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FIATA moves 2020 World Congress to 2022

FIATA and the Korea International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA) jointly announced today the cancellation and rescheduling of the FIATA World Congress 2020, which will now take place in Busan in 2022. The World Congress will be held in Panama City, Panama, in...

New Zealand Covid-19 Update

Pauline Davies, Fee Langstone, New Zealand As of 1pm on 20 April 2020, New Zealand had had only five new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, continuing a solid downwards trend. In total, 13 deaths have been reported. The government has therefore announced that...

Canada Covid-19 Update

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada All provinces in Canada continue on "lock-down", with most non-essential businesses closed and most provincial governments taking measures to enforce social distancing rules. The US-Canada border...

Measures for COVID-19 in Mexico

María Elena Sierra Díaz, AS Consultores, Mexico The situation in Mexico is comparable to the measures taken in the rest of the world. The first recorded case of Coronavirus was the last week of February 2020, today the government has issued a series of recommendations...

Covid-19: South Africa

William Fullard, Fullard Mayer Morrison, South Africa State of disaster On 15 March 2020, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs declared a national state of disaster in terms of section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act No 57 of 2002, as a...

Covid-19: France

Florent Vigny, Causidicor, France France is officially for two months in “a state of health emergency” (JORF n°0072 du 24 mars 2020 texte n° 2. LOI n° 2020-290 du 23 mars 2020 d'urgence pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19). This special Law was enacted to...

Covid-19: New Zealand

Pauline Davies, Fee Langstone, New Zealand New Zealand went into full lockdown at 11.59pm on Wednesday, 25 March.  Everyone is required to stay at the address where they spent the night of 25 March for the next four weeks, with the government indicating that the...

Covid 19 : Port of Rotterdam

Which processes and occupations in the port are considered vital? In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the Dutch government has identified a number of crucial occupations and vital processes in the Netherlands that need to be maintained. Which...

Covid-19 : Belgium

Adry Poelmans, Van Doosselaere Avocaten, Belgium The situation in Belgium is comparable to the measures taken in the rest of the world. On the 19thof March a lockdown in facts came into force. The Belgian government is reluctant on calling the current situation a full...

Covid-19 : UAE and Middle East:

Jean-Michel Moriniere, Al Aidarous Advocates, Abu Dhabi – Dubai I. Overall situation In the Middle East, the most impacted country so far is Iran (Ranking 6th in the world for positive cases and 4th by fatalities). In descending order of impact, but far behind Iran’s...

Covid-19: Canada

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada Please be advised that our office will be closed and all staff on reduced hours until further notice. Ontario Courts Partial Shutdown: The Ontario Superior Court and Provincial Courts are shutting...

Cancellation of FIATA HQ Meetings March 24-28

FIATA Director-General Dr. Stéphane Graber confirmed by email yesterday that the FIATA headquarters sessions scheduled for 24-28 March 2020 are being cancelled as a result of concerns over the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus. According to the communiqué: This...

Implications arising from COVID-19

Ik Wei Chong, Clyde + Co, Shanghai Ed Note: the following summarizes the highlights of Clyde + Co.’s Coronavirus update for the international trade and transportation sector. The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China has received worldwide attention...

Inadmissible Charge of Demurrage

Adrián Guzmán Sánchez, AS Consultores, Mexico In the logistics world, the Freight Forwarder is the provider of specialized services that, acting as a third party between the user and the carrier, develops and coordinates logistics activities for the transportation of...

Ocean Prefect

John Habergham, Myton Law, Hull U.K. For the first time, the English High Court was asked to adjudicate on the inadmissibility of a MAIB report in a private and confidential arbitration. The rival contentions were - was the  court’s permission  required under Reg...

The ‘Baltic Klipper’

Arnold Van Steenderen, Van Steenderen Mainport Lawyers, Rotterdam Ref: District Court of Rotterdam judgment dated 10 October 2018; Etablissements Bargibant S.A., and Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Ltd v.  Seatrade Group N.V. and Baltic Klipper Shipping Company...

Montreal Convention Limits Increase for 2020

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada Most international carriage of goods and passengers by air falls within the ambit of the the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, also known as the...

Incoterms 2020

John Habergham, Myton Law, Hull U.K. [Ed Note: the following is a summary of remarks made by John Habergham at a recent BIFA Regional Meeting] It is 10 years since the last revision of Incoterms, 2010, and I think that, although much anticipated, the new version...

Carriers Levy Large Fines for Misdeclared Cargo

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada CIFFA Members should be aware that several major carriers – including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL – have recently moved to impose very large fines for misdeclared cargo. Maersk, one of the...

Trends in Logistics Investment

Richard Gluck, GSB Law, USA [Ed Note: the following is the text of remarks given by Richard Gluck as President of the Sino-American Logistics Council LLC on the occasion of the Tenth Sino-American Logistics Conference, Jinan, Shandong, China, on 16 June 2019] I am an...

Canada Passes BC Tanker Moratorium

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada On June 18th the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-48, “An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along...

English law and implied terms

English law and implied terms  – when does the court step in and imply terms into a contract? John Habergham, Myton Law, Hull U.K. Introduction As  might be apparent, implied terms are terms that have not been expressly agreed by the parties, the latter being stated...

Welcome AS Consultores to Forwarderlaw

Forwarderlaw is pleased to welcome AS Consultores, Mexico, a firm specialized in trading and focused on the national and international marketing of products, to the Forwarderlaw network. AS Consultores is represented by María Elena Sierra Díaz, who has deep experience...

Alert on Ukrainian martial law

What happened? Martial law was imposed in Ukraine for 30 days as president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a Russian land invasion. The parliament voted in favour of the measure on Monday night in response to the capture...

Blockchain comes to Town

Gavin Magrath, Magrath’s International Legal Counsel, Toronto, Canada Last week CargoX launched its CargoX Smart B/L™ blockchain product to the international transportation industry, marking the first practical commercial application of the technology in the industry....

Value Added Tax (VAT) for Cargo Agents in Mexico

María Elena Sierra Díaz, General Director, AS Consultores, Mexico Cargo agents, consolidators or Freight Forwarders are socially recognized companies. They can perform in two ways to render their services as specialized companies in logistics. As an agent for third...

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