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  • August 2012 - Newsletter
    recognition of its 50th year of incorporation the IIFA will be holding a celebration event on Saturday 8th December 2012 in Croke Park Stadium Tickets are 69 each and include a four course meal and entertainment for the night Member firms are welcome to incorporate their office Christmas party with this event if they wish to celebrate with their industry colleagues Please contact IIFA Council Member Bob Rainsford of IIFA Full Trading Member Forward Direct on bob forward direct com for bookings Tickets are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment Back To Top EU looking into Ryanair Aer Lingus deal The EU Commission has begun an in depth investigation known as a Phase II review of the proposed merger between Ryanair and Aer Lingus a development that brought up competition concerns when the commission originally looked into the deal The issue according to an EU press release stems from the fact that on a large number of European routes the two airlines are each other s closest competitors A final decision on the acquisition is expected by January 16 Ryanair recently appealed the EU s decision to launch a deeper investigation The appeal was subsequently denied Ryanair currently owns 29 82 percent of Aer Lingus a fact that is currently being examined by the UK Competition Commission This is the second time Ryanair has attempted to acquire Aer Lingus In a previous ruling released on July 6 2010 the General Court of the European Union prevented the merger due to competition concerns Ryanair officials also notified the EU two years later in 2009 of another impending deal but soon withdrew their plans What might be different this time around according to a press release is that both airlines have increased services on which they operate the same routes Back To Top AEO Certification for Store All Warehousing IIFA Affiliate Member Croke Consulting has assisted a fellow affiliate member in achieving Authorised Economic Operator AEO certification Store All Warehousing Ltd located at Belview in Waterford has just been awarded a full AEO certificate covering customs simplifications safety and security In welcoming this certification John Paul Kelly of Store All said that it will position the company well in terms of tendering as service providers to the multi national sector many of whom now require AEO certification as a condition to tender He believes that AEO certification will become more important in light of the recent AEO CTPAT mutual recognition agreement signed between the EU and the US and a proposed similar agreement between the EU and China which is due to be signed in 2013 Back To Top DHL delivers for Irish Paralympic athletes at London 2012 Left to Right Cathal Miller Paralympic cyclist Liam Harbison CEO of Paralympics Ireland Maurice Meade Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Ireland and Enda Smyth Paralympic cyclist IIFA Full Trading Member DHL Official Logistics Partner to the 2012 Irish Paralympic Team last week successfully delivered over eight tonnes of sports equipment and kit to London ahead of the Paralympic Games which started on August 28th 2012 Earlier in August DHL Global Forwarding the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL moved a full 45 ft truck load of supplies from Dublin to the Irish teams pre Games training camp in Portugal before repacking and transporting the specialist kit and equipment onwards for use at the London games We are thrilled to be involved with Paralympics Ireland and this partnership has a perfect fit for us Timing here was critical to ensure the athletes have everything they need when they need it DHL Global Forwarding has the ideal network infrastructure to ensure that the equipment arrived when and where it was needed to support our elite Paralympic athletes We are right behind the Irish team s pursuit of success in London 2012 and the whole DHL team in Ireland will be cheering them on to victory said Maurice Meade Managing Director DHL Global Forwarding Ireland Liam Harbison CEO of Paralympics Ireland said that the support of DHL Global Forwarding was invaluable There has been a significant logistics challenge involved in consolidating all of the athletes equipment from all over the Country moving it from Dublin to Portugal and then repacking it and getting it the Games in London and all without interruption to our athletes training We are delighted with the backing and support of DHL Global Forwarding and we enjoyed peace of mind that everything would arrive on time and in tact Back To Top SPAM Payment requests on the increase SPAM payment requests have been on the rise this year and worse still their authenticity is becoming harder to identify We have received a number of e mails from member firms asking for a second opinion on what appear to be e mails from legitimate sources however there a few key checks that can be made to help identify a fraudulent payment request Web domain names similar to the firm spammers are pretending to be are now being set up Upon first glance the e mail address account iataa org appears a legitimate IATA e mail address however on closer look there is an extra a included in the domain name which would not be part of the IATA organisation The only web domain owned by the IIFA has the web extension iifa ie iifa com is owned by the International Indian Film Academy and so we would never send you a payment request from iifa eu iifa net etc Spam payment requests traditionally come from free e mail accounts such as from gmail and yahoo service providers and members should still be vigilant of such e mails fiata gmail com iifa yahoo co uk etc Spammers now include specific and correct details of where they are purporting to be from One recent spam request from IATA signed the e mail with the correct postal address of IATA in Quebec Canada but included an incorrect telephone number A quick

