High Level Maritime Dialogue – Building Back Better Together

Geneva,17 November 2022 -The second edition of the High-Level Maritime Dialogue titled ‘Build Back Better: Shock-Resistant Supply Chains’ on 7 November, was hosted by FIATA, moderated by its Working Group Sea Chair and Senior Vice President, Mr Jens Roemer.

‘’Shipping lines and forwarders will have to learn to cope with unexpected service challenges as a new reality’’- Global Shippers Forum

In the context of high uncertainty and volatility, this unique set-up brought together high-level stakeholders from across the maritime supply chain to explore common goals and practical solutions in a constructive manner, to strengthen the maritime supply chain for greater resilience. The speaker line-up involved:

  • Mr James Hookham, Secretary General, Global Shippers Forum (GSF)
  • Mr John Butler, President and CEO, World Shipping Council (WSC)
  • Ms Antonella Teodoro, Senior Consultant, MDS Transmodal, UK (MDST)
  • Mr Alan Murphy, Founder and CEO, Sea Intelligence
  • Ms Andrea Tang, International Trade Lawyer, International Federation Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Supply chain shifts as a response to changes in demand trends and global shocks

Supply chains have responded to a dramatic rise and fall in demand in recent years. Lessons are to be learned to prepare for uncertainties plaguing the future. “The problems encountered are not new; they exposed the vulnerability of the supply chain when planning and forecasting were not possible. The shocks brought by the pandemic cast a spotlight on the role of logistics, as well as its importance for the economic and social well-being of consumers”, said Ms Tang.

Supply chain shifts were considered, as well as the rise and fall in freight rates. It was noted by Ms Teodoro that “supply chain shifts were observed both in terms of geography and composition. When carriers repositioned capacity to the most profitable routes, new entrants attempted to service the gaps they left behind”. Mr Butler emphasised that “there is stiff competition in the shipping sector”, and that “carriers followed demand and did not create it”. Ms Teodoro recommended that ‘‘regulators should monitor such competition trends and transparency in the maritime supply chain closely to promote resilience”.

The need for infrastructural reform was unanimously agreed upon, noting hinterland congestion as an important contributor to the difficulties in the maritime supply chain. Mr Murphy commented that “instead of just consumer demand, the congestion in 2021 was exacerbated, as up to 15% of global liner capacity was stuck at bottlenecks. The reduction in demand has reduced congestion which is presently at 7.5% and could revert to pre-pandemic levels by spring 2023”. The importance of making governments aware of supply chain issues was emphasised by Mr Hookham: “if the sector is to make any arguments, now is the time to do so”.

In conclusion, Mr Roemer reminded participants that “the clock cannot be turned back but stakeholders and regulators must learn from mistakes of the past. No single stakeholder should be overconfident to impose plans that are not complementary with the overall system.”

Collaborating for decarbonisation

It was agreed that decarbonising the supply chain is an urgent priority for all stakeholders, constituting a key area for collaboration between the respective stakeholders. As highlighted by Mr Butler, ‘‘the industry is leading the way when it comes to implementation with shipping lines and energy companies investing in decarbonisation’’. The industry would benefit from an appropriate regulatory framework, governmental support, and advocacy for which stakeholders must come together to help the whole supply chain comply with Paris Agreement goals.

Shippers remain concerned about the cost of decarbonisation which will ultimately be borne by them. FIATA sought transparency in new decarbonisation initiatives, noting the need for forwarders to be able to provide their customers with choices as regards offsetting their emissions. It was emphasised that inclusivity is necessary, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). FIATA emphasised that “SMEs should not be left behind, as they are the backbone of many developing economies. As they tend not to have access to longer-term contracts, they are more heavily impacted by shocks and uncertainty.”

Concluding the dialogue, decarbonisation was put firmly on the agenda as a theme for greater collaboration, whilst other areas of possible collaboration noted included sustainability, digitalisation and safety and security.

FIATA Media Contact
Amanda Stock
Communications Officer
Tel: +41 22 715 45 53
[email protected]

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New FIDI Affiliate – Windmill Forwarding BV, Den Haag, the Netherlands

19 July 2022

We are pleased to confirm the following company has successfully obtained FAIM certification and is now a FIDI Affiliate:

  • Windmill Forwarding BV, Den Haag, the Netherlands

The company has joined FIDI Netherlands.

The up to date directory of FIDI Affiliates and affiliated Branches is available via Find a FIDI Affiliate

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FIDI Custom Guides for more than 20 countries have been updated

The import and export guides for Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela have been updated.

You may find them on the customs guides page.

If you have any questions or comments about the FIDI Customs Guides, please contact Marie-Pascale Frix, Business Intelligence Manager, at marie-pascale.frix@fidi.org

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Maritime stakeholders’ joint letter to the EU about container shipping competition rules

FIDI and the International Association of Movers (IAM) as representatives of fellow international moving and relocation industry associations OMNI, LACMA, and PAIMA, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), European Tugowners Association (ETA), Global Shippers Forum, European Barge Union (EBU), European Shippers’ Council (ESC), FEPORT, and the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), all representing the owners and forwarders of cargo, port terminal operators and other parts of the supply chain dependent on container shipping, are demanding an immediate start to the review of the European Union’s Consortia Block Exemption Regulation for the container shipping industry.

