Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Two Major Links in the International Supply Chain Agree to Continued Cooperation

Freight Forwarders and Cargo Handlers Extend MOU
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – This week saw the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) renew their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce collaboration between the two organisations in an online signing ceremony.

For those unfamiliar with their respective roles FIATA is the voice of the international freight forwarding community, carrying the authority of parallel national bodies, whilst ICHCA is dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.

Many of the goals of the two organisations are similar and the MoU is intended to create a framework for cooperation that enables both organisations to benefit from agreed actions and initiatives to achieve common objectives. FIATA President, Basil Pietersen observed:

“Cooperation with key industry organisations is critical to the safe and efficient performance of today's increasingly complex supply chains. The renewal of our MoU with ICHCA provides a valuable opportunity to strengthen our collaboration and review our common goals. As we set sail into this new chapter of our partnership, I am confident that we will achieve the objectives set in this new cooperation agreement.”

Identified areas for collaboration in the MoU include the engagement of all actors in safety and security-related topics, the digitalisation of the supply chain, the improvement and reinforcement of operational efficiency, and regulatory and policy developments around the world that may impact on the activities of the supply chain. ICHCA International’s Chair, John Beckett commented:

“By renewing and strengthening our MoU with FIATA, the two organisations can work more effectively in pursuing our common goals and objectives. We remain committed to our efforts to improve safety, security and sustainability in the global logistics supply chain, especially at the ship/port interface.”

FIATA and ICHCA share a long history. Their collaboration has been ongoing for more than 25 years, with their first MoU signed in 2006. Since then, both organisations have engaged in different activities and meetings: to improve the carriage of packaged dangerous goods, elaborate and publish information material relating to carriage of dangerous goods, and take initiatives to actively influence the regulatory work at the UN.

Photo Image Courtesy of the Port of Sunderland.