June 2019

Parcels expert dismisses Boris Brexit plan

ParcelHero head of consumer research, David Jinks has poured cold water on Prime Ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson’s  claim that article 24 of the Gatt agreement could allow free trade between the UK and the EU after a no-deal Brexit. He says that Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt) can only apply if all sides agree, and since a no-deal Brexit would imply that there was no ... [+]

TNT extends one-day service

TNT, now owned by FedEx Express, has expanded its one-day parcel service in Europe. TNT Economy Express is for parcels of up to 70kg with delivery on a specific day. The accelerated transit time is available on more than 1,300 connections, covering over 200,000 postal codes across 17 countries. Following its ... [+]

Imperial car work steps up a gear

Imperial Logistics‘ European road arm has increased its business with Dutch independent car manufacturer VDL Nedcar. Following a renewal of a contract in addition to operating trailers of components between the company’s plant at Born (Netherlands) and southern England, it will now handle round-trip movements between Born and southwest Germany, ... [+]

Freight men to join Brexit advice group – updated

FTA policy manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny and Peter MacSwiney, chairman of freight software firm ASM have been appointed to a new Technical Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group to explore options to replace the Northern Ireland backstop by the end of 2020. The group consists of 15 technical experts in ... [+]

Tyne reveals 2050 vision

Port of Tyne chief executive Matt Beeton announced a Tyne 2050 strategy on 25 June, fully aligned with the governments aspirations laid out in Maritime 2050. It is based around the themes of Technology, Business Development, Infrastructure Planning, Safety and Environmental Management, People, Security and Resilience and Community. “We need to ... [+]

Freeports should be more than just customs, says BPA

The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed a study published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) think tank on future post Brexit trade but calls for more vision on the future of freeports. It says that many of the customs advantages of freeports can already be achieved with routine ... [+]

Business struggles to fund Brexit preparations, says FTA

Declining profit margins have left logistics businesses struggling to fund their Brexit preparations, according to the Freight Transport Association’s 2019 Logistics Report. The report, in association with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking, polled the opinions of more than 500 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally. The survey indicated ... [+]

AEB puts customs broking online

Trade and logistics software firm AEB has launched a digital customs broker network, Customs Heroes. It brings together brokers such as Channel Ports, Rusak, Perinter, Portmade, and Nord Quest on a single platform and digitises the interactions between them and the trade. AEB says the new service accelerates customs clearance while ... [+]

Five new freighters for Qatar

Qatar Airways Cargo announced an order for five Boeing 777 freighters at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The carrier said the new planes would “give a huge boost to its capacity, enabling it to add new freighter routes while also increasing capacity on key trade lanes”. The new routes - ... [+]

Tilbury 2 on time

Work on the Tilbury2 terminal is progressing well and is all on schedule to open from the end of the first quarter of next year, Forth Ports project leader Peter Ward told FBJ on 19 June. With development consent received in February, construction started in April with marine works on target ... [+]

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