Noticias Fiata

 

E-Flash No. 125 - 29 April 2016

 

FIATA TRAINING INITIATIVES

 

1. TLF offers new Refresher Course

TLF Overseas and AFTRAL offer two new training programmes relating to international careers. Both programmes meet FIATA standards and approval within the framework of the Fiata institutes ABVT (Advisory Body Vocational Training) and the foundation FLA (FIATA Logistics Academy). More information: http://fiatalearning.com/tlfrefresher
2. FLA promotes courses in Ethics, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption

FLA and Open Sesame bring the freight forwarding and logistics industry a bundle of courses focused on Ethics, Anti-Corruption, Anti-Bribery as well as business skills and soft skills at a discounted rate. Use the code FIATA to profit from a 5% discount when registering to these courses. http://fiatalearning.com/opensesame
3. FLA roadshows next month

Because communication matters, the FLA Mentors have engaged in FLA demonstration days supported and presented by FIATA Association Members in several countries. FLA Mentors will provide information and offer up-to-date knowledge on the range of FLA course offerings and initiatives. Follow us on Twitter to know more: @FiataFLA

Road show dates in May 2016 are:
15th.......Dubai
21st......in Addis Ababa during the FIATA Region Africa Middle East Meeting
24th..... Mombasa
26th...... Nairobi

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

 

4.  Russian Federation and India ratify WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

India has ratified the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). India's WTO ambassador Anjali Prasad handed over her country's instrument of acceptance to Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 April.

The Russian Federation has become the 77th WTO member to ratify the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Russian Federation's Minister of Economic Development, Alexey Ulyukaev, met with Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 April and presented his country's TFA instrument of acceptance.

To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
5. Stricter controls in Swiss free ports

The Schellenberg Wittmer newsletter reports Swiss free ports have attracted criticism in the past for having been partly used for illegal purposes. In reaction to this criticism, the Federal Council strengthened controls in Swiss free ports as of 1 January 2016.

In free ports, personnel from the Swiss Federal Customs Authority are present. Ten free ports currently exist, a notable one being situated in Geneva. To read more please visit: http://images.swlegal.ch/gallery/090528165709698839/20160425_Newsletter_April%20II_English_Final.pdf
6. World Bank Group and UNCTAD announce enhanced cooperation on investment and trade

The World Bank Group and UNCTAD have announced renewed cooperation in the areas of investment and trade. The announcement came following the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group 2016 Spring Meetings in Washington.

Trade, investment and support to the private sector in developing countries, is key to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to the UNCTAD objective of ensuring prosperity for all and to the World Bank Group's twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. To read more please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/04/25/world-bank-group-and-unctad-announce-enhanced-cooperation-in-investment-and-trade
7. UNCTAD - Luxembourg named best place to shop online

Luxembourg retained its position at the top of the latest UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index measuring the underlying capability of 137 economies to support online shopping and other business-to-consumer electronic commerce. The 137 economies represent 96% of the world population and 99% of world GDP. Among the top 10 economies on the Index, six are European, three are from the Asia-Pacific region and one is from North America.

To read more please visit: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=f847d61325&e=9edbed2164
8. EU - Second edition of Handbook for Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment

Sustainability impact assessments (SIAs) are a key tool for the conduct of sound and transparent trade negotiations. Taking place during the negotiations, they feed into the work of the negotiators as the negotiations evolve.

The Commission has been carrying out SIAs on all negotiated trade agreements since 1999. This second edition of the SIA Handbook reflects the various improvements introduced in the conduct of SIAs in the light of experience.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1487
9. European Commission publishes report on state of play of TTIP negotiations

The Commission has published a report which presents a detailed break-down of progress made in the ongoing negotiation of a trade agreement between the EU and the United States, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1488
10. EU, Mercosur Prepare to Revamp Trade Talks in May

The EU and Mercosur are set to ramp up their long-struggling trade talks, with officials from both sides confirming plans to exchange market access offers in goods and services during the second week of May.

The news, confirmed in early April by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, has fuelled a renewal of interest - and controversy - over the talks, which were first launched in 1999.

To read more please visit: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/eu-mercosur-prepare-to-revamp-trade-talks-in-may
11. EU Commission adopts the new Work Programme for the Union Customs Code (UCC)

With the adoption of the Commission implementing decision of 11 April 2016, the Commission repeals and replaces the outdated Work Programme of 29 April 2014 (Decision n° 2014/255/EU) by a brand new decision taking into account the latest legal, transitional and operational developments for the UCC.

