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The 2021 FIATA General Meeting will be held online


CAI Chair addresses challenges and best practices on AEO programmes 

On 25 May, at the 5th World Customs Organization Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference, the FIATA Customs Affair (CAI) Chair, Steve Parker, addressed the challenges and best practices when exchanging data for the implementation of MRAs (Mutual Recognition Agreement) on AEO programmes. During his address, the CAI Chair highlighted the need for all countries to have the same opportunities to join the AEO programme, and for the application to be standardized. He also underlined the importance to ensure that all freight forwarders can easily apply for the AEO programmes, notably by including the freight forwarders in the discussion with customs authorities. This conference, which focused on the theme of advancing AEO towards new horizons for sustainable and secure trade, represents a valuable scene for FIATA to address the need of the freight forwarding community. It is also a good opportunity to engage with different stakeholders included in the AEO programmes to continue to improve the WCO AEO Compendium, while supporting a resilient recovery for global supply chains.


Save the date for a global roundtable on preventing wildlife trafficking

FIATA will take part in global roundtable to identify and implement solutions to combat illicit wildlife and timber trafficking. Save the date on 29-30 June, from 11:00 to 13:30 CEST, to discuss ways to promote private-sector cooperation. The event is free of charge and will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, case studies, and breakout sessions that will showcase successful initiatives, foster exchanges on best practices, see participants elaborate constructive collaboration approaches, and produce a joint roadmap to support the global industry’s efforts. More information on the programme and the registration process will be shared in the days to come. 


eFBL highlighted again as an important multimodal and negotiable trade document  

On 26-28 May, FIATA participated in the UNECE Odessa seminar on Digital Transformation of Multimodal Transport using the UN/CEFACT Reference Data Model. FIATA Senior Vice President Ivan Petrov presented the organization’s digital strategy and collaborations with UNICITRAL and UN/CEFACT at the opening session. FIATA Digital Projects Officer Lucelia Tinembart also presented the proof of concept for the electronic FIATA Bill of Lading (eFBL) at a session on the harmonization and standardization of multimodal transportation. The importance of the eFBL as a multimodal and negotiable trade document was highlighted, as well as FIATA’s focus on interoperability for its digital solutions.


The 2021 FIATA General Meeting will be held online 

The next FIATA General Meeting will take place online on Thursday, 18 November 2021. For more information on the postponement of this year’s FIATA World Congress, read the full press release.  

Please note important dates concerning the 2021 FIATA General Meeting:

  • 1 June:  FIATA Headquarters sends notification regarding the Presidency and Extended Board elections.
  • 1 July: Deadline to nominate candidates to the above positions.
  • 1 October: The agenda and connecting details will be shared in the Call for General Meeting issued to Association Members and Observers via email and FDDS.
  • 1 November: Deadline to send questions and comments about the supporting documents, motions or additions to the agenda via email.

A reminder that Association Members can only nominate candidates, participate and vote in the General Meeting if 2021 membership fees have been paid by 1 July. For more information, please contact the FIATA Headquarters at [email protected].

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