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May 2017
agm2017 IIFA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of IIFA took place this week on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport. IIFA President Tom Thornton welcomed attending Members and guided them through the Association's achievements over the past twelve months including gaining 7 new Members, joining CLECAT, having the IIFA FIATA Diploma re-validated for a second time and proactive BREXIT preparations. Elected on the day to serve on IIFA Council for the next 12 month were:

Keith Brady - DFDS Logistics Ltd
John Dawson - Bell Transport & Logistics Ltd
John O'Hanrahan - DHL Global Forwarding Ltd
Lisa Hughes - Campion Freight Ltd
Sarah McGuirk - DB Schenker Ltd
Bob Rainsford - Forward Direct Ltd
Colin Dumbleton - Quality Freight Ltd
Terry Sweeney - Seabridge Ireland Ltd
Tom Thornton - Wells Cargo Logistics Ltd
Liam Davis - W.P.D Freight Management Ltd
Jamie O'Reilly - XPO Logistics Ltd
There does exist space on Council for more IIFA Members that wish to contribute to the Association's activities. Interested persons are asked to contact Seamus Kavanagh via info@iifa.ie for further information.
L to R: Colm Walsh, Liam Davis,  Greg Lewis, John Bermingham,
John Dunne, Karl Louwrens, Paddy Kenny and Seamus Kavanagh

When reviewing the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin, a post congress summary report was distributed to all in attendance, covering the highlights of the 6 day event and chronicling the achievement that this was, not only for IIFA and the Irish Freight industry, but for Ireland also. Following this, the Local Organising Committee for the Congress was called upon to come forward. In recognition of their exemplary work in delivering a successful Congress, IIFA Council awarded Honorary Membership of the Irish International Freight Association to each LOC Member. Receiving the honor on the day were:

John Bermingham - Pre-Congress Golf and Congress Promotion
Liam Davis - History of Freight Forwarding Exhibition
John Dunne - Congress Social Programme + Accompanying Tours
Seamus Kavanagh - FIATA Coordinator and Marketing of the Congress
Paddy Kenny - Chairman of the Local Organising Committee
Greg Lewis - Pre-Congress Golf and Congress Promotion
Karl Louwrens - Congress Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales
Colm Walsh - History of Freight Forwarding Exhibition
Unable to attend on the day but nevertheless recognised as Honorary Members were LOC Members:
William Cress - Congress Programme
Noel Good - Congress Social Programme + Accompanying Tours
Sean McCool - Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales

Following the presentation there was a discussion by those present about BREXIT. Tom Thornton reiterated IIFA's 5 Point Plan, as introduced at the 21st February 2017 BREXIT seminar:
1 - Continued engagement with Government departments
2 - Continued attendance at BREXIT forums
3 - Direct contact with MEP & TDs and to Lobby EU via CLECAT
4 - Upskill Irish Freight industry with launch of IIFA Customs Clearance course
5 - Setup all island working group to study friction less borders
IIFA's Working Group to study frictionless borders meets for the second time this week and IIFA's Customs Clearance course will be ready to launch in September 2017. In addition, IIFA is in active collaboration with other industry relevant Associations and Stake Holders groups to coordinate efforts in taking a proactive approach to preparing for BREXIT. Such collaborations will continue over the following months and Members will be kept up to date via circulars and newsletters.

yiffyaIreland enters the 
Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award
Mr. Peter Furlong, Hawthorn Logistics, Ireland's 2017 YIFFYA Candidate

For the second year in a row, Ireland will be represented in the FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. Mr. Peter Furlong, of IIFA Full Trading Member firm Hawthorn Logistics, submitted his thesis just last month and it rests now with the FIATA Judging panel. Peter's thesis, "A Proactive Approach to Complex Import & Export Procedure" is a strong candidate for the 2017 Award. In this paper, Peter details the steps involved in the movement of a live animal across Europe and shows, at every stage, the knowledge he sought as a Forwarder in order to confidently handle this delegate cargo. Peter's entry will be judged against other entries from Europe. Once a European Winner is selected, that individual will go forward to the 2017 FIATA World Congress in Kuala Lumpur to compete for the overall prize against the other FIATA Regional Winners; Americas, Africa/ Middle-East and Asia-Pacific.

We wish Peter the very best of luck with the competition.

