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January 2018
customsIIFA Customs Clearance Course Launches with Full Class Group

IIFA's Customs Clearance & Practical SAD Completion Course commenced its first class group on Wednesday 17th January 2018 with an introductory classroom session in DIT Aungier Street.

The Participants for this first group represent different sectors across the Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain industry, all jointly focused on updating their knowledge and skill set. The first section of this course will cover an awareness of contemporary Customs Clearance rules, regulations and procedures and Participants will be assessed with a test at the close of that period. This group will then meet again in February 2018 for a second classroom session, which will focus on practical Customs Clearance procedures and completion of SAD documents using live software.

Demand for this training is strong, with a second class group already full and commencing next week. IIFA will host this training throughout 2018 and interested persons are asked to contact the Association via info@iifa.ie or telephone through to 01 845 5411.

STCsIIFA launch 2018 version of 
Standard Trading Conditions

On Thursday 30th November 2017, IIFA launched a 2018 edition of the Association's Standard Trading Conditions. Hugh Kennedy and Chris Chatfield, both of Kennedys Law, informed IIFA Members of the updates that were made to the STCs and the background for same.
A seminar on effectively incorporate of STCs into business contracts was also provided at the event, in addition to advice on best practice for migrating to the new STCs with Member Customers and Insurers/ Insurance Brokers. The Final Draft of the 2018 IIFA STCs was issued to IIFA Members in January 2018, along with a guideline of recommendations for migrating between the previous and 2018 edition.

L to R, Hugh Kennedy, Kennedys,Tom Thornton, IIFA President,
and Chris Chatfield, Kennedys.

dronesUpdated Aviation Safety Rules and New Rules on Drones
approved by EU Council

On 22nd December 2017, EU Ambassadors (Permanent Representatives Committee) endorsed a deal concluded with the European Parliament on 29th November on revised common safety rules for civil aviation and a new remit for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The reform includes the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones, that will allow remotely piloted aircraft of all sizes to fly safely in European airspace and will bring legal certainty for this rapidly expanding industry.

The purpose of the new rules is to create the right conditions so that the EU has the capacity to handle the expected air traffic increase of 50% over the next 20 years and to ensure that the EU aviation sector is prepared for tough global competition.
The reform introduces proportionate and risk-based rules designed to reduce red tape and encourage innovation. For example, sport and recreational aviation will be subject to simpler and cheaper approval procedures than those applicable for commercial air transport.
The rules on drones will provide the basic principles to ensure safety, security, privacy and the protection of personal data. There will also be rules on the noise and emissions generated by drones, as is the case for any other aircraft. Higher-risk drone operations will require certification, while drones presenting the lowest risk will simply need to conform with the normal EU market surveillance mechanisms. Drone operators must be registered if they operate drones which can transfer more than 80 Joules of kinetic energy upon impact with a person. This threshold can be amended in the future without lengthy procedures by means of delegated act to take account of developments in this area.
In relation to areas other than the registration threshold, the EASA will develop more detailed rules on drones on the basis of the principles laid down in the regulation, and these detailed rules will be enacted through a Commission implementing act. The EASA has already published a 'prototype' regulation for drones.
The agreement extends the EASA's mandate to safety-related aspects of security, such as cyber security, and to the protection of the environment. It establishes a framework for the pooling and sharing of aviation inspectors and other specialists to support member states in certification and oversight tasks. The agreement will also create a new support mechanism for member states that will include technical assistance for certification, oversight and enforcement tasks.
In addition, the text provides new rules for the safe provision of ground-handling services and closes a number of other safety gaps.
How will it become law?
Once the agreed text has undergone legal-linguistic finalisation, it must be formally approved first by the Parliament and then by the Council (agreement at first reading). The procedure is expected to be completed in spring 2018. Following adoption, the regulation will be published in the EU's Official Journal. It will enter into force twenty days after publication.

For more information on EU Drone policy, please click here.

albatransInterocean Agencies name change to Albatrans Group (IRL) Ltd

Interocean Logo
A note from IIFA Full Trading Members Interocean Agencies:

"Interocean are long term members of the IIFA, we are in business since 1990 and became part of the Albatrans Group in 2012 and because of the international nature of the markets we are involved in, we felt the time was right to reflect the global Albatrans brand in Ireland also. Albatrans are well known internationally as a global leader in the transportation of Beer, Wine & Spirits by Sea, Air and Truck, but are also involved in lots of other general cargo traffic. This is only a name change and all the other structures of the company remain the same."

"Our association with Albatrans goes back to 2006 when we were appointed their agents, at the time our main focus was our Liner Agency business but with the demise of a number of Ocean Carriers + Mergers and Takeovers, we are certainly happy with the direction we took, concentrating on the development of our Freight Forwarding business. We look forward to continuing to serve the importers and exporters of Ireland as Albatrans (IRL) Ltd for many years to come."

