The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on issues on mutual benefit.
According to a statement, the MoU facilitates close coordination between FIATA and ICHCA to help them pursue their respective organizational goals and further mutual understanding.
It also creates the framework for cooperation that will enable both organizations to benefit from agreed actions and initiatives to achieve common objectives.
FIATA President Basil Pietersen said, “Cooperation with key industry organizations 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.”
The MoU identified areas for collaboration in the MoU include the engagement of all actors in safety and security-related topics, the digitalization 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 also commented, “By renewing and strengthening our MoU with FIATA, the two organizations 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’s collaboration has been ongoing for more than 25 years, with their first MoU signed in 2006.
Since then, both organizations 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.