WTORobert Azevêdo and Jack Ma
the Power of Technology to Boost Small Businesses

World Trade Organisation Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed Jack Ma to the WTO on 25th April to discuss how e-commerce can help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow their business and thereby boost development and job creation around the world. Mr. Ma is the founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba and Special Advisor to UNCTAD for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
Jack Ma's ideas in this area include working with government officials to help them to design policies and regulations which are informed more closely by the problems that many small businesses face. He also outlined the proposal for the establishment of an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP). This platform would be a way of bringing together the private sector (led by SMEs), governments, international organizations and all other stakeholders with the aim of establishing a more favourable and standardised regulatory environment for e-commerce. Jack Ma welcomed DG Azevêdo's and the WTO's partnership and participation.
Speaking after the meeting, the Director-General said:
"It was a great pleasure to welcome Jack to the WTO and to continue the conversation that we had in Hangzhou last September. The e-commerce debate has come a long way since then. WTO members are waking up to the power of e-commerce to drive development. There is a thriving discussion in Geneva, looking at potential ways forward - but we have more to do if we are to extend the benefits of e-commerce to SMEs around the world. Members need to identify the specific steps that they want to take."
"This is where the private sector can play a crucial role. Business brings intelligence of how things are on the ground. When we bring that first-hand knowledge together with real political will from governments, then we can deliver changes which will make a real difference. That's why the WTO has been seeking to bring the voice of business and other stakeholders into the debate. I strongly welcome Jack's engagement and the ideas that he, and others, are bringing to the table."
"Around 98% of world trade currently takes place under WTO rules. This institution is where reforms on digital trade would have to be taken forward. Our recent experience in delivering the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - the biggest global trade deal this century - shows that we can make real progress here, particularly in delivering commitments combined with practical technical and capacity-building assistance. I look forward to working with WTO members and stakeholders to see what concrete steps we may be able to take in this area."

hapagHapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) merged this month. The merger between the two liner shipping companies was completed in Hamburg on 24th May 2017. With 230 vessels and a shared fleet capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world. Hapag-Lloyd will remain a publicly traded company registered in Germany with its headquarters in Hamburg.
"This is an important strategic milestone and a big step forward for Hapag-Lloyd," said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd. "We now not only have a very strong market position in Latin America and the Atlantic, but also in the Middle East, where we will become one of the leading carriers. Our priority now is a smooth and fast integration of UASC and Hapag-Lloyd."
The business combination agreement (BCA) had already been signed in Hamburg in July 2016. Since then roughly a dozen competition authorities across the world had to grant their approval. In addition, changes in the corporate legal structure were made and the consent of several banks was obtained.
At the center of the integration is the combination of 118 Hapag-Lloyd services with the 45 services making up UASC's network. This process will start in roughly eight weeks and will take until the end of the third quarter, once the new employees from UASC have been trained to use the Hapag-Lloyd systems. After that UASC's present transport volume will be handled on Hapag-Lloyd's IT platform. The combined entity will thereby carry an estimated annual transport volume in excess of 10 million TEU.
UASC's 58 vessels will be integrated into the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd. The combined fleet will then include a total of 230 vessels and be one of the youngest in the industry, with an average ship age of only 7.2 years. The average size of the vessels in Hapag-Lloyd's new fleet will be some 6,840 TEU/vessel, approximately 30 percent larger than the average of the top 15 in the industry (5,280 TEU/vessel).
Hapag-Lloyd will establish a new regional headquarters for the Region Middle East. This will add a fifth Region to the existing Regions North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
"Hapag-Lloyd has long-term and extensive know-how when it comes to acquisitions. By merging with the Canadian shipping company CP Ships in 2005 and, more recently, with CSAV in 2014, we have demonstrated that we are able to combine businesses and integrate them quickly, efficiently and profitably," said Rolf Habben Jansen. "We are optimistic that we will be able to complete the integration of UASC by the end of this year."

uberUber Freight Launches with Load-Matching App

On 18th May 2017, ride-sharing technology pioneer Uber officially launched its Uber Freight app in the USA, which already has a busy load-matching market for trucking companies with loads to haul.

In a press release on their homepage, Uber Freight states that it "aims to empower truck drivers and small trucking companies to run and grow their business."

From the Press Room of Uber

Uber Freight is an app that matches trucking companies with loads to haul. We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver's day. What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.

Vetted users download the app, search for a load, and simply tap to book it. We send a rate confirmation within seconds, eliminating a common anxiety in trucking about whether or not the load is really confirmed.

On top of that, we aim to deliver where it matters most: payments. When trucking companies get paid, they typically have to wait 30 days or longer, enough time to sink a small business. We've also heard stories of drivers waiting over 10 hours to get loaded without compensation.

Presently available on iOS and Android in USA, the App is at present not available within Ireland.

Below is the third and final in of a series of three articles run in IIFA Newsletters detailing information about the Latvian Logistics sector. The first article in this series can be found here. The Second article is available to view here.

