ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations Emphasizes Intra-bloc Logistics Connectivity

The ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations (AFFA) met on 2 December 2023 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for their 33rd annual meeting, and discussed facilitation of goods transportation via inter-governmental cooperation in the region. 

ASEAN countries have emphasized the development of logistics services, infrastructure, and trade facilitation measures, and promoting intra-bloc connectivity. 

Mr. Alvin Chua, AFFA Chairman, remarked that there is an urgent need for ASEAN governments to consider promoting seamless intra-bloc logistics connectivity to complement the existing transport and logistics infrastructure in the region. He added that the inclusion of the ASEAN Tariff Finder in the AFFA’s digital platform, the creation of the ASEAN Authorized Economic Operator program, and the promotion of the ASEAN Customs Transit System provides optimum conditions for cross-border trade among member countries. The recently-launched cross-border payment system can further step up financial integration and help ASEAN move closer to the target of economic connectivity.

The AFFA also underscored sustainable development and digital transformation as current notable trends in transport facilitation. The group is also focusing on raising awareness concerning digital transformation and green transition among its members, according to Mr. Dao Trong Khoa, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Logistics Business Association.

ASEAN works to boost seamless intra-bloc logistics connectivity

Last Updated: 15 December 2023