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  • December 2012 - Newsletter
    will be to resume negotiations with the Department of Finance early in the New Year to establish the precise level of the rebate which has yet to be agreed and to assist with the administration process which will be put in place to apply the mechanism Back To Top United Air Sea Freight Services achieve AEO Status IIFA Full Trading Member United Air and Sea Freight have recently achieved AEO F accreditation This covers customs and security Croke Consulting assisted United Air and Sea in the total process of AEO application The current overall position of AEO is as follows Revenue ie EU have received up to now 14 188 applications 11 905 authorizations have been issued Ireland so far has had 109 applications 90 authorizations have been issued Back To Top CLdN MS Adeline sails under Tower Bridge MS Adeline the latest addition to CLdN s fleet of ro ro freight vessels was christened in a ceremony held on the River Thames on Friday 26th October The 152 metre long ship enables the loading of approximately 165 trailers and is the latest of 4 vessels built for CLdN with sister vessels Capucine Severine and Wilhelmine having already joined the fleet in 2012 Adeline with a beam of 25 2 m sailed through Tower Bridge to be christened while moored alongside HMS Belfast After the launch Adeline proceeded to CLdN s Thames hub at C RO Ports Purfleet from where the company operate 23 sailings per week to the Netherlands and Belgium The 22 owned freight ferries in the CLdN fleet are employed on services between the UK Ireland Belgium the Netherlands Denmark and Sweden Back To Top Higher efficiency and increased data quality in the ULD management process Jettainer a leading international service partner for ULD management and Lufthansa Cargo started testing an application for smart phones The so called Jett App enables airlines to record ULD data promptly and accurately All parties involved in the process chain Jettainer ground handling companies repair shops as well as the airline itself therefore benefit from excellent data quality The new application is supposed to function as the mobile arm of Jettainer s system JettWare which is used in order to professionally steer fleets of loading devices At this point in time the application is being tested at Lufthansa Cargo s stations in Frankfurt Duesseldorf Munich and Singapore In total forty employees using ten smart phones are involved in the test run They are checking all the functions JettAPP features from determining the location of a loading device by maintaining the ULD history up to monitoring ULD stocks After the test run has been finished successfully the application will be integrated into the business processes of Jettainer and provided to customers in 2013 Lufthansa Cargo will make a decision about the introduction of the application to its daily business in early 2013 Back To Top Maersk prepares for next US port strike Maersk Line is preparing to impose hefty surcharges on US

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  • March 2011 - Newsletter
    commencing with TIACA for this year TIACA will also serve as the Secretariat for the new group Each member will designate two representatives on the Steering Committee which will direct supervise and assist Task Forces of technical experts responsible for addressing GACAG s objectives in relation to Security E Commerce Customs and Sustainability The individual Task Forces will report back to the committee with recommendations Back To Top A Fork in the Road for Forwarders and Airlines FIATA Air Freight Institute New Relationship with IATA At the Zurich HQ meeting this month the Chairman of the Air Freight Institute of FIATA Rudolfo Sagel Argentina announced a new direction in relations with air carriers At the meeting the Director of Cargo Industry Management IATA cargo Mr Glyn Hughes reported that the Cargo Agency Conference of IATA which met on March 8th did not accept the recommendation of the IATA FIATA Consultative Council to amend training accreditation to place FIATA and IATA on an equal footing The Chairman advised delegates that The industry relationship between the forwarder and airline must evolve to reflect to day s reality The Forwarder is the customer of the air carrier with over 80 of international shipments contracted as Principal and less than 20 as Agent The Chairman continued IATA s role should no longer be that of a regulatory body of the forwarder The historical reasons for IATA Accreditation and Training of forwarders dating back some fifty years ago are no longer valid as the air cargo industry has matured To be clear IATA Accreditation of forwarders is no longer required as both functions are performed adequately by the forwarding industry itself through FIATA and its members FIATA President Jean Claude Delen Belgium added The Airline Forwarder cooperation needs to be focussed on those issues that add value and drive efficiencies such as facilitation E commerce Security and Professionalism through jointly agreed standards and recommended practices CASS Cargo Accounts Settlement System An area of constant concern and friction between forwarders