For the exporters from the West Latvian ports offer a gateway to Russia and CIS countries, providing maximum possible depth in the Baltic Sea up to 17 meters and year-round easy navigation with servicing ships in any weather conditions. Terminals and warehouses with special temperature regime provide possibility for handling of different kind of goods from food products and beverages to medicine, IT products, etc. Latvian ports have great experience with handling of non-standard heavy cargos such as cars, tractors, military equipment, etc. Direct connection of the terminals with dense railroad network provides the possibility for prompt goods delivery in East direction. In 24 hours goods from Latvian ports by railroad system could be delivered to 60 million customers in North-West Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, in 3-5 days even larger market with 170 million consumers including the European part of Russia and Caucasus can be reached and in 10-12 days goods reach 90 million customers in Central Asia. Last but not least - all logistics service providers in Latvia are fluent in RussianandEnglish. This makes the cooperation between clients from Europe, Russia and CIS much more easy.

Another advantage of Latvian ports is the possibility to develop production. Due to Freeport and Special Economic Zones status and tax advantages there are good possibilities to produce final products from goods imported from the outside of EU. For relatively low prices the importers could gain to their products "Made in EU" trademarks and sell without any barriers the final product in the whole EU internal market.

In order to attract cargo Latvia offers substantial tax reductions in Special Economic Zones - up to 55% of investments made. 80% discount for income tax, 80% to 100% for real estate duty, 100% for value added tax, 100% for excise tax, 100% for customs duty. There are 4 Special Economic Zones with convenient geographic location - Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja are 3 biggest ice free ports, with well developed infrastructure and city of Rezekne is well developed railroad transport infrastructure hub near Russian border. Secondly, in Latvia there is an opportunity for importers to postpone VAT payment until goods are delivered to the final consignee in any EU member state. This means that VAT is paid by the final consignee and therefore it is possible to save money when importing the goods through Latvia. For example, by transporting notebooks (Lenovo G 50-70) in 40` dry cargo container (total cargo price 2 381 190 EUR), VAT sum in Latvia (527 454 EUR) is exempted.

Latvian logistics sector nowadays is continuously increasing its role in Eurasian supply chain and is ready to provide the best services to the partners.
Thank you to Zigmunds Zamockis, Second Secretary, Embassy of the
Republic of Latvia in Ireland for these three Guest articles between March - May 2017.

Emirates SkyCargo freighter transports
Jaguar cars from Birmingham Airport

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has operated its freighter aircraft from Birmingham airport as part of a new bespoke service for the transportation of exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars to Chicago.

Emirates SkyCargo flight EK9923 departed Birmingham Airport on 18th May 2017 on its way to Chicago O'Hare International in the United States of America, to deliver cars for further testing. Metro Shipping, the logistics service provider appointed by Jaguar Land Rover, partner to Emirates and strategic partner of Birmingham Airport was on hand to coordinate the logistics of the exciting shipment.

The freighter service is part of Emirates SkyCargo's specialised offering, Emirates SkyWheels - air transportation solutions for high value automobiles. The service offers the safe transportation of luxury, premium vehicles. Airfreighting the cars directly from Birmingham, the location of Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull facility, to Chicago, also results in reduced handling of cars as there will no longer be a requirement for long-distance trucking of the vehicles.

The Jaguar Land Rover cars were uplifted by an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft which has the capacity to carry over 100 tonnes of cargo. Large and outsized shipments can also be easily uplifted through the aircraft's wide main deck cargo doors. The aircraft is one of the most modern, technologically advanced freighters available, and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft.

Hiran Perera, Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning and Freighters, Emirates SkyCargo, said: "We have seen huge demand from customers across the globe for bespoke transportation solutions for various business verticals, which is why we've launched a number of sector-specific products as part of our offerings, such as Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyWheels and more recently Emirates SkyFresh.

Tom Fernihough, Automotive Director, Metro Shipping said: ''Metro is delighted to realise its vision of achieving global supply chain solutions through local strategic partnerships creating a truly unique, bespoke and scalable platform, with the support of Emirates SkyCargo, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Airport. We have drawn on our relationships and over 35 years of experience within the automotive logistics sector to deliver benefit to all parties involved, which we will also be offering to other shippers in the region."

In December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo carried nearly 5,700 tonnes of cargo from the UK, up 29% on the same period last year*. This was the first month that Emirates SkyCargo exported a larger volume of cargo from the UK than any other airline. The total cargo volume flown by the UK arm of Emirates SkyCargo between January 2014 and December 2016 was nearly 190,000 tonnes.
* IATA statistics

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CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), a new trade agreement between the EU and Canada, will make it easier to export goods and services, benefitting people and businesses in both the EU and Canada. The European Parliament supported the trade deal with Canada on 15 February 2017.

DG TAXUD is developing guidance on the implementation of rules of origin of CETA which will be made available as soon as possible by the Commission. However, some other customs related information is already available such as the on registration of exporters: The requirement for EU exporters to be registered in REX for CETA purpose is laid down in Article 68(1) UCC-IA. Provisions on REX in force in the EU for GSP purpose will apply mutatis mutandis for CETA purpose. To benefit from preferential tariff treatment under CETA, companies will have to complete the following steps:
1. Apply for a Registered Exporter (REX) number by completing this form.