The Regulation exempts container shipping lines from many of the checks and balances of EU competition law and permits them to exchange commercially-sensitive information to manage the number and size of ships deployed and the frequency and timing of sailings on trade routes around the world.

European businesses and other parties in the supply chain including FIDI Affiliates have suffered huge disruption to the movement of goods by container shipping since the Regulation was last renewed in April 2020, with many sailings being cancelled or diverted to other ports, and ports being bypassed (‘skipped’) at short notice. At the same time shipping rates have more than quadrupled on many routes and continue to remain 3 to 4 times higher than in 2019 before the pandemic.

The effects of lockdowns on the production of goods and the shifts in demand due to the effects of the Covid pandemic were certainly significant. But the ability of the shipping industry to collectively manage these impacts, and at the same generate profits totalling over $186 billion in 2021, at the expense of the rest of the supply chain, and ultimately Europe’s consumers, demonstrate that something is wrong. The benefits of the exemptions from general competition law enjoyed by the shipping lines are not being shared fairly between the lines and the rest of the economy, and this in itself constitutes a compelling reason why the Block Exemption should be reviewed urgently.

In a joint letter to the European Commission, the signatories point to the revelations and recommendations of investigations conducted in the United States by the Federal Maritime Commission, resulting in May in the passing of a new Ocean Shipping Reform Act, addressing many of the grievances of users and services suppliers to the container shipping lines.

The Regulation’s review will allow all interested parties to submit evidence and arguments as to how the Commission should act to ensure the deep-sea container shipping market operates in a way that is fair and transparent to all parties in the maritime supply chain. This should include consideration of new measures and mechanisms and should allow sufficient time for these to be considered and implemented before the expiry of the current regulation in April 2024.

You can download a copy of the joint statement below.

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2023 FIDI Conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand

The FIDI Board has the pleasure to announce that the 2023 FIDI Conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, at the end of March 2023 (exact dates will be announced shortly).

In light of the ongoing, COVID-related restrictions for international travelers still in place in Japan, the FIDI Board informed the FIDI community on 14 July 2022 that it was considering changing the location of the 2023 conference, originally planned to take place in Osaka. The Board feels it is important to ensure that all FIDI Affiliates and partners can attend this flagship event of our community, and Bangkok offers all the necessary requirements for a highly successful FIDI Conference. It is important to underline that this change in location does not have any financial consequences for FIDI.

The FIDI office and dedicated events team are finalizing the details of the event and will share more information in due time. The FIDI Board would like to thank the FIDI Asia representatives for their valuable help throughout this process.

For any questions or comments, please contact the FIDI Events team at admin@fidievents.org or the FIDI office at fidi@fidi.org.

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FIDI Academy launches Corporate Sustainability online training

The FIDI Academy has launched its new online training module on Corporate Sustainability.

This course is essential as corporate sustainability is gaining momentum with pressure increasing on companies to become more sustainable in all aspects of their operations. Companies that understand this and are quick to adapt have the opportunity to position themselves at the forefront, and reap the benefits of a clear competitive advantage. The course is composed of 5 modules covering the environment, social, financial, business/governance, and how to build your own roadmap. 

This course is free for all FIDI Affiliates.

Learn more about the corporate sustainability online training. 

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IAM | About IAM

The International Association of Movers (IAM) is the moving and forwarding industry’s largest global trade association. With more than 2,000 members, it comprises companies that provide moving, forwarding, shipping, logistics, and related services in more than 170 countries. Since 1962, IAM has been promoting the growth and success of its members by offering programs, resources, membership protections, and unparalleled networking opportunities to enhance their businesses and their brands.

IAM Fast Facts

  • In 2000, the IAM Young Professionals Group is formed.
  • The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund is established in 2002
  • Georgia Angell (Foremost Forwarders) is the first woman elected Chair of the Association, in 2003. She served for five years.
  • The Hall of Honor inducts its first class of industry leaders, including Association founders, in 2008.
  • In 2009, the Association changes its name from Household Good Forwarders Association of America, to the International Association of Movers.
  • In 2012, the Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary.


Our Mission

We strive to be the global champion for the moving industry by advancing the professionalism and operational excellence of our members.

Our Vision for the Customer Relocation Experience

Moving your goods becomes the easy part.

Our Values


We value teamwork. Together we are stronger.


We strive to excel in every aspect of our work.


We enjoy the journey and make sure our team and members feel appreciated and valued.


We celebrate differences, everyone is welcome.


We think big and never settle. We are not afraid to make mistakes.


We stand for what is right and hold ourselves and our members to high ethical standards.

What questions have IAM members asked about the association’s strategic direction and goals? Find out:

Do you have questions you’d like to add to the list? Contact us today at membership@iamovers.org!

