May 2020

Crunch time beckons for Brexit talks

With the latest round of Brexit negotiations getting under way between the UK and EU on 1 , the Freight Transport Association is urging officials to prioritise the needs of the industry on both sides of the Channel in the talks. FTA European policy manager Sarah Laouadi, said: “It is of paramount importance that progress is made now towards the creation of a trade agreement that’s acceptable to both parties. The UK has outlined its proposed ... [+]

Border force seize Heathrow drugs

Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport seized 170 kilos of heroin found in a freight consignment on 21 May, the largest class A drugs detection so far this year at Heathrow. The drugs, with a street value of around £8.5 million, were found within 630 commercial boxes of fruit and ... [+]

Wise choice for Hellmann

German forwarder Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is to roll out CargoWise, the integrated single-platform logistics solution of WiseTech Globa for all its global air and sea freight operations. It will improve customer experience with automated and transparent information exchange around the globe. Following the completion of a pilot phase, Hellmann will ... [+]

Norvik open for business

The first container ship has arrived at Sweden’s newest port, Stockholm Norvik on 27 May when Unifeeder’s SCA Tunadal market the start of operations at the Hutchison Ports-operated terminal. A new ro ro terminal is due to open in autumn. [+]

Gebrüder Weiss becomes Seoul trader

Austrian forwarder Gebrüder Weiss has opened an air and sea office in Seoul, South Korea, bringing its Asian network to 32 locations. Some 15 experts will offer customised transport and logistics solutions for clients. [+]

Drop-trailers only as Tilbury2 opens for business

Forth Ports has opened its new Tilbury2 ro ro terminal, but it will only handle unaccompanied traffic for the time being, due to the corona crisis. The 500,000-trailer capacity facility will, when fully operational later this year be the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ro ro port. It will operate in exclusive ... [+]

Tigers ready to pounce on e-commerce market

Asian forwarder Tigers has opened a 50,000sq m omnichannel fulfilment facility 10km from the port of Rotterdam for deliveries of e-commerce goods across Europe. The carbon neutral warehouse has 60,000 pallet positions, 550,000 bin locations, and has been equipped with solar panels and energy-efficient LED lighting. Tigers also offers turnkey ... [+]

Govt plans ‘secret’ customs school as BIFA calls for Brexit extension

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period after its research showed that firms have been unable to train enough staff in customs procedures. BIFA carried out the survey in response to the UK government’s insistence that it will not ask to extend ... [+]

Now that’s what I call a Down Under delivery…

The Australia team of AP Moller Group forwarder Damco went to great lengths – literally - to deliver over 120 parcels of gifts and personal items to stranded scientists manning the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The personnel are having to spend extra months in Antarctica because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chocolate ... [+]

Rush-hour on the railways

Container traffic on the China/Europe route has doubled in the first four months of 2020, says JSC UTLC ERA which operates regular block trains through Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Belarus and has an 80% market share on the route. In the first four months of the year, volume on UTLC ... [+]

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