Tuesday, March 1, 2011

International Freight Forwarding And Air Transport Associations Separate

IATA and FIATA Split Training but Council Continue to Collaborate
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Two names often associated as being joined at the hip by the freight industry have agreed to separate their training programmes. The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) say they have ‘amicably agreed to separate their training activities in order to further their shared objective of providing increased industry solutions to the international air cargo supply chain.’

FIATA say that under the terms of the new arrangement, IATA and FIATA have an agreement that will enhance training programs for freight forwarders, particularly in the area of Dangerous Goods training. Additionally the two bodies say that through the IATA FIATA Consultative Council (IFCC), a body meeting biannually and in place to advise on relationships between air cargo carriers and agents, they will continue to collaborate with each other to ‘offer independent training solutions.’

The IFCC will apparently also take this ‘opportunity’ to review the training requirements under the existing Cargo Agency Conference Resolutions to extend the options available to entities seeking accreditation under the IATA Cargo Agency and Intermediary Programs.

Although air cargo carriers and freight forwarders collaborate globally, often under the auspices of IATA and FIATA, there have been strains over the past few years during a period which has seen a slew of anti trust cases for both airlines and forwarding agents.