The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), fell 4.7% in April 2019, compared to the same period the year before. This continued the negative trend in year-on-year demand that began in January.
John Stubbings has succeeded Mark Bromley as the elected National Chair of BIFA – the British International Freight Association – for a two-year period. Bromley becomes Immediate Past Chair for a two-year term.
Following the launch of the website ‘Logistics for Europe’ in August last year by the German Freight Forwarders’ Association DSLV, today the baton was passed to CLECAT, the European Freight Forwarders’ Association. The initiative has received the full support of the wider European freight forwarders’ community. Since the launch of the website last year, more than 130 companies and associations in Germany gave their support to the industry campaign which emphasises the importance of the European Union for society and economy, while advocating the need of a border-free Europe.
Highways England is developing plans to fully dual the remaining 18 miles of single carriageway sections of the A66, a move that is claimed will bring enormous benefits to both the public and business community alike.
The UK’s new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market increased 21.2% in the first quarter of 2019, with 11,859 units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A number of large orders and strong market incentives helped drive registrations following flat performances in 2017 and 2018.
The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) announced that five ocean carriers have joined as members—CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Yang Ming, and ZIM—in addition to A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE, It was also announced that Henning Schleyerbach has been appointed as COO of DCSA.
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is alerting its members to a looming deadline by which they can apply for funding from the Government’s £5 million grant scheme opened in December 2018, as part of an £8 million investment to support training and automation in the customs intermediaries sector.