January 2017

Ireland trade must flow post-Brexit

FTA Ireland general manager Aidan Flynn stressed the importance of free movement and ensuring trade continues unhindered at an all-island meeting on the impact of Brexit in Dundalk on 23 January. Mr Flynn attended the meeting alongside representatives from Ireland’s transport and logistics industry, Minister of Transport Shane Ross and Department for Transport officials. He said: “The concern is that the task at hand is much bigger than everyone thinks to ... [+]

No sloths in Silloth

ABP’s Port of Silloth had a good year in 2016 handling 54 ships, an increase of 15% compared to 2015. Cargo throughput, at 142,000 tonnes was18,000 tonnes more than the port handled in 2015. Traffic includes imported wheat on behalf of Carr’s Solway Mill, molasses for use in animal feed ... [+]

Fast moves at Fedex

David Bronczek is to take on a new role as president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corporation from 1 February. He will be responsible for marketing, sales, and all FedEx operating companies. President and chief operating officer Fred Smith said the move, announced last September, had been brought forward ... [+]

Top marks for UK freight forwarders

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) revealed the winners of its Freight Service Awards competition 2016 at its annual luncheon in London on 19 January, hosted by former swimmer and now TV presenter, Sharron Davies. The winners of the nine General, Modal and Specialist categories were Delamode, DSV Road, Greenshields Cowie, ... [+]

France-Spanish border goes electronic

The first ever border crossing to use electronic consignment notes between Spain and France has taken place, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The e-CMR version of the traditionally paper based CMR consignment note will allow transport operators to input electronically, store logistics information and exchange data, in real ... [+]

Brexit – your questions answered

This year’s Multimodal show and conference will include a series of briefings on Brexit on 4-6 April in Birmingham. They will be led by experts from companies including Eurotunnel, Oracle, KPIT and Agency Sector Management. The sessions are part of a series of seminars and workshops giving insight into how to run ... [+]

Brexit poses customs conundrum says ports chief

British Ports Association' chief executive Richard Ballantyne says that the Prime Minister's Brexit speech this week raises major questions over the customs implications for the industry. He said: “We look forward to holding discussions with the government to understand its post Brexit vision and how customs procedures might be best managed ... [+]

Good times roll on the Irish Sea

P&O Ferries says it handled 206,700 freight units on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016 – the highest volume in five years and a 7.5% increase on 2015’s 192,200 units. It also boasted a zero cancellation rate and 97% of the 4,774 sailings departed within ten minutes of their published time. Neal ... [+]

Cork traffic steady, boxes buoyant

Total traffic through the Port of Cork reached 9.2 million tonnes in 2016, a slight decrease compared to 2015 traffic. Imports remain steady while exports were reduced primarily due to the closure of Lisheen Mines in Co. Tipperary and the end of lead and zinc traffic in 2016. Total container volumes ... [+]

Shanghai express

Diplomats and rail industry officials gathered at DB Cargo’s terminal in Barking today (18 January) to celebrate the arrival of the first container train service from China to the UK. The train originated in Yiwu near Shanghai and made the 7,500 mile journey to East London in 18 days, twice ... [+]

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