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Sharing perspectives with the international freight forwarder community
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Sharing perspectives with the international freight forwarder community

25 May 2022 · Prosperity

IRU has participated in two panel discussions at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

This year’s FIATA HQ meeting took place from 17 to 19 May 2022 in Geneva, under the title “Reconnect”.

IRU’s President of the Goods Transport Council Asli Calik spoke at the “Practical Actions to improve Safety and Security in the Supply Chain” session. After presenting the standards on the transport of dangerous goods by road (ADR), she detailed IRU’s training programmes on this UN agreement.

Asli Calik insisted on IRU’s activities to establish safe and secure parking areas for road transport, and on the importance of applying suitable insurance policies to secure the international transport of goods.

Kazem Asayesh, Senior Adviser on TIR and transit, presented the impacts of the Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine on road transport to the panel titled “2022: The Year of All Dangers – Impacts for Global Supply Chains?”.

Kazem Asayesh highlighted the challenges raised by the rising fuel prices for the road transport industry as well as the IRU’s recent emergency resolution on the topic. He also described the importance of digitalisation of transport documents, such as CMR and TIR, and procedures in light of the current shift of trade toward new intermodal corridors.

Furthermore, IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto met with a delegation headed by FIATA’s President, Ivan Petrov, and discussed the challenges of the last two years for global supply chains. With such a volatile international situation, he stressed the importance of creating synergies between the two organisations as every transport movement starts and ends by road.