FIATA E-Flash No. 193 — 11 February 2019

FIATA AND MEMBERS

First FIATA online courses to be launched in FIATA Headquarters’ Session 2019
FIATA Logistics Academy is advancing towards the future of learning and is ready to launch three online courses: Introduction to Global Logistics Theory and Management, Maritime Transport and Digital Train-the-Trainer Course for the FIATA Foundation — Vocational Training. Official launching of these courses will be held in FLA Session on 29th March during FIATA Headquarters’ Session 2019.
FLA wants to create learning experiences and spaces that meet the future needs of the industry. The courses will be hosted in our open edX platform. This platform is used by top universities around the world, has an incredible data analytics section to examine learning patters and makes improvements based on that.
For more information, please contact FLA Manager Ms Verena Schaer schaer@fiata.com
Details of the HQ 2019 programme can be found on the FIATA website: https://fiata.com/initiatives/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html

FIATA attended 80th meeting of IATA FIATA Consultative Counsel
The FIATA delegates attended the 80th IFCC meeting in Madrid on 5th February 2019 in conjunction with the European Air Cargo Program Joint-Council.
IFCC (IATA FIATA Consultative Counsel) was constituted to initiate, consider and make recommendations to IATA Cargo Agency Conferences on issues affecting the carrier/agent relationship.
More information will be provided at the 100th Airfreight Institute Meeting of FIATA at the Headquarters’ Session in Zurich on 29th March 2019. See you in Zurich!
Details of the HQ 2019 programme can be found on the FIATA website: https://fiata.com/initiatives/fiata-congresses-hq-sessions.html

FMFF (Malaysia): 1st Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders Convocation 2019
On 12th January 2019, FMFF witnessed a landmark celebration for the inaugural FMFF Convocation ceremony for 45 graduates in the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding programme. The celebration was held at the Kelab Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia, a prestigious clubhouse themed with majestic Bugis-architecture. The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Kamaruddin Jaafar had the honour to officiate the event over a crowd of around 150 attendees comprising of VIPs, invited guests, lecturers, friends and family members.
During the officiating speech, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Kamaruddin Jaafar acknowledged the contribution from FMFF and hoped that the association would continue to support the Malaysian government’s objective to enhance the logistics capabilities and making Malaysia as the preferred logistics hub destination in the region.
Details of the FMFF convocation can be found in 2019 May edition of FIATA Review.

BIFA (UK): BIFA says new no deal Brexit Customs procedures are skewed towards new traders
UK freight forwarder group BIFA has criticised the Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) published by the UK Customs authority in the case of a no deal Brexit, saying that they are aimed at new traders rather than existing ones, such as forwarders.
Commenting on the TSP announcement by HMRC, BIFA director general Robert Keen said: «As the trade association for freight forwarders, which are responsible for managing the supply chains that underpin the UK’s visible international trade, we have long campaigned for frictionless borders post Brexit.
For more details, please visit: https://www.aircargonews.net/news/freight-forwarder/single-view/news/bifa-says-new-no-deal-brexit-customs-procedures-are-skewed-towards-new-traders.html

BIFA site will help cut through the red tape of forwarding apprenticeships
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has launched a site to help employers and potential recruits gain apprenticeships in the UK forwarding sector.
Aimed at creating a support network, the site features a range of materials including information on funding, hiring and case studies, with tips from BIFA members.
For more details, please visit: https://theloadstar.co.uk/bifa-site-will-help-cut-through-the-red-tape-of-forwarding-apprenticeships/

CRFFN (Nigeria): Freight forwarders council appoints new Registrar
The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has appointed Samuel Nwakohu as its new Registrar. Nwakohu succeeds the pioneer Registrar, Sir Mike Jukwe who proceeded on terminal leave in December 2018.
His appointment was approved by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi after ratification by the CRFFN governing council. Nwakohu, a lawyer, reportedly assumed office last Friday.
For more details, please visit: http://shipsandports.com.ng/freight-forwarders-council-appoints-new-registrar/

FETEIA-OLTRA (Spain): Annual Review 2018 focusing on females in the industry
FETEIA-OLTRA (the Spanish Freight Forwarders Federation) publishes its annual review, incorporating every year articles from prominent people in the transports, logistics and customs representation area. In this 2018 edition, we have given the magazine a new approach with a feminine vision, incorporating articles from remarkable women of our sector in managerial positions in Spain and abroad.
The FETEIA-OLTRA Annual Review 2018 is available at http://www.feteia.org/revista/2018/

TIA (USA): Enhances HQ Staff to Advance Member Growth
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) announced the appointment of three new vice presidents: Matt Mantione, CAE, to Vice President of Membership, Chris Burroughs to Vice President of Government Affairs and Will Sehestedt to Vice President of Government Affairs. The Association, with more than 1,700 members, is the leading organization devoted to the North American 3PL industry.
«We are thrilled that Matt is coming onboard,» said TIA President and CEO Robert Voltmann. «He brings deep experience and fresh ideas to our staff. Chris and Will have already been extremely effective champions for TIA members, and will continue their advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure TIA has a voice in the regulatory debates.»
For more details, please visit: https://www.tianet.org/TIAnetOrg/About/News/Press_Room_Content/2019_News_Releases/New_Staff_Announcement.aspx

CLECAT: Brexit preparedness on boarder procedures
On 31 January and 1 February, the Members of the CLECAT Customs & Indirect Taxation Institute (CITI) met in Brussels. The main topic of the meeting was Brexit and all the related border procedures. Updates were given on the national practical preparedness efforts, such as procedures in ports and the Eurotunnel.
CLECAT’s French Member, TLF, explained about all the preparations made including the increase of human capacity and functioning of the IT systems. Special attention was given to the foreseen procedures at French side of the Eurotunnel. The UK Member, BIFA, presented the efforts taken on the other side of the Channel and focused additionally on RoRo and VAT postponed accounting. This was complemented by contributions by Belgium (CEB), the Netherlands (FENEX/TLN) and Ireland (IIFA).
For more details, please visit: https://www.clecat.org/media/NL04SEC19.pdf

