30 November 2021
Almost two years on from the onset of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that the world has changed significantly. As a longstanding and active member of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG), FIATA is pleased to contribute to the PSCG’s new initiative to develop best practices on coping with the new “normal”. This initiative seeks to draw on the varied expertise of PSCG members to compile positive examples of how governments and industry adjusted to the pandemic, which can be leveraged around the world to improve customs processes going forward. This work will be a timely follow-up on the previous work of the PSCG on considerations for the WCO and its members in the COVID-19 pandemic, to which FIATA contributed. More information to come in 2022.
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) completed the first-ever review of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) last week, four years after it entered into force in 2017. The TFA sets out cooperation measures to expedite the movement, release, and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. The report found that the current rate of TFA implementation commitments is 70.85%, with the pandemic representing an unprecedented challenge for all WTO members’ customs procedures. With crucial measures such as border agency cooperation, authorized operators and single window featuring among those with the lowest rate of implementation commitments, there is still a lot to be done.
FIATA’s Advisory Body International Affairs (ABIA), together with the Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) will continue work to assist FIATA members on trade facilitation measures going forward. More information on the review can be found on the WTO website.
On 25 November 2021, FIATA Senior Vice President, Mr Thomas Sim, represented FIATA at the virtual launch of The SAAFF Training Academy, the new training institution of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). Among industry, education and government experts, Mr Sim discussed the current and upcoming challenges faced by the freight forwarding industry, and FIATA strategies to meet these challenges – focusing in particular on the crucial need to adequately invest in human resources in the sector.
By participating in these types of events, FIATA is proud to show its strong support to such essential initiatives by its Association Members in the field of logistics and freight forwarding training. More information about the event, including videos, is available online.