The Russian Association of Freight Forwarding and
practice the Freight Forwarder, otherwise known as the Architect of the
Transport, plays a significant role in creation of the transport chain of
movement of the goods from producers to consumers. And so it is customary to
call the freight forwarder by the above said name. In confirmation of this
nickname-slogan we may use the fact that eighty percent of the world trade is
carried out with the assistance of freight forwarding companies or thanks to
The Russian Association of Freight Forwarding and
Logistic Organizations was established in September
1990 on the base of the freight forwarding organizations being in existence
since the middle of the past century. The last re-registration of the
Association caused by some alterations to the statutes and changes in its name
was made in March, 2001.
accordance with its statutes the Association is a noncommercial organization
uniting on a voluntary basis freight forwarding companies and firms of
different forms of property with the aim of expansion of cooperation among
them, coordination of their activities, protection of their rights as well as
presentation and promotion of the common freight forwarding interests at the
state bodies, public and international organizations.
Association has not the aim of extraction of profit from its activities. In
case of getting any profit such a profit is subject to be used for its statutes
Association independently makes out the plans of its activities in accordance
with the statutes and on the basis of the resolutions passed by its members.
Association ensures achievement of its statutes goals by the following ways:
Joining up freight forwarding organizations to a single national association.
unification is extremely necessary for the freight forwarders themselves as the
Association serves them as a certain proof for their high professional quality,
financial stability and deserved business reputation.
in the association gives to any freight forwarder the name with a "capital
letter" and this fact serves as a good advantage for obtaining orders for
rendering freight forwarding services to the customers. Membership in the
Association of any freight forwarding company is not less important for
customers in general. This membership serves for the customers as a certain
guarantee for obtaining of qualitative and reliable freight forwarding
of the national freight forwarders to a united organization is also for the
Association sheer necessity for its normal activities and accomplishment of its
structures of such country as Russia cannot function successfully without
advanced development of transport and freight forwarding complex. Such complex
is really the backbone of the country's economics. Striking illustration to
this assertion may be 150 thousand kilometers of railways, 950 thousand
kilometers of automobile roads, 44 sea and 128 river ports. In the country
there are about 600 thousand railway wagons, almost 17,5 thousand of
locomotives, 1120 ocean vessels of 12 mln.t of deadweight, 108 thousand truck
companies with about 4,3 mln. lorries, 10 thousand of river ships and more than
5 thousand of different aircraft. The above transport infrastructure and means
of transport resulted in 2006 with about 2,200 mlrd. t.km (without pipelines)
of freight turnover, including transportation of about 1300 mln.t by rail, 415
mln.t were handled at our sea ports, 133 mln.t by river, 6,8 mlrd.t by lorries
and 600 thousand tons by air. And it goes without saying that it would be
impossible to achieve the abovementioned results without participation of the
freight forwarders, the majority of which are members of the Freight Forwarders
Association of the Russian Federation.
Protection of the Association members' interests on the Russian freight
forwarding services market, coordination of their efforts in the field of
expansion of business activities, non-admission and avoiding among them
unlawful and dishonest competition. Presentation and promotion of the freight
forwarders interests in state bodies, public and other organizations.
activities are carried out in two directions: firstly - within the framework of
the branches of public committees and councils attached to power structures and
public organizations. Within the framework of the said committees and councils
the Association renders to its members assistance in providing them with
optimum conditions for their professional activities and achievement of high
economic efficiency; secondly – in accordance with its statutes duties and
obligations the Association accomplishes the aforesaid tasks directly with the
power authorities taking part in discussions of drafts of various legal rules concerning
transport and freight forwarding, tax and customs activities, including the
Customs Code, Tax Code; different transport codes and laws. In particular, the
association had a leading role in preparation and working out of the
"Federal law about transport-forwarding activities", the Law was
adopted by the Parliament and signed by the President of the country on June
30, 2003. In September 2006 the 6 government adopted National freight
of its members the Association applies to various state and government bodies
with the problems to be solved, including those cases when the member of the
association for one or other reason does not want to make a show of itself. It
is explained rather simply: there are many possibilities to exert influence on
a commercial organization and to take some economic measures against such
organization. And on the contrary it is impossible to exert influence on the
Association as a non-commercial entity and to take economic measures against
it. Under these circumstances the Association using its independent statutes
may exert influence on the state and government bodies of various fields of
activities by applying to the authorities and clearing up actions of one or
another official authority or its representative.
Representation of the Russian freight forwarders in the International
Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and protection of their
interests on the world market of freight forwarding services.
the Association has been representing the interests of the Russian freight
forwarders at FIATA as a single national freight forwarders association. About
90 Russian freight forwarders are accepted to FIATA membership on individual
basis. This fact serves as a positive demonstration of incoming of Russian
freight forwarders to the world freight forwarding society.
Association actively conducts its business on introduction of FIATA forms and
documents into Russian freight forwarding practice.
beginning of 2007 about 50 members of the Association had the right to issue to
their customers FIATA forms and documents.
by a freight forwarder of the right to issue FIATA's Multimodal transport bill
of lading, Multimodal transport waybill, Forwarders certificate of transport,
Warehouse receipt etc. is a striking illustration of high professionalism of
freight forwarders and a guarantee of high quality of freight forwarding
Providing the Association members with information and consultative services.
