December 2018

‘Nine months without permits’ for UK hauliers in Europe

Contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit published by the European Commission today (19 December) include a nine-month permit free period for road haulage and measures to allow UK airlines to operate in and out of the EU, but not within it, according to press reports. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46617152 [+]

IAG goes back to Pakistan

IAG Cargo will start a new direct service from the UK to Islamabad, Pakistan, from June 2019. It will run year-round, three times a week from London Heathrow offering up to 15 tonnes of lift per flight. It also marks the carrier’s return to Pakistan after a number of years ... [+]

Freight industry comes to the aid of hard-pressed humanity

Broker Air Partner says its Freight team has been extremely busy in 2018, delivering relief goods and humanitarian aid across the globe. Missions included flights between Europe and Libya, Yemen, Central Africa, as well as between various African countries and from the US to the Mariana Islands in the Pacific. ... [+]

Common Transit Convention will help speed UK exports, say FTA and FTAI

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and FTA Ireland have welcome the EU’s invitation to the UK to join its Common Transit Convention (CTC) in its own right, something the associations have been pressing for some time. In the event of no deal, traders would use CTC to temporarily suspend payment ... [+]

BIFA welcomes customs funding

BIFA has welcomed the one-off £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders, details of which were announced recently. Director general Robert Keen, said: “During our meetings with both HM Treasury and HMRC, BIFA highlighted the concerns of our members regarding the capability of the Customs brokerage sector to ... [+]

Ports pleased by Brexit plans

The UK Major Ports Group welcome the Government’s decision, announced on 18 December to step up plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. These include sending out letters to 140,000 businesses, urging them to trigger any no-deal contingency plans as well as distributing HMRC information packs on 21 December. The group’s chief ... [+]

Dunkerque customs goes 24-hour

Customs at the French Channel port of Dunkerque have authorized 24-hour, seven days a week clearance operations. It follows a pilot scheme operated by forwarder company DSV, since 15 November. Previously, it was possible to validate declarations outside the opening hours of the customs services, but required the operator to ... [+]

Imperial Logistics set to conquer hazmat market

Imperial Logistics has opened a new hazardous materials warehouse near Osnabrück in the Lower Saxony region of Germany. The site features the latest safety and environmental protection systems, and was officially opened by local mayor Sebastian Huedepohl. The 12,500sq m warehouse accommodates 20,000 pallets of chemicals and clients only pay for ... [+]

Volga-Dnepr signs Alibaba deal

Volga-Dnepr will guarantee access for Alibaba freight arm, Cainiao Smart Logistics while the latter will make the Russian cargo airline its preferred carrier under a new memorandum of understanding. The two partners will also work to develop an optimal scheduled route network in Asia, Europe and Russia. [+]

New storage system racks up the savings

DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group have created an intelligent container storage system at Jebel Ali Terminal 4. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, the system places each container in an individual rack compartment. Containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, creating 200% more ... [+]

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