The March issue of the FIATA Review is now available and can be viewed as an e-book to improve readers' comfort. Key topics discussed include expectations on the supply chain digitalization and FIATA’s solutions, expanded liabilities for freight forwarders, a year of opportunity ahead for the FIATA Logistics Institute, FIATA Week: a new HQ Meeting formula, and more.
On 26 February, FIATA’s Airfreight Institute (AFI) was pleased to welcome as its guest speaker Henrik Ambak, Senior Vice President of Cargo Operations Worldwide at Emirates SkyCargo, where he works on the strategic development and implementation for cargo service delivery. His presentation on the state and future of air cargo provided an opportunity to reflect on the challenging environment in which the airfreight industry is currently operating in the context of COVID-19, including capacity challenges and response measures. The event also provided an opportunity to look forward to the future evolution of the industry, from the perspective of the airlines, in light of the growing e-commerce trends, increased digitalization, sustainability and companies’ production and distribution strategies. This valuable exchange will play a crucial role in helping FIATA to shape its airfreight priorities through the auspices of AFI.
FIATA's Advisory Body on Legal Matters (ABLM) has recently launched an informal taskforce to develop a series of best practice guides on contract management. These will provide valuable guidance as to the potential pitfalls and recommended management control processes throughout the entire contractual process, as well as the essential clauses to be considered in a contract. The informal taskforce is now commencing work on the first of the series, focused on the contractual process between freight forwarders and their clients. It is envisaged that this will be published in the second quarter of 2021.
FIATA will be revealing a custom online payment platform for its members at the upcoming FIATA week. Freight-Pay will facilitate transactions between FIATA members, allowing them to send and receive money from other members, worldwide, while benefiting from a reduced transaction fee. The platform, powered by Pay Cargo, will offer user-friendly features to manage payables and receivables, allowing to keep track of all transactions through a single tool.
The FIATA Week, formerly called the headquarters meeting, is the annual gathering for delegates of Association Members to meet and discuss FIATA’s strategy and work plan for the year to come. Due to the pandemic, this year's FIATA Week will be a four-day virtual event, free of charge, with a specific part of the programme - the high-level dialogue sessions - open to all FIATA members for the first time.
During the high level dialogues, FIATA members will get insight into what is ahead in terms of the latest trends in digitalization in the supply chain, the US Federal Maritime Commission's rule on demurrage and detention, safety and security threats to COVID-19 vaccine distribution supply, and more. Speakers and panellists include Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, IATA Head of Digital Cargo Henk Mulder, and DHL Head of Corporate Security & Crisis Management Frank Ewald, among others. Register to these sessions by Monday, 15 March to hear from key industry stakeholders.
Delegates from Association Members were contacted on 1 March via email to register for sessions specifically dedicated to Association Members (capacity-building, Presidency, and HQ sessions). Should they also be interested in participating in the FIATA bodies’ working sessions, please contact [email protected] or to the FIATA manager of the respective body. A few places have been reserved for this purpose.