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Get ready for TRACES NT: important information regarding pre-notification of imports

Thu. 23 Jan 2020
We wrote to you last month to help prepare your business for the introduction of new European regulations - Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF) as we understand that your business imports live animals, products of animal origin (POAO), or high risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO). We are writing to you now to inform you of some further information on which you may need to take action.

Stakeholders in the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain urge the Commission to reconsider its decision and to proceed to a proper objective evaluation of the Consortia BER

Mon. 20 Jan 2020
CLECAT, ETA, EBU, ESC, FEPORT, GSF, GSA and UIRR representing users of liner shipping services and service providers of the maritime logistics chain (hereafter, the associations) jointly object to the prolongation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) on the grounds advanced in the Commission Staff Working Document Report from 20 November 2019 (the SWD). The associations believe the Commission has failed to demonstrate that the continuation of the CBER would benefit transportation users and service providers, i.e., consumers.

Ade Adepitan reveals winners of UK freight industry ‘Oscars’

Thu. 16 Jan 2020
Ade Adepitan, one of the UK’s most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters has revealed the winners of the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2019.

BIFA warns of looming deadline for Customs grant scheme applications

Tue. 14 Jan 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is again reminding its members of a looming deadline by which they can apply for funding from a £16 million grant scheme.

Freight forwarders stand to benefit from wider access to Government apprenticeship service

Tue. 14 Jan 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that the recent announcement that the UK government is expanding access to the apprenticeship service to employers who are not one of the existing 22,000 apprenticeship levy-payers using the service already, will be of great benefit to many of its members.

Container Shipping: Same again

Tue. 14 Jan 2020
This year will be yet another challenging one for the container industry in terms of capacity management, but they will cope.

Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

Wed. 8 Jan 2020
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.

Heathrow expansion

Wed. 8 Jan 2020
Heathrow has announced it will launch an eight-week public consultation to finalise its proposals for airport expansion following the recent decision by the UK’s aviation regulator, the CAA, to cap early spending on the project.

Advice for global shippers on managing surcharges for low sulphur fuel

Mon. 6 Jan 2020
With the introduction of new global rules for limiting sulphur pollution from ships on 1 January 2020, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has issued helpful advice for importers and exporters facing demands for surcharges from shipping lines seeking to cover their costs of compliance.

Traffic Commissioners say bridge strikes at an unacceptable level

Thu. 2 Jan 2020
In the recent 2018-2019 annual report of the Traffic Commissioners, a hot topic is the disappointing number of incidents within the industry where a vehicle collides with a bridge.

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