and IATA has been and continues to be the manner in which the Cargo Accounts Settlement System CASS operates While it provides industry with value and cost savings through an accounts receivable platform for centralizing billing and centralized payment nevertheless it continues under IATA s direction according to FIATA to disregard the realities of to day s business practices by its mandatory use of collective credit policies and credit terms and zero tolerance and in the process harms the forwarder through its dominant position FIATA recognizes that such substantive change will require time cooperation and commitment and it seeks to open the dialogue immediately with member airlines and IATA s Cargo Committee so that these changes can be brought about no later than March 2013 Back To Top Credit Insurance Not as expensive as you think Business today is stressful enough without the additional worry that one of your buyers has gone into liquidation and you are left nursing a bad debt Couple that with the

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  • November 2011 - Newsletter
    distinction in their final grade Following a welcome address from IIFA CEO Colm Walsh the presentation of Diplomas was made by IIFA Vice President John O Hanrahan DHL who commend the graduates on the hard work and much time they invested in studying the 9 modules of the course The event was also attend by representatives of the IIFA Council The lastest class of FIATA Diploma participants commenced on 21st September 2011 with a class of 17 participants As mentioned in our August 2011 Newsletter the current FIATA Diploma course is being conducted online via live webinars and timed examinations This move online has been well received by our members as there are currently 5 participants on this course that are based outside of Dublin from Counties Offaly Cork Clare and Mayo Indeed it was the above pictured graduates who helped make this possible thanks to their participantion and patience with our experiments with different software during the finals months of the 2009 2010 course Back To Top Two more IIFA Members achieve AEO status Emerald Freight Logo Two IIFA Member firms have recently achieved AEO status Emerald Freight Ltd last week achieved Combined Authorized Economic Operator status which includes Customs and Security Safety Mr Stephen Harvey a Senior Associate of Croke Consulting assisted Emerald in the application process through to a successful conclusion In addition Aramex Irelands application was successful last month and the company is proudly carrying its AEO Certification to remain a safe and reliable partner Aramex certification also includes Customs and Security One hundred percent of our customers would like to speed up their shipping process we are constantly looking to find opportunities to enable such requests says Frank Kilbride Country Manager of Aramex Ireland It is for this specific reason that we make a huge effort to ensure that our operations are functioning as efficiently as possible enabling us to work within the highest compliance standards throughout the EU AEO certification requires a rigorous vetting by Revenue over an extended period and as a result clients of Authorized Economic Operators can be assured that those companies become safe market participants The number of AEOs registered in Ireland now stands at 62 Back To Top New Members of the Irish International Freight Association We welcome the following firms who have joined the IIFA as Affiliate Members BGi uk Insurance Portwell House Market Place Faringdon Oxon SN7 7HU UK Tel 00 44 1367 246130 E Mail bryn jones BGi uk com Website http bgi uk com Croke Consulting Gortlandroe Nenagh Tipperary Republic of Ireland Tel 3536741360 E Mail info crokeconsulting com Website http www crokeconsulting com Back To Top US Import Process Fee Jumps 65 Importers will be hit with a nearly 65 percent increase in merchandise processing fees MPF through a provision embedded in the recently passed free trade agreements with Colombia Panama and South Korea Trade groups were nearly unanimous in their support of the FTAs but the fee increase came out of left field

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  • May 2011 - Newsletter
    container trains between Dublin and Ballina These services introduced twice weekly in August 2009 have been such a success that they are now running every weekday Until the port extension was reinstated trains were being loaded and off loaded on the Alexandra Road Tramway this involving a considerable amount of transfer between the docks and train Dublin Port Company are giving consideration to a further reinstatement of tracks into the Dublin Ferry Terminal due to interest having been expressed in using rail by other operators In Mayo Iarnród à ireann have recently reinstated a siding to the north of the small freight yard at Ballina initially to store trains between services but it is expected that the siding will also be used to load and unload containers from it as current freight users are negotiating with adjacent property owners to use land for storage of containers It is also envisaged that power will be provided to enable container refrigeration units to operate at the site Ballina is served by the daily IWT services to and from Dublin the two or three weekly DFDS services to and from Waterford Port and trains conveying pulpwood for Coillte to Waterford The DFDS services were introduced in 2006 primarily to convey concentrated liquids to and from Ballina Beverages but with any spare capacity being available for use by