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The international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services is applauding a number of container lines for recently announcing measures to discourage shippers from mis-declaring hazardous cargoes, which is a practice strongly suspected as being either the cause of, or at least contributory to, a spate of recent container ship fires.

TT Club says it welcomes such initiatives by liner operators as the international transport insurer has growing concerns about the lax cargo packing practices and erroneous, sometimes fraudulent, declaration of cargoes. Under the banners “Cargo Integrity” and #Fit4Freight, TT Club has been collaborating with stakeholders through the freight supply chain to highlight ongoing risks, including severe ship fires, arising from poorly packed and declared cargo.

“Clearly, the shipper has primary responsibility to declare fully and honestly so that carriers are able to take appropriate actions to achieve safe transport,” explains Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management director. “Since this is not always the case, carriers have to put in place increasingly sophisticated and costly control mechanisms to ‘know their customers,’ screen booking information and physically inspect shipments. Equally, carriers have the opportunity to review any barriers to accurate shipment declaration, including minimizing any unnecessary restrictions and surcharges.”

Penalizing shippers where deficiencies are found should be applauded, contends Storrs-Fox, who adds that “government enforcement agencies are encouraged to take appropriate action under national or international regulations to deter poor practices further.”

 TT Club’s Cargo Integrity campaign seeks not only to promote awareness of good practice but also to reveal the plethora of influences from both direct and indirect stakeholders within the supply chain that result in behaviors leading to dangerous incidents on land or at sea.

 “A key element of the campaign is to identify levers–both sticks and carrots–that are available to improve a safety culture in container transport,” Storrs-Fox says, “including considering unintended consequences inherent in trading arrangements or fiscal/security interventions and the possibilities presented by technological innovation.”

FIATA Announces “Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year” Regional Winners

Four regional winners for this year’s “Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year” awards were officially announced this week by FIATA, which serves as a collaboration between the TT Club – the competition’s sponsor,  and International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.

Regional winners of this year’s award were determined based on dissertation topics addressing specific and complex processes within the supply chain while demonstrating logistics-based knowledge in successful implementation of the processes.

FIATA President Babar Badat announced this year’s regional winners and made the following statemen:

“Encouraging more young professionals to join the FIATA community has always been a priority for me. I am encouraged again to see these excellent candidates presenting dissertations that cover a wide range of logistic subjects, which demonstrate the challenges that forwarders face every day and the customized solutions they are able to offer.

“My sincere congratulations to the four regional winners who are ….”

Europe – Mrs. Evgeniya Khokhlova Russia (FAR)

Africa/ Middle East – Mr. Enos Chapra Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)

Americas – Ms. Rachael van Harmelen Canada (CIFFA)

Asia Pacific – Mr. Phillip Burgess New Zealand (CBAFF)

“In the current challenging global trade environment, where supply chains are under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to regulatory, political and economic pressures, we at TT Club believe the training and professional advancement of young freight operators must be paramount,” added Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee.

Among the four regional winners is the final winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA) 2019, which will be determined and announced during the FIATA World Congress in Cape Town from October 1-5.

This year’s prize will focus on academic training including one week at TT Club’s London, Hong Kong or New Jersey regional centres in addition to a week at the company’s head office in London. All four regional winners will receive a year-long subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ).