. The South East European Forwarders and Logistics Operators Congress (SEEFF)-1998-2011 was held in Portoroz, Slovenia on April 12 in 13 and 2018.
The event brought together organizers of transport operators and logistics operators to discuss the issues concerning the region, problems affecting the logistics sector and solutions were evaluated. Within the scope of the event, 11-13 April 2018 also held The Business Logistics Congress on 'Supply Chain Management in Practice and Theory'.
SEEFF (Southeastern Europe Forwarders and Logistics Operators Congress), which has been organized since 1996, met the Southeast European logistics sector. International Transport and Logistics Service Producers Association UIKAD 1998 and 2011 in Istanbul during the two-year congress, held this year 12-13 April 2018 in the city of Portoroz in Slovenia took place.
In the congress where logistics operators and transport organizers come together; problems affecting the logistics sector and solutions were evaluated. At the same time, the or Practical and Theory of Supply Chain Management en was discussed at The Business Logistics Congress.
Representatives from different countries of Southeast Europe issued a declaration at the end of the two-day congress. The Association of International Transport and Logistics Service Producers, UTİKAD, Vice President of UTİKAD, Mr. Turgut Erkeskin, signed the following topics:
- A single European transport zone will increase citizens' mobility, reduce transport costs and make European transport sustainable.
- The scope of the combined transport term needs to be expanded considering the presence of other modes of transport in the EU.
- By integrating maritime transport with land-based transport types, the use of the maritime logistics network will be encouraged, entry into markets will be easier, and synergy will emerge with other modes.
- Coordinated transportation policies will increase the capacity and efficiency of transportation and logistics.
- The use of electronic documents will form the basis of standardized digital solutions and lead the modernization of transportation in the region and in the world.
The participants also shared their suggestions for the establishment of an integrated transport and logistics system between Southeast European countries.
- Creating an internal market within the framework of the principle of freely offering services, free movement of goods and proportionality
- Creation and implementation of a Combined Transport Directive that will facilitate operators to offer combined transport operations and respond to current and future needs.
- Establishing a data exchange system that will reduce costs and facilitate international trade and logistics processes and accelerate the use of e-transport documents such as eFBL and eCMR.
- Encouraging the implementation of the Single Window System, which allows information exchange between the relevant parties at border crossing points in line with UNECE recommendations
- Reduction of non-tariff measures to optimize border crossings
- Simplifying customs processes in Southeast Europe by adopting electronic customs practices recommended by WCO at national level
- Encouraging the completion of regional infrastructure work to make transportation easier and more competitive
- Developing new alternative transportation solutions for the benefit of trade and using environmentally friendly transportation alternatives on a large scale
- Seeing cooperation in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region as a priority target in foreign policies and following a balanced policy with neighbors
At the end of the SEEFF Congress, it was decided to inform public administrations about the aim and results of the congress and to support the implementation of the decisions and recommendations.