It is well
known that in modern market conditions it is quite impossible to reach any
significant result without sufficient information. From the very beginning of
the activities of the Association, which is from 1990, members of the
Association have been supplied with the documents and materials clarifying and
regulating freight forwarding activities and the branches of economy connected
with these activities. In summary, the Association has managed to avoid
information vacuum in its relations with the members.
the Association has been publishing its own periodical magazine "The
International Forwarder". The magazine is of information and analytical
nature and of active demand among freight forwarders and its customers.
in exhibitions and conferences of transportation and freight forwarding themes
plays a very important role in the Association activities. The Association is a
permanent participant of "Transtek" exhibition and
Vocational training of freight forwarding personnel and rendering assistance in
improvement of freight forwarders professional skill.
of this goal is fulfilled with the help of the Center of vocational training
set up with the Association. Every year five special courses of two weeks
program and several one-three days seminars on actual freight forwarding
problems are conducted. A good part of the training is carried out with so
called "visiting on the places" that is with conducting of the
training in the premises of the companies. Graduating from these
trade-improvement courses is acknowledged by the official certificate. In
October 1999 during the FIATA World Congress in Dubai the Association defended
180-hour syllabus of vocational training in accordance with the FIATA international
standards and obtained the right of issuing to the audience the FIATA Diplomas.
Since then up to now 184 students were awarded these Diplomas.
Certification of quality of freight forwarders services.
It is well
known that the certification promotes and enhances the prestige and
significance of the freight forwarders services. In 2002 the proper state
authority registered the Association's program of voluntary certification of
freight forwarding services of the members of the Association.
Up to 1st March 2007 the most active members of the Association were certified. To them
belong: LUKOIL-CHERNOMORYE, INTERTRANS, RAIL SERVICE, OPTIMUM-INTER, STIM,
KAMA-LOGISTIC, MTK-SERVICE, VOLGAINTRANS, ARMADILLO, BAT-EXPRESS, MEZHTRANS-1,
EUROSIB-LOGISTICS, VLADIVOSTOKVNESHTRANS FORWARDING, CONTINENT LOGISTICS, and
necessary to note that the Association rather carefully prepared itself for
Association worked out and continues to improve ideology of certified
verification. The basic postulate of this ideology is the fact that
verification is carried out not with the aim to issue a certificate as a formal
approach for verification, but mainly for rendering the active assistance to
the enterprise in the field of its activities. The Association enlists to these
activities the most qualified experts and authorities in the field of
transportation and freight forwarding with the aim to make the certification as
a special school of transmission of positive experience of freight forwarding
activities. Moreover, the criteria of analysis of the documents presented by
the enterprises are constantly under improvement. The aim of elaboration of
such a criteria – is working out of the most effective documentary performance
of mutual relations between freight forwarders and their customers.
Association has enough possibilities for fulfilling this task by means of
carrying out work on collecting and analyzing the members' activities and their
experience. The results of such analytical job are used during certified
verification of other members of the Association. In this case exists a good
opportunity to draw attention of the verified administration and its staff to
the optimum solution of the problems appeared in member companies activities.
Secretariat fully approves this motion and recommended to enlarge and activate
A court of
arbitration was established within the framework of the Association. The court
was registered in accordance with the rules in force. The court is called for
assisting in creation of friendly atmosphere of business cooperation among
freight forwarding companies.
supposed that with the help of this court the commercial arguments between
freight forwarders on one hand, and shippers and carriers, on the other hand
will be solved.
advantage of appeal to the court is saving time and money. Absence up to now of
official appeals to the court does not put under doubt its existence. The main
fact is the presence of such availability. As for the lack of appeal it is
explained by high freight forwarders professionalism, rendering the services
without conflicts or solving all problems without applying to the court.
enumerated trends of the activities of the Freight Forwarders Association of
the Russian Federation are called for offering each freight forwarder the
possibility for competent participation in civil legal relations while
rendering services on movement of the goods from producers to consumers by all
existing modes of transport.
forwarder in accordance with its duty and engagement renders a wide range of
services. Under instructions of the customer the freight forwarder offers the
most efficient routing of the goods transportation and suitable means of
transport. The freight forwarder coordinates with all participants of delivery
of the goods junctions of various means of transport and takes measures for
barring unproductive handling and storage of the goods in the point of transition,
makes out the documents necessary for transportation and delivery, helps to put
in order customs, quarantine, phytosanitary, consular formalities, fulfills
various payments and is a representative of a shipper before carriers and other
partners of delivery of the goods.
rather difficult to overestimate the freight forwarders' role in commercial
activities of consignors, exporters and importers. On one hand taking advantage
of its neutral and binding link among shippers, carriers and consignees the
freight forwarder obtains cutting down the value of transport component in the
price of the goods, thus raising competitive abilities of the supplier. On the
other hand, the freight forwarder providing transport means with cargoes
reduces its run without a load. And while coordinating the time of cargo
handling from one means of transport to another the freight forwarder reduces
the time of being under handling, loading and unloading operations.
activities of the Freight Forwarders Association of the Russian Federation are
subjected to the creation of conditions for rendering of high quality freight
forwarding services to their customers. On these services depends safe, timely
and economical movement of the goods for foreign and domestic trade. Everybody
should know that without fulfillment of vast volume of simple and complicated
functions, without rendering of vast range of services that are necessary for
movement of goods does not manage a single commercial transaction.