2. Send the completed form to your national Customs Office (Check with your national customs authorities for the possibility of on-line registration) 

3. You will then receive a REX number to indicate on the origin declaration to be provided on the commercial document that describes the product
4. The originating product will then benefit from CETA in Canada on the basis of the origin declaration.

Pending the registration in the REX system of all EU exporters interested, Article 68(5), in its new version to result from the forthcoming amendment to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447, will secure a transition period for approved exporters until 31.12.2017. This transition will allow exporters being holders of authorisations as approved exporters for any preferential arrangement on the date of application of CETA to use their approved exporter number to make out origin declarations for their preferential exports to Canada. Exporters of consignments of a value not exceeding EUR 6 000 euros are not required to be registered

This article appeared in the 26th May 2017 CLECAT Newsletter.
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UPS announced on 3rd May 2017 that the company has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Nightline Logistics Group. UPS continues to create new market growth opportunities and by integrating Nightline with UPS, customers will now have a wider array of both domestic and cross-border services.

Nightline is a privately held company. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the deal is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

"Operating for more than 40 years in Europe, and almost 30 years in Ireland, UPS continues to build a powerful portfolio of services for our customers throughout the region," said Jim Barber, President, UPS International. "Nightline will complement our existing services, increasing delivery density, while also adding innovative new service options. We also look forward to bringing UPS's extensive healthcare, high-tech and other specialized logistics expertise to the many Irish companies that specialize in these markets."

"Over the past 25 years, Nightline has grown to be one of Ireland's leading privately-owned parcel delivery, freight and logistics companies," said Nightline co-founder and CEO, John Tuohy. "As we celebrate over two decades in business, this is the right time in the company's evolution to join the world's largest parcel delivery company - one with a reputation for taking care of its people and a culture that aligns well with our own. Our customers across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain will benefit from an even wider reach, enjoying direct connectivity to global export markets, and it will be an important milestone in the company's growth into the future."
Nightline's Parcel Motel service offers a 'virtual address' that allows customers to manage their online shopping deliveries easily. The service is similar to UPS Access Point Lockers and creates the potential for network synergies. "Ireland has long been a strong, global trade player, exporting and importing heavily with some of the world's largest economies, including the UK, United States, Germany, China, and France, among others," said UPS Europe Region President, Nando Cesarone. "With the addition of Nightline, we continue on our growth path in Europe, and will now be able to better serve customers who export into, and out of, Ireland. This is in addition to UPS's commitment announced in 2014 to invest U.S. $2 billion in its European infrastructure by 2020."

UPS currently provides both small package and supply chain services to customers in Ireland, with a full suite of ground, air and ocean freight solutions. The company also operates gateway functions at both the Dublin and Shannon airports. With the combination of both companies' operations, UPS will significantly enhance its presence in Ireland, adding more ground sorting capacity and vehicles throughout the country.

Initially, the two brands will operate separately. Over time, the businesses will be integrated and customers of both companies will realize a benefit from the combination.

ooclOOCL Reaches Milestone with the Christening of the OOCL Hong Kong

On 12th May 217, OOCL announced the naming of their latest containership, the OOCL Hong Kong, at a christening ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje Island. The OOCL Hong Kong was also celebrated as one of the largest containerships in the world by carrying capacity.

In his ceremonial remarks, Mr. C. C. Tung, Chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited addressed the importance of this occasion for the company. "This is a very exciting time for all of us because today marks the first time that OOCL is receiving new buildings in the 21 thousand TEU size. In fact, the OOCL Hong Kong will be a titan among containerships at sea, with a carrying capacity at 21,413 TEU. An important milestone for us at OOCL indeed."

"While our industry seems to have the knack to 'out do' one another in building larger containerships relatively quickly these days, this project is nonetheless an important moment for us.  Faced with increasing competition and un-ending pressure on costs, we need to take the bold step in operating larger size ships of quality and high efficiency in order to stay relevant and compete effectively as a major container shipping company."

The last time that OOCL set the world record for the largest containership was back in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 TEU vessel, also built at the SHI shipyard.

The OOCL Hong Kong will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.

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limitsofliabilityLimits of Liability (Cargo Claims)

By Sea - Hague Visby Rules
SDR 2 per kilo or 
SDR 666.67 per package

By Road - CMR
SDR 8.33 per kilo

By Air - Warsaw/Montreal
SDR 19 per kilo

IIFA Standard Trading Conditions 
SDR 2 per kilo 

The SDR rate on 31/05/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.233690 Euro
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