TR goes live in Pakistan

The TIR system is now operational in Pakistan, the IRU reports. It adds that, with Iran and Turkey having successfully completed digital TIR pilot operations and Pakistan’s capabilities to use digital TIR tools, the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad corridor has strong potential to benefit from fully digital operations. [+]

Russia opens more border posts

Russia has opened three more border crossings to goods transported under TIR carnet, the IRU reports – Brusnichnoe (Finland), Nekhoteevka and Troebortnoye (Ukraine). It brings the total number of Russian border points cleared for TIR to 48. [+]

Truckers ponder tech transformation

The rise of new market entrants and the impact of automation are beginning to challenge European transport operators’ traditional concerns about fuel costs and environmental and regulatory constraints, according to research by the International Road Transport Union. The road haulage operators’ grouping said that two in ... [+]

Gove ponders live animal export ban

Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a call for evidence on 10 April for a possible post-Brexit ban on the export of live animals for slaughter. He is seeking views from industry, devolved authorities, charities and the general public on how the government might raise standards of ... [+]

Be prepared for disruption in Birmingham from 1 May

Thought leaders from tech companies and start-ups will share their insights on Digital disruption and Brexit at the Multimodal at the Birmingham NEC on 1-3 May, say show organisers, Clarion Events. Digitisation, digital transformation, and disruption will be discussed by innovators including INTTRA, Freightos, Nexiot, and ... [+]

Worcester is new source of business for Transmec

Logistics provider Transmec Group has opened a 110,000sq ft warehouse at Worcester, just a mile from junction 6 of the M5. In addition to warehousing and logistics, Transmec provides freight transport services across the UK and Europe and is a leading operator between the UK and ... [+]

Saudis to join TIR

The Saudi Council of Ministers has approved the country’s accession to the TIR Convention, reports the International Road Transport Union. With more than 30% of the world’s trade crossing the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia is pivotal for transit through the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and ... [+]

Europa puts local youth through their paces

Europa Worldwide Group recently gave over 200 students a taste of working life recently at a ‘mock interview’ day at Lampton School in Hounslow, close to its Heathrow branch. Heathrow branch manager, Nick Robertson, national airfreight manager, Andy Serpant and internal recruitment and acquisition manager, Mark ... [+]

UN launches e-CMR standards

The United Nations launched new technical standards to support the creation and exchange of electronic consignment notes on 4 April. Currently, transport operators often have to use different e-CMR services with varying standards but the International Road Transport Union (IRU) has worked with the UN ... [+]

Logistics still in the dark about migrant workers says FTA

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s interim report on the status of workers from the European Economic Area published on 27 March fails to answer logistics businesses’ questions, complains the Freight Transport Association (FTA). FTA had previously called for the early release of the report, originally planned ... [+]