 

SEA FREIGHT

Quick ocean freight recovery expected after Lunar New Year
The container shipping analyst Drewry noted that the recovery time for spot market freight rates after Chinese New Year can take a long time, and with China’s ‘Year of the Pig’ festivities officially starting on Tuesday 5 February, ocean carriers will «be hoping that the hangover in terms of freight rates is short-lived and that like the pig, is associated with wealth».
In terms of the prospects for 2019, Drewry said carriers «will once again be retooling in the East-West trades in March and April, with one new Asia-Europe service from the Ocean Alliance coming, along with other vessel upsizing elsewhere. This would imply another lengthy wait to see spot rates return to last week’s level. In our view, there will be the customary slide, but we think that it will more closely resemble last year’s more benign recovery period when carriers had to wait around 20 weeks for Asia-Europe and Transpacific to get back to pre-CNY levels.»
For more details, please visit: https://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/news/Quick-ocean-freight-recovery-expected-after-Lunar-New-Year/73733.htm#.XFv39Fz0mF4

Ocean freight customers resisting low-sulphur fuel price hikes
According to the head of global ocean freight at DHL Global Forwarding, Dominique von Orelli, the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that cap the sulphur content of bunker fuel burned by container shipping lines globally from the start of next year are a welcome step towards sustainability and environmental protection. But he told Lloyd’s Loading List that carriers must provide supply chain stakeholders with transparent pricing structures when they pass on higher costs.
«We expect ocean carriers to begin charging additional fees after approximately the third quarter of 2019.» He said DHL’s ocean forwarding tariffs currently explicitly exclude any additional low-sulphur fuel charges because at this stage the size of increases was difficult to quantify. «We cannot and do not intend to implement long-term all-in rates as the costs currently are not calculable,» he added.
For more details, please visit: https://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/news/Ocean-freight-customers-resisting-low-sulphur-fuel-price-hikes/73731.htm#.XFv5l1z0mF4

Congestion at Los Angeles and New York marine terminals push drayage costs higher
Freight volumes coming into U.S. remain high in January, but delays and congestions turn trips to major marine terminals into a ‘madhouse.’
The number of containers coming into the U.S. bodes well for intermodal and other freight carriers concerned about a slowdown to start the year. But shippers and motor carriers are facing ever-higher costs and frustrations as major marine terminals deal with the increased cargo flow.
For more details, please visit: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/maritime/congestion-hits-ny-la-drayage

Freight forwarders want regulations on deposits paid to shipping lines
The Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders wants the Federal Government to formulate regulations to prevent international shipping lines from crippling them with expensive deposits.
The association’s vice-president Datuk Tony Chia said freight forwarders are currently required to put down a deposit of between RM1,000 and RM4,000 per container brought in by the shipping lines.
For more details, please visit: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/20/freight-forwarders-want-regulations-on-deposits-paid-to-shipping-lines/

 

AIR FREIGHT

North America’s gain was Asia’s loss last year as air freight demand softens
Just as the TAC Index showed a slight rebound in air freight rates in the first week of February, despite Chinese new year, IATA noted 2018 growth of 3.5%, with a softening at the end of the year.
As shown elsewhere, air freight demand softened in December, down 0.5%, showing the slowest pace of growth since 2016. For the whole year, freight tonne km (FTK) grew 3.5% however; not bad after 9.7% growth in 2017. But it was weaker than the forecast of 4.1%. International FTKs rose 3.6%. As IATA noted, the slowdown in FTK growth during 2018 «primarily reflects the typical pattern seen after inventory restocking cycles in the past».
For more details, please visit: https://theloadstar.co.uk/north-americas-gain-was-asias-loss-last-year-as-air-freight-demand-softens/

Start-up cargo carrier Zhengzhou Airlines ready for take-off
A freight forwarder has put up $35.7m — 40% of the capital investment — to launch a new cargo airline. Zhengzhou Airlines, to be based at Cargolux’s China hub, has received CAAC approval to launch domestic and international cargo operations.
The carrier will use 737 freighters and has already employed 14 pilots and four licensed dispatchers, with a further three captains and 11 more crew members expected to transfer to the airline.
For more details, please visit: https://theloadstar.co.uk/start-up-cargo-carrier-zhengzhou-airlines-ready-for-take-off/

 

INNOVATION

TRAN adopts report on electronic freight transport information
On 29 January, the European Parliament’s Transport (TRAN) Committee adopted its report on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on electronic freight transport information (eFTI), issued in May 2018 as part of the 3rd Mobility Package.
In order to speed up the uptake of electronic transport information, the Commission proposal requires competent authorities to accept regulatory information in electronic form and set up a framework of certified electronic freight transport information platforms and service providers (by conformity assessment bodies).
For more details, please visit: https://www.clecat.org/media/NL04SEC19.pdf

Emirates Group’s dnata increases stakes in Dubai companies
Emirates Airline’s sister company, dnata, is strengthening its position in the freight forwarding industry by acquiring additional stakes in some Dubai-based joint venture companies.
The air services provider, which works with more than 400 airlines in 84 countries, announced on Wednesday that it is now the sole owner of Dubai Express, Freightworks LLC after it has purchased another 50 per cent stake in the company.
For more details, please visit: https://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/emirates-groups-dnata-increases-stakes-in-dubai-companies-1.1549455017990