other companies 2011 will see a significant increase in the numbers of pulpwood trains operating from Ballina and Westport to Waterford where the cargo is transferred to the Smartply factory for the manufacture of Oriented Strand Board The 20 increase will take the annual tonnage transported to 60 000 tonnes The end product is mostly exported and high demand for it in the UK is the prime reason for the increase Coillte are also looking at the possibility of a new Derry to Waterford service however at present this flow is being transported by sea There is considerable potential for more freight to transfer to rail the prime candidates being the supermarket chains following the lead of those in England and Scotland where distribution centres operated by several large companies are served by regular rail services IWT are also looking at possible new destinations for rail and you wouldn t have to be that much of a gambling man to put money on Cork being one of those Tim Casterton Back To Top Antwerp Launches Daily Railfreight Service to China The first scheduled departure of a new Antwerp Chongqing rail connection left the Belgian port on Monday carrying a mixture of bulk cargo and container freight The five days a week service operated jointly by Hupac Russkaya Troyka and Eurasia Good Transport goes from the port of Antwerp s Combinant terminal through Germany and Poland to Ukraine Russia Mongolia and China more than 10 000km Antwerp port spokesman Annik Dirkx said By rail the journey takes between 20 25 days while the sea route takes up to 35 days And Belgium s Customs authorities hope to

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  • December 2011 - Newsletter
    of the changes refer to the Department of Transport website www dttas ie under Road Transport Operator Licensing and then click on Reports and Publications to access and download all relevant documents Back To Top IIFA Standard Trading Conditions an effective defense IIFA Standard Trading Conditions the Importance of Incorporation The IIFA Standard Trading Conditions were recently tested in a Circuit Court case One of benefits of IIFA membership is the entitlement to use the Irish International Freight Association Standard Trading Conditions IIFA Conditions 1 This was recently emphasized in a Circuit Court case which was successfully defended by an IIFA member The Judgment is pleasing as it confirmed the validity of an exclusion clause within the IIFA Conditions and it also emphasized the importance of ensuring valid incorporation of the IIFA Conditions in contracts Hugh Kennedy of Lavelle Coleman solicitors who acted on behalf of the successful IIFA member will discuss the issues in a webinar which IIFA is setting up in January We will notify full trading member representativesof the details nearer the date Back To Top Interocean Agencies achieves AEO status IIFA Full Trading Member Interocean Agencies has successfully completed its application and now has AEO status effective from the 25th of November 2011 Managing Director Alan Wilkinson had the following to say on the newly achieved status We are represented with agents around the globe and they are very aware of the fact that AEO s are recognised worldwide as safe secure and compliant business partners in international trade We are heavily involved in the Wine and Spirits trade both export and import and our clients certainly appreciate the importance of working with an agent that is fully customs compliant to a standard that is internationally recognised and is continually monitored and audited by Revenue Back To Top Awards a plenty for IIFA Members Pictured left to right Terry Allen Hawthorn Logistics Philip Kane Geodis IIFA President Silvia Valles Barrera 2011 YIFFA Winner Hawthorn Logistics Marthin Cunningham Hawthorn Logistics and IIFA CEO Colm Walsh Following her success as the 2011 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year at the 2011 FIATA World Congress in Cairo Egypt Silvia Valles was presented with an engraved pen and business card holder as a token of her efforts from the Irish International Freight Association on 22nd November 2011 The presentation was made by IIFA President Philip Kane in front of an audience of IIFA Council Members and representatives of Hawthorn Logistics Pictured left to right Brendan Keating Port of Cork Company sponsor of the award Minister Richard Bruton T D Ardle McMahon APL Ireland Mark Fitzgerald APL Ireland winner of the Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2011 at the Irish Exporters Association s Export Awards for 2011 which took place at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday the 11th of November 2011 Back To Top New Members of the Irish International Freight Association We welcome the following firms who have joined the IIFA as Full Trading Members

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  • August 2011 - Newsletter