The Work Programme aims to govern, plan and manage the electronic environment underpinning the UCC in a proper and staged manner, as from the date of application of the Code, i.e. 1 May 2016, till its full implementation, i.e. 31 December 2020.

The Work Programme for the Union Customs Code is available in the Official Journal L99 of 15/04/2016.

 

12. OECD - Illicit Trade

The OECD report assesses the magnitude, flows and drivers of illicit trade and the illegal economy including: narcotics, human trafficking, wildlife, sports betting, counterfeit medicines, alcohol and tobacco. The negative socio-economic impacts that these markets have in consumer countries are as worrisome as the governance gaps that are exploited in source countries.

To read more please visit: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/charting-illicit-trade_9789264251847-en
13. OECD - Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

Counterfeit and pirated products come from many economies, with some producing market larger than others. These illegal products are frequently found in a range of industries, from luxury items (e.g. fashion apparel or deluxe watches), via intermediary products (such as machines, spare parts or chemicals) to consumer goods that have an impact on personal health and safety (such as pharmaceuticals, food and drink, medical equipment, or toys). Counterfeit trade poses threats to logistics enterprises which should be apprised of existing risks.

To read more please visit: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/trade-in-counterfeit-and-pirated-goods_9789264252653-en

 

SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS & CONNECTIVITY

 

14. UN - A Call To Action: Supporting A New Global Fund for Road Safety

The week of April 15th, the UN General Assembly debated a new resolution on road safety. Road traffic fatalities are the number one killer of 15-29 year olds today and take the lives of 1.24 million people globally.

A target to halve global road traffic fatalities and injuries in just five years was set by the UN General Assembly in 2015, as part of the new Sustainable Development Goals. In the past 12 months, we have seen the formation of an 'FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety'. To read more please visit: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/media/news/2016/15_04/en/

 

15. PCC Sets Plans for Next Major Report Cycle, 1.5 Degree Celsius Study

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed last week in Nairobi on a timeframe for its next major series of climate reports.

The 1.5 degree Celsius report has drawn particular attention, given the outcomes reached at the UN's Paris climate talks last year, including a universal emissions-cutting accord to begin in 2020. To read more please visit: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/ipcc-sets-plans-for-next-major-report-cycle-15-degree-celsius-study
16. UNCTAD Briefing: Realising trade potential to contribute to Sustainable Development

In the landscape of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), trade is expected to catalyse inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development.

The recent UNCTAD report, "Trading into Sustainable Development", tackles this question. To read more please visit: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1112
17. UNECE is making geospatial data work for you

Now, many of us are used to typing the destination in the GPS navigation device before leaving for a weekend trip. The nearest bank or gas station can be located using a phone application. Just like that, fast and easy. This development has crucial important in moder logistics.

The analytical value of data increases if they can be linked to a point of reference - such as time or location. Geotagging means linking data with information about its physical location, such as a country, region, road, building, address, coordinate etc.

To read more please visit: http://www.unece.org/info/media/news/statistics/2016/unece-is-making-geospatial-data-work-for-you/doc.html
18. UNECE and Climate Change

The publication UNECE and Climate Change compiles the work that UNECE is already doing for combating climate change in the pan-European region. UNECE aims at transforming global goals into practical solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

To read more please visit: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42546&L=0
19. EU - Second edition of Handbook for Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment

Sustainability impact assessments (SIAs) are a key tool for the conduct of sound and transparent trade negotiations. Taking place during the negotiations, they feed into the work of the negotiators as the negotiations evolve.

The Commission has been carrying out SIAs on all negotiated trade agreements since 1999. This second edition of the SIA Handbook reflects the various improvements introduced in the conduct of SIAs in the light of experience.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1487

 

RAIL FREIGHT

 

20. EU - Landmark deal to deliver better rail services

The European Commission welcomed the agreement reached yesterday evening by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the EU on the Fourth Railway Package. This is a series of measures to make European railways more innovative and competitive. The 4th railways package also contains measure that concern rail freight.

To read more please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/news/2016-04-20-fourth-railway-package_en.htm

 

AIR FREIGHT

 

21. ICAO completes regional consultation round supporting global market-based measure scheme for aviation

ICAO has successfully concluded its second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) on Market-based Measures (MBMs) to address climate change from international flight emissions, a key priority under the UN agency's strategic objective of environmental protection.

