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The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés Internationale Föderation der Spediteurorganisationen. 10 th IRU SYMPOSIUM of Jurists International Conference Centre (CICG)
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The International Federation of Freight Forwarders AssociationsFédérationInternationale des Associations de Transitaires et AssimilésInternationaleFöderation der Spediteurorganisationen
10th IRU SYMPOSIUM of Jurists
International Conference Centre (CICG)
21 February 2014 in Geneva
Marco L. Sorgetti, FIATA, Director General
In October 2013 FIATA represents
113 Association Members in 110 countries
5843 individual Members in 164 countries
FIATA was founded on 31th May 1926 in Vienna.
FIATA is the largest non-governmental organization in the field of transportation. Its influence is worldwide.
FIATA has consultative status with UN/ECOSOC (inter alia), UNECE, UNESCAP, ESCWA, UNCTAD, UNCITRAL, etc.
FIATA is the recognised representative body of the freight forwarding and logistics industry for
e.g. ICAO, IMO, OECD, WCO, World Bank, WTO, etc.
e.g. GACAG, GSF, IATA, ICC, IRU, UIC, etc.
FIATA’s statutes’ objectives (article 2):
FIATA encourages all efforts deployed to create additional facilitation for traders in general and logistics service providers in particular. It creates instruments and standards for members and third parties, shippers, governments, etc.
The FIATA diploma is the benchmark for the industry in many countries across the globe, it can be expanded even further to increase Members’ knowledge base
It ensures portability of credentials worldwide
The target of the Foundation is to improve the professional qualifications worldwide by creating
Train-the-Trainer courses in less privileged and emerging countries which have an important demand in professional education
FIATA has created transport documents and uniform standards and good practice for forwarders worldwide
Each document with distinctive colour and FIATA logo
All FIATA documents will be made available electronically
FIATA documents are multimodal native
“Freight Forwarding and Logistic Services”
means services of any kind relating to the carriage (performed by single mode or multimodal transport means), consolidation, storage, handling, packing or distribution of the Goods as well as ancillary and advisory services in connection therewith, including but not limited to customs and fiscal matters, declaring the Goods for official purposes, procuring insurance of the Goods and collecting or procuring payment or documents relating to the Goods. Freight Forwarding Services also include logistical services with modern information and communication technology in connection with the carriage, handling or storage of the Goods, and de facto total supply chain management. These services can be tailored to meet the flexible application of the services provided.
Freight forwarders may have a double role in logistics chains:
Freight forwarders acting as principals are the signatory of the contract with the shipper with an obligation of result: as such the freight forwarder undertakes the transportation of the goods, whether by air, inland waterway, rail, road or sea.
The physical carrier is the owner or operator of the means of transport; as contracting party of the freight forwarder the carrier is liable according to the applicable convention or law.
The Freight forwarder acting as agent facilitates trade as intermediary between the shipper and the transport service providers (air, rail, road, sea). Its services include managing and overseeing the transportation process in:
Freight forwarders may also perform other related activities and services, such as:
In such services their role depend on the contractual arrangement with the shipper.