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08.12.2011 - APHV will leave the IFSDA
It was no real surprise, because the decision had been taken and announced more than a year ago. On 31 December the APHV, the German Stamp Dealers Association, will leave the International Federation

It was no real surprise, because the decision had been taken and announced more than a year ago. On 31 December the APHV, the German Stamp Dealers Association, will leave the International Federation of Stamp Dealers’ Associations IFSDA. There are several reasons for the decision; the feeling that the German contribution did not yield enough benefits, the fact that only a small part of the German members was interested in this kind of international relations and a sense that there were too many communication problems.

Although the IFSDA has been warned – an ultimatum from the APHV (who can boast of the largest membership within the IFSDA) had been met with some understanding – the effect has been minimal, at least in the eyes of the Germans. However, Ingomar Walter (CH), President of the IFSDA, is convinced that his organisation has done its utmost to meet the expectations of the APHV. He points out that a part of the success of MONACOPHIL can be explained by the presence of a strong contingent of German dealers, which can serve as proof of the usefulness of international contacts and cooperation. In Monte Carlo, the following German firms and persons were present: Franz Fedra (Philasearch), Ulrich Felzmann, Christoph Gärtner, Heinrich Koehler, Till Neumann, Dr. Michael Noeth, Harald Rauhut, Hans Reinert and Hans-Joachim Schwanke. For two or three of the aforementioned companies it was actually the first time that they were present.

Still, as from 2012 the German APHV will no longer play be a part of the international IFSDA orchestra. Whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage is something the members of the APHV will have to judge for themselves. Anyway, the decision of the APHV’s Board concurs with a strategy that has become visible in the past years, fuelled by the wish to optimize cost-benefit calculations. In the same manner, a year ago the so-called ‘Landesverbände’ were dissolved.