Lawyers call for UK to sign up to shipping pact

Shipping legal firm Myton Law is calling on the UK to sign up to a new United Nations Convention on the settlement of international commercial disputes through mediation. On 7 August, 46 countries, including the US and China, signed up to the new ‘Singapore Convention’, but the UK and the European Union are notable absentees, says specialist shipping and logistics lawyer John Habergham.  The Convention could come into force in ... [+]

Freeports over-hyped, says Tudor Freight boss

Leeds-based Tudor International Freight director Adam Johnson, director says that the benefits of freeports should not be overstated. While international trade secretary Liz Truss has claimed recently, when unveiling a vision for the UK to open up to ten freeports across the country that they would ... [+]

DSV completes Panalpina purchase

DSV has completed its acquisition of fellow forwarder Panalpina, following the settlement of the previously announced public exchange offer for all publicly held shares of Panalpina Kurt Kokhauge Larsen will be chairman of the merged company  and Jens Bjørn Andersen, Jens Lund and Thomas Stig Plenborg ... [+]

Gove dismisses Brexit ‘scaremongering’ – updated

The government has dismissed a leaked warning on the consequences of leaving the EU without a deal as a worst-case scenario and an attempt to foment anti-Brexit feeling. It followed the Sunday Times publication of a civil service paper on 18 August that suggested that customs ... [+]

BIFA strengthens customs training team

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) appointed Liz Sumner as trainer – freight and customs procedures. BIFA has seen demand for its freight and customs training courses hit a record high, mainly due to the availability of a specific apprenticeship in Freight Forwarding, as well ... [+]

Suffolk forwarder sees pre-Brexit surge

Suffolk-based Morrison Freight says a 27% growth in sales over the last 12 months is due to the preparations it has put in place to minimise the effects of Brexit on the company. The business has seen a surge in new customers and has started ... [+]

Ten more years for Swissport at Heathrow

Cargo handler Swissport is to extend its stay at SEGRO’s Heathrow Cargo after it signed a 10-year lease on a 104,000 sq ft warehouse unit on Shoreham Road. The agreement follows long-term commitments from Air Canada and Worldwide Flight Services which have both re-geared leases ... [+]

Trade secretary unveils Freeport plans – updated/2

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has unveiled plans to allow ports and airports across the UK will be invited to bid to become one of up to 10 Freeports after Brexit. The government prediucted that they would “transform the country’s ports and airports just as freedoms ... [+]

Updated: Javid announces £2.1bn to help freight industry cope with no deal Brexit

The government says it will double the funding available to prepare the country for a no deal Brexit, setting aside an extra £2.1 billion to pay for measures such as more border force officers and upgrades to port transport infrastructure, along with measures to stockpile ... [+]

FTA calls for clarity on Irish border

The Freight Transport Association stressed the need for clarity over how goods and services will be moved after the UK’s departure from the EU at a meeting with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith at Stormont on 30 July. Seamus Leheny, FTA’s policy manager ... [+]