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  NewExecutiveFirst meeting of the 2013 - 2014 IIFA Council  

New IIFA Executive 2013

Following its first meeting of the new term the Council of the IIFA voted and elected the following officers (Left to Right);

Bob Rainsford - Forward Direct - Honorary Secretary
John Dawson - Bell Transport & Logistics - Vice President
John O'Hanrahan - DHL Global Forwarding - President
Terry Sweeney - Seabridge Ireland - Honorary Treasurer

Vacancies on Council occur from time to time. Please contact the IIFA secretariat - for more information.

Membership Survey 2013

The recent 2013 Membership Survey was undertaken to help the association focus its activities and align them with expectations of the membership.

Based on the collected results and IIFA Council Member Tom Thornton's presentation at the 2013 IIFA AGM, it was decided that sub committees would be set up to work in the following areas; Sea Freight , Air Freight, Road Transport, Education, Communications (including Social Media), Customs and Finance.

Council members have been assigned responsibility for each of these sub committees and we will be inviting representatives from member firms to sit on and contribute to these committees over the coming year.

If you would like to contribute to the work of any particular committee/s, please let us know  by phone to  01-845-5411 or email to As work and personal commitments consume much of our lives, it is worth noting that a person does not have to be a full member of Council in order to contribute to or sit on a sub-committee. 

 gdpTwo IIFA Members Awarded GDP Passport

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IIFA Full Trading Members Avant Air & Sea and Emerald Freight Express attained the IEA Life Sciences Ireland Good Distribution Practice (GDP Passport Accreditation). John Whelan (CEO IEA) presented both IIFA member firms with their GDP certificates at Emerald Freight's Santryhall Terminal in Dublin in May this year and to Avant Air & Sea in their Ballycoolin Terminal this August.

Owen O' Brien CEO of Emerald Freight Express commented on the award saying "This accreditation will position our company to fully service Irelands Pharma & Healthcare sector, as we now have all the prerequisite qualifications to handle Global Export shipments requiring precision handling and expertise".

John Whelan of the IEA commented on the GDP passport by saying ''The pharmaceutical and medical devices industry operates in a highly regulated environment, additionally in recent times there has been an increase in counterfeit products entering the supply chain, and also new medicinal compounds increasing the need for temperature control environment with 50% of new drugs entering the market with specific temperature control limits. Consequently there further specific requirements in managing the international supply chain for the life sciences industry has arisen. The GDP system is the industry standard for transport of Life Sciences products. Hence it is critical to the industry to see companies making the investment in the GDP Passport system ''

Owen O' Brien also added that: 
"This GDP Accreditation follows extensive training of our customer service management team and the enhancement of our designated GDP facility. This is another milestone achievement for Emerald Freight Express following our full AEO Security Accreditation from Customs/Revenue in 2011".

David Warren, Director of Avant Air and Sea Ireland stated:  "We are delighted to receive the IEA Life Sciences Ireland GDP Passport.  Our commitment to quality standards underpins everything we do at Avant.  A Customer for Life has always been the cornerstone approach to our business.  We expect that receiving this award will further enhance our reputation with our clients in the Pharma and Medical Devices Industries. We continually strive to develop and improve all our internal processes to ensure a competitive advantage for Avant and to ensure that clients are served in the manner they expect."


clecatTIR Carnets in Russia - CLECAT urges Russia to take Measures

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The following article is taken from the
most recent CLECAT Newsletter

On 31st July 2013, CLECAT has sent a letter to the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs to express its concerns on the decision of the Russian Head of Customs to subject the clearance of transit goods under cover of a TIR carnet to additional national guarantee measures.

If the measure is implemented as announced, we expect that the additional burdens will lead to serious disruption of EU - Russia trade flows and cause considerable economic damage to the trade and economy of both Russia and its trading partners, through unnecessary delays at the borders and increase of costs for transport due to the high prices of national guarantees.

CLECAT has already been advised that currently it is almost impossible to get a quote from truckers for client's cargo to Russia.

Our understanding is that the decision by the Russian Federal Customs Service has been taken unilaterally and runs contrary to customs co-operation that has been developed, particularly since the endorsement of the Strategic Framework for customs co-operation signed in 2010, which also includes transit.

