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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • FEB - MARCH 2017 • Page 17 Planning (ERP) and Transport Manage- ment Systems (TMS), gradually substitut- ing the mainframe-dependant structure to catapult logistics forward. Networking by post, telex, phone and fax then gradually gave way to the inter- net, which changed logistics by making networking faster, cheaper and scalable. This raised the bar, with top freight for- warders providing end-to-end shipment visibility with all carriers complying with streamlined documentation. Today’s freight forwarders and logis- tics service providers still grapple with different modes, different standards, different habits, but manage to ‘keep cargo moving’ despite the challenges cre- ated by evolving trade patterns. Freight forwarding today is a truly global industry whose importance in the world trade is second to none. Global reach In an industry that spans the globe, one would expect the hand of the regu- lator to be visible, but it has only a light touch, because the industry has always regulated itself by understanding the need for harmonised rules and stream- lined processes to keep trade barriers low and facilitate the movement of goods. Freight forwarders through FIATA have co-operated with a number of insti- tutional and private sector interlocutors. FIATA’s work with various UN entities and bodies, the WCO, the WTO and many others happens on a daily basis, and we have continuous collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce and peer organisations including IATA, IRU, UIC etc. Today, we are about to enter a new revolution made possible by information services that did not exist even a few years ago. eCommerce is a relatively new concept which is re-shaping trade, and consequently our industry. It brings big challenges and huge opportunities. The International Transport Forum (ITF) expects international trade to be 350 per cent of global GDP by 2050, with a growing share of trade taking place be- tween emerging economies and one third of trade between non-OECD economies by 2060 compared with only 15 per cent today. And earlier than that, by 2030, the North Pacific corridor may surpass the North Atlantic as the main freight corri- dor of the world. If these predictions come true, it will have been made possible by improve- ments in infrastructure and broadband connectivity. Mobile phones and cloud-based ser- vices also have helped our evolution and have made documents readily available in a business that requires accurate and prompt documentation at a forwarder1s finger tips. Other technology has given rise to eCommerce platforms that are changing the landscape of logistics. What once was only the business of ‘trading goods between large and medium traders who were wholesalers working with organised local distribution’ is now rapidly changing into a business of trading goods between private consumers and micro-enterprises. By allowing products to reach a broad- er range of customers through eCom- merce, sellers require more sophisticated and integrated logistics networks. As always, knowledge will make a dif- ference and this is where FIATA can lead the industry and ensure governments avoid erecting trade barriers that hamper their citizens’ businesses’ access to markets, whilst still ensuring that citizens’ safety and security are not put at risk. FIATA, an association established in 1926, has always, with its members, facilitated trade and these enterprises will continue to do so for many years, as always working with their customers. And freight forwarders are much more advanced at and better suited to dealing with the chaotic development of eTrade, simply because freight forwarders have been dealing with chaotic environments from time immemorial. The key to DAILY NEWS in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US.