The conclusion of this latest round of ICAO outreach paves the way towards its 39th Assembly this September, where ICAO's 191 Member States will decide on whether to adopt the global MBM scheme for implementation by 2020. To read more please visit: http://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/ICAO-Completes-Regional-Consultation-Round-Supporting-Global-Market-Based-Measure-(GMBM)-Scheme-For-Aviation.aspx

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

22. UNCTAD - Data Protection Framework

UNCTAD maintains that the Data Protections Framework must be compatible with International data flows for developing countries to benefit from the global digital economy.
National and regional legal frameworks that protect data in the ever-expanding digital economy are often outdated, incompatible or missing, UNCTAD has found.

In a new report, Data Protection Regulations and International Data Flows: Implications for Trade and Development, UNCTAD says that coherent and compatible data protection regimes will be ever-more important in the face of new technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things. More dialogue between all stakeholders is needed to achieve adequate protection, the report urges.

To read more please visit: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=0b736d428e&e=9edbed2164

 

 

 

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E-Flash No 119 – 5 February 2016

1.      Register to the FIATA Headquarters' Session 2016 before deadline

The next Headquarters’ Session will take place between March 17th and March 20th 2016. This yearly HQ session is a special occasion for information exchange and debate between FIATA and all our members. Please take a look at the programme and use the registration form available on the FIATA website: 

http://fiata.com/events/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html

This year we will host our event at a new venue, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. You can book your hotel room using the hotel registration form in order to benefit from the FIATA special conditions until February 16th!

 

2.     International Transport Forum Registration Opens

Industry partners will join transport ministers from ITF's 57 member countries from 18-20 May in Leipzig, Germany for the 2016 Summit on "Green and Inclusive Transport", together with around 100 other high-level speakers.

FIATA, CLECAT and other important Supply Chain stakeholders are currently working on a side event with more details to follow closer to the ITF summit dates. For more details please visit the ITF’s website at http://2016.itf-oecd.org/.

 

 3.     Dangerous Goods in the spotlight: ICAO FIATA DG Training

As the new year kick offs, ICAO and FIATA welcomes newly accredited training centres which will start delivering the ICAO FIATA DG Training Program in 2016. Among them is Skyline University College based in Sharjah, UAE which is a reputable training centre aimed at enhancing industry competencies in the field of air dangerous goods.

We also have a number of FIATA Association Members which have gained accreditation and are delivering DG training under the ICAO FIATA program. For further details and information please visit: http://fiata.com/icao-fiata-dg.html

 

4.     ICC and UNCTAD pledge to work together on 2030 development agenda

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi and ICC Secretary General John Danilovich issued a joint statement when they met at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum , taking place in Davos, Switzerland, 20-23 January, 2016.

Building on the success of the widely adopted UNCTAD/ICC Rules for Multimodal Transport Documents, Dr. Kituyi and Mr. Danilovich said that their organizations shared a mutual interest and expertise in developing standards for use in international trade. It must be noted that the UNCTAD-ICC rules are the foundation base of the FIATA Bill of Lading, the only standard negotiable multimodal transport bill in the world. To read more please visit: http://www.iccwbo.org/News/Articles/2016/ICC-and-UNCTAD-pledge-to-work-together-on-2030-development-agenda/

 

5.     UNECE and UNITAR partner to implement Sustainable Development Goals

To help Member States implement the SDGs, two Geneva-based UN organizations, UNECE and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are strengthening their cooperation to better promote best practices and standards in a range of areas.

Joint initiatives are expected in people-centred Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Road Safety and the Environment. To read more please visit: http://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/general-unece/2016/unece-and-unitar-partner-to-implement-the-sustainable-development-goals/doc.html

 

 6.     World Bank Group and UNCTAD launch World Development Report 2016

The World Bank Group and UNCTAD co-hosted the launch of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends on Feb 1st2016. The report examines how the Internet can be a force for development, especially for the poor in developing countries.

The report partly draws on research undertaken by UNCTAD in the area of the development implications of ICT. To read the report and more please visit: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1022

 

7.     Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal signed in Auckland

The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand. The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world's economy - they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact.

