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November 2017
STCs2018 IIFA Standard Trading Conditions Launch Event

Earlier this year, a committee of IIFA Members undertook the task of reviewing the Standard Trading Conditions for the Association. The review was completed earlier this month and the new draft will be a 2018 edition and will be available to use from 31st January 2018. IIFA Members are invited to attend a launch event at 16:00 on Thursday 30th November 2017 in Kennedys Law, Dublin.


At this event Hugh Kennedy and Chris Chatfield, both of Kennedys Law, will update IIFA Members through

- highlighting the updates and amendments which have been made to the 2018 STCs

- discussing how best to effectively incorporate STCs into business contracts

- offering advice on best practice for migrating to the new STCs with your Customers and Insurers/ Insurance Brokers


This event will be followed by a drinks reception for all in attendance. Pre-registartion is essential and can be completed through e-mail to info@iifa.ie or telephone through to 01 845 5411.



Thursday 30th November 2017



16:00 - 18:00




Blood Stone Building, Blood Stoney Road, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 878 0055

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Book a place:

e-mail info@iifa.ie or telephone 01 845 5411



Should any Members have any questions relating to the 2018 STCs, please contact the IIFA Secretariat. 

surveyParticipate in the 2017/2018 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Survey

The World Bank is asking for FIATA members' input as part of the ongoing Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2017/8 survey. The LPI is based on a survey among international freight forwarders who share their experience in moving goods and organizing international supply chains for their customers. FIATA is the World Bank's most important partner in the LPI survey and it is thanks to the participation of FIATA's members that the LPI can be published every two years.

Through FIATA, IIFA Members are cordially invited to take the survey at https://lpisurvey2018.worldbank.org/?comp=FEF

Completing the survey should only take around 20 minutes. The survey does not seek any confidential company-specific information. Responses are anonymous and are kept confidential.

The 2016 index showed that Ireland ranked 18th out of 160 Countries.

Bradley Davis of Canada is the 2017 Young International
Freight Forwarder of the Year Global Award Winner

Mike Yarwood, TT Club, Thomas Sim, Chairman of the FIATA Advisory Body Vocational Training, Bradley Davis, Canadian Freight Association + 2017 YIFFYA Winner and Huxiang Zhao, President of FIATA.

The 2017 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award was presented to Bradley Davis of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association at the annual World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Specialist insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club sponsored this award for each of its nineteen years and Senior Loss Prevention Executive Mike Yarwood was on hand to announce the winner at the Gala Dinner of the 2017 Congress and present the award with a brief speech, evocative of the important achievements in training made by FIATA and its members. 

Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges Yarwood said, "from a highly professional and broad array of entries the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. These four young professionals were then invited here to Kuala Lumpur to deliver a short presentation on their dissertation topic to the steering committee. Congratulations to all four finalists for their polished presentations and especially, of course to our winner Bradley Davis."

The four regional finalists for the 2017 competition were:
Region: Africa/Middle East - Tinasche Chiwanza - Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)
Region: Americas - Bradley Davis - Canada (CIFFA)
Region: Asia/Pacific - Nian Wan - China (CIFA)
Region: Europe - Nina Brose - Germany (DSLV)

With 22 entries for 2017, including an entry from Ireland, the work of the entrants as a whole admirably demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it. The diverse subjects covered by the 4 regional winner dissertations included the transport of Earth movers supporting the diamond trade, Lithium Ion Batteries, Flue Cured Cut Rag Tobacco and Raw Tea, a clear example of the variety of challenges the industry is facing to provide crucial trade services.

Speaking on behalf of TT Club, Yarwood said, "We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of this unique award into 2018. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe. The quality of the dissertations and presentations this year were of the usual exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation."

2018 Competition

Entries for the 2018 Award are open now. Any IIFA Members interested in learning more about this competition are asked to contact the IIFA Secretariat via 01 845 5411 or through e-mail to info@iifa.ie

FIATA's YIFFYA Group are active on social media and can be followed via the below options:
Twitter:        @yiffya

customsIIFA Customs Awareness and Practical SAD Completion Course
IIFA is taking enrollments for the January sitting of its Customs Awareness and Practical SAD Completion course. 

