The British International Freight Association (BIFA)
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea. BIFA has around 1500 corporate members, known generally as freight forwarders, which offer a wide range of services within these various modes.
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
FIATA is a non-governmental organisation, representing an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, also known as the “Architects of Transport”, employing around 8 – 10 million people in 150 countries.
FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
What is an Incoterm?
- Sales term incorporated within the contract of sale
- It impacts on the contract of carriage
- Incoterms identify the obligations placed on the parties to the contracts in terms of
- Responsibilities relating the costs and their division when shipping the goods
- Distribution of risks associated with the movement of the goods • Where these risks transfer to another party
- Freight forwarders need to understand these terms to:-
- Ensure that consignments are processed in line with the appropriate Incoterm
- Assist in handling claims should they arise
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