Many questions remain as Brexit gets green light

With the Withdrawal Agreement receiving royal assent on 23 January, the Freight Transport Association warned that many questions still needed to be answered on the UK’s future relations with the European Union. Director of policy Elizabeth de Jong, said: ““While FTA is pleased to see the Withdrawal Agreement has received royal assent – this will provide businesses with greater clarity on short-term UK-EU trade arrangements – ratification of the deal is only ... [+]

Migrant limits will cripple logistics, warns FTA

The FTA has criticised the government’s proposal to bring forward restrictions on ‘low skilled’ EU migrants, saying it will worsen the severe labour shortage in the logistics sector. It called on the government to  reconsider its approach to ensure the sector can continue operating. Head of skills policy Sally ... [+]

DP World takes a slice of Swissterminal

Dubai-based global port operator DP World is to take a 44% stake in Swissterminal, the leading container terminal operator in Switzerland, for an undisclosed sum. Founders the Mayer family will remain the majority shareholder. Swissterminal, headquartered in Frenkendorf near Basel, also operates terminals in Zurich-Niederglatt, ... [+]

Wales could be the loser under Brexit, says report

Freight between Ireland the ports in Wales could be badly hit by Brexit, says a new UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) published by the Welsh government. It says that trade barriers between the UK and the EU (notably Ireland) but less extensive border checks between Great ... [+]

Freight industry still in the dark over Brexit, warns FTA

The Freight Transport Association is calling on the government to answer questions about the UK’s future trading arrangements with the EU after the Brexit transition period.  following comments from the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, suggesting a hardening in the government’s approach to Brexit, and his suggestion ... [+]

It’s a slam-dunk for BIFA award-winners

Basketball star and broadcaster Ade Adepitan revealed the winners of the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2019 on 16 January. The winners of the eight General, Modal, and Specialist categories in the Awards, which has established a benchmark of quality for the British freight ... [+]

New chiefs for Tees port users group

AV Dawson managing director Gary Dawson and Redcar Bulk Terminal managing director Garry O’Malley are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, at the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association (THPUA). Dawson takes over the reins from former chair, Stuart Brookes, whom he has supported as ... [+]

Customs grant deadline looms

BIFA is reminding its members that they only have until 17 January to apply for a share of a £16 million fund for customs-related employee training and IT ahead of Brexit. Companies need to register with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - which is administering the grants for HMRC. ... [+]

Cardinal rebrands project logistics arm

Cardinal Maritime Groups’s project freight arm Origin Logistics UK, has been rebranded as ‘Cardinal - The Logistics People’. In the early stages of the development of Manchester-based Cardinal Maritime, it was decided that the projects and specialist freight services division should be branded separately and has ... [+]

FTA welcomes Ulster breakthrough

The Freight Transport Association’s Northern Ireland policy manager Seamus Leheny, has welcomed the news that the province’s administration in Stormont is to sit again. He said it would bring logistics businesses “long-overdue reassurance that the sector’s concerns, and the future of NI trade, can once ... [+]