Business, farming and mining groups applauded the signing of the deal, which will remove 98 per cent of tariffs on exports to TPP countries. To read more about the newly signed deal please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35480600

 

8.     WTO releases new statistical profiles on global value chains

The WTO has released new statistical profiles on global value chains (GVCs) for 61 economies. These profiles, available on the WTO website, bring together a set of indicators on trade taking place within GVCs.

Using data from the OECD-WTO database on Trade in Value Added (TiVA), these profiles provide insights into the value-added content of exports, the interconnection between economies within GVCs and the role of the services industry in exports. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/stat_28jan16_e.htm

 

9.     Trade policy promotes sustainability and human rights

The European Commission and the EU High Representative published today the first report on the concrete effects of the GSP+, the EU trade policy instrument devised to encourage third countries to comply with core international standards in the areas of human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and good governance.

To read more please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1443

 

10.  Georgia and Turkey create digital link with eTIR

Georgia and Turkey have taken a significant step this week in strengthening the digital link between them by agreeing to electronically exchange Customs data so that transport across the Georgian-Turkish borders is faster and cheaper.  

The eTIR pilot project will improve the benefits brought by the TIR Procedure by ensuring the advanced electronic exchange of data related to TIR transports crossing the Georgian-Turkish borders. To read more please visit:http://www.unece.org/info/media/news/transport/2016/georgia-and-turkey-create-digital-link-with-etir/doc.html

 

 11.  Intelligent Transport: guidance on how the EU can make the most of connected cars

Following an invitation of the Commission, industry representatives and public authorities have agreed on a shared vision for the coordinated deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in Europe. This is an important step towards connected cars as C-ITS enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with the infrastructure.

This can notably improve road safety and reduce congestion. The report will also ensure that through C-ITS road transport can reap all the benefits from digitisation and contribute to President Juncker's ambition of creating a Digital Single Market. To read more please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/newsletters/2016/01-25/articles/c-its_report_en.htm

 

 12.  European aviation: first environmental report points at sustainability challenge

The European Commission has published the first European Aviation Environmental Report, the result of close collaboration between the EC, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL.

 

The main objective is to provide a regular overview of the environmental performances of the sector in order to plan suitable policy making measures. To read more please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/news/2016-01-29-environmental-report_en.htm

 

 13.  Smart cities: EU Commission gives a push to electric and smart mobility

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc opened the 2016 Transport for Smart Cities conference on Jan 28th 2016 gathering 200 leading players part of a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) whose objective is to improve urban life through sustainable integrated solutions.  Commissioner Bulc attended the launch of two new initiatives bringing together cities and industry to promote the roll-out of smart electric mobility and of smart city mobility services  at a large scale. To read more please visit:http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/urban/news/2016-01-28-smart-cties_en.htm

 

 14.  Global Economy Prospects, Risks in Focus at Davos

During the Davos WEF meetings, a group of ministers from the countries negotiating a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) also met to review the state-of-play in those discussions. According to a statement released by the US Trade Representative’s office afterward, which was confirmed by sources familiar with the meeting, ministers reaffirmed their goal of clinching a deal this year. To read more please visit: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/davos-global-economy-prospects-risks-in-focus-at-high-level-meet

 

 15.  APEC Cuts Environmental Goods Tariffs

The 21 APEC economies have published details on their implementation of tariff cuts on a list of 54 environmentally friendly goods, boosting trade and improving access to the tools needed to fight climate change.

The tariff reductions on the APEC list of environmental goods will also promote trade worth around USD300 billion within the region and USD500 billion worldwide, unlocking new sources of economic growth, while giving impetus to the Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations in the World Trade Organization which are set to continue this year. To read more please visit:http://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2016/0128_EG.aspx

 

16.  UN panel and the lithium battery debate

Not long ago the International Civilian Aviation Organization (ICAO) gave its recommendations about a proposed ban on the transport of lithium batteries shipped as cargo on passenger flights, which were received with mixed feeling in the industry. The Associated Press puts the debate back on the table by publishing the following article:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_AIRLINERS_BATTERY_FIRES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT.  

 

17.  ADB Private Sector Financing Tops $2.6 Billion in 2015

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a record $2.6 billion of new financing and investments for the private sector in 2015, a 37% increase from a year earlier and 62% higher than in 2013.

As a result of this significant expansion, ADB’s private sector investment portfolio has increased to over $8 billion, and its private sector operations are now targeted to double from current levels by 2020. To read more please visit:http://www.adb.org/news/adb-private-sector-financing-tops-26-billion-2015-37-year-year