    also be assignments given that will also count towards a participant s module test result All multiple choice questions will be based on the text for each training module listed in the course material hardcopy which will be provided by IIFA Apart from an initial induction evening and the final classroom examination Please note that the start date for physical registration may be changed to a Saturday morning depending on the volume of applicants from outside Dublin This will be confirmed closer to the start date Want to meet the lecturers of the FIATA Diploma course The IIFA will be exhibiting at the Which Course Expo Ireland s largest evening and adult education course fair in the RDS Dublin on Saturday 27th Sunday 28th August from 11am 6pm on both days Lecturers will have course manuals on hand to show prospective students the material available to study and what to expect from the course This is an excellent opportunity for anyone thinking of doing the FIATA Diploma and the IIFA welcomes all enquirires from employees of Member firms For more information on the event click on the link below http www whichcourse ie Back To Top Irish trucks being seized in UK ports Irish lorries are being impounded in west coast UK ports by the government which claims Irish hauliers are operating illegal cabotage A number of Irish companies send unaccompanied trailers to Liverpool Fishguard Pembroke and Holyhead where they are collected by Irish drivers who have stayed overnight near the ports The UK government claims the trailers should be collected by British hauliers Irish drivers often take a load across the Irish sea and then stay in Britain to collect more Irish trailers explained Eoin Gavin President of the Irish Road Haulage Association IRHA It doesn t make sense for them to keep going back and forth when they know they will have more loads for Britain The stay in the UK also acts as an official break from working hours The IRHA is lobbying the Irish government to persuade Westminster to classify the four relevant ports as international so that existing cabotage rules will not apply At the moment an Irish haulier is allowed to make three journeys in the UK but any trip involving a UK port is considered one of those three trips If the ports were classified as international they wouldn t count so collection from and drop off at a port would not be seen as domestic movements Our members do not want to take UK business away We are only collecting Irish loads which we would be carrying anyway added Gavin We believe the UK government is being protectionist Back To Top New 1 5 Million Dublin Port Rail Spur Gives Further Boost to Rail Freight Business Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar CEO of Irish Rail Dick Fearn and Derek D Arcy of IWT physically supporting rail freight Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD marked the opening of a new rail spur in

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  • February 2010 - Newsletter
    where IIFA was short listed in the Education category for its FIATA Diploma blended learning course L R Margaret Farrell of Dublin Institute of Technology Colm Walsh CEO of Irish International Freight Association and Marion Courtney of Chambers Ireland and Skillnets Overall Logistics and Transport Excellence Award Irish Ferries CILT President Paul Mallee presents the overall excellence award to Managing Director of Irish Ferries Tony Kelly Technology Award Sponsors Heavey RF UPS IIFA Full Trading Member Jim Kearney from UPS accepting the Technology Award trophy from Heavey RF s Managing Director Ronan Clinton Supply Chain Integration Award Sponsors Nightline Expeditors International IIFA Full Trading Member Greg Lewis Expeditors International s District Manager accepts the Supply Chain Integration Award from the Managing Director of Nightline Delivers John Tuohy Logistics Best Practice Award The Pallet Network CILT President Paul Mallee presenting Owen Cooke of the Pallet Network with the Logistics Best Practice Award Education Award UCD Mark Richardson UCD accepts the Education Award from Paul Mallee CILT President HR Development Award Sponsors The Pallet Network The Logiskills Group IIFA Affiliate Member Owen Cooke Chairman of the Pallet Network presents Garvan Cerasi of The Logiskills Group with the HR Development Award Environmental Award Sponsors Wincanton Plc GreenAer Mobility Neil Mc Donnell of Wincanton Plc presents the trophy for the Environmental Award to Noel Broderick on behalf of GreenAer Mobility Safety Award Sponsors H S A Sky Handling Partner Managing Director of Sky Handling Partner Darren Moloney accepting the Safety Award from H S A CEO Martin O Halloran Passenger Transport Award Irish Ferries President of CILT Paul Mallee presenting Tony Kelly of Irish Ferries with the Passenger Transport Award The Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsors Irish Independent Mr Ulick McEvaddy Ulick McEvaddy receiving the Lifetime Achievement award from Gerry Drum Enterprise Manager with the Irish Independent For more details see http iltawards ie Back To Top Celtic Forwarding achieves AEO C Status Celtic Forwarding has become the first Irish owned forwarding company in the Irish Republic to gain AEO C Authorized Economic Operator C status The aim of AEO C is to provide a company with an internationally recognized quality mark validated by Customs which indicates that its role in the international supply chain as regards customs is secure and that its controls and procedures are compliant AEO is a government led audit of our financial well being and customs compliance With this AEO accreditation our clients both domestic and overseas can be assured that Celtic Forwarding Ltd is a secure safe and dependable component in their supply chain commented Mr Finbarr Cleary Director see also the following article for more on AEO Back To Top Status of Authorised Economic Operator AEO In recent weeks extra names have been added to the list of Authorized Economic Operators with operations in the transport and related fields in Ireland The most recent freight forwarder to gain the status of AEO is Celtic Forwarding on 4th of this month This brings to eight the number of firms

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