Following guidance from the FIATA Presidency, the Advisory Body on International Affairs (ABIA) is looking into implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) from the World Trade Organization (WTO) among FIATA membership. To support Association Members in the agreement’s implementation within their national context, a survey has been shared with them to collect information on where they stand with the matter. The results of the survey will allow ABIA to have a better overview of the Association Members’ needs and how to address them. The online survey can be completed until 15 September.
A reminder for Association Members of the upcoming regional meetings:
Association Members have now nominated their candidates to the positions of chair and vice-chair of their respective regions and the final vote will take place during these meetings. All regional meetings will also welcome the respective regional candidates for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year award, so that they can present their dissertations.
In addition, the Region Europe meeting will invite Mr Dragos Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament, as guest speaker. Mr Pîslaru is a national analyst and expert in economic competitiveness, sustainable development and engines of growth. The Region Asia-Pacific meeting will also welcome FIATA Senior Vice President, Mr Turgut Erkeskin for a presentation on Freight-Pay.
Don't miss webinar on the Best Practice Guide on Contract Management
The contracting process is an active component of the daily business of freight forwarders which can become increasingly difficult to navigate in today’s complex supply chains. The Advisory Body on Legal Matters (ABLM), FIATA body which oversees all legal aspects of the industry, has developed a Best Practice Guide on Contract Management that gives general considerations and provides guidance on what to watch out for and the essential clauses to consider. To ensure that this valuable resource gets the proper momentum from FIATA members, a webinar is planned on 6 September at 13:30 CEST. Participants to the webinar will have the opportunity to hear from ABLM experts on their respective fields of expertise and will be taken through some of the key elements of the publication, including negotiation, due diligence, and contract drafting. The webinar will close following a session of Q&A. Interested participants are invited to register by Tuesday, 31 August.
South African Association of Freight Forwarders will hold summit in September
FIATA is invited to present the ‘Excellence in Logistics Through Training in the 21st Century’ at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) 2021 Summit taking place on 16-17 September. Represented by Thomas Sim, FIATA Senior Vice President and Rapporteur on Education, the SAAFF summit’s session named ‘Educate Today to Empower Tomorrow: the SAAFF Academy’ will discuss the training and education needs in the field of logistics in the future. For more information on the SAAFF 2021 Summit programme and registration, please visit: https://saaffsummit.co.za/.
The eFBL reaches a new milestone
The FIATA electronic Bill of Lading (eFBL) proof of concept was successfully concluded on 15 August, with both the technical and operational feasibility of the eFBL solution being confirmed. The thorough tests and feedback sessions which were organized with each of the participants allowed to further enhance the eFBL data model, as well as the different processes related to the issuance, amendment and verification of the electronic document. All results are currently being analyzed and will be taken into account for the implementation of the eFBL solution, which is planned to start within the upcoming month.
FIATA would like to warmly thank the 7 participating software providers (AKANEA, Bolero, CargoX, eCustoms, edoxOnline, TradeWindow, Wisetech), as well as the 19 freight forwarding companies who helped test the full lifecycle of the eFBL.