HAEHAE Group Launch Global Training Division in Ireland

IIFA Affiliate Members HAE Group are pleased to announce the launch of their global training division in Ireland.
Dangerous Goods by Air (category 6)
Dangerous good by Sea and Road
Range of online courses including:
Dangerous Goods and Health and Safety Awareness
Other Soft Skill Courses
Coming soon... Air Cargo Security - Fully Online

For more please contact us today:
t: +353 1531 4597
e: training@tsagp.com

wisetechGlobal Logistics Software Group, WiseTech Global, acquires Irish Customs Solutions Providers CustomsMatters and ABM Data

Stephen Tracey, Managing Director CustomsMatters
and Vlad Bilanovsky, WiseTech Global.

On 20th December 2017, WiseTech Global announced two acquisitions of European customs solutions providers, both headquartered in Dublin. ABM Data Systems, a leading developer and provider of Customs Clearance Solutions accredited for the UK, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany, and CustomsMatters, a leading Customs Solution provider in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
ABM Data provides advanced solutions across customs clearance, bonded warehouse and point of delivery management.
CustomsMatters provides e-customs solutions through its cloud-hosted customs compliance platform, myCustoms, and customs brokerage and consulting services to Freight Forwarders and Exporters and many other organisations and logistics providers.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said "With the potential for increased complexity as Brexit and EU trade changes evolve, WiseTech's ability to provide deeply integrated customs clearance solutions ultimately reduces risk and costs while improving productivity, security and compliance at the borders. Together, these transactions provide WiseTech with market leadership and execution ability across Ireland and further insights into European customs - a key foundation for the challenges ahead. Regardless of 'hard borders', or how 'frictionless trade' plays out, our speed to market for automated and integrated customs solutions and highly scalable capacity will ensure we can help logistics providers across Europe meet the regulatory challenges and exponential volume growth to come."
"Customs clearance management needs rich software, effective integration and a deep understanding of regulatory requirements to enable on-time, on-budget, accurate compliance. As volumes, complexity and compliance requirements increase across the global supply chain, effective customs clearance solutions that can ease the burden on logistics providers, mitigate risk and boost productivity, become critical."
CustomsMatters Managing Director, Stephen Tracey, said, "Becoming part of the WiseTech Global group with its vision and extensive reach across the global supply chain is an exciting step forward for CustomsMatters. We will be able to develop more powerful, integrated and automated functionality for our customers. With CargoWise One's significant customs capabilities our brokerage and compliance team will be able enhance our service offering in Ireland and elsewhere."
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said, "Customs clearance is a complex process with growing transaction volumes, rapidly changing legal requirements, and significant potential penalties. With CustomsMatters' deep historical experience in Ireland and the UK, and their award-winning customs management solutions, we are looking forward to working together with both EU and the UK authorities to enable our customers in the region to effectively manage cross-border operations during and after Brexit."
Remaining under the leadership of respective Managing Directors, Stewart Bourke and Stephen Tracey, the operations of both ABM Data and CustomsMatters will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group and each business will continue to deliver their customs management solutions directly to their customers, along with WiseTech's powerful global logistics platform, CargoWise One. 

BREXIT and Border Issues To Lead Agenda at the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference

The impact of Brexit on Ireland's supply chain and potential border issues will be a prominent topic at this years National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference. The conference is the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals in Ireland and will take place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin.

The annual event will welcome 3,000 manufacturing and supply chain industry professionals, 200 speakers and 300+ exhibitors.

There will be 16 conferences taking place within the event including the Commercial Vehicle and Logistics Show and the Supply Chain and Logistics Expo.
The topspeakers this year including:
  • Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting
  • Brian Murphy, Head of Trade Services, Irish Exporters Association
  • Ivan Kelly, Global Supply Chain R&D Programme Manager, Hewlett Packard
  • Edward Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Director, Aston Logistics and Systems Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference takes place as concern mounts about the prospect of a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. The potential impact could have a significant impact on trade with the over 30,000 people who cross the border everyday facing disruption. According to the conference organiser Colin Murphy, the event presents a chance for the manufacturing and supply chain industry to discuss the likely challenges head on.

"The more time goes on the greater the uncertainty seems to get with respect to Brexit, border controls and customs. Manufacturers and supply chain professionals are facing massive disruption that could be potentially catastrophic if a solution isn't found. The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference provides an opportunity to explore the likely challenges that are expected to emerge over the coming months so those in the industry can start preparing."

Attendees and Exhibitors
The 3,000 attendees at this years conference will include senior executives from across Ireland and the UK's manufacturing and supply chain industries including Managing Directors, Finance Directors, Marketing Directors and Operations Directors from the largest manufacturers, supply chain management companies.
Attendees will also be treated to a showcase of the latest technology driving innovation in the manufacturing sector along with new products, services and debates on the latest trends across 16 stages. RS Components (RS), the global distributor for engineers, will also be exhibiting at the event with their new version of its mobile interactive technology truck, Titan 2. The new 35-tonne truck showcases technologies such as Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, robotics, the Internet of Things and thermal imaging and is also packed with the latest technology including demonstrations of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to really bring innovation to life.
National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Exhibition is a trade only event visitors can register at
For further enquires contact telephone: 01 6120880 or info@manufacturingevent.com

This guest article was provided by the Organisers of the National Manufacturing and
Supply Chain Conference. IIFA will be an exhibitor at this event.