CLECAT understands that this decision was made, because the Russian Association of International Road Carriers, which issues TIR carnets in Russia, have not paid customs duties in accordance with the TIR Convention. As of June 1, 2013, the total sum of TIR procedural violations has reached RUB 20 billion, according to the announcement by the Russian Federal Customs Service. According to the IRU, Russian customs is trying to justify its decision by using statistics and figures about TIR claims that do not correspond at all to effective claims notified to the guarantee chain as recorded in the IRU statistics duly reported every year to the United Nations and audited by International Auditors.

It is noteworthy that Taxation and Customs Commissioner Algirdas Semeta has also sent a letter to the Russian Customs chief asking Moscow to reconsider the measure. He stated that if the measure is implemented as announced, it will be in prima facie breach of the TIR Convention.

For further information please see:  


diplomaFormal Application for the

2013 - 2014 FIATA Diploma now open

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The 6th year of the IIFA FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding will commence on Wednesday 4th September 2013 and formal application for same is now open.
The delivery of the course has evolved continuously since its first class in 2008 and is more flexible than ever. Webinars are now made available to view on demand and continuous assessment assignments and tests take place online. Furthermore the course material is timely and relevant having been re-validated by FIATA in March of this year.An introduction evening will be held on the evening of Wednesday 4th September where participants can meet each other and the course leaders. All other activities are carried out online until the final examination at the end of June 2014.

Recent successful graduates of the 2012 - 2013 FIATA Diploma course contributed the following testimonials on their experience of completing the course and the course itself;

"This was a great professional development program for me - It's very nature kept me involved & interested. The real life examples and knowledgeable industry professionals provided a wealth of information with materials well organized & presented. The diploma course provided active, learner-centered strategies that I could apply to my forwarding experience immediately."
- William Cress - DMF International

"Extremely informative course, well written and presented by industry professional with years of experience. I have gained knowledge and understanding that I can bring to my workplace and team.  I highly recommend the course."
- Nicholas Riley - DHL Same Day

Prospective participants for this course should contact the IIFA office via telephone on 01-845-5411 or e-mail to 


 yiffaFIATA - Young International Freight

Forwarder Award 2013 Regional Winners


The four regional winners of the 2013 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award have now been identified as:

Region Africa/Middle East: Mr Mohamed Samy, Egypt 
Region Americas: Mr Kaloyan Petrov, Canada 
Region Asia/Pacific: Mr Prabhjot Singh, India 
Region Europe: Miss Janna Marie van Burgeler, Germany

The finalists will travel to Singapore this October for the FIATA World Congress to receive their regional prizes of certificates and trophies, and to make final individual presentations to the Steering Committee to decide who will be the overall winner of the prestigious International Award.

International transport insurance provider, TT Club, has sponsored the FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award since its beginnings in 1999. It continues to support the programme and it aims to identify, recognize and encourage young talent throughout the industry.

As Chairman of the Steering Committee, Andrew Kemp, TT Club's European Regional Director, commented, "We promote professional training at every opportunity and are therefore proud to support FIATA's initiative. TT Club is firmly committed to encouraging best practice in all aspects of freight transport. Our risk management and loss prevention resources are continually aimed at informing forwarders, carriers, cargo handlers and transport operators of best practice in stowage, documentation, safety, security and many other aspects of the business."

The overall prize includes a week's training at one of TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey, as well as attendance on the Thomas Miller "Insight into Transport Law and Insurance" course in London, in which TT Club is closely involved. They will also receive a subscription to one of the industry's leading media information sources, International Transport Journal (ITJ/ITZ).


 IEDistributionNew Members of the Irish International Freight Association


We welcome the following firms who this year have joined the IIFA as Full Trading (Spratt Transport) and Affiliate (Lankel Ltd) Members:


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Unit C1 Furry Park Ind. Estate,
Santry, Dublin 9,
Tel: 01 8527100
Lankel Logo
Tolka Quay, Dublin 1
Tel: 01 855 7117

baaIAG's new A380 begins decade of fleet renewal

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British Airways last month took delivery this week of its first Airbus A380.

The below article is taken from

The Airbus A380 will enter commercial service to Los Angeles Sept. 24 and to Hong Kong Oct. 22, following an entry-into-service program that involves pilot and crew training and short-haul trial flights within Europe.

The A380 flew into London Heathrow from final assembly at the Airbus plant in Toulouse, joining the two 787 Dreamliners of which BA took delivery in June. The Boeings will begin serving Toronto Sept. 1 and Newark Oct. 1.

