BIFA welcomes longer time for customs grants

The funding was initially revealed in December 2018, and the deadline for applications is now 31 May 2019. Robert Keen, director general of BIFA said: “This scheme is intended to help support the extra demand for customs brokerage services associated with the UK’s departure from the EU, as well as issues associated with the replacement of the current system used to process customs entries. “During our meetings with both HM Treasury and ... [+]

Minister to address FTA Scottish gathering

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity for the Scottish Government, Michael Matheson is to deliver the keynote address at the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Scotland conference in Falkirk on 30 May. The news comes as the minister confirmed a £5 billion package of investment ... [+]

Infrastructure body calls for zero-tolerance to freight emissions

Emissions from freight traffic on road and rail should be reduced to zero by 2050 and there should be a complete ban on the sale of diesel-powered heavy trucks by 2040, said the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in a report published on 17 April. Sir John ... [+]

Rhenus extends its Americas empire

German-owned forwarder Rhenus has acquired Miami-based Freight Logistics. Freight Logistics operates its own consolidation hub near the International Airport in Miami and has its own offices in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. It follows acquisitions by the Rhenus Group in Brazil and Canada. Freight Logistics s founded ... [+]

Get ready for Brexit, urges FTA

Freight Transport Association deputy chief executive James Hookham is urging the industry not to get lulled into a false sense of security over possible delays to Brexit and to activate their No Deal readiness plans for possible implementation this weekend. While the latest BBC reports suggest that ... [+]

Ideas lady for Gefco

GEFCO Group has appointed Valérie Floridia as director of its Innovation Factory. Launched in 2018, the internal incubator offers employees worldwide an opportunity to propose and develop innovative ideas to help drive GEFCO’s growth. She brings 15 years of experience at major industrial companies such ... [+]

CMA CGM completes Ceva takeover

CMA CGM Group has completed its public tender offer for Ceva Logistics, giving it 97.89% of the outstanding shares in the company on completion, scheduled for 16 April. Marseille-based CMA CGM group said the combined entity would be present in 160 countries, with 110,000 people and ... [+]

Friday is decision day says forwarder

Leeds-based Tudor International Freight director Adam Johnson says that said an extension to the UK’s Article 50 process would be the best plausible major Brexit development this week for the country’s EU traders. Prime Minister Theresa May has asked other EU heads of government to grant ... [+]

More time to apply for HMRC training funds

HMRC has extended the deadline for companies to apply for £8 million of customs training funding to 31 May. The original closing date for applications was 5 April. The funding supports customs intermediaries and traders in completing customs declarations, and can be used to help meet ... [+]

Defra clarifies endangered species rules

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued additional guidance on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), says BIFA.  Forwarders were concerned  about how the movement of products covered by this regime, which are  manufactured in the EU - ... [+]