Course A - Customs Awareness
Beginning with an introductory lecture, this section will comprise a 4 week distance learning course covering the academic side of Customs Clearance. This section will also include an assignment, access to online learning videos and an online test.
Course B - Practical SAD Completion
A classroom based session where Participants are shown how to complete Customs Entries (via use of customs entry software) and Participants will also be required to complete their own entries during and after the class session.
Please contact the IIFA Office via 01 845 5411 or via e-mail to info@iifa.ie in order to make bookings for this course or to receive further information.

iacichristmasIrish Air Cargo Institute Christmas Lunch

The Irish Air Cargo Institute will host their annual IACI Christmas Lunch on Thursday 7th December 207, which will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.
Venue: Fahrenheit Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry
Date: 7th December 2017
Time: Arrive 12:30pm for 1pm Lunch
Price: €45.00
"We will have entertainment and a guest speaker from the Friends of St. Lukes, who we will be presenting with a cheque to, forour total donations from our events this year.  Also in keeping with tradition, please feel free to bring along a bottle on the day. So please join us for some holiday cheer on what promises to be a great day."
Places are limited, so please book early by contacting:
Carmel Wintzer (Cube Logistics) - carmel.wintzer@cubelogistics.ie
Sharon Hammond (Cargolift Ireland) - sharon@cargolift.ie
on or before December 1st 2017.

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS1, a global standards organisation to provide a framework for further cooperation. A joint working group will now commence digitising FIATA documents, using the GS1 global unique identification system, enabling FIATA members to become more efficient as compared to the former "paperwork" and to improve the services they provide to their customers.

The transport and logistics (T&L) industry provides the backbone of global trade by servicing customers and suppliers in global supply and demand chains. T&L processes provide critical links in the global economy, interconnecting countless manufacturers, traders, retailers and service providers as parts of complex networks that serve many industries in all countries worldwide.

As goods move from points of origin to points of destination, logistics services providers (e.g., freight forwarders, transporters and other stakeholders) must maintain control and visibility of these movements to make informed decisions that ensure the smooth flow of the goods to consumers. Today, these services are expected to be faster, more reliable, more secure and transparent to satisfy ever-increasing consumer expectations.

Rapid developments in logistics, in response to evolving consumer requirements for real-time visibility across the entire domain of multi-modal transport, call for new solutions and closer cooperation between the two organisations. Based on extensive experience coupled with the global reach of their constituencies, GS1 and FIATA are two leading membership-based associations that are best equipped to respond to these modern challenges. With the MoU, FIATA and GS1 are continuing to build on a 20-year relationship.

To kick-off this effort, FIATA's Advisory Body Information Technology (ABIT) is following a step-by-step approach for identifying and migrating all of their documents into a digital platform, using the GS1 global unique identification system. This project will enable the global FIATA community to offer high-quality intermodal solutions for the benefit of all supply chain stakeholders.

ICAO Council endorses new Global Aviation Security Planicao

The ICAO Council took an historic step in endorsing the very first Global Aviation Security Plan to improve international coordination, response, and planning to counter threats to civil aviation passengers, cargo, aircraft and facilities.
"This new strategic document will assist ICAO Member States in their aviation security coordination with other States and applicable security agencies, as well as helping to nurture security cultures and capabilities, place greater focus on the role of new technologies and innovations, and refine related frameworks for oversight and quality assurance," affirmed ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.
A set of indicators and target dates have also been established, and all associated targets and outcomes will be regularly reviewed and adjusted, taking into account all new and emerging aviation security threats.
"The Council has encouraged the ICAO Secretariat to continue refining and improving this critical living document, on the basis of close continued cooperation with States and security stakeholders globally, and with due attention to all applicable implementation assistance and capacity building requirements in ICAO's Regions," Dr. Aliu further commented.
Subsequent to its first review of the new Global Aviation Security Plan in June 2017, the Council authorized its transmission to ICAO Member States and international organizations for comment. Ninety-six percent of those replies indicated agreement with its scope and purpose, as well as the related strategies and global targets, which will continue to be refined.
"The ICAO Secretariat has developed this strategic document on an accelerated basis to answer the call of ICAO's Council and Member States and the respective commitments and actions of national governments will now be essential to its overall impact and value," commented ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. "This new Global Aviation Security Plan will now take its place alongside ICAO's existing Global Plans for aviation safety and system-wide capacity and efficiency, and importantly it directly responds to various resolutions and expectations regarding aviation security and terrorism which have been expressed to ICAO by the United Nations Security Council."
The ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan calls for action at the global, regional and national levels by States, industry and other stakeholders in raising the level of implementation of Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation - Security.
Secretary General Liu further confirmed that a roadmap outlining 94 tasks, accompanying 32 actions under five key priority outcomes, will be central to the new Global Plan's roll out. These lay the groundwork for objectives over the next three years until the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly in 2019.