BA will be the first airline in Europe to operate both new aircraft types. The arrival of the A380 - cheered on at a welcoming ceremony by 380 flag-waving BA crewmembers - marks the start of a 10-year fleet renewal plan that will see the parent IAG group take delivery of 78 wide-body aircraft.

Confirmed orders are in place for 12 A380s, 24 787s and six B777-300ERs. Additionally, IAG has ordered 18 A350-1000s and plans to convert options on a further 18 787s, both subject to shareholder approval. The B747s and B767s in the current fleet will gradually be phased out. For IAG Cargo, the single business formed from the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo and the subsequent acquisition of bmi, the new aircraft represent a major opportunity to increase capacity and enhance reliability.

BA is the first A380 customer to specify an Airbus adaptation giving 12 tonnes extra maximum takeoff weight. IAG Cargo will be allocated two ULD positions in the hold as well as five pallet positions.

The A380-800 can accommodate 525 passengers in what Airbus describes as a "comfortable three-class" configuration. However, most customers have opted for a lower seat density and BA spokesman Adam Chaudhri says the carrier's choice of just 469 seats, and the resulting reduced baggage load, gave more flexibility in terms of cargo.

Airbus A380 marketing director Keith Stonestreet says the airplane has 1,200-1,300 miles more range at full load than a B747-400. He anticipates that the A380 will be able to carry 12 tonnes of cargo on the L.A.-London routing and up to 15 tonnes to Hong Kong, where the cargo is typically of higher density.

The A380s have air conditioning capability in the forward hold and heating and ventilation in the rear hold, with the aim of attracting customers that need to transport temperature-sensitive cargo. The new 787s also boast air-conditioned holds.

Airbus claims the A380s are 16 percent more efficient than the B747s they will replace. They will also have one-quarter of the noise footprint of their predecessors, and thus benefit from lower landing fees at Heathrow.

BA has not revealed other destinations beyond L.A. and Hong Kong as further A380s join the fleet, but Stonestreet says the carrier is mulling Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Miami. 


 demingThe 20th Annual International Deming

Research Seminar - A call for Papers

Deming Institute

Graduates of the IIFA FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding will be familiar with Dr. W. Edwards Deming from their Module 9 - Logistics training manual.

Dr. Deming created a revolutionary Theory of Management that is applied in the best-run organizations in the world. He integrated knowledge from Psychology, Statistics, Systems, and Theory of Knowledge for use in all types of enterprise. The W. Edwards Deming Institute, Fordham University Graduate School of Business, and The Deming Cooperative are seeking research papers that link Dr. Deming's work to the academic literature, or work of other great thinkers. They are also looking for application of Deming's ideas in all types of enterprise.

The 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar will take place in March 2014 and will bring together people from around the world, and from a variety of specialties, to enhance, extend, and illustrate Dr. Deming's theories.

Papers must be original work. Abstracts of 200 words or less should be sent by October 7, 2013 to

For more please see  


  malkinHon. Fellow of IIFA celebrates his 100th birthday

Mr. Richard Malkin, the US journalist visited Ireland on November 13th, 2003 and the then IIFA Professional Members Association arranged an official reception for him in Dublin.  Richard had been elected an Hon. Member of the Association in 1978 in recognition of the help he gave to Shannon in publicizing its existence as a Duty Free Zone some twenty years before.

The day following that Dublin reception, Richard was a guest of honour of the Shannon and District Chamber of Commerce at a lunchtime function. Richard's contribution to the development of Shannon as "The world's first air age industrial estate" was formally acknowledged by an official presentation to him by the Shannon Free Airport Development Company. Dr. Brendan O'Regan, who was the first Chairman of the Shannon Free Airport Development company attended and spoke at the ceremony.

Richard's career as an air cargo journalist which began in 1943, included coverage of the Berlin Airlift  which lasted from June 1948 to September 1949.  He is also the author of many books on air cargo.

The Irish International Freight Association this year sent formal congratulations to Richard on reaching his 100th birthday.

For a fuller report on this remarkable  centenary celebration have a look at the following link to Flying Typers which has quite a few pictures and a lot of text;
An Air Cargo World feature (June 2012) on Richard Malkin in which refernece is made to his 1962 story on Shannon Airport and his Honorary Fellowship of the Irish International Freight Association can also be found on the "IIFA Media" section of 


 hytechHytech Logistics receives ISO9001:2008 certification
and signs contract to deliver DOPsyss

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Stuart Burke, Managing Director Hy-Tech Logistics & 
Peter Jones, Managing Director Logistics Learning Alliance

IIFA Full Trading Member HyTech Logistics has this year achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. The process for this certification began in 2012 and General Manager Paul Hyland commented on their success... "Having a Quality Management System which meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 enables us have our system independently audited and certified, demonstrating our commitment to the provision of quality services".

