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FIATA delivers comments on international instrument on negotiable multimodal transport documents at UNICTRAL 54th session

News from FIATA

FIATA informs all regional delegates that the next round of regional meetings will be held as follows: 

  • Region Africa Middle East - Tuesday, 3 August at 12:00 CEST
  • Region Americas - Thursday, 26 August at 17:00 CEST
  • Region Asia-Pacific - Tuesday, 7 September at 9:00 CEST
  • Region Europe - Friday, 10 September at 10:00 CEST

Association Members are invited to nominate their candidates for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair of their respective regions using the following link: FIATA regional Chair Nominator formno later than 15  August .

In addition, the next meeting of the Region Europe will have special guest MEP Dragos Pislaru from the European Parliament in attendance. Mr Pîslaru is a Romanian economist and politician of USR-PLUS who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. He is a graduate of the Faculty of International Economic Relations within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, and held the position of administrator/general manager in the strategic consulting company, GEA Strategy & Consulting S.A. from 2006-2015. As a national analyst and expert, Mr Pîslaru has been involved in several projects on European policies, in particular regarding economic competitiveness, sustainable development and engines of growth.

FIATA would also like to inform its members of a new e-mail address dedicated to all regions, regions@fiata.com, for questions or queries related to regional meetings.

FIATA also warmly welcomes Arthur Avois, Intern, who will assist the regions with the support of the FIATA Headquarters over the next six months. This role will provide him with the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the diversity of the freight forwarding activity and challenges of this industry. 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND LAW

FIATA delivers comments on international instrument on negotiable multimodal transport documents at UNICTRAL 54th session

At the UNCITRAL 54th Session, FIATA welcomed and supported the note produced by the UNCITRAL Secretariat on the preparatory work towards the development of a new international instrument on negotiable multimodal transport documents, and its crucial findings. FIATA has been closely following the work of the UNCITRAL Secretariat on this, following the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s proposal during the UNCITRAL 52nd session, and considers this initiative to be ever more pressing in the context of the need for economic recovery today. FIATA continues to support the work of UNCITRAL and to offer its expertise in relation to the development of a new international instrument on multimodal negotiable transport documents, which would provide legal certainty, strengthen the widespread international recognition of negotiable multimodal transport documents such as the FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading (FBL), and facilitate necessary acceptance by banks for trade financing. In the meantime, FIATA, through its institutes and bodies, continues to work on the promotion of multimodal transport documents and the FBL with the collaboration of relevant stakeholder organisations, in order to facilitate strengthened use of multimodal transportation for the benefit of international trade.

Proposals submitted by FIATA to the WCO e-commerce periodic review

In the context of the e-commerce boom, FIATA shared its proposals in relation to the World Customs Organization (WCO) periodic review of the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce. The proposals, which were developed through FIATA’s Customs Affairs Institute (CAI), concerned amendments in standards on the legal framework for advance electronic data, risk management, simplified clearance procedures, Authorized Economic Operator programmes, revenue collection, public-private partnerships, international cooperation, measurement mechanisms, and technological developments and innovation. FIATA will continue to work closely with the WCO on this and will keep CAI delegates informed of the progress of the proposals.

DIGITAL TRENDS

FIATA members can register to attend a Freight-Pay Introduction Webinar

Freight-Pay, a custom online payment platform developed by PayCargo for FIATA members, was recently launched to simplify the freight forwarder’s day-to-day business, by allowing members to send and receive money to and from other members who have also joined the platform. With Freight-Pay, FIATA members benefit from a reduced transaction fee, flexibility of payment, and best-in-class security features. To help members familiarize themselves with the platform, FIATA is organizing a Freight-Pay Introduction Webinar online on Wednesday, 4 August at 14:00 CEST. Registration is required. 

To start using Freight-Pay, visit www.freight-pay.com. For more information on the platform, including a user guide with video tutorials and FAQ, visit www.fiata.com/freight-pay.com.

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