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FIATA regions meet to discuss priorities

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FIATA informs its members that several scam emails have been sent purporting to be from FIATA. FIATA members are therefore advised to follow some recommended practices should they be unsure of the identity of the sender.

How to recognize a phishing email?

1. Look at the sender’s email address: it should be a legitimate domain email address (name of the company) with no strange addition to it   

Example: michelle@fiata.com (legitimate) VS michelle@paypal23.com (phishing)

2. Look at the content of the email: Legitimate companies know how to spell and if there are several spelling or grammar mistakes, this should be an alert. Legitimate companies will not ask to provide any sensitive information (password, credit card, etc.). Phishing campaigns also typically create a sense of urgency.

3. Look at attachments and links: do hover on the link to check the URL. If the URL doesn’t match with the link displayed, or is extremely long, or if it doesn’t match with the context of the email or doesn’t correspond to a legitimate domain name, chances are that this is a phishing attempt so don’t click on it! 

 

What to do when receiving this kind of phishing email?

If you identify an email as a phishing attempt, don’t click on any link, don’t open any attachment and don’t answer to the email. In case of doubt, please contact FIATA at info@fiata.com.

FIATA regions meet to discuss priorities

All four FIATA regions recently held meetings to discuss matters of priority in their respective regions. The disrupted maritime supply chain continued to be a key focus, with discussions held in Region Americas (RAMs) on the impact of high rates on freight forwarders’ activities during its meeting on 24 June, whilst Region Europe (REU) in its meeting on 8 July discussed the findings of the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on the unfair behaviour of sea carriers and the approach taken by the EU/Commission on the topic.

In addition, discussions were held as to regional partnerships and their impacts to aid economic recovery, noting the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. REU held a roundtable where members discussed and presented the impact of the European Recovery fund on their respective countries and the impact on the national freight forwarding sector. Meanwhile, Region Africa and Middle East (RAME) welcomed presentations on the African Continental Free Trade Area and the latest initiatives in their region, and Region Asia-Pacific (RAP) welcomed presentations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the work and initiatives undertaken by UNESCAP in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election process for the Chairs of RAMs, RAME, RAP, and REU was also addressed during the meetings, in accordance with the Regional Rules and Procedures. 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND LAW

FIATA and UIC reinforce longstanding partnership 

FIATA and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the longstanding collaboration between the two organizations. The signing of the MoU took place on 8 July during the UIC General Assembly. The MoU facilitates close cooperation between FIATA and UIC to help them harness their respective expertise to contribute to a more efficient transport system by establishing and strengthening the relationship between the organizations and their members. The MoU also creates the framework for improving interoperability between transport modes and between countries, and contributing towards the creation of efficient, sustainable and intelligent logistic supply chains. Read the full press release.

CLECAT and FIATA call on OECD countries to include logistics services in the scope of BEPS Pillar 2

FIATA and CLECAT (European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services) welcome the historic proposals agreed upon by 130 countries under the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) two-pillar plan for a global minimum corporation tax rate. Noting the proposed exemptions for shipping, CLECAT and FIATA raise concerns that the broad definition of ‘shipping services’, which currently includes ancillary services, would open the door to tax avoidance and trade distortion, undermining the overarching intent of the OECD/G20 BEPS framework. CLECAT and FIATA call upon OECD member countries to include any, and all kinds of cargo handling, logistics and ancillary activities within the scope of the proposals in the interests of ensuring a level playing field for all stakeholders in the maritime logistics supply chain. Read the full press release.

DIGITAL TRENDS

Freight-Pay online transaction platform launched for FIATA members 

FIATA has launched Freight-Pay – a custom online payment platform for its members, which has been developed by PayCargo with the expertise from FIATA. Freight-Pay allows FIATA members to send and receive money to and from other members worldwide who have also joined the platform, and easily search through transactions. FIATA members will benefit from a reduced transaction fee of $2 per transaction between members, flexibility of payment, and best-in-class security features.

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.html.

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