In line with its contribution to the Global Counter-terrorism Strategy of the United Nations, ICAO will continue to coordinate with the Security Council and its various committees on all priorities relevant to aviation and border security, and bring together the private and public sector partners who help ensure our network remains at the dependable service of societies and economies.

ferriesIrish Ferries Announces Daily Departures to France for Summer 2018

- Introduction of new cruise ferry W. B. Yeats will double the number of summer sailings to France with new sailings direct from Dublin

- In addition, increased capacity and greater frequency of sailings planned on Dublin - Holyhead route

Irish Ferries has published details of the new sailings schedule it will introduce following the arrival in mid-2018 of its new 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry W. B. Yeats currently being built in Flensburg, Germany.
Highlights of the plan will see a doubling in the number of summer sailings between Ireland and France - offering daily departures alternatively from both Dublin and Rosslare ports.  This is coupled with an increase in autumn/winter sailings frequency, and an expansion in passenger, car and freight carrying capacities on the company's prime Ireland - UK route between Dublin and Holyhead.
Described by its managing director, Andrew Sheen, as a plan "to be welcomed by all interests and one that will give a significant boost to Irish tourism and trade", the proposed new sailings and scheduling arrangements will, he said, "give passengers and freight customers alike, more choice in terms of routes and departure dates, particularly on services to France." 
When delivered, the new W. B. Yeats will be the largest and most luxurious ferry ever to sail on the Irish Sea. It will have space on board for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars in 4kms of vehicle deck space, and 441 cabins, with a variety of cabin grades including luxury suites. A waiter service a la carte restaurant, choice of lounges, an outside promenade deck and a host of entertainment options are amongst its other features.
Ireland - France
On Ireland - France routes, the introduction of W. B. Yeats will enable Irish Ferries to double the current number of sailings between the two countries with planned daily departures in alternate directions.
On the Dublin - Cherbourg route, new arrangements will see the W. B. Yeats operate up to four return sailings weekly on what is becoming an increasingly popular route for the summer season. In parallel, the company's scheduled services from Rosslare to the French ports of Cherbourg and Roscoff - operated by the cruise ferry Oscar Wilde - will include an increase in the number of summertime departures to the popular Breton port of Roscoff. In the off-peak winter season, the vessel Epsilon will replace the W.B. Yeats providing a year-round service from Dublin to the Continent for both freight and tourism customers.
Ireland - UK
From mid-September next, W. B. Yeats will transfer to the busy Dublin - Holyhead route. There it will take up service alongside the existing Irish Ferries vessel Ulysses to deliver a 'significant three-fold benefit' that Irish Ferries believes will be wholly welcomed by tourist, business and import/export customers.
Adding its passenger and vehicle carrying capacity to that of Ulysses - the world's largest car ferry when introduced in 2001 - the move will see customers benefit from an increase in sailings frequency and an expansion in the passenger, tourist car, coach and freight carrying capacity that its introduction on this busy route will bring. Given this additional investment in the route, the Dublin Swift fast ferry will operate a summer only schedule next year and will return to Irish Sea service in early April 2019.
July 2018 arrival
Looking ahead to the launch of W. B. Yeats and its arrival into Dublin next July, Andrew Sheen said: "the service we envisage post its introduction is one that will raise ferry travel to new levels of luxury, comfort and reliability never before offered in the Irish marketplace".
"We know our customers will be pleased with our investment and we look forward to welcoming them onboard our new luxury cruise ferry next summer," he added.

kittyIrish Air Cargo Institute Award the first Kitty Hanley,
Charity Recognition Award

Sharon Hammond VP with the DHL Team, and Pauline Cowley (Centre),
recipient of the Kitty Hanley Charity Recognition Award.

From the IACI Gala Ball, held on Saturday 21st October 2017, we have a guest report from IACI:

