FIATA welcomes Avalon Risk Management to FIATA HQ
This week FIATA HQ welcomed Avalon Risk Management CEO Michael Brown, Executive Chairman James Zuhlke and Executive Vice President Terrie Sapronetti to the Geneva office for discussions on membership benefits through customs bonds. FIATA’s US Group Bond Program is entwined in Avalon, and therefore members can benefit from attractive provisions if joining them.
FIATA members are reminded that they can enjoy many benefits when joining Avalon for the FIATA's US Group Bond Program. Avalon is a long-term customs bonds provider to many FIATA members, Look out for upcoming information in the next FIATA Review on how to get involved.
2022 FIATA World Congress - COVID test no longer required for international travellers BEFORE entering Korea!
Entry requirements updates
Please note the latest update from the Korean government that as of Saturday, 3 September, a COVID test is NOT required anymore to travel to Korea, but FIATA still recommends it as a negative PCR test prior to departure will lower the risk of a positive test on arrival.
Please note that a PCR test is currently required within 24 hours of arrival in the Republic of South Korea. Delegates who travel first through Incheon Airport (Seoul international airport) to reach Gimhae Airport (Busan airport) are advised to book a PCR test in advance at the Busan airport (Gimhae) through the following link: https://direct.seegenemedical.com/main/book/?ctcd=007#agree.
Delegates who take the train from Seoul train station to get to Busan are recommended to book a PCR test at their terminal of arrival at the Incheon airport (Seoul international airport) through the following link: https://safe2gopass.com/index.
A positive test will see the traveller go into quarantine for 7 days, so we also recommend that you have adequate travel insurance to cover COVID-19 aspects since neither KIFFA nor FIATA will cover the costs related to quarantine days or hospitalisation.
Remember that you will need to fill in the respective electronic documentation yourself (K-ETA Application Eligibility Guide < K-ETA Guide < K-ETA) as there is a requirement as to passports and other personal aspects. It is recommended to fill in the K-ETA online maximum 72 hours before departure. Please note there is a little fee which applies ($9-10).
eFBL side session
In-person participants are invited to attend one of the 3 eFBL demo sessions organised during the FIATA World Congress. The sessions (30 mins) will include a live demo of how to issue eFBLs through our partners’ TMS Cargowise. Make sure to save your seat now as the sessions will be limited to 20 participants (registration on a first come first served basis)! All participants will enter an exclusive competition, having a chance to win a FIATA Kit (FIATA cap, FIATA pin, FIATA flag and FIATA ‘The Law of Freight Forwarding’ book)! Register here!
If you experience any issues with registration or your accommodation selection, please contact the 2022 FWC host team at: [email protected].
Highlights of Information Session for WG Sea Delegates
FIATA organised an information session for Working Group Sea Delegates on 1 September 2022 with experts Olaf Merk (OECD-ITF) and Antonella Teodoro (MDS Transmodal). The session was moderated by Chair Jens Roemer, who had collaborated and contributed to the work of the authors in the past. The topic of discussion was their latest publication, on ''Performance of Maritime Logistics'' which has been making waves.
Key messages that emerged from the discussion were:
FIATA would like to thank the industry experts, Olaf Merk and Antonella Teodoro for their time and valuable input and our WG Sea Delegates for their commitment.
FIATA visit to CIT in Bern, Switzerland
On 25 August 2022, FIATA visited the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) at its offices in Bern, as part of the longstanding collaboration between the two organisations. CIT is an association bringing together railway undertakings and shipping companies, with the objective of implementing COTIF and European transport law and standardising the contractual relationship between carriers and between carriers and their customers for passenger and freight traffic. Legal interoperability between the various regions for rail freight were key topics, as well as the transport documentation possibilities. The discussion proved timely in the context of FIATA’s ongoing work to promote the FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading and its paperless equivalent, as well as FIATA’s ongoing work at the international level to build and strengthen the underlying legal framework. The two organisations discussed the possibility to collaborate further to support their members in the shifts in the global logistics chain, including multimodal opportunities in the middle corridor.
Further discussions on these topics will take place at the FIATA Working Group Road and Rail meeting on 30 September 2022, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in conjunction with the 14th SEEFF conference “Digitalisation, Multimodality, Sustainability”. The meeting is open to all interested FIATA members, who are invited to register as soon as possible.