Invitation Message

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Republic of Korea

Dear members of FIATA,

Logistics is the backbone of domestic and international trade in the age of globalization. The logistics sector has served as a key enabler of production and efficient distribution of goods and services, connecting industries and businesses across the world. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has triggered significant changes in the global economy, with the logistics industry being no exception. The industry is now facing many pandemic-induced challenges, including global supply chain disruptions, reduced operational efficiency of airports and ports, and freight rate hikes. But, as every incident has both negative and positive aspects, the pandemic has brought some positive changes to the logistics industry, including the rise of contactless ecomony and cross-border e-commerce, accelerated digital transformation, and progress in the development of new logistics modes such as self-driving trucks and drones. All of these changes call for a greater degree of cooperation among all actors in global supply chains in order to be better prepared for the post-pandemic era.

The 2022 FIATA World Congress is being held at the most opportune time to discuss the future of logistics. The Congress has served as a venue where global logistics and freight forwarding companies explore new strategies to navigate through an ever-changing global trade environment and promote cooperation. As the head of the Ministry in charge of Korea’s logistics sector, I am deeply honored and delighted to host the FIATA World Congress in the international port city of Busan this year.

The Republic of Korea is the 8th largest trading nation in the world with its trade volume reaching 1.2 trillion USD last year. Korea has expanded its global network of trade agreements with diverse countries, and is now utilizing the network to advance cross-border e-commerce and pioneer new markets such as cold-chain logistics. Korea has been actively involved in the global efforts to reduce green house gas emissions and promote carbon-neutral logistics as a responsible member of the global community.

The 2022 FIATA World Congress will provide a great opportunity for the international logistics community to further advance such global and regional cooperation efforts. The Korean government, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Busan Metropolitan City, will do our utmost for the success of the 2022 FIATA World Congress.

I look forward to welcoming you all this September in Busan.

Thank you.

Won, Hee-Ryong

Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Republic of Korea

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
Republic of Korea

Recently, global logistics is having turbulent times for a paradigm shift.

Global shipping companies keep on merging and realigning their alliance membership, opening new trade routes including the Arctic Route. Emerging economies of Asia and Africa show rapid rise. As advanced new technologies thanks to the Fourth Industrial Revolution are integrated into logistics industry, the convergence of logistics and other industries is expected to be further promoted and expanded.

Korea, the 4th largest shipping country, transported 6% (1.3 billion metric ton) of the world’s seaborne trade in 2020. We handled 30 million TEU container cargo, including 10.69 million TEU of transshipment cargo in 2021.

In particular, the Port of Busan, the largest port in Korea, is the world’s seventh largest port by cargo volume and the second largest transshipment port with advanced port facilities and great cargo handling capacity. Due to geopolitical advantages, the Port of Busan is expected to handle far more cargo in the future.

In 2022, the FIATA World Congress, the largest event in logistics, will be held in Busan, Korea. Under the theme of “Uniting for Global Solutions,” the World Congress will be successfully held and embark on a new chapter of logistics industry only with your active participation.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries will provide the best support for FIATA World Congress.

We look forward to welcoming you soon in Busan.

Sincerely yours,

CHO, Seung-Hwan

Minister of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF)
Republic of Korea

Busan Metropolitan City
Republic of Korea

I would like to express my deep appreciation to the members of FIATA for your support of Busan hosting the 2020 FIATA Congress.

Logistics is the core industry of Busan. You can even see it in the vision of Busan, the ‘Northeast Asia Maritime Hub. ’ The main strategy to achieve this vision is to build a complex logistics system (Tri-port) that connects the port, airport, and railways and also to create a hinterland logistics complex of high added value based on the Tri-port.

Busan Port already ranks 7th in container traffic volume and 2nd in transshipment traffic volume. The recent improvements in inter-Korean relations makes it more realistic to connect the railway network from Busan to Europe. Additionally, Busan Metropolitan City is making an effort to build a new airport that operates 24/7.

Busan will utilize its excellent logistics infrastructure and the Korean Peninsula’s geopolitical advantages in order to become the gateway to Eurasia and the hub of global logistics. Members of FIATA, please continue to be attentive to and supportive of Busan’s the brave challenges.

I wish you a very successful congress, and I hope to see you again at the 2020 Busan FIATA Congress.

Sincerely yours,

Park, Heong-joon

Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City
Republic of Korea