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Gebrüder Weiss gets green light for Ipsen buy

Austrian forwarder Gebrüder Weiss has gained regulatory approval in Austria and Germany for its takeover of Bremen-based Ipsen Logistics, announced in July. Gebrüder Weiss will take on the 180 employees at eight locations, thereby strengthening its position in the German market. Ipsen locations in Germany will begin operating immediately under the name of Gebrüder Weiss, while the national companies in Belgium, Malaysia and Poland will change their names at the ... [+]

Black market fuels lockdown cargo thefts

Over €85 million of products were stolen from supply chains in 46 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa (in the first half of 2020 despite Covid lockdowns, says the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). While opportunist cargo thieves almost certainly reduced their activity in the ... [+]

More cash for electronic payments firm

Venture capital firm Insight Partners has made a $35 million investment in supply chain payments network PayCargo, It will use the capital to expand global adoption of its electronic payments system and accelerate investment in technology. [+]

The drinks are on Philip!

Freight forwarder Davies Turner has jumped 42 places to 119th position in the latest Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league of the UK’s most profitable companies. Company chairman, Philip Stephenson said the significant recognised not only a strong financial performance but the importance of continuing ... [+]

Ulster Trader Support scheme goes live

The government is urging businesses dealing with Northern Ireland to sign up to new Trader Support Service, which went live on 28 September. It will provide a free end-to-end support package to manage import and safety and security declarations on behalf of traders and educate businesses ... [+]

Brussels plans to make customs smarter

The European Commission has launched a new Customs Union Action Plan to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The Commission says that member states' customs authorities are struggling with the challenges of performing their various roles amid major ... [+]

Thames freeports ‘must put people first’

The Thames Estuary Growth Board says that the needs of residents should be put first in its guiding principles for freeport proposals in the region, published on 24 September.Freeports have different customs rules to the rest of the country and offer wider benefits for businesses ... [+]

Smart Freight portal ‘will be delivered on time’ says Gove – updated

The government is insisting that the Smart Freight portal will be operating in time for Brexit at the end of the year, despite doubts expressed over its readiness by the industry. In a letter to traders and hauliers about plans for potential disruption to freight travelling ... [+]

Discuss Scottish Logistics online on in December

Logistics UK’s (formerly FTA)’s annual Scottish conference will be held virtually on 3 December. The Logistics Scotland one-day event will include presentations on all modes of transport and will focus on the key issues affecting the industry, including future workforce challenges, environmental sustainability, EU-Exit, and ... [+]

FTA Ireland signs customs deal

FTA Ireland (FTAI) has signed a partnership with clearance agent Declaron, management consultancy BDO and outsourcing specialist Fexco to manage customs processes and provide end-to-end customs support after Brexit. The service offers full end-to-end support, interfacing with the relevant authorities to ensure smooth customs clearance, as well as managing ... [+]