"Earlier in the year, a legend from the Air Cargo industry was lost. Kitty Hanley was 92 when she passed, having spent most of her life working in Cargo. 
Some people would say she put the fear of God in them, but others would say she was one in a million. She would be seen flying through the corridors of the Cargo Building with her papers tucked under her arm, and you could either get out of her way or get run over. For a small woman, she had a big bark, but underneath the big & bold exterior, was a heart of gold.   
She used a typewriter up until her last working day, and you would hear the clinking of the keys from early morning. She was very active and took the bus to and from work every day, and never claimed her bus pass when she came of age.  
There was another side to Kitty though, that not a lot of people saw.
The ones that did were privileged and remember her kindness and empathy. We have all heard tales of the unsung heroes who help others. Some do good for their friends and family in time of need, others do it for strangers. But they all have one thing in common, they do it to help make a bad situation better, for someone less fortunate. Kitty was one of those people.
In honor of Kitty, and to keep her memory alive, IACI were pleased to unveil "The Kitty Hanley, Charity Recognition Award" kindly sponsored by KB Clearances.  This will be passed on year to year to a deserving candidate from the Air Cargo Industry who has shown kindness, charity and empathy towards others.
This year IACI pleased to give this award to someone who doesn't even realise the impact they have on their colleagues and their community. 
Someone as gutsy as Kitty, that never takes no for an answer, someone who pushes the limits to get what is required towards a worthy cause. Someone who not only acts when times are hard for others, but who lends a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.
This year, IACI were pleased to present The Kitty Hanley Charity Recognition Award to Pauline Cowley of DHL.   
Pauline has run yearly events to raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital and the Hospice in Raheny. She was Chairperson for Loreto Girls Parents Association and was responsible for huge amount of funds raised which brought enormous benefit to the girls of the school.
Approximately 2 years ago, her attention was drawn to someone closer to home.  
A colleague in DHL got some tragic news, when her son had suffered a freak playground accident, leaving him with serious brain injuries. Pauline has worked tirelessly since then organising various fund raisers including cake sales, coffee mornings and there is an upcoming quiz night in the planning."

Back Row Emerald Freight, John McDermot, Airlogistics Declan
Front row ACS-Terry Crawford, KRL David Flaherty, Airlogistics Matt Taaffe

IAM Tracy McCarthy and the operations team, American Airlines - Andy Cornwell, KWE Sandra White.

The above guest article was provided by the Irish Air Cargo Institute.

GAA hurling legend Séan Óg O hAilpín (right) welcomes Kevin Brady, Managing Director Woodland Group Ireland (left) and Pamila Coughlan, Business Development Manager Woodland Group Ireland (middle).

On Thursday, 26th October 2017, IIFA Full Trading Members Woodland Group were joined by GAA hurling legend Séan Óg O hAilpín, as they announced their expansion into the South West of Ireland, at their new office and warehouse space in Westgate Business Park, Lehanaghmore, Cork.
Séan Óg O hAilpín who is assisting Woodland Group settle into the South West, said he was very happy to welcome the logistics specialists to Cork. "To join Woodland Group in launching their new offices in Cork is a great occasion. As a Cork man, I'm delighted to assist them as they embark on providing a dedicated service to local businesses in South West."
As part of their offering, Woodland Group will be offering a FREE health check to all businesses in the South West. The initiative looks at the business logistics activities and assesses how to both improve efficiency and increase profitability.
Pamila Coughlan, Business Development Manager Woodland Group Ireland explained that their consultative approach to business is what sets Woodland apart from their competitors;
"We are offering a FREE business health check to for businesses that are interested in analysing their current logistics efficiencies. This is a no strings consultation that we hope will benefit businesses as they navigate their logistics planning.
I look forward to working with local businesses on their logistical needs and ensuring we continue to provide first class service to new and existing customers', she concluded.
Kevin Brady, Managing Director Woodland Group Ireland said he is excited to bring their global range of products and services to Munster.
"As global markets present themselves, there is a growing need for competent logistic solutions that can enhance established trade routes and help penetrate emerging markets. Woodland Group is well poised to fulfil this need with a strong, flexible global network that has the skilled workforce to support our customers fully. Our core values focus heavily on product knowledge, service and operational excellence. 
"Our increasing expansion marks an exciting new chapter for the Woodland Group and believe our renowned tailor-made solutions will offer clear and meaningful benefits to those involved in the industry" 
The Woodland Group South East office can be contacted on +321 483 0870 for all enquiries.

heathrowHeathrow Airport Records Landmark Month for Cargo
With Best Performance Since Records Began

A press release from Heathrow reveals that October was cargo's busiest month in history and the first time that over 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through the UK's largest port. Heathrow's cargo volume levels reached record levels, for the 15th month in a row, up 9.2% compared to the same time last year. Heathrow recently launched its Blueprint for Sustainable Freight, outlining practical steps the airport proposes to take to address the impact and number of freight vehicles around the airport whilst continuing to increase cargo volumes.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye commented on the success with the following; "Record passenger and cargo figures underline Heathrow's position as a critical national asset. We remain on track to expand Heathrow in a way that is affordable, financeable and which meets all our environmental obligations, securing Britain's place as one of the world's great trading nations in the early years of Brexit."

Exciting News from a IIFA Member

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and we will include same in a future IIFA Newsletter. 

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 22/11/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.200820 Euro
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