Green light for Tilbury2

Forth Ports’ Tilbury has gained development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build its £200 million Tilbury2 terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock. Forth Ports added that construction would start “in a matter of weeks”. Tilbury2 will cover over 150 acres on the former Tilbury Power Station site. When operational in Spring 2020, it will be the UK's largest unaccompanied ferry port, in conjunction ... [+]

AEO for Baxter Freight

Baxter Freight has been granted Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Chairman Ian Baxter said that, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, it would help to keep cargo moving as smoothly as possible and reduce the need for financial ... [+]

DHL sets up China joint venture

Deutsche Post DHL Group is to transfer its supply chain operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to SF Holding and set up a new joint company, SF DHL Supply Chain China. The RMB 5.5 billion (EUR 700 million) deal involves only the supply ... [+]

The death of Windows 7 is not exaggerated, says software firm

Shippers and freight forwarders need to act soon to ensure that their systems are ready for the end of extended support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Operating systems, warns Southampton-based IT firm, Albacore. Director, Cliff Atkinson said: “The end of Windows 7 ... [+]

FTA welcomes customs Brexit waiver

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed an announcement by HMRC that it will temporarily waive security and safety declarations for post-Brexit logistics movements. It followed a meeting on 18 February between HMRC officials and industry groups which confirmed that, from 29 March, the status quo will ... [+]

Panalpina and Agility hold merger talks – updated

Swiss-based forwarding giant Panalpina is in talks over a possible merger with Kuwait’s Agility, Bloomberg reports. It appears that is a move by major shareholder Ernst Goehner Foundation to rebuff an earlier $4 billion offer for the company by DSV. Panalpina is reported to have ... [+]

Slow progress for CDS

Implementation of HMRC’s CDS - the replacement for the Chief computer system – is unlikely in the foreseeable future, suggests Gordon Tutt, chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers. While AFSS is still actively engaged with the CDS team for development and testing and there ... [+]

Thames Enterprise Park secures funding – updated

Thames Enterprise Park, unveiled last October has announced a further £8.5m of investment to transform the former Coryton Oil Refinery site into a logistics hub. The investment will fund land preparation work on 44 hectares of the 168 hectare site by specialist remediation contractors DSM ... [+]

Peers joins the Club

TT Club has appointed Andrew Peers as senior underwriter for its UK, Benelux and Nordic team. He joins the Club from RSA, where he spent 17 years and led a team of 12 marine liability and marine property insurance underwriters. [+]

CMA CGM makes ‘friendly’ bid for Ceva

CMA CGM has made a public tender offer of CHF (Swiss france) 30 per share, in logistics and forwarding company Ceva of saying that the Ceva board “is fully aligned with this friendly offer”. The shipping line’s chairman and chief executive Rodolphe Saadé, said the move ... [+]