DSVNew DSV Rail Freight Service Links Spain and China
In November 2017, DSV started a rail freight service between Zaragoza, in central Spain, and Zenghzou, the central China logistics hub. The first container departed on November 23rd 2017 and arrived on December 18th 2017. The transit time takes an average of 26 days between the two cities and DSV expects to reduce it in the coming months. The new rail freight service works once a week for consolidated merchandise and daily for complete containers.

With the establishment of this new rail service DSV has connected the central China logistics hub with one of the key logistics hubs in Spain, as it connects perfectly with the manufacturing hubs in the North of the country (Basque Country and Navarre) and the east (Valencia and Catalonia). The service carries mainly manufactured foods for General Motors, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Ford factories in the referred areas of the north-east side of Spain.

storeallStore-All Logistics Celebrating Success

Store-All Logistics Ltd was recently announced as the Service Provider of the Year 2017 at the Kilkenny Business Awards. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who voted for us. It is a great honour for our team to be recognised for the excellent customer service we provide.

Store-All Logistics offer a complete bespoke logistics solution for all of your supply chain requirements. Our services include warehousing, order picking / packing and distribution throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as shipping and freight forwarding. Our Company philosophy is LISTEN, SOLVE and DELIVER, and that delivery ultimately delivers cost savings, efficiencies, regulatory compliance, logistics expertise and peace of mind for the customer. We are more than a service provider, we are strategic partner and operate as an extension of our customers' businesses.

With 25 years of trading experience, we operate one of the largest and highest specification warehouse facilities in the Ireland with almost one million sq ft of warehousing space. Our head office is located at Belview Port, Waterford, and the Company employs 140 staff across 15 locations in the South East.

Our core business is the management of palletised goods for manufacturing industries. The client base, which is sophisticated and ever expanding, is principally drawn from the Pharmaceutical and Food sectors.  The Company provides each client with a customised solution for storage, stock management, movement and distribution of both raw material and finished product.

Our quality control systems and unique Warehouse Management System (WMS) demonstrate our superior customer service and focus on quality. Our quality system includes the following external assurances: Licenced by Health Products Regulatory Authority, ISO Approved, HACCP Approved, AEO Certified, Approved by Department of Health, Approved by FDA, Approved by Department of Agriculture and we have "know consignor" status for air freight. From foodstuffs to pharmaceutical products, we maintain our customers' valuable stocks in perfect condition.

Store-All continues to expand and seek out opportunities outside of its region, full details of all our services can be found on the Company websitewww.store-all.ie. You can contact us on 051-831200 or info@store-all.ie

The above article was sent in by Michael McGrath
of IIFA Affiliate Member Store-All Logistics Ltd.

ferryIrish Continental Group plc Invests €165.2 Million to Build
a New Cruise Ferry for Dublin - Holyhead Route 

Side elevation of the proposed new cruise ferry commissioned by Irish Continental Group which is scheduled for delivery before Mid-2020.
Irish Continental Group plc ("ICG") has entered into an agreement, with the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG ("FSG"), whereby FSG has agreed to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €165.2 million. Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity.
The cruise ferry will accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane metres, which provides the capability to carry 330 freight units per sailing. Overall, it will effectively be a 50% increase in peak freight capacity compared to the MV Ulysses.
The Agreement between ICG and FSG provides that the cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery before Mid-2020.
This cruise ferry will be designed and built to the highest standards of cruise shipping, and equipped with efficiency, comfort and capacity in mind. Emissions scrubber and ballast water systems will meet current and known future environmental regulations and will deliver optimal fuel consumption while minimising related costs. The cruise ferry will be powered by four main engines delivering 33,600 KW of power which will ensure a high degree of service reliability equal to the MV Ulysses which is currently the most reliable ship to ever operate on the Irish Sea.
The cruise ferry is being built specifically for Irish Ferries Dublin - Holyhead services. It is expected to replace the schedule of the MV Ulysses, which in turn will replace the currently chartered vessel MV Epsilon in the fleet. This will allow for the deployment of the W.B. Yeats (arriving Mid 2018) full-time on the direct Ireland - France route alongside the MV Oscar Wilde. The cruise ferry will also adhere to Ice Class specification which allows for a wide geographic area of operation.
Freight capacity will be provided over five decks. Uniquely, the vessel has been designed for three tier freight bow loading to allow for efficient loading/unloading and quick turnaround times.
Referring to the announcement Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, commented that;
"This investment underpins the confidence the Group has in the markets in which we operate. Alongside the recent investment in the MV W.B. Yeats, it brings our total investment to €315m for these two vessels designed for our operations on the Irish Sea. The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer both additional capacity and an enhanced experience for both our tourism and freight customers. This infrastructural investment enhances "the bridge" to the UK & Continental Europe that is a vital part of the continued success of Ireland's open economy."

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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 18/01/2018 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.177430 Euro
Agus focail scoir:

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
Sam Levenson

Irish International Freight Association
Unit C3, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 845 5411
E-Mail: info@iifa.ie
Web: www.iifa.ie
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