Hytech also recently made headlines when they signed a 1.5m contract with the Logistics Learning Alliance UK (LLA) to deliver DOPsys - the world's first ever certified technical distribution service. The new partnership will also see a set of accredited training programmes in technical distribution for the logistics sector that specifically include 'final-mile delivery'.

'Final-mile delivery', the last leg of the supply chain, is where products are delivered to a required site and positioned to a point of use where they can be finally commissioned by technical staff, if required. "DOPsys will offer manufacturers and their distributors the opportunity to have their product delivered, offloaded and positioned to the same industry certified standard anywhere in the world, where previously the service was at best inconsistent," said Stuart Burke, managing director, Hytech Logistics. "Technical distribution companies wishing to employ this industry standard as the benchmark for their final-mile delivery and installation may apply to Hytech Logistics to become Certified DOPsys partners."

 panamaFirst Gates for Third Set of Locks Near Panama Canal

STX Pan Ocean
The below article is taken from

The first four gates for the Panama Canal's third set of locks have left Italy and are expected to arrive in Panama on Aug. 19. The gates were manufactured by Cimolai at its plant in San Giorgio, Italy, and are being transported on the 24,173-deadweight-ton Sun Rise. STX Pan Ocean's heavy-lift vessel left the Port of Trieste on July 20.

The third set of locks has a total of 16 steel rolling gates. Each weighs about 3,300 tons and measures 57 meters long, 10 meters wide and 32 meters high. The gates will be unloaded on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, rolling off the ship onto a dock built for the purpose.

The US$5 billion expansion program has reached just over 60 percent completion, the Panama Canal Authority said in a statement. Both entrances of the Panama Canal are ready for bigger ships, since the deepening and widening of the Atlantic and Pacific access channels have been completed. The dredging of Gatun Lake is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Pacific Access Channel has reached the design depth and the dam that will divide the new channel from Miraflores Lake is under construction.

The Third Set of Locks project is 50 percent completed. The new lock complexes in the Pacific and Atlantic sides will feature three chambers, three water-saving basins per chamber, a lateral filling and emptying system and rolling gates. 


  irhaIRHA Welcomes Minister's Proposal on Toll Roads




The Irish Road Haulage Association has this month warmly welcomed Minister Varadkar's decision to provide a one month toll holiday for HGV's on seven tolled routes across the country. The IRHA made the suggestion to the Minister following a similar initiative which was implemented on the M6 toll by the industry's partner organisation in the UK the RHA.

The IRHA has in the past argued that HGV's should enjoy toll-free access across the nation's tolled routes in order to promote road safety, while facilitating efficient and environmentally conscious freight movements nationwide. The current level of charges on tolled routes for HGV's has been a source of frustration for the IRHA for many years as the high toll cost is prohibitive when high volume traffic is involved. The frustration is further compounded by a high level of road tax on HGV's which is rendering many operators uncompetitive, resulting in some establishing a base in Northern Ireland where operating costs are far more favourable.

President of the IRHA Eoin Gavin stated "The Association welcomes the Ministers support for our 'one month, toll free' proposal as it is in no one's interest to have HGV's travelling through small towns and villages. Motorways were designed to draw HGV's away from these unsuitable routes and for the month of November they will actually serve their purpose.

Mr Gavin went on to say "Tolls and road tax are a major blight on the Irish road haulage industry. The 'one month, toll free' initiative will be a welcome boost for the sector and the Minister is to be commended for supporting our initiative. He now must maintain that momentum and address commercial vehicle road tax in order to inject further efficiencies into our national fleet."


limitsLimits of Liability (Cargo Claims)   
By Sea - Hague Visby Rules
SDR 2 per kilo or
SDR 666.64 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 23/08/2013
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.138470 Euro  
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Lawyer Joke:

In a murder trial, the defense attorney was cross examining the coroner.

Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate had you taken a pulse?
Coroner: No
Attorney: Did you listen for a heartbeat?
Coroner: No
Attorney: Did you check for breathing?
Coroner: No
Attorney: So, when you signed the death certificate, you were not sure the man was dead, were you?
Coroner: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law.