BIFA plans four days of online awards

The British International Freight Association (BIFA)’s Freight Service Awards will take place online this year – spread over four days from Monday 25 January to Thursday 28 January. A quartet of presentation videos will be released at 1pm each day as follows:  Monday 25 January Air Cargo Services Award - sponsored by ASM UKOcean Services Award - sponsored by Port Express Tuesday 26 January Project Forwarding Award - sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance BrokersSpecialist Services ... [+]

Carl Hobbis ascends to BIFA board

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) Board has promoted training development manager Carl Hobbis to its board as an executive director.After joining the association in 2016 he orchestrated a remarkable redevelopment of its training and industry education functions.Prior to joining BIFA, Hobbis worked in freight forwarding for more than 30 ... [+]

Happy New Year! BIFA publishes revised trading conditions

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has published a new version of its standard trading conditions (STCs), replacing the 2017 version. The latest edition has been produced as a consequence of the UK’s exit from the EU and reflects changes to direct/indirect representation with HMRC. The term “Customs Representative” is now ... [+]

Forwarders see red over shipping surcharge

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says its members are exasperated by the news of  an ‘Emergency Space Surcharge’ by one of the world’s leading container shipping companies. It will apply from South East India ports to the North Continent, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Red Sea and Latin America. BIFA director general ... [+]

Government guidelines ‘better late than never’ says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) welcomes the UK government’s recommation that traders appoint specialists - such as one its members - to deal with import and export customs declarations. The recommendation comes in a letter sent out by the UK government to VAT-registered traders highlighting actions they need to take ... [+]

Apprentices more vital than ever in tough times

It’s a tough call, with Covid-19 disrupting many freight forwarders’ daily operations, but now is the time to step up apprentice recruitment, says the British International Freight Association (BIFA). Just a few weeks ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, it has been suggested that an extra 50,000 private-sector customs ... [+]

Lines axe low-sulphur surcharges

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed recent announcements by some container shipping lines that they will discontinue low sulphur fuel surcharges. BIFA says it has long challenged their legitimacy. It accused the carriers of profiteering when they announced in 2018, almost in unison, that they would be introducing ... [+]

BIFA welcomes training cash

BIFA has also welcomed the package of measures unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8 July to scale up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.Director general Robert Keen added: “We are ready to help any of our members that are willing to capitalise on the funding being made ... [+]

Young Forwarders Network offers free bitesize training

The British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) next event following the relaunch of its Young Forwarder Network (YFN) online will feature free ‘bitesize’ training run by BIFA trainers, Graeme Wilkinson and Carl Hobbis. Set to take place online on Wednesday 8 July,  the training will be focused around Customs Procedures Codes and ... [+]

Ask your MP for more time for Brexit talks, says BIFA

With negotiations between UK and the European Union having resumed, the British International Freight Association is encouraging its members to write to their local MPs and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, tMichael Gove MP, to request an extension to the Transition Period should no trade deal look like being achieved. This ... [+]

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