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Pakistan floods lead to service disruptions for some FIDI Affiliates

Our Affiliates Homepack Freight International and Globalink Logistics published the following news releases, on Monday, 5 September.

Homepack Freight International:

Dear Customers and Partners, 

Recently, Pakistan has suffered nationwide flooding due to heavier than usual monsoon rains and melting glaciers. All staff members of FIDI Pakistan are safe. However, the floods have caused severe landslides, damage to transport infrastructure, and disruption to internet connections nationwide. In addition to domestic transportation in Pakistan, the floods have also impeded the transit movement between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iran and the neighboring countries causing minimum 15 – 20 days of delays at present. Due to the transport taken over by NGO’S for flood relief operation, there are considerable delays effecting the normal operations, logistics.

Considering this disruption, please book all shipments to and from Pakistan and transit shipments to Afghanistan at least 15-20 days in advance, as domestic haulage, ports and airport infrastructure have been severely affected. Air transportation is also affected due to bad weather

Airlines / Vessels from different countries carrying FOODAID AND RELIEF GOODS is causing congestion, and space issues at ports and airports too!

We sincerely hope and pray that the situation to normalize soon. 

Globalink Logistics:

Dear Customers and Partners, 

Recently, Pakistan has suffered nationwide flooding due to heavier than usual monsoon rains and melting glaciers. All our staff members are safe. However, the floods have caused severe landslides, damage to transport infrastructure, and disruption to internet connections nationwide. In addition to domestic transportation in Pakistan, the floods have also impeded the transit movement between Pakistan and Afghanistan, causing 15 – 20 days of delay.

Considering this disruption, please book all shipments to and from Pakistan and transit shipments to Afghanistan at least ten days in advance, as domestic haulage, ports and airport infrastructure have been severely affected. Air transportation is also affected due to bad weather

We sincerely hope and pray that the situation to normalize soon. 

For questions or more information, please contact Homepack Freight International and Globalink Logistics.

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Affiliate Groups | About IAM

IAM serves an increasingly diverse membership and our members are constantly evolving, expanding the scope of their businesses, embracing—and often creating—the technology, logistics and special services that have come to define a “good move.”

As the scope of business expands, so does IAM’s “big tent,” supporting affiliate groups as diversified as:

  • The International Shippers Association, providing its members with lower shipping rates through preferred vendor discounts.
  • The IAM Logistics Network, providing networking for those members expanding into moving and storage of goods other than personal effects.
  • The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund and the IAM Young Professionals – organizations that focus on supporting and mentoring the young leaders of the Industry.
  • The Ladies in Moving Association (LIMA), one of a number of separate but closely affiliated organizations whose activities IAM supports and promotes.

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FIDI joins forces with five global mobility associations to lead the industry towards a sustainable future

FIDI joins five other leading employee mobility associations in a global effort to ensure the industry is playing its part on environmental sustainability. As part of the launch, the group signed a joint agreement that provides the Global Mobility industry with a roadmap and common actions towards achieving greater environmental sustainability. Joining forces in this effort are the CERC (Canadian Employee Relocation Council), CHPA (Corporate Housing Professionals Association), EuRA, FIDI Global Alliance, IAM (International Association of Movers) and Worldwide ERC (WERC).

“We are seeing many actions and initiatives promoting environmental sustainability in our respective sectors, which is great progress. Together, we aim to develop a common, collaborative framework to avoid duplicating efforts and maximizing our collective impact”, according to Mary Ann Passi, CEO of CHPA. There has been a growing focus on environmental sustainability in Global Mobility over the past year; Tad Zurlinden, CEO of EuRA, explains that “understanding and complying with the many different sustainability requirements is becoming increasingly difficult for stakeholders in the Global Mobility supply chain. With this agreement, we hope to streamline the process across our industry, allowing for meaningful actions and real, measurable impact.”

“We believe that close cooperation across the employee mobility industry is fundamental to achieving greater environmental sustainability for the benefit of people around the world”, underlines Lynn Shotwell, CEO of WERC. Jesse van Sas, Secretary General of FIDI Global Alliance, adds that “the Global Mobility industry has a very complex global supply chain, involving a large diversity of stakeholders. Through this cooperation agreement, we want to make sure that all parties are heard and participate in defining this sustainable future for our industry.”

To help structure the collaboration, an external consultant was appointed to assist in defining the framework and milestones of the Global Mobility sustainability roadmap. Following an RFP process, this project has been awarded to Deloitte, who will present the results during the WERC Global Workforce Symposium in Las Vegas, USA, at the end of October 2022.

“Deloitte has a strong experience in corporate sustainability, and extensive knowledge of the Global Mobility industry. Their assistance will be extremely valuable to structure our common efforts”, says Stephen Cryne, CEO of CERC. The process will include an industry-wide survey that each association will share with their respective members. “The success depends on the participation of all our members, across all Global Mobility sectors. We therefore count on everybody to contribute to this important project”, says Chuck White, President of the IAM.

For questions or more information, please reach out to Magali Horbert at magali.horbert@fidi.org

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