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ORGANISATION Doc. 10/107

2001-10-31

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To

 

 

 

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National Associations of FIATA

cc : Extended Board of FIATA

: Delegates of the Multimodal Transport Institute

: Advisers to Working Groups Rail-, Road- and Sea Transport

: Members of the Advisory Body Legal Matters

From : Kersten Ohl, Manager MTI, on behalf of the FIATA Presidency

Subject

 

 

 

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Prohibition of the issuance of FIATA Forwarders Certificates of Receipt

(FCR) for steel shipments

Dear Sir or Madam,

Since two or three years FIATA has repeatedly been confronted with incidents, where a freight

forwarder had issued a FIATA Forwarders Certificate of Receipt (FCR), without however disposing

actually of the goods. The results of the investigations by the FIATA Secretariat have shown

that a considerable percentage of these occurrences was based on fraudulent activities, mainly

by the seller of the goods. In some instances freight forwarders not being member of a national

freight forwarders association simply forged the FIATA FCR form. Without exception, the FCR

cases were related exclusively to steel shipments of at least several hundred up to several ten

thousands of metric tons. In all cases the buyers of the goods had relied on the FIATA FCR that

was partly also stipulated in a letter of credit, were however not able to obtain the goods,

although they had paid the purchase price in most instances.

As the number of incidents with FIATA FCRs has been increasing - in fact the Secretariat became

aware on average of one fraudulent operation of this kind per month in the recent past -

the FIATA Presidency had to decide to prohibit the issuance of FIATA FCRs for steel shipments

to prevent further damage to the reputation of the FIATA FCR as reliable freight forwarder document.

The decision was also taken with a view to the other FIATA documents, because once the

confidence in of one FIATA document is shaken, it may radiate to the other FIATA documents as

well.

For this reason you are herewith requested

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to instruct your members immediately that they are not allowed any more to issue FIATA

Forwarders Certificates of Receipt for steel shipments,

 

 

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to obtain from your members a confirmation in writing that they will adhere to this instruction

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and to inform the banking community in your country about this restriction.

The development is regrettable, but the Presidency had no other choice in order to prevent that

FIATA FCRs are continued to be abused for deceitful activities.

 

 

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