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Virus is spur to digital shipping

The coronavirus pandemic is proving a catalyst for shipping digitalization, according to Freight Technologies Market Analysis by transport management systems firm, Haven. Some 42% of survey takers reported they were now looking to upgrade their systems by investing in the further digitalization of their international shipment processes, with 37% were looking to upgrade in the next 1-3 years. However, they also reported obstacles to implementation including cost, a lack of ... [+]

A victory against the virus

Ipswich-based Thames Sailing Barge Victor, based outside ABP's Ipswich office at the Old Custom House went for a shakedown sail on the River Orwell in July. Not normally something to remark on - in a normal year, she would make over 100 trips from the ... [+]

Dublin decline ‘could have been worse’

Dublin Port reported a decline in overall tonnage of -10.9% in the first six months of 2020.Having seen a decline of -4.8% in the first quarter, due to Brexit stockpiling in the first quarter of last year, there was a further and steeper decline in ... [+]

Healthy business for handler WFS

Worldwide Flight Services says its investment in 12 dedicated pharma facilities at airports in Europe (including London) the US and Africa has paid off with significant increases in time- and temperature-sensitive volumes in the first five months of 2020. They will also provide vital support ... [+]

Davies Turner party is off – for now

Davies Turner has postponed its 150th anniversary staff birthday party, due to be held on 20 June, until next year. It says that the UK's largest independent freight forwarding company (which is still in the same family ownership as it was in 1870) believes that ... [+]

Multimodal moved to March 2021

The Multimodal 2020 show and conference has been postponed again, to 23-25 March, 2021, at the Birmingham NEC. The move follows advice from Public Health England and the UK government. The event was originally planned for June 2020 and was then postponed to November 2020, due ... [+]

Rhenus to deliver 200 million medical items

German-owned forwarder Rhenus Group aims to deliver up to 200 million essential medical supplies to support Covid-19 relief efforts in several countries including France, Italy, Djibouti and Canada. It says that as governments around the world rapidly evolve their policies and measures to curb the pandemic, ... [+]

Gefco wagons roll as car makers get ready to restart

Automotive logistics specialist Gefco has moved 500 tons of key automotive parts from Wuhan, China to France on one of the first block trains to travel from the city since the COVID-19 global crisis. The 41 containers arrived at the Lille Dourges terminal (pictured) in ... [+]

BPA to host online customs course

The British Ports Association and the UK Customs Academy are holding a free introductory online training course on customs rules at 2pm-3.30pm on 23 June. BPA says that while most requirements will be on freight operators and cargo owners, port operations will have some new ... [+]

BPA postpones conference to 2021

The British Ports Association is to postpone its 2020 Annual Conference scheduled for  October in Aberdeen until next year, 6-7 October 2021. Anyone who has booked a Partnership Package or made enquiries with the sponsorship team you will have been contacted directly by them to ... [+]