Freight News, Logistics

BIFA sees tough twelve months ahead

[ January 4, 2016   //   ]

BIFA sees a tough year ahead in 2016 with many of the difficulties caused by the government and the European Union rather than the economy.

Director general Robert Keen says two of the biggest impacts on freight forwarding will be implementation of the Union Customs Code and the new SOLAS rules requiring verification of container weights.

He says: “There is still significant confusion about the implications of both legislative changes and BIFA will continue to hold events to brief members and others to help them manage the change in processes.”
He adds that 2015 was dominated by dreadful events at the Channel Tunnel, and, with the situation looking likely to continue into 2016, BIFA will continue to press the authorities in France and the UK to step up protection of the routes across the Channel.
While the freeze in fuel duty and road investment plans were welcome, Keen said be was dismayed at the ongoing delay on airport capacity.

Meanwhile, BIFA will continue to make more comprehensive educational material available to its members online. “We have wrestled with this topic for the past few years and have an emerging strategy, which will become clear as 2016 goes on,” Keen concludes.