated and revalidated the course material for the training centres delivering the ICAO-FIATA programme. FIATA also shared with ICAO its experience in document digitisation and its work with UN/CEFACT.

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)

Description

TIACA supports a safe, profitable and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.

Collaboration with FIATA

Both organisations discussed and exchanged their views on the challenges of sustainability in the air cargo industry. FIATA participated in TIACA’s panel on decarbonising air cargo and TIACA’s Digital Air Cargo Forum, and has supported TIACA’s study on vaccine distribution.

TRAFFIC

Description

TRAFFIC seeks to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

Collaboration with FIATA

Joint online course on the prevention of wildlife trafficking.

Scope of the collaboration

Since 2015, FIATA has partnered with TRAFFIC to increase the awareness and capacity of FIATA members to counter wildlife trafficking through legal transportation supply chains. This has resulted in the successful delivery of a three-module, self-paced digital course on the prevention of illicit wildlife trade available in multiple languages, and the organisation of a webinar in June 2021.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Description

UNCITRAL plays an active role in the development of negotiable transport documents and their dematerialisation into electronic and digital documents.

Collaboration with FIATA

FIATA has delivered statements in several UNCITRAL sessions and has been involved in discussions on the possible development of negotiable transport documents.

Scope of the collaboration

The collaboration aims to work towards a harmonised legal framework that support negotiable transport documents in every mode of transport. FIATA also works to offer its expertise based on the internationally known FIATA Negotiable Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Description

The UNECE Sustainable Transport Division administers 59 UN international legal instruments, including the TIR Convention and Harmonisation Convention. Specific efforts are being taken in order to have the customs and transport documents (eTIR, eCMR) dematerialised.

Collaboration with FIATA

Collaboration on the promotion of electronic transport and customs documents and conventions in the freight forwarding and logistics industry.

Scope of the collaboration

UNECE experts actively participated in FIATA’s Working Group to help define the eFBL standard and tracking solution and UN/CEFACT experts helped FIATA to map its FBL paper document with the UN/CEFACT MMT Reference data model. Further discussions on collaboration on the promotion and generation of electronic documents. in order to ensure modern intermodal transport and logistics operations, are taking place. In addition, FIATA actively participates in UNECE discussions aimed at harmonising international transport rules and conventions, such as the use of negotiable transport documents in rail transport, and implementation of the CTU Code.

World Customs Organization (WCO)

Description

The WCO seeks to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of customs administrations.

Collaboration with FIATA

FIATA participates in the Private Sector Consulting Group and supports various WCO initiatives, in which it expresses the voice of the freight forwarding industry. On the development of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme, FIATA reiterated in 2021 the importance of addressing and taking into accounts the specific needs of SMEs. In the framework of the annual review of the e-Commerce Package, FIATA also provided the WCO with specific input on specific models of revenue tax collection that are suitable for the freight forwarding industry.

Scope of the collaboration

Since the beginning of 2021, FIATA has strengthened its presence at the WCO through direct participation and communication to reinforce its global voice. It has actively participated in meetings of WCO organs, including the SAFE Working Group and Permanent Technical Committee, providing industry input on crucial topics such as AEO, e-commerce and disaster management. This continuous dialogue between industry and customs administrations helps to take into account the different realities of all the stakeholders in the supply chain in the policymaking process, and allows FIATA to take an active role in the support of trade facilitation policies.

 

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