Freight News

ASM welcomes CDS delay

Agency Sector Management (ASM) has welcomed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)’s decision to extend the cut-off date for its CHIEF system beyond September 2020. Transition to the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), originally scheduled for the start of 2021, will now be delayed. SAM chairman Peter MacSwiney, said: “We understand that CHIEF will continue to operate beyond September 2020 for a significant period.” “During this extended transition, both CHIEF and CDS will accept ... [+]

Green machinery for Teesport

PD Ports has taken delivery of three Liebherr electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, as part of the latest phase in the port operator’s container terminal expansion at Teesport. The RTGs, which stand at are more than 24 metres high and weigh 135 tonnes, are the first ... [+]

Keep things fluid, says World Shipping Council

The World Shipping Council says that one of the single most important things that national and local governments can do right now is to ensure that the flow of cargo through the world’s ports remains fluid.  In many parts of the world, back-ups at warehouses, ... [+]

BIFA welcomes export support

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed additional support tfrom the Department for International Trade (DIT) to 160,000 exporters and international investors. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen says: “We understand that UK businesses are now eligible to secure export insurance cover to major international markets, ... [+]

FTA calls for COVID-19 funding

The Freight Transport Association has called for a Supply Chain Continuation Fund to be set up, to give help and support to specific areas and sectors hardest hit by the economic slow-down.  FTA said that while the extension of the Corona Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) announced ... [+]

Virgin flies vital supplies from Shanghai

Virgin Atlantic teamed up with Virgin Group’s not-for-profit foundation, Virgin Unite, to fly a special charter with essential medical supplies and equipment for the NHS from Shanghai to London. The Boeing 787-9 aircraft departed Shanghai at 11:40 local time on 3 April landing at 16:50 the ... [+]

Virus shakes up global supply chain

The coronavirus has shone a light on the fragility of global supply chains, and businesses around the world will probably diversify their operations after the crisis, says Dr Kerstin Braun, president of London and New York international trade finance provider, Stenn Group. Dr Braun, commented: "2020 is ... [+]

MSC has a plan to keep global trade moving

MSC group president and chief executive Diego Aponte says that the line has introduced a Suspension of Transit programme that uses major transhipment hubs including Bremerhaven, Turkey’s Tekirdag Asyaport, Busan, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port, Lome in Togo and Panama as advance storage posts to ... [+]

China to Dartford in 17 days

Freight forwarder Davies Turner says that its direct weekly intermodal container rail freight service from China to the UK, which re-started in mid-March has broken its existing record transit time, arriving at its regional distribution centre in Dartford a week ahead of schedule. Tony Cole, head ... [+]

Tilbury says it with boxes

The port of Tilbury made its own unique contribution to the Clap for Carers event on 2 April, shuffling 137 suitably-coloured containers to create a tribute to NHS workers and other key workers. Asset and site director Paul Dale, said: “We wanted to recognise the important ... [+]