FIATA plays it SAFE at HQ session

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations’ (FIATA), Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) annual FIATA Headquarters session this year saw one of the largest audiences ever gathered, as participants sought to distil the essence of important changes that have taken place since the adoption of the global SAFE Framework of Standards.


FIATA HQ session


The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations’ (FIATA), Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) annual FIATA Headquarters session this year saw one of the largest audiences ever gathered, as participants sought to distil the essence of important changes that have taken place since the adoption of the global SAFE Framework of Standards. Two review cycles have already taken place and none without important consequences for freight forwarders and Customs representatives.

Giving an update on these reviews of the SAFE Framework Standards, Marc Van de Perre, senior policy advisor of the
European Organisation for Forwarding and Logistics (CLECAT) – which is FIATA’s dedicated representative in various World
Customs Organisation (WCO) subgroups dealing with the review of the SAFE – said it was now clear the EU was not going to
insist on their proposal for amendment to SAFE which would have permitted cargo and goods declarations to be merged for security purposes. The nearly 100 delegates from across the globe expressed their relief at this decision.

The CAI chairman, Stephen Morris, stressed that having a clear distinction between transport and trade related information seems to be the logical choice. The dual filing process is meant to ensure
timely, accurate data from the parties that are best placed to provide such information.