APSA and FTA contribute to global trade and regulatory reforms via membership of international associations - at a domestic level, alliances with key industry associations allows APSA and FTA to provide a respected, influential and holistic industry perspective in advocacy activity.
APSA is Australia's representative to the Global Shipper's Forum (GSF). The GSF represents shippers' interests and that of their respective organisations from Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. The main focus of the GSF is to influence commercial developments in the international freight transport industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations as they affect shippers and receivers of freight.
FTA is an Associate Member of the International Federation of Customs Broker Associations (IFCBA). The IFCBA works to bring about improvements in Customs policies and practices on a global basis. These improvements benefit both customs brokers and their clients. It is IFCBA's mission to promote the value and use of customs brokers worldwide.
APSA and the New Zealand Shippers' Council (NZSC) work collaboratively on trade reforms in supply chain developments, especially relating to cargo handling and movement, commerce and legislative change. NZCS is the principal association representing New Zealand's major cargo owners including many of the country's biggest exporters and importers.
FTA and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) have an alliance known as 'Women in Logistics - WIL' facilitating opportunities for networking and professional/personal development for women in the freight logistics and international trade sectors. WISTA is an international organisation for women involved in the maritime industries.
APSA supports the Australian Cotton Shippers' Association in a membership capacity working collaboratively on key advocacy issues.
APSA supports the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association in a membership capacity working collaboratively on key advocacy issues.
APSA and FTA support the Australian International Movers Association in a membership capacity working collaboratively on key advocacy issues. As a part of this arrangement, FTA standard membership benefits have been extended to all AIMA members.
APSA, FTA and the Container Transport Alliance of Australia (CTAA) have agreed to an alliance arrangement to collaboratively work on key advocacy issues. In addition to this, members of both FTA and CTAA receive discounts for attendance of events hosted by respective organisations.
FTA is proud to partner the Cargo Club of Australia supporting their regular business and social networking events throughout the year. The club is a not-for profit organisation with money raised from functions going to charitable causes.
FTA and the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) have agreed to an alliance arrangement to collaboratively work on key advocacy issues. In addition to this, AFIF will also provide discounted rates to FTA members to participate at their national conference and highly regarded specialist training programs.
FTA and the Australian Retail Association (ARA) have agreed to an alliance arrangement to collaboratively work on key advocacy issues. In addition to this, FTA has extended a 50% membership discount to all ARA members.
APSA and the Victorian Transport Australia (VTA) have agreed to work collaboratively on key advocacy issues.
"The Australian International Movers Association relies upon FTA to advocate its position in dealings with the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. AIMA has found FTA to be extremely effective in this regard. The AIMA membership has also benefitted from FTA's engagement and communication in wider industry issues such VGM SOLAS compliance and stevedoring.
The Australian International Movers Association is also an active member of the Australian Peak Shippers' Association and has retained a position on the board of APSA to ensure the interests of Australian international moving companies are protected in its dealings with international shipping lines and governmental authorities.
As both an importer and exporter, AIMA is supportive of the move to tie APSA and FTA closer together and will continue its membership of both organisations."