We need a Brexit minister, says Irish freight industry

XThe Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) is calling for the urgent appointment of a dedicated Brexit Minister in the Irish Parliament, following the resignation of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. FTAI says that, without a minister operating in the role, there would be a lack of leadership which could affect the nation’s trading relationship both with the UK and the EU member states. FTAI general manager, Aidan Flynn, said: “While civil servants ... [+]

Board of Trade to rise again, say Tories

The Conservative party said it would reconvene the Board of Trade and that it would be “specially charged with ensuring increased exports from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England” in its general election manifesto, published on 18 May. The manifesto also promised that ... [+]

First meeting for faster trade group

The World Trade Organisation held the inaugural meeting of its Committee on Trade Facilitation, the body responsible for overseeing implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement TFA), on 16 May. TFA, which came into force on 22 February, aims to speed up movement, release and ... [+]

Ireland must be top priority in Brexit, says FTAI

Freight transport group FTA Ireland (FTAI) has called on both sides in the Brexit negotiations to make sure that Ireland’s unique circumstances and links with the UK are prioritised. It says that avoiding uncertainty and a cliff edge for businesses should be a priority for both ... [+]

John Smith is Multimodal’s man of the year

  GB Railfreight founder and managing director, John Smith was named Multimodal Personality of the Year at an after-show awards evening on 5 April. Smith, who founded GB Railfreight in 1977, was recognised for his inspirational leadership and support of young people in the industry. Groupage operator and ... [+]

Henry Gorski to Lead Procurement and Global Ocean Coverage at enVista

enVista, a leading global supply chain consulting and IT services firm, announces today that Henry Gorski has joined the enVista Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team as ocean category manager. In this role, Gorski will be responsible for navigating enVista’s procurement goals on ... [+]

Online marketplace to shed light on opaque freight pricing

The Freightos internet marketplace has launched the beta version of its international index which, it says will bring transpaerency to what has until now been an opaque market. The Freightos International Freight Index (FIFI) aggregates live freight rates from hundreds of carriers, forwarders, and shippers, ... [+]

Arrests made in Heathrow drugs bust

Two men have been arrested following a National Crime Agency raid on a freight warehouse near Heathrow Airport, which followed the discovery of three kilos of cocaine discovered in air freight at Gatwick. The 45-year-old from Hayes and a 32-year-old from Southall were detained at the ... [+]

Faster trade deal comes into force

The World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force on 22 February after it was ratified by two-thirds of its members. Rwanda, Oman, Chad and Jordan submitted their acceptance, bringing the total number of ratifications over the required two thirds threshold of 110. The ... [+]

UCC made simple

Broker KGH Customs has created a site to help companies get ready for the new EU Union Customs Code (UCC). - It includes a self-assessment tool to help firms ascertain quickly how prepared they are and what they need to do. There is also ... [+]